You Were Born For This

We've had a busy past few weeks. At the Bible College in Baltimore, we hosted our first new student gathering. The turnout was great and the fellowship was rich. Hearts were knit together as the new students continued in their fourth week of school. We believe that these events are important for the success and longevity of their Bible College careers. Everyone needs a little encouragement. Actually, we all need a lot of encouragement and it is our privilege and duty to be a Proverbs 18:24 friend that sticks closer than a brother. The onslaught of Satan against an effective Christianity today is, might I say, intense. So, we will be hosting these events once a month as they continue on in their studies.

Separately, the York Bible College is going strong. Pastor Scibelli was the guest speaker this past Saturday. He was only supposed to teach an hour and a half, but answered questions for two hours beyond his class time and then had the time of his life leading the students on evangelism in the neighborhood. Please pray for the students there as well. God bless Adrienne as she cooks for them every week so they can go the full day (from 8am to 5pm) in intensified study. One of the students lost his job and asked us if he should stop taking classes because he would not be able to continue to pay tuition. Caroline told him the one thing he is not doing is stopping classes, but each student is going through it of their own accord, I am sure. So is the day in the life of warfare for a Bible College student.

Lastly, this past weekend, a group of twelve of us hosted a church retreat at Mount Monadnock, NH for our sister church from Marlborough, MA. The theme of the retreat was "You Make Me Brave". We were asked to prepare skits, mime, and special songs for each of the services. Just meditating on the theme and practicing the skits and mime was a reward in itself. The skits were about God being with us in these days, whether they seem monotonous or tumultuous. He is Emmanuel, God with us. Furthermore, one of the skits was about the warfare of who or what gets to occupy a Christian's mind. If we are not careful, thoughts of fear, suspicion, apathy, tolerance, or compromise will take residence, uninvited and paralyze the believer rendering him or her ineffective. Lastly, we did a mime to the song "Born For This". The song is about how there is a time to keep quiet and to keep your head down, but that time is not now. With the passivity of the church and the aggression of ungodliness that we face here in America, it is imperative that Christians stand for truth, for the word of the Lord endures forever.

The retreat was a huge success. The church in Marlborough was deeply blessed, enough to make a six foot four grown man weep... multiple times. We are glad to be going forward in the plan of God, keeping at the forefront that we were, indeed, born for this.