2018 Unsung Heroes

The recipients of the 2018 Unsung Hero Award are Dr. and Mrs. Kyle  and Becky McMorries. Through Kyle and Becky’s generosity and service, Regents Academy was able to provide Chromebook labs for Logic and Rhetoric School students and upgraded infrastructure to support the new technology.

The Regents Board expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the McMorries at the school’s Academic Awards Ceremony on May 29, 2018.

Thank you for your selfless service, Kyle and Becky!

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Hope For Today, Because Of Tomorrow

A good word from Paul David Tripp – “Hope For Today, Because Of Tomorrow.”


When you woke up this morning, what gave you hope? Maybe a better way of asking the same question is: When you woke up this morning, where did you look for security?

For many well-intentioned followers of Jesus, we have mistakenly built our houses of hope on sinking sand. Without even knowing it, we load all our hope for life onto our spouse, children, career, house, retirement account, social status, or ministry calling.

Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with appreciating people, possessions, or positions. But these temporal things were never designed to be a source of hope. To hope in temporal things is to hope in what I cannot control and what is not guaranteed to me.

I think you can predict where I’m going with this: When we live with eternity in view, we find an unshakable hope for this sin-shattered world.

But wait: There’s a life-changing difference between understanding this conceptually and embracing it practically. I have found that many of us have sectioned this truth in the “theologically interesting but basically irrelevant” area of our Christianity. Eternity sounds nice, but it doesn’t make much of a difference in our everyday life.

So, once again, I would invite you to meditate on eternity. If you live with Tomorrow in view, it will change everything about the way you invest your life Today.

Listen to the saints who have passed over to the other side. They don’t talk about the wonderful temporal pleasures they experienced on earth. As fitting as it is to be thankful for all these things, they now have a crystal-clear sense of what is most important.

They summarize it with one sentence: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:10b)

Now in eternity, they have their values right. And through the gift of Scripture, we are given a glimpse of what they consider central so we don’t have to wait until we join them Tomorrow to get our values right Today.

But let’s confess: Much of our existence is a frenetic attempt to build a paradise in a broken world. The house is never quite right. The kids never seem to measure up. Our spouse is never quite able to please us. Our friends are never quite loyal enough. The finances are never quite secure enough. We can’t even meet our own expectations for ourselves!

No wonder we’re frustrated, discouraged, and exhausted! We’re trying to find hope in a physical world that is terribly broken by sin.

Someday, you and I will be on the other side. In the meantime, will you ask people, circumstances, and things to do what they were never designed to do? Are there ways in which you look to this fallen world to become your personal paradise?

Or, will you find hope for Today because of Tomorrow? Are you eavesdropping on eternity and letting Forever shape your values on earth? Are you resting in the promise that Christ will put all his enemies under his feet?

If our faith makes no sense without eternity – “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Corinthians 15:19) – then we ought to remind ourselves and others to live with it in view every day!

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2018 BIG Serve all about Big Blessings

20 and 70.

Those are the numbers that represent the success of the Big Serve this year, and we have so much to be thankful for. The Big Serve brings together service to our community and fundraising for our school.

20. Our students, parents, and teachers served at 20 project sites last Friday around Nacogdoches. We served churches and ministries and organizations that make our community a better place to live and improve the lives of countless people. Students spread mulch and dirt, picked up sticks, painted, power washed, sewed, dusted, weeded, cleaned, chainsawed, organized, and sang. And then we met together at the school for a big celebration in the sunshine.

And 70. The Big Serve has now raised more than $70,000 for our school (a new record for Big Serve fundraising), which is crucial to improve our campus and fund future growth. Awesome job, Regents parents! Parents and students have reached out to hundreds of friends, family members, and neighbors at home and around our nation to bring in these much-needed funds. This is, of course, evidence of not only of God’s faithfulness and favor but also of our parents’ generosity and commitment to this ministry.

The reality is that every day at Regents Academy is a big day of serving others, and our school is the constant recipient of our parents’ generosity. But the Big Serve is a special day when we learn afresh that it is better to give than to receive and that if we will love as Christ loves, we will serve as He served.

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