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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).

  • Rainbows

    After the flood in Genesis 8, God sent a rainbow to remind Noah and his family of His love. He would bring beauty from the destruction of the flood. After being flooded by Hurricane Harvey, God has sent Covenant Academy many rainbows as well. Below are before and after pictures of our Kindergarten classroom as an example of one of God's rainbows. All of the rooms (except the modulars) will have this same flooring, trim and wall color. Hard to believe after all that water and dust, isn't it?

    There were several volunteers at the school today but the task was daunting and difficult. Just when they were feeling overwhelmed, a team of firefighters from California and other volunteers from Ohio joined with them to move our furniture into Patriot Hall for cleaning. Everything was moved in time for them to see Dr. Smith's "Remember the Alamo" at our alternate location. This kind of blessing has happened over and over again and it is such a gift to re-tell the countless ways that God is providing blessing amidst this challenge.


    Did you know that a school in Canada had a car wash to benefit our school? Did you know that an equipment company stopped by to loan us the use of a front end loader (to fill our dumpster) at no charge? Today I shared with the students that in the midst of all this, we also received a very generous donation of $100,000 to help us as we recover. The donor survived Hurricane Katrina and knows the challenges that we are facing and wanted to bless us. Isn't that incredible? I'm humbled by God's provision and grateful to see His hands and feet at work.

    God told Noah, "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." (Genesis 9:16, NIV)