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December 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

In the Spirit of the Lord's Nativity, please remember our prisoner-students.
Let them know we care, as we seek His Voice of Wisdom. (Mat. 25:34-40)

The Nativity of the I AM
The One named Jesus, the One called the Christ,
The Child and the Emmanuel

Academy Study Notes from the Gospel of John 4: 26 where: Jesus said to her, "I who speaks to you, am He." (I AM the One)

1. Time was now deemed appropriate for the Word of the Lord to reveal Himself to Photini - the woman at the well. He literally said to her, "I AM", for the pronoun "He" does not appear in the Greek, nor is it complete. The "He" is inserted to not confuse the reader. Yet more, the term "He" does not capture the fulness of the "I AM". "I AM" helps remind us of when Moses asked the Lord, Who shall I say sent me. The Lord did not simple say "I", but with greater significant, tells the children of Israel, "I AM", The One-Who-Is", sent me, or "I AM the I AM", sent me, or "The-One-Who-Is", sent me." Bottom line: It was the pre-incarnate One – Jesus Christ – the Anointed Son of His eternal Father, Who spoke to Moses.

2. Jesus, being the Christ, is the Word of the Lord. He is the promised One - the Messiah, the One known to the Jews. He became Incarnate through the womb of Mary, and though always the One divine Person, He is given the personal name Jesus. Why? Because He is and remains, as always, the Deliver – the One Who shall deliver as He promised and promises.

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November 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care.
They grow with us, but we need your special donation to help them. (Mat. 25:34-40)

We, His adopted children are being called to protect the unborn of His.

The life of the living child, yet in the womb of her mother, is filled with all potential to grow in knowing the Lord; able to leap in great joy in the presence of the Lord and His Spirit. Truly the water of the woman's womb is blessed with a special gift of Life, a relationship beyond wonder. If true, who are we, the ones of His Creation – His adopted children – to judge the worthiness of such a life and deny the purposing of His divine Grace. Let us fear Him, not the wisdom of man.

As we approach November elections, may this be our priority, remembering how blessed this nation is, even with its flaws and failings. How it is built upon the name and promise of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed Son of His eternal Father. May we remain ever vigilant of His love, filled with appreciation and the joy of His Nativity. For as our Lord and Father, He gifts us His Life and Light, as we dwell in liberty and freedom, in His Name.

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October 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

St. Peter and St. Paul
Prisoner-Education Study Program

As we look ahead, our Academy prisoner-study program is taking a turn. Working with thousands over 20 years, a shift of emphasis is needed. It will help us better know them and their walk to prison. With this, we can work with them in renewing and restoring their relationship with Jesus Christ, the I AM. It offers a good way to bring them to the fullness of the Lord's Incarnation – His divine Word and unchangeable Wisdom. We will use our verse-by-verse, detailed study of Genesis, the Gospel of John, and Book of Romans, as key. We hope you agree.

A common reality for most of our prisoner-student, is living in the sufferings of broken trust; a harsh reality often in the innocence of childhood – a happening outside their choosing. And as their world fell apart, they moved ever further from the Lord, drawn by false hopes and empty promises of man's wisdom. The outcome: Their troubles followed them to prison - to the bars of the prison cell - now living in surroundings I can not even begin to understand.

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September 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They grow with us, but we need your special donation to help them. (Mat. 25:34-40)

Photoni - Gospel of John 4: 11 - 14
New Testament Servant of the One Who is the Living Water

Our summer letters focused on the fine qualities of just a few excellent women, whose living faith in the "I AM" of the Old Testament, was exemplary. As we begin the new calendar Church Year, let us give careful consideration to another fine women. This one is of the New Testament, St. Photini, the Samaritan woman at the well.

In particular, let's review John 4:10-14. Here we gain some additional insight into the waters of Creation, the waters of Baptism, the water from the side of Jesus on the Cross, and the water that became the good wine at the Marriage Feast.

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August 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE FAITHFUL BRIDE OF JESUS OUR CHRIST
JUDITH - THE LIONESS OF JUDAH

In honor of the many wonderful women living the gift of His boundless grace.

The Book of Judith ( OSB - Septuagint Old Testament, pages 578 - 595) speaks of the true beauty of a woman whose first love and only faith, is in the One Lord God of Israel - the I AM of the Old Testament. Her sincere devotion and great courage of faith, was revealed most brightly when King Nebuchadnezzar brought his war of revenge against Israel. Interestingly, the name Judith is the feminine form of the word Judah - the lion of the tribe. Lioness is a name she wears well.

While most leaders in the town of Bethulia, preferred to negotiate - even test the Lord - after Nebuchadnezzar sent the ruthless Holofernes to war against them, thankfully and with great courage and conviction, Judith thought and declared otherwise.

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