February 22, 2017

Above All Else. 20 Years of Baccalaureate Sermons by John C Bowling

By John C Bowling

Christian greater schooling has the skill to depart its mark on scholars in a particular means. Combining a rigorous educational software and a colourful campus existence with a deep and real non secular dedication produces a studying setting that strikes past schooling on my own. It produces a environment in which lives might be reworked. The messages during this booklet characterize a rating of possibilities John Bowling has needed to collage scholars, in particular Else shield your middle for it's the wellspring of lifestyles. whereas like minded for the school or collage graduate, the collective fact of those messages speaks to old and young alike, for all times is stuffed wit commencements. each people graduates day-to-day to new possibilities and demanding situations.

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Do you remember the story? We are told in the book of Acts how Paul and his companions first came to the Roman colony of Philippi in Macedonia. There the Lord first opened the heart of Lydia to Paul’s message. She in turn opened her home to these missionaries, and then later (after Paul and Silas were imprisoned) the Lord himself shook open the prison doors and set Paul and Silas free, and the jailer opened his heart to God. The whole story of the beginning days of the church in this city is the exciting story of God at work—making a way when there was no way.

1:5). • “For I know the plans I have for you” (Jer. 29:11). • “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28). Each of these verses served as a text for one of the baccalaureate messages, providing a final word of hope and assurance. But in addition to that, these and the other texts are words of promise that speak to individuals at any stage of life. —John C. Bowling 1 Carry on with Confidence Philippians 1:3-6 (May 8, 1992) _______________ Opening Remarks Five hundred years ago tonight the world was on the threshold of a new beginning.

We had never heard of al-Qaeda. It was prior to the Monica Lewinsky affair. The assault on the traditional family was still emerging. Gay rights were a fringe subject. The full impact of postmodern thinking had not yet been felt. As I look back across that landscape of change, how thankful I am that each year, before our graduates walked the campus for the last time, I was able to remind them of a higher purpose and a higher calling. Each spring, I had one last opportunity to assure them that God was the same, yesterday, today, and forever and that they could therefore embrace their unfolding futures with hope and assurance.

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