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The President's Circle
A “Wow” Doctrine
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Over the years you may have heard me say I desired that each student graduating from Trinity would receive the W.W. Degree. It is the degree of passion, excitement, and appreciation for Who God is, What He has done, and What He is going to do! There is the B.A., B.S, A.A., and many graduate and terminal degrees, but the W.W. degree is unique. Within the student’s choice of study, I want them to experience and embrace the ‘Wow’ and the ‘Wonder’ of the Bible and Jesus Christ. Nothing can match this experience and reality.
In light of that, I once again discovered one of the many ‘Wow’ doctrines. It is a spiritual truth that is taught in Matthew 20:1-16 by Jesus. It is found in the parable of the landowner’s sovereignty over the amount of compensation he was going to pay those he hired to work in his vineyard.
This teaching of Jesus occurs directly after His encounter with a young man who was very wealthy. During that time, wealth was considered a sign of God’s favor. Why would Jesus ask him to give it away? The disciples wondered that if this man could not be saved who had God’s blessing, who could be saved? As recorded in Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27, and Luke 18:27, these words, “The things impossible with men are possible with God,” are repeated to give depth of assurance. Matthew and Mark stress “that with God all things are possible.”
Then Jesus moves on to teach the truth about position and equality. In His story, He talks about a landowner who hires workers to work in His vineyard at different times throughout the day: “early in the morning,” “the third hour,” “the sixth hour,” “the ninth hour,” and “the eleventh hour.” When paid, they are all paid the same amount … a denarius. A denarius is a Roman coin worth a day’s wage. The ones who worked only one hour or a few hours received the same compensation as the ones who worked all day. It seemed unfair. However, Jesus was teaching something deeper and more moving than ever.
Here are some thoughts to consider:
- Awards (payments) are given according to God’s sovereignty in His review of the motive of the one who is serving. In other words, if one person had a heart wrenching experience of not possessing what he or she would like to do or give, (as being hired in the parable) that wish, that desire, that longing to do more although unable will be rewarded the same as one who possessed the same motive and had the ability or the resources to fulfill his desire. There is equality of intent as well as the equality of position even though one who fulfilled it did more than one who could not. As in the parable, many were hired at different hours and one was hired for the entire day.
- God is looking at the heart. He knows what you long to do for Him. That motive is not hidden. One writer said, “Ultimately all rewards will issue from the sovereign grace of God who may, on basis of His judgment of men’s motives, grant richer rewards to those who have labored less.”
Bottom line: It all goes back to the unseen motive and heart before Almighty God! It is the ‘Wow’ Doctrine. Rewards will be given on the purity of motive and the decision made even though the resources or ability may not be available to perform for the Lord what one really wants to do. He knows your intent. You will be rewarded as though you had the resource to do what you wanted to do! Wow! It is all in the heart! Remember the words in I Samuel 16:
“…for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7 ESV
These were the words of the Lord to Samuel as he was looking for David.
So my final question: What is in Your Motive?
The Latest Happenings…
▪ The “Challenges Before Us” was the theme of our recent Faculty and Staff Retreat on August 5, 2015. Utilizing the beautiful facilities of the East Lake Campus of Calvary Church in Clearwater, Florida, presentations were made, information shared, questions answered, and fellowship enjoyed. The “happenings” of the summer were communicated for inspiration.
▪ As of this writing, a total of 70 new students in both the traditional and degree completion programs selected Trinity College of Florida as their place to pursue higher Biblical education. Orientation for the traditional program occurred during the weekend of August 14-17, 2015. Special registration conveniences were provided by the College.
▪ The chapel and classrooms have been refreshed and refurbished during the summer.
▪ The first chapel of the semester began with Dr. Joe Allotta speaking on the theme, “What is the Gospel?” Joe is a graduate of Trinity College of Florida and now gives leadership to our Church Ministries program. He is also serving as Campus Chaplain.
▪ The 2015 Convocation was held on Friday, August 21 with the theme of challenges, their benefits, and how to deal with them. The faculty signed the doctrinal statement as a re-commitment to once again “hold on to sound doctrine.”
▪ In pursuing excellence, the Strategic Plan for the next five years will be formulated this semester. Monies have been raised to provide a consultant for six months, aiding in this project as well as areas with accreditation. Financial assistance outside the budget has been committed to assist our Vice President for Advancement, Dr. Charlie Martin, along with our grant writer, Dr. Ed Allen, and consultant, Lee Behensky. They, along with others, will pursue foundations that have interest in funding the remainder of the goal for the new student residence hall. Again this year, we had to rent apartments off campus for our resident population. There is urgent need for on-campus housing. Parents, guardians, and alumni long to have housing available for resident students. The University of South Florida has stressed this important concept to their constituency … home away from home.
▪ A Women’s Basketball team has been added to the Athletic Program at Trinity College of Florida along with the men’s basketball teams, women’s volleyball team, and soccer.
▪ A Walk Thru the Bible Seminar (Old Testament) was held on campus Saturday, August 22, 2015, providing each attendee a foundational view of the Scriptures. Over fifty participated; incoming freshmen were required to attend.
Urgent Prayer Requests...
▪ Pray for the final funds necessary to begin construction on our new Student Residence Hall. Since enough progress had been made, all permitting has been renewed by the county.
▪ Pray for these new additions/changes to our Trinity College of Florida education team:
Dr. Joe Allotta, Director of Church Ministries/Campus Pastor
Ms. Leslie Rewald, Acting Chairperson of the Counseling Program/Trinity Online Program Director
Dr. Stu Parsons, Director of Bible and Theology/Chairman of Assessment and Planning
Dr. Melissa Cancel, teaching Introduction to Public Speaking
Mr. Frank Brzezinski, teaching Daniel & Revelation
Ms. Cynthia Hyer, incoming Director of Library Services
▪ Pray for the upcoming President’s Council meeting October 9, 2015 and the Board of Trustees meeting October 30, 2015.
▪ Pray for Campus Preview November 6, 2015.
In challenging, difficult, and trying days, God’s Words to Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the people are for us, too:
“’Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’” Haggai 2:4-5 NKJV
What powerful promises and encouragements … I am ready to preach!! Are you?
In partnership with you,