“But [Elijah] went a day’s journey in to the wilderness and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, it is enough now, O Lord, take away my life. . .” I Kings 19:4
 
Did you know that your biggest battle will not be confronting false prophets on the top of Mount Carmel? It won’t even be facing the hot breath of the devil himself. Your biggest enemy, dear friend, is you. Elijah’s tired and discouraged voice rose up from the desert sands. “Can I just quit? May I kick the bucket, Lord? Please, go ahead and take me out! I mean it, Lord – I’m through!” Overwhelmed by the odds against him, Elijah’s spirit was exhausted. Are you there today? Counting your sorrows and not your blessings? Tired of the scarce harvest that living for God seems to bring? We all have them. Elijah moments.

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Bible Baptist Christian School,a ministry of Bible Baptist Church, has been in existence since 1980 and exists for a very specific stated purpose: “to grow Christ-like character that is scripturally disciplined, others-serving, God-loving, Christ proclaiming, and focused above.”  Our K4 – 12 school just recently went through a rigorous re-accreditation process through our Christian school association, the Georgia Association of Christian Schools.  This accreditation site visit occurs every five years and reviews twelve clearly defined standards, ranging from the establishment and implementation of our philosophy of education, to the teaching procedures our educators implement and a verification of our operational manuals as well as evaluating how well we follow our own operational manuals.  The process of preparation for this re-accreditation takes over a year and in reality takes the entire five years from one accreditation cycle to another to be ready for the actual site visit.  The process concludes with a site visit by five experienced educators who interview students, parents, board members, and faculty members as well as observe classes. Our school was thrilled to not only be re-accredited by the committee, but also to receive many positive comments by the team members.

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In 3 John 1:4 we read that John had no greater joy than to hear that his children walked in Truth. We know John was speaking of those he had led to the Lord. All of us parents who love the Lord and raise our children to do the same can apply this verse to our children. Of course, on the flip side, there is no greater sorrow then to see our children walk away from the Truth. In every church and every ministry, we find parents who are hurting over a “wayward” son or daughter. Even though the sorrow of a wayward child will remain with us as long as that child continues to stray, I have come to some conclusions that have brought me some comfort. Perhaps sharing these thoughts may help others who are enduring this sorrow.
 

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The church is sick, and the cancer that is eating us alive isn’t the theory of evolution. I would never diminish the far-reaching effect that evolution’s farce has had upon the church, but the greatest enemy of the life of the church today is a much more silent and deadly killer—not evolution but pollution. Most men with any shred of reason understand that “nothing comes from nothing, and nothing ever would.” Stupidity does not become more plausible when dressed up as so-called science. Deep in the heart of any thinking person is a God-fashioned skylight pointing to a Creator who is both divine and sovereign. God has placed eternity in the heart of every soul. Curse God if you will, excuse him with “millions and millions of years” if you dare, yet the echo of all such nonsense is the unquenchable whisper of the conscience: God is, and you will meet Him some day. No exceptions. No escape.

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The eyes have great power to communicate. Some of us can still remember how our hearts jumped when the look of love first came our way. Remember the love-look? It was the look from across the room reserved for us or, at least, that was our hopeful interpretation. It was the “I think I found my love of a lifetime” look. The eyes met and lingered for just a longing moment. Ah, what a world of hope was forged in that glance. All your young life you were waiting for “the look”…when your eyes met, your head spun, your heart melted, and your knees buckled. The air was sweeter, birds sang in unison, and even the stones cried out, “She loves me!” All this from just one look. Mutual admiration sparked and still nurtures this look. It continues to be the special look between lovers that says, “I love you and this look is reserved for you.” It should be a look that stays alive as long as your marriage does (you did marry that looker, didn’t you?).

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”And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is HOPE in Israel concerning this thing.” Ezra 10:2 Did you catch that? “We have trespassed against our God… yet now there is HOPE…”  Israel had directly disobeyed God. They had married foreign wives and sinned against the Lord.

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