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Let Us SHINE: Spiritual Emphasis Chapel Review

August 28, 2015
By Miss Barbie
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2015 Spiritual Emphasis Chapels at ALCS

Spiritual Emphasis Week Chapels

In Review

What a blessed week we’ve had with our Spiritual Emphasis Week Chapels to launch us into the new school year!  We want to sincerely say thank you to Pastor Mickey Best of Point of Grace Church who served as our speaker this week.  He educated us, enlightened us, and even entertained us as he walked us through our core verse for the year:  Philippians 2:14-15.

 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” 

At Chapel we were blessed with a powerful time of worship led by Miss Flaherty with help from Miss Haynie and Mrs. White.  What a blessing it is to ‘make a joyful noise’ and connect with God through music.  We trust God was honored through our praises.  Be blessed by seeing and hearing our students sing 'This I Believe' for we truly do believe in the name of Jesus! (here)

Here’s a short summary of what we learned this week:

Wednesday (All School Chapel; K-12): 

Pastor Best began by welcoming everyone and encouraging each student to help new students feel part of the ALCS family.  After prayer, he began discussing how 90% of the United States’ population lives in an area with light pollution, so that only 10% of us can see the night sky as God created it.  He spoke about his experiences in Joshua Tree National Park where the sky is so clear and inspiring due to its lack of light pollution.  He noted that seeing the stars reminds us of how big, incredible, and majestic our Creator is for He alone put all those stars in the night sky.  When we are in nature, we are surrounded by God’s creation and it draws us nearer to Him.  We see Him in all He made and as we draw nearer to Him we experience His love for us more and more deeply.  Once we know God’s love for us, everything changes.  God wants to light up our lives with His love and for us to then shine His love on others so they will come to know God.  We live in a broken world that needs God.  Let us shine for Him!
Key verses highlighted:  Philippians 2:14-15 and John 3:16-21

Thursday (All School Chapel; K-8; high school at ADVANCE): 

Pastor Best opened by sharing a powerful story of how we can show God’s love to others.  It was the story of the two Texas schools’ football game - the Gainesville Tornadoes vs the Grapevine Faith Christian Lions.  It seemed like just a regular football game until we learned that the Lions’ fans cheered for the Tornadoes, provided the team members a meal and a Bible, had a spirit line to cheer for them, and even banners to root on the Tornadoes.  Why?  The Tornadoes needed to experience God’s love. [ READ the story HERE for yourself – it’s truly encouraging! ]  The story is all about the gift of hope, love, caring for others.  When we fill our minds with good things, right things, and think on them we act out those good and right things.  Just like if we fill our minds with negative thoughts or wrong things, we act on those dark things.  What we listen to, watch, read, and think about matters.  If we sow good things, we reap good things – even in our minds.  In the story, the GFC Lions sowed powerful seeds of love and they trust God to reap good things.  Likewise, they could have sown seeds of fear or distrust, and that’s what they would have reaped.  Grapevine Faith Christian modeled for us what we know to be true in God’s word – focus on God, what is right so that our hearts and minds grow in a way that is selfless, not selfish; God honoring and loving, not loving things.  We were encouraged to think on Philippians 4:8 “ Finally, brothers and sisters, 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.” and to do our best to live out Matthew 5:14-16,  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Key verses highlighted:  Philippians 2:14-15; Philippians 4:8; Matthew 5:14-16; and Matthew 6:22-23

Friday (All School Chapel; K-8; high school at ADVANCE): 

Pastor Best wrapped up our Spiritual Emphasis Week Chapels with a challenge.  He began by talking about how before Aaron Rodgers was a major star in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, he was just a kid learning to play football.  We all start at the beginning; no one is an expert or the best at something right away.  We all have POTENTIAL!  God knows our potential and what we are meant to be.  He wants to see us use our potential, our gifts for the right things – not for money or for power, but to see others’ need, to see the lost, to see the hurting, to see the opportunity to serve others and bless them, to share Jesus’ love and live lives that honor God.  We have a sinful nature that makes us selfish and greedy.  God’s love helps us become selfless, people of faith and love.  His grace and mercy cleanses us and His love draws us to become followers of Christ.  As we looked at Philippians 2:14-15 again, we thought about what the opposite of arguing is – love; the opposite of complaining is faith.  Love and faith help us handle our tempers (to prevent complaining and arguing) to build self-control which helps us grow so we can be ‘blameless and pure children on God’ who will ‘shine like stars in the universe.’  Our challenge:  to use our potential to honor God so that wherever we go, whatever we say or do we SHINE!
Key verses highlighted:  Philippians 2:14-15; Proverbs 14:29; Proverbs 16:32; 2 Timothy 2:22-24;
Proverbs 14-10; and Philippians 4:8


May this be just the start of a powerful year of
learning about, growing in, and deepening our love for the Lord. 

Our prayer is that we will ‘SHINE like stars in the universe’ and honor God in all.

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