This week I attended Focus on the Family's Irreplaceable. Their comments about the change in culture relative to the family are spot on. Many are turning to schools to rebuild the breakdown of family. Schools become responsible for children's breakfast, lunch and dinner. The school is looked to as a source of discipline for students. And schools are even turned to as a driver of creating a homogenous culture, with American students in public schools educated about the world void of God.

The family is the chief cornerstone for all civilizations. When the family breaks down, the people are in jeopardy. In America, we are facing an interesting time. Many turn to address social problems through state run institutions. I believe they are answering the wrong question. The question isn't how we can provide our students with a better diet, how to institute discipline for them or even how to build an ethic that drives students to success. The fundamental statistic showing how to create students who achieve enmass is the family.

At Hillcrest, we believe the family is the cornerstone organization, not only for the creation of a thriving society, but also for the education of a child. Knowing this, the redeemed family has an even greater impact on the life of a child than the perfect family. A family that lives out forgiveness and works towards restoration, even in the face of brokenness and divorce, shows students that wholeness is found resting in Jesus Christ and his example of forgivenenss and redemption. The perfect family doesn't exist, but the redeemed family is evident in places where God's word is advancing. Hillcrest is one of those places. We exist to support the family, reinforcing a Biblical worldview for students working to understand the world.

Our desire is to teach students, using God's Word in every class with teachers who exemplify a convicted belief in Jesus Christ, for a life of significance. The significance of the family is not achieved through being perfect, but realizing its fundamental success is through the work of Jesus Christ. This same model is applied to our classrooms as we work with students to understand their significance was imputed to them two-thousand years ago. Jesus Christ, appearing to witnesses following his death, conquered sin and granted mankind the pathway to God. This is where our students, and students everywhere, find their significance.