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Theme Verse History


Since the summer of 1989, it has been a tradition for seniors to take a retreat to choose a passage from the Bible that would encourage and challenge their class and, in turn, the entire school. After hours of prayer, discussion, and deliberation, the seniors choose a verse that will serve as the touchstone for the school year.


2018-2019 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

2017-2018 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

2016-2017 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

2015-2016 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age... Titus 2:11-12

2014-2015 For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

2013-2014 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13

2012-2013 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12: 9-10

2011-2012 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against oneanother. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14 NIV

2010-2011 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you, but rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV

2009-2010 If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 NIV

2008-2009 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 NIV

2007-2008 Dear children, let us stop just saying that we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. 1 John 3:18 NLT

2006-2007 He must become greater, and I must become less. John 3:30 NLT

2005-2006 Do not copy the behavior and customs of the world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. Romans 12:2 NLT

2004-2005 For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 NLT

2003-2004 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:4-5 NIV

2002-2003 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NIV

2001-2002 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

2000-2001 Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve; as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 NIV

1999-2000 Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV

1998-1999 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6 NIV

1997-1998 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16 NIV

1996-1997 ...Love one another, just as I have loved you...By this all men will know you are my disciples. John 13:34-35 NIV

1995-1996 Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

1994-1995 Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV

1993-1994 Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NIV

1992-1993 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus… Hebrews 12:2 NIV

1991-1992 Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8 NIV

1990-1991 If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV

1989-1990 Be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9 NIV