BWFLI team stretching and blessing the next generation of leaders at East Texas Baptist University
Cliff Shiepe, best-selling author, inspires students
ETBU students gathered at midnight to discuss “What’s Next” and job market tips
Former All-American, All-Pro Bill Glass stirring the athletes
ETBU Steering Committee Chair Emily Prevost and BWFLI President Brenda A. Smith sharing a celebratory moment
“What key, what key?”
In the sixties one of Stevie Wonder’s recordings has a moment when he is heard calling out, “What key, what key?” I always enjoyed his musical dexterity….the ability to fall in with the group, no matter what the key.
My parents graciously provided me with music lesson throughout my school years. The piano is still a highly favored part of my environment. In all the study I learned to sight read, to play with expression, and to use it for ministry.
Two things I did not master were transposition and modulation. Both are parts of musical theory, but different in application. Often vocalists prefer a key which is different from the one published on the music. Accomplished accompanists simply play it in the new key by seeing the patterns. They will begin in a new key.
Modulation varies in its use. Regularly, musicians will start a number in one key, then either by verse, or phrase raise a half step at a time, enhancing the dramatic impact of the music. One of the finest examples is the tradition of changing keys for the fourth verse of a hymn. It is a natural progression for many southern gospel performers.
Okay, if you have read this far with me, let me tell you why I started thinking about these two operations.
In life there are times when the key is changed from the outset. Clearly, the direction you are going is not a fit. So, before you commit to a job, a relationship, a location etc. you realize this is the wrong key. So, you still follow your path, but in a different key, with different people, places, or things. You transpose in order to perform with great impact.
Modulation, on the other hand, happens in the midst of the journey. It is the idea of making a subtle change which will raise the intensity and the outcome. It can “amp up” the energy. Most times it will feel natural and even expected. Other times it is a surprise bringing excitement and a sense of building to a flourish.
Look back on your life, noting the transpositions and the modulations. Recognize the difference and the important use of both. Then play your life music well with enthusiasm and confidence.
by Brenda A. Smith, BWFLI.com, BreakfastWithFred.com
Harvard University’s President, Dr. Drew Faust, wrote “Advancing the critical role of education in promoting service, achieving social justice, and widening opportunity is fundamental to Harvard.”
Consider how our BWFLI schools see their essential purposes. Words and phrases such as “transformational Christian education,” “academic excellence and spiritual vitality,” “integrating faith and work,” “educating the whole person to the glory of God,” “Christ-centered education,” or “development of moral character.”
All of these ideals reverberate on campus and in the lives of students, faculty, staff, and administration. Please pray for freedom to lift high the Cross and His gospel in Christian higher education.
As we think about love in February, let’s express appreciation for our men and women who lead and serve.
Memories of Valentine’s Day
by Bob Deffinbaugh, Bible.org, BWFLI.com
For those of us for whom college is but a faint memory, February was a time for college sweethearts and thus, a time to look ahead to Valentine’s Day. Fast forward to today and romance is expressed in a vastly different cultural setting. Paul had some very straightforward words of instruction regarding romance, words which we would do well to remember and reflect upon:
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 8 So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).
For Paul, sanctification and sexual purity were closely related. There was no thought of sanctification if sexual purity was not a vital part of holiness. In our culture there is a much more relaxed attitude regarding such matters, even among those who profess to know Christ as Savior and Lord.
Let us be in prayer for our college students regarding their sexual purity. May Faculty and Staff model a commitment to be faithful to their spouses, and to relate to others in a way that honors the one who made both male and female.
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Weekly Thought 2-13-18 – Fred inspired many of his friends to assemble “Fred Smith files.” Recently, Jack Modesett of Houston, TX, and long-time, dear friend of Fred’s mailed us a large folder of items accumulated through 30 or 40 years of friendship. Thank you, Jack. I know others have such files and if you would like to share, please forward any documents to BWF Project, Inc., P.O. Box 574, Hawkins, TX 75765.
This week we will feature one of those treasures in Jack’s file: Fred’s personal creed. This copy is dated 1987.
Purpose: To determine what I will become. I will become the sum of my choices, and my decisions. The Creed should guide and identify exceptions.
1) Respect truth by searching for it and accepting it from any source.
2) Look for the essence of matters as the elegance of life… as Einstein wanted to think God’s thoughts after Him for all else is detail. In problems I will look for the key facts like a logger looks for the key log.
3) Endeavor to pray honestly about any subject assuming God already knows.
4) Expect nothing but what I earn but will accept gifts gratefully.
5) Own myself and the uniqueness I can contribute to life. I will concentrate on my uniqueness rather than what I like to do or what I would be paid the most to do. If my uniqueness is lost, then there has been no compelling reason for my having lived. I will have failed to contribute my piece to the jigsaw puzzle.
6) Limit extensive self-knowledge to my most productive strengths and destruction weaknesses.
7) Construct concepts for my thinking and actions so as to minimize large mistakes and give consistency to my living.
8) Relax in the sovereignty of God. Service will be an expression of respect and love, not used for ingratiation.
9) Decide the issues of life based on faith and Biblical authority.
10) Respect money, but as a means never an end… as a tool, and never an idol.
11) Endeavor to accept my rightful responsibility, not because I like it, but because it is right, realizing that my acts affect others.
12) Understand both good and bad actions have a ripple effect.
13) Accept human imperfection as a reality, but never as an excuse or rationalization.
14) See my life as a confluence of many profitable and interesting areas of life so as to continually broaden my base.
15) Refuse to build an unreal image which enslaves me or alienates me from others.
16) Accept a refining method good for all periods of life turning experiences into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom.
17) Live believing “the best is yet to be” by attention to maturity, health, relations, and capital. I will not make a junkyard of my old age.
18) Refuse to sacrifice these things for business success:
d. Relation with God
This week think about: 1) What does my personal creed look like? 2) Which of Fred’s points can be a fire-starter for me? 3) How can I communicate my creed to my family, friends, and colleagues?
Words of Wisdom: Editorial note: This week pick your own and concentrate on it.
Wisdom from the Word: “For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)