Monthly Archives: January 2020

Surrounded by His Words

The Bible tells us plainly to give our children a distinctively Christian education at all times.  In a glorious passage, God declares, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up . . . You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deut. 6:4-9).  

God teaches Christian parents six truths in Deuteronomy 6.  

First, God Himself speaks directly to us—“I command you today.”  This passage is not someone’s opinion but rather comes to us directly from the very mouth of God.

Second, God speaks to us as parents—“And these words that I command you today.”  He speaks to all believing parents who love Him, to those Stephen called “the church in the wilderness” (Acts 7:38).    

Third, God directs us to place His words in our hearts—“And these words . . . shall be in your heart.”  He promises to write His Word on our hearts and gives us His Spirit to guide us by His Word of truth (Ezek. 36:26-27).

Fourth, God tells us to surround our children with His words—“You shall teach them . . . to your children” because our children matter to Him (Matt. 19:14).  Our children belong to Him, and He gives them to us and tells us to raise them for Him and His glory.

Fifth, God encourages us to teach His Word to our children in a certain kind of way—diligently— “You shall teach them diligently to your children.”  We are to teach our children His words intentionally and purposefully. 

Sixth, God helps us see that we are to surround our children with His words everywhere and at all times—“You shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. . . You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

So God commands us as Christian parents to surround our children diligently with His loving and joyful words from the time they get up until they go to sleep at night, whether they are walking or sitting.  Simply put, our children belong to God all the time, including the hours from 8:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, August through May.  

At Regents Academy, we serve Christian parents by helping parents to diligently surround their children with God’s words everywhere and at all times.  In every class, at every place on our campus, we strive to teach our students to think like Christians, to apply God’s Word to every area of their lives, to see through the lens of God’s story of the world, to worship and serve their Creator and Savior. Together we are obeying God’s words in Deuteronomy 6, and we trust Him to add His blessing and favor so that our obedience is fruitful in our children’s lives. To Him be the glory!

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Juniors and Seniors Tour SFA Research Lab

A group of science-minded juniors and seniors spent Wednesday morning visiting the research lab of Dr. Shiyou Li, Director of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, a collaborative effort with the SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. The students learned about Dr. Li’s three decades of research at SFA, where he and his research team have studied the chemical compounds of more than 1,300 species of native and invasive plants and have isolated more than 2,000 compounds, 186 which had never been discovered prior to their research. 

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Li has not only discovered an alternative source for the primary chemical compound found in some chemotheraphy drugs, but he has also discovered a “cheaper” source of shikimic acid, a key chemical used in the production of Tamiflu (a common medicine prescribed by doctors for patients battling the flu). Additionally, Dr. Li might be best recognized for his work over the past two decades with endocides and their role in managing invasive insect and plant species, most notably giant salvinia, the pesty plant that’s taken over many local lakes, ponds and creeks.

Thank you, Dr. Li, for spending time with our students and for showing them a glimpse of the exciting work you’ve been doing.

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A Mission in Submission

One of the foundations of our school is commitment to the absolute supremacy and Lordship of Jesus Christ. Having been raised from the dead in power, He is now seated at His Father’s right hand, so He is “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet (Eph 1:21-23). Our job is to love, serve, imitate, and follow Him, and, further, to teach our children to do so also. This is our purpose as a school. Our school’s mission is in submission to the Lordship of Christ. 

So we can have smart kids who excel academically with curve-busting SAT scores, eye-popping scholarships, and mind-blowing vocational success, but if we’ve not cultivated in them a desire for His kingdom, then we’re in danger of gaining the whole world and losing their souls. 

Lord, deliver us.

Consider the words of the Apostle Paul: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:4-5).

Jesus is Lord of all. He is Lord over civilizations and cultures, kings and rulers, peoples and powers, both visible and invisible things. He is Lord over thoughts and worldviews, philosophies and loyalties, both those things that are devoted to Him and those things that are not. So we must line up “every thought,” every loyalty, everything in our lives with Him and His will. And God has given us mighty weapons to use when we enter into the combat it takes to do this. Our little ones – the children God gives us – are the key weapons God has prepared for us. Education is our work of arming, sharpening, and training our children for battle in the service of Christ and His kingdom. We are always in battle, and we are always called to be faithful to the One who is Lord of all.

As Dutch theologian and journalist Abraham Kuyper wrote, “No single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

Let me urge you to stay true to the classical Christian vision because Christ is Lord of all.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence (Col 1:15-18).

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