During its January meetings, the Board of Trustees authorized two new academic programs, affirmed the 2020-21 budget, and approved faculty tenure and promotions. During their meeting, Trustees also reviewed progress on the University’s 10-year campus master plan and celebrated how the Lord has blessed our recent giving campaign. Read a full report of the trustee meeting.
On Monday, we hosted the largest visit event in Cedarville’s history. More than 1,000 prospective students and their families joined us in chapel as we continued our Faithful series from the book of Nehemiah, this week coming to chapter 9.
Have you ever needed a mirror? Maybe you’re like me: When I wake up in the morning, my hair is going several different directions. I need a good mirror so I can see what I need to fix.
We also need a good mirror for our soul. How often when we look at ourselves spiritually, do we overlook things we need to fix? The Bible, the mirror for our soul, shows us who God is and who we truly are.
In Nehemiah 9, we read one of the greatest prayers in all of Scripture. Here, we get a glimpse of the graciousness and mercy of God. The people were exiled because of their rebellion, but God is ready to forgive them. In this prayer, Nehemiah is confessing what he knows to be true about God, and he also confesses what he knows to be true about himself: God is good, and we are not. He is the promise-keeping God to a promise-breaking people.
In this passage, we learn 10 truths about God that reveal His goodness:
- God discloses His uniqueness (5-6).
- God created the heavens and earth (6).
- God keeps His promises (7-8).
- God saves His people (9-11).
- God cares for His people (12-15).
- God is good, and we are not (16-18).
- God sustains His people (19-21).
- God gives generously (22-25).
- God models mercy and patience (26-31).
- God reveals His righteousness (32-37).
Every day I need a mirror where I can examine my condition to realize that my soul is in far worse shape than my hair, and I am in desperate need of a Savior. I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to be in Scripture every morning to see His reflection clearly in the mirror of His Word.
Join us as we walk through Nehemiah 9 together and discover that God is good, and we are not.
Maybe you have a similar problem that I have. I find it easier to sometimes just hear, but not obey. In fact, I tend to bristle when I hear the word “obey.” We all do, right? We don’t like advice; we don’t like mandates. Things like, “read all directions before beginning” or “list your accurate weight on your driver’s license.” Or, how about biblical mandates like “forgive others as Christ forgave you” or “be anxious for nothing”?
As we reached the end of Nehemiah chapter eight in our Faithful series on Monday, we discovered what the power of the Word of God did for the people, and what it should do in our lives. Nehemiah and the people heard the Word, obeyed the Word, and then celebrated the Word. They were doers of the Word and not hearers only.
We see these three truths:
- Explanation (8:13-18) – We should have an appetite to study God’s Word, reading Scripture with a longing to understand — not just as a habit or obligation.
- Application (8:16-9:3) – In the Word we discover that God is faithful; we can trust Him. We don’t have to trust the world around us, but the God who created the world. He will provide.
- Celebration (8:17; 9:3,5) – The only response to the truth of God’s Word is to worship Him and repent of our sin.
My prayer for myself, and for each of you, is that every day we are transformed by the power of God’s Word so that we may serve Him and point others to Him and His glory.
Join us as we discover God’s desire for us to become true doers of the Word.
Many of our students have remarkable stories of how God led them to Cedarville. But freshman Chris Ham may have one of the most amazing stories we’ve heard. He is a two-time survivor of abortion and was in and out of homelessness during his senior year of high school. Chris is a bold and courageous witness of Jesus’ saving and transforming power, and we are glad that he is a part of our Cedarville family.
Cedarville University has joined the Dayton STEM Workforce Program (DWSP), a consortium of local universities and businesses seeking to train and retain local STEM talent. Through the DWSP’s angel initiative, local STEM college students are linked with area business partners for internships and interviews for employment after graduation.
Cedarville has received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of Helen Z. Elbin. This gift will be used to provide scholarships for students and help fund our chapel program. Helen was a longtime friend of Cedarville University and its former radio station, WCDR.
High-spirited fun, joy-filled worship, and meaningful times of connecting with God and other middle and high school students are all part of the CedarMania experience, which will be held this year on March 21, in conjunction with our Youth Leaders Summit. “Give Me an Answer” is the CedarMania theme, and Dr. Dan DeWitt, Director of Cedarville’s Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity, will be the keynote speaker. Our HeartSong music team will lead worship. Cost is $30 per participant, which includes a T-shirt.
Walls and windows are going up in the Chick-fil-A dining commons and the Civil Engineering Center, and the 280-bed residence hall on the north side of campus is getting closer to completion. We pray you are uplifted by the progress happening on these buildings, which are the beginning of our 10-Year Campus Master Plan. Watch the video to follow along with the progress.
God continues to bless Cedarville and its students by enabling them to find career positions quickly after graduation. Our latest First Destination Survey shows that 98.5% of our class of 2019 has found jobs or was enrolled in graduate school within six months of commencement in May. That’s an increase from 2018, which was 98.3%.
During our GO conference this year, which ran from January 7-9, we heard challenging messages about embracing missions as a way of life from Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. On the last evening of the conference, Dr. Akin challenged our students with a message from The Journals of Jim Elliot, who died in 1956 at the hands of the Huaorani people of Ecuador, whom he was attempting to evangelize. Elliot’s story remains a powerful testimony to the importance of spreading the Gospel. You can listen to conference messages online.