Remembering my Father-in-law

Two years ago today Ken Prichard, Judy’s dad, passed away. It doesn’t seem that long ago. Judy was able to spend the weekend with him in the hospital with pneumonia in Dayton.  But on that Tuesday (May 21) he passed away.  He was 85 years old and had been married to Judy’s mom, Patsy, for 65 years.

We went down Tuesday night and was comforted by many family and friends. Judy has 3 brothers and a sister. Her sister, Sue, drowned on Memorial Day weekend 53 years ago at the age of 13. Ken was buried beside Sue in Bellbrook, Ohio.

The funeral on Friday brought more people than expected. Since he was 85, I assumed that many of his friends & family would have passed away previous. He was the youngest sibling in his family. But he evidently touched a lot of people who remembered because the line to see Judy’s mom never stopped. We even had some friends who traveled from Adrian.

IMG_1637My father-in-law was a good, faithful Christian. He had been a deacon in his church. One story told at his funeral was when he was waiting to be questioned about being a deacon. He held up a picture of him standing on his horse (Yes, he would do this trick where he would stand on the back of his horse).  Then he said, “Just like I stand on this horse, I stand on the Word of God.”  Great answer to everything!

It was a sad day. I have experienced it before when my dad and mom died.  But he always had a special place in Judy’s heart, and she to him.  It’s hard to see people you love hurt. And as hard as you try, you can’t take the hurt away.  We hurt so much because we love so much. And it still hurts.

He’s in a better place. Not because he was such a good person. But because he trusted Jesus Christ as Savior.  It is such a comfort to know that we will see him again.

As I think about my special relationship to him (I’m his favorite son-in-law), one picture keeps flashing in my mind.  It was when my dad passed away from cancer at the age of 54. I was 33 years old and my dad was gone.  I don’t remember much about those days – it gets kinda fuzzy.  But I do remember when Judy’s dad came up to me and just shook my hand.  All he said was “I’m sorry” and had tears in his eyes.  Two things crossed my mind at that moment. First, he knows how I feel because I knew his dad died when he was young.  Second, he’s the only father I have left.  Nobody can replace my dad. But Ken was awful close.

As I recollect on family this week, Judy & I are so blessed to have a wonderful family and church to love us.

The Lesson from my Bad Back

I don’t know if anybody noticed, but my back was hurting Sunday morning. It started the Thursday before and continued to get worse. I guess standing up teaching Sunday School and preaching my sermon aggravated the injury.

As soon the closing prayer began, I walked off stage and could barely walk. As a matter of fact, I gently walked to my study, stayed awhile, and came out in a wheelchair.

I stayed in bed all the rest of Sunday and missed the AWANA Carnival. Something similar happened 2 1/2 years ago so I knew a little about how to take care of myself. I went to the chiropractor on Monday and every day continues to improve.

Before you feel too sorry for me, I got rest, read a lot of books, and spent time with my Lord.  As I have reviewed the past few days, it is clear that sometimes things happen that we are unaware at the time but can have negative consequences on our life.  I really don’t know what I did to my back. I’m sure I reached for something or bent down to get something and strained my back, but it was so insignificant that I don’t recall it.  But I assure you, I know it now.

So here’s a little lesson I’ve learned the hard way (really I’ve relearned it):  Today is simply the result of what I did, said, or thought yesterday.  Life is like a path with many crossroads.  Depending on which way I turn, will determine where I end up.  If I don’t like my situation today, it’s probably because of some decision (or indecision) I made in my past. I heard someone say, ‘We are free to make our own decisions, but not free to decide the consequences of those decisions.’

Sometimes it’s like the “I could have had a V-8″ commercial.  We don’t realize how unwise our decision was until we begin to reap its consequences.  And we say, ‘If I’d have known, I wouldn’t have done it.’  But it’s too late, right?  Well, not exactly.  It may be too late for the immediate consequences.  For example, last week I would have given anything to have treated my back better earlier in my life, but it was too late. I hurt!

But I remember what my doctor told me the first time I hurt my back. As I get ‘older’ my bones and muscles deteriorate and I need to be proactive in strengthening them. He told me to stretch and exercise. Back exercises won’t help me today, but they will help reduce the difficulty in the future.  So with the reality of back pain hitting me full in the face (or back), I am committed to doing back exercises every day.  But the key to long term back health will be what I do when the pain goes away.  I can improve my future back health by taking the necessary precautions (exercise) today.

So here’s my ‘spiritual lesson’.  I can’t change yesterday.  And today is the result of yesterday. But I can make good choices today that will determine what happens tomorrow.  So the best thing for me to do today, is make wise, godly choices that I will be glad I did in the future.

In Stephen Covey’s book, Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, he  calls this ‘begin with the end in mind.’  What do you want to be in a few years?  Whatever that is, you are doing things today that will either bring you to that place or take you further away.  That’s why I’m glad I had a a few days to think about my life and its direction.  Forced reflection isn’t pleasant, but its good.  Pain of any kind forces us to ponder the direction of our life.

This past week I’ve been able to refocus my life in relation to my ministry, my family, my spiritual life, and even my physical health.  I hope you’ll learn from my journey and take a few minutes to sit back and think about the direction of your life.  Plant some seeds today that will grow up in your life one day to nourish and shade you.  Spend a few minutes in prayer to God.  Tell your spouse and children you love them. Share the good news of Jesus with the next person you meet.  Get help for that addiction that keeps pulling you down. And make sure you do a couple of back exercises.

What will you do today that will benefit you in the future?

Keep Going! 3 Phrases When You Want to Quit

He knew for sure what he wanted to do. But everywhere he went, he got in trouble. Some of his friends tried to protect him. But the Apostle Paul was not going to let anything stop him.

That is why in Acts 20;24, he said to his friends, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

We all face obstacles in life. Situations and even friends threaten to swerve us off the path of serving Jesus. We might even begin to rationalize and believe that it’s better to quit than persevere.

Three phrases are important to remember when you want to quit: my life, my course, my ministry…

1. My Life.

Our life is a gift from God. Our talents, our abilities, our strengths, and even our weaknesses are all part of God’s divine plan. God made you and saved you.

Paul did not keep his life to himself. He gave it back to God for Him to use. There is a principle that says whatever you keep, you lose; whatever you lose, you possess forever. If you keep and pamper yourself, you will never really live. But if you yield your life the the Lord and let Him control your life, you will enjoy abundant life.

Have you noticed that selfish people are unhappy people? And the happiest person you know is probably one of the most unselfish people you know. When you go through life asking ‘What’s in it for me?’ instead of ‘What can I give?’ you lose out on all the blessings God has for those who turn their life over to Him.

2. My Course

The word ‘course’ that Paul used suggests a race. The important thing is that we obey the rules, keep running for the prize, and stay in the correct lane. If we do, God will reward us at the end of the course.

Paul wanted to finish his race, not someone else’s. As Christians, we are not in competition with other believers. We are in competition with ourselves. Are we farther along the course today than we were last week? Or have we slipped and lost ground spiritually?

What keeps us from running the race as we should? Sometimes we get out of training. The Christian must obey the Lord and be careful about the spiritual disciplines. Hebrews 12:1 warns about the sin and weights that slow us down. There are some things in life that keep us from running a good race. Athletes need proper diet and rest. As Christians, we need a steady diet of God’s Word and prayer. We also need to rest in the Lord and trust Him for the strength we need.

3. My Ministry

Each of us has a special ministry from the Lord that no one can do for us. We are responsible to finish it. We should never envy what somebody else does for the Lord, because every ministry is important.

Paul’s ministry was to share the gospel of grace. Gospel is the good news of forgiveness that is found in Jesus Christ. Grace explains that this salvation is free. Whatever ministry God has given you, you need to take the Gospel of Grace and share it with others.

My Life, My Course, My Ministry. Ask yourself these questions…

  • Am I holding my life dear to myself, or do I yield my life to Christ?
  • Am I running the course God has assigned me?
  • Am I fulfilling the ministry He has given me to do?

 

5 Practical Time Management Principles

In a previous article (5 Steps to Efficient Time Management), I dealt with making sure we keep our priorities on our calendar.

I want to continue that thought with five very practical principles that will help you become better equipped as a manager of the time God has given you.

1. Consult God First.

Realize that, when you asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord, He took you at your word. He now expects you to relate to Him as your Lord. This means you first ask Him about what He would like for you to do. If you don’t follow this policy, you may end up engaging in activities that lead to dead-ends and lost time – counter-productive to God’s plans for you.

God will help you make choices regarding how you invest your time, but only if you’ll acknowledge that your life is His to command. It’s not likely that He will waste time directing you if you are not willing to follow the directions He gives.

2. Take Time To Plan.

Some people like to ‘fly by the seat of their pants.’ They figure out what they’re going to do on the run – and often lack focus and accomplish little as a result. The Bible makes it clear that we should plan ahead. The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

Consider your resources, your available time, your objectives, and then work out a logical, achievable plan. Plan your days, weeks, months and years ahead of time! Initiate things, rather than simply react to circumstances as they blow up around you!

3. Be Diligent.

Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘diligent’ as ‘characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort; painstaking.’ A person can make all the plans he wants, but if there is no diligent follow-through, it’s all for nothing.

4. Pursue Efficiency.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Things to consider: How can you do things better? Quicker? With greater return? Can you multiply your time by doing two things at once? Can you delegate some things?

5. Avoid Burn-out: Get Some Rest.

It is possible to get too diligent and efficient, trying to schedule every available minute for productivity. But God makes it clear that rest is also an important priority that we must not forget! In fact, He thought it so important, He places His thoughts on the subject in a rather conspicuous place: The Ten Commandments! (Read Exodus 20:8-11).

So, as you are filling your calendar, be sure to schedule in some ‘islands of refreshing’ for yourself. Take a little time each day to relax (many very productive people – including Winston Churchill, Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison – took a nap every afternoon!). Take it easy on Sunday. Schedule a day every month or two to get alone with God in a secluded place. Plan your family vacations well in advance, so they don’t get crowded out. Make sure that bubble bath concoction you bought still works. Schedule a secret rendezvous with your spouse. go for a walk in the woods. Stop and smell the roses from time to time. Be diligent and efficient about resting!

Do you practice any other great ways to manage time you want to share?

You can read some of my other articles about time: If I Could Save Time in a Bottle, Spend Time or Invest Time, 7 Minutes with God

5 Steps to Efficient Time Management

When I was a kid, we had all kinds of toys. One of my favorites was called TinkerToys. We’d empty the box and put things together all day. Then my dad would tell us to clean up. But we couldn’t get all the pieces back in the box. It was then that my dad taught me an important principle. “To fit everything in the box, you have to put the big pieces in the box first. Then everything else will fit.

Life is like TinkerToys. You have to put the big pieces in first. Dawson Trotman once said, “The real difficulty is not the lack of time but what we do with the time we have. Since we can never accumulate, stockpile, replace or turn back time, we must learn to control it as it passes. If we fail to manage our time, nothing else in our lives can or will be managed.”

Time management is vital to those who want to live out their priorities. There is a 5-step process that you can go through to make sure your priorities are represented on your daily calendar.

1. Craft a Personal Mission Statement that reflects your priorities.

A personal mission statement simply expresses what you are currently accomplishing or hope to accomplish in your life. It will help you plan your future. It will give you objective criteria by which you can say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to opportunities that present themselves. My personal mission statement is: To love and serve God and others with all my gifts and resources, helping every person to grow closer to Jesus Christ.

2. Determine Major Goals that will combine to make the mission statement functional.

These are goals that you set and never change – at least not for a long, long time. They are big, long-term dreams that might take months, years, or decades to achieve. Your goals will combine to help accomplish your Personal Mission Statement. These goals could deal with some or all of the following areas of your life: spiritual, financial, vocational, political, social, personal, physical, family. One of my life goals is: Read through the Bible 50 times.

3. Determine Intermediate Goals that will help you reach your major goals.

Intermediate goals are stepping stones to major goals. Several intermediate goals stacked uk and accomplished equal one major goal. For example, since my life goal is to read the Bible through 50 times, I’m trying to read it through every 90 days.

4. Determine Short-Term Goals that will help you reach your intermediate goals.

The next question you have to ask yourself is: “What can I do right now to get the ball rolling toward that first Intermediate Goal?” Your answers will be a list of Short-Term Goals. For example, since one of my intermediate goals is to read the Bible every 90 days, my short term goal is to read the Bible 30 minutes every day.

5. Determine a Schedule that will accomplish short-term goals and screen out unnecessary activities.

Place your short-term goals on your calendar. If you don’t have one, get one! You might use an app for this. Examine each of the short-term goals you came up with in #4. Many of them can be tied to a specific time-to-complete or deadline. Put those on your calendar. This is a critical key to mastering your time. It will enable you to say ‘no’ to other things. If you schedule the activities that reflect your priority structure first, people won’t be able to fill up your days and nights with pursuits you don’t really value. If you don’t schedule your days, someone else will do it for you – and you probably won’t like it.

You and the Lord – not everyone else around you – need to be the ones who decide the big pieces of your life.

You can read some of my other articles about time: If I Could Save Time in a Bottle, Spend Time or Invest Time, 7 Minutes with God

An Outstanding Mother – Mary

A lot of moms are honored on Mother’s Day. It’s kind of hard to think of a woman who was more honored than Mary was. She was chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah. And she is an impressive and almost intimidating woman in Scripture. In fact her life is so central to the ministry of Christ that one church even teaches that she never sinned. But she did. She was chosen by God for a special task… but she was a mortal woman. And when Romans stated that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” – that meant Mary too.

So every person can relate to Mary. A sinful person who is called to an important task. I want to notice a few things about Mary that make her an outstanding mother.

Mary had a personal relationship with God.

Mary was a person of spiritual integrity. When Gabriel, the angel of God, appeared to her he said to her, “…you have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30). God was pleased with her life.

She enjoyed the presence of God. In response to Gabriel’s presence, she said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47). She desired to be with God’s people.

Even after Jesus’ had ascended into heaven, she continued to meet with the disciples to to pray to God. “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brethren. (Acts 1:14).

Mary had a proper relationship with her family.

Mary was a wife who supported her husband’s leadership. Not only did she travel with Joseph from Galilee to Bethlehem, but she traveled from Bethlehem to Egypt and back to the land of Israel (Matthew 2:13-14, 19-23). There are no recorded words from Joseph. But his actions spoke for him. Mary followed the leadership of her husband.

Mary taught her children discipline in honor of God. Even though Jesus was a perfect child, it is said of Him, “Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Acts 2:51-52). If is important for every parent to realize that if your children don’t honor and obey you, whom they can see, how will they learn to obey God whom they cannot see?

Mary Was Faithful To Her Children. Mary was one of the few at the cross when Jesus died. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25). As a true mother, she stayed with her child through many struggles.

Mary had a willingness to serve God.

When approached with the will of God to give birth to Jesus, Mary must have had some concerns. What will Joseph think? What will my family think? What will my friends and community think? But nowhere in the Bible does it hint that she hesitated. Her simple response was, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38). She willingly accepted God’s will for her life. Do you?

Happy Mother’s Day in Heaven

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Mom & Me

Mother’s Day is a beautiful day to honor some wonderful people. However, my mom has been in Heaven for the past 9 years. My mom was a wonderful Christian who instilled in me a love for Jesus, the church and the Bible. I miss talking with her.

So, for those of you who can call or visit your mom, do it. I don’t care what excuse your giving, do it. I wish I could make that call or visit. But this morning I’ll ask God to tell her ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ for me.

And for those who are like me and can’t call or visit with your mom, I hope this poem I found brings you some comfort…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY IN HEAVEN

How I’d love to touch your face
And talk with you once more
To hear your voice and see your smile
Watch you walk through my door.

What a joy it would be
To have you hold me close
And tell me that you love me
That’s what I miss the most.

The little things that we would do
So close we were back then
It doesn’t seem that long ago
You were my very best friend.

God has made a place for you
At His home in Heaven above
But you are always in my heart
And have my undivided love.

Oh Mom, how I love you
Miss you more and more each day
Please save a place up there for me
I’ll be with you soon one day.

6 Ways to Love your Mom

Have you ever thought about Jesus and His mom. On the cross, Jesus is bearing the weight of the sins of the whole world on His shoulders, and yet He sees to it to make sure His mother is taken care of after He is gone! As God, Jesus is dealing with eternal matters, but as a man, He’s  showing all of us how important it is to take care and love our mothers! You cannot be wrong with your mother and be right with God. If your mother is still alive, regardless of your ages, you can love her in these 6 ways:

1. Love her Verbally.
Especially men have the philosophy, ‘I don’t have to say I love you, you already know it. I have told you before, if I change my mind I’ll let you know!’ Or, ‘I show love, not just say it’ That may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!”

2. Love her Physically.
When’s the last time you gave her a big hug with out her asking for it…or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change?  She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and her first priority was to hold you. She cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp. She deserves to be loved with a touch.

3. Love her Patiently.
Mothers have an incredible job with no pay. No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood. Just because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her. It’s a reason to be patient and to love her all the more!

4. Love her Attentively.
Mothers listen as you pour out your heart. She has a sympathetic ear, always has. Even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand. She’ll always be on your side. One day a father sat his children down and said, “you all are living the best days of your life right now, because you have your children and your parents.” It caused them to realize 2 truths: one about their parents, and how they won’t always have them. And another about their children.

5. Love her Generously.
There’s nothing too good for her. We could never repay her, but we ought to die trying before she dies! She didn’t spend on herself unless all your needs were met. She could easily do without, and now it’s time for her to have something she wants!

6. Love her Honorably.
Exodus 20:12 commands ‘Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.’ This is binding as long as your mother lives. Another command says ‘Children, obey.’ This is non-binding when you leave home. But “honor” is lasts a lifetime. But what if a mother isn’t honorable! Well, the Bible says nothing about that qualification. It only asks, is she your mother? By the way, it’s the only one of the 10 commandments which includes a built-in promise of blessing!

Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom. If You [Jesus] could take time and great effort for her on the cross in Your death, help us to love her while we have her in our life!

You can read another article of mine for moms: Tribute to all moms

National Day of Prayer 2015

Today is the ‘National Day of Prayer.’ Today is a day to pray for our country and leaders.

I want to encourage you to take some time to pray for your government leaders. I honestly think that if Christian Americans would pray for as much as they criticize their leaders, we would be better off.  I have included below a list of the names of the government officials for Faith Baptist Church property.  Would you just take a few minutes and pray for each. If you feel led, copy and past this list somewhere so you can pray at other times. As you humbly come before the Lord and seek His face, please pray that these men and women will be granted divine wisdom, guidance, and strength to fulfill their important roles.

 

Pray for Federal Leaders
President: Barrack Obama
Vice President: Joe Biden
Secretary of State: John Kerry
Secretary of Defense: Ashton Carter
Secretary of the Treasury: Jack Lew
Attorney General: Loretta Lynch
National Security Advisor: Thomas Donilon

Director of National Intelligence: James Clapper

Secretary of the Interior: Sally Jewell
Secretary of Agriculture: Thomas Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce: Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Labor: Thomas Perez
Secretary of Transportation: Anthony Foxx
Secretary of Energy: Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Education: Arne Duncan
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Robert McDonald
Secretary of Health & Human Services: Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Secretary of Housing & Urban Development: Shaun Donovan
Secretary of Homeland Security: Julian Castro

Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia M. Sotomayor, Elena Kagan

United States Ambassador to the United Nations: Samantha Powers
All Branches of the Armed Forces

Pray for State Leaders
U.S. Senator: Gary Peters
U.S. Senator: Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Representative: Tim Walberg
Governor: Rick Snyder
Lt. Governor: Brian Calley
State Senator: Bruce Caswell
State Representative: Nancy Jenkins
State Police: Kristel Etue

State Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Stephen J. Markman, Mary Beth Kelly, Brian K. Zahra, Bridget Mary McCormack, David F. Viviano, Richard Bernstein

 

Pray for Local Leaders
County Officials: County Commissioner David Stimson, Sheriff Jack Welsh
Court Officials  & City Officials

Adrian City Council – Julie Berryman Adams, Thomas Faulhaber, John Dudas, Jerry Gallatin, Jeff Rising
Judges: Margaret Noe, Greg Iddings Laura Schaedler, Anna Marie Anzalone, Jonathan Poer
Mayor: Adrian – Jim Berryman, Adrian Township Supervisor: Jim Koehn
Police Department: Adrian – Vince Emrick,
Fire Department: Adrian – Paul Trinka, Adrian Township – Tim Bartenslager
School Authorities (public & private): Adrian – Bob Behnke, Berean – Don Adams, LCS – Jim Brown , LISD – Jim Philp, Adrian College – Jeffrey R. Docking, Siena Heights – Peg Albert

Positive or negative? Choose to be positive!

We have a choice to make at every situation that confronts us. Will I be positive or negative? Will I encourage or criticize?

Or as Ed Trinkle asked recently, Are you a Broad Street Bully BOO BIRD or a Philly Phanatic?

Ed Trinkle is from Philadelphia. The Philadelphia sports teams have had great teams and some bad teams. Boo Birds are fans who always boo at the events. Philly Phanatics are those who always cheer the team on.

Church is like this. Every church and organization has good times and bad times. We can be a Boo Bird and criticize. But we need to develop a culture of honor and cheer others.

From a line in the movie, The Help, Ed shared 3 truths about all Christians.

You are smart (John 14:26). God’s Spirit reveals the truth to us if we will listen. We don’t have to share opinions, but share the truth.

So, let’s be kind (Ephesians 4:32). We need to be caring and forgiving. We’re all flawed and need forgiveness from others. We should have forgiveness for the flawed people in we met.

His Work is important (1 Cor. 15:57-58). Your work for Jesus is important. Whether you’re succeeding or faltering, you’re work is important.

Ed Trinkle and Mark Milioni spoke Wednesday evening at Baptist Bible College Fellowship Week 2015. (You can read their bios below.)

Mark Milioni shared 5 goals for Baptist Bible College:
  1. Financial Health. Reduce debt. Focus management. Fundraising.
  2. 500 students on campus. The decrease has plateaued and now increasing. New academic options. Fewer men and women are surrendering in the ministry. Preachers need to extend the invitation to accept the call to ministry.
  3. Launch on-line degree program. It needs to be done with excellence and in line with the purpose of the college. The trustees have made this a priority.
  4. Campus Improvements. Older buildings are deteriorating. Improvements have been made. But the campus needs to be inviting to be both students and their parents.
  5. Promote our passion. There is no one like BBC – the spirit and the passion is unique. What happens at BBC? Lives change. The motto of the school is now Life Change U.

Mark also introduced two BBC students are from Nepal – Sahaj & Kshitiz Ghimire. The student body gave them $1500 and the offering at the evening service was donated to them. Both will graduate this year but their parents couldn’t attend the ceremony.

Ed Trinkle has been the pastor of Canyon Creek Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas since April 2015. He is a graduate of Baptist Bible College and continued his education to receive a Master’s Degree in Counseling. He has a passion to lead churches through transition and church transplanting.

Mark Milioni has been the president of Baptist Bible College since May, 2012, an alumnus since 1988. He has served as senior pastor in Michigan and Ohio. He has two earned doctorate degrees in communication and leadership. Mark is a good friend of mine. Many have mixed up his former Michigan church in Albion and my church in Adrian.

Baptist Bible College celebrates 65 years of ministry in 2015. As a 1982 alumnus, I am pleased to celebrate this event at my alma mater. These have been some of my thoughts of the Wednesday, May 6 evening session. Also see #fellowshipweek15

Other blogs from Fellowship Week 2015: The Elephant in the Room (Monday PM). Three Keys to Church Leadership (Tuesday AM), Two Evangelism Strategies (Tuesday PM), Missions is what we do best! (Wednesday AM).

Please share your thoughts.