Witnesses are important to major events. If you have ever attended an impressive concert or an incredible sporting event it’s always refreshing to get various perspectives on what people saw and heard. Before visiting a new restaurant, many of us turn to Yelp to get the opinions of various people and to hear about their experiences. Their vantage point informs are own decisions. A myriad of positive reviews typically encourages us to give the new eatery a try.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday provides each of us with an opportunity to reflect. MLK’s life and death are a testimony to someone who was willing to stand on behalf of justice to a point where it literally cost him everything.
Restoration Academy was honored to be featured on WBRC Fox 6 this week! The What’s Right in Our Schools segment focuses on the positive news of the day…especially from Fairfield, where not much positive is being reported.
The new year often feels like a reset button. As the calendar makes a big shift we often feel motivated to make big shifts in our lives. With the rollover from 2018 to 2019 there is a belief that we can leave the pounds, the mistakes, and the bad habits from last year behind us. The new year is rife with promise.
As we continue to celebrate Advent we recount the amazing words of the angels that were shared with shepherds in a lonely field one night. A marginalized group of men, doing a dirty and thankless job, were surrounded by heavenly emissaries. The words of the angels were part of a long awaited announcement that the Savior of the world had finally arrived.
Psalm 107 encourages us to remember all of the things that God has done for us over the years in different seasons of want and plenty.
It seems like all of the media this time of year has a continual flow of commercials that never ends all telling us we need more and more to be happy. It does us all well to pause and give thanks to the Lord has has given us so much over the years.
As we move into Thanksgiving and Advent season we are gifted with fresh opportunities to analyze our hopes. As we look out the windows of our lives we sometimes encounter seemingly hopeless situations. At times there are health issues or relational issues that appear impossible to resolve. Other times it is the global strife around us that can feel daunting. Finding hope and holding on to it can be a challenge.
“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” – John 9:2 (ESV)
Jesus’s disciples, upon seeing a man in his broken condition, want to know who is responsible for what has happened to him. Had the man failed personally? Perhaps his parents made some bad decisions that impacted his life. In either case, the man’s blindness, in their view, is due to some indiscretion or lack of responsibility.