August 14, 2017
Welcome back to all of our returning students and parents! And for all of you who are beginning your first year her at FCS, I want you to know that we are so happy you have chosen our Christian school, and we welcome you with great excitement! We pledge to provide the very best education we can for your student(s), seasoned with the perspective that God’s Word brings to each and everything we will do this year at our school. Each week you will receive the “Weekly Word,” which is my way to communicate my heart for our school to faculty, parents, friends, and alumni of our school. My goal for this weekly message is to share my perspective of the many issues that affect all of us, and our students, from a Biblical point of view. I invite your response and comments on these weekly sound bites, and I trust in some way they will be a helpful encouragement to you in your life.
This week begins the 2017-18 school year, which is the 50th year for the ministry of Florida Christian School. During this year of “Jubilee” we have many special events planned that we hope everyone will be a part of. Our 50th anniversary logo will appear on every correspondence, advertisement, and special announcements that take place to remind us of this special time in the history of the school. Please make your plans to attend the “50th Anniversary Gala” on September 30, in the Alumni Gymnasium, it will be an evening to remember. Also this year we begin SMAART21 campaign (StudentsMaximizing Academic Achievement through Relationships and Technology 21), which will result in providing state of the art classrooms and technology to benefit our students and faculty. You can find out more by following this linkhttp://www.floridachristian.org/news/fcs-50-year-anniversary-gala/.
Over the summer the news regarding the world we live in was filled with uncertainty and turmoil. The fact is, we don’t know all of the challenges we will face during this new school year as a school, as families, or as individuals, and we certainly don’t know how this year will end. What we do know is that we serve an eternal God who has provided us with solutions to the greatest of life’s challenges. When a storm approaches we all get ready to protect our homes. It should be no different as a Christian parent or teacher prepares for the challenges of a new school year. Paul talked about how we should protect ourselves spiritually. Ephesians 6:13 reminds us, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians while he was in prison in Rome. He was guarded constantly by a Roman soldier and was well acquainted with what the Roman soldiers wore. He used the armor and equipment of the soldiers who guarded him as an example of how we should prepare for facing challenges in our daily life. The belt of truth is what we wear to acknowledge that Jesus is the Truth. Everything in our lives finds its proper place when we live in accordance with God’s truth. The role of the righteousness is God’s righteousness, which he gives us day by day. It is the Holy Spirit working in our lives to make us more like Him so that we are protected against the attack on our hearts. When we live a righteous life, we are fully protected against the thrusts of the enemy. The role of the soldier’s sandals was that it helped him maintain his footing and position. Without his sandals the soldier could not be ready to fight or do his duty. The role of the Gospel in our ministry and in our daily lives is like the sandals. Without it, we could not stand one moment before our enemy. Because of the Gospel, and the peace we have with God through it, we can take on the things that the enemy hurls against us. The role of the shield of faith in the believer’s life is that it doesn’t matter what Satan hurls at us, our faith, our belief and trust in God is stronger. Satan likes to hurl flaming arrows of temptation at us, temptation to lie, to doubt and to commit sin. If we let our shield down, we open ourselves up to his attack and become ineffective for Christ. The helmet of salvation is not put on in order to get saved, rather we wear what God has already given us when He saved us. We gain protection as we daily live out our salvation and become more like Him. Finally, the importance of the sword. To the soldier the sword was the preferred weapon because it helped them fight in close quarters with the enemy. It was useful in defense and offense. The importance of God’s Word to us is that it is the weapon we use to counter the attacks of Satan. Jesus defended himself from Satan’s temptation with the Word of God. It is also the way we can move out into the world on the offensive if we study it and know how to discuss it intelligently.
We don’t know what is going to happen in the world this year, or when and if the storms of life will hit us. Part of the spiritual preparation for what God will do here at our school this year is knowing that ultimately, those who follow Christ will win the victory. Yes, we need to acknowledge that evil is a real threat that must be battled and that there will always be problems, but there is no need for panic or anxiety because we already know the final score in this war.
As we enter this 50th year of ministry here at Florida Christian School, may we be encouraged today as we put on the armor of God and go out to do battle in a culture that desperately needs to know about Jesus Christ. My prayer for everyone associated with FCS is that they are, or will become a “follower of Christ” who is equipped to battle the storms and trials of this life. Together, we can raise up students in the nurture and admonition of the Lord in the face of any storm or trying time that will come their way.