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March 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus—the Word of the Lord—became incarnate (Gospel of John 1:14)

Within the mystery of Great Lent, let's review the first half of John, Verse 14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.... It speaks to the renewal and reconciliation of the once lost - even dead - relationship with Jesus – the promised Christ of the Old Testament – through His Incarnation.

The Word of the Lord, and His Spirit, makes Himself known to us. Why? So we might have the unspeakable privilege of becoming one of His adopted children. Yet several severe obstacles stood in the way of this process, things that could only be cleared away only by this great Mystery of Life. 

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February 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

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

As we begin preparations for Great Lent, let's be mindful of the One Who brings focus and purpose to its meaning. The One Who is the promised Christ of the Old Testament; the One Who became Incarnate and given the personal name Jesus, both the Child and the Immanuel.

Our focus is renewing our once lost relationship with Him, as both Lord and our Father; with the purpose of growing in our knowing of His Incarnational Wisdom and maturing in His love for us. Held in the loving arms of His Cross, we purpose to love Him in the relational intimacy of a father to his own children. In this, we become capable of learning to better love our neighbor.

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January 2017 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus is the Anointed One – The Christ –
He came to the Jordan to be Baptized for our Sake

The One Who meets John the Baptist at the River Jordan, near Jericho, is named Jesus. He is the Incarnate Word and the son of Mary, whom we celebrate on Christmas. He is the One on whom the Light of His Nativity shines. In the Old Testament, this Anointed One of His eternal Father was also known as: Lord God, "I AM the I AM", YHWH, and also the Christ.

To most, this One divine Person, entering the waters with John, is assumed to be just another human, being just like John - no more, no less. As the only son of Mary, this may have seemed reasonable. Moreover, He likely earned a few cuts and bruises in need of Mom's help.

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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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