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A tradition like the Royal Raffle & Benefit Ball brings folks together in a beautiful way for a beautiful cause, and it’s a great reminder of several important truths. First, the Lord is faithful and at work not only in the lives of people we see often but also in the lives of people who care about us beyond our regular boundaries. Second, as God declares in Psalm 50, “For the world is mine, and all its fullness” (v. 12b), “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (v. 10). As He says elsewhere, the arm of the Lord is not shortened; when He wants to provide, He can do so through any and all of the means at his disposal, and He works mightily through the generosity of others on behalf of His kingdom. Third, what we do at CCA requires a great deal of time, talent, money, and resources. Being faithful stewards of our children and offering this education costs a great deal, and that’s okay. The Scriptures speak frequently to the wise use of money and resources, and events like the RRBB remind us both of our need and God’s ability to take care of that need. Fourth, this evening of fellowship, fundraising, and festivity reminds us not just of the costs but of the VALUE of what we are doing at CCA. Our children are worth the investment, and we’re not alone in wanting to secure their futures. Fifth (but neither last nor least), the RRBB reminds us of our dependence upon God for all we do, and that He delights in us as we delight in Him, particularly as we give ourselves away for the sake of His little children. What an honor and a delight.

Speaking of investing in and securing our children’s futures, the world outside and around us continues to play fast and loose in that area. Without getting too much into the politics of the moment, suffice it to say that this week’s “stimulus bill” may put money in our bank accounts, but it can’t ever come from thin air. Consider it a mandatory pay-day loan drawn from our children’s and grandchildren’s bank accounts. At the same time, we have a great opportunity and responsibility to steward that money well, and I have no doubt many of you are praying about and considering how best to use or invest that money. As I was reminded recently, many worthy needs may be met if Christians wisely take care of such a windfall. I can’t help but smile at the thought of telling many who openly oppose religious liberties and freedoms, people who sent that money out with other intent, that the money was generously and cheerfully reinvested in classical Christian education by a people unfazed by the fears of the day. We’re in this for the long haul!

Thank you, as ever, for entrusting your children to us at CCA. We are so grateful to be partnering with you. Thank you for your prayers and support. May the Lord bless your families with quality time together being refreshed in His love this weekend, particularly as you gather with His people this Lord’s Day. Oh, and enjoy the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day. Here’s to springing ahead!

In Christ,
Bill Stutzman