May 18, 2013:
Welcome to a wonderful and exciting new year of learning with The Academy! We are so blessed to have this opportunity to serve you and your family. We prayerfully offer this academic experience into God's gracious hands, asking for His guidance as we work together to make this the best year ever!
God Enjoys Giving!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created." - James 1:17-18
James left no doubt about the fact that God is the giver of all that is good.
Notice that James did not say "every great gift" but "every good gift" (v. 17). It does not matter whether the gift is large or small, anything and everything that God gives is good.
Sometimes one under severe trial might question whether everything that comes from the hand of God is good, but James assured such a person that he never needs to question this. Keep in mind that James was referring to gifts--things that are not obtained by merit but purely by God's grace.
James stressed that the kind of gift of which he was speaking "is from above" (v. 17). Here James contrasted the things of heaven with the things of earth.
The Academy believes you are a gift God has given us. We truly thank you for blessing us with the privilege to be a part of your life.
Have a wonderful and blessed day!
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." - Colossians 3:17, NIV.