Rohan’s School Prayer

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Dear God,
I want to have a great day.
Watch over me as I learn and play.
Help me to listen and obey
my teachers, my parents, and you.

Remind me to always be a knight
Show me how to do what’s right
And walk away from every fight.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 (CEV)
Our Father in heaven,
 help us to honor
 your name.
Come and set up
 your kingdom,
 so that everyone on earth

will obey you, 
as you are obeyed
 in heaven.
Give us our food for today.
Forgive us for doing wrong,
 as we forgive others.
Keep us from being tempted
 and protect us from evil.

Christian Elementary Schools in the South Bay – 2013 Open Houses

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My son Rohan is now “4 and 3/5ths” and will be graduating from Hearts and Hands Christian Preschool in the fall.  We are wrestling with which school he should attend next.  The primary criteria are:

  1. Christian formation
  2. Academic challenge
  3. Convenient location

This appears to be Open House season, so I need to compile a list of candidates to start scheduling and ranking them.  I figured I might as well do it online in case others find it useful or have suggestions.
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The Virtue and Emotion Pride

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One of the most controversial aspects of Knight Club is that it treats pride (“By Myself”) like anger (“Not Fair”): an emotion which is prone to sin, but is not necessarily a sin — and can even be a virtue.

While it is true that the vast majority of Bible verses mention pride in the context of sin, a number acknowledge its positive role. Here are some that are often translated using the word “pride.”
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Superhero Workout

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Here is the SUPERHERO WORKOUT we did for the last few Knight’s Club meetings.

  • THOR- Arm Circles
  • FLASH- Run in place
  • SUPERMAN- Super Jumps
  • SPIDERMAN- Spider Walks
  • WOLVERINE- Scissor Jump Claws
  • HULK- Wall Smash
  • IRON MAN BLASTS- Side Lunge and Punch
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA- Duck, Step, Dodge
  • INVISIBLE TORCH- Side Jumps

Meet the Dragons of Knight Club

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The great challenge of manhood is learning to harness our emotions to serve a good purpose. As I mentioned earlier, I believe we need to harness (not slay) these Four Dragons of Manhood: Desire, Fear, Anger & Pride.  Here’s a more comprehensive summary of my current understanding:

Dragons The Green Dragon of Desire The Yellow Dragon of Fear The Red Dragon of Anger The Blue Dragon of Pride
Color Green Yellow Red Blue
Emotion Desire Fear Anger Pride/Glory
Breathes Vines Light Fire Water
Says “Mine!” “I’m Scared” “Not Fair!” “By Myself!”
Verse: Psalm 37:4 1 Peter 1:17 Ephesians 4:26 Galatians 6:4
Nurtured By: Hope Wisdom Love Faith
Reined In By: Patience Responsibility Gentleness Obedience
Experience God’s: Generosity Justice Mercy Predictability

Therefore I urge you who have been chosen by God to live up to the life to which God called you. Always be humble, gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love. — Ephesians 4:1a-2