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  • Thankgiving

    How many of you celebrated Thanksgiving last week? I’m sure many of us joined our families, either through the terror of holiday travel or by staying at home and relaxing. Some of us probably watched the football games or caught up with grandma—and I’m positive everyone here ate plenty of food.   Read More...

  • Rhetoric Reflection: Selflessness

    “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”Philippians 2:4 (ESV)Something happened to me recently that really touched me, and I thought I would just share it with you. My dad loves road trips and camping; almost every night he will come home and research where to go and what to see. So, two weeks before school started, my family and I were planned to go on a road trip.   Read More...

  • What is Your Legacy?

    What is a legacy? Is it planting seeds in a garden you will never get to see? Is it making a name that will go on for generations?   Read More...

  • Accountability

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)Every day, we are kept accountable. If you’re in grammar school, you have an accountability sheet that has to be signe...  Read More...

  • Jack of All Trades

    “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…”  Romans 12:4-16 (NASB)As you may know, the track season has recently ended. During the season I was hard at work training with the rest of the Covenant team to be ready for our mee...  Read More...

  • Being Bold and Confident yet Teachable

    “He who neglects discipline despises himself,  but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” Proverbs 15:32 (NASB)I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it hard to be bold and confident. There are many events we each experience daily that require us to be bold and confident. It can be frightening to put yourself out in the open by expressing your ideas in a class discussion, participating in a challenging activity during P.E., or even standing up and pr...  Read More...

  • Competitiveness

    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23 (NASB)One day earlier this year when I was at volleyball practice, I had a conversation with one of my teammates about the reason we played volleyball together as a team. Now, if you know me or my family, you know we’re very competitive! So this started because I told my friend that I play to win.   Read More...

  • Cherish One Another

    “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)About a year ago one of my best friends moved to Austin, TX. As it became apparent that our time together was coming to an end, I realized that I needed to make the most of our moments together. I needed to take the time to appreciate our friendship.   Read More...

  • Unconditional Love

    “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…” 1 John 3:1 (ESV)Have you ever wanted to go, or have you been, to Disneyland? Perhaps Disney World? Or how about Universal Studios?   Read More...

  • Loss and Anger

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)When I was in the fifth grade my stepmom, the woman who had helped raise my brothers and I as if we were her own, passed away. After she passed, it left me with my dad and brothers and I wasn’t entirely sure how to act or respond. I was full of anger, emptiness, sadness, confusion, you name it.   Read More...

  • Do Not be Anxious

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)When I was younger, I used to compete in triathlons, which is a race where you do swimming, biking, and running. I remember how nervous I used to get before the start of each race and I could always feel butterflies in my stomach.   Read More...

  • Perseverance

    “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37 (ESV)Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone through a hard time in your life.   Read More...

  • Celebration

    “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice.O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”Psalm 34:1-3 (NASB)Imagine you're out at recess and you're playing Gaga Ball and you make this amazing hit and win the game. Or maybe you just got your quiz back and you received a 100. Pretty cool, right?   Read More...

  • Why Wait for the New Year?

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)As you all know, New Year’s Eve was this past weekend, and so many of us celebrated with our friends and family over the prospect of a new chapter in our lives. Maybe you watched the countdown or even shared your New Year’s resolutions with one another. But, have you ever wondered about the history behind these resolutions?Interes...  Read More...

  • Friendship

    "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15: 12-13 (NIV)One day while I was sitting in history class, Mr. Ryan walked up to the whiteboard and said “Alright gang, today we are going to do something a little different rather than just talking about the Roman Empire.   Read More...

  • Set Apart

    “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)On the night of April 26, 1777, a messenger arrived at a farmhouse with urgent news that the British, had burned the city of Danbury, Connecticut, and were advancing on the countryside. Every farmer must be called out immediately.   Read More...

  • Imitators of Christ

    “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)I’m sure some of you have heard Mrs. Collins say, “You will become what you love.” It seems a little weird though, right? Is she saying that if I love candy that I’ll turn into candy?   Read More...

  • Testimony Tuesday: Chapel

    "The chapel service is a place where I see God's grace everywhere I look! I love the learning and building I hear in the questions and the answers by grade level. I haven't ever stayed to eavesdrop on the "house huddles" before.   Read More...

  • Procrastination

    “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)If you have ever been in chapel, or have spent time with Mrs. Collins, chances are you’ve heard her say the phrase, “Do the hard things.” No matter how old we are, be it Kindergarten or 11th grade, we all have things in our lives which can seem difficult and time consuming, such as big school projects and household chores. This can make the choice of procrastinating very tempting.   Read More...

  • Persevering in the Hard Things

    “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (NASB)Has anyone every asked you to do a hard thing? I bet because we are still in the first trimester, you have been asked to do a lot of new things by your teacher in your new grade. Doing hard things is something that everyone is called to do.   Read More...

  • Seeking to Love and Honor God

    “Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9, NASB)As many of you know, our Annual Upper School Retreat is a time where we are able to bond and have lots of fun as an upper school with activities, such as zip lining, climbing the rock wall and even canoeing! However, we also take a break from all the fun and have the time to listen to some of our teachers and Mrs. Collins talk to us about Scripture.   Read More...

  • How Should We React to Change?

    “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)Today is our last chapel with the senior class. Their last day of school ever at Covenant Academy. Next week they will not be here anymore.   Read More...

  • What is Love?

    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)What is love? At first this may seem like a simple question with a simple response. At least that’s what I thought when I first heard it.   Read More...

  • Idols

    “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21 (NASB)What kinds of things come to mind when you hear the word idol? If you’re like me then you probably imagine a big statue being bowed down to by crowds of people. But if statues are the only kinds of idols, then we probably have nothing to worry about.   Read More...

  • Excellence Not Perfection

    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…” Colossians 3:23 (NASB)There is one thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we are all imperfect. This means that every single one of us falls short and makes mistakes. However, there is another thing that we all have in common in this room, and that is that we were made in the image of God.   Read More...

  • Leading Well

    “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 (NASB)Part of the mission of Covenant Academy is to equip leaders. How do we know what makes a good leader? We hear all the time that leaders are to follow their leaders, to serve God and others, and to lead by their actions, no just their words.   Read More...

  • Endings and Beginnings

    “Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21 (NASB)In a little over a month, six of us will become the first graduating class of Covenant Academy. For us, big changes lie ahead.   Read More...

  • Pursuing Excellence

    Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.   Read More...

  • Follow The Leader

    And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” Luke 10: 25-28 (...  Read More...

  • Time to Fly

    “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,  while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)I’m sure that most everyone has heard the phrase, “A bird’s gotta leave the nest.” But it’s interesting that people don’t often use it to talk about birds. So what does it mean?You probably know that a “bird leaving the nest” is when a baby bird takes his first flying lesson. Now imagine that you are the baby b...  Read More...

  • THIS is Covenant

    “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NASB) Just the other day, at the Walk-a-thon, I saw a few sixth graders with Kindergartners on their backs lau...  Read More...

  • Walk-a-thon

    “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NASB)Imagine, for a moment, being the only person alive; nobody else anywhere, just you. How many of you think you would like that? It might sound great for a brief, prideful, moment: no one telling you what you can and can’t do, havi...  Read More...

  • Patience

    Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)Have you ever had to wait for something you wanted? Did you think waiting was fun?   Read More...

  • Prayer

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)Good morning! Have you ever felt afraid before? Have you ever been sad before?   Read More...

  • Obeying Those in Authority

    “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” Philippians 2:14 (NIV)Often times our teachers, parents, or other people in authority over us, will ask us to do things such as clean our rooms, finish our chores, or to whisper as we walk through the halls. However, we may not want to do these things because we find them to be time consuming, boring, or we might be busy doing something else. When we are faced with this problem we might think, “Should we obey those in authori...  Read More...

  • Break from School, not from Character

    “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NIV)Who is excited for Christmas break? Me too! We have sixteen days off to spend with our families and enjoy time away from school.   Read More...

  • Attitude of Gratitude

    “…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)Finish this sentence: We should have an attitude of… Gratitude! Mrs. Collins says this to us at school, but do you understand the importance of this and how you can apply it in your life?   Read More...

  • Two Options on the Shelf

    I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:11-12 (NIV)God cares about what is in our hearts, because he is a personal, relational God. We were all made in God’s image, so that we may reflect him in the choices we make.   Read More...

  • A Drive for Diligence in December

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Thanksgiving break has just ended and Christmas is around the corner, and at this time of year we can lose focus on the importance of being diligent in our studies. We sh...  Read More...

  • 4 Qualities of a Thriving Biblical Community

    "We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing." 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)After our commitment to defending truth, goodness, and beauty, one of the best qualities our school has is community. Acts 2:42 tells us of the community of the early church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread ...  Read More...

  • Delight in Discipline

    Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29: 17 (NASB)You’re released from lunch, you drop off your lunch kit at the classroom, and you watch the rest of your class walk back to the Pavilion, but you must stay behind. Instead of frolicking through the fields with your friends, you have been given courtyard service.   Read More...

  • We Are Not Silent

    “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised” Psalm 96:2-4What kinds of verbs do you see here?   Read More...

  • Incomplete without Christ

    In one of the Chapel Call Outs we say that “God’s image is reflected in all mankind; thus there is wisdom and virtue found in the works of unbelievers…” Because we are image bearers, everything that we do expresses something of God’s nature. If we think back about the Renaissance, we can point out a very important attribute of Renaissance style. That is the extravagant beauty in nearly everything that they made. Whether it was furniture, architecture, even sch...  Read More...

  • I can't cook, can you?

    "I can't cook, can I? But you, you can."  Have you ever felt like you couldn't do something?  That you didn't have the talent or skill needed?   Read More...

  • Better Together

    By: Leslie Collins, Head of School [Adapted from remarks made at the First Chapel Service 2014]   I love to see the children beaming in their new uniforms holding those sweet little first day signs for the photos. I love the way the upper school students take pride in organizing their lockers. I love to see the teachers begin to build relationships with a whole new group of students.  Read More...