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Blurred Mirrors – Think Backwards


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Blurred Mirrors—Think Backwards

For now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”. 1 Corinthians 13:12.

The last thing I do, before I go through the door, is to look in the mirror, and yet, occasionally, I miss something, because I am seeing through mirrors that reflect imperfectly. It’s better if I ask my wife to just “look me over”.   Life’s like that—we are constantly making judgments and interpretations from an imperfect background marred by sin and shame.  Thus, our knowledge is incomplete and foggy.  This was Paul’s message to the Corinthians, who were filled with the gifts of the spirit, except for charity, and whose houses had large reflective mirrors. The glass was blurred and dark, not telescopically, but through reflection.

But—but—but—I like that conjunction, joining two thoughts.  The word “but” suggests a departure into a different direction, from my previous thought, to a new thought that is better than the present. Whereas “and” suggests some type of equal parallelism, the word “but” gives me hope. Even though life is imperfect, and I don’t understand everything, a better day is coming, where the mirror will be moved away and I will see and perceive clearly, with perfect knowledge.

This scriptural passage has helped me tremendously to craft my thinking into a visioning mode. When I see a student or employee, I first cast him/her into the future to determine how to plan in the present. I see that person as he/she might become, and that vision brings me the hope of the present. I start with the future, with the goal, and the end in the mind, and work backwards to the present reality.  It is the future that gives meaning to the present; it is the future that permits me to cast a vision. It is only when we glimpse the future and potential in others, that we can have hope in the present, and it is this endearing hope that drives.  “We have this hope that burns within our hearts, hope in the coming of the Lord”.

Therefore, I beckon you today, to hope, to cast a vision.  Look not into the mirrors of the present, but to the vision of the hereafter.  Sweat not the small stuff around your feet, but look up, press on the upper way, and gain new heights every day.   “Lord, lift me up and let me stand, by faith on heaven’s tableland”.   I may be down, BUT I am not out; I may be poor, BUT my father is rich in houses and lands; I may have a mortgage on earth, BUT I’ve got a mansion in heaven. Somebody say “hallelujah, thank you Jesus”.  No more mirrors.

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BALM IN GILEAD—PERFUME AND ALL ELSE!


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BALM IN GILEAD—PERFUME AND ALL ELSE!

“Is there no balm in Gilead?  Is there no physician there? When then is there healing for the wounds of the people?” (Jeremiah8:22).

Lip balm! Dry, chapped, cracked lips. Lip balm consists of beeswax flavored with dyes, fragrance and sunscreens and offers a protective wax-like covering for the thin skin of the lips.  It’s a healer and comforter.  I have seen so many varieties of lip balm. 

Long ago, back in Bible times, there was a balm also, originating from the balsam tree and used for medicinal rather than cosmetic purposes. Jeremiah laments—the balm is here, but no uses it. Everyone has forgotten it, blinded by the depths of sin and shame, having turned away from God. Hello, a doctor is in the house, and we are not using Him.  He has a simple, medicinal herb, no cosmetic, but the “real stuff”. No contrived, genetic mutation, either, but the real balm in Gilead, the healing type.

  When we depart from God, our spiritual lips become dry and chapped. We no longer remember that there is a balm that can soothe.  As we look into our daily mirrors, we are most concerned about the looks of our faces as we apply the ointments on our dresser.   I am wont to think that the Christian life is the same; we are daily applying ointments, deodorants, perfumes, moisturizers and lotions to protect and cleanse and to tease out the impurities.   

We are the healing ointment brought to a sin-sick world; our aromatic fragrance can go a long way to healing.  Is there then no balm in Gilead?  When others become depressed and discouraged, is there no balm in Gilead? When some would depart on another path, is there no warning balm in Gilead? When you step out on your new venture, is there not a balm in Gilead?  You bet there is, but the crowded daily dockets may well obscure. 

I am persuaded that each of us is part of that balm of Gilead, brought into the world to be a witness, to deliver that sweet perfume.  We can pour soothing oil into wounds or cast salt within; we can exude happiness or mirror despondency.  We come to a wounded world that looks for physicians who can heal the soul.  The Great Physician is here, and we are the orderlies, the nurses and the doctors delivering up the balm, from the deep storehouse of His balmy grace.  We have donned the robes of fragrance and beauty.   Is there then no balm in Gilead? Is there no balm where you now are? Might you not be that balm who can touch the wound of some soul today?  Let us echo that song then, There is a Balm

 

 

New Weekly Robotics Class


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This school year we have a Excellent (STEM) program with Robotics.

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Back to School – Back to Basics


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            Back to School—Back to Basics

Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of God”. Matthew 19:14.

          Children!  Oh, Children! It’s that time of year when everyone is rushing around “to go back to school”.  Discounts abound and beckon—school supplies, uniforms, textbooks, last minute applications and acceptances, to get to the right school that ties into convenient schedules, and high quality.  What a frenzy!  Yet, what an opportunity!

          I thought of the Christian journey—we herald “Back to the Basics”, a pure and unadulterated Christianity, but we live in an age of rugged individualism of “I’ll do it my way”, as decisions flow from rational, objective frameworks, calculated by weighted options of what is best and what is not, based on what we see at the present, of inputs and processes and activity.  It is the outcome that matters.  It is the end-game that determines the present game.

          Today, I look forward to the glorious reappearing when Jesus will come, for it is that moment that determines how I might want to plan in the present for the children and myself.  It is the destination that determines the journey, for the journey means little without a goal in mind, some horizon to reach before the break of dawn.  And so, we go back to the basics today, back to the Bible truths, to a “thus saith the Lord”, for these are the signposts of the journey.  As we all go back to school, and back to the basics of our foundations, of our philosophy of who Christ is, and why He came to earth, let us remember that ‘the work of education and redemption’ it is ONE work, indivisible under God.  Our educational journey should end in a spiritual destination, for God is continually reconciling the world unto Himself.  So, then, as great as your education and learning might be, if there does not spiritual destination at the end, then the good that we do now is totally in vain. So, suffer or let the children come unto Me first, in all that they do, for this indeed is the kingdom of God. 

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Taking Stock – Ayeka


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Taking Stock—Ayeka

“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, ‘Where art thou?”  Genesis 3:9

Startled, urgent, and immediate are words that come to mind when you’ve got to ‘stop dead in your tracks’, and take stock. It happens, usually after some cataclysmic and jolting event or episode in health, finance, family, career or spiritual matter that halts our normal activity, suddenly.  A health setback, physical calamity, loss of possessions, financial fall-out, death in the immediate family, professional occurrence, or spiritual crossroads are all stop-dead and take stock events.

Back in the day, in the Garden of Eden, there was a “stop-dead-in-your tracks”, take stock event.  Adam and Eve sinned and were in the garden secluded and hiding and estranged among the trees. God calls out, “Where are you, Adam?”. Biblical expositors use one Hebrew word, ayeka for “Where are you”, and it is the only time that ayeka is used in the Torah. Adam was hiding from God not merely physically, but emotionally and spiritually. God’s ayeka query was meant for Adam’s benefit, and not God’s, for God had no need to know where Adam was.  This text is NOT so much about location as it is about God’s rescue of Adam.  Adam and Eve banished God by their actions but God comes looking for them, asking the question to begin an educational process. They had brought the veil of darkness down, around about themselves as the result of their prior actions. Clothed in fig leaves and hiding, they now know their condition, as they ‘stopped dead in their tracks” to assess.

Have you ever had occasion to ‘stop dead in your tracks”, to pause, assess, and to take stock, to ponder, wonder, think deeply and calculate, to learn from the past and present, and then to act?  If you have had an emotional setback, “fret not thyself”;  if there has been a health event, “know you not that your body is the temple of God?”  If it has been a financial matter, “lay not up for yourselves treasures where moth and rust corrupt”; if it has been spiritual, “let not your heart be troubled, for in my father’s house are many mansions”.  It is not the man that gets knocked down in life that perishes, but he who fails to get up, to assess his/her situation and to take some decisive action. God is constantly reconciling and redeeming us unto Himself, trying to get us back to square one, for the work of education and redemption says writer Ellen G. White, is one work. Where are you?  Your response comes back in muted Hebrew, “Heneini”, I am here Lord; I have heard thy voice. Draw me nearer in thy precious arms, writes Fanny Crosby, 

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My School Supply Box


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For this upcoming school year, you have the opportunity to purchase your child’s school supplies without stepping foot in a store. We have partnered with MySchoolSupplyBox to provide everything your child will need with quality products from Office Depot at unbeatable prices. Plus this is also a fundraiser for our School.

To order School Supplies Click on the direct link below to display information by Grade Level, follow the instructions to pay for your items. The Supplies will be sent to Berean Christian Junior Academy and distributed during the registration period.

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Alabaster Box and Yours


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“My Alabaster Box and Yours!

Mary of Bethany–Matthew 26:6-13Mark 14:3-9, and John 12:1-8; poured ointment on his head.  The woman of Luke–Luke 7:36-50—poured ointment on his feet.

Everyone has got an alabaster box.  In Bible times, alabaster boxes were made of a rich marble-type stone, and the expensive perfume inside was sealed with wax to retain and preserve the scent.  Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus, who was at the home of Simon, the leper, broke her box and poured the ointment over the head of Jesus, her friend, much to the disgust of Judas who saw it as a total waste. The other woman in the gospel of Luke, who had no name, at the house of the Pharisee, more than one year before, had done the same but went further to use her long hair to wipe his feet.  The ointment was worth a laborer’s annual pay and represented a tremendous sacrifice.   It was one thing to “break your alabaster box” on behalf of a friend, or even a family member, but to do so over a man you never knew, and never met, and a prophet, and then to wipe his feet with your hair was socially impolite, politically incorrect and invited negative public comment and criticism.

Our alabaster boxes may be full of the perfume of conviction and conscience.  People break alabaster boxes daily—you give up something you cherish for a greater good, or you are ready “to die for a cause you hold dear”, or you choose to forsake expediency and convenience.  It’s how you break your alabaster box and over whom or what that counts.  Are you ready today to “break your alabaster box” for Jesus to make that resounding sacrifice for a greater good?

When I was a lad, my mom was taking care of an elderly lady who died.  The lady left her entire house to my mother in her will.  Wow! I was gleeful, not over the death, but over the will.  Now, we had another home, fully furnished. That evening, my mother summoned me to her room and informed me that she was selling the willed house, to send me to Andrews University in Michigan, USA.  I wept and begged her not to do so. She told me that one day I would understand.  So here am I, today, after that alabaster box was broken, and that sweet scent of perfume has filled my life and my memory, and I always remember that we’ve all got alabaster boxes, and we are to break them at the right time, in the sweet spirit of Christian sacrifice, despite criticism and comment.   Are you ready to break your alabaster box for God’s cause—is that box a house sale, a 401K, a relocation or something whose scent will fill the air sweetly for years to come? You tell me! You’ve got an alabaster box, don’t you? Bring it out; dust it off, and break it today at the feet of Jesus. 

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Customer Service—So What’s Your Brand?


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The Best of the Last – The Remnant


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The Best of the Last -the Remnant, is the latest devotion from Dr. Sylvan A. Lashley. Read, Enjoy and Be Blessed.

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Graduation Central


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“Graduation Central”, is the latest devotion from Dr. Sylvan A. Lashley. It is a must read.

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