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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the Midst of Our Anticipation

What are you looking forward to doing in May 2014?  Do you have a huge life event that you are celebrating?  Are you graduating from high school or college?  Are you starting a new job soon?  Are you working at a summer camp?  Are you getting married?  Are you taking a long-anticipated family vacation?

What are you looking forward to doing?

In the midst of our anticipation, here is some encouragement for all of us to remain focused.

  • Matthew 22:36-40, "36Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  37And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  38This is the great and first commandment.  39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
  • Matthew 5:14-16, "14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.   Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
  • Matthew 6:19-21, "19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
  • Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."

Let's celebrate with our families, friends and classmates.  Let us also continue to be focused on our calling.

God bless.

Ted Whitney

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Friday, April 4, 2014

God's Presence During Our Pain

Friends, have you lost a loved one in your family this past year?  If so, we are very sorry for your loss.

Dealing with the loss of a family member is difficult and overwhelming.  One of my brothers died in a car accident when he was 19 years-old.  My family grieved and mourned the loss for years.  There were days that I would just tear up if I thought about Jeff.  Today, the tears do not come as often; however, I still think about him every day and reflect on what a great brother he was.

The Bible has much to say about God's presence and activity during our pain:

  • Psalms 34:18, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."
  • Psalms 56:8, "You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in Your bottle.  You have recorded each one in Your book."
  • Psalms 147:3, "He heals the broken hearted, binding up their wounds."
  • Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

For me, God's perfect timing has helped to heal my pain.  If you would like to share your story, select "comments" below.  Know that we are praying for you.

God bless.

Ted Whitney

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

How do you help out in your community?

Are you a Sunday school teacher, nursery worker, deacon, sing in the choir or other volunteer in your church?  Do you serve at your local hospital or homeless shelter?  Let's share where we are serving so that we may inspire someone else to go help someone today.

Here are some verses that always inspire care and selflessness:

  • Galatians 5:13, "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
  • Galatians 6:2, "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
  • Luke 6:38, " Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”"
  • Luke 10:27, "He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
  • Hebrews 13:16, "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."
  • 1 John 3:17, "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?"

Select "comments" below to share your own story with us.  How do you help out in your church or community?  God bless and thanks for sharing with our online community.

Ted Whitney

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Connect With Your Campus

Online Community,

Have you thought you would like to connect and engage with your campus, but you just are not sure where to start?  I've listed some ideas and we would like to collect your feedback on this topic.  Please select "comments' below.

Visit In Person

  • Visit the Liberty University campus and see a theatre performance at the Tower Theater.
  • Keep an eye out for Homecoming 2014.  Every year, many alumni return to the beautiful campus to reconnect with classmates and see their school.  Plan to attend Homecoming in the fall of 2014.
  • Come by and visit the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre.  Check out the website for spring 2014 hours and ticket information.
  • Your university has 20 NCAA Division I teams along with a great Club Sports program that includes 32 teams.  Check out the schedules as the teams may be playing in your town.  Get connected with Liberty University Athletics.
  • Schedule a tour of your campus, attend a College for a Weekend event or plan to attend Winterfest 2014.

Have you visited the Liberty University campus?  Tell us about your visit.  God bless.

Connect Online

God bless.

Ted Whitney

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Friday, March 14, 2014

How Are You?

Read Genesis 40:4-8 with me:

"4 The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.  And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation. When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”

I am intrigued by Joseph's actions here.  He could have just said "Good morning!" and then sped off to complete his morning duties; however, he stopped what he was doing, evaluated the situation, asked the question and waited around for the response.

We all ask, "How are you?" and don't really expect the person we are asking to answer.  When we ask "How are you" we are usually greeting our neighbor, our coworker, someone in the grocery store, etc.  Joseph actually was investing his time to ask "Tell me why you are so sad".

The order of Joseph's actions were:

  1. He came
  2. He saw (evaluation)
  3. He asked
  4. He cared

Do we care about the people God has placed in our lives?  Do we care about our coworker in the next cubicle?  Do we care about the single mom living across the street?  How about our classmate who is struggling with his or her classes?  Let's demonstrate care to our neighbor.

What are your thoughts on this blog?  Please share with our online community by selecting "comments" below.  God bless.

Ted Whitney

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