The Bear Crossing December 2017
He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him,
- Colossians 1:22
What does it mean to live blameless and above reproach? Jesus was constantly raising the standards and expectations for the people around Him. Following the letter of the Jewish law was fine, but to Jesus it was the heart behind the law that really mattered. For instance, we can all agree that it is a good thing when people do not murder (a Jewish law), but Jesus said that we are guilty of breaking the heart of this law even when we make room for anger, scorn, spite, and revenge in our hearts. As followers of Jesus, we should be resting on the strength and grace of God to transform us into people who live blameless and above reproach. We should not be content to get as close to sin as possible without actually sinning. We should be living in such a way that we avoid even the appearance of evil. Our actions and character should be so pure that no one can even raise an accusation against us. Are you living blameless and above reproach? Are you striving to live a life that reveals no opportunity for sin or accusation?
Building Project Update
Our building project is progressing! After a long process of competing bids, we have secured a very favorable financing package from Cadence Bank for our new Activity Center. Although Hurricane Irma delayed some of our plans, we have a plan in place to have all other necessary financials acquired by March 31, 2018. We are also in the final engineering and permitting process. So long as there are no hang-ups, we are looking at a possible ground-breaking in April! I know many of you are as anxious as we are to see God meet this need for our students and provide us with a wonderful new facility. Please pray that God will continue to pave the way for this building according to His plans and timing.
Race for Education
Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who came out to help with our annual Race for Education! The amount of support was so encouraging. I loved to see how many families were able to lend a hand to make Race Day a huge success.
In His Service and Yours,
David W. Hand II