Fear, by Mr. Angell

admin : October 6, 2017 4:36 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

We live in fearful times with the threat of terrorism, war with North Korea, mass shootings, and increasing crime. It would be very easy for us to retreat to our homes and lock the door and simply wait for the end to come. But is that what God wants us to do? In the Old Testament it would have been very easy for David to flee the Israelite camp, when he heard of the giant Goliath. He could have simply returned to his father’s home and tended his sheep, allowing Goliath to continue his campaign of terror against the Israelites. However, with God at his side, he stepped forward and slew the terror that stood before him. In the New Testament, it would have been very easy for Jesus as He prayed for strength in the Garden of Gethsemane to simply slip away and allow us to face eternal damnation on our own. He did not! He willingly stepped forward and gave Himself to His enemies to be crucified.

As we face these fearful times there is one promise to keep in mind Jesus tells in Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always to very end of the age.” Yes, this a fearful time but Christ is there to stand by our side like he was with David as he faced Goliath, so do not fear.

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His Mercy Endures Forever, by Mr. Angell

admin : September 30, 2017 5:16 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

“His mercy endures forever,” is a phrase that is used numerous times throughout the Bible; forty-one times to be exact. The one that is best known is found in Psalm 136:1, Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” Webster defines mercy as “more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed.” It also defines endures as “last; keep on,” and defines forever as “always; without coming to an end.” So if we paraphrase this passage it would say, God’s undeserved love will last always.

What a comforting thought to know that no matter what, God will always love us. The question we have to ask then is how is that message reflected in our lives. Knowing that God loves us unconditionally, do we share that unconditional love with others? Do we love our spouse, our children, our friends, our neighbors, other school parents, or congregation members, despite their faults and problems, or do we withhold our love because they don’t live up to our expectations. If the passage said, “His mercy depends on you living a perfect life,” how many of us would deserve His mercy? Unfortunately, none of us would deserve it. None of us can live up to God’s expectations, but because He has given us His undeserved love, we strive to follow that example in our relationship with others. Thank God that “His Mercy Endures Forever!”

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Who Would We Vote For?, by Mr. Angell

admin : September 23, 2017 8:01 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

Over the last few weeks we have had to endure an ever increasing number of mayoral commercials, and with one hundred and five candidates they can seem endless. However, I must say with the exception of a few attack ads the finger pointing and negativity has been much less than our presidential election last year. Elections, despite their shortfalls, are an important part of our democratic process. But what if we had an election for the position of God? If you think the presidential commercials were negative just think what Satan would do. “Sure God has been in power for an eternity, but what has He done for you lately? Well, He has given you crime, poverty, and death. What more can you ask for?” “A vote for Satan is a vote for immorality.” “Are you tired of all those commandments? Are you tired of loving your neighbor more than yourself? Then vote for Satan.”

God on the other hand wouldn’t need commercials. His actions speak louder than words. He sent His son to die on the cross for us, so that we might have eternal life. He sends His Holy Spirit to work faith in our hearts what more could any commercial say than what God’s actions have already said? But if we had to vote, would we make the right decision? Would we choose God if given the chance? No, we cannot choose God, He chooses us through the Holy Spirit, and only through the Holy Spirit can we come to faith and eternal life in Heaven. So be thankful that there is not an election for the position of God, because on our own we would never make the correct decision. Thank God that He has chosen us.

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Confession is Good for the Soul, by Mr. Angell

admin : September 16, 2017 1:08 am : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

One of the hardest things for me to do, as well I suspect for many of you, is to admit that I have made a mistake. Human nature is to justify our actions and attempt to avoid the consequences that may result from those actions. The first example of this in the Bible is Adam’s response, when asked if he had eaten of the fruit. Adam passed it off and blamed Eve, and Eve’s response was to blame the serpent. As sinful human beings we don’t want to accept the responsibility for our mistakes – it is so much easier to blame someone else. In the New Testament, Peter provides us another example of not taking responsibility when asked if he was a follower of Jesus. He denied it not once, but three times, and only when the rooster crowed for the third time did Peter realize what he had done and flee in shame and guilt.

Like Peter we must be led to realize our sins and take responsibility for them and then ask for forgiveness from both the person we have wronged and from God. This is not only an important lesson for us as teachers and parents, but our children as well. It is important that we not only talk to our children about confessing our sins, but that we model this behavior. This allows them to see that this is something we feel is important but it is also something we do out of love for God. Ultimately, forgiveness comes only through confessing our sins and receiving forgiveness; only then can we be assured of eternal life. So to paraphrase the saying, forgiveness is good for the soul.

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A Dream Come True, by Mr. Angell

admin : September 8, 2017 11:27 pm : Principal's Corner
We all have that impossible dream. For you golfers, it might be shooting a 67 at Pebble Beach, or bowling a 300 game during the Sunday afternoon bowling league, or the Brewers winning the World Series. It might be getting a $40,000 check for new iPads, or having everyone read the newsletter so you don’t have to answer a thousand questions, or a week on the beach in Hawaii.

The point is, we all have those special dreams! So we know how the disciples felt when John the Baptist announced in John 1:35, “Behold the Lamb of God.” Here was the Messiah, the Savior they had waited for so long. So what do you do in that situation? Well I know what I would do if I just shot a 67 or bowled a 300. I would tell anyone who would listen — and that is exactly what the disciples did. Andrew went to his brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” It was a dream come true; the Messiah they had waited so long for had come. We also share in the excitement felt by the disciples. Jesus came not only for them but for all people. He came to suffer, die, and rise again, so that we all might have eternal life.

This truly is exciting news that should be shared with everyone… truly a dream come true.

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