Chapel – February 22

1 Corinthians 13

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Chapel – February 8th

Esther 5:1-8

On the third day of the fast, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing there in the inner court, he welcomed her and held out the gold scepter to her. So Esther approached and touched the end of the scepter.

Then the king asked her, “What do you want, Queen Esther? What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!”

And Esther replied, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a banquet I have prepared for the king.”

The king turned to his attendants and said, “Tell Haman to come quickly to a banquet, as Esther has requested.” So the king and Haman went to Esther’s banquet.

And while they were drinking wine, the king said to Esther, “Now tell me what you really want. What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!”

Esther replied, “This is my request and deepest wish. If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request and do what I ask, please come with Haman tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for you. Then I will explain what this is all about.”

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.

What is Love? Sacrifice

“What is love?”

We asked the students during Wednesday morning chapel.  They answered compassion, affection, protection… One young elementary student answered “living Jesus.”  Such an amazing answer to start the morning.

Are you living Jesus?

There is always one word that goes hand-in-hand with Love.  That word is Sacrifice.  Tell me about anyone who loves you and I’ll show you their sacrifice.  Tell me about someone/something you love and I’ll show you your sacrifice.

Luke Chapter 18:

Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’”

The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God,will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

The thing most important to the rich man, he still had not nor was willing to sacrifice.  If you really love someone, how much are you willing to give?  As adults, one of the hardest things to give up is pride.  As children, obedience.  How you act reflects on your family, both blood and spiritual.  To the children, we told them, if you really love your parents, to respect your classmates.  What we do and how we act, often will affect and reflect the ones we love the most.

Are you willing to give away, to sacrifice, the thing you value most to show love to your Father in Heaven?

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?


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

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!