How Do We Reflect Jesus?

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants to Help You Understand Your ‘Ambassador’ Role

As Christians, we represent God to the world around us, but how do we reflect Jesus? This culture needs Jesus, but we may be the only reflection of Him that they see. With that in mind, how do we reflect Jesus?   As we evoke Him in our day-to-day lives, we act as a mirror. We need to ask ourselves if that mirror is “clean” or “dirty.” A “clean” mirror will show a crystal-clear reflection of Jesus. A “dirty” mirror will muddy and distort the world’s view of our Savior.   We really have an important role as God’s ambassadors. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants to help you to answer the question, “How do we reflect Jesus?”    

Our World Need Jesus

We live in a confused, dark world. People all around us don’t know where to turn or what to do. Many live in a constant state of anxiety. They look for a solid foundation on which to stand. They search for a way and want truth in a culture that says there is no real truth.   But the Bible tells us in John 14:6 that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He offers hope, love, and life to everyone. He is the rock-solid foundation. And He has tasked those of us who already know Him to tell others about Him. Jesus wants us to reflect Him to this world.    

How Do We Reflect Jesus to a Needy World?

Our question then becomes: “How do we reflect Jesus to a world that needs Him?” To answer this question, let’s consider ourselves as ambassadors. An ambassador represents their country to a foreign land. In theory, the rulers of that foreign land don’t actually converse with the other government. The ambassador acts as a “go-between,” reflecting the policies and positions of his home government.   We are, in essence, ambassadors for Jesus. Our culture doesn’t know Him. People may know about Him or may have heard His name. However, they don’t have a true relationship with Him. Our job in reflecting Jesus to them is to show them who He is and what He is about. We are to show them something different, something better. That “better” thing, however, isn’t from ourselves. It originates from Jesus’ presence in our lives.    

They See The “Fruit” of Our Lives

As ambassadors or “mirrors,” we can tell people about Jesus. But as the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.” We as Christians may be the only Jesus that they ever see. How they judge our Savior – the Savior that they need – is by the “fruit” of our lives.  If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, you have the Spirit of God living in you. In the Bible, Galatians 5:22-23 reads, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.” Just like an apple tree produces apples, we will produce this fruit in our lives if we are led by the Holy Spirit.    

What Reflection of Jesus Do You Show the World?

This is the “fruit” that the world should see. But if we ignore the Holy Spirit and our own will leads us, the world will see other “fruit.” This could include selfish behavior, hate, bickering, and more. This is why it is so important for us to consider whether our “mirrors” are “clean” or “dirty.” What representation of Jesus are you reflecting to the world? Do they see a clear reflection, or is their view distorted by your “dirty mirror”?     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. As Christians, it is important for us to consider the question, “how do we reflect Jesus?”

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants Your Kids to Have the Best Year of School

Summer was a relaxing break, but it is time to get your children ready to go back to school. Whether they are in preschool, elementary school, junior high, senior high, or college, you must properly prepare them. This means so much more than getting the right school supplies, though. It is our job to ready them for all of the difficulties that they may face this year. We must even prepare them for the “simple” day-to-day struggles inherent in schooling.   It’s easy for adults to forget what school was like, and in doing so, downplay what our kids may face. But remember, too, that they also face issues that we never faced. With that in mind, the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants to help you to prepare your children to go back to school. We enthusiastically join you in praying that your children have the best school experience ever.      

Gather Supplies Now, and Reduce Your Stress

First, however, remember that school supplies are important. Don’t wait until the night before the first day to start gathering their supplies. Schools, especially preschools and elementary schools, usually send lists of needed supplies a few weeks before the start day. There is no need to procrastinate! Start gathering these supplies as soon as you receive the list. This will significantly reduce your “back to school” stress.    

Going Back to School with the Right Attitude

Your children may enjoy school, or it may be a chore to get them through the door in the morning. It may be a mixture of both. We must, however, help them to understand that school is very important. Foster attitudes of hard work and dedication, not only through your words but also through your actions. This is their current job, after all; they are preparing for their future. They may ask that age-old question, “When am I ever going to use this in my life?” Remind them that they are also learning skills that transcend subjects like math or language arts.    

Prepare Them Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually

A new school year, no matter how exciting it may seem, also brings new obstacles with it. Your child may be shifting from elementary school to junior high, or junior high to senior high, or even high school to college. But even if they aren’t moving to a new school, a new grade brings new challenges. Let them know that you are there for them. Foster an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable talking about their struggles. Listen. Listen hard. Many times, we as grown-ups want to quickly distribute our “sage” advice.   Children, however, want us to hear them, too. And don’t shortchange their experiences just because they are kids. To them, their experiences can be heartbreaking, no matter how silly they seem to us as adults. Most importantly, reinforce to your children that they are not alone. Remind them to trust in God as they go through their school day. Teach them to pray and to do right. Make sure that they are as mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepared as possible.     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. We are praying that your children have the best year as they go back to school!

Celebrating Our Freedom

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants Us All to Realize Our Blessings

It is truly a blessing to be celebrating our freedom that we own here in the United States of America. Many times, we unfortunately take it for granted, or may even be callous toward it. But many people sacrificed much to provide it for us. As July dawns, we will celebrate this freedom on Independence Day. Honestly, we as Americans should celebrate it all of the time. “Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books,” said the late actor Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” “Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, ‘I’m free. To think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t. I can. And my children will.’”   But there is an even greater freedom that all people can have, no matter where they live. It is a freedom available to all men, purchased by sacrifice, too. It is the freedom that we can find in Jesus. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants us all to appreciate our freedoms. Let’s look a little closer at and celebrate both our national and spiritual freedoms.    

Our Freedom in the United States

What does freedom mean to us as citizens of the United States? The dictionary defines “freedom” as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants, without hindrance or restraint.” That is exactly it, but it is so much more than static words in a book. It’s dynamic.   Founding father Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we have undeniable rights. We are endowed by God, Jefferson wrote, “with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our freedom is in being who we want to be; we are not determined and held to some lower class. We can think for ourselves and voice our opinion. No one can force us to join a national religion. We can pick our governmental representatives by vote. Americans can hold those same representatives accountable. We are us, not pawns beholden to a monarchy or ruling class. That freedom is worth celebrating every day of our lives!    

Our Freedom in and Through Jesus Christ

As we mentioned earlier, there is an even greater freedom available to all of us. President Ronald Reagan once said, “(National) freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. … It must be fought for, protected, and handed on (to our children).” But even if our national freedom disappears, this greater freedom will never leave us. This is the spiritual freedom that we can find in Jesus.   This freedom was through a sacrifice. Jesus, the Son of God, left Heaven, became a man, and died on the cross to take our punishment for our sins. By trusting Him as our Savior, we can find spiritual freedom and a real relationship with God. Jesus said, in John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” We are free from sin and punishment. We are free to live the abundant life that He provided. Everyone can have this freedom, no matter where they live or who they are. Jesus said, in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That is an eternal freedom, a freedom worth celebrating! Do you have this freedom?     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. As we are celebrating our freedom in the United States this month, think about how Jesus provides us with an everlasting freedom!

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants You to Understand This Life-Changing Concept

Forgiveness is an ideal that is dear to the heart of God. The whole of our relationship with Him is the basis of His forgiveness and mercy to us. Forgiveness is an act of love toward the unlovely. We can all be very thankful that God is a forgiving God. And having His forgiveness, He wants us to be forgiving to others. This, sadly, is not the case for many of us, though. Here at the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we want you to understand this life-changing concept of forgiveness.    

Forgiveness for the Servant, but He Won’t Forgive

We begin to teach our children about forgiveness at an early age. If someone knocks them down on the playground, we tell them to forgive them. But even as we teach them, there is a lot that we ourselves need to learn about forgiveness. In the Bible, Matthew 18:21-35 tells the story of Peter as he asks Jesus how many times he should forgive somebody. Jesus then recounts a parable about a servant whose boss forgave him from a sizable debt. That servant, however, refused to forgive another person who owed him, and this incurred his boss’s anger. Let’s take a closer look at the meaning behind Jesus’ parable.    

God Forgives Us Through Jesus Christ

A parable is a story that Jesus told that always had a deeper lesson. As we look at it, let’s first consider the servant. This servant owed a sizable debt, a debt that he couldn’t pay. His boss was going to severely punish him for this, but the servant begged him for forgiveness. The Bible tells us that his boss was moved with compassion for him. Remember, forgiveness is an act of love for the unlovely. His boss forgave him.   We all play the role of the servant. We owe God a sizable debt. We were created to have a relationship with Him, but we walked away from Him through our sin. God is a loving God, but He is also a holy God and can’t tolerate sin. Our actions doomed us to an eternity without Him in a place of punishment for those sinful actions. But God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay our debt. Now, as we realize our sinful state, we can come to God and ask Him for forgiveness. And in love and compassion, He forgives us. We didn’t deserve it, but He did it.    

We Should Forgive Others

As our Bible story continues, that same servant then refused to forgive another person who owed a debt to him. In fact, he got extremely violent with him and had him incarcerated in debtors’ prison. This made the servant’s boss extremely angry, and justifiably so. The servant was given a great gift of forgiveness, and he refused to extend it to someone else.   If we’ve been forgiven, God wants us to extend that same mercy to others. And if we’ve been forgiven for much, then we should forgive for much. It’s simple. God wants us to show the same mercy and compassion to others that He showed to us. A forgiven person should be a forgiving person.    

Forgiveness Can Be Hard

Let’s be honest, though. Forgiveness can be very hard. In the Bible, Peter didn’t really want to forgive. He was looking for an excuse not to forgive. He asked Jesus how many times he was supposed to forgive the same person. Peter wanted a number of times after which he could stop. Jesus answered him, “Up to seventy times seven.” Now, in that answer, Jesus isn’t saying that we should actually count to 490 times. He was teaching Peter that forgiveness is a continuous process. When someone asks for forgiveness, we should forgive them.   But what if someone doesn’t ask for forgiveness? What if they don’t acknowledge that they did something wrong? Isn’t it impossible to extend forgiveness to someone who doesn’t want it? Let’s look at God’s example. God is ready to forgive us when we seek forgiveness from Him. We should do the same. We show love and mercy, and we must hold an attitude of forgiveness, even if the offender refuses to acknowledge the offense. This does two things. It prepares us in case they ever ask for forgiveness, and it frees our mind and heart from grudges and revenge. Forgiveness truly is a word that we and the entire world need today.     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. Remember, God forgave our sins through Jesus, so let’s show forgiveness!

The R.O.C.K. Club Cares About Your Family Connections

With the arrival of May, here is a list of 10 things to do with your child this summer. The coming season is a great time to strengthen your family connections. The children are out of school, or your college student may be home for a few months. There will be a significant amount of time to spend together, so don’t spend it separately.   We here at The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, care about your family connections. Time spent with your children is always important, and more than just mindless fun. It is a time when you prepare them for the future, even by your example. God has created children to be knowledge “sponges.” Your children are going to learn how to live life from somebody. If you are too “busy,” and it is not you, who will it be? This summer, make some great memories, and show your family that you love them, not just tell them. Obviously, this list of 10 things to do with your child is not a comprehensive list. The most important thing is to go and do something.    

10 Things to Do with Your Child This Summer

Put down your phone. Turn off the television. Hide the gaming console controllers. As mentioned above, there is a significant amount of time to spend together with your children. You may argue that there isn’t, but there really is. Understandably, your job takes a high priority, and you must run errands. But aside from that, what is most important to you? What you spend your time on will reveal that.    


Simply take a walk in the woods together. Get some fresh air and enjoy God’s creation.  

Amusement Park

Set aside a day at an amusement park to ride roller coasters and play games. Watch your children enjoy themselves, and allow yourself to be a kid again, too.    

Baseball Game

Even if your family members are not sports fans, enjoying a baseball game together can be a fun, bonding experience.  

Family Vacation

It doesn’t matter where – the beach, the mountains, or anywhere in between – just unplug and get away together.  


Declare a family movie night. Whether you go to the theater or stream something, grab some popcorn and settle in together.  

Play in the Backyard

Mr. Rogers once said, “For children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Let them play and get dirty. Lose the “dignity” of being an adult, and join them.  

Ride Bikes

Get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air, and feed their sense of adventure and exploration.  

Read Together

Do we really need to read books when we have modern technology? Yes! Reading with your children helps them to develop, and also creates a precious bonding experience.    

Sit Around a Fire Pit

Turn off the television and your phone, and enjoy a simple evening around a fire. Roast some hot dogs and marshmallows, talk, and relax.    

Just Be Together

Dance, sing, and laugh. Whatever you do, just do it together. Show them that you love them. Create memories that will last a lifetime.    

Your Family is Important

These are just 10 suggestions of things to do with your child. There is so much more that you can do. The most important thing is to do it together. Give your family all of your attention. You only have so many years to love and influence your children. It may feel like you have all the time in the world, but those years will pass quickly. The most important investment of your life beside your relationship with God is your family. How are you investing in it?   The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. We pray that you are excited to explore different things to do with your child!

What the Resurrection Means for You

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants You to Consider Jesus’ Sacrifice and Restoration

This Easter, our staff at The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants you to consider what the resurrection means for you. For many people, the holiday will come and go without a thought to its true meaning. Some may even attend a church service, but only because “that’s what you do on Easter.” But few will truly ponder the real meaning of Easter, and what it personally means to them. Don’t let the day pass you by this year without thinking about what Jesus did for you. We want you to truly think about it, and then act on it!    

What is the Resurrection?

It could be that, to you, Easter only means chocolates, candy, and sneaky bunnies. You may have never heard the real reason behind the holiday. Easter is a remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was put to death on a cross in Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago. But three days after His burial, He rose from the dead. But how is this possible? It is possible because He is the Son of God! The Bible tells us in Matthew 19:26, “… With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” After His resurrection, Jesus many people saw him until He returned to Heaven 40 days later.    

What the Resurrection Means for You

Your question now may be, “What does one event that happened 2,000 years ago have to do with me?” And, you may also ask, why did He have to die at all? Jesus came to die and rise again for you personally! We are all sinners, and since God is holy, He can’t abide sin. People are bound for a Godless eternity in Hell because of our wrong actions. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. But God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to take your place.   Jesus’s death paid your debt, and His resurrection gives us eternal life! In the Bible, Romans 5:6, 8, 10 read, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. … God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. … For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” That is what the resurrection means for you.    

Please Give Your Life to Jesus

The Bible says because of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, whoever will believe and ask Him to save them will be saved. There is no special requirement or qualification for salvation. The 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon said that our only qualification for salvation is our lack of qualification. Please consider giving your life to Jesus right now!     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you more about how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. This Easter, please consider what the resurrection means for you.

Be Blessed, Not Lucky!


This Month, The R.O.C.K. Club Wants You to Understand the Difference

It’s March, and as spring approaches, The R.O.C.K. Club wants you to be blessed, not lucky! This month’s holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you aren’t Irish, you probably understand the day’s celebration. The holiday’s iconography includes shamrocks, leprechauns, and other representations of Irish tradition. Many will wish each other to have the “Luck O’ the Irish.” Luck, however, is not a real concept, though many believe in it. But God’s blessing is real. This month, let’s discuss the difference between luck and blessing, and why we all should want to have God’s blessing.

Don’t Search for Luck or Karma

There are many people who worry about their luck. You can hear it every day, as they wish each other “good luck.” Others may say, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” What is luck? Luck is “good or bad things that happen to a person by chance, not by effort or abilities.” Though there are “accidents,” both good and bad, that happen in life, no corporeal concept of “luck” follows people around. Other people worry about karma. Karma is a Hindu and Buddhist belief that a person’s actions in this life and “past lives” will decide their fate in “future lives.” It states that karma will return to people later for things that they have done. While God teaches us in the Bible to “be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23), there really is no tangible representation of karma or luck that haunts people.  

When You Trust in God, You Can Be Blessed

Being blessed, however, is real. It is tangible. Blessing is simply God’s favor and protection. If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, the Bible states that you are God’s child. You are a part of His family, and as such, you never have to worry about His blessing. Just like a father loves, protects, and provides for his kids, God will always care for His children, too.  The Bible tells us that if God cares for the lilies and sparrows, He will care much more for us. He always knows where you are, what you are doing, and how to take care of you. God may have to discipline us, just like a parent disciplines their child, but we will never lose His love. That is God’s blessing; it’s real, and it’s wonderful. And it’s so much better than luck! The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would also love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. This St. Patrick’s Day, don’t hope for luck; be blessed!

God’s Love is For Everyone!


The R.O.C.K. Club Wants You to Understand This Life-Changing Fact

It’s a life-changing experience to realize that God’s love is for everyone. Maybe you have heard this before. Maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve wondered if God is even there or if He even cares. The facts are He really is, and He really does. God loves you more than anyone has ever loved you. God’s love is for everyone! In the Bible, John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  This Bible verse tells us how amazing God’s love is. But what does it all mean? The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants you to understand that God’s love is for everyone, including you. Let us break down John 3:16 to show you.

“For God So Loved the World…”

John 3:16 begins with this simple but profound statement: “For God so loved the world.” This phrase tells us that God’s love is for everyone. He loves everybody from all nations, races, and walks of life. But we know that there are degrees to love. This small word “so” means that God is going to demonstrate how much He loves you.

“…That He Gave His Only Begotten Son…”

John 3:16 continues by stating, “that He gave His only begotten Son.” What does that mean? He gave His Son away for the world? That’s a whole lot of love. He sent Jesus to shed His blood, and die on a cross for everyone, including you. That’s how much God loves you. He sent His own son to die for you. But why did Jesus have to bleed and die?

“…That Whosoever Believeth in Him Should Not Perish…”

You’ll notice that this phrase from our Bible verse ends with the word “perish.” God loves you, and doesn’t want you to die. But everyone physically dies, right? This means eternal death, separation from God forever in a place called Hell. Death is the punishment that we deserve for our sins, the wrong things we do. But God loves you so much that He gave up His own son to take your place. Jesus died and rose again from the dead so you can be justified. All you have to do is believe in Jesus and ask Him for forgiveness and to save you.

“…But Have Everlasting Life.”

When you trust in Jesus as your Savior, you don’t have to worry about death and Hell. He paid your debt for your sins! Now, you can have eternal life and a real relationship with God. This is what God wants! You will be truly alive, and then live forever with God in Heaven. In the Bible, Jesus says in John 10:10, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Remember, God’s Love is For Everyone!

Think about this; God loves you so much that He sent His own son to pay for your sins. In paying that debt, you can now have eternal life and a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. You just have to realize that you are a sinner, and that there is nothing you can do to make it up to God. But you must also realize that Jesus died for your sins, and now, all you have to do is believe in Him, and ask Him to save you. That is love! The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. Remember, God’s love is for everyone!

It’s Time to Be Intentional in 2023


The R.O.C.K. Club Cheers You on as You Set Goals for the New Year

The calendar has again flipped over to a new year, and it’s time to be intentional as we enter 2023. What do we mean by “be intentional,” though? The majority of people make New Year’s resolutions when January comes around. However, most of those people never intend to follow through with them. Those resolutions are simply “lip service.” With that in mind, though, the start of a new year really is the perfect time to work toward new goals in your life. The key to achieving these goals, however, is to be intentional about moving forward. Don’t just say you want to do something; do it. Have a purpose and make a plan. And then, discipline yourself to complete it. Commercials market “easy fixes” all of the time. But true achievement only comes through hard work and discipline. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, cheer for you as you set out to reach your goals. And to help, we offer these following tips.

Be Intentional About Setting Attainable Goals

The first tip that we can offer you is to “start small.” Be intentional about setting attainable goals. The path to any goal features peaks, valleys, and plateaus. Sometimes, those valleys and plateaus can frustrate and discourage a person. Many people then use that discouragement to stop their journey. Their perceived “lack of progress” shatters their high hopes. The best weapon against this is to set small, attainable goals. For example, if you want to start running, don’t set an immediate goal of completing a marathon. Start by aiming to run around your block. Then set another goal to run a mile. As you progress, little by little, you will grow and find encouragement in these smaller successes.

Make a Plan, and Discipline Yourself to Follow It

Discipline is “following through in duty with what you started in excitement.” New goals can be very exciting. That excitement can carry you through a couple of days or even a couple of weeks. But, be assured, the excitement will end. Another key to achieving your goals is plain, simple discipline. As you set your attainable goals, make a deliberate plan, and stick to it. Do what you need to do to continue to move toward your goal. And find a proper time to work on it. If you’re not a morning person, don’t plan to get up at 5 a.m. every day to work toward your goal. You are a unique person; you need to make a unique plan to fit your lifestyle. And follow through, follow through, follow through! 

Focus on What Matters

Our last key to achieving your goals this new year is to be intentional about focusing on what matters. It’s not a bad thing to have hobbies and pastimes. But when those hobbies and pastimes eclipse the important matters in your life, that’s a problem. As you put together your goals for 2023, consider the important things in your life. For example, if you are a baseball fan, don’t just set a goal of going to a certain number of games. Tweak it to taking your son to a certain number of games. You can still enjoy your pastime, but you can also build and nurture an even more important relationship. Just ask yourself, “What will be important to me on my deathbed?” That is what should be important to you now. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would also love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. We want to stand with you! As you set your goals for the new year, remember to be intentional.

The Gift of the Magi


The R.O.C.K. Club Wants You to Experience a Different Kind of Christmas

In 1905, author William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name, O. Henry, wrote the story, “The Gift of the Magi.” In it, a poor couple struggles to find the perfect Christmas gift for each other. In doing so, they each give up what is dearest to themselves. The story shows, however, that what truly was dearest to them was not their treasured material items; it was each other. This lesson, sadly, gets lost many times in our culture as the Christmas season approaches. We collectively long for the gifts, when what is really important is the spirit of giving.  People are so focused on buying the latest gadgets they miss the big picture of love and caring. Here at the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we want you to experience a different kind of holiday this year. Don’t miss the blessing from embracing the spirit of giving.

Understanding the Gift of the Magi

Henry took the title of his story from the Biblical account of the wise men. These wise men visited Jesus when He was a child. They brought three gifts of great value: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They realized that the value of these material possessions was nothing compared to the value of who received them. Their gifts gave rise to our tradition of giving presents at Christmas. But lately, the value of the gifts has become more important than the relationship of the giver and recipient.  Shoppers rudely scramble through stores, trying to beat our neighbor to the “must-have” present of the year. Gift recipients tear at the wrapping on Christmas morning like a hungry bear. We barely mutter a “thank you,” if we say it all. How many blessings and moments of joy do we miss because we have lost the spirit of giving? We’ve forgotten the love and heartfelt care that comes with it.

God Gave the Greatest Gift of All

The ultimate example of the spirit of giving comes from God Himself. He loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins. Our wrongdoing separates us from God, and there is nothing that we can ever do ourselves to mend that relationship. But God values you so much that He was willing to sacrifice His Son so that you can have eternal life.  In the Bible, Romans 8:32 reads, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Later in the Bible, 1 John 4:10 reads, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Through Jesus, God now offers eternal life as a gift. Will you receive it this Christmas?

The Gift of the Magi is the Spirit of Giving

This Christmas season, don’t miss it. The value of the gifts, no matter the cost, is far less than the value of the giving. If we would just embrace that truth, our holiday season would be so much sweeter. People hustle, bustle, and stress our way through Christmas. What would happen if, this holiday season, we embrace the spirit of giving instead of embracing the gifts? Not only that, but what would happen if we taught it to the next generation? The gift of the magi is the spirit of giving. What do you value? Here at the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we offer outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would also love to tell you more about how you can have a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. This holiday season, will you learn the spirit of giving from the gift of the magi?

Always Be Thankful!


The R.O.C.K. Club Believes that Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an amazing time to develop an attitude of gratitude, but shouldn’t we always be thankful? When the calendar flips its page to November, our attention always turns to Thanksgiving. Our thoughts are about the turkey, the mashed potatoes, and all of those delicious side dishes. Thoughts also turn toward quality time spent with family and friends. And we should begin to contemplate the true meaning of the holiday, which is thankfulness.  But is Thanksgiving the only season where we should be thankful? Here at the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we believe that Thanksgiving should last all year long! But how can we foster an “always be thankful” mindset?

Always Be Thankful, No Matter What

In the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads, “In every thing give thanks…” But how is that possible? Can somebody really be thankful when they go through rough times? Yes, it is possible! Developing an “always be thankful” mentality first depends on a shift of perspective. We need to begin to concentrate on the things we have, not the things we don’t have. When our thoughts dwell on what we don’t have, we don’t consider the blessings all around us. Did you wake up this morning? Were you able to breathe? That’s something to be thankful for. If you know what to look for, there are reasons to always be thankful, no matter where you are in life.

God Has Done So Much for You

The thought of thanksgiving has become so ubiquitous that we now take the term for granted. But when we think about it, shouldn’t there be a recipient for our gratitude? When we are “thankful,” shouldn’t someone get the thanks? That someone is God. God has done so much for us. He gives us the breath in our lungs. He provides us with the food on our table. It is His creation that we admire every day. We should always be thankful to God for all that He has done for us. The greatest thing that God has ever done for us is to send His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins. It is through Jesus’ sacrifice that we can have eternal life. That’s something to always be thankful for!

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants You to Always Be Thankful

The R.O.C.K. Club wants you to always be thankful. There is so much to be thankful for! When you develop an attitude of gratitude, your life will become so much more positive. You will begin to influence everyone around you for the better. The world becomes a much sunnier place when you celebrate Thanksgiving every day! Give it a try right now; we know it will do you good. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would also love to tell you how you can have a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. When you see the blessings that surround you in your life, you can always be thankful!

Monsters Under My Bed?


The R.O.C.K. Club Cares About Your Children’s Safety and Innocence

Every parent, at one time or another, has heard this tearful question, “Are there monsters under my bed?” And every parent has consoled their fearful child with the confident reassurance that monsters aren’t real. Unfortunately, we live in a world where monsters are real. They are not the hairy, fanged beasts from our nightmares; these monsters exist as dangerous human predators, looking to steal a child’s innocence.  Even the culture itself can prey on a child, entering the sanctuary of the home through a television, laptop, or smartphone. At the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we care about your children. And we want to help you keep them safe, physically, mentally, and emotionally. To that end, we’re blogging this month about a few things to consider.

Protect Them from Physical and Internet Predators

It’s practically inconceivable that someone would want to hurt a child, physically, emotionally, or mentally. It is a sad, infuriating reality, however. And a child’s innocence can suddenly shatter by just overhearing one of these horror stories. “Why would someone do that?” is a heartbreaking question for a parent to answer. But honestly, we have to prepare our children for the unthinkable. Warn them about the dangers of strangers. Children can be very trusting. Let them know that even if someone says that they know you, that doesn’t mean that it’s true. 

Children Should Run to Safety from Those Who Accost Them

Only send people that they know well to get them, and make sure that they fully understand this. If someone they don’t know accosts them, they should make a scene. They should run for someone they can trust, such as a police officer or a teacher. Teach them the boundaries of acceptable behavior, even with people that they know. Teach them, as well, that an offer of candy and other things is no reason to go with someone.

Parents Must Emphasize Avoiding Internet Predators

However, in our culture, internet predators have replaced the “creepy man in the windowless van” many times. These marauding monsters use the open avenue of computers, laptops, and smartphones to trick and trap young children and teens. Parents and guardians must use the same mindset and tactics to warn our children about the dangers of internet predators. Whether on gaming consoles or social media, they should not talk to anyone that they do not know. And even with people that they know, they should again understand the boundaries of acceptable behavior.

No ‘Monsters Under My Bed,’ But the Culture Will Prey on Them

Even if you guard your children and teens from human predators, “monsters” can still infiltrate your home. You may not even know it. They come as shows or movies on streaming services, videos on YouTube, or even live streams on gaming channels. The culture is ready to teach your child or teen all of the things that they don’t need to know. You can’t guard their eyes, ears, and minds 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But what you can do is teach them the right things.  When banks train their tellers to recognize counterfeit currency, they don’t train them with fake bills. They use real money. These tellers will fully understand the look and feel. Then when a fake bill comes across their counter, they know it is a fake. Use the same approach with your kids. Teach them what is right and good. That way, when something wrong crosses their path, they know it’s wrong. Someone somewhere is going to teach your child. Make sure that someone is you.

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants to Help You 

Here at the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we care about the families of the New River Valley. Our club wants to help you raise children that stand for the right things as good citizens. With this in mind, we offer a variety of Christian-based educational programs for children from preschool through age 12. We work hard to meet the academic and spiritual needs of families all across our area. Our team would love to help you, too. Contact us today. We care about the safety and mental and spiritual well-being of your children and teens! The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would also love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. Prepare your children for the dangers out there, even if there are no real “monsters under my bed.”