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Rosaceae Coleogyne ramosissima

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It was good to see a few of you at the prayer gathering on Monday morning. It was a gorgeous morning and it was great to spend some time thanking God for his faithfulness in this project and to ask his blessings on the students. We will do more of these in the future.

Remember our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is coming up on Monday, August 20, at 8:00 am. (Please disregard the incorrect date in the Spectator.)

We are nearing the start of the school year and the excitement is building. One of my goals in every lesson that I teach is to make gospel connections with what we are learning. Today I want to make a gospel connection with a plant I encountered this summer.

A few weeks ago, my family and I drove an RV out west. We drove about 2,000 miles and saw several national parks. You can’t go more than a few miles out there without being in awe of the beauty of God’s creation. There are gospel connections all over the place. One that stuck out to me was in Arches National Park in Utah. The whole park is stunning, but I was particularly intrigued by the Rosaceae Coleogyne ramosissima bush. It’s basically a very fancy name for a really cool bush. Because Arches National Park is in a desert, not many plants are able to live there.

1. Even though the Rosaceae Coleogyne ramosissima bush looks like a single plant, it really is many individual plants that grow together to survive in the difficult desert environment. If the plant was alone, the harsh conditions would kill it. However, by working together, the plants not only survive, but thrive. In fact most of these plants are over 100 years old! Image surviving 100 years in the desert! Gospel connection #1: We are a team. When we are united as a community in the cross of Jesus Christ, we can survive and thrive in the harshest of cultures.

2. The Rosaceae Coleogyne ramosissima bush looks a little dull most of the year, but it can grow stunning flowers after it rains. As the plant fights for its life battling the heat, wind and dry conditions, it kills the end of its branches so that the rest of the bush can live. It sacrifices itself so the rest of the community of plants can live. Gospel connection #2: Jesus’ sacrifice allows us to live and grow in a community.

I could go on, but those are two gospel connections from one little plant. Our God is an amazing Creator. It is these gospel connections that make our vision of growing our students’ hearts and minds become practical in the life of the school. So as we get closer to the first bell marking the first day in the new campus, let’s also remember why we have put so much time, money, energy and prayer into this project: to do our part to make our kids ferocious followers of Jesus Christ.

Lance is a 1995 graduate of Illiana. He is currently the Vision Director and Director of Spiritual Development at Illiana. He and his wife have two daughters who attend Crown Point Christian School. They live in St. John, IN, and are members of Faith Church.
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