Five Important Questions About Love


Five Important Questions About Love

What: Love
Who: God, Others
Where: In your coming and going, everywhere
When: At all times
Why: Because God loved you first
How: With all your heart, soul, and mind; as you love yourself

Let’s Break It Down…

“Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40

Who is God?
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end, “says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” – Rev 1:8

God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” – Exodus 3:14

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Jesus), whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son (Jesus) is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. – Hebrews 1:1-3

Who is My neighbor?
The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

“‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” – Luke 10: 27

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. – Proverbs 17:17

We love because He first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:8


Any questions?

Against Such Things There Is No Law…

Against Such Things There Is No Law…

The phrase “grounded in Christian values” is central to our organization’s mission. What does it mean to be grounded in Christian values? How is it defined, who defines it, and how do we know if/when it has been accomplished?

Four years ago, in an effort to begin answering this question, our Middle School team chose a few values that we thought were solid candidates and explored them in chapel and in small group discussions. We created icons for each one that turned into fun locker magnets for students to collect and display.

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Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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The Art of Manliness

Art of Manliness

What is Honor? 

For a while now, moms have been asking us if there could be some type of boy version of the popular ‘Girl Talk’ club or some sort of bible study for boys. We mentioned the idea of starting a club like this to the boys and they seemed interested. The start of the year has been quite full of activities. We noticed yesterday October 2 was a date with no football game – seemed like an opportunity.

The ‘Art of Manliness’ met Friday, October 2 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the MSAB. 8th Grade boys only. We had fellowship for the first few minutes while we enjoy manly snacks like Dr. Pepper and bacon (sounds like an odd combination, but we’re going with it).

Art of Manliness AOM1 For the agenda, Mr. McCloud shared a brief message about Honor. What does honor mean? How and when is honor given (horizontally and vertically)? What does the bible say about honor? After the message, the ‘men’ engaged in whole group and paired discussion questions. We want the boys to understand the concept, then brainstorm applications of honor in their daily lives.

We watched a brief video by Craig Groeschel about Honor.


We ended the meeting with a pick up game of ultimate frisbee in the Friday afternoon drizzle.AOM4

The club is called the Art of Manliness because a) we wanted an exciting name (nothing boring like ‘Boy Talk’ or ‘Bible Study’) and b) part of the purpose of the club is to help the 8th grade boys grow up into Godly men. We are celebrating all things manly – within the context of how the bible views manliness rather than how the ‘world’ views manliness.AOM3

We are approaching this very organically. We do not have any future dates set at this time. We’re offering it up and seeing if the boys are interested. Thank you to the enthusiastic support of our devoted moms providing the drinks and bacon. We welcome any support!AOM2

“‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16


Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance…Colossians 3:23-24

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 

Art of Manliness

4 Qualities of Empathy

4 Qualities of Empathy4 Qualities of Empathy

Yesterday at Northpoint, Clay Scroggins delivered a relevant message with key insights about empathy. Empathy is the central key to relationships, especially when there is ‘bad blood.’ Empathy is ‘first aid’ for bad blood.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18

A Message
by Clay Scroggins

1) Take on their perspective as truth.
2) Suspend your judgement.
3) Recognize their emotion.
4) Communicate that emotion.

Continuing to see the situation from your side doesn’t change anything.

Sympathy = acknowledging their feelings.
Empathy = actually feeling their feelings.

Have you done everything you can do to feel it from their side?

Jesus is God’s most empathetic statement to us.

When you make the long walk of empathy, you are mirroring what he did for you.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16

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Jesus is our model and our motivation.

How well developed are your empathy skills? Who do you need to make peace with by making the long walk to seeing things from their perspective?

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Students Erase Meanness

Students Erase Meanness

Today in chapel, Mount Vernon students joined tens of thousands of others across the world by pledging to erase meanness. Here are a few of the pledges…

Students Erase MeannessI will apologize to my friend.
I’m gonna stop judging people first hand.
I’m going to try and stand up for people.
I will be kind and defend others.
I am going to try to forgive more easily.
I will try to include everyone.

Students Erase Meanness
Students posted their written pledges on the cross in the back of the Gym after chapel, committing to follow Christ’s example and teaching to “Do unto others…”
Students erase meanness
Students were asked to recall a time they were mistreated by meanness. Then, a time they committed meanness to someone else. They wrote it down. We took all of their papers and “erased” the meanness with a pitcher of water.
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Counselor Dr. Bynum invites students to pledge to erase meanness.
Students erase meanness
Students approach the cross to pledge to erase meanness and follow Christ’s call to “do unto others…”


Students Erase Meanness
We use The Seven Checkpoints by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall as a framework for our Chapel and Christian Ed.

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Students Erase Meanness
Two students narrate a skit to illustrate options for responding to meanness . (Faculty are acting out on stage – not visible here – but highly entertaining).
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The #MVMiddle Praise Dance Team always inspires us.

Students Erase Meanness


Be a Multiplier

Be a MultiplierMount Vernon Presbyterian School kicked off the new year at convocation as students from the Class of 2016 all the way to the Class of 2030 gathered to hear Head of School Dr. Jacobsen’s message: Be a Multiplier!

Sharing the parable of the talents as told by Jesus in Matthew 25, Dr. Jacobsen encouraged students, parents, and faculty to multiply the blessings and talents we’ve been given in the coming 180 days (177 now for those counting).

You + Curiosity = Multiplier

You + Desired Result = Multiplier

You + Others = Multiplier

You + God = Multiplier

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”

– The Parable of Talents (or Bags of Gold) – Matthew 25:14-18

Be a Multiplier
Be a Multiplier

What is Your Dream?

In recent weeks, the series at our church has been RE:SOLUTION and the question is “What breaks your heart?” Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. His dream was born out of the thing that broke his heart. We need 100 Dr. King’s today. Maybe that’s you. What breaks your heart? What is your dream? mlk

Convocation: Who is the Real You?

Over 900 students gathered in the gym last Friday to kickoff the 2014-2015 school year at Mount Vernon’s Annual Convocation. Dr. Brett Jacobsen posed the question, “Who is the real you?”

Dr. Brett Jacobsen asks 900+ in the Mount Vernon community, “Who is the real you?”

In his message, Dr. Jacobsen shared the 3 types of people outlined in the parable of the good samaritan:

Takers – The robbers. The thieves. The people who steal and serve themselves.

Spectators – Those who ought to help, but pass by on the other side. They know what is right, but they don’t do it.

Transformers – Like the good samaritan, those who stop to help. The people who make a difference. The ones who serve others. The folks who make an impact in the world for good.

A note from Dr. Jacobsen and a transformer on my desk Friday morning before Convocation. “Thanks for being a transformer.”

Luke 10:25-37
New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

 So, who is the real you? Are you a taker, a spectator, or a transformer?