Jennie Lusko Chapel – February 22, 2023
By Diego Duarte
Diego Duarte is a Junior at Christian High School, an editor-in-chief of Christian High School’s newspaper, The Genesis, and the founding chairman of its current Young Americans for Freedom Chapter.
Jennie Lusko, wife of Pastor Levi Lusko of non-denominational Fresh Life Church, preached about the importance of keeping Jesus at the center of one’s life at Christian High School. In years past, her husband has preached at Shadow Mountain Community Church.
To start off her message, she focused on Martha in Luke 10:38-42, when Martha was more concerned about preparing her house for Jesus, then on Him, unlike Mary who sat with Him. She then proceeds to relate this to the audience by discussing how just like Martha, our worries in our own lives distract us from focusing on Jesus. She pointed to how many things people value in life such as having a job, friends, a family, and hobbies like sports can be easily taken away.
Then, she connected this to Joseph when he was stripped of his coat of many colors by his brothers and sold into slavery. But despite his earthly possessions being taken from him, the Lord was with him and as noted in Genesis 39:2-3, Potiphar “saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.” For God’s presence cannot be taken away and how even though Joseph was sold into slavery, he fulfilled the Lord’s purpose for him (Genesis 45:5).
She tied what she said about Joseph with her comments on Martha and spoke how when living a life of God, His good will show through you whether at home, in a sport, or at a job. She then shared how in her own life, her father had an affair when she was 13, and that in this difficult situation she endured by turning to the church for guidance.
While wrapping up her message, she made two final points. Her first one was once establishing the importance of keeping Jesus and His Word in the center of your life. She referenced Minister Henry Halley’s quote about how “The Bible is the most priceless possession of the human race.” She also shared 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which stated that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” as well as Psalms 119:9-11, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.” To end her point, she used the acronym S.O.A.P. standing for Scripture, Observe, Apply, and Pray to give our students steps on how to read the Bible and to heed its words.
Her last point was how we need to keep our identity and community as a crucial part of our lives, and not be conformed to this world. The Church is “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9). When Peter phrased the Church using language originally attributed to Israel, he is emphasizing how the Church will also be an important part in God’s kingdom, though differing from Israel.
She closed out with Hebrews 10:23-25 which states “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” This message left students walking out equipped with the knowledge and affirmation needed to go into God’s Word and properly understand it in order to fulfill the roles God has made for us.