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Unexpected Challenges

February 02, 2016
By Dr. Glenn Slater
With a new year came a new experience - I had a kidney stone!!  Maybe I am just a wimp, but the pain was terrible!  I went though three weeks of symptoms and this past Friday, I had a surgical procedure to remove it.  (It was just loads of fun....) Thank you for your prayers and support. 
 
Why do I share this with you?  Because we all should not be surprised at attacks we may receive from the enemy! 
 
Interestingly, 13 years ago during my first year at a new school in Tennessee, I had to have hernia surgery. With this latest bout with a kidney stone, it reminded me again that in a ministry of this type we should expect attacks of all sorts.  And, this is especially true in your first year.  The attacks can be physical, emotional or your family members can get attacked.  Either way, in those first unsteady months, Satan wants to knock you down quickly and fill you with discouragement. 
 
I hope we all understand the strategy of Satan. He doesn't want you to be a part of CCS. He doesn't want God's influence in  the lives of your children for 7 hours a day.   So let me encourage all of you whether you have been here 6 months or 15 years to hold fast to God's word and do not be discouraged. Do you really expect the enemy to sit back and do nothing when your family makes a commitment to train your children in godliness and thereby become a direct threat to his kingdom? 
 
I hope your year at CCS is going well, especially if you are new. However, do not be surprised if you have faced unexpected challenges that may not even be related to our school.  
 
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged."   Deut. 31:8
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Happy Thanksgiving

November 20, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
CCS family,
 
I have been out of town for part of this week, so I have been unable to continue my blog series “Be On Your Guard.”  I will resume the blog the week after our holiday.   But, with Thanksgiving almost here, let me share with you a quote from one of my heroes, Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
 
“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”  
 
Gratitude is so important.  Next week consider thanking those in your life both past and present, who have contributed to where you are today.   
 
Thank you to all my brothers and sisters at Covenant Christian School.
 

 

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Thank You

October 13, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Dear CCS friends and family,
 
Let me take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone for all of the cards, phone calls, kind words, and hugs that you sent my way in the past few days. 
 
In the midst of everything, God's sovereignty amazes me. A year ago my father was in good health and I was in Tennessee. When God began to gently nudge my family back to Texas, an unforeseen blessing was in the works.  From the time we arrived, I was able to spend a great deal of time with my dad that could not have been possible if we had stayed in Tennessee.
 
I am so grateful that I was able to be there for him while simultaneously being privileged to be a part of Covenant.
 
Thank you all for being such a blessing to me and my family over these last few months and especially the last few days.
 

I will continue with my series, "The Bottom Line" next week. 

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Tenacious

September 15, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater

Sports at CCS are now in full swing and I have had the privilege to attend several volleyball games and on Friday night I attended my first football game. The students compete hard and hang in there till the end. Although the final scores of these contests have not always been what we would want, the atmosphere has been fantastic!  At the volleyball games, I have been encouraged by a group of students who normally gather in a corner of the gym and constantly lead cheers.  The football game had an amazing amount of school spirit on Friday evening. There was a great crowd on hand and the weather was perfect.  I was especially struck by the cheerleaders and a large contingent of upper grade girls who kept their spirits high all night despite the score.  Overall, what I have observed is that when it comes to our sporting events, CCS students are tenacious when they compete and they are just as tenacious when they are supporting each other.   

What a blessing and what a testimony!  The next time you are at a game look beyond the action on the field or court and observe the spirit of the students (and parents). Our sporting events are more than just athletic competitions. They are very public events in which many extended family members and visitors are on our campus.  So, let’s keep it up and remain tenacious in the spirit of encouraging each other!    

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A Bright Future

August 14, 2015
By Dr. Slater

How was your first day at CCS?  It was so exciting to see the children arrive on Thursday morning. No matter their size or age, almost all of the students were wearing big smiles and seemed to be happy to start back to school.  New books, new paper, new shoes, new clothes, new haircuts; there is something exciting about the first day of school – a new year looms ahead filled with great possibilities for our children.

When I arrived early on the first day of school, the sun was just creeping up as the new day, new school year, and new era for Covenant was dawning for me.   I smiled as the sun rose and my smile continued all day this past Thursday. The newness of everything in the past few days has thrilled my heart.  And with it, several verses came to mind:

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Psalm 40:3

“Every new day he dispenses his judgment, and every new day he does not fail….”  Zephaniah 3:5

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” I Peter 3:1  

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23

I’m praying for new and abundant blessings for you and your family in 2015-2016.

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A New Era

August 09, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Welcome to a new year at Covenant Christian School!  We are so excited to begin the 34th year of ministry to these precious children who have been entrusted to us as educators and parents. On the eve of what I believe is start of a new era for our school, I want to share with you my convictions about this very basic question:  
 
Why should we even have a Christian school? 
  
1.) First of all, God commands it.  Education is actually mentioned very little in the Bible, but one thing is clear – God expects us to educate our children in His ways.  
 
Several passages confirm this such as in Deuteronomy 6 where parents are told to “Love their Lord their God with all their heart, soul and strength,” and then goes on to say, “Impress these truths on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”   Psalm 78:4 also says, “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.”
    
There’s no mention of algebra or language arts or science in an educational sense, but our Father does make it abundantly clear that teaching about Him is the most important priority in the education of children.  Remember that Jeremiah said that we should not boast in wisdom or strength but rather should boast in the fact that we know Him.  So, as we begin this new era we all need to recognize that by our presence here and by making the sacrifices we do, we are carrying out a very important command of God.  
 
2.) Second, we have Christian schools because God expects excellence.  We serve the Almighty God of the universe that is perfect in every way and has a perfect plan for this world.  He is excellent.  
 
And, as His followers, we want to reflect an excellent God to an unbelieving world.  Hence, if education of children is a priority to God, then it should be excellent.  We at CCS will strive in every way to be an excellent school for a variety of reasons, but at its core, we want to be an institution that reflects our excellent God.  Psalm 145:3-4 – “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.”
 
3.) Third, we have Christian schools because parents today desperately need our help. Scripture has given parents a clear mandate to educate their kids, but how can they accomplish this when the present culture is so against Christian values?  Over the years, I have met so many parents today who, more than anything else, want their children to know the absolute truth, to be strong against the onslaught of the world, and to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
From time to time, I have people say to me that the Christian school shields children from the real world.  Anyone who says this obviously has no real experience in a Christian school, because if they did, they would know that we have our share of problems like any school.  But, beyond that, I tell people that God and Christian parents have both entrusted CCS with impressionable little ones who are being molded in a way that will impact them for their rest of their lives.  SO, I make no apologies for shielding kids from the outside world.  Have you looked at the outside world lately??  All of our children will face “the world” someday.  It’s just a matter of how much preparation we are going to give them.  
 
Parents want more than just a Christian pre-school or Christian elementary school.  They want a PK-12 Christian school, as this provides the most comprehensive preparation for students who will live in a lost, sinful world.   
 
4.) Lastly, we need Christian schools because we owe it to these precious children and teenagers.  I’ve already made reference to this, but we all know the world in which these children are growing up in is very different than the world we grew up in.   Relativism, entitlement, and an indifference to Christian values are commonplace for the kids of the 21st century.  There is a blurriness in the world – blurry lines in religion, blurry lines in morals, blurry lines in sexuality, and blurry lines in the democratic ideals of our founders. 
 
Only in a Christian school can we tell them that there is absolute truth and there is salvation for their eternal souls found in Jesus Christ.  We can truly teach them how to live with the love of God while simultaneously standing up for what is right and opposing what is wrong.  We can help them to make right choices in life and relationships and we can help them to see that God is plainly evident in mathematics, science, history, literature and the arts. 
 
But beyond all of this, what else can the Christian school uniquely provide for these children that we owe so much to?
 
Let me suggest 2 final things:  
  • First, we owe it to these children to provide JOY.  There is much in their world that is unpleasant, sad, angry or even scary.  We can provide joy to them and it is a joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.  In the midst of uncertain and dangerous times, we can laugh with them and give them a smile despite what’s going on in the world.  We can be joyful because we serve a risen Savior who is on the throne.  In 2015 these kids need to hear the words of the apostle Paul when he says “Rejoice always!”  
  • Second, in the Christian school we can also provide HOPE for our kids. We have the truth and we know who reigns and we know who will have the ultimate victory.  These children and teenagers will feel blessed and secure if they are around hopeful people every day.  In their relativistic, blurry secular world, there is no hope.  Men will let you down – but only in a Christian school can we consistently experience the hope that the students need as they grow up, leave our homes, and live as adult believers.  Hebrews 7 says that “our hope is an anchor for the soul.”
 
This new year and new era is commencing with a great spirit of enthusiasm. As parents and teachers, we are all engaged in a significant work of the Lord that will extend way beyond our lives and further God’s kingdom.  All of us at Covenant Christian School appreciate you and thank you for this opportunity to be your partners.  In 2015-2016, we pledge ourselves to work tirelessly in this task.  Our kids deserve it!
 
 
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Observations

August 02, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater
Since I started working in the summer, I have had the opportunity to meet with each of the CCS teachers.  At the same time, I have worked closely with the office staff each day. Overall, I have had a lot of exposure to the men and women who will be serving the Lord and your children in the months ahead.
 
Can I give an honest opinion from someone who has been around Christian schools for the past 34 years? WE HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY TEAM OF TEACHERS AND PROFESSIONALS AT CCS!!  Consider a few observations:
 
  • Long term commitment. In chatting with many of our faculty and staff, I have been struck by the great number of years put into this ministry by so many. It's obvious that they believe in the school and have dedicated a great amount of their professional careers to Covenant.

  • Work ethic. Our office staff often comes in early and stays late.  Coaches for the fall sports have been working with their teams to prepare for the upcoming seasons. Many of the teachers have already been working in their rooms.  The men and women who will be working at our school all understand that excellence demands a strong work ethic.  You would all be amazed at how much effort they put into the ministry of CCS.  (And the school year hasn't even started yet...)

  • Heart. This is probably the most important attribute of the CCS faculty and staff.  In my conversations, they speak frequently of their love for the kids and their love for God. They care deeply about the traditions of our school and want the best for the future.  I have prayed with many of them and I am touched by their HEARTS. 
 
I am excited about the upcoming 2015-2016 school year for many reasons. But if you understand that a school is a community of people and a wide variety of relationships, we should already be thanking God for the exceptional group of professionals who will be with your children every day.
 
 

 

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Blessed To Be Here

July 27, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater

Recently, my wife and I treated ourselves to some frozen yogurt. When I got to the register to pay, I was struck by the unique cross worn by the young man working there.  It was a cross with a fish hook on the bottom.  So, I told him how much I liked it and said, "I guess that refers to being fishers of men - right?"  He immediately responded, "Yes sir it does."  His boldness in speaking of his faith really struck me as he looked me straight in the eye and had no hesitation in sharing about Christ. So, I carried it further and asked him if he went to school around here. Again, without hesitation, he said, "I graduated from Covenant Christian School which is just down the road from here." I couldn't help but smile, so I introduced myself to him. He smiled also and said, "It's really a pleasure to meet you sir."

As I sat down and began to enjoy my mint chocolate yogurt, I was again impressed with this young man and his openness and sincerity in sharing his faith and the fact that he went to Covenant.  God confirmed to me several things through this chance encounter.  First, Covenant produces graduates who are serious about their commitment to Christ. Second, it made me grateful for our teachers who have obviously impacted his life. And finally, I realized that I am so blessed to be here and be apart of place that really does send genuine disciples into the world. What a blessing! On this day I got a lot more than a tasty treat at the yogurt shop!

-Dr. Glenn Slater

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A Note From Our Head Administrator

July 20, 2015
By Dr. Glenn Slater

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve your school as your new head administrator!! I consider it a great privilege to be in this position and will do my utmost to uphold the great standards and traditions of CCS. 

Why am I excited to be here?  Perhaps it is best said in the words of Psalm 79, "Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise."  

While Christian education should reflect excellence in academics and extra-curriculars, at it's heart Christian education is all about instilling a relationship with Christ in our students that will reap eternal benefits. We want to recount the praises of God to the next generation!

When I consider how much God has done for me, I feel compelled to share the praises of God with those coming after me!  So, as the start of a new year at CCS rapidly approaches, I hope you will join me in praying for our school, most specifically for our teachers and students. Let's all join together as partners in this vital ministry for our children. 

Aren't they worth it?

-Dr. Glenn Slater

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