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2022-2023 Theme

September 2022—Stand Up!
  • Ask Yourself: What do I believe?
  • Bible Truth: 9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Stand up for your faith like Daniel and his friends. (Daniel 1, 3, 6)
October 2022—Stand Firm!
  • Ask Yourself: What foundation am I standing on?
  • Bible Truth: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Build your life on the Rock. (Matthew 7:24-27)
November 2022—Stand Strong!
  • Ask Yourself: How can I stand firm in my faith when I’m under attack or the world pushes me back?
  • Bible Truth: Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (ESV)
  • Connect It: Put on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
December 2022—Stand in Awe!
  • Ask Yourself: Do I know ABOUT Jesus, or do I KNOW Jesus?
  • Bible Truth: And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)
  • Connect It: Get to know Jesus and WORSHIP HIM. (Philippians 2:5-11)
January 2023—Stand Tall!
  • Ask Yourself: Who did God make me to be?
  • Bible Truth: 13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Be brave enough to be who God created you to be like Esther. (Esther 1-10)
February 2023—Stand With!
  • Ask Yourself: Am I a good friend?
  • Bible Truth: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
  • Connect It: Love each other, because God loved you first. (I John 4:7-21)
March 2023—Stand Guard!
  • Ask Yourself: Am I allowing sin to rule the way I live?
  • Bible Truth: 8  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Offer yourself as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12)
April 2023—Jesus Stands!
  • Ask Yourself: Have I opened the door to let Jesus in?
  • Bible Truth: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
  • Connect It: Pursue a relationship with Jesus. (Mark 8:34-38)
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Buzzing About Christian Education

Mrs. Donna Veurink -- September 2022

Social Emotional, Common Core, Project-based, Dibels, Learning Styles, NCLB, Mainstream…Once upon a time in my education career journey, I had to write a paper about how teachers could best address individual special needs of students.  The course was filled with educational buzz words, and I mentioned in my paper that certain buzz words were the current version of old-school concepts, like “mainstreaming” a student while “individualizing instruction”…which is the same thing as the one-room school house concept of many children in one room all working on their own lessons.  (The underlying idea here is that it is better to mix learning levels, rather than isolate learners because there’s benefits to having the support and motivation from peers who may be at a different learning levels.) 

Social-Emotional Learning is a current educational buzz word.  It’s been around awhile.  It might be one of those current phrases for an old-school concept.  Social emotional learning is (and always has been) so important!  Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success, and using those skills to support each other.    Is this a new concept?  I don't think so. The Bible addresses these things many many times, and stresses the importance of community (social).  

  • Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.
  • Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
  • And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another

Supporting each other is a central tenet of the Christian life!  Praying for one another, working together, caring for each other, are all in actuality, social emotional learning!  What a great idea to teach our students!  And it’s Biblical!

Spurring each other on toward love and good deeds is what Dakota Christian strives to do.  I pray that our students use their self-awareness and interpersonal skills to support each other.  Be Kind!  Pray for each other!  Use words that build each other up!  Dakota Christian is working hard to address social emotional learning, which is really nurturing godly character.  Won’t you join us?

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