Psalm 119:105


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hymn Sing, Pastor Bert, TCMS Singing & Sharing

From Thursday’s Chapel

Tuesday: Hymn sing at Faith Christian Reformed Church across the street! Mrs. Erdman and Mrs. Slinkman played the organ and piano, including a prelude and postlude. Students read the history of each hymn before we sang. The hymns were All Creatures of Our God and King, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine and the Doxology.

Thursday: Pastor Bert DeJong was our speaker. All students had a post-it note and pen. He asked us to write down if we want to follow Jesus. Then he asked us to write down an idea of how we can take action today to show we want to follow Jesus. Last, we we challenged to honestly write down if we were serious about our idea. After he spoke, students were challenged to come to the front and stick their note to the cross as a sign of commitment. While students came forward, Doug and Angela sang a beautiful duet. Check out the video!

Friday: We had a great singing time. Mr. Lundeen and four students led the time of worship. We sang My Lighthouse, Open the Eyes of My Heart and The Cost. We read Psalm 100 responsively. Then students were invited forward to share what they were thankful for.

High School:Tuesday–thanksgiving open mic chapel

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Open Mic, Small Groups, Mr. Davidson

Tuesday: Open mic chapel! Students were invited to share how God worked in their lives during the previous week of chapels: our first Spiritual Emphasis Week with speaker, Jeff Klein. It was a blessed and beautiful time as students volunteered to share. The testimonies were heart-felt and encouraging to all. The chapel cross is new and designed/crafted by Jared P.

Thursday: Small group chapel focused on Spiritual Life Emphasis Week. The groups started by playing the old game of "telephone"--a very funny time. They then shared what stood out to them in the week of chapels and how they have been challenged to grow in faith.

Friday: Our school superintendent, Mr. Davidson spoke. He reminded students of Veterans Day and honored Mr. VanDerBill. Then Mr. Davidson spoke about how God is calling us to be courageous Christians.

High School: Tuesday-hymn sing at Faith CRC; Thursday: Pastor Bert DeJong
Middle School Friday: Thanksgiving sharing chapel

Friday, November 3, 2017

TCHS Spiritual Emphasis Week, Day 5 & TCMS–Barney

Our special week of chapels came to a close today. What a blessing this week has been! Jeff spoke with conviction from Mark 3:14-15 about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Disciples are with Jesus, speak about Jesus and have authority over evil. Jesus calls us to passionately live for him and do his work in this world.

Jonathan Barney, director of youth ministries at Faith CRC, spoke. By explaining sheep and telling stories about friends from high school, he showed us what the Bible teaches about following Jesus. His talk with accented with a little "follow the leader" skit (see photo below).

High School Tuesday: student sharing; Thursday: small groups
Middle School Friday: Mr. Davidson

Thursday, November 2, 2017

TCHS Spiritual Life Emphasis Week, Day 4

Today was a special 40 minute chapel. Chapel band students led us in worship through song. Jeff Klein spoke of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. The last 10 minutes was for prayer and a call to respond to the gospel. God worked in a beautiful way in today's chapel! Each day, Jeff writes some devotional thoughts that are read over the intercom at the end of the day. Here was today's devotion:

"How did the Holy Spirit call to you this morning? Do you feel the deep hunger inside to be glorious like you were created to be? Have you examined the chains you might be wearing? Have you asked Jesus to take them off? Remember, you are powerless to fix yourself, powerless to return to being an accurate reflection of God’s glory.

Being a Christian is not primarily about performing, or memorizing things or getting a good theology. Being a Christian is about surrender to the Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep. Surrendering is hard, but in the end, it’s the only way back to your Father."

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TCHS Spiritual Life Emphasis Week, Day 3

Jeff Klein talked about practicing the presence of God. God longs for us to seek him and wants to reveal his presence to us. We were challenged to look to God with surrendered devotion and look for evidence of God's work all around us. He shared some amazing stories of people encountering the presence of God. Also in this chapel, Daisy opened in prayer and Mr. Pelt led us in singing From the Inside Out.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TCHS Spiritual Life Emphasis Week, Day 2

Jeff Klein talked about the brokenness of the world and how brokenness affects our lives. With three students, he illustrated how our body, soul and spirit are all interconnected. Through Jesus our dead spirit becomes alive. We need to grow strong spiritually in order to combat Satan's plan to damage our bodies and soul. How are you surrendering to God's Spirit? Also in this chapel, Maggie opened in prayer and Mr. Pelt led us in singing Open the Eyes of My Heart.

Monday, October 30, 2017

TCHS Spiritual Life Emphasis Week, Day 1

Timothy Christian High School is having a Spiritual Life Emphasis Week. We have chapel every day, and our guest speaker is Jeff Klein. Jeff was the Bible teacher at Timothy in the '90s and has spoken at high schools and Christian camps across the country.

Today he spoke from John 10 about listening to Jesus’ voice. Jesus offers to lead us. We only have to decide if we trust the shepherd and are willing to follow. Why would I trust this Shepherd? John 10:11 answers that question. This Shepherd, Jesus has laid down his life for his sheep. Students were challenged to spend some time alone tonight asking the Shepherd to speak to them.

On Thursday there will be a call for students to respond to the gospel. Please pray for this week that God would touch the students and that they would seek him with all their hearts.