For parents considering whether to choose private or public education for their children, academics, athletics, community, and class-size are important factors. However, safety is often the key concern for parents of school-aged children. In this article, we have compiled a short list of four ways in which private Christian schools are safer than public schools.

Should I send my child to private, public, or charter school? The key to answering this question is to thoroughly research your options, invest in your child’s education, and choose what you believe is best for him or her. 

Well-rounded education is the goal of most schools, and each system has its own set of successes and challenges. We have developed a short e-book, to help parents dtermine what system is best for their children. 

spiritual wisdom from emmanuel lutheran school a private christian school in asheville ncI often think God created dogs to remind us of how we should love Him. If your dog is like mine, he is waiting to greet you after a long day with bright eyes and a tail that can't control the excitement of seeing the one he loves more than anyone. I think this is how our Lord longs for us to come to Him. He waits and waits patiently for us to return home to Him.

How Important it is to Long for God

How often I walk in with a load of work, pet my dog on the head, dump food in his bowl and go about my business. Tonight, like many nights, I curled up on the couch still working. All of a sudden, my dog jumps up and looks at me as if to say, it's my turn!  I've been waiting for you!

I immediately stopped my work and started paying attention to my dog. He lavished me with licks and affection. Isaiah 30:18 says, "Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him." 

If only we longed for our God like our dog longs for us. Thanks for the reminder Beau.

Change! For the past year I have been dealing with road construction near my home. Each day a different lane is blocked and I have to navigate the orange cones to my driveway. While at times this is frustrating, it makes me change a normal routine.

The gospel of Jesus affects everything, including the way in which we approach education for our children. In our previous post, we discussed the first four of twelve reasons to choose a gospel-centered Christian school for your children, which included:

For a parent, there are few concerns greater than your child’s education. If you are weighing the choice between public and private school, you are not alone. According to the Council for American Private Education, 25% of all American schools are private. Parents are considering their options and often choosing private education.

Understanding the gospel is a key component of your child’s development. In this article, we will discuss the first four of twelve reasons to choose a gospel-centered Christian school for your child’s education:

June 22, 2017

Take the Leap!

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"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

Two years ago I took the biggest leap of faith in my ministry career. I had been serving at the same school near Saint Louis for 17 years. I had started there as a young teacher and grew into an administrator. My children grew up in that environment. I had celebrated my dad's entrance to heaven in that church. Needless to say, it was home. No one, including me, ever thought I would leave.

Then a school in Asheville, NC came calling. Immediately, I felt this pull to change. That would mean moving far away from my entire family and everyone I had known since I was in middle school. It meant leaving my comfort zone as a minister in the Lutheran Church's backyard and being sent into a whole different land.

Isn't that exactly what God asked Moses to do? He asked him to step way out of his comfort zone and serve Him. After much prayer, Moses followed the Lord's direction. I did the same.

I left all that I knew and moved to a land where I knew no one. It was an exciting and terrifying time. I am here to tell you that it was the most freeing time of my life. God has blessed my ministry more then I ever thought possible. I now have a new family! Through this challenge, my faith and trust in my God grown to mountain top proportions.

God puts difficult challenges in front of us every day. The verse quoted above says that He is ALWAYS before us. How comforting it is to know that we have a loving God that is always with us.

Take the Leap!