Happy Easter

Happy Easter

While wishing you a Happy Easter at Christmas may seem odd, we like to say at Cornerstone that Christmas is the beginning of the Easter Story.  Over Advent, we have been laying out the reason God sent his son to be born of a virgin (Christmas) only to be crucified as an innocent man (Easter).  This trajectory summarizes God's redemptive plan to restore the fellowship (friendship) between man and himself by removing the sin that has separated us since birth -- which could only be done through Christ's sacrificial act.

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Sitting Shiva...

Sitting Shiva...

There are few experiences more complicated than having a student walk into my office, break out in tears, and explain that his mother is in the hospital and say "it's serious, Mr. Max."  The magnitude of pain only increases when you know the back story of this single mom who has had to fight and battle to protect her only son, her only child, from a young age -- and is now in the fight of her life to beat cancer.  

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Pray for Me

Pray for Me

On the third day of school, an upper class student stopped me during my morning greeting.  After relating the details of her horrible night and horrible morning (details her mother had already told me over the phone unbeknownst to this student), she said, "Mr. Max, will you pray for me?"  Almost dismissively, I said, "of course I will..." and with my body language, and a soft tap on her shoulder, I kind of moved her on and was about to greet the next student.

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