A Message From Our Principal
Please continue to pray for our school as we bring more order and purpose to what we do, as we add extra-curricular options, and move forward with the OCCS Vision and Mission.
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As I ponder the goodness of the Lord this Advent Season, and what it means and represents, I also think about the trials and difficulty that came before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Many in this school, and our friends without, are praying for us and that God would move mightily. I believe that move is happening. I believe we are on the precipice of something awesome. I believe God is doing a work here and answering prayer(s).
It is an amazing time here at OCCS! May the Holy Spirit continue to burn through us, making a way in the wildernesses of our hearts and minds so that the Lord will do His mighty work in this school. "Lord forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven others." "Lord, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not done your will, we have broken your Law, we have failed to be an obedient (school); forgive us, we pray in Jesus name!"
We are waiting Lord, we are ready. "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!"
Train up a child in the way he/she should go … the oft quoted proverb is a staple adage in Christian Education, and understandably so. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say something to the effect of, “I brought my kids to church because I wanted to raise them with a better moral understanding.” That tells me a few things, one of which is that the proverb is holding true to it’s words. Said another way, that parent (or those parents) knew enough from their own childhood to understand that there is something good and mysterious about Biblical Truth.
This tells me something else that is a prayer of mine. In bringing children to church, how else can parents themselves “train up their children?” My hope is that there are prayers before meals, prayers before bed, Scriptural encouragements when arguments happen, or when the child has a bad day or an argument with another student. Adding these elements in the home show a walking with the Lord on the parent’s part, and the child sees what they are learning in church being played out in the family. This is powerful not just for the child - but the family as a whole!
Now imagine the third part - Christian School. If we took these elements: Church, Home, and Christian School and saw them as pegs in a stool, what a foundation the kids would have to stand on to live full lives! What is more, when Christ (who is God) is sought after in each of those places, what a foundation for these kids indeed! At OCCS, I am so grateful to serve you and your desires for Christian Education, as you know this will only aid kids to understand a more fuller way to live a complete and joy-filled life, amidst disagreements, offenses, and bigotry from those that do not understand the truth of Jesus Christ.
May God continue to bless OCCS and its families.