O Come, All Ye Faithful is one of the most beloved and treasured carols in the Christmas tradition. And now, Cedarville’s HeartSong worship students have created their own beautiful rendition of this inspiring traditional favorite. We pray you are encouraged by this triumphant reminder of the tremendous sacrifice and love that brought King Jesus to Bethlehem.
As the fourth stanza tells us, “Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” He is the reason Cedarville exists and the best gift we receive during this holy season.
On November 3, Cedarville University Women, an organization of female faculty, staff, and friends, crowded my living room with duffel bags to decorate and fill with gifts. The duffels were the result of a month-long fundraising campaign and will go to 67 area foster children. These kids move often and typically carry their belongings in a trash bag. Through these gifts, CU Women lived out the words of James 1:27.
Much of the book of Proverbs is written from the perspective of a father giving advice to a son. In Proverbs 31, the father instructs the son on what to look for in a wife. “An excellent wife,” he writes, “is far more precious than jewels.” Proverbs 31 depicts that ideal woman.
As I shared with our Cedarville students in chapel this week, if you’re a young man looking for a wife, Proverbs 31 shows you what to look for (but I’d advise against expecting perfection!).
For young women hoping to marry someday, it provides an example to try to follow.
But for all of us, Proverbs 31 challenges us with the characteristics of someone who fears the Lord and lives out the way of wisdom. Join the University family as we delve into Proverbs 31.
Two of my greatest blessings — and my greatest responsibilities — are my children, Rachel and Samuel. God has given them to Joy and me to shepherd their hearts toward God through training and discipline.
Last Monday in chapel, as we continued our walk through the book of Proverbs, we focused on a subject that is not always popular in our society, but it is one that we should take very seriously as Christian parents.
Join us as we look at Proverbs 22:6 and discover how to train our children toward the way of wisdom.
At Cedarville, we make it a priority to teach our students how to share the Gospel and then provide opportunities to tell others about the salvation uniquely offered in Jesus Christ. One of our student organizations, Campus Outreach, regularly visits secular college campuses to interact with students about Jesus and what He has done for them. Over the last two years, that has meant active engagement with an atheist and agnostic group at The Ohio State University.
At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey pounded the city of Houston, Texas. The devastation was heartbreaking. During Cedarville’s fall break, 30 students, led by Jon Wood, Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries; Jim Cato, Associate Vice President of Christian Ministries; and Keith Holcomb, Assistant Director of Cedarville’s Global Outreach, ministered to those who had lost everything.
They were hosted by Northeast Houston Baptist Church (NEHBC) and lead pastor Nathan Lino. Our Cedarville team handed out clothing and food at NEHBC’s Farrington Mission, cleared debris from still muddy homes, removed damaged, water-soaked walls, and shared the Gospel door to door.
Enjoy a highlight video from this special trip, and be encouraged as you see how our students are continuing to make a difference for Jesus Christ.
Our annual Community Christmas Celebration concert, a musical remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ, will be held at 6 p.m. this Sunday, December 3, in the Jeremiah Chapel. This year, the event will also be livestreamed online.
I always look forward to this stirring celebration of the Christmas season, featuring the tremendous talents of our many bands, ensembles, and choirs, especially the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. Please join us in person or online!
On November 10, we honored those who have served in the United States armed forces with our annual Veterans Day chapel. Dr. Clifford Johnson, former Academic Vice President and Assistant to the President, and a U.S. Army Air Corp pilot during World War II, spoke to our students about his faith and his service.
You can watch the Veterans Day Chapel program, along with other chapel services, by accessing the online Chapel Archive.
For 130 years, Cedarville University has developed Kingdom-minded servant-leaders to engage a rapidly changing world. In the midst of that history, the future of Cedarville was not always certain. We have weathered many storms, from within and without. But we have come out of each trial stronger and more resolute in our commitment to provide an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth. I pray that the fall issue of Cedarville Magazine will inspire your own commitment to the Lord as you consider the ways He has sustained Cedarville and caused it to thrive.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a dinner with several of our students and two generous donors who had provided scholarships for them. I watched as a senior stood to speak. She beamed with a smile from ear to ear as she expressed her gratitude toward the donors. She told us how she had prayed for ten years that God would allow her to come and study in the United States. The Lord graciously answered her prayer by forging a connection with these generous donors who made her dream possible. I felt a lump begin to gather in my throat as she spoke about what God taught her through chapel services, classes and friendships. As she sat down, I could see the tears as they began to stream down her cheeks. Tears of gratitude and thankfulness for a God who used gracious donors to spread His grace in her life.
Her story represents the story of thousands of students who could not be at Cedarville University without gracious partners in ministry. As I went home that night, I paused to give thanks to God for our donors, our students, His grace and the opportunity to minister at a place like Cedarville.
Please consider partnering to train the next generation to stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ by making a year-end gift to the Cedarville Fund.