THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Luke 14:33 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
My life is drastically different from the life of Jesus. How about you? I have a decent-sized home, comfortable furniture, a big-screen TV, several vehicles (one with motorized doors, air-conditioning, cruise control, seat warmers, etc.), I can fill my fridge several times a month or eat out whenever I want. Furthermore, I enjoy peaceful and loving relationships with my mom, dad, brother, sister, and my husband and children. These two commands of Jesus perplex me – and actually even disturb me. How can I give up everything, including to “hate” my family? What did Jesus really mean by these words? Does He actually require that I give up my belongings to live a life of poverty and that I abandon and reject my own children and family to follow Him? Hate is a strong word. I cannot hate my family.
It’s important to understand what Jesus meant by the word “hate”. The Greek word translated “hate” simply means “to love less”. So, Jesus’ command was to reinforce the meaning – to follow Him we must love Him more than family and friends, and even life itself. These words of Jesus have less to do with giving everything and everyone up, than the need to place Him first and to love Him more. If we want to be a disciple of Jesus we must be willing to put Him before our children, husband, parents, siblings, friends, work, or material possessions – to pledge complete allegiance to Jesus and be willing to give up our closest ties or our own lives if necessary. Would I be willing to abandon everyone and everything for Jesus if He required? Would I be able to choose Him over my family?
The only way I can do this is if I understand the great love that God has for me – in that He laid down His life for not just me, but for all whom I love. Jesus commands to give up everything and ‘hate’ family – is simply a re-stating of the greatest commandment – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) When I love God in the proper order, I truly will have life everlasting and I will enjoy love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) I want to be a disciple like that. What about you?
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES: If you still have Operation Christmas Child boxes at home, please return them to Pastor Brent’s office at the school by THIS FRIDAY (December 1) – whether they are filled or empty. Thanks!
ELEMENTARY PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS ON NOVEMBER 30:
- November 24 Elementary End of Term 1
- November 28 Elementary Report Cards will be sent home
- November 30 Parent -Teacher Interviews held from 4 pm – 8 pm
Grades Jr K – 6 Parents, on Thursday, November 30th Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held. Our on-line sign-up is available to book all Interviews. You have access to this by using the button below, or using the button found on the homepage of our website cwaa.net. We look forward to seeing you here!
CWAA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm. This concert will feature the Gr. K-12 students as they play instruments, sing, and act. All are invited to attend this concert entitled “It All Happened in the Country” which tells the story of Jesus birth in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.
- No early dismissal on concert day. Students need to make arrangements to go home after school to eat supper and change. If that is not possible, supervision will be available for a charge.
- Concert Band Students are to meet in the Music Room at 6:15 pm to tune and warm-up. All other students are to arrive at 6:30 pm and go to their classrooms.
- Elementary students are to wear country Christmas or Christmas coloured outfits for the concert. Concert Choir and Concert Band are to wear their formal music uniform. Guys wear red school ties. Junior High students are to borrow a tie from someone in High School or from Mrs. Miranda.
- Volunteers are needed for the Concert Decoration Team and to help with the bake sale. Contact email@example.com for more information.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT BAKE SALE: Immediately following the concert there will be a bake sale. All families are requested to bring a donation of home baked goods to contribute to this sale (no nuts, please). Bake sale items are to be left at the office on Thursday, Dec. 7 by 6:30 pm. Thanks so much for your help with this!
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK: There will be early dismissal at noon on Friday, December 15. This is also a casual dress day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2.
MAYOR’S 29TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE: Chinook Winds is participating in the Mayor’s Food Drive this year. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items to go along with the November Food Bank Friday items already collected this past week, please place your donation in the box outside of Pastor Brent’s office no later than Friday, December 8. Click the button below to view the Food Bank’s wish-list.
NEED MOVING BOXES: CWAA has 38 moving boxes, assorted sizes and in good condition for free.
STOVE FOR SALE: CWAA is selling a used black stove for $100 (as is). Delivery not included.
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will continue to meet this week on Thursday, November 30. Come join us in the lobby as we pray for our school right after school begins.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 28 Elementary Report Cards
Nov 28 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Nov 29 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Nov 29 Youth Link Forensics Lab Grade 6
Nov 30 Elementary Parent/Teacher Interviews (4-8 pm)
Dec 5 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Dec 6 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Dec 7 Christmas Concert 7 pm
Dec 9 Concert Choir (Gr. 7-12) at METRO Filipino SDA Church (4924 Forego Avenue S.E.) 11 am
Dec 13 Manor at Signature Park Trip, Jr and Sr Kindergarten classes
Dec 15 Last Day of Classes Christmas Break Begins (Casual Day & Early School Dismissal at 12:00 pm)
Jan 2 Classes Resume for Students
As the Christmas holiday is drawing near, let me encourage you to watch the video linked to the button below and think about how it’s message applies to your life.CHRISTMAS LIGHTS VIDEO
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”” (John 8:12, NLT)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy