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ADVENTIST EDUCATION—TOWARDS DIGITAL EVANGELISM

“And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14)

         Adventist education has a strategic intent and purpose that differentiates it from educational systems that are in the business of producing students with sharp qualifications and degrees, and even wholesome characters.  There is a continuous need for curricular realignment that equips our students to fulfill the ultimate purpose of Adventist education, and our church has made a provision to meet the needs of churches, schools and members.  What is the ultimate purpose of Adventist education, how and when is it promoted, packaged, delivered, distributed and transmitted, and to whom?  

        Our ultimate and deliberate goal is to lead students to Christ so that they can fulfill the gospel imperative of taking the Advent message to all the world.  We must then give them the means to do so. That process is continuous and uses education as an implementing tool, so that education is not an end in itself, but a means to an end.  We are not merely teaching the Common Core of subjects to students but using education as a tool to advance ministry. Our purpose is clear, our target population intact, and our timing immediate.  We now need a strategy to fit our purpose so that our curriculum delivers desired intent.  We no longer only live in a physical and geographical world, but one that is globally connected through technological and social media that has constricted geography, economics, society and politics into a new reality of fluid national boundaries. We live in a world of the instantaneous, the rapid and the ready.  Our curriculum, therefore, must respond to this new reality by adopting digital learning as part of a Common Core. The ministry of digital evangelism and discipleship is a must in schools and churches as we embed technological deliberately into our curriculum to equip students to digitally minister in a new era of reality. Only then, can the gospel of the kingdom be truly preached in all the world for a witness to all nations. “All the world”, then becomes all the accessible world. Our students can then reach the world with a message of salvation, having been taught the techniques of production and delivery through the spoken, written and technological world. The North American Digital Ministries Department is an ample resource. Click on it to revitalize your school and church with new ways of preaching, teaching and reaching. This is the practical intent and strategy of the Gospel Commission.

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THEY THAT BE WITH US ARE MORE…BLESSED ASSURANCE

“They that be with us are more than they that be with them”. (2 Kings 6:16).

Have you ever gotten to a point in your experience when you felt surrounded and besieged by a number of options in the light of present circumstance and you wondered what direction you should take?  You have run out of known resources, but there is a need to act. Enrollment is declining finances uncertain, and you feel the support for Adventist education is dwindling. Alas, you’ve rolled out the toolkit of marketing strategies, encompassed the latest technology and cutting edge research, yet nothing seems to be working.

It is only then it strikes you that there is great controversy raging for the minds and souls of leaders when apparent attractions and solutions can become distractions.  The things that you think you need and desire, as others may have, become your end focus, whether it is equipment or technology or building improvements to meet the minimum standards required by accreditation.  You’ve got to weigh mission versus reality for that which is real and present can be separate from the mission.  

I am reminded that it was the same with Elisha and his servant in Dothan.  Israel had been in constant struggle with Syria until the king of Syria decided to surprise Elisha with the overwhelming force of numbers, better equipment, better chariots, better intelligence, and a better fighting reputation. So is it with us sometimes—we are in the numbers game and thus like Elisha’s servant, our mission becomes limited by what we cannot see, for what we cannot see, we do not strive.  Yet very often, the solution lies in that which we cannot see or do not imagine, for our eyes are not opened to the impossible, but only the earthly possible.

It is time to pray for a vision that stretches beyond mere human endeavor and rationality; it is time to pray that our eyes may be opened so that we can see the forces of God surrounding and guiding us.  Like Solomon, we must pray for wisdom rather than riches, and with the wisdom will come the desired wealth.  God is our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble; the angel of the Lord surrounds those that love Him; when we pass through the waters, God is with us; the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  No weapon formed against me shall prosper. If it were possible, the very elect would be deceived. Ultimately, we remember that they with us are more than they be with them, for we serve a “God of the Impossible”.  May our eyes be opened to see the armies of God surrounding us.

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“HE HAS RISEN—SO WHAT?”

An Easter  Message from our Educational Complex–

the Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy, the Berean Christian Development Center

and the Berean Child Development Center

“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said”. (Matt 28:6)

Today, I thought of that moment many morns ago, when the ladies came to the tomb to find Jesus, and the angel said, “He is not here, He’s arisen”.   What joy, assurance and hope to the Christian to know that Jesus is not in the grave, but has arisen.  He has conquered death and the grave so that He can come again the second time. AT GAAA and BCJA, we believe in a risen, soon-coming Savior in real action time.  This causes us to be partners in the execution of a grand strategy, that of preparing leaders to serve in the end time as witnesses of the Gospel.  

That’s the big picture strategic plan—pattern the Gospels as our Curriculum guidebook.  Jesus prepared disciples who became leaders; we are preparing students to become leaders.  Jesus prepared disciples who became bold speakers; we are preparing students to speak clearly and fervently, through our oratorical program.  Jesus prepared the disciples who spoke before the Sanhedrin fearlessly—we are preparing students through our legal skills program to speak in courthouses everywhere as done in the recent Mock Trial in the Atlanta Superior Court. Today, there are mock trials, but tomorrow, they will be real and our students will be ready, fortified by the Word.   Whereas Jesus empowered the disciples to “go into all the world and preach the gospel, we are empowering our students to use technology to communicate the same Gospel, far and wide. We are combining core subjects, Bible passage memorization, oratory, legal skills and technology to produce a superior student that can lead the world.

If you’d like to break it down, our grand strategy destination is “heaven at last”. Our execution strategy (what we do to accomplish the grand strategy) is to prepare students to witness in these end times and to enter collegiate study.  Our execution strategy is “preparation”—the act of preparing–we are making every effort through smaller tactical maneuvers to achieve this leadership preparation.  Indeed, Jesus has arisen, but then, “so what?” What are you doing today about this fact?  We Shall Behold Him.

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FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH—THE LAST LAUGH!

“For we know that all things work together for good to them who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

That’s right!  You heard me right.  It is he that has the last laugh that wins the battle.  The human life is filled with acts of dramatic tragedy, and usually without warning?  We have had two world wars, the Holocaust, 9-11, natural disasters, and school and church violence, “for the heart of man, above all things is deceitfully and desperately wicked; who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9).  These thoughts assailed me this past week, after the tragic event at my school, the sudden, and dramatic and shocking loss of a parent which catapulted our school community in a deep sense of grief.

Haven’t you ever wondered where God is in all this? Is it fair that innocent people should die, especially young children? The truth is that because of sin, there will be suffering, death and dying.  “In this world, you will have tribulation, but take heart! I have overcome the world” (1 Corinthians 16:33).  This is the crux.  We are caught in a great controversy between good and evil and we can either turn to God our Creator or become bitter. Remember Job’s wife—she said, Job, it’s unfair what is happening to you; just curse God and die, for you are going to die anyway”.  Yet, there is hope because He who created us in the beginning, is at the end of the road, waiting for us, when time shall have become eternity.  He will have the last laugh! Amen, Amen!

        Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).  “God shall wipe away all tears” (Revelation 21:4-5). “Death, where is thy sting and grave where is thy victory”. God is able to take the worst situation and use it to good purpose.  “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).  It’s the end of the road that counts, and this gives us hope.  “I have fought the good fight; I have finished my course; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7).  Today, if you are saddened by tragedy, or you recall the loss of a loved one, remember that we are a people and a church of faith.  We have that blessed hope in the coming of the Lord—we are looking for “that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).  I am constantly working backwards from the hope of the future to the life of the present.  May God give us this hope today.  He has the last laugh.[Devotional–FROM%20TRAGEDY%20TO%20TRIUMPH.docx]It May be at Morn

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The Intricacy of Sticks

Course Description

Making music from an item used to make tools or even instruments can be intriguing. Doing it in such a way to make composition is brings fascination, not only to the performer, but the listener. This course challenges the student to develop music from the intricacy of sticks.

CERTIFICATION

Yes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students are challenged to develop composition using sticks, stimulating mental capacity.
  • Students learn to work together to accomplish this goal
  • Students learn the meaning of mastering a craft.
  • Information packed practical training starting from basics to advanced testing techniques.
  • Best suitable for beginners to advanced level users and who learn faster when demonstrated.
  • Course content designed by considering current software testing technology and the job market.
  • Practical assignments at the end of every session.
  • Practical learning experience with live project work and examples.
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The Melody of Bells

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to help the student expand mental capabilities through music. Working with bells stimulates even more creativity. It also stimulates the power of composition through cooperation and unity.

CERTIFICATION

Yes

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students will learn how to play composed music.
  • Students will learn the meaning of teamwork within a desired goal.
  • Students will having the opportunity to exercise their creative skills.
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Conversational Spanish

Our Difference

We work with our students so that they can reach their full potential. In this diverse world, understanding and being understood is important. Communication is important. So for the Berean Christian Junior Academy student, we do not want them to just have the tools. We want them to understand the tools, and the best way to use them.

We try to teach language in a broader sense.

CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR

Yes

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Over 37 lectures and 55.5 hours of content!
  • Students in the elementary and early Middle school will be able to conduct simple conversations in Spanish