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Wisdom from Paul Tripp

April 05, 2020
By Paul Tripp - Wednesday Word

We are currently facing a unique crisis that is impacting every person across the globe. Although the direct impact for each of us is different, there is a collective grief that we are facing as a society. We've lost our sense of normalcy and there's a lot of uncertainty about the future. How do we stay informed while avoiding information overload?

Pastor, speaker, and best-selling author, Paul Tripp shared some wisdom on how he is staying informed, seeking God, and making wise decisions in this time of uncertainty. 

His full devotional is embedded below (scroll down to view) or you can visit his website directly by CLICKING HERE.

The Twilight Zone

March 27, 2020
By Sandra Breaden

While I was trying to explain today’s world events to my 90-year old father recently, I thought to myself, “this sounds like an episode of The Twilight Zone!” I confess I used to love that show as a kid, and the creepy music ("dee dee DEE dee"…) and opening monologue never failed to send shivers down my spine.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

We seem to be living in a type of “Twilight Zone” these days, don’t we? It feels like we are caught between two dimensions: the life we used to know, one that felt sure and familiar, and the life ahead, one that seems scary and uncertain. As I reflected on this, I recalled that we are not alone in human history in this regard. Numerous individuals and people groups have faced a seismic shift like this, and we read of many of them in the Bible.

Some examples include:

  • Abraham – a man called out of everything familiar to a lifetime journey toward an unknown land to become the father of a new nation (Genesis 12 begins the story)
  • Moses – son of an Israelite slave, adopted by an Egyptian princess, raised as a royal, driven to the desert, then back to Egypt to lead out a host of disgruntled people on a lifetime journey (Exodus 2)
  • The Israelites – wow…just trace their many passages from the “known” to the “unknown” throughout Scripture and human history 
  • Joseph – beloved son, hated brother, sold into slavery, thrown in prison, rewarded by a king and named second in command of a national super power (Genesis 37)
  • David – a shepherd boy who became a warrior, then a fugitive, then a king (I Samuel 16)
  • Daniel – a noble youth turned conquered slave who became a trusted Babylonian ruler, thrown mercilessly to the lions, then miraculously brought back to national prominence (Daniel 1)

The list could go on and on, but by now you get the idea. There are lots of shifting sands in life; lots of roads which appear to be heading straight toward a recognizable destination but suddenly take a 90 degree turn into the unknown. So what can we learn from these beloved biblical accounts? I would suggest we learn that times of drastic change, while scary and seemingly out of control, are actually orchestrated by God to accomplish His purposes. 

In fact, if you’ll reflect on these stories, you can see that it was in these “Twilight Zone” times that God was at work in fantastic, strategic ways. Often we observe that these were times of preparation for His people. He was moving them toward a destination to fulfill His intended purpose. Those sudden, shocking life changes placed them in positions where they could be trained, taught, and tested to accomplish their God-ordained ends.

We also see that these periods of change and uncertainty require faith, patience and fortitude. These experiences can last for a long time from a human perspective. So while we may chafe at having to wait and wonder during this incredible world-wide event, we should determine to trust the Author of the story. He has proven over and over to be good, wise and faithful. The historical accounts provided in the Bible reveal that God knows exactly where His people are at any given moment in history and how to prepare them for where they are headed.

So what do we do while we wait? There’s no magic formula. Just do what all Christians throughout time have had to do: Be patient. Learn contentment. Be obedient to what you know is right. Glean wisdom from His Word and in prayer as you make decisions. And through it all, seek to become better acquainted with your great God. 

What lies ahead after COVID-19 I certainly couldn’t say. But by reflecting on the truth revealed in God’s Word, I’m assured that He is preparing each one of us in unique and wonderful ways. You were born for such a time as this, dear students. It may be strange and scary, but it is also exhilarating and humbling to realize that God is equipping you right now to live out the next chapter in HIS wonderful unfolding story. 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Read Your Bible

March 21, 2020
By Garrett Watkins

We really are living in unprecedented times. I don’t think I could have imagined a scenario where we would be stuck in our homes for such an extended period of time. We are about a week in and it already feels strange. With that being said, I want to offer a very simple challenge to you; study your Bible. Let me offer five (very brief) reasons as to why studying the Bible is so important.

1. Studying your Bible will shape your worldview

Every piece of information that we come into contact with is competing for space in our mind. And what we think about in our mind, will seep into our hearts affecting what we treasure. In a culture that is responding with fear (and cynicism), we need God’s Word to shape our worldview. If we want to trust God through this, we must allow his truth to infiltrate our minds and hearts. Notice how Paul exhorts us to use our minds to help our hearts in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed (heart) by the renewal (mind) of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” 

2. Studying your Bible will help keep you from conflict

No matter how much you love your family and how much your family loves you, COVID19 will mean a change in our routine. One of those changes will be how much time we are spending with our families. This undoubtedly will result in an increase in conflict. Give yourself to study God’s Word to help you know how to treat others and walk through conflict. Prepare yourself, each day, to count others more significant than yourself just as Jesus has done for you in the gospel (Philippians 2:4-11). 

3. Studying your Bible will help you fight temptation

An increase in available free time could mean an increase in temptation for sin. Whether this be endless hours on video games (Proverbs 6:6-8), sexual immorality (Proverbs 5), or unnecessary conversations with friends (Ephesians 4:29), be ready to fight against temptation to sin. One practical way to do this is to delight yourself in God’s Word by faithfully meditating on it (Psalm 1:1-3). 

4. Studying your Bible will remind you of who God is

Many people in our world are responding in fear (insert overused toilet paper hoarding reference here) to this situation. And apart from an understanding of who God is, perhaps this fear is valid. I would be very fearful right now if it were not for God, who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:3). I would be hoarding all sorts of things if it were not for God who upholds the universe by word of his power (Hebrews 1:3). I would be panicking right now if it were not for God who promises that not even COVID19 is a threat to his sovereign love tethered to us for all the days of our lives (Romans 8:31-39). 

5. Studying your Bible will build your arsenal

One time studying God’s Word may not change us. Even a year of faithfully studying may not seem like it is doing much. But the beautiful and God-designed (Psalm 1:3) purpose for studying Scripture is that it will build an arsenal of weaponry to fight the lies we believe (the liar being yourself (1 John 1:8) or even Satan (1 Peter 5:8)). Overtime, we will grow — in our ability to study God’s Word, in our love for God and His Word and in our practice of faithfully living out the Christian life.

We need the transforming power of God’s grace to get through this moment faithfully. Thankfully, this grace is readily available for us in a book written by God himself (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This is my challenge and encouragement to each of you — be a student of the Word during this moment in your life. 

New Parent Help Blog!

November 04, 2019
By Sandra Breaden

Welcome to TKA Parent Help Blog!

There are many great resources and information that often come to our attention that we feel would benefit our families, and we've decided that a forum such as this will provide a great space to do so. We expect to share current issues related to students, parenting, academics, faith and more.

This forum will be open only to our TKA families and will require you to connect via your FACTS/RenWeb email. That way, we can keep the topics in-house as they pertain to our school and share those tips and tools we feel will be of interest to parents at The King's Academy.

We are blessed to partner with you in the education of your child. God has placed us in community together to love, encourage and support one another, and we are excited to be on the journey with you. Stay tuned for our first post coming soon!

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