School Closed due to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Osceola and Poinciana Christian Preparatory School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, due to Hurricane Matthew. All school activities, events, and programs scheduled for Thursday and Friday are also canceled. Forecasters are expecting deteriorating weather conditions to include sustained heavy winds and substantial rainfall for Osceola County. Our school follows the alerts according to the Osceola School District schedule. To stay up to day on Osceola County School updates, go to http://www.osceolaschools.net/.

Stay safe, everyone!


Hurricane Matthew

Forgiving our Debtors

Blog Forgiving Our Debtors

Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”
“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.”
“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.”
“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.”
“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.”
“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

Think about the following scenario:

You borrowed $5 from a friend. Later on your friend says “Don’t worry about it. You don’t need to pay me back.” They forgave the debt you owed them.

Now, imagine in this story, the servant owed the king millions of dollars. If he couldn’t pay the debt, he would be thrown in jail, without a means to pay it back. There would be no getting out of the house. The servant begged and pleaded for a little more time to pay back the debt. At that time, the king forgave his debt so the millions he owed, the servant no longer needed to pay. BUT… when it was his time to forgive, he refused to do so. Once the king heard of what his unforgiving servant had done, the king no longer forgave the servant’s debt. The servant was and his family was thrown in jail.

God will gladly forgive us for our mistakes, but we must not be like the servant who didn’t forgive his debtor. We must forgive others because God first forgave us.

1 John 1:8-9

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Chapel: Theme Love

Chapel Theme Love

Every week we do Wednesday chapel in the morning. Our directors believe chapel to be the most important time of the week because it is the time we are able to focus on learning more about God. What is the most important thing, then, in God’s eyes? Is it obedience? Patience? Jesus stated the answer was Love. Consider this: In the English language there different types of love. Is loving food the same kind of love as loving God or a person? Clearly not. Enjoying the taste of food is a different from putting an individual first before your own needs.

The law can be summed up into two commands: “‘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.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37 – 40. Jesus considers love the most important thing, but that doesn’t mean love is easy. Love is to put someone else’s needs before your own. We should not only love those who loved us first or love us back, it also means to our enemies. Jesus loved even those who wanted him dead on the cross. What an example to follow!

From this day onward, Love is the theme of the school year. Remember this theme. Remember to love as you go about your day in class and at home.

Who do you love?

FISH CATCHING A MAN

Most people understand the concept of a man catching a fish, however we are going to look at the concept of a fish catching a man.

One of the issues our society faces today is how the enemy, Satan, is influencing and attacking the young people. Samuel, a man of God, who was only 7 when he began serving the Lord shows you can never be too young to be a witness for Him.

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise” – Matthew 21:16

And even though you sinned or faced trials, God will take that pain and bless someone else. He will use you, through your experiences, to witness to someone else.

Many of you may know who Jonah was: a prophet of God. God told Jonah to relay a message to Nineveh, one of the most sinful cities around. Jonah did not want to listen and decided to take a ship and travel the exact opposite direction of Nineveh, because of how evil it was. God saw this and had Jonah thrown off the ship he was traveling on and become devoured by a fish. This is where we see the importance of a fish catching man.

Jonah was trapped inside the belly of the fish for 3 entire days. In that time, Jonah prayed to God. At the end of the three days, God had the fish spit Jonah out on a shore near Nineveh, where God commanded him again to preach to the Ninevites.

What would have taken three days to accomplish, took Jonah only one day, to go through the city and witness to the people. Immediately, the people repented, allowing God to spare them.  Jonah was upset at God’s decision because we wanted to see them pay for the sins they committed. But he failed to remember God had spared Jonah from drowning in the sea for disobeying God’s command.

What we have learned is that we’ve all been on that wide road. God turned us around. We have been on the path of destruction just as Ninevites had, but now we have the information that can save someone.

Why keep this information to yourself? Do not be like Jonah in that he tried to run away from the opportunity to save the city of Nineveh. Be the bold witness of Christ and go forth to spread the Good News!

Fitting In: The Story of the Eagle and the Chicken.

This week in Wednesday Morning Chapel, Principle Batiste talked on one of troubles many face in society: Fitting In.

Fitting in – Feeling accepted in a group is a common problem that many of today’s youth face.  The story of the Eagle and the Chicken helps us better understand the idea of not fitting in.

There was a mother Eagle on the side of a mountain taking care of its babies.  The mother eagle took flight in search of food for its children.  One of the baby Eagles, not old enough to fly became curious and crawled out of the nest.  It fell out the nest and tumbled down the mountain, flipping and turning, until it finally reached the ground.  Disoriented, the poor baby eagle was found by a local farmer and placed among a group of chickens where it began to grow up.  Never learning how to fly, the Eagle grew up with the other chicks and adopted their ways. Its majestic beak scratched at the dirt and its long wings dragged along the ground getting soiled in the dirt.

As time went on, the eagle started noticing the differences between and at the other chickens. The eagle was not built to live on the ground. One day, it looks up and notices other majestic eagles in the sky. He realizes where it was meant to be and flaps its large valiant wings. Eventually, the eagle takes flight and joins the other eagles in the sky, happy because it found its rightful place in the sky.

The story of the Eagle and the Chicken is what it means be a child of God.  We do not fit in to a society without God.  We were meant to be God’s children with our wings soaring like eagles in the sky, living the life God meant for us.  Where are you at in your life today?  God’s Word will do what it set out to do in your life.  Be confident and faithful and do what God set out for you to do.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

4 Inexpensive Ways to Stay Cool with Your Family Over the Summer

Summers can be hot, but Florida summers are especially hot!

For those enjoying summer break, spend some time with your family!  Osceola Christian Preparatory School has a few things you can do over the summer with your family without having to spend a fortune.

Find a day to go to the beach. Take advantage of only having that one to two hour drive to either Florida beach coast.  Pack up some sandwiches and head out for some fun in the Sun!  All you need to cover the cost is the gas or bus expenses to get to the beach.  Head out in the early morning, then come back in the evening to fill up the day.

Have a pool day.  If the beach is still not an option, due to the distance, take a day to cool off in the community pool if there is one available in your area.

Parks! We don’t mean amusement parks, but ones with big grassy areas and trees!  Central Florida has plenty of local parks around that people can go out and enjoy a sport or have a walk. Bring a ball or Frisbee and have a picnic in the shade!

Backyard water fight!  Whether in your backyard or out in the community playground, a water fight is a great way to stay cool with your family.  Pull out the super soakers, soggy dodge balls, and water balloons!  There are games such as water balloon dodge ball, water duck-duck-goose (Where instead of tagging the person who calls you a goose, you have to get them wet with a water balloon.), and many other games with a staying-cool twist.

Share this post so others can see the ideas!  Have any other ideas you would like to share with other families?  Leave a comment below. 🙂

Love Your Enemies

In chapel, we learned a lesson on loving our enemies.

It is easy to love those who love us in return. However, many of us find loving people we do not like as a difficult thing to do. While it is difficult, Jesus has instructed us to love others, even those who do us wrong.

Read the passage from Luke below to learn what the Bible says about loving your enemies:

Luke 6: 27-36 – “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

As difficult as it is, my task for you this week is to show love towards your enemies just as Jesus instructed. Have a blessed week and stay tuned for more Bible lessons from Wednesday morning chapel!

You Graduated! Now What?

Congratulations!

You graduated!  Now what?  Many of you will be heading off to college or pursuing a trade.  Many of you may go straight into the workforce.  Either way, we have a few words of advice for whatever your path may be.

Find your Big picture and determine the steps to get there.

A good way to strive for continuing success to have a plan. Find that final goal you are wanting to strive toward.  Whether it be start a business or finding a career in the science field.  What are the smaller steps you need to take? Do research to learn what steps others have taken to accomplish that goal.

Do Your Best!

It is very easy to get into a slump and only do just enough.  Because many people tend to do just enough to get by, if you do your best, you will easily stand out from the crowd.

Be Patient & Have Faith.

Not everything will come easy. Many obstacles will come your way. And often you will make mistakes, but rest assured God has a plan for you. Many of the trials you will face are there to prepare you for His ultimate Will.

[“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the LORD. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” – Jeremiah 29:11]

5 Practical Study Tips

Top 5 Practical Study Tips

Whether it is a K-12 school or pursuing a degree, studying is an important part of success.
Here are five practical study times that will help you as you go through school:

Find a set location and time to study EVERY DAY

Pick a time you know you can be available to study without distractions, whether early in the morning before school, or in the evening before you go to bed, but before you are tired. Your location should be reasonably quiet without distractions. Silence your phone and put it away! While you are chatting with your friends or scrolling through Facebook, you’ll be surprised how quickly time passes. That one hour study time may only end up being ten to fifteen minutes of study time if you are not careful.

Repetition! Repetition! Repetition!

The trite saying, “Practice makes perfect” has never been more relevant. For most subjects, repetition is a critical part in retaining material. Repetition is especially critical for math. The more you work out, the stronger you’ll be; the more mathematical drills you do, the easier it will be. And repetition does not mean repeat the material five times five hours before the exam, it means throughout the entire school semester, practice the material.

Online tools and resources

Thankfully, there are many free sites and applications available to students to help them study. Such tools include video tutorials, online flashcards, other perspectives on similar problems, and hundreds of other resources.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

If you don’t understand something, find someone who does. At Osceola Christian Preparatory School, we have teachers and tutors at your disposal to help you better comprehend any subjects you may be having troubles understanding.

Take a break

Don’t overexert yourself. A healthy body equals a healthy mind. One of the best ways to reenergize the brain is to go out and do physical activities. This will help you stay awake and freshen your mind if you feel stumped. Another option is taking a 5-10 minute nap. Don’t take too long a nap, however, or you’ll feel the dreaded groggy after-affects that will prevent you from studying at your utmost ability.

How to Choose the Right School

Choosing the right school is a big task. Your child’s education is the most important thing and we found some great tips for helping you out.

Of course, we would love for you to consider our school, so feel free to call us to schedule an appointment. 407-729-5974

1. Start right now. It might seem like a good idea to wait until summer break to decide whether to send your child to a different school for the 2014-15 school year. But don’t wait to start looking at your options – start the process right now. Seats in great schools are already filling up for the 2014-15 year! Start by asking yourself – and your children: what matters most – to you – in a school? Is it academics, school safety, an educational theme or focus, a specific style of instruction, the school’s values, the qualifications of teachers, the size of classes, or other factors? Make a list.

2. Research your options. The reality is: you do have choices, even if they may seem limited. Find out what types of school choice options are available to you. Some states offer “open enrollment” in public schools, which empowers parents to send their children to schools in different districts. Other states and localities have charter and magnet schools. In some states, you can receive scholarships (either publicly funded or privately funded) to send your children to private and faith-based schools. And now, more than half of US states have full-time, online schools! Remember: each state has different policies, and school choice laws often vary by city, district, or locality, too. During National School Choice Week, avail yourselves of school fairs, open houses, and special events so that you can learn more about these opportunities, and make sure to visit the websites of state-based school choice or education policy organizations for more information, too.

3. Make a list of potential schools and visit them with your children. After you’ve researched the different types of educational opportunities that are available to your family, start making a list of schools that might meet your criteria. Then, visit each of the schools that are on your target list. While you’re there, ask lots of questions. Your visit and your interviews with teachers and administrators should give you a sense of the school’s culture. Is the culture of the school one of high expectations? Do the adults in the building seem to enjoy being there? Do the students in the classrooms seem engaged, well-behaved? Is there enthusiasm and excitement? Is there an expectation that every student in that school will be prepared for college and a career? You want to choose a school with high expectations, a cohesive culture, consistent discipline, and a talented, motivated staff.

4. Talk to other parents – and to your children. Before making your decision, ask parents of other students who attend your target schools about their experiences. You’ll want to ask specifically how the school handles parent involvement. If the school encourages parents to ask questions and be involved, that’s a good thing. If parents are treated like a nuisance, consider staying away. Parental involvement is key to student success. And don’t forget to ask your children about their impressions and their concerns. Sometimes, the answers to these questions can be the most helpful!

The more research you do, the better choices you can make. With time and legwork, you can provide your child with access to a great educational environment.

I like to tell people that they should spend more time looking at schools for their children then they do when they shop around for a new car. If a car doesn’t work out, after two years, you can trade it in; if your child’s school doesn’t work out, it’s hard to recapture two years of lost learning. School choice is important!

Remember: you know your child best, and you are truly in the best position – better than anyone else – to decide what type of school your child should attend.

 

(Thanks to Andrew Campanella is president of National School Choice Week, an independent, public awareness campaign for these tips)