April 5th, 2010 by Karissa Craft
As I sat near a stream, I started thinking about people being like streams. The more I thought about it the more I realized this:
Running water doesn’t know its destination; it just keeps on going. As born-again Christians we know we will end up in heaven, but we don’t always know where God wants us next.
This is a difficult concept for me to really apply. I like to know what is going on and what is going to happen. In life, I can’t always have those answers. I may know what is going on for the day, but I don’t always know what is going on tomorrow or if I will even finish today.
This scares me to know that my life isn’t in control, but what comforts me is the fact that I know who is in control. God is in control, and no matter what happens, He is there to help me through it – to be the only one who understands, the only one who knows exactly what I am feeling at every second of every day. That is an amazing comfort! We know where our destination is, but we need to seek God for the next step!
February 5th, 2010 by Dan Nichols
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.