Principal’s Pen: Not just an option

“I’m checking out the options.”

Every parochial school administrator has likely heard these words. Parents sometimes become dissatisfied with their child’s current school. When this happens, they explore the options.

However, Christian education is not just an option. It is true education. God gives us two reasons for this.

First, God commands parents to train their children in his Word. He says, “Impress [my commands and promises] on your children” (Deuteronomy 6:7). The psalmist adds, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,…which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children…and they in turn would tell their children” (Psalm 78:4-6). Christian education is God’s directive to parents. In addition to what they teach in their homes, many parents use Christian schools to reinforce the message. It is their joy to provide this opportunity for their children.

Psalm 119:105Secondly, God promises to bless his Word. Christian schools employ the Word of God in every possible situation. Students in Christian schools are immersed in Scripture from “bell to bell.” They are continuously exposed to the blessings of God’s Word in school. Isaiah writes, “[My Word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). Our Savior also attests that his Word is “full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63).

Most education trains only the mind and body. Christian education also does this by first reaching the heart. God’s Word has the power to effect true change in all learners for now and eternity.

Christian education is not just an option. It is true education.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Principal’s Pen: Comfort Amid Discord

Principal's MessageToday, America is disunited. The uncooperative spirit among our people has cultivated national dysfunctionality and strife.

God warns that in the final days “people will be lovers of themselves….boastful, proud…ungrateful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:2). Our Savior also alerts us, “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again” (Matthew 24:21).

It’s unsettling, but it’s the reality of life.

In the midst of discord and disunity come God’s comforting assurances. His writers warn us of the worst. But, they also encourage us to trust his promises.

2 Peter 3:18First, God encourages us to live holy lives. “Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away….Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:17-18). By faith, we serve God and our fellowmen. We glorify him when we demonstrate Christlike love for others.

Secondly, he encourages us to grow spiritually stronger. Good works are not a Means of Grace. Rather, they come from saving faith. They are spiritual exercise to strengthen us. Just as weightlifters train their muscles, exercising our faith through godly living trains us to “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2).

It is unlikely that our nation will easily overcome its current societal disarray.

Thank God for his comforting Word that guides us in these trying times. By faith, we serve him and others following Christ’s example of humility, love, and service.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Although this adage was used for years, it was popularized in the 1970s. In context, the speaker referred to government trying to fix things that were not broken, while ignoring things that needed fixing.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

As Christians, we may wonder at this time of year,
“If Christmas ain’t broke, then why does the world keep trying to fix it?”

The answer is that the world views Christmas very differently.

It sees Christmas as an occasion for lavish gift giving, disregarding God’s greatest gift— his Son, the world’s Savior. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

The world sees Christmas as family time, losing sight of God’s promise, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26).

The world sees Christmas as a party time, ignoring the true reason for celebration, “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you” (Zechariah 9:9).
baby_14775cIn short, the world has lost Christmas’ true meaning: the celebration of God becoming man to perfectly fulfill the law and pay for mankind’s sins.

From the Christian perspective, Christmas works just fine!

God bless your Christmas celebration. May he also give you a joyous New Year.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org This post is the meditation from the December 2016 edition of the LLHS Federation Connection. Read the rest of the newsletter here.

Principal’s Pen: What are you giving thanks for?

Thanks be to God!The fourth Thursday in November is America’s national day of Thanksgiving. To many, it is the kickoff to Christmas shopping. To others, it is family and feasting. Many look forward to parades and football.

Although America’s Thanksgiving does not have distinctly religious roots, Christians can only see the possibilities.

The lesson of the Ten Lepers is often read on Thanksgiving. In it, we find earthly and heavenly meanings. It provides reasons to thank God.

First, like the lepers were without hope, we can only admit our lost state due to sin. Theirs was an incurable physical disease. We face eternal death. We are born with sin, we live in it, and – without God’s intervention – we will forever die in it. Just as the lepers thanked Jesus for physical healing, you and I can thank God for spiritual healing through his Son.

Secondly, Jesus’ healing brought the lepers physical blessings: extension of their lives and the right to return home. Every day, God blesses us physically with “clothing, shoes, food, drink, house, [and] home.” The depth of our blessings is far beyond what we need and can use. We can thank God for these physical blessings.

Most importantly, our greatest blessing is identified through the returning leper’s words and actions. He knew and believed that the one who physically healed him was the One who also brought him spiritual healing. The evangelist notes that this leper—a Samaritan—“came back, praising God…[and] threw himself at Jesus’ feet” (Luke 17:16). Why? That is found in Jesus’ words, “Your faith has made you well” (v. 17). This man’s physical healing was an act of Jesus’ mercy. His spiritual healing—and ours—is God’s gift through faith in Jesus.

Being thankful is always appropriate. The Bible commands, “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

As Christians, let us always thank God for our salvation through Jesus.
God bless your Thanksgiving!

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org