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Update from the Peytons

While the Peyton family expected to move and have new adventures this summer, we had no idea what God had in store for us!  Our home in Wenatchee was caught in the Sleepy Hollow Fire and burned completely two days after we moved in.  We have moved four times this summer, but are now settled in a lovely rental home about a mile from The River Academy where Elise attends high school and Anna serves part-time as the Elementary Dean.  While nothing could ever replace our ECS family, it is an amazing blessing to find a school here with the same heart for Christ and for educating the next generation. We love that three other former ECS families are also part of The River Academy.

We expect it will take about a year and a half to rebuild our home.  In the meantime, Jeremy loves riding his bike everywhere he needs to go and working with Living Hope and Serve Wenatchee Valley in addition to promoting his Clearly Qualified home loan software. Elise and Asher are enjoying their first seasons playing soccer, and Isaac is wild about WyldLife (YoungLife for middle school). In between driving to soccer practices Anna can often be found learning about city building codes or searching the world wide web for new home ideas that no-one could ever afford to actually build.

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How Our Children Think and Why it Matters

Like a pair of glasses, our way of looking at the world frames and focuses how we answer life’s questions such as: Who am I?  Where did I come from? How can I be happy?  Where am I going?  The answers make all the difference.

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Christian Education Week

“Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and there he called upon the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.”
Genesis 21:33
 
The verse from Genesis may seem to be a rather obscure verse to select for theme of an annual celebration of Christian education. It is not. The implications of this act of Abraham were profound. Abraham was demonstrating faith in our God. Abraham was demonstrating faithfulness to God and to the generations to come.
 
Beersheba is a region in the southern part of Israel. It is in the region of the Negev. The Negev is desert. Unlike the Wilderness of Tzin and Sinai Desert which are farther south, the Negev is habitable. There are wadis in the Negev where the runoff from mountain rains water the land in the short period of the rainy season.
 
There are very few trees in the deserts of Israel. The only locations where a few scrub bushes and trees are found are near the wadis. Trees require some moisture to grow. Why would Abraham plant a tree in a desert place? Why is that significant in the narrative of God’s plan and unfolding story as recorded in Genesis?
 
The significance is found in this. A tamarisk tree grows slowly. It grows so slowly that it would be reasonable to say that Abraham knew that he would never enjoy the shade of the tamarisk tree that he was planting. The tree was not for Abraham. The tree was a testimony to God and a testimony to his descendants, who were yet unborn.
 
Christian education is like that too. For many schools in the Christian Schools International family founders sacrificed, stepped forward in faith, and built Christian schools not only for their own children but for the next generation. They heard the marching order in Psalm 78, “we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done”, and acted. Today Christian schools stand throughout North America and across the globe as tamarisk trees.
 
Christian Education Week 2014 calls us to remember. Remember Abraham and his faith and his faithfulness. Remember those who sacrificed yesterday so that children today are experiencing a Christian education which is firmly rooted in the Word and which biblical worldview is  imbedded in care values and curriculum of our schools. Commit today, as believers in Christian education, to insure that these Christian schools are sustainable for the generations to come.
 
Believers in Christian education: We are called by God to plant trees under whose shade we never intend to sit. (quote from Nelson Henderson). Christian education is an opportunity for us to give testimony to the faithfulness of our God. What better gift is there to celebrate? What better gift could we leave as our testimony to this generation and to the generations yet unborn.

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The Humility of Love

Describing God as humble may seem irreverent, even counterintuitive; however, our All-Powerful, Most High Triune God describes himself this way:

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Go Ahead--Ask!

It may be socially acceptable to believe in God, especially during the Christmas season, but to actually believe that God is really real and then to go so far as to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” in a Mark 12:30 kind of way is generally seen as "taking things too far".  It is seen as excessive not only by people in the world, but also by many within the church. Yet to read the Bible, participate in church programs, and avoid at least the socially unacceptable sins—can this really be all that Jesus had in mind when he said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:10b?  

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"Thankfulness Is" Alphabet

Our theme this school year comes from Psalm 106:1-3:  Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.  Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?  Blessed are they who maintian justice, who constantly do what is right.

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Love Does

Our theme this school year is taken from I John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  Put simply, Love Does

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Longing for a Sign

Have you seen our new school sign?  Longing for a permanent sign for the past six years since moving into our new school home, we finally have a marker to declare that this is where Ellensburg Christian School meets to learn and grow together.

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Welcome to Our New Website

We are beginning the New Year by launching our new webiste!

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