This morning one of GCA’s very own math teachers, Mrs. Velloney, shared stories of her mission work in Africa in March. She explained that she felt the call to global missions, specifically in Africa, as a young child but never had the opportunity to go. Consequently, she thought she had missed her chance to do mission work. It was not until after her husband had numerous opportunities to do work in Africa that she took the leap of faith to go and be God’s hands and feet in Lesotho. Mrs. Velloney explained to the students how she was able to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the Lesotho people, sharing stories and pictures from her trip. She ended her time with the powerful story of the two kingdoms, the light and the dark, reminding everyone of God’s act of creation, the fall of humankind, and God’s redemptive work through His son Jesus Christ. At the end of the service, Mrs. Velloney took the opportunity to pray for one of her colleagues, GCA Math teacher Mr. Thompson, as he trains and prepares his heart and mind to go this summer into that same area in order to minister to the Lesotho people through his gifts as a musician and worship leader.
Key Passages: Habakkuk 2:3, Proverbs , Exodus , Isaiah 52:7; 54:10, Mark 2:1-12
Dr. White called the Collegiate Academy to reflection this morning. As students are flying to the end of the year, he asked them to stop and consider how they have walked in Christ this year. When adversity has arisen or when good things have blessed them, Dr. White asked, “How did you walk with Jesus?” Students were challenged to consider the practical implications of this year’s theme on their lives. Dr. White reminded students of the abundant, never-ending love of God for each one of them, encouraging them to pursue Him whole-heartedly. Chaplain Shipp gave an invitation in which he echoed Dr. White’s challenge. He gave an impassioned plea for students to consider how their words, beliefs, and actions align. There is no better offer than the love and salvation of Christ. Students responded with a time of prayer.
Key Passages: Colossians 2:6-7, John 3:16-21
Senior Morgan Ragsdale addressed his fellow classmates in a personal message of God’s truth and reconciliation. After a humorous anecdote to illustrate the power of shame and guilt, Morgan brought everyone to the story of the woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years. As he read through the story, he explained that Jesus Christ, having perceived that the power went out from Him when the woman touched his robe, turned around. Morgan used the story of Moses being hidden in the rock and viewing God’s glory, while only being able to see His back, to illustrate that God does not turn his face on people due to His complete holiness. In the God-man, Jesus Christ, the full deity of God dwells bodily. This means for the first time, humanity was able to look upon the glorious face of their God in an intimate way, as the woman did when Jesus turned around to look at her. Furthermore, the face of Jesus is not one of condemnation, but of grace, love, and mercy toward His people! In closing, Morgan encouraged everyone that, because of Christ’s great sacrifice once for all, God turns His face toward us, in the person of Jesus Christ, in order that they might become the righteousness of God!
Key Passages: Mark 5:24-34, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Exodus 33: 12-23
Following student-led worship, GCA’s Athletic Director, Coach Moore, had the opportunity to deliver a timely message to the Collegiate students during their chapel service. Coach Moore laid out a vivid metaphor of what it really looks like to “walk in Him.” He gave the illustration of a military “point man”, which goes before the troops in the minefields in order to pave the safe path for those who would follow after. The followers are then given the distinct order to step directly on the footprints of the point man in order to keep them from death. Coach Moore paralleled this with Jesus Christ, teaching the students that He is their “point man.” Christ has paved the way for them through His life, death, and resurrection; the Christian’s ultimate model of how to walk on this earth is seen in the person of Jesus Christ. Coach Moore challenged the student-body with a brief video of a famous tight-rope walker. It was said that the audiences who watched him believed that he could complete the task of walking across Niagara Falls pushing a person in a wheel-barrow but when he asked for a volunteer to sit in the wheel-barrow, there was silence. Coach Moore challenged the students to put to practice what he calls the “Twelve Inch Rule”, in which someone’s head knowledge of the truth travels the twelve inch distance to their heart. In closing, he left the students with a question, “Is your faith in Christ just head knowledge or is it heart knowledge?” In other words, are they so convinced of Christ that they would be willing to get in the wheel-barrow if He were to ask them, or would they stand silent in the crowd?
Key Passage: Colossians 2:6-7
The students had the privilege to hear from Pastor Dustin Daniels from the Outer Banks Dare Challenge this morning. Pastor Daniels was introduced by one of GCA’s students that has been impacted by his ministry. Pastor Daniels gave some background on his life, from being a well-known commercial fisherman to his struggles with addiction to drugs, alcohol, and opiates. His addictions resulted in significant medical issues; one day, he overdosed and was officially declared dead because his heart stopped. Emergency workers had to resuscitate him three times. After sharing some of his story, Pastor Daniels centered his message on the idea that a person’s choices impact their life and the lives of those around them. Speaking from Daniel 3, he taught on the necessity of submitting and surrendering to the authority of the one, true God over all other authorities that go against His will, for the purpose of glorifying God. Christians are called to make the choice to submit and surrender even if God does not save them from what is ahead. Submission and surrender to God should not be for one’s own benefit but rather it should be founded on the reality that God loves them more than they could ever love themselves. Ultimately, God’s plan is the best plan for them, regardless of the outcome. Pastor Daniels closed his message by reminding the students that they will never regret making godly choices in their lives. Reading from Deuteronomy, he encouraged students to always choose life in Christ over death, every time.
Daniel 3, Deuteronomy 30:11-20
This week in GCA’s collegiate chapel service, Pastor Dalton Stoltz spoke to the students concerning their use of social media as Christians. He offered a series of fifteen questions, explaining each in detail, in order to kick off a meaningful message which considered how social media could potentially affect their lives. A few of these questions include:
After asking and explaining these questions, along with others, Pastor Stoltz encouraged everyone present to become more aware of how and why they are involved with social media. He concluded that Christians must “properly prioritize” the things in their lives, being sure to orient everything back to Christ in order to establish their identity in Christ for the purpose of glorifying His name above all else!