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Thanksgiving Wishes 2014

November 25, 2014
By John Morrison

As we approach this very special Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the Biblical admonition to “in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  Indeed, the word “thanks” is used fifty times in the Psalms alone!  And in many cases, the psalmist was in difficult circumstances.  Nevertheless, his larger perspective was that there was always good reason to give thanks to a loving, gracious and providential God.

We are certainly thankful for each of our school families, our dedicated staff, our alumni and community of friends, and for the wonderful provision of God in terms of our facilities and other material provisions needed to carry on this ministry.  For close to thirty-five years, God has blessed Grace Christian School in many ways, and I want to publicly acknowledge His faithfulness with a great big “THANK YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER!”

Best wishes to each of you who reads this for a very special Thanksgiving holiday!

                                                                                   John Morrison

 

PS.  I hope you will be encouraged by the following “thanksgiving” devotional taken from a “Jesus Calling” devotional (Sarah Young; Thomas Nelson; Nov 24):

Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity.  That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything.  There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances).  This is a spiritual act of obedience - at times, blind obedience.  To people who don't know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships.  Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.

Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts.You may still be in the same place with the same set of circumstances but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective.  It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.

Ephesians 5:20; Psalm 118:1; Psalm 89:15

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

Our Christian Witness in the Workplace

November 18, 2014
By John Morrison

I will be moving on to some new topics in soon-coming blogs, but couldn't resist one more note concerning our recent seminar with Dr. Christian Overman.  Many of you have communicated how his presentation struck a very responsive chord in you.  In one of the notes I received about the seminar, the following from Charles Stanley’s I Lift Up My Soul devotional was enclosed.  It aptly illustrates one of the major points made by Dr. Overman.  I hope it is an encouragement to all.

Always Ready to Answer

John really stood out at his company.  When other coworkers were complaining, he quietly went about his business with a smile.  He did not abuse company property or time, and he always had a moment to spare to listen to a problem or give encouragement.  His team leader could always count on him to finish a task, and everyone could tell by the way he spoke on the phone to his family that he had excellent relationships at home.

That is why one day Brian walked into his office just before closing time and said, “You know, there’s something about you that’s different.  It’s not just how you do things; it’s your attitude.  You don’t get your feathers ruffled.  How do you keep it all under control?

John asked Brian if he would like to have dinner with him and hear his answer.  Brian was so intrigued by this man that he said yes, and that night he was open to hearing whatever John had to say about spiritual matters.

That is the way God intends for us to operate as believers.  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have” (1 Peter 3:15 NIV).  You don’t have to seek a listening ear.  God will bring open ears to you as He leads, and He will give you the words to say under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

            (Charles Stanley, I Lift Up My Soul; Thomas Nelson; Nov 14)

Indeed, while we could take many things away from the recent seminar, the above really strikes at the heart of what Christian witness can look like in terms of how we live our lives, as unto the Lord, regardless of the venue in which we find ourselves!  May God give each of us a heart for such witness, by His empowering grace!

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

Great Turnout for Saturday's Seminar

November 12, 2014
By John Morrison

We are so very appreciative for the great turnout of both students and parents for last Saturday’s theology of work seminar entitled “God’s Pleasure at Work: The Application of Biblical Truth to Everyday Life and Vocation” with Dr. Christian Overman held at Memorial Baptist Church.  We also were greatly encouraged from the positive feedback received from so many of our parents.  

As we are dialoguing this week with our middle and high school students, we are finding that many of them, as well, took away some solid “meat” from Dr. Overman’s presentation.  Even for the middle school students, where much of this information was quite new, many of them carried away some good information.  In particular, the false dichotomy of the secular and sacred seemed to resonate with many.

One of our primary goals for this seminar was to provide a platform for on-going conversation between parents and their children concerning this all-important topic of vocational calling and a practical theology of work.  Following are some of the topics/questions that we hope will provide a basis for constructive dialogue between parents and their student:

  1. What do you as parents believe are my (son’s or daughter’s) gifts?  What are some of my unique characteristics that might apply to a future vocation? What suggestions do you have in terms of helping me pursue a greater sense of God’s calling on my life?
  2. What gifts do you as a parent believe characterize your life?  How do you see these gifts utilized in your work?
  3. Share with your child about your career and how you chose it.  How does your faith influence how you do your work and how you view it?
  4. Was your perspective on your work changed or influenced by what Dr. Overman shared?  How?  How will you do your work differently as a result?

Even parents who were unable to attend can utilize the above for some constructive conversations within your family.

One of Dr. Overman’s points was that the theology of work was commonly emphasized by the early Reformers.  Sadly, it is a part of the Gospel that has been greatly neglected in recent generations.  However, we want Grace Christian to be a school that works hard at giving our students a well-rounded and deeply rooted Christian education that goes well beyond mere window dressing.  We hope this seminar, as well as our on-going efforts, will do much to help build a strong foundation of a truly Biblical worldview in our students when it comes to vocational calling!

We welcome your feedback from the seminar as well as suggestions for additional events such as this in the future.

If you would like to respond to this blog, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

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