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February 10, 2017
By David Freberg

Christian Education-Priceless

 

Several years ago, there was an ad campaign that gave the totals of individual items, and at the end of the commercial said something to the effect of, “The experience. Priceless.”  There are some things in life that you just cannot put a price tag on.  Seeing your baby take his first steps, being there for her first day of school, cheering her hitting the first home run, silently spelling the word with him that wins the spelling bee, meeting her first date at the door, a good talk with your son after a tough day.  Some things in life are more important than things you can purchase with cash or a debit card.  

All of the events above have a cost associated with them.  It could be time, It could be hard work.  It could be love.  It could be any of these, but you would be willing to pay that price for these experiences.  Jesus was willing to pay it all for us.  How much is that worth?  He paid that price, so we could spend time with Him, so He could rejoice with us in all of our victories, so He could be with us in our times of joy and sorrow.  He wants to be in a relationship with us. He wants us to know Him better than anyone else.

Faith’s job is to equip our students to engage the world.  Part of that equipping is to help our students get to know Jesus better each day.  If we know Jesus better, we are much more equipped to bring Him into our daily lives.  When we have Jesus in our lives and are exhibiting the fruit of the spirit, other will wonder what is different about us.  Faith students are taught to engage the world with the good news of Jesus.  Knowing that our students have been prepared to defend their faith is priceless.  

In Christ,

David

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

February 10, 2017
By David Freberg

     Christian Education-Priceless

Several years ago, there was an ad campaign that gave the totals of individual items, and at the end of the commercial said something to the effect of, “The experience. Priceless.”  There are some things in life that you just cannot put a price tag on.  Seeing your baby take his first steps, being there for her first day of school, cheering her hitting the first home run, silently spelling the word with him that wins the spelling bee, meeting her first date at the door, a good talk with your son after a tough day.  Some things in life are more important than things you can purchase with cash or a debit card.  

All of the events above have a cost associated with them.  It could be time, It could be hard work.  It could be love.  It could be any of these, but you would be willing to pay that price for these experiences.  Jesus was willing to pay it all for us.  How much is that worth?  He paid that price, so we could spend time with Him, so He could rejoice with us in all of our victories, so He could be with us in our times of joy and sorrow.  He wants to be in a relationship with us. He wants us to know Him better than anyone else.

Faith’s job is to equip our students to engage the world.  Part of that equipping is to help our students get to know Jesus better each day.  If we know Jesus better, we are much more equipped to bring Him into our daily lives.  When we have Jesus in our lives and are exhibiting the fruit of the spirit, other will wonder what is different about us.  Faith students are taught to engage the world with the good news of Jesus.  Knowing that our students have been prepared to defend their faith is priceless.  

In Christ,

David

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

February 10, 2017
By David Freberg

Christian Education-Priceless

Several years ago, there was an ad campaign that gave the totals of individual items, and at the end of the commercial said something to the effect of, “The experience. Priceless.”  There are some things in life that you just cannot put a price tag on.  Seeing your baby take his first steps, being there for her first day of school, cheering her hitting the first home run, silently spelling the word with him that wins the spelling bee, meeting her first date at the door, a good talk with your son after a tough day.  Some things in life are more important than things you can purchase with cash or a debit card.  

All of the events above have a cost associated with them.  It could be time, It could be hard work.  It could be love.  It could be any of these, but you would be willing to pay that price for these experiences.  Jesus was willing to pay it all for us.  How much is that worth?  He paid that price, so we could spend time with Him, so He could rejoice with us in all of our victories, so He could be with us in our times of joy and sorrow.  He wants to be in a relationship with us. He wants us to know Him better than anyone else.

Faith’s job is to equip our students to engage the world.  Part of that equipping is to help our students get to know Jesus better each day.  If we know Jesus better, we are much more equipped to bring Him into our daily lives.  When we have Jesus in our lives and are exhibiting the fruit of the spirit, other will wonder what is different about us.  Faith students are taught to engage the world with the good news of Jesus.  Knowing that our students have been prepared to defend their faith is priceless.  

In Christ,

David

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

January 12, 2017
By David Freberg

  - SMART Goals

The old is gone and the new has come.  The new year is a time of fresh starts.  This is also the time of year that many people make New Year’s resolutions.  Forbes magazine says that 8 percent of people follow up with their New Year’s resolution past 6 months.  U.S. News and World Report is more optimistic, saying that 20 percent of people follow through.  Because of this, many people’s New Year’s resolution is to not make a resolution.  We all need to improve in some area and setting goals is a great way to achieve something that you have always wanted to do.  

One technique to accomplish these goals is to pray SMART.  The first step is to pray about what God would have you focus on this coming year or shorter time period.  If your goals are not aligned with God’s plan for your life, your goals are meaningless.  After you have figured out what you want to focus on, it is time to get SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time focused).

Let’s look at each of these briefly.  Specific goals are very narrow in focus.  Saying you are going to lose weight is not as specific as 20 pounds.  To have a measurable goal, you have to put a number or indicator on your goal.  Again, the 20 pounds is measurable compared to some weight.  For you to reach your goals, your goal must be achievable.  Losing 40 pounds this month is probably not achievable without some major health consequences.  Goals must be realistic not a big wish or dream.  If your goal is to get a record contract this year and you can’t carry a tune in a paper bag, it is not realistic.  The last part is that it needs to have a time reference.  Are you going to lose the weight in six weeks or six months?  An example of a SMART goal could be losing 20 pound in the next six months.  Following these SMART techniques will help you stay focused.  Determining a goal is the first step.

There are other tips or ideas that will help you accomplish your goals.  One of them is to develop an action plan to meet that goal.  Your action plan should also follow the SMART methods.  Using the weight loss example again, one of the action plan steps could be to exercise at least 30 minutes at least three days each week. Most goals will require several action steps to accomplish. Another is to make sure that your goals are written down, so you can refer to them often.  And finally, limit yourself to two or three goals.  It is very difficult to focus on more than two or three things at a time and do them well.  These tips will help you meet your goals.

God wants what is best for you.  Praying and determining His plan for your life is always a good place to start.  

In Christ,

David

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