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Jeremiah 29:11

Gifts of HOPE

Thanksgiving

by Katherine Moser on 11/25/16

Some of our students wanted to share their thoughts on Thanksgiving with you.  We hope you enjoy! 
Thanksgiving is a time of gathering as a family and catching up with each other.  Many families, like mine, talk, eat, and watch football.  That is just our thing to do.  We socialize and play games with each other.  For example, my sister once got me a game, and the whole family played it for an hour because it was so entertaining to all of us.  Thanksgiving was started because the Pilgrims thanked God for helping them survive in a new land and thrive through the help of the Indians.  Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and celebrate as a family, but, sadly, today people are fading away from this tradition.  We, as Americans, need to step up and bring it back.  We need to have a giant buffet and eat until we are stuffed- all of us as one family.  Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have.  We have freedom, which many other countries do not have.  We must keep this freedom alive by being thankful for it.
~ M. L.
There is a holiday coming up- Thanksgiving!  In 1621, the Wampanoag tribe helped the Pilgrims so that none of them would starve.  In that same year, the Pilgrims asked the helpful Indians over for a feast to give thanks to God.  The point of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for what you have and to give thanks to God for blessing you.
~A. F.

Believe and Stand Firm

by Katherine Moser on 11/16/15

What can one say in the presence of such evil?  How can we begin to go on knowing that such a hatred for people exists in the world?  How can we even consider the possibility that we are in an unwanted war, yet it is upon us?  This is the reality of our time.  France has been devastated by an onslaught of terror; Israel has been attacked on all fronts.  Syria is in the midst of a war.  Nigeria is fighting.  Christians in the Middle East are fleeing from a genocide that no one wants to admit exists.

There are times when the world is excessively, oppressively dark.  This is one of those times.  What should our response be?  We can send our help and support through the Red Cross and other relief organizations, through pictures, music, and words.  We can take action and stand in the gap to fight for those who are struggling through the war zone.  However, I believe that prayer, belief in God’s victory, and standing firm against evil are the ways to win the war.

War- how we shudder and cringe when we hear those words.  It means that our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen could potentially die.  It is an ugly and cruel position to find the world in, and one that we hoped would be eliminated with the formation of the United Nations.  Our feeble attempts to stop war have come to naught.  Where then should we turn?

Someone once asked me how I can believe and keep my faith when everything seems to be against me.  I believe because I have seen too many things that are impossible without a loving God and Savior.  I saw my brother survive a line drive to the eye; his bones were shattered, but he suffered no ill effects.  I watched my other brother survive a car accident that totaled his car and disintegrated his watch, but he came through without a scratch.  My sister endured hardships and pain with a grace and dignity that cannot be understood.  My parents both experienced miracles throughout their lives, and their lives have not been easy.  I am here on earth because of a miracle.  You see, my twin miscarried, but I did not.

Look at history; by all accounts, it does not make sense, unless a Sovereign Lord is in control of each and every situation.  America would not exist without Him; Israel would not exist without Him.  England would not be the same without His guidance, and without the Protestant Reformation, which began in Germany, the world that we know today would not exist.  Go back even farther into history.  One man in Israel touched the world in such a way that He changed the course of history; He saved humanity through the power of His blood and resurrection.  The Book that God inspired roughly 40 people to write has been changing the lives of millions for more than 2,000 years.  Coincidence?  No, there is no such thing.  God is in control, and He is working it for good.

I know; many of you are saying, “If a God of love is in control, how come all this evil exists?”  We forget; God is sovereign.  Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”  He does not have to work in the ways that we think He should, for He is God.  As for the evil, we live in a fallen world.  The duality of man is portrayed each and every day.  There is a Godly nature and a sinful nature.  War exemplifies both, for it brings out the best and the worst in man.  World War II was fought for this very reason.  Look at the history of it; the delineation of good and evil was clearly drawn. Good won out, why?  Good won because we would not back down.  No matter what the world looked like, someone was standing in the gap fighting for good.

We are in the midst of a War on Terror.  How do we win?  We believe that good will triumph, and we stand with each other.  We stand firm remembering that the victory is already won.  2 Chronicles 20:15 puts it this way, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  This is not our battle; this is a battle that God has already fought and won.  Do we still need to fight?  Absolutely, but fight believing that we already hold the victory.  Do not get bogged down looking at the circumstances.  Look up, for the battle belongs to the Lord.

What is our role in this war?  It is to believe, stand strong, and fight.  It is fighting evil with good.  Win the War on Terror by not cowering in fear; win by being strong and courageous.  There is only one way to lose this war, and that is to do nothing.  Edmund Burke, a great English statesman said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  Do something; believe, pray, and stand firm with others fighting the good fight.

France is not alone in this war; we are not alone in this war; anyone and any country fighting this evil is not alone.  God is with us, and the victory is ours.  Hold onto the hope, believe that we have the victory, and fight, overcoming evil with good.

I Tried Again

by Katherine Moser on 10/30/15

I tried again.  Yesterday’s result was okay, but I was expecting a different result- a better result.  You see, I had hope which made me try the dyeing process one last time.

I took the last of my cranberries, and I put them in a pot with just enough water to cover them.  Then, I turned on the heat.  The berries popped and released their beautiful red color while I marveled at the natural beauty before me.  When at last I strained the plant residue from the residual color, I ended up with a bright rosy red paste. 

I took yesterday’s dry skeins of lavender cotton yarn, and I hesitated.  Where had my hope gone?  A little voice in my head was telling me nothing would change.  The yarn would remain the light lavender color.  It was here that I said another prayer.  Can you guess what I asked for?  I asked for perseverance.  “Thank you, Father, for helping me to go this far; please, God, help me to try this one last time.”

In went the skeins.  I added some boiling water to the mixture of color and yarn because the paste was too thick, but from then on the yarn simply absorbed the color.  Occasionally, I would move the yarn around to make sure all of the fiber was exposed to the color, but, otherwise, I left it alone.

An hour later, the rosy red fibers had absorbed all of the liquid in the bowl.  Time for the big reveal!  I pulled out the first skein of red yarn, and I rinsed it.  As I ran the water through the yarn, excess color was washed away, and in its wake was a deeper lavender color.  I followed the same process two more times, and each time the result was exactly the same.  However, the last time something different happened.  The last time, as I rinsed the fibers, the yarn had lavender hue with a pale to deeper red color running through them.  I had to smile, and say, “Thank you, Jesus!”

Sometimes things do not turn out the way we think they should, or the way we would like them to be.  The yarn is not the color I was expecting, but it is lovely, and God gave me the red color in an unexpected; yet lovely way.

At (Our) HOPE Christian Academy, our school motto “Hope and a Future” can be found within the Scripture Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV):  “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

You see, our ultimate hope is in the Lord.  When things are not progressing as we, student, parent, teacher, or principal, think they should, we are tempted to give up or give in sometimes.  That is when God tells us to keep on trying, to persevere.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 in the end, perseverance builds character and offers us hope.  Did I get what I wanted?  ;) No, but I did receive what I needed, and I received a little extra message from God, “Hi, Katherine, I was listening.”

Sometimes things do not turn out the way we think they should, or the way we would like them to be.  The yarn is not the color I was expecting, but it is lovely, and God gave me the red color in an unexpected; yet lovely way.

At (Our) HOPE Christian Academy, our school motto “Hope and a Future” can be found within the Scripture Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV):  “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

You see, our ultimate hope is in the Lord.  When things are not progressing as we, student, parent, teacher, or principal, think they should, we are tempted to give up or give in sometimes.  That is when God tells us to keep on trying, to persevere.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4 in the end, perseverance builds character and offers us hope.  Did I get what I wanted?  ;) No, but I did receive what I needed, and I received a little extra message from God, “Hi, Katherine, I was listening.”