Covenant Blog
  • 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)

    AustinHave you ever wanted to go, or have you been, to Disneyland? Perhaps Disney World? Or how about Universal Studios? Well, when I was younger, I went to Disney World. I remember vividly the fun memories I had there. One thing above all else that I loved within Disney World at the time were the toys and souvenirs. Notice that I said “at the time.” About a week later, I had either lost the souvenirs, broke them, got bored of them or didn’t care enough to go back looking for them. This is an example of conditional love, or love with certain conditions or circumstances.

    Loving with conditions will always be harsh. For example, could you imagine if your parents only loved you for your running ability? Imagine that, all of a sudden, you broke your leg and lost all interest in running. All of those conditions that your parents loved you for just vanished. Fortunately for all of us, our parents love us so much more. They sacrifice their money, time, their career, their social lives, and their freedom just for us, which is something we must all admire and love. Even in our most stubborn moments, they still come and help us because they love us without conditions.

    Austin and Jon

    1 John 3:1 (ESV) says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…” This single verse reveals to us God’s unconditional love. God says His love is even stronger than that of our own parents’ love and that because His love is so strong, we should be known as children of God. Now, despite being children of God, our sin nature oftentimes gets in the way. We expect handouts form other people and we don’t always give back to others. Just think of your parents. How often do you find yourself giving back to them? What about God?

    In conclusion, I leave you not with a simple challenge, but rather to truly think on whether or not you are loving for the right reasons. Are you loving your parents the best you can? Do you love God for the right reasons? Ask yourself this: what are some ways I can best love others and love God?


    Austin in ChapelAs part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Austin P., one of our tenth grade students (pictured).

  • Why This Student's Siblings Wish They Graduated from Covenant


    "I have four siblings...one graduated from Covenant. The three that did not...have all said that they envied the education that my brother, Daniel, and I have received." 


    Chessa portrait

    My name is Chessa and I am a junior who has attended Covenant Academy since Kindergarten. It truly has taken a major role in shaping my life and who I am today. I have four siblings. Two were homeschooled throughout high school, one went to Covenant until 8th grade and then on to public high school, and one graduated from Covenant. The three that did not graduate from Covenant have all said that they envied the education that my brother, Daniel, and I have received. I am truly grateful to be a part of this school.

    One aspect of Covenant that has benefited me greatly is the academics. A classical and rigorous education has served me well in many circumstances. It has become natural for me to notice the worldviews conveyed in movies and songs. I have found that it is easier for me to understand great books and learn from them. 


    "My sister, who is an honors student at HBU, asked for my help in writing her paper..."



    To give some perspective, I love T.S. Eliot. I have read his Four Quartets and really enjoyed them. My sister, who is an honors student at HBU, asked for my help in writing her paper on the Four Quartets. We were able to have a very lively discussion about Eliot that helped her with her paper. I admit that I do not understand Eliot perfectly (who does?), but if it had not been for my education at Covenant, I probably would have understood very little of Eliot and I certainly would not have been able to hold a good discussion with a student in the honor college at HBU.


    "People are not solely shaped by academics; they are shaped by culture and community."


    Chessa with two of her siblings.

    I recognize, though, that school is more than just academics. People are not solely shaped by academics; they are shaped by culture and community. One thing I love about Covenant is its closely knit community. Whenever I see someone sitting alone, it is not long before someone goes to sit next to them. I have never had a closer group of friends than my classmates, and even some in other grades. It has been a blessing and a challenge (which sometimes go hand in hand). 


    I have never had a closer group of friends than my classmates, and even some in other grades.



    The small classes make learning to deal with conflict a necessity. You learn that you cannot just ignore people and go on your way because they’ll probably end up sitting next to you in class. So the culture, in this way, has helped grow me as a person. Being BLESSED that I get to see the same people every day of the week in my classes, has made me realize that I would not be who I am without the blessings and trials that have come with this culture. Being able to discuss my heart openly with others and with teachers who have built relationships with us is something I will always cherish.

    In conclusion, I am glad to be the person I am today, and Covenant Academy and the people here have played a major part in shaping who I am.


    Chessa is one of our eleventh grade students (pictured) who presented to current and potential parents during our Fall Open House on Thursday, November 3, 2016.

  • 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. Instead of turning to the Lord, I acted out. I decided I would be mad at the world and that I would be mean to anyone who tried to comfort me about the situation.

    Volleyball ShelbyAs humans, we are going to have to face a lot of hardship and loss. We will face situations where we may not know how to respond, and sadly, losing a loved one is only one example of a struggle that people have to face every single day. But, it is up to us as followers of Christ to not act out of anger or let our pain stray us away from God, but instead let it allow us to cling to Him and pray to Him asking for guidance and acceptance. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “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.”

    In my own case, I didn’t begin to see my heart change until I began to rely on the comfort of God and the help of others. In learning this about myself, it helped benefit me for future events. Loss isn’t just found in the death of a loved one. It can show up in something small like getting last place at a track meet or maybe something big like just losing your job. There are so many ways that loss can take shape in our lives. So, the next time you are faced with a difficult loss, whether it is big or small, I challenge you, Covenant Academy, to not turn your back on your faith in the Lord. Seek his guidance and wisdom in the steps to come that He has planned for you.

    Shelby and Faith

    I would like to end my reflection by sharing with you something I’ve learned over the few years I’ve been here at Covenant. No matter how big or small the loss, you will never be defeated because the one thing you need and will never lose is Christ. He will always be there.


    Shelby in ChapelAs part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

    This week’s presentation was given by Shelby, one of our tenth grade students (pictured).

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