Close Encounters of a Godly Kind

A lot of our focus this year has been finding and developing a passion and purpose within ourselves through Christ. Passionate people accomplish amazing, life changing things and we are all created to be passionate, purposeful people. Eventually, we all will find something to place our desires and passions into, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Our goal this year is to mold each student’s passions to be in Christ!

Throughout this past semester we focused on how passionate people accomplish incredible things and why it’s so important to be passionate about something. Happiness is rooted in a sense of devoted purpose. Now, this semester, we turn our attention toward why it’s so important to place our passions in Christ by looking at the ministry of Jesus while He was here on this earth so that we may too declare as Paul did in Acts 20:24, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.”

So, to begin the new year, we want to place an emphasis on actively reading the Bible and challenge ourselves to try and read a chapter from the Bible every day, starting with Matthew. Now, there is not a command anywhere in the Bible that says we must read our Bible’s daily nor do I believe that it alone instills any extra “spiritualness” on a person. However, I believe what Paul writes in Philippians 4:8, that “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” I also believe that spending time reading the Bible places our minds and thoughts on true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy things.

So, as your student takes on this challenge, I hope that you may encourage them with it. But, beyond that, I challenge you to partake in this challenge with them. Read together as a family each night or before dinner. First, because your child best learns from your example.  Secondly, and possibly more importantly, Deuteronomy 11:19 says to, “Teach [these words] to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Let’s not only grow our own relationship with God closer, but also our relationship with one another.

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