Rest in Christ

Rest in Christ

Rest in Christ By: Rachel Manning, current AFAA student As we rest this summer, it is important to remember to give ourselves time to rest in Christ as well. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (ESV) Christ gives us a simple command, to come to Him, then to abide. Christ does not want our souls to rest in what is happening now, instead, He wants our souls to rest in Him, and what is to come. Christ also gives us a simple promise, to give us rest....

A Prayerful Slice of Time

A Prayerful Slice of Time

A Prayerful Slice of Time By Diane Mckinzie Time is so important, but yet we treat it as though it is something to be taken for granted, and something we will always have. We take time to shop, cook meals, watch our favorite TV shows, or just talk on the phone; but have you made the effort to carve a small slice of time each day to talk to God? Praying in daily life is as important as breathing. I have made a conscious effort to wake up, and before I do anything else, start praying. I am an early...

Lean On God: Encouragement for Caretakers

A sincere, honest glimpse into the heart of a wife & caretaker, and her reliance on God as her strength. Written by: Ms. Diane McKinzie God gives the hardest battles to his strongest spiritual soldiers. Belief, trust, and prayer are the weapons that I believe God’s soldiers can use to fight the anxiousness, anger, depression, fear and exhaustion that becomes the darkness that covers caretakers and the person that is suffering from illness.  Leaning into  and trusting the Lord is sometimes the hardest thing to do when life-threatening illness becomes the issue that devours the years, months, days, hours, and...

The Pursuit of Truth Through Theatre: Matthew Davidson

The Pursuit of Truth Through Theatre: Matthew Davidson

In much the same way as Christianity, one of the primary focuses of Theatre–especially at Alamance Fine Arts Academy–is truth. John 16:13 says, “But when the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The implications of these promises of something true, purified, and distilled fulfilled in Christ Jesus through intentionally studying scripture mirrors my process of teaching and my students’ process of performing theatre at Alamance Fine Arts Academy.  A large swath of theatre in the 21st century has lost...

A Joyful Heart for Christmas: Cindy Fox

A Joyful Heart for Christmas: Cindy Fox

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of his servant, for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:46-49 This passage is part of Mary’s “Magnificat,” her song of praise in response to the gift of her son, the Messiah. It is similar to Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 – “My heart exults in the Lord…I rejoice in your salvation. There is none holy like the Lord; for there is none besides you; there is no...

Hallelujah Here Below: The testimony of AFAA alumni and Ballet Magnificat Trainee Joy Tripp

Hallelujah Here Below: The testimony of AFAA alumni and Ballet Magnificat Trainee Joy Tripp

My name is Joy Tripp and I am eighteen years old. I am in my twelfth year of dancing and this is my first year of being in Ballet Magnificat’s Trainee Program. Ballet Magnificat is a professional Christian ballet company with the desire to  “…equip the trainees technically and artistically to bring God glory both on and off the stage.” It was never my dream to pursue ballet at a professional level after high school. But roughly a year ago, the Lord placed the desire in my heart to pursue ballet when I went to Ballet Magnificat’s summer dance intensive....