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
“In Jesus’ name, press on.”
Selah is a Christian group privileged to minister through their music. Years ago they recorded a song titled Press On. Click here to listen to this song. Some of the familiar lines are: “when the valley is deep; when the mountain is steep; when the body is weary; when I stumble and fall.” Very familiar human conditions, aren’t they? The chorus exhorts the listener: “In Jesus’ name, press on.”
In the early 2000s I undertook a job which was lucrative, but for which I was a terrible misfit. I put on my game face, went out day by day to conquer, then retreated back home to my caregiving responsibilities.
On one particularly difficult day, I returned to the office dragging in spirit and body. The Christian radio station played this song as I sat in the parking garage talking myself into opening the car door. Suddenly, I just couldn’t move. I sat and listened to those words while tears ran down my not-so-game face. “In Jesus’ name, press on.” Just the hope I needed.
In the nearly 20 years since that day I have often turned to Selah’s rendition for encouragement. And I send the words to others whose bodies are weary and spirits are wracked. The strength of these words is the very fact it doesn’t say, “Tie a knot and hang on.” Or, “Pull yourself up by your boot straps.” No, it says the way up and out is pressing on in the name of Jesus.
We are going to be in deep valleys as long as we live. And certainly mountain ranges are going to rise up to challenge our faith, but the name of Jesus will never lose its efficacious power. So, on the worst of days I can confidently press on. YAY,God!
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 – October 16, 2018
Fred consistently studied human nature. He was invited to join high powered negotiation teams for his skills in discernment and communication. His grasp of human nature, as well as the nature of God, gave him an effective platform.
Planning is underway for the upcoming trip to Greenville University for the BWFLI sponsored What’s Next Roundtable. A team of men and women will engage students in conversations centered around mentoring, networking, and persevering. Pray with and for them. Your financial support is needed to finish out the year. Thank you for donating to the mission of “stretching and blessing the next generation of leaders… to the glory of God.”
Define The Base
Adler, the eminent psychiatrist, helped me with his observation that everyone is logical if you understand the base from which they operate. For example, if you were to go into the mental health facility and see a short man with his hat turned sideways, and his hand in his shirt you might assume he thinks he is Napoleon. Then, if you greeted him warmly with “Good morning, Napoleon,” and he acknowledges the greeting it would be perfectly logical. His base premise would be his identification as the French leader. Architecture gives us another example: the tower of Pisa. We all know it as the “leaning tower.” The building is absolutely square to itself – the base that is tilted.
I’ve had labor relations situations where this understanding has been extremely helpful. I was involved in an imminent strike situation in which the employees were determined to engage in a long, bitter strike. This would have resulted in catastrophic financial loss to the employees, but their minds were set.
I asked the negotiating lawyer if they mentioned the company’s making money from the strike. This assumption was mentioned more than any other complaint. The employees truly believed the company would benefit financially from a strike. “They repeat this more than anything else,” was his response. I recommended to the owner he call the employees together and explain to them in believable language the truth – the company was NOT going to profit from the threatened strike. The employees accepted his word and avoided the strike. When each party understood the basic operating premise, an environment for resolution could occur.
When an organization or individual differed with me, I used to assume they were unreasonable. But when I started practicing this principle of logical premise, it made a big difference. I started looking for their base. It was an effective change in my thinking.
As a parent I was given the opportunity to practice this regularly. When I couldn’t make sense of a child’s decision and was tempted to strongly challenge them, I stopped to say “What is their operating base?” I can’t say I always took the time to work this out before reacting to what I saw was foolishness, but I got better. We see this so very often in the political arena. We see our politicians pushing and pulling in a seeming illogical manner. When we stop to analyze the premise of each argument, we can more often understand their position. It doesn’t mean we have to agree, but we can create a ground for communication.
Logic is an outgrowth of the operating system. Properly understand the base and you will understand the logic. It may not be a pleasant behavior, but it follows the underlying assumption.
This week think about: 1) Who seems illogical to me that might serve as a learning lab? 2) What assumptions are part of my operating system that confuse others? 3) When do I expect understanding to result in agreement?
Words of Wisdom: “Properly understand the base and you will understand the logic.”
Wisdom from the Word: “He has filled him with the Spirit of God—with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work,” (Exodus 35:31 NET Bible)