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
“I’ve got this…”
The woman told me the story of her father’s death following surgery. As the details unfolded I thought how very much they apply to our lives, as well.
The experienced anesthesiologist didn’t want to be bothered by the alarms on the monitors in the operating rooms. “I have done this over and over and I don’t need to hear those alarms going off. I’ve got this,” he said as he flipped the switches, quieting the machine.
Sadly, the application of the tubing went awry and no alarms were activated to alert the medical staff until it was too late. The operation was a success, but the patient died.
Don’t we have systems for living? What safety measures have you taken to protect your marriage, your health, your career? Have you ever thought, “I’ve got this!” and silenced the buzzers? Too many fall off cliffs thinking they are experts.
“This one time won’t matter.” Step one in flipping off the alarms.
I once talked with a young man who is deep into drugs and alcohol. I asked him if he could remember back to the beginning. “Do you remember hesitating at all? Do you remember thinking twice?” He answered in the affirmative thinking he was above addiction…. “he had it.” Now the substances have him.
How can we protect ourselves? Thinking about long term goals and the dangers to their achievement is a good start. Understanding the principles underlying good and godly living is helpful. And of course, being part of an accountability relationship which lovingly helps you watch your steps.
I have often heard the enemy doesn’t attack us in our weaknesses, but in our strengths. He convinces us we don’t need the alarms – we are strong enough, smart enough, and spiritual enough to handle the day to day.
Keep the switches on! The alarm bells may be the difference between wise living and the way of the fool.
by Brenda A. Smith, BWFLI.com, BreakfastWithFred.com
“These colleges (liberal arts) have always focused not only on the development of students’ intellect, but on their character as well.”
This comment by John I. Williams, Jr., President of Muhlenberg College shines a light on the value of educating the whole person. As 2019 begins we lift up our schools in their pursuit of holiness, academic integrity, and excellence.
William Wordsworth said, “The world is too much with us.” That may be the observation of many, but we pray for our dear friends who are following their calling to bring the truth of the Gospel to the world. Let us join together, lifting up their arms, their hearts, and their influence.
by Bob Deffinbaugh, Bible.org, BWFLI.com
This is what the LORD says, the one who made a road through the sea, a pathway through the surging waters, 17 the one who led chariots and horses to destruction, together with a mighty army. They fell down, never to rise again; they were extinguished, put out like a burning wick: 18 “Don’t remember these earlier events; don’t recall these former events. 19 “Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it? Yes, I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness (Isaiah 43:16-19, NET).
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, 14 with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let those of us who are “perfect” embrace this point of view. If you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the error of your ways (Philippians 3:13-15).
In both of these texts, the Scriptures urge God’s people to press on, and not to dwell too long on the past. While we are tempted to read such exhortations as an instruction to forget the failures of the past, I believe that the emphasis falls more on apparent (Philippians 3) or genuine (Isaiah 43) successes. In the former text God refers back to His powerful deliverance of His people from their Egyptian bondage. But He then goes on to say that this great historical event is but a shadow, a prototype of the even greater exodus that is yet to come through the work of Jesus Christ (see Luke 9:31, where ‘departure’ is literally the word exodus). The future is even brighter, because of what is yet to come.
In Philippians 3 Paul is speaking of forgetting those apparent successes before his conversion to faith in Christ, which now he counts as nothing. In both cases we are encouraged not to dwell on the past, but to press on in the future, because we are confident of what God is going to do.
Let us pray for our college students, faculty, and staff, that as they begin a new year and a new semester, they would press on, depending upon God to work powerfully in their lives.
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Weekly Thought – January 15, 2019
Fred’s ability to capture the essence of culture and his discernment about the nature of mankind gave him a timeless view of the world. This week’s post is truly solid gold as it is excerpted from a 1954 speech. In the talk he mused about the challenging conditions of the world, listing some disturbing contributions of his generations. Fred was 39 at the time of these observations.
Challenges and Disturbances
My generation has given to the new generation (editor’s note: new generation at that time comprised of those born 1927-1944):
1) Religion without conviction
2) Science without conscience
3) Kinsey without marriage
4) Excitement without achievement
5) Security without effort
6) Knowledge without wisdom
7) Nightmares instead of dreams
8) Techniques without principles
9) Precepts without examples
10) Freedom without responsibility
11) The present without promise
12) The future without fruition
13) Marching orders without marching songs
14) Education without motivation
15) Prosperity without peace
16) War without reason
17) Art without beauty
18) Brotherhood without Godhood
19) Songs without souls
20) Enterprise without enthusiasm
21) Fission without feeling
22) Fusions without faith
This week think about: 1) Nearly 60 years ago Fred saw these trends. What am I seeing and passing on to the next generations? 2) How clear am I on my challenges and contributions? 3) Who am I influencing in the next generations?
Words of Wisdom: “We are giving the new generation knowledge without wisdom.”
Wisdom from the Word: “And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him. (2 Peter 3:15 NET Bible)