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Reformation Lutheran School Newsletter
Week 40– 6/08/2018
Message from the Principal - A Word from Our Students
Last Sunday, both Zach and Sofia were confirmed. They wrote essays on hope and faith. I decided to share their works for you for this week's devotion:
What does hope mean to you? Well I think for many people Hope is like the wind. We hope for earthly things that will come and go. Like the wind we have no control over what would happen in our life, yet we still wish for and hope for things to happen. That’s why I think many people misunderstand the word hope. We desire certain things to happen and are unsure of the future. We cling to earthly things and hope for a good outcome. But because of the way God uses the word “hope” it shows God’s love for us.
So, if we are misunderstanding the word hope then what does it actually mean? God says Hope is one of the many gifts the Holy Spirit enlightens us to see by faith. God gave us many gifts. Among the many gifts he gave us are forgiveness, peace, hope, joy, and comfort. And because we know that God so loved the world he gave his one and only son Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. We can have peace because of the forgiveness God gave us and comfort because of the certain hope God gives us. For we know that when God makes a promise he keeps it. So, we should know that when God talks about hope he doesn't mean we should have hope the way most people hope here on Earth, but he wants us to have certain hope.
So, what is this certain hope? God wants us to hope and have faith in eternal life because Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. If this is the first-time hearing about the good news you might wonder just as I also did, what did we do to deserve this gift? The answer to that question is nothing. We have never done anything to deserve God’s gift. We deserve hell. But because of God’s certain gift we know that when we die we will be in peace and will be with God in heaven. That’s great! Then I wondered “because God gave me all these amazing gifts is there something I can do to thank him?”. Well we can live our life in a way that shows thanks to God, keeps God’s commandment, prays, and tells others about the good news. We can do this because we have a certain hope. In fact, this certain hope even changes our attitude toward trouble in our life because we can have certain hope in heaven.
I think the journey of our life is very similar to the monkey bars. In our life or on monkey bars we have to let go of the past or the bar to move forward. Even though it sounds very simple it’s much harder than it seems. It takes a lot of courage for us to let go and move forward. Especially because we like to worry a lot. Maybe that’s why we try to fix the problem ourselves without asking God for help. I am one of the people who worries a lot. I worry about things I don’t need to and try to solve problems I run into without letting anyone know. But we can always remind ourselves that we can enjoy our lives and not be afraid to move forward because God took the pressure off of our shoulders with certain hope. As God assures us in Romans 8:37-39: In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And that is the hope we can have.
A note: Sofia Lee came to us through our international program. She knew very little English and did not know her Savior. It has been a blessing to see her faith grow throughout the years!
It is a question that has been asked over and over again, but it is a question that people have struggled with since Jesus time, how can I get to heaven? Most people admit that there is “something wrong with them”. Every religion says we have done something wrong, but how do we atone for our sin and get to heaven? Only the Christian faith has the right answer, it is only through faith in Jesus. Every other religion says that we have to do something to be saved; only the Christian faith says that God has done something to save us.
So, what is faith you ask? Faith is believing and trusting in God and what he has done for you. Hebrews 11 verse 1 says “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Now, just like we don’t choose to be born into the world so also, we don’t choose to come to faith. But God gives us the gift of faith freely just like he gave us physical life. It is faith that makes us children of God. God makes many great promises to us and one he reminds us of in Galatians 3 verse 26 is that we are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Faith truly is a blessing that we cannot live without.
For me personally, I didn’t choose to be born into the world, but God gave me the gift of life. You might not know this about me, but there were times when things were not looking so good with me pulling through or having a good quality of life. But by God’s grace I am here today. God used great people and medical care to not only keep “my head above the water” but to give me the great and wonderful life I have today.
Just like my physical life, I did not choose to be spiritually born into the world, but God gave me the gift of spiritual life when he gave me the gift of faith. You probably know this about me, but I was also born sinful and had a need for a Savior. But by God’s grace I am here today. God used great people like my parents, my family, my teachers, and my pastors who used God’s Word and baptism not just to keep “my head above the water” but to give me the great and wonderful spiritual life I have today. That faith was something that I was given when I was baptized on the day of my birth. Even when the times were tough my faith was my rock and lifeline. Without faith, I don’t know if I would be here today.
Faith makes us children of God and through it we receive the blessings of Christ’s redemption. Through Christ’s redemption, we now live in righteousness, innocence, and blessedness forever. The devil, the world, and my sinful nature try to damage my faith and make me do what is contrary to God’s will in my life. Ephesians 6 verses 11 and 12 say, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” My faith began when I was baptized, continued to be nurtured by Christian schooling, going to church, and studying God’s Word. I look forward to continuing to grow in my faith when receiving Holy Communion. In John 15 versus 5 Jesus says, “I am the vine you are the branches. If you remain in me you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.” But connected to Jesus by faith, we can take a stand against the devil and his schemes and we will bear much fruit. In Christ, we can truly do anything.
Note: Zach Grover has been with us since kindergarten. We have seen his faith develop throughout these years. We know the Lord holds great things for him!
SAVE THE DATES!
Sunday, June 10, 8:00am - Kindergarten Promotion
Sunday, June 10, 10:30am - 8th Grade Graduation
Monday, July 30, 9:30am - Vacation Bible School
Saturday, August 18, 9:00am - Orientation Day
Tuesday, August 21 6:30 pm - Meet the Teacher Night
Vacation Bible School @ Reformation Lutheran Church
July 30 - August 3, 2018
9:30 am - 12 noon
FREE for kids age 3-12
At Splash Canyon VBS, kids learn that God's promises are Yes in Jesus! Kids confidently celebrate that our faithful God is with us on life's wild ride. God saves us through Jesus and gives us life and hope every day and forever. God is with us! Yes, He is!
Registration is available now! Kids and volunteers can sign up at http://www.myvbs.org/ReformationSanDiego
Volunteers - plan to join us! If you have time and energy to help with the planning, contact Sarah Rodrigues ( ).
We are trying something new at Reformation to be able to offer Kids4Christ throughout the summer. We want parents and children to continue to study throughout the year, but if we don’t have a program for children, parents fall away from adult study.
Beginning June 3 and continuing throughout the summer, we will have Kids4Christ Freestyle. Children of all ages will meet in the gym for informal studies, mainly using videos. Kids are encouraged to bring their own snacks. There will be no Bible Breakfasts during the summer. Please encourage your children, and your summer house guests, to join us for Kids4Christ Freestyle.
A Calendar for the New School Year can be found here and also on our website.
Thank you for all your efforts in raising money for tuition assistance. We met and exceeded our goals. Yesterday, Pastor Werner shaved his beard, and the male teachers enjoyed spending the night on the roof. Check out the Reformation Lutheran School Facebook page to see some pictures.
Great School Year
We would like to thank you for making the school year so great. If there is anything you need over the summer; please, let us know. May the Lord bless your summer!
Reformation Lutheran School - Principal