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October 02, 2017
By David Freberg

Spirit Week - 

Spirit Week is always a fun week for the students.  They get to dress up each day with different themes such as superhero day, school spirit day, and pajama day (everyone’s favorite).  They compete between the classes for dress-up participation, banners and doors, and Cash for Convoy.  There are the volleyball games during the week and the football game on Friday night.  They attend the pep rally with the fun games and class cheer competition.  There is the crowning of the homecoming queen who will reign for the next year.  The alumni come back for the football game.  Spirit Week is exciting!

During Spirit Week, the students are not always the most attentive to their studies.  With all of the distractions, they had to force themselves to pay attention in class and on their tests.  Sometimes these times of distraction are when a few students excel.  They thrive when they are forced to focus and are intentional about not being distracted.  This may not be the norm, but it happens.

We are often that way in our Christian life.  We can have our largest spiritual growth during times of distraction because we have to be intentional about our prayer time.  We have to be intentional about our time in the Word.  We have to be intentional in our church attendance.  In Luke 10, Mary was intentional about spending time with Jesus while Martha was distracted with the busyness of the day.  Don’t let busy times keep you from your walk with our Lord and Savior.  Be intentional about growing closer to God.  

Keep reflecting your faith!

In Christ,

David

 

Picture Day

September 05, 2017
By David Freberg

Picture Day -

Say, “Cheese!” Tomorrow is picture day! For some people, this is the day they get to wear that special outfit and do their hair just right; these people will spend hours preparing for the event. For others, it is no big deal and means little or nothing. For some of the second group, her or his mom may have other ideas about picture day. Whatever the reaction is to picture day, it is a chance to take a snapshot of what each student looks like at that particular moment in time. You can look back over the years and see how you have changed over the years. Some of these pictures may be your favorite picture and some of them may be pictures that you try to hide and only show your spouse after you are married and he or she can’t get away.

There are many moments in our lives that may be a snapshot that we try to hide away, even from God. There may be some people who only know you from that snapshot; these people have only one perspective of who you are. There are others who have a completely different perspective of you because of a snapshot of a different time in your life. One definition of a friend is someone who know all of your snapshots and still likes you. Our Father has seen all of your snapshots and has a complete perspective of you, and He is crazy in love with you! We may get down on ourselves for things we have done or things in our past, but God can and will forgive all our hidden snapshots and turn them into portraits we can use to reflect to others the goodness of our Lord.

Our job as christians is not to be perfect but to serve a perfect God. Too many times we think that once we blow it and ask for forgiveness, we are sent to the penalty box for a period of time until God isn’t mad at us anymore. God’s Word tells us in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God can use even you and me to further His kingdom and reflect His image to a lost and dying world. We may not be perfect, but we serve One who is.


Keep reflecting your faith!

In Christ,

David

Reflecting Faith

August 31, 2017
By David Freberg

Reflecting Faith

Faith Christian School is turning 30 this year! Do you remember where you were 30 years ago?  Some of you weren’t even born yet.  Some of you remember it fondly, others  may not remember much of it, and others have memories you would like to get rid of.  Whatever your memories are of 1987, here is a few reminders of what happened that year.

Cost of Living in 1987
  • Average cost of a new house--$92,000
  • 1 gallon of gas--89 cents
  • U.S. Postage Stamp--24 cents
  • Honda Accord--$10,925

Here are some of the highlights of the last 30 years at Faith Christian school.

  • 1987--School founded by Pastor Larry Burgbacher as a preschool and kindergarten            Darcy Turner hired for after school care
  • 1988--1st grade added with an additional grade added each year afterward
  • 1994--Crusader adopted as the school mascot
  • 1996--High school is added for the first time (9th grade)
  • 2000--1st graduating class
  • 2011--Changed mascot to Knights
  • 2017--FCS turns 30 years old

This year, our school theme is Reflecting Faith.  Our theme verse is Matthew 5:16--In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.  This theme has a dual meaning.  One is that we are going to be reflecting back on the last 30 years of partnering with parents to educate their children.  The second meaning is that we as Christians are called to reflect the glory of our Savior through our lives.

The first meaning has already been mentioned briefly in the FCS timeline above.  The second meaning is what I will spend the rest of our time together discussing.  The theme of FSC is to disciple students to be engaged by Christ and engage the world for Christ.  In order to fulfill that vision, we all need to be engaged by Christ.   There are a few things we can all do to reflect God’s image to the world.

If we get to know God better, we will be a better reflection of Him.  Some of the ways we can get to know him better are to get into His Word regularly, pray often, and get connected to others through a good church and small groups.  When we get into His Word daily, we find out who God is and what His will is.  Have you ever noticed that when you hang around someone for a long time that you start to say things they say and do things they do.  That is how we want to be with our Lord and Savior.  If we are in His Word regularly, we start to act more like Him.  

Talking to God is another way we can grow closer to God, so we can have a reflecting faith.  Prayer is not just sending a wish list to God of our requests.  It is also taking time to listen.  This may be while reading the Word and meditating on it.  It could be just being still and waiting for put thoughts in our mind.  For prayer to be effective, there needs to be a two-way communication.

These things can be done in private, but the last part of getting to know God better is outside of ourselves; we need to spend time with other believers.  Hebrews 10:25 says, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”  It is important to spend time with other believers to help keep us on track with our walk with the Lord.  We each have a gift to share and a role to play that only we can fill.  Without each of us, the group will be missing something that someone else needs.

Another way that we can reflect faith is to do His will with our lives.  This may be our chosen vocation. This may be helping at a nursing home or food bank.  This may be helping someone in the neighborhood.  There are things that you can do to help someone else who is in need.  James  2:26 says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”  That is one of the reasons we make sure that all of our students have the opportunity to go into the community and serve others.

This week, take some time to reflect on your walk with God.  Also, take some time to reflect on your family’s faith history.  Share this with your children to help them understand the legacy of what God has done for you and your family.

This is going to be a great year!

In Christ,

David

Mr. Freberg's Blog

July 12, 2017
By David Freberg

Sports Character Direction - 

Education is not just learning to read, learning the Pythagorean Theorem or how a cell is replicated.  Education is much more than just knowledge.  We at FCS strive to create a well-rounded student and member of the community.  This involves Biblical integration in all of our classes, weekly chapels, community service projects, monthly character traits, and Bible classes.  This also happens in our athletic program

In the past, this was left to our coaches to implement a character/leadership/Biblical atmosphere.  This year, our Athletic Director Mark Todd has created and will implement a program that will cover all the athletic teams.  Over the coming months we will roll out our Creed, and we will be using John Wooden's Pyramid of Success to instill in our student-athletes and non-athletes as well, the character traits that are vital to success in life.  Many of these traits will also be used with middle and high school students in the classroom.  Some of these traits are initiative, self-control, confidence, and many others. If you are interested in learning more about John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, go to http://www.coachwooden.com/.

Please be watching for emails from us throughout the summer concerning practices, and you will be receiving one on how to provide your student's sports paperwork in PlanetHS. This has been mandated by SCISA, but we would have been going this direction anyway. We encourage ALL students to get a sports physical by August 1 even if they aren't playing sports right now. As we move forward we are going to see more students want to be involved and exercising those God given talents.

Have a safe summer!

In Christ,

David

 

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