Thursday, February 21, 2013

Crosses


1 Corinthians 1:18 - For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The cross is a very powerful symbol for us as Christians. It is a symbol that is seen in our churches and in our classrooms here at Central Lutheran School. We wear the cross on our jewelry and we decorate our homes with different types of crosses. That very cross however, is not just a symbol. That cross was the very tool, the very instrument in God’s plan to give us salvation. That cross was where Christ took the burden of all the sins of the entire world. Christ suffered. Christ died. Christ was sacrificed upon the cross. God the Father demonstrated his love for us and Jesus demonstrated his love for us by suffering on that cross. We then continue to see God’s power love in the empty cross and the empty tomb. Although Christ died on the cross, he has risen and he has defeated death.

Image: Cross, Wade Rockett, Upladed via Flickr September 30, 2006, Creative Commons LIcense

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dust


Genesis 3:19 - "By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Genesis 3 is one of the most memorable chapters in the Bible for me. In this chapter we see God both making promises, and keeping his promises. The chapter begins with the fall of man. Satan takes the form of a snake and tempts Eve to eat of the tree that God forbid them to eat from. Eve, followed by Adam, falls into temptation and immediately they are separated from God. They feel scared, they feel guilty, and they feel vulnerable. This is where God then makes a promise to them in verse 15. Even though they have failed to listen to what He says, he gives His first promise of a Savior. Shortly after is where he keeps one of his previous promises. Earlier in chapter 2, God tells Adam that if they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they will die. We see in Genesis 3:19 that God reminds Adam and Eve of his promise, which we are still reminded of today. As we begin this season of Lent, we know that our sinful nature has separated us from God, and that the consequence of our sin is death. We need a savior, and a savior is coming. 

Image: Tree Silhouttes, John-Morgan, Uploaded via Flickr January 10, 2009, Creative Commons License

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lutheran Schools Are Set Apart

It’s no secret that Lutheran schools are different than other schools. There are some similarities between Lutheran schools and other educational institutions. Lutheran schools are similar to all other schools because we teach students to read, write, add, subtract, experiment, and solve problems. These are all very important needs that need to be met for our students. It is very evident that we teach our students very well at Central Lutheran School, as well as other Lutheran schools all over the country. However, these are all earthly needs. 

What sets us apart is that we meet the eternal needs of our students and their families. Our schools and churches are focused on sharing the good news that our salvation was bought for us by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” We did not earn our salvation through good deeds, academic achievements, athletic awards, or any monetary value. It was Christ who was given up for us as a sacrifice, a perfect lamb, without any blemish, spot, or sin.
Education changes so quickly that it is difficult for us to keep up with those changes. Lutheran schools must constantly evolve in order to adapt to the changing landscape in education. Yet we must remember that for decades there have been many things that have not changed, and should not change. Most important, the focus of our ministry has not changed. Lutheran schools are committed to partnering with families in providing an education for our children that is based on the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They must continue to learn that the love we show each other is because of the love first shown to us by our Heavenly Father in sending his Son into the world. What matters is that children know that Jesus loves them, and that is what has eternal value.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Lutheran Schools Are Fun

CLS Kindergarten students Skype with kindergartners
from Holy Trinity Lutheran School in Bowling Green, KY.
As we come to the end of the 2013 National Lutheran Schools Week, we look back on a week of activities, spirit days, service projects, and excitement to realize that one of the great things about Lutheran schools is that we know how to have fun. It was evident that the students here at Central Lutheran School enjoyed letting loose and having a good time the last five days. Our students were able to enjoy a popcorn party, service projects, crazy dress days, and the popular 8th grade vs. teachers volleyball game. Whether it is in the classroom, on the playing field, at a musical event, or any other activity, Lutheran schools are able to provide an environment where students are able to enjoy themselves while learning. 

We also realize that learning is not ALWAYS fun. Sometimes it is challenging, where it pushes us to perform in a manner that we did not know we were capable of. Sometimes learning can be frustrating, and we are tempted to quit or settle for less than our best. In the end though, learning is rewarding, and there is no rule that says that it can't be fun.

We all had a good time this week at Central Lutheran School, but there is one more mission that brings us all together. We are all centered around a common faith in Jesus Christ that calls us to a life of service in response to the love he has shown us. National Lutheran Schools Week is about having fun, but even more, it is about thanking God for using our schools to share the love of Christ with our students, our families, and our community.