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New Semester, New Teachers!

Not bad for an early morning!

Not bad for an early morning!

The Spring 2013 semester has started off with bang.  There have been a few changes, and it took the students some time to adjust, but things are going really well.  Let me give you some highlights, and introduce you to our new teachers.

  • We changed the period our class meets from 2nd to 1st.  Students now arrive at Norcross Presbyterian Church for our class, then head over to NHS for the rest of their schedule.
  • The class is studying the Old Testament this semester.  It’s been great for them to see how relevant the truths found in this ancient text are to their lives today.
  • We have 12 students, and they have been very engaged in class discussions.

Our new teachers are Matt Johns and Forrest Jones.

Matt Johns

Matt is the founder of Re-Christ Ministries.

Rev. Matthew H. Johns intimately knows the dangers lurking and preying upon America’s youth. Raised in a single family household due to divorce, Matthew fell into drugs and alcohol at an early age. Matthew attended church regularly as an adolescent, but never understood what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ until late in his twenties. After accepting Jesus as Lord (leader) and Savior of his life, Matthew met his lovely wife Ashley in a singles Sunday school class and has now been married for over six years. They have one son named Noah.

Matthew has responded to the call of ministry, Licensed in 2007 by Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, and received two seminary degrees. Matthew received his first degree, B.A. of Religion, from Luther Rice Seminary and his second degree, M.A. in Evangelism and Church Planting, from Liberty University. Matthew is also affiliated with the North American Mission Board as an MSC Missionary. Matthew is a living testimony of God’s amazing grace as he has overcame a dysfunctional family life, suicidal depression, drug and alcohol addiction, pornography addiction, and fear of failure all by the Love of Jesus. It is the passion of Matthew’s heart, in accordance with God’s will, to bring hope, acceptance, and understanding to the next generation as He worships the risen Christ!

You can read more about Matt here.

Forrest Jones

Personal: Married to Linda since 1963 with two married daughters and two high school aged grandchildren. One daughter on board of Christian based not for profit ministering to women who are cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Second daughter a missionary in Honduras with Forgotten Children Ministries.
Education: BA degree Marshall University. 36 hours toward Masters Univ. of Akron.
12 hours counseling alcohol and drug dependents at Univ. of Akron, 40 hours crisis and drug intervention counseling through Kent State Univ., and Finance for Non-Financial Managers Wharton School of Business.
Ministry: Former Sunday school teacher for High school students, Young Marrieds, and Men. Conducted Bible studies for Singles and neighborhood groups. Former Chairperson Georgia Council for Prison Fellowship Ministries and former Director for State of Georgia for Prison Fellowship Ministries. For twenty five years have been involved in prison ministry at various levels in Federal and State in Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina. Conducting on going Bible Studies at Hancock State Prison for last twenty years. Other areas have included cell to cell ministry in maximum security and death row units.

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Worried?

I know it’s not your fault, Grant. (that’s his name)

I recently sold my motorcycle (which I had a love affair with for over 5 years) and bought a 1998 Toyota 4Runner.  It is a great vehicle and runs well.  Well, it did run well.  And it still runs well if you only want to go forward.  The problem for me is that sometimes I need to backup.  My 4Runner will not go in reverse.  I took it to the transmission mechanic hoping that is was something minor.  Unfortunately, the things needs a new transmission.  For a mere $3800 I can get a brand new factory transmission.  (I only paid $3900 for the thing to begin with!)  I chose to have it rebuilt for “only” $2300.   I don’t have $2300!  I have to pay for my daughter’s college, and I haven’t even received all my pay for the year!  How can I pay for this?

After I found the guy who sold the car to me and beat him up, I decided to remind myself of something I learned long ago from the Master.

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear (or a car to drive…). Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? …So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  Matthew 6:19-34

So I have decided not to worry about it (and it feels so good).  And do you know what happened?  First, someone called and offered to let me use their car until mine gets repaired.  Then, another friend called and said their family wanted to give me $500 to help pay for the costs!

Are you kidding me?  It’s like Jesus knew what he was talking about or something.

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Want to Earn Some Money and Help Out the NCLC?

We believe in this program so much that we will pay you to help us grow our ministry to Norcross HS students.

It’s that important to us.

The Norcross Christian Learning Center provides an effective ministry to NHS students by offering the best class they will ever take.  Public school students don’t often get to integrate their spiritual yearnings within the context of their education, but we give public high school students an opportunity to investigate and experience the message of Jesus during the school day, as one of their elective classes.  We do this through a concept called released time religious education.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT OUR MINISTRY!

We will pay you at least $500 to host an exciting party/dinner/gathering with at least 15 adults so that the NCLC can make a presentation about the classes we provide.  That’s it!  We can even help provide some food for the event if needed.

Want to explore this opportunity more?  Click here.

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The Kingdom of God in Real Life

Jesus talks about the “kingdom of God” as something that is “near” and “in you.”  The kingdom of God is alive and active now.  I have loved this quote for many years, but I can’t remember from where it came.

The Kingdom of God was central to Jesus’ teaching, and for good reason. However, for him and his disciples, the idea of God’s kingdom was nothing so trivial as a far off, otherworldly place. Rather, for Jesus, God’s Kingdom was an inspiring vision of a religious, political, economic, and social reality, grounded in the Being and activity of God, which had a visible, measurable dimension as well as an invisible, non-measurable (spiritual) dimension.

The kingdom is both here among us and something we look forward to in the future.  It is both spiritual and human, and anyone who is surrendered to accomplishing the will of God is helping to build the kingdom.  Anyone, regardless of background, gender, race, or anything else, can participate in God’s kingdom.  Anyone.  Even Norcross High School students.

Today in class we talked about a man who is building the kingdom of God in Harlem.  His life and ministry are remarkable.  You can a brief bio about Geoffrey Canada here, and I promise you will be inspired by watching this video about what they do.  Simply extraordinary.

Geoffrey Canada at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

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Soil and a CDL

Soil

When I was a little squirt, my best friend and I would make up games to keep us occupied during church services.  This was before the days when people were smart and realized that little kids should have their own program during the service.  One of the things we did was see who could hold his breath the longest.  Being competitive, neither of us wanted to lose, so we would hold our breath until one of us would almost pass out, then we would exhale loudly.  Of course, the loud exhales didn’t go over too well with the adults, and we would get a little talk afterwards.  I never had any idea what the Pastor was preaching about, but I was only a kid, so that’s normal.  But at some point, I had to decide if I wanted to listen more to the preacher and try to get something out of it.

Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who was scattering some seed, and he threw the seed on four different types of ground – rocky, rocky with a little soil on top, good soil but full of weeks, and just plain ol’ good soil.  He goes on to explain that the seeds represents his message about the Kingdom of God, and the soil represents different types of people and how they respond to the message.  It seems that as a youngster, I was like the rocky soil (although it does matter how the “seeds” are spread, and keeping a child in “big church” is not the best way to go).  But as I grew I began to be more receptive to the message of Jesus, and now I can see the meaning of this parable much more clearly.

My pray for these students is that their hearts would be fertile soil and the seeds I spread would find a place to grow deep roots.

Bus Driver

You’re Hired!

We are in need of backup bus driver who has a commercial driver’s license who would be able to drive the bus for the students on the days when I can’t be here.  At this point, if I have miss class, there are very few options for transporting the students to the church for class.  Know anyone who has a CDL and might be willing to help out on occasion?

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Open Class

You are invited to visit class this Thursday, Sept 27th from 8:30-9:10, then you can hang around for some Q&A if you would like.  We will even have some goodies available for you to munch on.  It will be a great time for you to see a snapshot of what we get to do, meet the teacher, and hear from some of the students.  We’d love to see you there.

We meet at Norcross Presbyterian Church.

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