“Do not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.” Hebrews 10:25

Veggie burger. Garden burger. Call it what you want, but a hamburger without the beef is no more a burger than a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon is a cinnamon roll. A burger was meant to have beef! Likewise, Lynden Christian’s mission of educating the whole child cannot be fully accomplished without the partnership ministry of the local church — it was not designed to. Sending your child to Lynden Christian without the supporting ministry of the church is like ordering a hamburger without the beef.

Private Education. Religious education. Call it what you want, but a Christian education without church participation is no more a truly Christian education than a burger is truly a burger without the beef. Now more than ever, with so many forces trying to discredit and dismantle a Christian worldview, the church and school need to support each other in proclaiming a unified message of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all of life. Church and school must work together.

If there is no beef on my burger, I feel shortchanged. And I’m not easily fooled. A patty-shaped mash of vegetables, grains and spices won’t pass for good ol’ ground beef. If you go to Lynden Christian but you haven’t placed yourself and your family under the nurturing ministry of the church, you are short-changing yourself. And don’t be fooled. Going to church every once in a while isn’t the same as being part of a church.

Are you part of a church? Ask yourself these questions:

1. Is attending the weekly worship services of my church the norm rather than the exception?
2. If I didn’t attend for two weeks in a row, would someone notice and let me know I was missed?
3. Do my calendar and bank statement show that I’m giving time and treasures to serve Jesus by serving His Church?

If you can’t answer yes to these questions, perhaps it’s time you put the beef back in your burger, friends. Renew your commitment to reconnect with your church and enjoy all the benefits of a Christian education as it was always meant to be–home, church and school working together to raise our kids in Christ’s ways.