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  • Foundation

    Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

    Does anyone know where this small piece of tile is from? This is the bathroom tile from Covenant’s old bathrooms. I kept this from the demolition after hurricane Harvey destroyed our school and I’ve had it for almost a year now. I keep it as a reminder of when Covenant was flooded. But not in a negative way. This is a reminder of when things were tough and we made it through. This is a reminder that when we pass through waters God will be with us. That God is our only hope. We cannot make it alone. With that in mind I want to tell you a story.

    There were once two good friends Ron and Lee who were both building their houses at the same time. Ron wanted to build his house carefully and thoroughly. He dug deep to pour a sturdy foundation. He didn’t cut corners or use cheap materials; he built his house firm. Lee on the other hand wanted to move in fast and he didn’t care how the house was built. He wasn’t interested in the foundation, materials or anything except that the house would be finished quickly. A couple of months later, they are both moved into their respective houses and they hear that a terrible storm is heading in their direction, a hurricane. Now Ron isn’t worried because he’s confident that the house he built will protect him. Lee on the other hand is less certain. His house is rickety, yet he doesn’t want to abandon the house he’s so fond of, and it’s new, and it’s his. He decides to brave the storm. The storm hits Lee’s house first. Wind, rain, thunder, lightning, ruin his house and thankfully he’s alright. The storm hits Ron’s house next. Wind, rain, thunder, lightning, but his house stands strong. He built his house on a solid foundation and because of that it did not fall.

    We need to build our lives on a firm foundation. We need to put our faith in God and not ourselves. God is the only thing in this world that will not change. We must put our faith in God alone because as it is said in the hymn, “In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength my, my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.” Christ is the only thing that gives hope; He is everything. He is a firm foundation in the most drastic circumstances. If you put your faith in anything else you will fail. If you build your house on success, friendship, fame, family, money, or anything that isn’t Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, when the storms come, your house, your life will not be able to stand tall.

    Now I don’t want to leave you today with a challenge of be better or trust God. I want to leave you asking this: What is your foundation? Did you build it thoroughly or did you cut corners? Is God your foundation? 

    Prayer: God, thank you. Thank you for allowing us all life today. Please help us build our foundation upon you. Please remind us when we aren’t following you, when we are cutting corners and not digging deep and putting our full faith in you. We know we can’t do it alone. Guide us and fill us up in order to follow your will for us. In Jesus’ name Amen.


    As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Jon, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured).

  • Thankgiving

    1 Thes 5:16-18

    How many of you celebrated Thanksgiving last week? I’m sure many of us joined our families, either through the terror of holiday travel or by staying at home and relaxing. Some of us probably watched the football games or caught up with grandma—and I’m positive everyone here ate plenty of food. But wait… How many of you remembered to give thanks? What does it even mean to be thankful? That’s not something we usually think about, even on the big day itself. Being thankful means we are appreciative of whatever gift we have received, and we feel the desire to give thanks for it. But, that still leaves the question: why don’t we give thanks year round?

    The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I want you to pay attention to the idea of giving thanks in ALL circumstances, because that’s probably the thing most of us struggle with. It’s easy to give thanks when things are good—but what about when things are tough? For example, as much as Hurricane Harvey was a terrible disaster that left our school flooded and many other homes with feet of water in them, it gave us an opportunity to be thankful for what we have in life—thankful for the things that truly matter—for our homes and for the safety of our families, and even thankful for the smaller things like clean water and our electricity.

    We have many opportunities to give thanks year-round. We don’t just have to give our thanks on one day out of the year; instead we should give thanks whenever we can, because everything we have received has been through God’s grace. So right now, I challenge you, Covenant Academy, to not only give thanks for the large things, but also the small ones too. I challenge you to remember that no matter how dark times in your life may seem, what comes from that hardship will be something to be thankful for.

    And with that, I say “thank you!”


    As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Austin, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).

  • Rhetoric Reflection: Selflessness

    “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
    Philippians 2:4 (ESV)

    Carson and brother, Colton

    Something happened to me recently that really touched me, and I thought I would just share it with you. My dad loves road trips and camping; almost every night he will come home and research where to go and what to see. So, two weeks before school started, my family and I were planned to go on a road trip. Our plan was to drive out west to California and see all the great national parks such as Yosemite and the Redwood Forest. My dad had been planning this trip for at least a year. He even stayed up to 1 o’clock in morning to reserve camping spots. However, in June, we learned that my brother would have his championship swim meet the weekend we wanted to leave. This would leave us with not enough time for our vacation. My brother had been training all year and this meant a lot to him. So, what did my dad do? He cancelled the trip he had been looking forward to for many, many, years so my brother could swim two races. He put his dream on hold for someone else’s dream to come true. This is what we call being selfless. When someone possesses selflessness, it means they put others before themselves and realize, “Hey, I have to do what is right, even though it may be unpleasant."

    Carson and his dad, Rudi

    Upper School recently finished reading the book Up from Slavery about Booker T. Washington, who was a freed slave that rose to success through hard work and determination. Mr. Washington exemplified selflessness better than most. Listen to this! By the time he was a well-known figure, he was offered five million dollars to go around the country giving speeches about his life, but he turned it down! Why would he turn down five million dollars? Because he wanted to continue to be the principal of his school. He knew that his talents were better used as the leader of a school where the main goal was to help educate African Americans. To quote Mr. Washington, “I always prefer to do things rather than talk about doing them.” So, Mr. Washington was selfless enough to work for a cause he knew was important, rather than going around the country merely talking about what people should do.

    To tell you the truth, that hit me hard. Dr. Smith and I agree—we don’t think most of us would be able to do what Booker T. Washington did. It is a great reminder that we all need to put others before ourselves, especially with our school being rebuilt [after Hurricane Harvey] in the face of so many trials. The selfless actions of many volunteers is precisely why I’m able to stand on campus, in this room and deliver this speech to you today. Philippians 2:4 (ESV) perfectly sums up the attitude my dad, Booker T. Washington, and all the volunteers share. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

    So, Covenant, I leave you with this: think not of yourself, but of others. Think not of what is, but what could be. Think not of how great you, are but how greatly you can improve. Think not of how people have wronged you, but how you could fix those wrongs. Think not of glorifying yourself, but of glorifying God.


    Carson in ChapelAs part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Carson, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).