- Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. – Irish Murdoch British novelist (1919-1999)
Just wanted to send a quick note about what is going on with my dorm (Thomson). It is almost Valentines Day and I’m so excited!!! My dorm is selling homemade fudge and single long stem roses.
This year we are giving all the proceeds to Haiti, which I am really happy about. You see I have a friend who lives down there working with a care program. She was not in the area when the earthquake hit, but she is there now helping with the care program in giving out food, water, and clothing.
Even though the money that we are sending will not go to her organization, it will go to another organization that does the same thing. Please pray that we will have a lot of sales.
You might be wondering how the quotation fits into what I said. A lot of times we look at ourselves as being the only ones on the planet. Most of us, if we admitted it, do not know what is going on outside of our borders. When we hear about events going on around the world it really doesn’t affect us. This is a chance for us as a dorm to show love and concern for those in Haiti. We are taking the steps to acknowledge that they are real people, not just some news story.
Happy Valentines Day and show some love and concern for others these next few weeks.
What are Christians known for? Are we known by what we promote or what we are against? This summer I read a book entitled Lord, Save Us from Your Followers. The basic premise of the book is that we Christians have become more infamous than influential in the eyes of the world around us. We believe in the love of Christ, but we tend to come across as the most hateful people in society. We stand for life in Christ, but our energy is either lacking or misused. We stand for freedom, but we can tend to create so many rules that no one is free.
How do we deal with this image?
At Baptist Bible College, students want to be known by what we stand for and not only by what we oppose. BBC students are trained to be lovers of wisdom. We want to be known as compassionate people as well – not simply for evangelistic trophies. Our compassion should flow out of our deep love of people made in God’s image whether they believe in Christ or not. BBC students are trained to be effective communicators of God’s Truth as well. We stand for God’s Word and the authority that it gives to our lives. BBC students also desire to be known as hard workers – students who give all we have in order to help our employers and glorify our God. These are only a few examples of the training we receive in living as disciples of Christ who are known by what we stand for.
Follow Christ in such a way that people know what you stand for – not only what you oppose.
Last Thursday night our Sophomore Class Officer team had a rather late meeting that lasted until after curfew. It had been a rather hectic week for me, and I left my room completely trashed when I left for the meeting. Upon returning to the dorm, the last thing I wanted to do was clean my disaster of a room.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to
While I was gone two of my Suite Mates (One being my RA/Best friend -yes that has its advantages) decided to clean my room. Now, what you have to understand about BBC is, generally speaking, nothing is done… shall I say “boringly.” If you are going to do something in the dorm, especially for a close friend, there is an unwritten rule that you have to add a touch of humor to the situation.
What did my “Suite-y’s” decide to do? Well along with my cleaned room they left an outfit which they deemed appropriate for me to wear the next day. Not that I can’t pick out my own clothes, but being mildly color blind sometimes limits what you choose. What I mean by that is “ya pick the ones you know match for sure!” Anyway, they left me a cute little outfit and a cheesey little note that said something to the effect of “here is your outfit for tomorrow, honey!” Actually, that is exactly what it said… they think they’re so funny!
When I returned from the meeting and found my suite mates giggling in the hallway, I knew they had been up to something. Sure enough, my room was spotless, and the note on top of the outfit was clearly my RA’s handwritting. I’d love to give names, but alas, I will protect the guilty!
At any rate, I love my suite mates! And their service/prank was much appreciated!
The community found in the local church is foundational to Christianity. If you follow Christ, you will love His church – both universal and local. Within the local branch of Christ’s church, there is a community that you will eventually discover, totally unique from anything else in the world.
My local church utilizes small group ministry in order to foster community within a large group of disciples of Christ. Last semester I began to work with co-leader Drew Whipple (an Admissions Counselor for BBC) to launch a small group for 18-25 year olds. We started out by studying different portions of the Bible, but eventually our small group discussion led into philosophy. College students can tend to lean in that direction, after all. Here are some of the questions we worked through one night – see how you would respond to these questions. My argument would be that the community found in the local church is an awesome way to wrestle through tough philosophical questions that relate to God – questions like…
“If there is a loving God in control of the world, how do you make sense out of the kind of evil and suffering that the world saw on September 11, 2001?”
“Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to; or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come there is evil in the world?” – Epicurus
“Did God create evil? Did God create sin?”
Wrestling through philosophical questions about God becomes an extremely positive spiritual experience within the realm of local church community. This is not the only way to have a positive spiritual experience when dealing with philosophy, but it is definitely one of the best. You should try it.
Strong reasons make strong actions~ William Shakespeare
Greatest English dramatist & poet (1564 – 1616)
Today, I wanted to share with you something that has impacted me over the past few years that I was just reminded of today.
Today I had a creative writing assignment due and I had no clue what to write. We had to write a poem and I was stuck. Poetry has never come naturally to me, but this one that I wrote a few years ago impacted my life in such a large way that I am compelled to share it with you.
I Will Fight
I will fight the fight.
I will stay the course.
Untill I draw my last breath,
I will fight the fight.
I will strike down evil
Wherever I find it.
I will kill the evil one
With the Word of Truth.
I will not run.
I will not hide.
I will not stay in the castle.
I will not lock the gate.
I will fight for the Lord.
I will be my generation’s hero.
I will not sheath my sword,
Until I draw my life’s last breath.
You might be saying, “That is such a bad poem.” And you might be right. I never said I was good at it. However, look at the words in the poem. This poem impacted me to actually stand up and fight for the salvation of this generation and the ones around me. This poem reminds me that my job is not done yet. I am not to stay in my little Christian bubble and never try to share Christ with others. I am to go out into the world and I am ashamed to say that I am sorely lacking in that.
I pray that you too will be reminded to go and share the gospel with those around you as I was reminded today. For our reason to act is the strongest and greatest reason of all.
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