“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, And sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze… I pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.” Psalm 18:33-34, 37 NASB
Saw this as a friend’s facebook status update recently, and I realized something-I don’t feel like a warrior. More often than I would like to admit, when times get tough I wish I could just keep my head down, do my job, and wait for the storm to pass me by. That’s not how life works, and I know it, believe me. Yet oh how fervently I sometimes wish I didn’t have to struggle and fight in certain areas.
I just wanted to let you know about a fundraiser that I am doing to raise more finances for my involvement in missions. I am making handmade cd case collages that can be hung on your wall as a decoration. They also could make a lovely gift for a friend or family member. Christmas is a comin’! 😉
You may not believe it, but it’s true. My fingers attack the keys with lightning speed, sending words onto the screen with the force of ninja throwing stars. Portions of some letters are already worn off on my longsuffering keyboard.
Psalm 121:1-4 “A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.” NASB
Ever have one of those nights where you just can’t sleep? Maybe too much coffee, or too much excitement, or maybe too many worries. Really, there are a million and one reasons for insomnia. (Ok, maybe that’s stretching it just a tad bit, but you know what I mean.)
It’s an exciting week here at School of the Bible. The first time our students get to do a presentation. It’s very short, just five minutes each, to talk about one of the character attributes of God. Believe it or not, it would actually be easier for them if we gave them half an hour to start, but most of them would quit before they began, because the initial perception is that a shorter amount of time is easier. And, in all fairness, this may be true for some people.
So our “big college word” of the week is Homiletics. Basically, how to teach and preach. It can seem a bit mechanical, tiresome, and definitely nonspiritual to be talking through the mechanics of how to teach something. How do you get an audience’s attention? What do you do with them once you have their attention? And so on.
In my previous blog post, I mentioned the way this year’s class here at School of the Bible has grown far beyond what we expected. (We already added one new student since I wrote that post, and are likely to add at least two more.)
Today I would like to pick up where that post left off. Thinking about the variety of nations and cultures we have here. In our class we have students from at least six countries (more may be coming), and multiple countries are also represented among our staff. The cultural mix is part of what keeps life so fun.
At first we thought we might have 11…then the first day of class came, and we had 22…then a familiar face appeared in the classroom, and we had a proud group of 23 students…23 became 26…I think we’re up to 29 now? I’m not very good at math, but one thing I do know is that we have a very full classroom. And I love it.