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Dr. David Miller, Philippians 1:21 Devotional

Philippians 1:21 – For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. When boiled down, this is the essence of the Christian life. Let’s be blunt here; Jesus’ disciples were not fishermen during the day and followers of Christ on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. They did not retain their old lives and add Jesus to the open slots that He fit into. No, they walked away from their professions and rearranged their lives so that Jesus…
Trinity College
May 6, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Deuteronomy 10:17 Devotional

Deuteronomy 10:17 – For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. How amazing is that!? He is an awesome God! I would strongly encourage you to choose carefully how you use the word “awesome” from here on. In Scripture, the term is only used when speaking of God or something that He has done. Depending on your translation, it is used…
Trinity College
April 29, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, 1 Samuel 2:12 Devotional

1 Samuel 2:12 – Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the Lord This is quite a difficult statement to be made of a man’s sons. These boys were not just average citizens though, the sons of Eli (Hophni and Phinehas) were priests of the Lord. They likely got their position due to their father’s influence, but they “did not know the Lord.” That may seem unusual to think a church leader would not know God, but…
Trinity College
April 22, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Joel 2:25 Devotional

Joel 2:25 – Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, my great army which I sent among you. What God tells His people here is that things can and will get bad, but He is always in control. Also, He points out that He will restore our hearts from the damage caused by the world. Whether you are a follower of Christ…
Trinity College
April 15, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, John 20:27 Devotional

John 20:27 – Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas wanted to see the risen body (and wounds) of Christ as evidence of the miraculous resurrection. We often call him ‘Doubting Thomas’ today. I dislike that moniker. The fact is it’s not fair. Thomas didn’t question the resurrection any more than the rest of us,…
Trinity College
April 8, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Proverbs 13:3 Devotional

Proverbs 13:3 – The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. A lot of people need this advice in our social media-run world right now. Just because you have an opinion does not mean you need to share it. Honestly, in many cases, voicing your opinion can cause hurt, unrest, insult, and anger among your friends and family. That is not to say your opinion cannot be expressed; it just needs to…
Trinity College
April 1, 2022
Admissions

Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It? By Karly Dooley More and more often, we see skepticism about whether or not a college degree is worth the cost. It is easy to be intimidated by large dollar figures related to tuition, dorm fees, and more when you begin researching potential places to study, but the answer is still a resounding “YES” when it comes to the value of a college education - for so many reasons! Financial Studies consistently show that full-time workers…
Trinity College
March 29, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Deuteronomy 25:4 Devotional

Deuteronomy 25:4 – Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain. In many ways, this verse has become a pretty well-known axiom in our society. It is often used by followers/employees who want to justify their desire for selfish gain. They use it to suggest that stealing is okay. They say everyone takes home a few office supplies here and there. Or, what is the big deal if I use some of my work time for…
Trinity College
March 25, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Romans 5:8 Devotional

Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. What AMAZING news! Yes, it is that simple. And some of you need to hear this today. You do not need to impress God with your efforts, or your personality, or your deep long-winded prayers. He chose you, sought you out, and offered you salvation through grace while you were still a sinner. It is similar to the idea of proposing…
Trinity College
March 18, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Lamentations 3:27 Devotional

Lamentations 3:27 – It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. Hard work is a lost art. Although “bear the yoke” doesn’t always mean getting your hands dirty, it is an excellent start. Hard work develops character and appreciation for others. Try it. You will be surprised how good it feels to sweat and grow tired and then do it some more until the job is finished. Volunteer with a landscaping crew or a…
Trinity College
March 11, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Zephaniah 1:18 Devotional

Zephaniah 1:18 – The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. It is easy to say we trust God and it is easy to say we trust every word God says. But saying something and living a life that reflects those things is quite different. Does your life reflect the truth of Scripture? Read a biography of George Müller, he led a life of absolute trust and conviction. Read about Keith Green…
Trinity College
March 4, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Acts 22:16 Devotional

Acts 22:16 – Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name. I have met a few people in my life who were hesitant to surrender to Christ and be baptized. They believed the Bible told the truth and even admitted that Jesus was God but still would not commit to the calling of God on their lives. Why not? Because it is such a difficult decision. It seemed like a life-long, never-go-back,…
Trinity College
February 25, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Hebrews 12:15 Devotional

Hebrews 12:15 – See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled Bitterness is a dangerous root. It burrows down deep in our hearts and is not easily removed. It cuts off relationships, destroys marriages, costs people their jobs, divides parents from their children, and burns more bridges than you can count. Bitterness is a poison. Like a single splash of bleach in your…
Trinity College
February 18, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Exodus 34:12 Devotional

Exodus 34:12 – Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. This passage comes on the heels of God making a covenant with Moses and the Israelites (Ex. 24), Aaron overseeing the fashioning of the golden calf (Ex. 32), Moses’ and God’s anger about the people’s disobedience (Ex. 32-33), and God’s attempt to reconcile the relationship after Moses’ intercession (Ex. 34).…
Trinity College
February 11, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Romans 9:18 Devotional

Romans 9:18 – So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. I have good news for you. God’s blessings are not based on your actions. That’s right, doing good things does not mean good things will automatically happen to/for you. That notion is called karma and the Bible does not support karma. Blessings in your life are based on God’s desire to bless you, and that is it. Is God pleased by your obedience?…
Trinity College
February 4, 2022
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February 2022 President’s Circle

By: College President, Dr. Mark O'Farrell January 31, 2022 Full Issue PDF A New Year ... 2022 The Year 2022 has arrived! It is filled with new opportunities and discoveries. There are new possibilities for God’s Honor and Glory on the horizon. In the midst of this ‘newness’ there are new challenges in the form of dead ends, detours, and disturbances. It simply is spelled ‘Difficulties.’ God, in His wisdom, has kept us alive at this moment to represent Him…
Trinity College
January 31, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Mark 10:31 Devotional

Mark 10:31 – But many who are first will be last, and the last, first. Let’s face some facts here, following Jesus in America or the Western world is easy. Yes, that tide is turning, and people are increasingly less tolerant of biblical morals and Christian exclusivism. But our government is not systematically seeking out believers and killing us as is happening in other countries. Here in Mark, Jesus is telling His disciples that sacrifice is part of the Christian life. Leaving one’s…
Trinity College
January 28, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Joshua 5:12 Devotional

Joshua 5:12 – The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year. Over the 40 years before this passage, the roaming Israelites were led by Moses, and food was provided directly by God. By this point in history, Moses was dead, Joshua took the leadership reigns, and, with…
John Keller
January 21, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Hebrews 11:1 Devotional

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. This verse is often misunderstood. But if we read it carefully with a knowledge of what faith really is, we will grasp it much more fully. First, what is faith (biblically)? Faith is rooted in hindsight. We have faith in God because of what He has done, not what He might do. How many times did God refer to Himself or Moses refer to…
Trinity College
January 14, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Acts 17:6-7a Devotional

Acts 17:6-7a – When they did not find them, they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have upset the world have come here also; and Jason has welcomed them…”  The agitators in this passage were looking for Paul and Silas. These two missionaries had a calling from God to share the Gospel with Gentiles (non-Jews) all around the area. As you can see here, they stirred up plenty of hatred and disdain because of the name…
John Keller
January 7, 2022
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Dr. David Miller, Mark 13:13 Devotional

Mark 13:13 – You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Jesus Christ and have not found this yet true, you live a sheltered life. Jesus is warning His disciples about the road ahead of them after He dies. It will be bumpy and steep and surrounded by some people who disagree with you (if you’re lucky) and others who want to kill you (if you’re…
Trinity College
December 31, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Psalm 121:2 Devotional

Psalm 121:2 – My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. This is a simple passage with a profound truth. The Lord IS your help. A tornado may destroy your house, and the insurance company can give you money to fix or replace that house. But insurance cannot provide you the required peace or security when you realize life is never that simple. Yes, ultimately, a house is just a possession filled with smaller possessions but upending your life and living with…
Trinity College
December 24, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Ephesians 2:13 Devotional

Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Let that verse sink in for a minute. Two things demand our attention. First, you were once far from God, but now you have been “brought near” to Him. Isn’t that amazing to hear. Have you ever really wanted something? It could have been a job with a desirable company, or a date with a beautiful woman, or acceptance from someone you admired.…
Trinity College
December 17, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Isaiah 26:3 Devotional

Isaiah 26:3 – The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah marries the concepts of being steadfast in mind and trusting in God together. That is, we trust in Him by holding tight to what we know of Him. Imagine standing on a large rock in the middle of a raging river. You are dry and safe while the water around you is raging and chaotic. When we trust God, we are saying…
Trinity College
December 10, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Acts 14:27 Devotional

Acts 14:27 – When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Here in Acts, Paul and Barnabas had just finished their first missionary journey. And what a great way to end it, praising God’s effectiveness. They could have told many other stories, like the sizeable Jewish opposition they encountered, or the time they were mistaken for Greek gods, or when…
Trinity College
December 3, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Proverbs 4:2 Devotional

Proverbs 4:2 –  For I give you sound teaching; do not abandon my instruction. Often, we seek counsel and never find it. There are lots of opinions around us, but few that we trust and value. That is when we start scrolling through our phones to find a long-ago contact who we know will steer us in the right direction. The relationship is still alive; it is just distant and weakened by time. Maybe for you, it is your father or a grandma.…
Trinity College
November 26, 2021
Trinity's University Center

C.S. Lewis Society

The Best of Atheism… Presented and Answered A Special Presentation of the C.S. Lewis Society Featuring Dr. Tom Woodward and Dr. Siegfried Faulkner Tuesday, November 30th at 12:30 pm Ever want to hear both sides of the “God” question? To have a chance to assess how strong the evidence really is, both for and against Christianity? Brace yourself for the “best of atheist arguments”! Reasons for doubt will come fast and furious like thought bombs, delivered from the standpoint of…
Trinity College
November 23, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Isaiah 64:6 Devotional

Isaiah 64:6 – For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. The imagery that Isaiah is using here is that of Leprosy. It is a disease that makes your skin and body parts shrivel up and fall off before eventually slowly killing you. It is also a disease that can be contracted…
Trinity College
November 19, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, John 13:2-4 Devotional

John 13:2-4 – During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, 4 got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. This passage is a portion of the story from the last supper that Jesus shared with His disciples. It is only found here in…
Trinity College
November 12, 2021
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

Thanksgiving, My Determination and His Appreciation

BY: Dr. Mark O'Farrell “I will praise the name of God with a song And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull Which has horns and hooves. The humble shall see this and be glad And you who seek God, your hearts shall live.” Psalm 69:30-32 NKJV There is something magnificent here … there is something life changing here … there is something powerful here! Do you see it? Do…
Trinity College
November 8, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Hebrews 10:23-25 Devotional

Hebrews 10:23-25 – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. What a great challenge from the Word of God! Here, the author of Hebrews is challenging the church (a gathering of believers) to gather together and keep each other accountable.…
Trinity College
November 5, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Deuteronomy 4:24 Devotional

Deuteronomy 4:24 – For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. At this point in Deuteronomy, Moses has been informed that he (and many others) will not be allowed to enter the promised land due to unbelief. Moses and many others did not trust that God could provide the promised land after He promised that He would do so. In other words, they saw the giants in the land and believed them to be more powerful than God. Yes, God is…
Trinity College
October 29, 2021
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Dr. David Miller, Galatians 1 Devotional

Galatians 1:15b-17a – … was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me… God specifically called Paul to do something that made no sense. He called a man (Paul) who was well-known for persecuting the church to build it up. And, not just that, but to build it up by preaching the gospel to…
Trinity College
October 22, 2021
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Dr. David R. Miller, John 6 Devotional

John 6:66-68 – "As a result of this many of His disciples left, and would no longer walk with Him. So Jesus said to the twelve, 'You do not want to leave also, do you?' Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.'"  Jesus taught some complicated truths to the people, and many of them left seeking other teachers. Jesus was not a good example of how to win friends and influence…
Trinity College
October 15, 2021
The Honors Program

Dr. David Miller, Matthew 7 Devotional

Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Here Jesus is telling people that choosing to follow Him will result in loneliness, involuntary isolation, and likely, ridicule. Yet, it will pay off in the end. While I understand…
Trinity College
October 8, 2021
The Honors Program

Dr. David Miller, Acts 12 Devotional

Acts 12:7-9 – And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly." And his chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me." 9 And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that…
Trinity College
October 1, 2021
Academics

You Are Invited To Attend: “The Life of Christ” and “Apologetics 101”

Completing our 33rd year, the University Center is excited to announce fall 2021 audit course offerings: Dr. Tom Woodward, Research Professor for Trinity College of Florida is offering through Trinity's University Center for the fall of 2021 "The Life of Christ" and "Apologetics 101." Apologetics 101 - is taught by Dr. Tom Woodward, Research Professor from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from August 17th to December 2nd. This course will survey discoveries in history, philosophy,…
Trinity College
August 3, 2021
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

Simplicity Within Complexity

By: Dr. Mark O’Farrell, College President. Have you noticed within the last six months the  need to deal with complex issues without the  opportunity to resolve or bring solution with  simplicity? It must be long, drawn-out, tiring, and frustrating. Wrong thinking and  contemplation cause this response. Whatever  happened to the main thing being the main  thing and the plain thing being the main thing?  Why do we create complexity in resolution? Is it simply stupidity or immaturity, or is it  something…
Trinity College
July 14, 2021
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

A Must For Every Believer!

By: Dr. Mark O'Farrell, College President. In the Christian experience, there is plenty of room for personal choice … what you wear, where you live, the vehicle you drive, the trips you take, and on and on. Naturally, one should be praying with regard to these decisions, but there is room for personal preference. However, there is something EVERY BELIEVER MUST DO! This is a MUST! This requirement came to me in a new way as I was traveling through…
Trinity College
June 11, 2021
President's Circle

I’ve Got a Secret

College President, Dr. Mark O'Farrell, April 2021 President's Circle Many of my readers will be too young to remember a program entitled, “I’ve Got A Secret.” It ran from 1952-1967. A contestant came before a panel who had a secret.  The panel’s assignment was to discover it.  It ranged from the unusual to the humorous.  You were to put on your ‘detective hat’ and discover it through questioning. This came to my mind when I recognized new and afresh the ‘Secret’…
Trinity College
April 13, 2021
Academics

Professor Assembles Dream Team For Darwinism & Intelligent Design Course

Dr. Tom Woodward, Research Professor for Trinity College of Florida has assembled a dream team for his course "Darwinism and Intelligent Design." Imagine you are a college undergraduate, soccer mom, adult degree-seeking student, and you are about to sit under a lecture on Intelligent design by the giants of the Intelligent Design movement. With what Dr. Woodward has assembled, you do not have to imagine, you can actually attend, either for college credit or just audit the course for your own…
Trinity College
March 2, 2021
Tiger Talk Blog

3 Point Sermon From a 3 Point Shot

In my position as Brand Ambassador, I made it a priority (especially during COVID) for us to livestream all the home games. On a recent game, it occurred to me as I observed how our team  reacted to every call, play, and instruction from the coaches, the true character of our players. It was very clear to me the authentic respect our players have for one another, the coaches, the referees, and the other team. Every player, all gave clear…
John Keller
February 8, 2021
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

2021 A New Year with New Beginnings

By College President, Dr. Mark O'Farrell Every New Year brings new hopes, new challenges, new opportunities, new dreams, and new beginnings. It is a time to re-align and re-engage with new passion and energy. It is a time for a new song filled with new gratitude. It is time to have a ‘Fresh Start!’ From the end of 2019 through 2020, the theme of ‘Fresh Calling’ was stirring in my heart. The mission and vision of Trinity College of Florida…
Trinity College
January 20, 2021
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

The Christmas Story, Unimaginable and Incomparable!

By Dr. Mark O'Farrell Matthew and Luke record the historical event of the birth of the Lord Jesus! Reading the first two chapters of Luke and then reading the first two chapters of Matthew will record in clear terms this miraculous event of God entering the human race as a baby birthed by a virgin.  Simply, absolutely, incredible, and unfathomable!  Wayne Grudem writes: “Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man in one person and will be so forever.  The…
Trinity College
December 3, 2020
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

You Missed It!!

By Mark O'Farrell Over the years, I am fairly certain someone has come up to you with these words: ‘You Missed It!’    It might have been something you forgot to see.   Or, you might have been preoccupied and did not experience or realize what happened. Or, you did not think it was important so you did not plan to be present or look into the event.   Usually for me, it was a friend, colleague, or an immediate family member reminding…
Trinity College
October 30, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

An Old Open Air Chapel

By Peggy Bragg, My personal relationship and life's journey with Jesus began in an old open air chapel with a sawdust floor. Trinity College students, Percy & Hazel Cannon, ran a Christian camp in North Florida on the Suwannee River called Camp O' the Suwanee. Having been in Dad's classes, they wanted to do something to show their thanks for him and his teaching. They decided to give two free weeks in their camp to all four of the Bragg…
Trinity College
October 30, 2020
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

Hallelujah … We Know the End and the Beginning!

By Mark O'Farrell At a time such as this in our confused, chaotic, and misguided culture, is there room for a Hallelujah? I maintain there is! Why … you may ask. The answer is settled in the reality that as believers, God’s people, we know the End and we know the New Beginning that is forthcoming! It is clearly seen throughout Scripture, but Revelation 19 captures the core or essence of confidence and courage in God’s purpose and plan. It is…
Trinity College
October 1, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

“Already Not Yet”

By Eric J. Bargerhuff The Christian’s dilemma could be best characterized by the “already not yet” reality of the Christian life. As those who have trusted in Christ for our salvation, we stand before God in a positional state of “grace” (Romans 5:1-2). What this means is that we are no longer condemned, exonerated from wrath, covered by the blood of Jesus, promised an inheritance, and so forth.  That’s the “already” aspect of being saved. But then there is the…
Trinity College
August 27, 2020
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Time to ‘Fess Up’ and Fill in the Blank!

BY MARK O'FARRELL: Uncertainties, Unknowns, and the Unwanted have saturated our present environment.  Challenges and Concerns arrive daily.  And as believers, we know 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind. But anxiousness and anxiety appear quickly on the surface as we hear the next status report of COVID-19.  And then … the other news comes in to crowd our awareness such as issues with…
Trinity College
July 31, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

Lasting Impact at Home, by Charlie Martin

BY CHARLIE MARTIN: Trinity College of Florida made a great impact on my life and my pastoral ministry at Indian Rocks Baptist Church. My story begins when I was a 16-year-old boy at my home church in El Dorado, Arkansas. A Trinity Student visited our church and brought a catalog with Billy Graham’s picture on the front cover. My Sunday school teacher knew that I had been praying for God’s will and where I should go to study for the…
Trinity College
July 27, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

We Accept the Challenge

By Vera Resue, Valedictorian of the class of 1940 and classmate of Evangelist Billy Graham.  There has never been a time in history of the world when young people are being challenged as now. There has never been a greater opportunity to demonstrate virile Christianity as now. Christ’s enemies are daring to charge that the world disorder and conditions in which we find ourselves are proof that Christianity has failed and therefore it is doomed. We cannot deny that the…
Trinity College
July 14, 2020
President's CircleTiger Talk Blog

I Had to Do Something… We Have to Do Something!

BY MARK O'FARRELL As I reflect over the years, I can remember clearly times when I had to “do something.” Regarding two house fires, one next to my house and another involving my pastor’s wife, I had to get people out. I could not stand by and not “do something!” A giant 18-wheeler literally went off the road right in front of my car on the interstate and crashed into the woods. I had to stop and get the driver…
Trinity College
July 13, 2020
Admissions

Application Steps

Application Steps STEP 1:  APPLICATION Apply online to complete the application for admission. STEP 2:  REFERENCES Applicants must submit a church reference and personal reference.  Contact information for references can be submitted on the online application. The church reference must be completed by a pastor or leader at your church (non-relative). The personal reference should be completed by a non-relative (i.e., teacher, mentor, guidance counselor, co-worker, etc.) STEP 3:  ESSAY The essay is an important part of your application for…
Trinity College
July 8, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

Complacent Repentance

BY BURK PARSONS: I love to hear stories about our faithful forefathers in ages past, and while it may be mere legend, I have heard that the great nineteenth-century British pastor Charles Spurgeon posted a sign on the door of his study. Each time he passed through the door of his study he could not avoid seeing the sign, which read: Perhaps today. It was his way of reminding himself that Jesus could return any day. So Spurgeon lived, prayed,…
Trinity College
April 16, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

S.S.S.

BY DR. MARK O'FARRELL: You may be thinking that this should be S.O.S, the international emergency signal of distress. No, it is S.S.S. What is that? It means it is So Simply Simple! What are we talking about? That is probably your next question, right? In an age of such complexity and challenge, knowing that something is simple and easy to accomplish is very refreshing. When I am watching my grandchildren of fourth and third-grade status, they have mastered all…
Trinity College
April 6, 2020

Image and Likeness=Dignity and Sancity

BY ADAM POWERS: When talking of the nature of man today it is commonplace to hear man described as a ‘cosmic accident’ on the scene of history. This view, which is still being popularized by the evolutionary viewpoint, is that man evolved over millions of years from a puddle of slime into what we are today. Over the past century we have seen a large pendulum swing: as the theory of evolution gained wide acceptance in the world, the dignity…
Trinity College
April 6, 2020
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Rejoice, Intimate, Idenity – and So On and So On…

BY ADAM POWERS: After defining and seeing the great mercy and grace of God throughout the Bible for the past two days, today I ask a simple yet challenging question: so what? To ask the ‘so what?’ question is normally an easy thing to answer, but asking it in regard to God’s mercy and grace it is both simple and challenging. Simple because the answer is obvious. Challenging because the answer has no end because one blog post cannot exhaust…
Trinity College
April 6, 2020
Tiger Talk Blog

Getting Hit By the Waves

BY FRANK GIL: We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV) Have you ever been in a place where you felt like you were sinking and you were helpless in finding a way out? Literally, one time I was on a canoe with…
Trinity College
April 6, 2020

God As Ultimate Being, is Never Becoming

BY ADAM POWERS: For God to be immutable means He is devoid of change, not only in His Being, but also in His perfections, purposes, and promises. It means God is exalted above all change or becoming, He never grows, He never decays. He never improves. He never deteriorates. His remains forever the same. We’ll get to many passages that teach this soon but think about this logically. Change means moving toward two directions: better or worse. Can God get…
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April 6, 2020
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A Gospel That Doesn’t Make Sense

BY KEVIN DUNN: I love sharing Jesus to people who don't know him (though I don't do it as much as I wish I did). But if I'm honest, I partly love it for selfish reasons. Paul says in his letter to Philemon, "I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ" (Philemon 1:6). In other words, Paul is praying that…
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Celiac, Servitude and Sovereignty

BY KRISTA MALLO: I am constantly amazed at God’s handiwork. When I see a sunset I am reminded that the heavens declare the glory of God. I hear the birds chirping in the morning, and I am amazed that God created so many similar creatures, but they are all different enough to know the sounds of their own kind. I understand that God is perfect is every possible way, and I am not perfect in any way whatsoever. What I…
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The Walking Dead

BY MATT NOBLE: "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved" —Ephesians 2:4-5 I was once told a story about a man who had died in the early 1900’s and because of his size, 6’10”, they were unable to fit him into a casket; he was simply too big. Therefore, they bound his…
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Asleep on the Knees of Delilah

BY DR. MARK O'FARRELL: Many of us are familiar with the story of Samson and Delilah in Judges 16. As you know the Philistines desired to capture and weaken this man of incredible strength. Noticing that he had fallen in love with a woman named Delilah, the lords of the Philistines offered her 1,100 pieces of silver if she would seduce him and discover his secret of great strength. Then they could overpower and bind him to humiliate him. It…
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Why the Impeccability of Christ is Way More Important Than You Think

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: You must be a thought-filled person. (Not thoughtful… thought-filled) For you to click on a blog with this title proves you are smarter than at least half the people you know, so congrats on that. I tend to put theologies in 3 categories – the “Rock-Solids”, the “Lean This Ways,” and the “No Ideas.” The “Rock-Solids” are things like the Deity of Christ, that God created the world, or that all human beings are sinners. The…
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A Mind Captivated by God

BY BURK PARSONS: I have journeyed through the land of Narnia. Nearly ten years ago, I had the privilege to stay at Rathvinden House, located in the beautiful rolling-green countryside of County Carlow, Ireland. At that time, the Rathvinden estate was owned and operated by Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis. Late one afternoon, as I was walking on the grounds of the estate with a friend, we came across a lush, green pasture that was simply breathtaking. As…
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The God of the Second Chance

BY ERIC BARGERHUFF: “But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you in Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:7, NIV, emphasis mine) When I was a young lad growing up in Indiana, I was fascinated with the greatest piece of racing equipment known to man…the Big Wheel. Yes, most of us kids in the neighborhood had Big Wheels, and we loved to pretend that we were A. J. Foyt…
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Some Theological Implications of the Lord’s Supper

BY DR. STU PARSONS: I sometimes tell my classes about some of the theological implications of the Lord's Supper. These are actually very much a blessing to me on a weekly basis, since I am blessed to be a member of a church that celebrates the Supper weekly. As I wait in line to eat and drink the elements, I pray to our Father, thanking Him for His grace poured out for us 2000 years ago when He gave His…
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Your Selfie Stick Can’t Do That

BY TIM BETTELLI: A couple weeks ago, my wife bought me a selfie stick. I have seen people use these things everywhere they go. From one perspective it seems like a really useful tool, especially when you don't have anyone to take a picture for you. On the other hand, it also seems weird to me. I feel like it's kind of strange because the whole point of a selfie stick is to take pictures of yourself. I hope my…
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Contentment in the Wrong Context

BY STEPHEN SMAROWSKY: This year, on Christmas morning, my daughter said something that made me reflect on an important reality particularly for me and in general for all Christians. After opening gifts for about 15 minutes my wife and I hit the pause button on our morning gift exchange in order to get some breakfast going. Once we returned to the living room I told both of our kids that another gift would not be opened until all of the…
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C.S. Lewis Society

HISTORY AND PURPOSE The C.S. Lewis Society was organized by Princeton University students in 1975, as a guest-speaker forum for the campus community to hear Christian scholars articulate a biblical perspective on topics of wide public concern. After years of fruitful ministry, the Society was re-launched on the campus of Trinity College of Florida in 1988 as a fellowship of those committed to explaining and defending the Christian faith internationally. Our outreach has focused especially on university campuses and nations…
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The Heaven’s Declare

BY MATT NOBLE: The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. – Psalm 19:1 Sometime ago I heard a pastor speaking about the size of our galaxy. It is incredible. We know that the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. Not per hour, but per second. That is fast! To travel from one side of our galaxy to the other side of our galaxy would take 100,000 years traveling at the speed…
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Are You A Navigator?

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Philosopher Eric Hoffer There is no doubt about it … change is upon us, increasing at an exponential pace. When knowledge is doubling every eighteen months and increasing, how is one to stay current and meet expectations? We must be constant learners. We must be as the sons of Issachar, “men who had understanding of the…
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My Fantasy Team: Old Testament Prophet Edition

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: I think you might be surprised by Jesus’ number one draft pick. Jesus would pick John the Baptist. Why do I think that? He said so in Luke 7:48. “I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:48). John the Baptist is like Scottie Pippen. Everyone who watched Pippen play knows that he’s a great player. He might be the best perimeter defender ever. When the first…
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Unqualified Supremacy

BY BURK PARSONS: A few years ago I heard a sermon by the eminent Swiss theologian Dr. Roger Nicole. Prior to the sermon, I read the bulletin for the service which noted Dr. Nicole’s sermon title. I recall that I became somewhat agitated when I read the title: “Lord, No.” I remember thinking: “What sort of title is that?” I soon realized, however, that the title was intentionally ambiguous. To say “Lord” conveys supremacy, and to say “no” conveys disapproval…
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Three Friends Every Youth Pastor Should Have

BY FRANK GIL: Every Tuesday morning, before the staff at our campus begins the day, my campus pastor calls the staff into the lobby for what he calls “Pastries With The Pastor.” He supplies donuts and other sweet treats and we spend the first 15 minutes of our day sharing highs and lows of ministry and praying for one another. Occasionally he will share a short devotional or thought for us to think about for the week. One in particular…
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Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Most people ask, Why do bad things happen to good people? I'll give you my answer on that too just for kicks and giggles. But I think the tougher question is in the title. It seems counter-productive for God to allow good things to happen to people who want nothing to do with Him. Don't people usually turn to God when in crisis? Scripture is filled with passages that essentially say that it rains on both…
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People Over Profit

BY DR. SHANNON HOGAN AND ALTON SHADY: Proverbs 11:24 states, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” The implications of this verse have eternal remunerations that do not come in the form of dollars and cents, yet pays more than your hard work ever could. Solomon’s discourse does not suggest one should give of their financial wealth. Many consider giving in Scripture to be simply money or finances; however,…
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The 4 Kinds of People in Your Church

BY ADAM POWERS: I’ve been in and around pastoral ministry for 10 years now and over that time I’ve noticed that in every congregation there usually are 4 kinds of people present. I find these distinctions to be quite helpful because each group requires a different approach, and they need different things (that I want to be able to give them) from me as their pastor. Now, not every person fits into one of these categories. I have been in…
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Rediscovering Joy

BY DR. DENNIS COX “Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.” Melba Colgrove Joy always feels natural. It comes on easily but only under unusually wonderful circumstances. Like love, joy is something everyone wants but no one can hoard. It must be discovered but looking for it is useless. You don’t find it. It finds you. You set the table and it comes for dinner; uninvited and welcome. There are many ways to prepare for joy and all of them…
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The Root of Everything

143 BY JOHN KELLER When the documentary about Fred Rogers' life Won't You Be My Neighbor was released, having been a big fan since my childhood, I couldn't wait to see it. There was a profound moment when Rogers stated: "love is at the root of everything, all learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it. The greatest thing we can do is to help someone know they are loved, and capable of loving." Today, we live in a…
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Is God for Us?

BY DR. STUART PARSONS: I assist the ministry GotQuestions.org by answering questions that readers pose. A man in Europe recently asked, “In Rom 8:31, ‘if God be for us,’ is the proper translation ‘since God be for us’?” The answer to this question helps us think about approaches to biblical translation. Even more importantly, it helps us think about God’s inexpressible love and grace. I hope that you enjoy my answer to this question: Your question brings honor to God,…
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Unity: Is it Possible?

BY VICTOR GANCEDO Unity… In today’s culture, we see a lot of disunity within the Christian culture, but this is nothing new. There has been disunity within Christians since the beginning, whether it be varying beliefs or interpretations of scripture or political differences. Unity is something that we strive for yet it is so hard to obtain. However, with the recent political uproar, I would argue that the division within the church specifically in America, is at its highest point.…
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April 6, 2020

Give Me Liberty

BY ANDREW JAENICHEN: “Give me liberty, or give me death,” is this not one of the most popular phrases in all of American history? From an early age we embedded it within our very being as Americans. The very foundations for that which we believe as a country drives itself from the understanding that man has liberty, but from a Christian perspective what does liberty mean? Do we derive our understanding of Christian liberty from Scriptures or from America? Do…
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The Ordinary Christian Life Is a Radical Life

BY BURK PARSONS: The ordinary Christian life is not the opposite of the radical Christian life. The ordinary Christian life is a radical life. The ordinary Christian life is a life of daily trusting Christ; daily repenting of our sins; daily abiding in Christ; daily loving Christ; daily dying to self; daily taking up our crosses and following Christ; daily loving God and neighbor; and daily proclaiming the gospel to ourselves, our families, our friends, and our communities. Every Christian…
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Why Christian Marriage Matters

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: I really wonder if the Bible was being written today would Jesus use marriage as the example for how much he loves His church. Jesus consistently used Bride and Groom analogies to describe His commitment to His Followers; and the Apostle Paul continued on with that analogy in his letters. Yet today, people get divorced more than they switch their cell phone carrier. Or people just aren’t getting married. They buy all IKEA furniture so they…
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April 6, 2020

Sheep Without a Shepherd

BY MATT NOBLE: "When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things." - Mark 6:34 Turkish shepherds watched in horror as hundreds of their sheep followed each other over a cliff, say Turkish reports. First, one sheep went over the cliff edge, only to be followed by the whole flock, according to the reports. More than 400 sheep…
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Misunderstanding “Repentance” is Confusing the Gospel

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Repentance is brought up a lot in Gospel presentations. I can already hear someone saying, And rightfully so! But is repentance a part of salvation? That's where the misunderstanding comes in to play. If when you say repentance you mean, stop sinning before coming to Jesus, then you are dead wrong. If we could stop sinning before coming to Jesus, then why do we need Jesus? But if when you say repentance you mean, the asking…
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Our Future is Bright

BY RACHEL NOBLE: JOB The book of Job can seem like a sad and dismal read. Chapter by chapter it seems we become more and more depressed as we read of Job's despair. The book of Job details the tragedies that he faces and the accusations that he receives because of his misery. His friends automatically are convinced that it's because of his sin that these tragedies have come to him, when in fact, it was the opposite. Job suffered…
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Pardoned and Glorified

BY BURK PARSONS: If you’ve read Victor Hugo’s classic work Les Miserables, or if you’ve seen the stage production or film, you’ll recall the scene wherein the bitter criminal Jean Valjean has been released from prison and finds safe harbor at a bishop’s home. Instead of returning the bishop’s kindness, Valjean steals his silver, strikes him, and flees in the night. After Valjean is caught by the arresting officer, who represents the law, he brings Valjean before the bruised bishop…
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Four Ways God Punishes Sin

BY ADAM POWERS: Lastly, after spending two days on the origin of sin and the character of sin, today I'll briefly discuss the punishment of sin. This is the result of sin in man. All this talk of guilt, pollution, corruption, depravity, and total and moral evil means little if God doesn't take it seriously. Men may make light of it but God doesn't, for He will punish all sin both in this life and in the life to come.…
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Would Jesus Win Every Event at The Olympics?

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: Yes. (Well, I don’t think anyone wants to say “No.”) My general rule of thumb is that Jesus is the Greatest Ever no matter what we are talking about. Here’s what I know: If Jesus Christ’s purpose was to be a Swimmer, than he’d be better than Michael Phelps. If Jesus Christ’s purpose was to be a Gymnast, then He’d be showing up Simone Biles. If Jesus Christ’s purpose was to do that sport which combines…
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Habakkuk’s First Complaint

BY ADAM POWERS: Gazing at or laboring to get a glimpse at the Glory of God is the most practical thing anyone can ever do. Habakkuk teaches us this well. One of the ways the small prophetic book of Habakkuk does this is its personal tone. Most of the other prophetic books are very impersonal, you don’t hear a lot about the prophet himself. Usually what we find is God speaking through the prophet to His people dealing with their…
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Your Lion’s Den

BY DR. MARK O'FARRELL: I never get tired or bored with Daniel chapter 6! How about you? I remembered it from Sunday School, claimed the spiritual lessons from this event for my personal life, and preached on this chapter numerous times at different occasions over the years! It is just a great read! If you have never read it, or it has been a long time since you explored this portion of scripture, do so immediately. God is shouting at…
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3 Ways Biblical Theology is Pratical

BY ADAM POWERS: Everyone is a theologian. Some of you may think that statement makes as much sense as the above picture of someone swimming on a road. If that’s you, you’ll want to keep reading. You ever thought of this? Everyone you’ve ever met in your life and you yourself, are a theologian. Let me explain. If you’ve ever had a thought about God: who God is, what God is like, what God demands of us, what God does,…
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Why Pastors Should Never Touch Church Money

BY DR. JOE ALLOTTA: There’s only 2 ways for a Pastor to get on the evening news – a sex scandal or a money scandal. (If you feed a 100,000 homeless people or cure cancer you might make the religious section of your towns second biggest newspaper.) I’ll deal with avoiding sex scandals some other time. Oh wait, I can do it in one sentence. Just sleep with your wife. Hmm, that was easy. (Well, I’ll still dig deeper some…
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The Churche’s Theology Misconception

BY VICTOR GANCEDO: What is the Problem? The problem in the most basic form is that people in the church have taken the word Theology out of context, (The Church seems to be good at that recently) and it has created a misconception within the Christian culture especially within contemporary communities. This misconception, in short, is the idea that theology is something only pastors study, it is something that Jesus was really good at and since I am not Jesus…
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Recommended Readings

The following are recommened readings from Trinity College faculty. Enjoy! Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur Recommended By: Eric Bargerhuff – Professor, Theology Following Christ by R.C. Sproul Recommended By: Dennis Cox – Dean of Academic Affairs Read for Your Life by Pat Williams, Peggy Matthews Rose, and Phil Jackson Recommended By: Cindy Hyer – Librarian Voices from the Past: Purtian Devotional Readings by Richard Rushing Recommended By: Al Depoutot – Dean of Students Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe…
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Psalm 23

BY PARKER PERRELLA: If you are like me- human- then you have a tendency to be fearful. You fear unwanted outcomes. You fear loss. You fear vulnerability. You fear not being in control. Fill in the blank… We have a tendency to doubt that the Sovereign, Almighty God of the universe has a plan that is ultimately for our good and His greater glory. Psalm 23 brings me comfort, as it should to you, knowing that our God is the…
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3 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

BY MATT NOBLE: In Hebrews 13 we are told that pastors must give an account for those they watch over (Hebrew 13:7). We see this again in the epistle of James where we are told that pastors will be judged with greater strictness (James 3:1) as they have tremendous influence over the church. Pastors have been given a very weighty task – to shepherd God’s people (Acts 20:28). This is an enormous responsibility that at times can be daunting. Certainly…
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Why Christian Education?

BY JONATHAN REYES: Why Christian Education? That is a good question, and if I can admit, I will be biased because I am a product of Christian Education. I must admit that on the surface Christian Education sounds like Bible study, but I can attest that Christian education is simply education that stems from a Christian worldview. Before I discuss my reasoning on why Christian Education is important, I would like for you to understand my background. Growing up I…
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