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January 12, 2018
By David Freberg

New Year - 

The start of a new year is always full of possibilities.  Some people make resolutions, some people come up with one word, some people just keep on doing what they are doing.  Several people will promise to lose weight or manage their money better or be a better spouse or parent or read through the Bible.  No matter what you do, most of us will take some time to look back over the past year and look forward the coming year.  

I appreciate that I serve a God who is a God of new beginnings.  We see it all around us. Each spring comes alive with trees getting their leaves and flowers, many animals being born, and people coming out of their homes and spending more time outside. Spring is also a popular time for weddings.  Two people committing to each other for life in front of family, friends, and God.  This union often will produce the birth of a child, the beginning of a life that is full of possibilities.  

God has other areas that He gives us new beginnings. The heavens rejoice when someone accepts Jesus as her Lord and Savior; the beginning of a new life with Christ.  Psalms 144:9 says, “I will sing a new song to you, my God.”  We get a fresh start after God has done something new for us or has done something for us again.  Isaiah 66:22 and Revelations 3:12 tell us that God has new heavens and a new Earth ready for us after Jesus returns.  I praise God for His creativity and willingness to share His ideas of new beginnings with us.

As we start the new year, take advantage of this time to evaluate what is going on in your life at home, at church, and at work. Decide to stop doing what’s not working for you, start doing something that you have always wanted to do, and continue doing the things that are working for you.  This could be the best year ever!

Keep reflecting faith!

In Christ,

David

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

January 03, 2018
By David Freberg

Merry Christmas

This is the most wonderful time of the year! The kids are excited about Christmas break.  Parents are frantically running to all of the Christmas parties, shopping, and getting ready to travel to family gatherings.  The teachers are excited about Christmas break.  We have our Christmas programs at school and church.  The decorating of the house, buying the perfect gift for each person on your list, wrapping presents, and wearing ugly sweaters all take a toll on your energy and time and focus.  During the season, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and tired and chaotic.  

This morning, Lindsay Dailey, one of our great teachers, lead our teacher devotion that talked about the same thing.  She used the illustration of Mad Libs, the stories where you put in different types of words (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, etc.) without knowing the context they will be used, to show how the Christmas season often feels.  These stories can end up being hilarious.  They also can seem a bit messy and disjointed.  When the angel appeared to the shepherds (Luke 2: 8-20), they didn’t have any hesitation on what they needed to do.  There was nothing messy about this situation.  The angel was clear and they followed the angel’s instructions.  They had peace.

During this busy season, you can have that peace, too.  Put your focus on the birth of Jesus and why He came to Earth.  


Keep reflecting your faith!

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

November 30, 2017
By David Freberg

Podcast Coming Soon

 

I don’t know about you, but I love to go to school and to learn. If I could be a professional student, I would be a college student full time for the rest of my life. I love the college campus atmosphere and the stimulation of the classwork. If it paid better, I would do it. Unfortunately, most of the students who graduate from college do it with a huge student loan, so that plan it out. Instead, I listen or read good books, take an occasional online class, watch and listen to webinars, and listen to several podcasts. All of these are ways that I can keep my gray matter stimulated and keep me improving my situation in life.

 

I have about 20 podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis. The topics range from a word and poem of the day to dealing with money to marriage to sermons from my favorite pastors to leadership and school leadership to marketing. In anywhere from 2-60 minutes, I can learn about a wide variety of topics without having to take a test or pay a fee. I can listen to these podcasts when I am in the car or working out or working at my desk.

 

Faith Christian School is working on a podcast that will help our families. We are going to have topics that will help our listeners be better parents with some ideas on dealing with children of all ages, be better spouses by talking about some marriage issues, and be better children of God by talking about ways to increase our faith and service to God. Our podcasts will be about 15 minutes long and have some resource pages on our website. We are always looking for ways to serve our families.


Keep reflecting your faith!

 

In Christ,

David

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

November 17, 2017
By David Freberg

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year.  The chill is in the air, and we get a short break from school.  I am thankful for the food.  I am thankful for the time with my family.  I am thankful for the football.  I used to love the potential for snow but now am thankful for the mild weather.  Thanksgiving in the Low Country is special.  It has not always been a great time of celebration and thanksgiving.  The early settlers of America went through many hardships and struggles before they were able to become established, but when they overcame these struggles, they gave thanks.

William Bradford was the governor of the colony when they celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621 with three days of fasting and feasting.  Slowly, the tradition of celebrating after the fall harvest spread throughout the colony.  During the Revolutionary War, a day of thanks, prayer, and feasting (relatively speaking) was celebrated.  Abraham Lincoln unofficially declared the final Thursday of November as a day of thanks during the Civil War.  After a few states declared Thanksgiving as a state holiday, the federal government made it a national holiday in 1941.  

As Christians, every day should be a day of thanksgiving. God is our Jehovah Jireh, our great provider.  He is also Jehovah Rapha, our great healer. He is Yahweh Shalom, our Lord of Peace.  During our busy Thanksgiving break and the busy time leading up to Christmas, we need to take time to keep God first and foremost in our day by giving thanks to Him.  It becomes easy to “get” to Jesus later in the day.  Why not keep Him integrated into our daily lives like we do the rest of the year.  The busier we get, the more we need to lean and rely on God to give us peace and provide and keep us healthy.

May this Thanksgiving break be a great time of refreshing, of family, and drawing closer to God.  


Keep reflecting your faith!

In Christ,

David

 

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