INSIDE INSIGHT 2010-2011 School Year
“And who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b
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Table of Contents Author/Artist
9/11 Cinquains Keaton Leslie Kate Haskell Maka’ela Murphy Rachel Gonzalez Travel Journal Taylor Harrelson “God” Ian Gourlay “Life” Devin Kennedy “A Life Well Spent” Adam Honour Sonnet Gabriella Scoleri “The Opposite of Impulse…” Amy Cline “Why, Sonnet?” Tommy Rhorlack Artwork Carolyn Hair “A Sonnet” Alex Baret Portrait Lauren Salter “Volleyball Sonnet” Elyssa Mapple Ewell House Drawing Jacob Gonzalez “Games” Genevieve Parker Scene Sketch Deborah Coelho “An Answer to Prayer” Caroline Cramer “Seasons of Change” Stephanie Nants “On Faith” Jacqueline Schlick “Religious Freedom” Kennan Miller “Religious Freedom” Ashton Judy
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“Items of Importance”
The First Academy Mission Statement The First Academy is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory school whose mission is to prepare children for life as Christian leaders who choose character before career, wisdom beyond scholarship, service before self, and participation as a way of life.
These cinquains were written by Mrs. Harvey’s 9th grade students in response to their novel study on Seasons of Life and deal with memories of 9-11. Believe That God was there That He had plans for it That He did it for a purpose Trust Him By: Keaton Leslie
9/11 We remember Terrifying moment Let us be united as one One Hope
Debris Falling quickly Two towers buckling People running, screaming, crying Attack—impossible By: Kate Haskell
By: Maka’ela Murphy One day Changed forever A nation’s tragedy Parents lost, friends lost, children lost Collapsed By: Rachel Gonzalez 2
Travel Journal By: Taylor Harrelson October 30, 2010 Today is my first day in the Philippines. The team had just been on a 24 hour plane ride . and then headed straight to the conference center where we were staying. We were all exhausted because it was impossible to sleep on the plane, and to make it worse, it was 2am; a fellow team member and I were set to preach at a church at 4 am. Who has church at 4 am?! As we tried to sleep on the car ride over, people were speaking in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, all around us. When I looked outside, I saw children begging on the streets, jumping on the cars, asking for money or food. I could see cars buzzing around us. The traffic here is insane! There are no lines on the roads, seatbelts or speed limits. While we were at the church, I played guitar and sang for the people. The coolest part of my day was singing an English song and then hearing my translator sing after me in Tagalog. November 1, 2010 Today was my absolute favorite day. I saw so many lifechanging things. We went to a church where it was only half-built and had dust floors. Everyone was really friendly and inviting. During the service, I took the kids in the back to do “the wordless book”. Since we were out in the middle of nowhere, it was a little dangerous. So, we had soldiers surrounding the kids as I was teaching them. As I was praying with the kids, I looked up to count all the hands of the kids who had asked Jesus in their hearts, and I saw all the soldiers on their knees praying as well. It was an absolutely amazing moment. November 6, 2010 Today was the last day in the Philippines. I had sio much fun here, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. I met so many extraordinary people that I will never forget as well. Everything I’ve seen here has just taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are or what condition you’re in, God is everywhere, and He’s working and moving in people’s lives. <3 Philippines 2010 3
Based upon the reading of The Hiding Place “God” By: Ian Gourlay I waited and I stared through the window, But what I saw was not the outside, It was my own reflection, What I had done and my character up to that point Had surely disgusted me. I had done nothing for the Almighty, Was I fated to never serve him? Was I a failure in God’s eyes? No, I am not either. I will stand up for the weak. I will stand for God with God For it is His command The command of my omniscient
“Life” By: Devin Kennedy A Christian-raised girl, devout in every way, A loving family accepting any person of any gender or race, They lived peacefully day by day. Then came a new power who put a fearful grimace on every face. The Nazis were twisted even in the words they said. The Jews began to lose everything for their faith, But a caring person, like Corrie, helped them live Despite the danger it might bring.
“A Life Well Spent” By: Adam Honour To describe one’s life has always been quite a trial, The memory, impact, and legacy will soon pass on, But what determines whether a life is good or vile? When all is said and done, will your legend stay or be withdrawn? To inspire or shine might be your road to fame, Regardless, strength is required in order to highly succeed, Most won’t stand out and pictures will end up in a cold, dark frame. One might say, the way to hope is not by substantial “deed.” The problem for success, seems to lay in wait, under the layers, What’s one to live, with hate, regret, and no purpose of Life? Man’s true goal for himself can only be achieved by becoming “prayers”, Redemption and love wait because of a Savior with no working strife. The gift has been given to all, free, and it requires no bereavement, Through repentance, and our Lord, Man can reach the greatest achievement.
“Sonnet” By: Gabriella Scoleri It alters lives each and every day, Just a drop of this irresistible feeling is enough to satisfy a man And from the lips of lovers, its sweet words they do say Although people try, it is something no one will ever be able to ban. It has been vibrant since the beginning and is at the end of every story It is tragic, endearing, and perplexing encompassed in one Every sunrise and sunset beams with its glory It is willing to transform everything, and because of this, many people shun It is a battlefield in which hearts are put to the test The feelings are indescribable, as some experienced persons do say, It reaps joyfulness and outshines all the rest And to give it to all, one holy person did pay. This mysterious epidemic that many people speak of Is none other than the iridescent feeling of love. 5
“The Opposite of Impulse is Indifference” By: Amy Cline The opposite of impulse is indifference. It’s ignorance for the hurting. In some circumstances, it can even be evil. Martin Niemoller, Elie Wiese, and John F. Kennedy spoke of the results of not speaking out for those hurting. Their quotes and poem have similar content, and they would all agree that it is wrong to ignore afflicted people. Martin Niemoller, Elie Wiesel, and John F. Kennedy’s poem and quotes relate and have a uniting factor. Niemoller’s poem starts off by starting that when the soldiers came for the Jews, Communists, and trade unionists, he did not speak out for them. In the end, when they came for him, he was all alone with no one to speak out for him. This relates to Wiesel’s quote, “Indifference to evil is evil” because Niemoller was indifferent toward the three groups that were taken away. He realized his mistake, or evil choice, when it was too late. Kennedy’s quote, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph in the world is for good men to do nothing” relates to the Wiesel and Niemoller philosophies as well. The evil in Niemoller’s poem triumphed when he did not try to do anything about it. When Wiesel stated that ignoring evil was just as bad as doing the evil, his thoughts easily compared to Kennedy’s about evil excelling when ignored. All three of these statements have the similar theme of it is wrong to stand by and do nothing when others are hurting. If Niemoller, Wiesel, and Kennedy had the chance to converse, they would have some similar agreements. First, they would agree that catastrophes such as the Holocaust could be avoided or be less severe if more people were to stand against it. Imagine the profane thoughts that crossed through the Nazis’ minds as they murdered millions. What would have happened if a few soldiers acted upon 6
their conscience and stood up for the Jews? Would a hero such as Anne Frank still be alive? Also, these men would agree that any man with morals should speak up for the broken. First Corinthians 10:33 says, â€œFor I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.â€? Although this is in reference to soul saving, it can also be applied to flesh saving. Matthew 22:39 says that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. These brazen men would use verses like this to support their view that people should defend those that are hurting. The last agreement point might be that evil can sometimes be avoided when people step in to make a difference. Imagine this as a batch of cookies. If the cookies are in the oven and nobody takes them out, they will crisp into nothing. But, if somebody rescued the cookies from the oven at the correct time, the cookies would survive the heat and taste delicious. The cookies being burned could be avoided if someone took the time to take them out of the oven, just as lives could have been saved in the Holocaust if someone took the time to go to the authorities or even try to extricate the innocents themselves. If a person doesnâ€™t act against evil, is he just as much of a monster as the man committing the sin? According to Niemoller, Wiesel, and Kennedy, that person should watch over the hurting at all times. When all of their statements were analyzed, they had similar content that would make me believe that their beliefs would be complimentary if these men had the chance to converse. The impulse to defend enlarges the chances of survival.
Why, Sonnet? By: Tommy Rohrlack Oh, why do I have to write a sonnet? I have better things to do with my time But if I didn’t I would just bomb it A grad like that would not be claimed as mine. Instead I could be outside playing sports I might play soccer, lacrosse, or football I could be running around in my shorts If it wasn’t for this, I’d play them all But now I guess I have to understand That school must be my first priority As I’m thinking about my aching hand I look a tht perfect work before me The time has come for me to say I’ll never write a poem and waste another day.
Carolyn Hair 8
A Sonnet By: Alex Baret I do not like to write sonnets Itâ€™s usually quite boring They take a lot of minutes To be honest, the rhyming is annoying. The work required is a ton. It requires a lot of thought, And my teacher thinks itâ€™s fun. All this effort leaves me distraught. Shakespeare is really good at it, As for me, not so much, My sonnet would make his teeth girt, But I think this sonnet is clutch. Finally, I am done. Never mind all that, this was fun!
Lauren Salter 9
“Volleyball Sonnet” By: Elyssa Mapple The teams yell, the whistle stutters and blows, The first match is finally about to start. We hope we don’t have to play our foes; No matter what we play with our whole heart. Bump, set, and spike, we play in 1, 2, 3. Passers, setters, hitters, all do their job. Win or lose, id doesn’t come cheap or free; We do our best and we hope not to sob. Always playing hard and giving no grace, Coach Gibby taught us to keep our hreats true. We can fight as a team with a bright face, And perhaps all our dreams will come true. Once again the whistle sounds and refs yell. It begins, ends in a win, and we excel.
“Games” By: Genevieve Parker Must you take me on this rollercoaster? Up, down, up, down; you have my entire heart. Pride follows, and you become a boaster. Is this mess what you call a work of art? Why must you keep playing this twisted game? Please, show your true feelings. Why do you hide? These feelings inside me, I can’t tame. You swear it’s the truth, but I know you lied. Around your finger I am tightly wrapped. You move, I move. We are always in sync. In your lovesick grip I am always trapped. You play these games; a tear falls when I blink. Tell me your heart; relieve me of my grief, For our times together are all too brief.
"An Answer to Prayer" By: Caroline Cramer You were our answer to prayer Our new baby boy God put you in our care Giving such great joy We dreamed of you for years Seeing you for the first time Our eyes were full of tears Our feelings were sublime You are extraordinary in every way Our brother we love Keeping us busy night and day You were a gift from above Big brown eyes and dark curly hair You will forever be our answer to prayer
“Seasons of Change” (Haiku Series) By: Stephanie Nants Blue bird stretches wings Sun warms a sleepy city Mountain rivers flow Grass grows tall and green Bees fly to flower petals Showers coat the earth Humid valleys thrieve Seas sparkle with tiny shells Mosquitoes come play Bonfires at night Fireworks light up the sky Hear children’s laughter The air relaxes Warm coats brace the animals Leaves are embarrassed Trees give their blessing A multitude of colors Winds chill the bones Skeletons lay bare Icy mists blanket young fawns Cloudy days again Snowflakes drift along Forests are barren wastelands World sleeps once again. 13
“On Faith” By: Jacqueline Schlick Yesterday I belonged to the world and it’s shackles; today I belong to the Creator. It is a transition that sounds extravagant and impossible but is actually incredible and simple. Christianity is a faith based on a Being who surpasses all limitations and is love in its entirety. Contrary to the unbeliever’s misconception, following Christ is not a boring lifestyle consisted of nothing but endless sermons and pastors who drone on and on. Christianity is a faith that offers unconditional love and support; it is a relationship that changes perspective, desires, and life itself. I was eleven when I said yes. I took the hand God was holding out all along, and I stepped into the revolution that altered my life completely. I grew up in a Christian home and always loved Him. However, it was a love that was murky like muddy water. I knew I was expected to love God, but I had no idea who God was. I continued loving Who I did not understand, did not see, did not feel, wondering if that was all Christianity was- like a person stumbling through a maze in the dark. There was a man by the name of C.S. Lewis from the time of 1898 to 1963 who felt the way I once did. He had a relatively short live span but sealed each moment with a revelation, act of service, or intellectual word. Originally a Christian, he lost his faith at age thirteen becoming an adamant atheist. It was when he was deep into his atheistic studies and began reading the most popular atheist authors’ works that he began to understand the lack of feeling an atheistic viewpoint contained. The deeper he dove into atheistic study, the closer he came to Christ. He demonstrated his disbelief in atheism when he documented an interesting expression, “Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.” To disbelieve God is to disbelieve in creation, a world beyond what is seen, and divine planning. Faith is to the human life what support beams are to a grand palace. For good reason, there is a misconception of what Christianity is supposed to look like. It is not a faith practiced without demonstration, God Himself has come before the world and displayed the exact representation of what a follower of Christ should look like. Due to the fall of humans, countless individuals claim their faith while simultaneously living a life that is in extreme contrast to Jesus Christ’s life. It is no wonder the atheistic community is in existence because they live exactly like the woman wearing a cross around her neck and using horrid profanity in dramatic volume. The Christian walk is narrow and straight. It does not take detours, it ignores distractions, and it mirrors Christ’s life. It is like a road straight and unaltered, without a single bend in the road. In 2008 a poll was devised to examine the amount of Christians in the United States and an astonishing 76% of people was the result. Is it possible that the majority of people in a concert hall, a court room, at Disney World are followers of Christ? Do the people in the churches around the U.S spill out of the room, stand in the back? Does the state have to provide funds to the churches in order to make them larger to accommodate so many people? Is it not an issue that “In God We Trust” is considered being stripped from
the United State’s currency? No, it is impossible to declare most people in America are true followers of Christ. It is with incredible ease to utter the words, “I am a follower” but it is harder to walk on the narrow road. God is a father who teaches his child how to ride a bike. He holds on to the back of the seat the whole way, never letting go in fear of His child falling. In my personal life, I have experienced the valleys and troughs of a Christian walk. There are certainly times I have found myself talking to God less often due to either a time of bliss in my life or absolute disappointment. It seemed in a time of accomplishment, I felt I didn’t need God; like I was successfully keeping myself afloat on my own. In the times of trial, I believed God had deserted me and left me to fight by my own resources. I understand the wavering of trust in Christ. However, I do not condone using the name of God as a distant idea, a distant stability. 76% of people consider themselves believers because to consider anything else is to fear the consequence of hell. Mahatma Gandhi once stated, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” His statement was rather accurate. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ, to live and die in Him. People indifferent to faith are flippant because of the misconception of who a Christian should truly be and who a Christian should represent. However, those who do not follow God are still held accountable. Watching the life of a Christian is not the only way to come to Him. Although I do concur with the fact that many followers have dismissed what is expected as a Christian, watching the life of a believer is not the only path to discovering Him. Instead, understanding the beauty of Christ, capturing a glimpse of His divinity and power, is to see his creation. Rolling tides, intelligent life, vibrant colors, and cool breezes are all a whisper of God’s might. C.S. Lewis once said, “Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one.” C. S. Lewis did not come to Christ based solely on creation, but he did understand Christ through it. God’s majesty is tucked inside his beautiful canvas which he stroked with a paintbrush of power. In my lifetime, I have experienced nothing except the lands of the United States. I have never traveled to the sunflower patches of Tuscany, Italy, I have not witnessed the hills of sand in the Sahara, and I have never been able to snorkel beneath Caribbean waves. However, I have seen spring, new life, and absolute beauty. To disbelieve in God, is to believe in chaos and chance creating the very life that runs through each individual’s veins. Creation is the window to God as interaction is to a simple human being. I am not a Christian because it is the faith welcomed in my home. I am not a follower because my pastor has encouraged me to be one. I am a child of Christ because for no reason except unbelievable, unconditional love God has decided he wants me. I follow Him because I could never imagine standing alone, I understand the misconception of Christianity is society, and creation is far too great to dismiss as chance. To follow God is to finally release the shackles of the world and indulge in the love and care of the One who saves.
“Religious Freedom” By: Kennan Miller The American Idea. The vision that was to become reality, that reality realized, and that realization known. Known? America, the land of the free, the home of the brave—that is what we known. The foundation of America is built on this freedom, it was the search for this freedom that this idea was born. That idea, the thought, the seemingly insignificant thing that blossomed into a pillar of hope for all humanity. Bever was freedom like this seen before, never had it been felt. The world knew America was special, and she was. Born from an idea, freedom was created from persecution and now the free see that freedom is not truly free. As she grew, evolved, transformed and conformed, the freedom that America was known for became less and less the truth. What the Constitution says on paper was not and is not necessarily what the government looks like now. The First Amendment claims religious freedom for the United States and her inhabitants. That right is not as all-encompassing as some might think. This “right” clashes with some of the laws and rules in place right now. True freedom? It does not exist. Religious freedom is not government sponsored schools placing statues in place to prevent prayer. It is not persecuting high school students for their beliefs. It is not confiscating children because parents teaching religion is “dangerous.” The American government cannot play God, they cannot become more than they were meant to be. That is no longer freedom; that is tyranny. Thankfully, the government does not do that now...but what will it be like in 20 years. When the popular show “The Brady Bunch” was released in the early 1970s, parents would not allow their children to watch it. Why? Because the parents were divorced, and that was taboo at the time. Divorce was not mainstream at the time, it was not accepted. Forty years later? Divorce is not only common in television and movies, but the content has been amped up. Shows and movies about adultery, drinking, drugs, and sex are mainstream, accepted. There are kids 10 and under being exposed to things that would be nonexistent in the 70s. Time has changed America, time has changed culture, time has chanced you. Public schools used to pray in the morning. Not every student had to join in, they could 16
ignore the prayer if they chose to. Prayer was common. Then prayer was taken out of schools. Then religion was discouraged. Now Christianity is persecuted and shut out of public schools. A slow fade, this did not happen in one day; it was a progression. This is what faces us today. We are still “free”, but where will the next 20 years take us? The next 30? 40? Only God knows, but anyone can see the path is dark and tormented. Let’s make this personal. My father was 10-years-old when “The Brady Bunch” was released. Divorce was scandalous. His children, me, at the age of 10 were exposed to moves such as “The Matrix,” which were filled with heavy adult content. These were mainstream, popular, and hyped. Divorce to now...the progression is sad almost. To see how America has gone from such a conservative ground to so liberal, so accepting. What will my children be exposed to? How far will the envelope be pushed? What will be “accepted” when they are growing up? I can’t even imagine. It scares me to imagine. Rome collapsed because of progression, because they became too tolerant. Will America repeat history? Just in the same way, freedom is precious, valuable and rare. Americans have an opportunity that the majority of the world does not. We are free. We can believe what we want. Will this government take that away? Their schools eliminated prayer; now they are discriminating Christian students. What does the future hold? This freedom we have must not be tempered with or controlled; otherwise it isn’t free. What shall become of America when freedom comes with conditions? Freedom isn’t so free anymore...it is costly. The slow fade of a dying iea, once so alive and visionary, now long gone. The American Idea.
“Religious Freedom” By: Ashton Judy We live ina land of opportunity where we fight for more growth and change everyday. We are never satisfied with the amount of freedom we are given and are hungry for more with every breath. Religious freedom was one of the first basic human rights recognized and in today’s society, is the subject of much dispute. Our desire for more freedom infringes upon the rights of other individuals resulting in a battle between our government and our self-governing politics, but blindly fighting for more freedom is not safe. In man of our public schools religion is a topic that is taboo. Students and teachers are not allowed to partake in religious discussions inside or outside the classroom. Evolution is portrayed as the only logical form of creation and creationism is looked upon with disdain. The first amendment states that all should have the freedom to partake in any religion that they choose to profess and gives the right to freedom of speech; and yet, teachers risk unemployment if they even bring up the idea of intelligent design. Our country was founded upon Christianity and the Bible, and even though not all of the founding father professed Christianity as their personal religion, they all acknowledged the Judeo-Christian God. Yet, now the Bible has been entirely removed from schools and what is taught. We should not force all to believe in intelligent design, but it should at least be proposed as an option regarding creation. The author of the first amendment himself, Fisher Ames, believed that the Bible should be taught in schools. Now teachers are not able to express any opinions about religion unless, of course, they are anti-religious. Our legally imposed boundaries have carried us into a seemingly emotionless, strictly scientific society. In a classroom setting, if a student openly disagrees with a teacher regarding a matter concerning a religious matter, the child is persecuted. Is an establishment f an official state church not different than a student’s mere beliefs? 18
Where does freedom of speech play into the matter? Schools need to not “hide” differing beliefs and encourage only ones that are accepted by the scientific community. Is the idea of science not basesd upon the principle of questioning? We have taken the idea of religious freedom—the right to have opinions regarding religion and have the ability to express those beliefs— into non-existence. We think that differing beliefs are the same thing as discrimination. While opposing views can lead to discrimination, the two are very different. Our schools promote tolerance and strive to make the classroom a safe environment yet we are reprimanded for disagreeing with the curriculum set in place by our leaders. The idea behind the separation of church and state is not mentioned in our constitution. Thomas Jefferson proposed the idea in a personal letter written to the Danbury Baptist Association which described that the government cannot infringe upon an individual’s religious expression. We have now taken the term and applied it to all areas in our government even nodding at religion. Just like Christians overanalyze and create their own interpretations of Scripture, we have interpreted the Constitution to fit into the mold of our comfort levels. We have watered down the Constitution to the point that the stability of our nation needs to be questioned. We are encouraged to be tolerant of all. However, even though we need to treat all with respect, we do not need to consume all beliefs and treat them all as our own. Aristotle once said that tolerance is the last virtue. Schools need to provide students with the opportunity to understand and acknowledge all religions but not force tolerance upon the students.
God's Plan of Salvation Admit - "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Pray: Lord, I admit that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Believe - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John3:16). Pray: Lord, I believe that Jesus died and shed His blood for my sins. I believe this in my heart and not just my head. Call - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" Romans 10:13). Pray: Lord, I call upon You to save me from my sins. I confess and repent of my sins. I know that Your Son, Jesus paid my debt on the cross-a debt I could never pay despite all my good works-and I thankfully accept Your gift of eternal life in Heaven that His death makes possible (Acts 2:38-39).