BCCA MESSENGER DECEMBER 1, 2018
Harmoniously blending the work of redemption and education
Dear BCCA Families,
A Christian education is one of the most valuable things our church does. It is one of the most important factors in determining whether a child will remain in the church when they get older. Children become more influenced by their peers than by their parents by the time they are in their teens. Christian education surrounds children with peers who believe similar things so they are influenced by other children from families who hold the same core beliefs. They will be surrounded by influential peers with similar worldviews and teachers who reinforce biblical teachings. Thank you for keeping BCCA in your prayers as we strive to be a light to our community.
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed - Proverbs 15:22
What's Happened this past month?
Dec. 10 Garden Club
Dec. 15 Christmas program
Dec. 21 Christmas Vacation (Half Day Dismissal)
Pay It Forward (Food Donations)
Thank you for being a part of Big Cove Christian Academy's mission to reach the community and help those in need. In our continued effort to reach the community we collected food donations, which were distributed to families at the Downtown Rescue Mission for the Thanksgiving holidays. Your generosity and compassion are appreciated!
Reliving history all over again
BCCA students enjoyed hands on learning at the Folk life Festival at the Burritt Mountain. They saw craftspeople, artists, and presenters who shared their knowledge about the traditions, skills, handicrafts and arts of our region during the 1800 and early 1900s. Demonstrators also showed their skills to include: blacksmithing, butter making, Native American Flute playing, quilting, open hearth cooking, farming and more!
Hello BCCA Family,
Bible history presents many illustrations of the results of true education. It presents many noble men and women whose characters were formed under divine direction. The individuals lived lives were they were a blessing to others. They stood in the world as representatives of God. Among these were Joseph and Daniel, Moses, Elisha, Esther, Dorcus, and Paul, . The individuals represented the greatest statesmen, the wisest legislator, one of the most faithful of reformers, the most brave Queen who interceded for God's people, and except Him who spoke as never man spake, the most illustrious teacher that this world has known.
In the early years of their life, Joseph and Daniel were separated from their homes and carried as captives to heathen lands. They were subjected to many temptations to compromise their faith. And yet, they remained steadfast to God. What enabled these men to preserve their integrity? No one stands upon a lofty height without danger. While the small flower of the valley hardly notices the winds gusts and gails, the trees on the mountaintops are often uprooted by them. So it is in life. The fierce temptations that leave untouched the lowly in life assail those who stand in the world's high places of success and honor. Joseph remained faithful in adversity and prosperity. The same fidelity was manifested in the palace of Pharaoh as in the prisoner's cell. In his childhood, Joseph had been taught the love and fear of God.
Often in his father's tent, under the Syrian stars, he had been told the story of the night vision at Bethel, of the ladder from heaven to earth, and the descending and ascending angels, and of Him who from the throne above revealed Himself to Jacob. He had been told the story of the conflict beside the Jabbok, when, renouncing cherished sins, Jacob stood conqueror, and received the title of a prince with God. A shepherd boy, tending his father's flocks, Joseph's pure and simple life had favored the development of both physical and mental power. By communion with God through nature and the study of the great truths handed down as a sacred trust from father to son, he had gained strength of mind and firmness of principle.
In the crisis of his life, when making that terrible journey from his childhood home in Canaan to the bondage that awaited him in Egypt, he looked for the last time on the hills that hid the tents of his kindred. Joseph remembered his father's God. He remembered the lessons of his childhood. He remembered his commitment to follow His father's counsel and with renewed resolve he determined to prove himself faithful and true to the King of heaven. In his bitter life as a stranger and a slave...in the midst of secularism and hedonism... in the midst of wealth and opulence...Joseph refused to worship idols. He remained faithful and steadfast to God. Faithfulness at every station of life, from the most lowly to the most exalted, he had been trained to exercise every power for the highest service to God.
At the time when he was called to the court of Pharaoh, Egypt was the greatest of nations. In civilization, art, learning, she was unequaled. Through a period of utmost difficulty and danger, Joseph administered the affairs of the kingdom; and this he did in a manner that won the confidence of the king and the people. Pharaoh "made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: to bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom." Psalm 105:21, 22.
The secret of Joseph's life Inspiration has set before us. In words of divine power and beauty, Jacob, in the blessing pronounced upon his children, spoke thus of his best-loved son:
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength,
And the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; And by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lie under: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren." Genesis 49:22-26.
Loyalty to God, faith in the Unseen, was Joseph's anchor. In this lay the hiding of his power. "The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob."
May we endeavor to provide our children true education, that they may develop characters of integrity and faithfulness to God in the days of their youth on to their latter years.
Courage in Jesus in this most important work!