Wednesday August 23rd Chapel Service began with acoustic music by Kristen Newnham and an incredible Bible story shared by Mr. Allen. "The Day that God made the Sun Stand Still". With the recent Total Eclipse this message was loved by the children. I noticed they all were listening with great interest. Mr. Allen shared how in Genesis 1, God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was in total darkness. God said, "Let there be light; and there was light. He then divided the light from darkness, making Day and Night. Then on the 4th day, God made the sun and moon to rule the light and darkness. Also in Revelations, God reveals that the new earth has no need for the sun and the moon because He is the Light! In Joshua 10, while fighting 5 kings God made the sun stand still and make the day last longer for Joshua. This had never happened before or since.
On August 30th another story was shared by Mr. Allen that showed a great phenomenon that had never happened before or since. In Matthew 14, Just after Jesus fed the multitude with only five loaves of bread and two fishes, Jesus ordered the disciples to get into their boat and cross the sea to the other side. He then asked the people to leave and went upon the mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying the disciples were caught in a storm and they struggled for hours. During the middle of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him, they were afraid thinking He was a spirit. Jesus spoke and told them who He was and to not be afraid. Peter was asked to come follow Jesus and he walked on water. Peter became terrified when he realized what was happening and lost faith and began to doubt. Jesus helped him back into the boat. Mr. Allen reminded us that when we are always either going into, in the midst of, or coming out of storms of life, we must not be afraid because Jesus will be with us always, even in the storms. Doubt means your mind is divided between faith and doubt. When we have doubts and failures, we have to look to Jesus and pray for understanding and guidance. When Peter and Jesus stepped into the boat the winds stopped and the storm was over. Disciples worshipped Him and knew He was the Son of God. We will encounter storms and need to keep focus on Jesus. When we have doubts, we need to ask God to help us. In the New Testament, Matthew, Mark and John all told about this great story but only Matthew told about Peter's experience.
Cornerstone Christian students have chapel service every Wednesday morning at 8:00am. Parents and families are welcome to attend this 30 minute service with your children. This is a great way to reinforce the message they are getting as well as provide another opportunity to be a part of your childs weekly school activities. If you are able we would love to have you join us.
We generally have music and a Bible lesson given by Mr. Allen. There are times when we may have a guest speaker come and bless us with their message. When possible guest speakers will be announced on our school calendar on the date they will be attending.
Sep 6, 2017
Why do bad things happen to good people? We will always encounter storms in life and bad things just happen. Sin comes into the world and upsets everything. God is always in control and he loves us no matter what happens. God tells us to not Fear. Horatio Gates Spafford was a prominent American lawyer and Presbyterian church elder. He is best known for penning the Christian hymn It Is Well with My Soul. Mr. Allen shared this incredible true story of the tragedy this man encountered by losing his 4 daughters when a ship sunk while on their way to vacation back in the 1800’s. Because of Jesus, Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that nothing can separate us from God’s Love revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Horacio had the hope of God’s Love that someday he would be reunited with his girls. God gave his only son for us.
Sep 20, 2017
Temptations—If sinning wasn’t fun it wouldn’t be tempting. Have you ever been tempted by eating Brussel sprouts or going to doctor? Jesus was tempted but did not sin. How did Jesus resist it? Matthew 4:1 reminds us… When we are on top of our mountain Satan will tempt us. (HALT = H-hungry, A-Angry, L-Lonely, T-Tired) These are when Satan really steps in and tempts us when we are hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Our students were so attentive and interacted with Mr. Allen by answering questions and really soaking in every word he said. After fasting for 40 days, Jesus was hungry. Satan asked him to turn stones into bread and use his power for himself. Jesus told Satan that man didn’t live by bread alone but needed every word of God. The 2nd Temptation, Satan took Jesus, through a vision, took him to the Holy City Jerusalem on top of the highest temple and ask him to jump off the building. Satan twisted the scripture and Jesus told him that you shall not take God to the test. Satan wanted him to prove himself. People dare you to do things and that is just like what Satan done. We should say no if it is dangerous and wrong. God cares about us more than anyone else. We don’t have to prove ourselves to Satan or other people. The 3rd Temptation, Satan took him to high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms and told him he would give him all the kingdoms if he would bow down and worship Satan. Jesus didn’t come to be a ruler of kingdoms, he came to save everyone by dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus again told Satan “no”. Jesus told him to leave and go away. So, Satan left and the angels came and administered him. We are tempted with shortcuts on tests. Jesus quoted scripture all three times and we need to know what the Bible teaches us so we know how to handle temptations. We need to memorize the scriptures and hide them in our heart so Satan will flee from us when we resist him.
Sep. 27, 2017
Beatitudes (Part 1) Sermon on the Mount -Matthew 5
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (KJV Matthew 4:17) Repent means when you are going in the wrong direction and you turn around and go in the right direction. We are living in the Kingdom of Heaven right now. Jesus tells us, “I am here and where I am is the kingdom but will be fulfilled later. Jesus took the people up on the mountainside and taught the people about the kingdom of heaven. All 8 poetic statements that make up the beatitudes all start with “Blessed.” In Gods kingdom, blessed means we are satisfied. The only way to satisfy our hunger is to eat. These things are going to satisfy the people. The people then were poor and begged for their needs. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who realize without God they have nothing. No matter how much worldly things they have they should have God also. Blessed are those that mourn. Sad sorrowful people then only lived to be only about 25 years of age. They had lost many of their loved ones. Blessed are those that are gentle and meek. This is those that are humble and weak. Our world values those that are strong. Meek means under control. If they surrender their selves to God then he promises they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness. We should have food and water to live. The people of that day understood what this meant. God wants people to have desire for doing right. If we see someone not doing right, we should help them or get them help. We got to be willing to follow Jesus and have desire to surrender ourselves to God.
Oct 4, 2017
Beatitudes (Part 2)
Jesus told us, if you put these things in your life, you will be happy and satisfied in my kingdom. Blessed are the merciful. God forgives us and we should forgive others. Blessed are the pure in heart. We should do things for the right reason and should always listen to our teacher. Blessed are the peace makers. We should help people make peace with God. We need to be in peace with other people and not be angry. We should be at peace with our self. God will throw our sins in the deepest part of the ocean so they will never be remembered again. The Bible tells us that God is willing to forgive us our sins. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake. In some countries, some people that believe in Jesus are persecuted just for believing in God. Jesus tells us to not fear for in this world we have many who do bad things. These are principles we should live by. Do the right thing and you will be happy and satisfied in my kingdom. We want to treat others as we want to be treated. This will keep peace.