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Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Overwhelmed by troubles, problems, expectations, uncertainty, insecurity and indifference … overwhelmed by the lack of finances, lack of support, lack of communication and the lack of understanding … overwhelmed by fears, worries, and the future. The lack of concern and interest covers the sky of one’s life. When one looks up, darkness and the unknown are clearly seen and felt.
When my schedule has been “full” and “demanding,” there was a sense at times of being overwhelmed! “People Problems” can overwhelm you, especially with the immediate family. What is a person to do? Just grin and bear it? Or is there some other way?
Recently when I was in the Scripture this verse jumped out and caught my attention:
“I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness.” Isaiah 61:10 NLT
Now that is the type of feeling, reality, and experience we all need. Think of this: Overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! Yes, challenges, difficulties, afflictions, hurts, and troubles remain. God has given grace to sustain us and a very special promise:
“…But God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted (tested) beyond what you are able, but with the temptation (testing) will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
With this promise our prayer should be: “Lord, give me the strength, comfort, and wisdom to deal with what you have allowed me to experience.” That experience will produce confidence and character in you to help others! It is no wonder that in the third century, Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, wrote to his friend, Donatus, the following:
“It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians… and I am one of them.”
Do you see the connection - Overwhelmed with Joy? Cyprian discovered it and his life was changed!
Here is the other way: You focus on Him, His knowledge, His character, His promises, and His ability! Laser in on Him, not the problem! That focus will give you action steps that will rush into your mind for implementation! That is God speaking and working with you … pure and simple!
Overwhelmed with Joy - Not Overcome by Trouble! We are Jesus People, dressed with the clothing of salvation and draped in a robe of righteousness!
Now that is a “Uniform”!!
The Latest Happenings…
▪ The College received a gift of $500,000 toward the new Student Residence Hall. Words are inadequate to describe our gratitude and thanksgiving. This is an answer to prayer as well as an encouragement to additional donors who are considering what they sense the Lord is asking them to do toward this needed project.
▪ Pledges and gifts have been given to assist in the general operations of the College during the summer. Over $28,000 was received for the Life Change Scholarship with an additional $111,015 in pledges. This scholarship is not endowed which enables the College to assist students in enrollment after they have done “due diligence” to secure financing for their current college year. Over 57% of students select schools that are not their first choice due to finances. The need is great!
▪ On Sunday, June 8, the President participated in the Ordination Service of Dr. Steve Shao, lead pastor of the Chinese Christian Alliance Church in Tampa. Many pastors and personnel from the Southeastern District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance were in attendance, giving leadership.
▪ The C. S. Lewis Summer Honors Seminar will be held on campus July 21-25, 2014. For more information, click here. Here are the details:
▪ A health awareness seminar was provided for the staff on Monday, June 16, during the lunch hour. The emphasis was on stress management.
▪ A volunteer work day headed up by Dr. Shannon Hogan took place on Monday, June 23, with staff and others participating.
▪ On June 24, Dr. Charlie Martin, Vice President for Advancement, and Attorney Joe Pippen conducted the “Count Me In” seminar on wills, trusts, and estate planning at the Trinity College campus.
▪ Admissions and Student Development personnel assisted and participated in the Junior/Senior High camp at Lake Swan in Melrose, Florida. Dr. and Mrs. John Minder were owners of this beautiful facility and its amenities. Over 300 students were in attendance.
▪ The 2014 Faculty and Staff Retreat will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the East Lake campus of Calvary Baptist Church. The theme will be “Change … Like It or Not.” Dr. Ron Kroll, Director of the Commission on Accreditation with ABHE, will be our guest speaker.
Prayer Requests …
▪ Pray for the additional $750,000 to match a Challenge Grant of $250,000 for the new Student Residence Hall.
▪ Pray for the fall Admissions Goal of 75 new students in the traditional program and 25 new students in TrinityQuest, the degree completion program.
▪ Pray for the Faculty and Staff Retreat on August 6, 2014 with Dr. Ron Kroll presenting. Pray for the spiritual refreshment of faculty and staff, and their vision and passion for the work at Trinity College.
▪ Pray for retention and our returning students.
▪ Pray for the Lord’s blessing on the 2014-2015 College year.
▪ Pray for the follow-up on the individuals who desire additional information regarding giving opportunities for the College.
▪ Pray for follow-up on the wills, bequests and estate planning seminar by Dr. Charlie Martin and Attorney Joe Pippen.
▪ Pray for major donors’ decisions on giving and pledging toward the new Student Residence Hall.
▪ Pray for the development of online offerings.
“Let us realize more fully our oneness with our Great High Priest, and cast all our burdens on His great heart of love.” A. B. Simpson
Serving with you,