Luke 2:1-21 – The Christmas Story – Because Some Things are Bigger Than Your College Decisions

Luke 2:1-21 The Christmas Story – May the birth and power of Jesus Christ, our Savior, bring peace and fulfillment to your world wherever you go. Remember, there are some decisions that are even bigger than those regarding your college decisions. Jesus will always lead you along your Right Path when you invite Him to.

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus 2 that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son. 3 She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

84 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

9 The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. 10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 115 For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

146 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.

18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Merry Christmas
from The Right Path

A Moment of Silence for Newtown, CT

A week ago, December 14, 2013, the unthinkable happened when a gunman walked into an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and senselessly gunned down innocent children and their beautiful teachers. There are no words to express the anguish we as a nation feel.

You are in our hearts, in our thoughts, and will forever be in our prayers. Today, The Right Path will observe a moment of silence and a day of prayer for those affected by the Sandy Hook school shooting. Please add your prayer for the families left behind.

Tribute to the victims.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5

Happy Thanksgiving – Take a Break from Studying and Count Your Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving – On this special day, take a break from your studying and count your blessings.

Each of us has been given gifts and circumstances which will allow us to succeed in different ways. Part of the college application process is discovering who you are when no one is telling you who you are and then becoming who you want to be.

Today, in thanksgiving, take time to reflect on the people and events that have blessed your life. Let them know you are thankful to them and pray powerfully for them.

The Right Path has never been about a big corporation. It has always been about connecting with people and taking them where they want to go. Today, I would like to share that on a personal note, I have received more blessings than I can count and want to especially thank my children, my Grandfather, mother, and all my family, my friends and my community, those who protect our preciois and fragile freedoms, my students who have been generous enough to share a bit of their lives with me, and my Lord, Jesus Christ, with whom all things are possible.

Thank you for letting step away from test prep today to say thank you on a day which means so much to me.

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

 

 

 

Veteran’s Day Thank You to Our Veterans

Veteran’s Day

Thank you to our Veterans and the families who make the entire world a stronger safer, better place. God Bless You.

Thank you to the men and women who have defended our Constitution, protected the liberty of the American people, and fought for freedom around the world.

We are truly the land of the free because of the brave.

God Bless the United States of America.

 

The Presidential Election and Liberal Bias on Campus

With the presidential election underway, is there a true liberal bias on campus? Tonight, the next president of the United States of America will be chosen. Whether it is Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, this president will choose the future and direction of our country and possibly the entire world. With such emphasis on the college vote in recent elections, the question is where do students get their information concerning political issues.

College students can lead the way for innovation and reform in many instances. It is a natural and positive desire that allows students to break free from parental control, rules, and ideas and prove their own independence, but are those students trading in parental ideals for the ideals of their biased liberal professors?

In a recent article, “Admitting to Bias,” Scott Jaschik discusses the openly admitted to discrimination of conservatives by liberal college professors. Statistics and responses of the participants repeatedly showed this bias amazing even the study’s liberal authors.

What can you do to eliminate bias on your campus? First, think for yourself. Realize that your professors may be spinning issues to fit their point of view. Research the issues and the candidates for yourself. Verify and think about things from all sides, socially, fiscally, militarily. Second, research from an unbiased source or at the very least from sources on various sides of the issues. Third, stand up for those with views different from your own, whether they are Liberal, Conservative, or somewhere in between. One of the things that makes this country great is our ability to freely express ourselves. Finally, if you are a parent paying for your child’s education, take notice. Ask questions of your children, other students, professors. Start before you pick out extra long sheets and which laptop will lead your child on his path. Ask during campus visits and always keep the lines of communication open with these young adults.

It can be challenging to be different on college campuses, especially for Conservatives. Whatever you decide, be certain the ideas you are choosing are your own.

For the complete abstract go to the Social Science Research Network.

Test Prep Vocabulary – asylum

A globe with the Sudan shown.

For many years, Christians of the Sudan have been terrorized by Muslim extremists. Discover Lopez Lomong, one inspirational young man, who was given asylum in the United States and now runs to save lives.

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  asylum

a shelter from harm, a sanctuary, a refuge

Word Building:

asylum – sanctuary (Latin)

asylon – a – without; syle – seizure (Greek)

Sample Sentence:

Almost a week after Hurricane Sandy, many people still find themselves seeking asylum.

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To find out more about the Sudanese Lost Boys or to help begin by reading here.

Remember 9-11 | You Can Do Anything

Remembering 9-11 The US flag flies high and proud

Eleven years ago tragedy struck America in the form of heartless terrorists and for today, I will take a break from my usual SAT/ACT test prep to remember 9-11 and to talk from my heart about what this day means to me.

It is impossible to put into words the feeling, that pit-in-your-stomach, agonizing pain, senseless fear, or overpowering confusion 9-11 caused. I remember sitting on my back deck on a beautiful Tuesday morning, my three precious little boys playing but subdued in the background, and looking up at that cloudless sky while realizing that not that far away there was no beautiful sky but only thick smoke and falling debris. Not far from me, planes had been used as bombs, smoke filled the air, fear and pain confronted our nation in a way I’d never imagined, and people had been killed.

By now, the pictures, videos, and personal testimonies have told the stories of 9-11 far better than I ever could. I was a periphery witness, involved from a distance, looking on heartbroken, and feeling incredibly blessed to have not lost anyone close to me. Again, I struggle for words to describe that day and find none.

There was a hole in the ground where those towers had stood, but there was a bigger hole in the hearts of Americans and in fact, in the hearts of many around the world. Those towers had held so many beautiful, wonderful, amazing people of many backgrounds, races, religions, and nations. Those people had stayed in, lived in, and come to America not because they were forced to, but for The Dream that is America.

It is difficult to find anyplace on earth filled with the goodness and opportunities America offers. It is not a perfect nation. It has not one perfect person, but it is a nation in which you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. Let not poverty, intelligence, background, or someone’s desire to put you down determine who you are, or more importantly, who you will become. Think of those people who have made it despite the odds stacked against them and know you to can succeed if you put your heart and mind into what is good and go after it with all your ability. In America, nothing can hold you back or prevent you from achieving your dreams, except you.

I cannot help but wonder what those lives lost in the Towers, the Pentagon, on Flight 93, and in the battlegrounds of Iraq, Afghanistan and countless lesser known lands would tell you today if they could. In my heart, I believe they died knowing they were given opportunities most people around the world cannot even dream of. I believe they would ask you to make the best of every day you are given, to not let them have died in vain. Make the best to do good, to be good, to avoid blame, to take responsibility, to succeed, and to rejoice in the blessings America has been given. You can do anything here if you work hard and choose to believe.

Today, when remembering 9-11, I hope you do four things. First, take the time to watch those videos of 9-11, and then watch them again and again and again, and then watch them some more. Second, please take the time to thank every police officer, firefighter, and military personnel you know. They do make a difference in all our lives. Third, live each day like it is truly your last. This does not mean shallow partying, but make the very best of every encounter, embrace every wonder of this world, make peace with those around you, find reason to smile, laugh, and love, and never turn your back on an opportunity because of the fear of failure. Let nothing hold you back. Finally, I ask that you take the time to pray, for those souls lost on 9-11, for the men and women who protect and defend us every day, for yourself and your family, and for America, that she may continue to be the beacon of light and goodness for the world.

On 9-11, remember, and pray that God continues to Bless America.

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