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Monday convocation lifts spirits at Liberty

March 23, 2009 : Dominique McKay


Bob McDonnell, former attorney general for Virginia and republican candidate for Virginia governor, made a special appearance at Liberty University’s Monday convocation.

McDonnell has lived a life in public service that began with 21 years in the U.S. Army both on active duty and in the reserves. After enrolling at Regent University in 1985, he applied for admittance to that university’s law school. In 1989 he graduated and began working as a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 1991, McDonnell was elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates representing the 84th District of Virginia Beach. While in the House, he rose to the position of assistant majority leader and chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee and was the chief patron of numerous bills, including the reform of Virginia’s drunk driving laws.

At Monday's convocation, McDonnell cited Matthew 20:28, where Jesus says the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and encouraged Liberty students to take an interest in their government and to continue serving their country and God.

“You are called according to His purpose to do good work,” McDonnell said. “I encourage you to take an interest in government and what kind of government you have.”




Christian singer/songwriter Babbie Mason performed the special music at Monday's convocation. In her 24 years of music ministry, Mason has received two Dove Awards and two ASCAP Awards and 11 Dove Award nominations and two Stellar Award nominations.

Mason also performed a concert Sunday night at Thomas Road Baptist Church.




David Wheeler, associate director of the Center for Church Planting at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a professor of Personal Evangelism and Church Growth, was the main speaker at Monday’s convocation. He began by asking students to evaluate if they truly believe God is enough in their lives.

Citing Gen. 22:2-14, Wheeler told students about the first time he read the story of Abraham being asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac.

“I could not understand why God would require such a price to Abraham,” he said. “And I could not understand why Abraham would do it.”

Wheeler said now he understands that Abraham didn’t have a choice to NOT follow the command of God.

“Disobedience is never a valid choice of a child of God,” Wheeler said. “If you call yourself one of His, you don’t have a choice of whether you lay down your life for him. We are commanded to do so.”

Wheeler shared about the death of his own brother. He said through that tragedy, his family has learned what it means to surrender everything on the altar and confirm that God is enough.

“You can’t let circumstances, even tremendous horrific pain, rule your life. Why? Because God is enough,” he said.

Wheeler closed by encouraging students to commit their lives to answering the call of God.

“God is calling every one of you to say ‘yes,’” he said.


Wheeler came to Liberty in 2006 to teach evangelism at the undergraduate and graduate level and to represent the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as a field missionary for Liberty. Prior to that he spent seven years as the Evangelism Resource Director for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, and five years for the State Convention of Ohio.





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