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Leadership Thought

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.” Max Dupree

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Christmas Joy

nativityMay each of you experience the joy of the Savior’s birth, the peace of God’s promise, and hope in a new year ahead.

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US Memorial Day

Memorial DayI choose not to say “Happy Memorial Day”. My dad was a Korean War veteran and our closest neighbor lost a son and brother in World War II. Memories of war were not so happy.

I also recall the honor of marching in Memorial Day parades in high school. As a trumpeter I had the honor of playing Taps at the local cemetery as a senior. Even then, it was humbling as we remembered those who gave their lives to defend freedom.

I encourage all of us to pause and to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and also those who are sacrificing time and family today, as they serve to defend the freedoms that we all too easily take for granted.

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Canada’s Victoria Day

Victoria DayHappy Victoria Day to our Canadian member schools. While my Canadian brother-in-law could not tell me why Canada celebrates the birthday of a 19th century queen, he spoke on behalf of all Canadian member schools in gratitude for the queen’s birth at a perfect time of the year when staff and student are very happy for a long May weekend. May all of our Canadian friends enjoy a time of refreshment.

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Advice from Yogi Berra

“Never answer an anonymous letter.”

Today Yogi Berra passed away at age 90.

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Incredible Gratitude

A personal note:

In the last blog devotional, I mentioned that I was scheduled for heart cath procedure on August 20. The procedure uncovered two heart artery blockages. I am now the grateful owner of two stents.

I am incredibly thankful for a skilled cardiologist, amazing medical technology, the persistence to search for the cause of a change in my EKG, the prayers and encouragement of so many, and for a God who chose to bless us with a good result.

God is good. To God be the glory!
Jeff Blamer

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The Countercultural Christian School

I have spent the past 40 years, all of my professional life, in Christian education. Prior to that most of my own schooling and preparation occurred in Christian schools. The exceptions were three years spent in a public high school and graduate work done in a public university. Even the three high school years were spent in a school perceived to be sort-of Christian because the small community in which I grew up had a church on every corner and many of the public school faculty graduated from Christian colleges.

But things are not as they used to be. In truth, they never were. Continue reading

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Happy U.S. Thanksgiving

thanksgiv-dayThe U.S. Thanksgiving Day is November 27, 2014. Happy Thanksgiving to our schools and school communities in the U.S. We thank God for the blessings that he has given to you this year and pray that his blessings will flow to you in the year ahead.

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Thanksgiving Thought

It is not contented people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are content.

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Thankful for Those Who Serve

November 11 marked Canada’s Remembrance Day and the U.S. Veteran’s Day. We give thanks for those who served and for those who continue to serve today to insure our freedoms. We also give thanks for families who sacrifice and remain at home while their family member serves in harm’s way.

My father served in the U.S. army during the Korean War. I was born while he was deployed. We did not meet until I was almost a year old. My dad sacrificed to serve. My mom sacrificed during his time of service. My dad came home and we thank God. Our nations are eternally grateful for those who served and returned.

November 11 is also a sobering day as our nations remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives and we remember their families. These fallen heroes deserve the honor and respect of free people and grateful nations.

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