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In The Zone

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IN THE ZONE

Consider our children and young people in an area closed off to the public where they are being fed.  Some receive food that damages the system.  Posion that is meant to kill.  It may not kill immediately but its intention is to damage the system.  Would you stand for that as a parent or guardian?  Yet we do it to our children .   .  . My topic in the zone!

Let us pray

The importance of competence on the part of each teacher is emphasized by the fact that the average elementary teacher who retires this year will probably have taught approximately 1000 American citizens, and the average high school teacher about 5000 persons. Let us examine the educational ill effects of only 100 ineffectual high school teachers who retire. Fifty thousand American citizens would not have received adequate instruction in the high schools.

—William Alexander[1]

And it shows are morals are messed up?  What is the meaning of life? What is true Education?

I am amazed as much as we know in this day and age, (kids are quite educated)  as much as we are a techno guided age.  We still can’t seem to beat vice.  Racism still rears it’s ugly head as it did in slavery times.  Marriage and the family still in trouble, children are molested still at an alarming rate.  Guns and the people who use them are out of control.  Drugs, sex and violence still the norm and still the means of entertainment.

And what’s happening in our nation’s schools all the shootings even first graders.  Our black young men .   .   .  , Digimon, Pokémon what happen mon!

As smart as we are we’re still messed up!

We are set on materialism and that is what messing us up!

People want things and because people feel that the things they want will make them happy.  They will do anything they can to get the things they want. And some who get what they want are not sure that what they got is what they needed.  But because others don’t have they have got they will fight so that others who want what they have they won’t get!

Some minds are like concrete—all mixed up and permanently set.

Why do you want to be what you want to be?  Do you want to be an air traffic controller because you found out that the job starts at $50,000 a year or because you think you can help people?

One little lady said this

Education Begins With the Infant.--The word "education" means more than a course of study at college. Education begins with the infant in its mother's arms. While the mother is molding and fashioning the character of her children, she is educating them.  {CG 26.1}

The great work of parents and teachers is character building--seeking to restore the image of Christ in those placed under their care. A knowledge of the sciences sinks into insignificance beside this great aim; but all true education may be made to help in the development of a righteous character. CT P. 62

(Home, School and church)

A fight begins when we talk about Christian education, it’s interesting the way some folk pick there battles.

Why is it you some to send their children to sugar hill academy or honorable highest big shot high school?

We hear the argument oh the Adventist schools don’t have the facilities don’t have the teachers who can educate?

"Historically, the SDA church has maintained a strong emphasis on Christian

education.  The results of this historic emphasis include the heart warming fact that, as revealed in Valuegenesis, the longer our children remain in Adventist schools the more likely they are to remain Seventh-day

Adventists.  And also, the more deeply committed these youth are to Adventist beliefs and practices, and the less likely they are to be involved in at-risk behaviors."

"In addition, Adventist schooling promotes the importance of higher education and produces students prepared to go on to college or university.  Research shows that among the general public school students in the United

States educational system, only 14% will seek higher education after graduation.  In Catholic private education that number jumps dramatically to 30% of graduates moving on in their educational goals.  However, in the

Adventist school system an astounding 87% will go to colleges and universities."

Faith -  Isaac (Abraham and Sarah)

Notwithstanding this plain instruction, some of God's people permit their children to attend the public schools, where they mingle with those who are corrupt in morals. In these schools their children can neither study the Bible nor learn its principles. Christian parents, you must make provision for your children to be educated in Bible principles.  {CG 305.1}

Bible Truth Neutralized; the Child Confused.-- Do our children receive from the teachers in the public schools ideas that are in harmony with the Word of God? Is sin presented as an offense against God? Is obedience to all the commandments of God taught as the beginning of all wisdom? We send our children to the Sabbath school that they may be instructed in regard to the truth, and then as they go to the day school, lessons containing falsehood are given them to learn. These things confuse the mind, and should not be; for if the young receive ideas that pervert the truth, how will the influence of this education be counteracted?  {CG 305.2}

Some folk maintain that are schools cost too much!  How much money is a soul worth?

You need money -  Talk to God about it I’m sure if He wants your child to receive a Christian education He’ll be able to give you a grant!  He said “The silver is mine and the gold is mine and the cattle on thousand hills!

If you don’t have enough educated resources God said “If any man lacks wisdom.”

Why send Him/Her to sugar sin hill anyway?

I am saying that Adventist schools are perfect (but will you be able to face the master)  Can you say that I’ve done all I can?

I can think of those students who vogued for public schools in church when I was going to academy!

Deut 6:5-8

5   "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6   "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

7   "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

8   "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

(NKJ)

This experience of the Israelites is a wonderful lesson for us today. In this time of peril, God-fearing parents, like the fathers and mothers of ancient Israel, should understand the will of the

Lord concerning themselves and their children. In planning for the education of their children outside the home, they should realize that it is not safe now to send them to public schools. Parents should endeavor to send their children to schools where they can obtain an education based on a scriptural foundation--an education to be gained gradually, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little.  {PCP 41.5}

A Christian education cost!  Yes it does! But I believe sending kids to public schools costs more!

Matt 16:26

26 "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

(NKJ)

Do you believe in Christian education today?  I do!  Not because I am an employee of a Christian denomination, but because I’ve seen the devestation that comes along with life when one is deprived of such an education.

I’ve been to public schools .  .   . I’ve seen and experience things that all of you know about.

I remember an Advent Youth meeting where a young lady .   .     .

12 years that a child is in school 14,040 hours in school only 624 hours of are spent in Sabbath school.

14,040 that’s 3.25 years round the clock non-stop.  Is that a risk you really want to take?

Most children that attend Adventist church schools remain in the church.  Most that attend public school do not.

Dr. Madison Sarratt, who taught mathematics at Vanderbilt University for many years, before giving a test would admonish his class something like this: “Today I am giving two examinations; one in trigonometry and the other in honesty. I hope you will pass them both. If you must fail one, fail trigonometry. There are many good people in the world who can’t pass trig, but there are no good people in the world who cannot pass the examination of honesty.”[2]

15 And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."

16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.

17 "And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?'

18 "So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.

19 'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'

20 "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'

21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

22 Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.

23 "Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

24 "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?

25 "And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

26 "If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?

27 "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 "If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

29 "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.

30 "For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.

31 "But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.

32 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

(NKJ)

American Express Card

Condo, Lexus,

Only that which can get me from here to up there with my Saviour is worth its weight in gold.

Let me learn how to deal with temptation and sin, let me learn to love somebody while here on earth.  Let me learn to relate and keep company with those who can encourage me and point me in the right direction.  Let me learn to love and obey and stick with the one who can give me the success I need to get by!  That’s Jesus!

That’s true education, not that which can help me live on top Sugar hill, not that which will put sweet brand name clothes on my back, but that which will get me from earth to glory!

I got time in this life to get right with God, our prayer should be help me Lord that I can get enough sense to use every minute (Wisdom) in this life and to recevive enough Holy Ghost power in me so I can walk right so that when you come back to this earth I’ll be fit to live in your kingdom.

I remember my experience in High School!

Shall we allow them to be contaminated by the world--by its iniquity, its disregard of God's commandments? I ask those who are planning to send their children to the public schools, where they are liable to be contaminated, How can you take such a risk?  {CG 315.1}

Many public schools are permeated by the baneful influence of boys and girls who are experts in sin. CT p. 200

(Dance Move)

"We know not in what line our children may be called to service.  They may spend their lives within the circle of the home; they may engage in life's common vocations, or go as teachers of the gospel to heathen lands; but all are alike called to be missionaries for God, ministers of mercy to the world.  They are to obtain an education that will help them to stand by the side of Christ in unselfish service." PK p.245

Hear the excuses but they are not up to par!  Whose school is it?

We need to be mindful of excellent in our schools.

not one of just business education, biology, Information systems, communication, Computer science, social work, physical education, Physiology or psychology but one that has a great emphasis on estchatology!

Not just reading, arithmetic, writing, but religion! 

A religion that is practical, teaches them good principles of occupying in this life.  A religion that leads them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Like the old Negro song ask the question “Have you got good religion?”

No wonder David said:

 

Ps 90:12

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

(KJV)

But there’s evil in our Christian schools too! 

As long as there is a devil there will be a struggle between good and evil!

But in a Christian enviroment!

In the Zone!

Jesus is in the mix!

Rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley, the fairest of ten thousand!  At least He’s there to bless and save!

I brought my child to Christian school and they still went astray!

You can clear your conscience and stay by God’s grace I’ve done all that I can.  Their blood honey is not on my shoulders.  Even though they may be headed to split hell wide open.  I’m going to exchange my dusty old shoes for some golden slippers.

Altar Call


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[1]Tan, Paul Lee, Encyclopedia of 7,700 Illustrations, (Garland, Texas: Bible Communications, Inc.) 1996.

[2]Green, Michael P., Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House) 1989.

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