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
“Bring your King James Bible”
Driving through the Central South I rounded a corner and spotted a large church sign. It was an invitation to attend the local congregation. Across the middle in bold, large type were the words: “Bring your King James Version Bible.”
These words gave me food for thought along the mountainous road. What message was this sign sending? I am not welcome with my ESV or NIV or NASB? Hopefully not, but it was a clear statement of preference, wasn’t it?
Living in Dallas for so long I was exposed to outstanding Bible scholarship. I learned the whys and wherefores of Bible translations, version, editions, and paraphrases. I understood the beauty of the language authorized by King James. When Bible verses come to mind they are often in the language of the haths, thees, and thous. I memorized the words so lyrically recited by pastors, Sunday School teachers, and parents. But I also learned of the more accurate translation skills of later versions.
I know there are strong, Bible-believing and living Christians who hold to the authorized version as the only trustworthy “sword.” This is a valid preference, but it shouldn’t dictate rules of fellowship. Our list of hills we are willing to die on is already way too long.
I started thinking about my own hand-lettered, large font signs I may wear around like a sandwich board. Do I determine the who and how of community based on preference, not principle? Where do I draw lines then broadcast my positions loudly so everyone understands exactly where I stand?
Where is the liberty and love so badly needed in human interaction?
I am hopeful I would be welcomed into their Sunday service even without the KJV and I so desire to be clear that preference isn’t dogma.
by Brenda A. Smith, BWFLI.com, BreakfastWithFred.com
“Any secular school can educate your mind, but a Christian also educates your heart.”
In 1987 Fred Smith, Sr. made that statement in a commencement address at California Baptist College. He went on to say, “Knowledge comes from the brain, but wisdom comes from the heart…one who has an educated heart has a deep love for the truth.” He then challenged the students, “Do you love the truth?”
This month marks the 10th anniversary of our Breakfast With Fred Leadership Institutes. A few words from Fred seem appropriate.
Please pray for our students to accept the challenge of loving the truth. And as the faculty, staff, and administration commit themselves to living out the truth of scripture ask the Lord to give them boldness and courage. May we stand strong with them in the battle for their minds and hearts. And may we speak words of support and encouragement during this month.
by Bob Deffinbaugh, Bible.org, BWFLI.com
One generation shall praise Thy works to another,
And shall declare Thy mighty acts. (Psalms 145:4 NAS)
This is the way God meant it to be: one generation passing along testimonials of God’s faithfulness in their lives to the next.
“And it will come about when your children will say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ 27 that you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'” And the people bowed low and worshiped (Exodus 12:26-27, NAS).
“Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6-7, NAS).
College presents an excellent opportunity for one generation of Christians to pass along the faith to the next. There are those historical accounts recorded in the Scriptures of God was faithful to His promises, and thus He worked in powerful ways in the lives of His people in the past. But in addition to this, each generation has its own stories to share of God’s work in their lives.
Pray that this generational exchange will take place in our colleges and universities, declaring God’s greatness and goodness, so that the next generation of students will desire to experience God’s work in their lives.
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Weekly Thought – September 25, 2018
Fred maintained keeping longer goals was one of the secrets to vitality in the aging process. He said, “when you start shortening your goals, you are giving yourself permission to die.” He laughingly told of getting new carpeting in their home and insisting on a 30 year guarantee. He and Mary Alice was were in their late 70s at the time. Even when physical limitations curtailed much of his activity, he kept on stretching mentally.
Keep On Climbing
So many people settle for a lower, comfortable plateau than they could attain by maintaining attention to achieving a higher plateau. High achievers rarely are deterred by the desire for comfort. The force that pushes you forward can be seen as 1) the tension between where you are and where you should be. This is negative tension for it produces guilt. Or, 2) It can be seen as the tension between where you are and where you could be. This generates excitement.
True achievement is not a straight line upwards, but one with staggered steps. It is a process of forward movement and then plateauing for assimilation. This process is repeated over and over and continues throughout a productive life.
In the Christian life most of us settle for a lower level than we should. I asked one of my favorite theologians, Ray Stedman, “what are you going to teach Sunday?” He replied, “I am going to tell my people to stop praying for what they already.”
In business I have seen the sad case of very talented individuals who aren’t discovered until too late. In a major corporation the President was regretting that the talent of one of the middle managers was not seen early enough to move him into top management. Some motivational speakers say, “It’s never too late!” The fact: in my experience, it can be too late. Young people should be encouraged to start as early as possible on their upward climb. It is always more profitable to work now and play later.
Unfortunately, our society has encouraged young people to waste the richly productive years in pleasure. If they could understand the value of deferring leisurely gratification, the payoff would be much more robust. And if they could see the benefit of pressing on without settling for comfortable plateaus, they would accomplish much higher levels in the climb.
This week think about: 1) Where am I in my climb? 2) What keeps me from stepping out on the next ascent? 3) Who can I encourage to put aside comfort and press forward?
Words of Wisdom: “True achievement is not a straight line upwards, but one with staggered steps.”
Wisdom from the Word: “Now David achieved success in all he did, for the Lord was with him.” (1 Samuel 18:14 NET Bible)