4. PRAYING FOR OUR TEACHERS AND OUR SCHOOLS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND THE CAROLINAS
We believe that pastoral ministry and educational ministry are equally valuable to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. God’s messenger to this end-time church underscored this important consideration in these inspired words: “In the highest sense the work of education and the work of redemption are one, for in education, as in redemption, ‘other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.’”Education, Page 3.
Please continue to keep our church schools in your earnest prayers. We still have to contend with an enemy of God and his children. Pray specifically for…
Pray for wisdom, courage, spiritual nurture and patience in each of our teachers.
Pray for the support staff of each of our schools
Pray for Heaven’s protect hedge around our church schools.
Pray for the homes and families of our students
Pray for the boards and churches that provide resources to operate each of our church schools
Salisbury SDA School Misty Stein, Head Teacher & Grades 1-8
Silver Creek SDA School Lindsey Seefong, Head Teacher & Grades 1-4
(Morganton, NC) Rodney Ramey, Grades 5-8
Tri-City Christian SDA Academy Peter Cousins, Principal
(High Point, NC) Gayle Linde, Kindergarten
Cheryl Simonds, Grade 1
Julie Primero, Grades 2-3
Eve Mora, Grade 4
Stacey Brackett, Physical Education (K-12)
Livia Liga, Music (K-12)
Nuvia Gonzalez-Lopez, Subjects in Grades 5-7
Eric Parker, Subjects in Grades 5-7
Vicki Hall, Subjects in Grades 5-7
Kells Hall, Subjects in Grades 7-12
Harry Janetzko, Subjects in Grades 7-12
5. REMEMBER AND KEEP IN FOCUS OUR 2020 VISION
As a , we again invite you to truly be a people of the Word. As Seventh-day Adventists, we embrace 28 Fundamental truths that are based on the Bible alone. For the past several months we have been focusing on four passages of scripture that are foundational to each of our fundamental beliefs. Here’s our next set of 4 memory passages for December to coincide with our 23rd fundamental belief regarding what the Bible teaches about Marriage and the Family. Let’s place His Word prayerfully in our hearts each day of this month..
I carry a set of these passages with me in my car and repeat them aloud as I drive from place to place. My goal is to prayerfully say one verse at least five times a day for a week, thus embracing the promise of God’s Word — “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11 Repeat these passages over and over till they become a part of your very being. Of course, you can always choose to do more. Prayerfully consider how you can saturate your soul and make His Word a part of your heart every day.
FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF # 23: Marriage and the Family
Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between a man and a woman who share a common faith. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, a man and a woman who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ through marriage may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit and the nurture of the church. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity. Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message. Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord. By their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving, tender, and caring guide who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God which embraces both single and married persons.
Genesis 2: 18 & 24 (NKJV) — “And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him….Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
Malachi 2:16 (NKJV) — “For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. Therefore take heed to your spirit that you do not deal treacherously.”
Ephesians 5:22-23 (ESV) — “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.”
2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV) — “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”