At Wednesday’s convocation, Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. congratulated the Lady Flames basketball team on making it to the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Baton Rouge, La., this past weekend. It was the 12th time in 13 years for the Lady Flames to make it to the national tournament.
The chancellor also thanked God and asked for prayers for two Liberty students, sisters Tracy and Jackie Palmer, who experienced a fire in their townhouse this week. Tracy was on the second floor at the time but was rescued by firefighters, he said. Although they lost their possessions, Falwell said he is grateful they both survived.
He added that he was also thankful for Liberty’s hockey team, who played a game in Cleveland, Ohio, last week and was overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning. He said 100 people were hospitalized as a result of the incident but no one was seriously hurt.
Other chancellor’s convocation notes included:
• After having received a slew of suggestions from students and staff on who to invite to deliver this year’s commencement address, Falwell said the list was narrowed down to 20 and he expects to receive the final word and make the official announcement soon.
• Reminder: The rescheduled Chancellor Q&A session will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Towns-Alumni Lecture Hall. Falwell said he hopes to use this session to inform students about improvements and new programs that will be going on at Liberty over the next few years.
• Encouraging students to vote: Students can now receive two hours of Christian Service Credit (CSER) for registering and voting in the local May primaries. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Grizzard, Justin Kintzel and Tyler Sorie perform "Before the Throne" at Wednesday's convocation in the Vines Center.
As Liberty’s May graduation quickly approaches, Johnnie Moore, Campus Pastor and Vice President for Executive Projects and Media Relations, delivered Wednesday’s convocation message on preparing for the future. Citing II Thessalonians 3:11-12, Moore said students need to get their priorities straight and focus on God’s call on their lives.
“You are preparing for your future right now. The decisions you make affect it,” he said.
Moore said Christians must keep a careful watch over their minds and focus on keeping the integrity of their own hearts.
“Everything begins and ends with your relationship with God,” he said.
He also said Christians must keep in mind the integrity of their hearts when it comes to their relationships, citing Romans 12:18, which says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
In addition to integrity, Moore said it is important to work hard, because that is the will of God written in I Thessalonians 4:11-12: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
Moore closed by encouraging students to not grow weary, saying God will give them everything they need to finish the race.
“It may not mean that you’ll be in first place at the end of these six weeks, but it’s about finishing; it’s about not giving up; it’s about not losing your dignity on the way.”