School days are here again. We don't know if you parents had tears of joy or sadness as you sent your little ones off to school for another year. It is another year of letting go and allowing them to grow. We extend our deep appreciation to each of our school administrators, teachers and home school parents who are called to teach and influence young lives. Parents, we applaud you. Thank you for teaching Godly principles and being the example that Christ has called you to be in nurturing your children for him.
Oh, the joy of learning. The apostle Paul exhorts young Timothy, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15
We have never arrived in our knowledge of Christ and we are never too old to learn. There is a little quip that we love: When you know better, you do better. Jesus Christ raises our standard of living.
Rev. John Brady
When was the last time you opened your Bible and studied a passage of Scripture? When we meditate on Scripture, we fill our minds with God's word and let the truth sink into our hearts. We allow our Father to speak to us in the depths of our souls. We commune with him, and then act upon the instruction of his Word. "Thy word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11
What Scripture are you memorizing right now? If something doesn't come to mind, get out your Bible and a pad of paper and write out those verses that will minister to your present need. Our faith grows when we are in the Word. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
When we study and memorize the word of God, we gain God's perspective on our circumstances so we can rise above the tensions of family demands, career pressures and juggling priorities. When we are fed by the word of God our spirits are nourished and we grow, mature and become the men and women God designed us to be. Parents, let your children know that you are also in school. Share with them what you are learning. Quote your memorized Scriptures to them.
Reflections, a mini-sermon written by Minot and area clergy, will appear each Saturday in The Minot Daily News. Clergy interested in writing a mini-sermon should contact Religion Editor Loretta Johnson at 857-1952 or Debbie Sandvold at 857-1950. The toll-free number is 1-800-735-3229.
We are thrilled to pastor a church that still has Sunday school, Junior Bible Quiz and weekly children's ministries. Friends, may we not become "weary in our well doing." We must continue to impact our children with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
You may ask a child, "What grade are you in?" May we ask you, "What are you learning this year in the school of life?"
May each of you (yes, you adults) have a great school year! I'll be learning with you.
The Rev. John Brady is pastor of First Assembly of God in Minot.