Archive for: August, 2012

The heavenly language!

Aug 24 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

by Roberto Ponce

 

While, jokingly, people say that Spanish is the heavenly language, there is not joking around when it comes to our intentional efforts—at Global University— to reach out to Spanish speaking students in the US and around the world.  

In a previous blog, I wrote about how the Hispanic population has exploded in America. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are nearly 50 million Hispanics in our country.  One out of six people in America is of Hispanic descent. Global University is aware of this unprecedented growth and is gearing up to provide enhanced training for A/G Hispanic leaders. Thus, the entire Berean School of the Bible curriculum of 27 courses is now available in Logos’ Spanish electronic library. Logos is a great partner to Global.

The Berean School of the Bible Spanish curriculum is available in digital format at each credentialing level: Certified Minister, Licensed Minister and Ordained Minister.  If you are a Spanish speaking student with Global, you can now receive ministerial training at your fingertips!

You will benefit from Berean School of  the  Bible digital curriculum through this tool because it, quickly,  provides help for your studies.

Tony Segar, Director of Logos Bible Software Español, explains that Logos’ Spanish digital library has navigational tools to easily access each chapter, unit and lesson for each Berean course. “By placing the curser above any Bible reference, you can read the Bible passage from your favorite Bible translation. You also get immediate test results with direct links to the section of each lesson that has the correct answer,” said Segar.   

For over 25 years Berean School of the Bible has trained A/G Hispanic pastors with a dedicated Spanish curriculum. This program is written and adapted by highly educated and Spirit-filled scholars and provides the education requirements for A/G credentials.  To learn more visit  www.globaluniversity.edu, call a bilingual student rep at 1-800-443-1083 or visit Colección Digital Berea, from Logos Bible Software.

While, Spanish may not be the heavenly language, now there is a “heavenly” tool to study the Bible in Spanish. Oh, I almost forgot…you can get it now for a 50% discount during these two weeks.

Roberto Ponce is Director of University Communications and Media at Global University. Learn more by visiting think.globaluniversity.edu

 

 

 

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Amazing Story!

Aug 20 2012 Published by under Evangelism

 by Janet S. Wolff  

 

In John 4:1–26, Jesus has an encounter with a Samaritan woman that I find amazing. When traveling between Judea and Galilee, most Jews would walk miles and miles out of their way to avoid Samaria and the Samaritans. Samaritans were part Jewish and part Arab descent, and events had led to a sort of Hatfield/McCoy relationship between Jews and Samaritans.

In this story Jesus breaks all cultural norms, starting with intentionally walking down the road directly into Sychar, Samaria. He continues to break cultural rules by approaching a woman.  He can clearly see she had been shunned by her community, as women always went to the well in groups and she was alone. Jesus intentionally plans a visit to see this woman.

Already, it is an amazing story. A woman with the wrong heritage, who has also been shunned (whether or not the circumstances were her own fault), is at the well and about to have an encounter with Jesus. Jesus does not follow Jewish custom and take the long route. Instead, He walks directly to the well and talks to this woman. He talks to her! Despite the cultural custom that said men and women could not speak alone in public.

Jesus goes beyond His cultural knowledge of seeing her alone at the well and tells her everything she had ever done. His words are not meant to condemn, for she was already condemned. Despite her status, Jesus asks her to serve Him. Then, most amazingly, He offers to be her Savior.

“Salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” . . . The woman said, “I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am He.” (John 4:22–23, 25–26)

Despite this woman’s reputation, Jesus makes it quite plain: He is not interested in her past. He is interested in her future and lets her know He has a plan for that future.

Effectively, Jesus is saying, “I know you and know your deep desire to worship Me. So I’m coming to you to tell you I want to be your Savior. I’m revealing myself to you because you will believe. You will truly worship. I’m not looking for perfect people. I’m looking for people who will love Me, believe Me, worship Me, and let Me love them.”

Jesus never spoke of His deity so directly to anyone other than this woman. A Samaritan. A fornicator and adulteress. A divorced woman. A woman tainted and shunned. A woman.

Jesus broke down the cultural barriers in existence then and continues to do so today. Jesus is not looking for a nationality. Jesus is not looking for a gender, for men and women are both made in the image of God. Jesus is not looking at your past transgressions. Jesus is looking to be your Savior and offer a future. Jesus is looking for you.

You don’t have to look for Jesus. He is already right there, where you are, at the well. He sees you. He sees that you are going through the motions of life and merely existing, wishing there was hope for you—but you are convinced all hope is gone. So much has happened; circumstances have happened; choices have been made. Some weren’t even your fault, yet you feel condemned.

Jesus is standing right there by that lonely well beside you, asking you to serve Him, trust Him, let Him give you a new place of worship—a place of hope in your heart. If you ask, Jesus will give you living water that will wash away all of your past anxieties and transgressions and give you hope for a future. You will never thirst again.

It is possible to have a Savior who will know everything, explain everything, and then still love you. He is there beside you, asking you to serve Him. Turn to Him and let Him change your life.

Janet S. Wolff is a Berean School of the Bible student from Lakewood, Washington. For more information about Berean School of the Bible, visit www.globaluniversity.edu/berean

 

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Lot’s Choices

Aug 13 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

   By Carolyn Hittenberger                          

I chose the fertile valley, assured of increased wealth.

It faced the evil cities where Satan’s servants dwelt.

“I’ll not go there, except to trade. I can still stay kosher.”

After several years passed by, we moved a little closer.

 

 

The children needed social life, just a little fun.

Sodom’s culture, music, drama, tempted us-and won.

People there seemed glad we came.  We joined every club.  

It made good business sense to be right there in the hub.

 

They even asked me to become an elder in the town.

 I felt it was an honor.  How could I turn them down?

Sitting with the city leaders, I began to see

Sodom’s sinful lifestyle was not God’s will for me.  

 

 My wife, however, loved it.  She had become well known.

 Our children had grown up there; my, how time had flown.

Though I struggled daily, grieved by all I saw,

 I knew my family wouldn’t leave.  Too late I saw my flaw.  

 

The choice I’d made so long ago, through foolish, selfish eyes,

Led me on a downward path.  I didn’t realize

The price I’d pay would far outweigh my hollow fame.

 I lost my wife, debased my daughters; I bow low in shame.  

 

Every choice leads to the next, directing us somewhere.

Taking with us to that place, those for whom we care.

God holds the future in His Hand.  He knows every minute.

He wants to give us wisdom as we make our choices in it.

Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Office at Global University and also works with University Communications. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.

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Psalms 78:70-72

Aug 06 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

by Steve McMichael

“He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” Psalms 78: 70-72

 Psalms 78 summarized Israel’s rocky relationship with Jehovah.  Sin and rebellion are recurring themes.  But it addresses the nation as a people with a great God and a desperate need for leadership.  The final phrase captured my attention with the qualifications that it ascribes to David.

Verse 72 credits King David with shepherding with integrity of heart and leading with skillful hands.  In less than fifteen words the psalmist lauds his king, and does an impressive job of summarizing pastoral ministry.

Shepherding with Integrity

We are aware that being compared to sheep is not a huge compliment, but yet, the picture resonates.  People need care.  If we as pastors don’t care, giving care dwindles.  Because we care, we can give compassion, counsel, and wisdom.  God gives through us because we are seeking Him for the flock for which we serve, pray and lead.  Integrity demands compassion and the strength to be honest.  Its importance cannot be overstated. To lack a heart of integrity is to fail in varying degrees at every endeavor of ministry.  Yet there is more.

Skillful hands

David not only cared, he led well.  We win our congregations trust with competence as well as compassion. Society demands results.  Thousands of examples of excess and driven lives testify, “results oriented” is often “grace deprived.” God graces us, and because of that we can lead skillfully.  God offers an abundance of wisdom for the asking (James 1:5).

No time in history has more Christian leadership material existed.  One simply cannot keep up with all that is produced on leadership today.  Still, we have the resources at our disposal to improve any area of ministry.  A word of caution: no one is called to be expert in everything.  We should develop our strengths— that’s not a new idea.  But there are essential areas, such as conflict management, interpersonal skills, public speaking and conducting business meetings that promote or hinder our ministry. These areas require attention and with God’s help and good resources we can all lead skillfully.

Reflection identifies one area as an opportunity for improvement.  Taking one area at a time with a definable goal keeps the task from becoming overwhelming.  Seeking God’s grace and good resources protects us from feeling alone in the challenge. 

I pray for myself and for you as well, that we strive for the qualifications that David embodied.  May we care for our congregations from the core of our being.  May that compassion keep us pure and healthy so that we may always lead them in purity and health. 

May God grant us the wisdom to know our strengths and weakness and never be content so we may lead with increasing skill. 

 May you enjoy many green pastures and still waters with the flock God has given you.

Steve McMichael is an alumnus from Global University’s Berean School of the Bible and the Undergraduate School of Bible and Theology.  Steve currently serves as an International Pastor. Learn more about Global at www.globaluniversity.edu

 

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