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The President's Circle
“…Troubles and Hardships, and Calamities of Every Kind”
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This verse captured my thinking in recent days:
“…We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamites of every kind.”
2 Corinthians 6:4 NLT
The words ‘troubles, hardships, and calamities’ caught my eye. The Apostle Paul was writing to the Corinthian church about these issues. He wrote about being beaten, put in prison, facing angry mobs, sleepless nights, no food, misjudged, threatened physically, demeaned, and much more. Then he says:
“When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. But God…”
2 Corinthians 7:5-6 NLT
Can you relate to this? I think you can! Troubles (challenging issues/unresolved problems), hardships (difficulties that must be endured/they do not go away), and calamities (sudden/unexpected/severe crises) have challenged you at one time or another and sometimes all three are alive and well in your sphere of living! You may relate to these statements:
“…We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.”
2 Corinthians 1: 8 NLT
“…I am feeble and crushed … My strengths fails … I am ready to fall…”
Psalm 38:8,10,17 ESV
And you may say: “I am trying and committed to serving the Lord! Why this stuff? I do not deserve this. What is going on? I have no rest. There is conflict without and fear on the inside! I am a mess!” You might say as the Psalmist has said:
“…My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.” Psalm 32:4 NKJV
Why is this part of the plan? Why do I have to experience these events? The answer is simplistic in scope but specific in application. Notice the works of the Apostle:
“…we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.”
2 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV
We need to learn what dependence on God means! We need to understand the workings of the ‘spirit world.’ These events help us in:
- Proper Focus: Our vision is to be clear, looking the right way at the right things for the right reason.
- Prayer Support: Creation of community and oneness.
- Character Development: Conformity to the likeness of Christ in attitude and mind.
- Clarity of Priorities: What is really important.
- Faith Enhancement: Faith is strengthened to trust God deeper and wider.
- Testimony to Others: God is working through us to demonstrate Himself to others.
- Glory and Honor to God Almighty.
Bottom line, Paul shares that His people are ‘tested,’ not to fail, but to demonstrate the marvelous Grace of God! It is simply an opportunity to prove what one has!
One must respond as Paul responded:
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out! … For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11: 33, 36 NKJV
The Latest Happenings…
▪ The Summer is upon us … the College has hosted two soccer campus (Junior High ages) and various gatherings of ministry opportunities.
▪ The President attended Saturday night services in different local churches last month, celebrated 35 years of ministry of the Cypress Meadows congregation, and attended a wedding of Trinity College of Florida students. The College is present at various camp ministries for the summer.
▪ The remodeling of the lobby of the W. T. Watson Administration Building is scheduled to begin July 5. This is made possible through a grant received from the Chatlos Foundation.
▪ A gift of $100,000 was given to the College for operational assistance. This is an answer to prayer and demonstration of God’s faithfulness through the sacrifice of this donor. Gift income assists the necessary funding for salaries and monthly needs.
▪ Students and Faculty alike are in ministry locally this summer, serving on mission trips, and engaged in service projects. The influence for the Lord Jesus continues to move forward.
▪ Our Admission teams are working this summer visiting churches, camps, and other gatherings. Both the traditional and non-traditional (degree completion) programs meet with prospective students and other groups regarding their interest in pursuing God’s plan for their lives at Trinity College of Florida. The goal is one hundred new students for the fall semester. Many challenges are facing higher Biblical institutions, including government regulations, students seeking an education in a Christian college, and continued costs of college education.
▪ The plans for the new Student Residence Hall are under county review. Jim Crookston of Scherer Construction and his associates are moving forward, securing the necessary permitting. Additional monies will be needed for the project.
▪ Dr. Eric Bargerhuff, Director of the Honors Program, will have completed his next book by August 2016. He is also featured on Calvary Church’s ministry video regarding their overseas outreach. Dr. Tom Woodward, Research Professor at Trinity, finished his trip overseas teaching and representing the College in Norway and Denmark for fifteen days. Dr. Joe Allotta, Director of Church Ministries, returned with a group of students from Mexico. Ms. Leslie Rewald, Assistant Professor and Director of the Trinity Online Program, served as counselor for the shooting victims and family members in Orlando, Florida. She was also one of the counselors in New York during 9/11. Dr. Stu Parsons, Director of the Bible and Theology Program, has begun the Assessment and Planning process at the College for the next school year. Dr. Mary Draper, former Academic Dean at Clearwater Christian and our consultant, has finished her work in preparing the College for SACS-COC’s accreditation process.
▪ The 2016 Faculty and Staff Retreat will be held August 10, 2016 with Dr. Ralph Enlow, President of ABHE, as our keynote speaker. Classes will begin August 15, 2016 with the first chapel scheduled for August 17, 2016. Convocation will be Friday, August 19, 2016. Vision will be the theme of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Urgent Prayer Requests…
▪ Pray for the remainder of the funds needed for the new Student Residence Hall.
▪ Pray for Mrs. Rachel Noble, Dr. John Zuch, and their teams as they work to enroll prospective and interested students for the fall semester.
▪ Pray for God’s blessing, enrichment, and presence at Trinity College of Florida. We cannot do His work without His blessing and leadership, not to mention His provision. His presence is indispensable.
▪ Pray for the Faculty and Staff. Pray for them individually and collectively. Click here for their names and responsibilities.
▪ Pray for the use of the unendowed Life Change Scholarship. One hundred percent of all gifts are used for student assistance.
“…He has planted eternity in the human heart…”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT
There is something ‘eternal’ in the consciousness of man. He cannot escape it, though some may try. The eternal soul is only satisfied with the eternal Son of God. Let us be about the ‘business” of the King! Eternity will reflect what we really did for Him!
With deep appreciation for your partnership,