Monthly Archives: February 2016

No Greater Love

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

As we approach Valentine’s Day, many of us are busy buying cards and gifts for our special someone. While there are others who are perhaps still waiting for their special someone to come around. However, no matter which category we fall into, there’s one amazing truth we should all remember and really relish in on this Valentine’s Day. We were all sent a Valentine when God sent His son to earth to die for our sins. So, while roses and cards are nice, there is simply no other act of love that could possibly come close to comparing to the gift we were given through Jesus.

Why don’t we all use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to share this unbelievably amazing gift with others by spreading His love to those around us? Whether it’s by telling our friends and family how much we love them or by sharing the Gospel with someone who has yet to know Christ, we all have a chance to make Valentine’s Day a happy one for everyone we encounter.

10 Verses of Love:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Hate stirs up trouble, but love forgives all offenses.”  Proverbs 10:12

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  1 Chronicles 16:34

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great…” Luke 6:35

“But the fruit of Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Galatians 5:22-23

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Matthew 22:37-39

Passing On Our Faith to Our Children

There is likely no stronger desire for a Christian parent than the desire to pass on his/her faith. However, there is probably also no job more challenging in today’s world. I recently came across some tips on ways in which we can pass on our faith to our children. Although instinctively, I felt as if I had probably known these things, I still found it incredibly helpful to be reminded of them.

First, we pass on our faith by principle. The Word of God should directly impact our thoughts and actions on a daily basis. Incorporating the Word of God into conversations as much as possible with our children is also fruitful:

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NIV)

Second, we pass on our faith by pattern. I’ve certainly seen firsthand that children often learn more by watching what we do than by listening to what we say. So, it’s critical that they see us keeping God front and center by living out biblical principles. We can do this in everyday life by acknowledging His involvement in and control over our lives, by thanking Him when our needs have been met and by praying for others we encounter who may be ill or in some sort of trouble. When they see us living out our faith by praying to, praising and worshiping God everyday, not just at church on Sundays, it sets a powerful example to our children. Of course, none of us will be perfect examples to our children, but striving to provide the best possible illustration of God’s love for them will undoubtedly have a profound affect on them. When they see us turn to Him for help in everyday situations that arise, it teaches them to do the same. It shows them that God’s truths apply to everyday situations.

Third, we pass on our faith by persistence-by doing what is necessary, even if it’s not convenient or easy. This might mean giving up time or money to help others in need, even when we don’t have an abundance of those things ourselves. When we live out God’s principles in front of our children on a daily basis, we help to foster an everyday faith in them as well.  By doing so, we enable them to form strong spiritual foundations upon which they will build for the rest of their lives.

“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6:47-48 NIV

References:

Schlauch, K. (2016, January 12). Christian Parenting Tips: Fostering an Everyday Faith in Your Child. [Blog post]. Retrieved from: http://www.libertychristianschoolmd.com/blog/topic/christian-parenting

Rider, T. (2015, November 15). Passing on Our Faith. [Blog post]. Retrieved from: http://www.fbalions.org/about-fba/blog.cfm?threadid=7382

 

Four Generations Full of Memories at SCS

It’s been said before that “SCS is Easy to Love”. Well, one family that clearly illustrates this love is the family of Mrs. Robin McCourt.  While many here at SCS know Mrs. McCourt as the High School Choral Director, many may not realize what a long history she and many generations of her family have at SCS.

All three of Mrs. McCourt’s children are proud Smithtown Christian graduates. The oldest, Alexandra, attended from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The second and third, Samara and Joseph, attended from Pre-K through 12th grade. Mrs. McCourt’s parents, Peggy & Lance Lancellotti, provided unfailing support, in every capacity, to their grandchildren’s education, attending every graduation, moving-up ceremony, Grandparents Day and concert each of them had – you name it, they were there!

Mrs. McCourt began working as a substitute teacher at Smithtown Christian School when her youngest child, Joseph, was in Kindergarten in 1998.  A few years later, she was drafted to be the Uniform Coordinator.  For a number of years, Mrs. McCourt volunteered her time assisting the music faculty, specifically the chorus. [She is a graduate of Grove City College, having majored in Music Education.] When an opening arose in 2005, Mrs. McCourt was an obvious choice for the job. SCS asked her to become the High School Choral Director and she jumped at the opportunity!

In 2004, Alexandra married Tyler Erickson and, at her request, then Superintendent Pastor Greco presided over the wedding. Years later, they enrolled their 3 1/2 year old daughter, Willow in Happy Time Preschool.  When reflecting upon Willow’s Christmas presentation, Mrs. McCourt shared:

“I’m very proud to say that 4 generations of my family were in that room for Willow’s first Christmas Presentation – Willow Erickson, Willow’s mother, Alex (McCourt) Erickson, Willow’s proud ‘Nona & Poppy’ (me and my husband Tommy!) and her beaming great grandparents….yup, my parents, Peggy & Lance were in the front row supporting, loving and encouraging the education at Smithtown Christian School as they have since 1987!”

How wonderful it is to hear of a family so loyal to SCS and faithful to its mission to raise up the next generation as servants of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!