The Second Coming!, by Mr. Angell

admin : December 9, 2017 1:11 am : Principal's Corner

I am an avid baseball fan. Growing up in Arizona there was no professional team at the time, so I began following the New York Yankees and I remained faithful through the good times and the bad. Being a Yankees fan, it is always interesting to listen to the commentators talk about how a young player is the “second coming” of Derek Jeter or the “second coming” of Mariano Rivera. Although some Yankee fans will always dispute such statements, in their minds there can never be another player like Jeter or like Rivera. They were one of a kind!

During the season of Advent, we hear about another “second coming” but this is not about the arrival of some new phenome. It is not even about Derek Jeter coming out of retirement again. This “second coming” is the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For many, the focus of Advent is on the birth of our Savior as true man to fulfill the promise by God. However, Advent should also help us focus on the “Second Coming” of Christ. In Titus 2:13 Paul points us toward that last day when he says, “…while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” Look at the words Paul uses to describe this second coming, “blessed hope” and “glorious appearing.” You can almost hear the joy and excitement with which Paul looks forward to this day. To Christians the “Second Coming” means that we will be joined with Christ in Heaven this vale of tears will pass away. That is something to look forward to!

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A Grace Place, by Mr. Angell

admin : December 6, 2017 6:29 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

One of the problems with getting older is that you tend to forget where you heard or read something. That being said, several years ago I heard or read the term “Grace Place” and that struck me as being appropriate for Lutheran Schools. Lutherans Schools should be a “Grace Place.” What is a “Grace Place”? It is place in which the undeserved love of Christ is shared each day with students, parents, faculty, and staff. It is a place in which the love of the Christ is evident in the words and actions of all concerned.

There are only one or two little obstacles that keep us calling ourselves a “Grace Place.” The first is sin! The last time I looked, we were all sinners we make mistakes and are in need of forgiveness many times every day. Does that sound like a “Grace Place?” The second obstacle is the Devil. The Bible describes the Devil as “a roaring lion seeking who he may devour.” Well, he is working overtime in Lutheran Schools tempting teachers, “go ahead lose your temper with that student; they deserve it”, tempting students, “go ahead misbehave in class it doesn’t hurt anyone,” tempting parents, “go ahead gossip about that teacher they deserve it.” You know what – maybe this is a “Grace Place,” because we are all in need of God’s undeserved love and through Christ we indeed have it!

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Faultless, by Mr. Angell

admin : November 12, 2017 2:27 am : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

Several years ago my youngest son had one of those life lessons that as a parent you hope that they never have, but they end up having them anyway. Joel lent his car to his best friend so that he could move his stuff into a new apartment. Well, it was raining, he was distracted by something falling in the backseat, and he ran into another car. Now comes the life lesson: it is not Dustin’s insurance that covers the accident; it is Joel’s insurance. Even worse, Joel’s car is totaled and he is still paying on it, so he might end up with no car, no down payment, and a higher insurance rate. In his eyes he is faultless, however as we pointed out to him, he does bear some of the blame, because he chose to lend his car to Dustin.

 

Too often as Christians we see ourselves as faultless. We are good Christians, we attend church regularly, unlike some of the other families. We do not gossip about other parents or teachers. We do not join the other teachers talking about THOSE parents, or we don’t join the other parents talking about THAT teacher. However, like the Pharisee, we better be careful that we don’t break our arm patting ourselves on the back. Paul addresses our “faultlessness” very clearly in Romans 3:23, when he says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Sure, we may not participate in gossip or back biting, but did we follow the example of Christ in the temple and stand up to say this is not right? Unfortunately we are not faultless, fortunately we are FORGIVEN!

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Work In Progress, by Mr. Angell

admin : November 3, 2017 7:44 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

All of us have had an experience with road projects especially with our current headache, ART. You drive for miles trying to find an exit, only to find that your favorite ramp is closed, or that the whole freeway has been shut down. The Department of Transportation tells us that it is a “work in progress” and that it is near completion. It is difficult though, to focus on the long term benefits when you are sitting in miles of bumper to bumper traffic because the road is closed.

Teachers are familiar with “works in progress.” We have twenty of them sitting in the classroom. Twenty little “works in progress” and like commuters, sometimes it is difficult to look beyond the current problems to see that the end result and the benefits they will bring. As Lutheran school teachers we must trust in the Lord to give us the wisdom and knowledge, love, concern, and the skills to guide these little “works in progress” to their final destination.

Lutheran school teachers are also “works in progress” sometimes our on ramp is closed (we forget to send home a note), drive miles to find an exit (we don’t get all the papers graded), or the whole road is shut down (we get upset with a student). But with the Lord’s help these experiences cause us to grow and develop as teachers. Like with our students, we must trust in the Lord to guide us, remind us that we are sinners, help us acquire the knowledge and understanding to be better teachers, and with His blessing reach that final destination. So the next time you’re sitting in traffic complaining about the “work in progress,” remember that we are all a “work in progress” and that final destination (heaven) is at the end of the road.

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Choices, by Mr. Angell

admin : October 31, 2017 3:24 pm : Principal's Corner

As I awoke this morning I had a choice to make: do I jump out of bed and get started on my day or do I hit the snooze button and sleep for another 10 minutes? Then I had to choose what clothes to wear. Well, actually my wife made that choice… something about appropriate taste and matching, all too complicated for me in the morning. Then I had to choose what to have for breakfast. As usual since I was late the decision was simple, toast and juice ruled the day – simple, quick, and easy. The point of my rambling is that before I even reached school I had a dozen choices to make. We all have choices to make in our lives. Some are easy; some require some thought and planning. Each day the students at Immanuel face hundreds of choices. Do I do my homework? Do I follow directions? Do I make fun of one of the other students? Do I ignore one of my “friends” because they chose not to do what I want them to do? How do they make those decisions, and what influences are they listening to? Unfortunately too many times it is the media or their peers that influence those decisions. An important part of our responsibility as a Christian educator and yours as a parent is helping students to learn to make the right choices. Where do we look for guidance as teachers and as parents in this very important task? We look to the Master Teacher, to Jesus. If we teach our children to use Christ as an example, to look to the Bible for guidance, how can they go wrong in any decision that they make? Even if they do make a mistake, which as sinful human beings we are prone to do, they will know that they are forgiven and are still a lamb-of-God. So it is important that as educators and parents, we talk to our children about choices they must make, and that they know God is always there to help them make the right choice, all they have to do is ask.

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