Sunday, July 24, 2005


Today’s post is a thank you letter to all of the students who have come and gone through Word to the World College since I arrived in 1994. Many of you have heard that the college is changing from a two year accredited college to a church based ministry training center and as a result the current administrative and faculty team is moving on to new things in God. July 29th is my last day at WWC.
It has been wonderful to fellowship with the class of 2005, their families and the alumni who returned for the celebrations over the last several days. It was an enjoyable and rewarding time as we remembered days gone by and some of the many experiences we have had together. It has been an honor to be at WWC and have the opportunity to impact your lives for the sake of the Gospel and the work of our heavenly father among so many of the people groups on the earth.
I want to encourage you to apply yourselves to fulfilling your calling and the carrying out His purpose through you.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. NKJV Deut 6:5
1. To have the mind of Christ, Philippians 2:5 and a heart after God. Acts 13:22.
2. That you serve ‘the great, the mighty, and awesome God,’Neh 9:32
3. That he has called you to do the work of the ministry, to build up one another and equip His people so that they might come into the measure of the stature which belongs to fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12-13, LK19:10, LK 4:18
4. He has called you to turn the world upside down.Acts 17:6
Remember also, to be faithful servants and good stewards of what He puts in your hand so that you will one day hear Him say, “...well done thou good and faithful servant.” Matt 25:21.
I look forward to hearing from you in the days ahead the good things God is doing in and through you!

The time has come; there are lives to change and cities to transform.

Eph 6:13-2013 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,NKJV

By His Grace and in His Power

Monday, July 04, 2005

In, But Not Of by Hugh Hewitt

Recommended reading for those who want to impact our generation from within the society. Published by Thomas Nelson

In, But Not Of takes a hard look at Christian ambition, the need to acquire influence in the world, and the appropriate manner for doing so.Hugh Hewitt has worked for and with people in some of the most powerful and influential positions in the country. He knows what is required to reach and thrive in such positions, and in this book he shares some of that valuable, hard-won knowledge.In, But Not Of provides readers with valuable insights, wisdom, personal experiences, and advice on how to rise in the world and achieve the kind of radical success that honors God. http://www.thomasnelson.comA Great Review by George BarnaThis is a book of practical wisdom and motivating challenges. Hugh has provided a simple, quick-read to central life decisions of young people – high school and college students as well as young college graduates. But I have to confess, I was not only thinking about my own children and relatives when I read this book. There were a number of insights that caused me to stop reading and reflect on the direction of my life.I love Hugh’s style: short chapters (average four pages), direct and compelling arguments, frank to a fault. An ambitious and accomplished individual himself, the author encourages the pursuit and deployment of power, authority and influence geared to honoring God. Hewitt’s thesis is simple: success is the product of disciplined effort, and every Christian is called to impact the culture in some discernible and intentional manner, but such influence must be earned. He then spends the bulk of the book describing how to earn the opportunity to influence our culture. There is little theory in these pages; instead, the reader receives pragmatic suggestions that, if applied consistently and thoughtfully, can lead to becoming a world-changer.The book addresses the means to influence: credentials, scholarship, valuable habits, knowledge, finances, commitment, location, networking, job selection, relationships, argumentation, strategy, enhancing others’ lives, power, growth in faith, mentoring, humility, asking questions, taste, uplifting speech, anger, knowing appropriate limits, and clutter. It’s a wide range of topics, but this panoramic exploration of impact makes for a surprisingly compelling read – and an enormously insightful body of guidance. My daughters will be receiving copies (they can’t use mine – it’s too marked up to do them much good) as will my nieces and nephews currently in high school and college.I’m a Boomer, so I am not the target audience for this book. After all, if you haven’t committed your life to influencing the world for God’s purposes, or have not figured out how to do so by the time you near your fifth decade, the chances are good that it’s not going to happen. But for those of us for whom cultural influence on behalf of the God’s kingdom is a defining and earnest ambition, Hugh has penned a very challenging book, even if much of it is review.I’d recommend this book to everyone in your high school and college ministry. (I could easily envision it as one component of a weekly study among young people.) Flip through it and see if you can identify a few Busters who would be enriched by its content, as well. It’s a fun, fast read that’s well worth the time.Used By Permission of The Barna Group, Ltd.