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So, what IS the reason for the season?  Quick and simple answer, of course, is Jesus!  This time of year, we hear it in songs, read it on greeting cards, and notice it on bumper stickers.   But, slowing down to take a little closer look may stir us to even deeper devotion and higher praise. The apostle, inspired by the Holy Spirit in Galatians 4:4-5, includes a brief but remarkable point that we often slide right over.  “But when the fullness of the time came…”  It’s Paul’s way of saying that beyond the fact that God’s Son CAME to earth…  WHEN He came is truly momentous.  He arrived on earth as the God-Man, Jesus, at precisely the right instant… in the “nick of time”! Using some documented, historical information concerning things like life and death of Israel’s King Herod, his known census mentioned in the New Testament, known astronomical events in the heavens, etc. we find that Jesus’ earthly life took place from 3 or 4 BC to approximately 30 AD.  Having pinpointed the “moment” in time, we can review what the world was like then… – the long-standing, strict and oppressive Roman rule over the known world served to heighten the longing for the coming Messiah in the hearts of all Jews to the highest levels. – that same imperial reign of the Caesars had eventually established the “Pax Romani” (the Roman Peace), an era of unprecedented tranquility which would make Christian evangelism possible and successful.  Within one generation of Jesus, all that would change. – a common language (Greek) had spread and was spoken all throughout the empire, making not only trade, but the wide transmission of Gospel truth rapid and effective. – sea lanes and international trade routes were openly established and securely monitored allowing the growth of Jesus’ message in virtually every culture. – during those particular 30-35 years a host of Old Testament prophecies were accurately fulfilled.  However, in order for this to be so, changes in the world had to have taken place ahead of time… changes such as….     …the Romans would have to institute an entirely new method of execution (crucifixion) which wasn’t even invented centuries earlier when the Messiah’s death was specifically and graphically described (Is. 53).    …Herod would have to feel the need to conduct an empire-wide taxation census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem by precisely the right day, in order for the Savior to be born when and how it was foretold.    …in order for Jesus to be sold for the prophesied slave price (30 pieces of silver), an exact level of inflation in...

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Developing Kingdom Leaders

Developing Kingdom Leaders


Posted By on Oct 17, 2016

Shawn Minks

Character used to drive leadership; it was a prerequisite. Now, leadership often appears devoid of character. Even more, leading with character, and, in particular, referencing the source of that character, has become offensive in our culture.

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We hear about it in the news constantly or read it online… “state schools cut funding for physical education and music programs,” or “new Common Core standards exclude cursive writing.”  Programs and curriculum that bring value to your children’s education are slowly working their way out of many of today’s schools and are being replaced with a new emphasis that focuses solely on technological skills. Why not have both? At Cambridge Christian School, we focus our attention not only on preparing our students for 21st century learning, but also on the foundational skills that many schools have abandoned. Research has shown that students across the nation are spending only minutes a day outside doing physical activity and approximately 5-7 hours a day in front of a television or com-puter screen (Lue, 2013). The American Academy of Pediatrics asserts that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development (AAP, 2012). The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommends that elementary students get at least 150 minutes of instructional and physical education time per week (NASPE, 2010). Why are these critical components of a child’s development being left out?  Some answers are to meet the demands of a Common Core, to accommodate a more rigorous academic curriculum, or sometimes just to save money. Our Lower School Physical Education Department provides your child at, grade levels 3-6, with a comprehensive physical education program and recess opportunities that combined, meet or exceed the NASPE recommendations.  Why is cursive writing important? Under current Common Core State Standards, the overwhelming majority of states do not have cursive writing as part of their curriculum (O’Connor, 2014).  Research shows using cursive is an important tool for cognitive development (Klemm, 2013) and develops functional specialization that integrates sensation, movement control, and thinking (Klemm, 2013).  Our Lower School introduces and instructs children in cursive writing beginning in second grade while continuing to learn key-boarding and other marketable technological skills through sixth grade, building relationships and confidence all through-out the process. What about our music program? Research shows that children who participate in music education for one year have increases in general intelligence (Schellenberg, 2006).  Music is also mathematical. The rhythmic quality of music fosters children’s ability to keep time and count sequences (Seefeldt, 2010). Research also has found that music instruction helps develop the capacity for spatial-temporal reasoning, which is integral to the acquisition of important mathematics skills. Musical training in rhythm emphasizes proportion, patterns, fractions and ratios express-ed as mathematical relations. Those who took instrumental music were more than twice as likely to perform at the highest levels in math as their peers who...

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