30 Days of Prayer for Nazareth Baptist School                                             Issue No. 27

 


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Building the Rising Generations - Glorifying Jesus Christ through Distinctive Education

 

DAY 27 

 

TOUGH SITUATIONS - APPROPRIATE RESPONSES

  

Read:

 

Matthew 10:16-20

 

Jesus' words to the newly appointed disciples were somewhat conflicting - "I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves." A modern translation of Matthew 16:20 says "be wise as snakes and gentle as doves."

 

Some years ago I experienced a tough situation. I was asked to speak before our community council on behalf of our local Christian school. Not everyone in the community favored the local school. One of our opponents was expected to attend the community council meeting and speak in opposition to our proposal about the future of the school. He did attend and he stated his differing viewpoints. The council listened to each party's position statement.

 

Our team believed that God was ordering our steps and that our proposal was in keeping with His plan for the school.

 

To prepare for the council meeting, our team met together, prayed and gathered the facts. We approached our time of preparation for the presentation with thoroughness and thoughtfulness. We worked on every word of the presentation. We were meticulous in our preparation of the material. But, we were also prepared spiritually.

 

This team bathed me in prayer. They prayed that I would maintain my composure, regardless of the opposition's remarks. They prayed that the council would find favor with our proposal. They prayed that most of all that when I spoke, I would represent Christ. This was a tough situation - we were sheep among wolves.

 

When my time to speak approached, God ordered my words. The presentation went remarkably well. I continue to recall how God in a very unsavory situation gave me the ability to be gentle as a dove. I give Him the glory.

 

Challenge

 

Life's circumstances and situations are sometimes not comfortable or easy. When we find ourselves in situations of being sheep among wolves, we are instructed to be wise as snakes AND gentle as doves. This is not an easy situation. But, it is a predictable position and one where we have the instruction manual. Our job is to follow His instructions.

 

May God bless you today in whatever situation you face.

 

Norm Edwards

President

Council in Resource Development 

September 27, 2011

   
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Proposed Site of Nazareth Baptist School

               
          
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DAY 27

PRAYER GUIDE 

 

 

 

1.  Pray for the NBS Administration and Board.

 

2.  Pray that God will remove the political, fiscal and spiritual obstacles in Nazareth.

 

 3.  Pray that Nazareth will lead the way toward reconciliation in the Middle East.

 

 4.   Pray that NBS will produce leaders with great faith in Jesus Christ.

 

 

      

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Friends of Nazareth (FON) was formed in 2006 under the umbrella of Training in Mission Evangelism (T.I.M.E.), a 501 (c) (3) corporation located in Huntsville, Alabama. T.I.M.E. is a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

 

FON exists to serve the Nazareth Baptist School, a day school started by Southern Baptists in 1936 in our Lord's hometown. As one of the top rated schools by the Ministry of Education, it is the only K-12 evangelical school in Israel.

 

Our goal is to help the Nazareth Baptist School maintain its high credentials and provide Christian education to a greater number of Arab students from both Christian and Muslim families. To do this it is necessary to relocate the school.

 

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