Russell and Duenes

Thank God, It’s Friday

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I started back to school this week, teaching three classes I’ve taught before (New Testament Epistles, Apologetics/ Ethics, and Special Ed Bible), and one new one (Koine Greek). I’m very grateful to be teaching these classes, especially Greek, which I’ve been studying since 1995. I’ve worked quite diligently to improve at it over the years, and so it is with thanks that I am now able to pass on this gift to others.

I’m very thankful as well to be able to work each day with such dedicated, diligent, and faithful people. I was particularly encouraged today by my fellow Bible Department teacher, Steve Gillette. He has been teaching at Redwood Christian High School for some 30 years now, and his love for the kids and joy in being able to train them up in the Lord is unabated. He throws himself into serving the students, not only as a teacher, but also as a coach, advisor, and mentor. He comes to sporting events and concerts and dramas in which the kids are involved because he loves them. He clearly has a special love for our foreign students who come to us from China, Korea and elsewhere. What a privilege it is to work with him and be a partner with him in the work of the gospel. I’m humbled by his example. Thank you, Father, for such a precious gift.

I’m also grateful for the many ways that God sustains us each day, particularly when doubts and questions creep into our hearts. We all have them, but when they come, it’s good to remember other saints who have gone before us in the faith, knowing that they wrestled with the same questions we do. It’s also good to consider our current brothers and sisters in the faith, who hold on to hope despite all manner of trial. And thank God for the saints in the Scriptures: King David, Moses, Paul and Peter, who wrote of their encounter with the living Christ with such power and genuineness. Thank you, O Lord, for your saints, who help to keep us in the faith.

I’m most thankful for the grace of God that comes to me every nanosecond of my existence. I do not keep myself in the faith; God holds me in it. Without him, all is lost.



Written by Michael Duenes

August 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Posted in Duenes, Thank the Lord

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  1. Hi Mr. Duenes and Mr. Russell,
    I enjoyed reading your post. Have you read Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey? If so, what were your thoughts?

    Ed and Lauren

    Ed and Lauren

    August 28, 2010 at 5:40 am

    • Thanks, guys. I have not read “Total Truth,” but it comes highly recommended (by you and others), and I have a copy of it sitting on my desk at school. I hope to get to it soon. She has another book out recently which got good reviews.



      August 28, 2010 at 10:24 am

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