What Makes a Christian School? by Mr. Angell

admin : March 9, 2018 3:38 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Lutheran elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The teacher made a note, and posted on the apple tray: “Take only One. God is watching.” Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

One statement that I have always had a problem with is, “That shouldn’t happen here – it is a Christian school.” Two responses come to mind, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) And “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by his grace…” Romans 3:23. If you were the devil where would you concentrate your efforts? Out in the general public where there are already people who deny the existence of God, or in a Christian school where we seek to help each other grow in faith? My bet is that you would focus on turning those with faith away from Christ, planting the seed of doubt, using self-righteousness, jealousy, and hatred to destroy our faith. Yes, this is a Christian school. Unfortunately, unlike our Savior Jesus Christ, we (teachers, students, pastors, and parents) are not perfect. We make mistakes. We make bad choices. We sin! The Good News is that through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we are forgiven, and because He forgives us we forgive one another and are able to speak to one another in Christian love and concern. That makes a Christian School!

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National Lutheran Schools Week, by Mr. Angell

admin : March 3, 2018 10:06 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

As we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week, it is important to remember that the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Immanuel Lutheran Church in particular have a long history of supporting Christian education. Since establishing Immanuel Lutheran School in 1924, the congregation has supported the school with its time, talents, and treasures. Throughout the history of the school, there have been many changes to enrollment and faculty, but the commitment of the congregation to Lutheran education has been unwavering. Immanuel Lutheran Church and School has strived to provide a quality academic education to the children of the congregation, our sister congregations, and the community of Albuquerque. But more importantly, Immanuel through its dedicated teachers, has provided a Christian education that allows your child to study God’s Word daily, to see how it relates to other areas of the curriculum, and to incorporate that message into their daily life. A strong academic environment and good educational programs are valuable, but a place where your child can grow in the knowledge and faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is priceless. Praise God for Lutheran Schools, Lutheran teachers, and congregations that value a partnership with the school in “Teaching a Changeless Christ to a Changing World.”

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Made New, by Mr. Angell

admin : February 23, 2018 5:30 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

Several years ago we decided to remodel our bathroom, or more accurately, Joan decided we should remodel the bathroom and I reluctantly agreed. Personally I thought we should hire someone, but the finances were such that it became a DIY project. Although I grumbled and moaned, it was gratifying to see something that had been stripped down begin to take shape as we patched the walls, sanded, painted, and put down the new flooring. A bathroom that could only be described as flawed and imperfect becomes like new.

As Christians we go through much the same process. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” But how is that possible? How do we as imperfect and flawed creatures become new? Paul goes on in verse 18 to explain, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…” When Christ took on our sins, died on the cross, and defeated death through His resurrection, we became like new. We can patch, sand, and paint all we want but that is not going to make us new. Only when we are brought to faith through the Holy Spirit and confess our sins do we become like new. Praise be to God who offers us this new life in Christ each and every day!

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Giving Away Our Sin!, by Mr. Angell

admin : February 19, 2018 5:06 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

We have a give-away room; you might have a give-away pile. That “stuff” you no longer have a use for. We currently use one of our spare bedrooms until it is full to overflowing and then it is time for a trip to Goodwill or hopefully the Good Deed bins are at school. It would probably be easier to do it on a regular basis and then there would not be so much to transport, but it usually takes “stuff” flowing out of the room to get us motivated.

Several years ago in a Lenten chapel we gave away our sins. Students were asked to think about one sin that they wanted to turn over to God and then to write it on a slip of paper. When students came into chapel they then hung that sin on a cross made from an old Christmas tree symbolizing our taking our sins to the cross as Christ took on our sins when He died on the cross for us. We told the students that the next week those sins would be gone from the cross when they come into chapel, symbolizing how Christ daily takes away our sins. I also pointed out that because of baptism, we can and should take those sins to the cross daily asking Christ’s forgiveness. The question we have to ask ourselves is, have we given away our sins or are you storing them up in the give-away room? What are you waiting for? Christ died on the cross for our sins. All we have to do is give them to Him each and every day.

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The Pit, by Mr. Angell

admin : February 9, 2018 9:57 pm : Panther Tales, Principal's Corner

A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out. A subjective person came along and said: “I feel for you down there.” An objective person came along and said: “It’s logical that someone would fall into a pit.” A Pharisee said, “Only bad people fall into a pit.” A mathematician calculated how he fell into the pit. A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on his pit. A Fundamentalist said: “You deserve your pit.” A taxation agent asked if he was paying taxes on the pit. A self-pitying person said: “You haven’t seen anything until you have seen My Pit!” A Charismatic said: “Just confess that you’re not in a pit.” An optimist said: “Things could get worse.” A pessimist said: “Things will get worse.” Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and Lifted Him Out of the pit.


Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25:34-36, 40, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Are we following Jesus’ example? –Author Anonymous

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