It has been my privilege to serve alongside Gen. Loren Reno (USAF, Ret.) these last several years. From his previous roles as Dean of the School of Business Administration and Vice President for Academics to his current role as my Senior Advisor, Gen. Reno has exemplified servant leadership and godly wisdom. He has represented Cedarville University and his Savior well. His 2015 book, 10 Leadership Maneuvers: A General’s Guide to Serving and Leading, highlights the skills and traits that brought him success in his 38-year career in the United States Air Force and led to his promotion to three-star general.
Recently, Gen. Reno joined our ministry partner Word of Life Bible Institute as a guest on two of its “Learn the Word” podcasts. These podcasts, “A General’s Guide to Serving and Learning – Part 1 and 2,” can be heard via iTunes or Libsyn. Listen to these podcasts and be encouraged by what God has to say through this outstanding leader.
At Cedarville, we offer more than training for a degree; we’re equipping the next generation of leaders for the Kingdom of God. As part of that commitment, nearly 400 high school juniors and seniors, plus 700 to 900 Cedarville student leaders and future leaders, took part in the annual CU LEADership conference on January 19-20. This year’s theme was “Be Ready – Be Available,” emphasizing that leadership is not a position to be sought, but a character trait to be applied anytime, anywhere.
Our School of Nursing is an outstanding training ground for nurses, nurse practitioners, and nurse educators. At Cedarville, these future healthcare professionals learn not just how to meet physical needs, but ultimately how to point patients to the One who can save their souls, the Lord Jesus. Some of our nursing students have been applying that compassion and truth to the needs of troubled young people at the Ranch of Opportunity in Fayette County, Ohio. Read more about how these future nurses are serving others.
HeartSong music teams travel the country ministering at churches and camps and bringing the good news of Jesus Christ through their songs and their testimonies. Hundreds of people have given their lives to Christ because of HeartSong’s worship ministry. With social media, and in particular, YouTube, HeartSong’s musical reach has expanded exponentially. Christians and nonChristians all over the globe have watched their videos and been inspired to seek King Jesus. One of their videos has received nearly 400,000 views. You can read more about HeartSong’s global impact in a recent PR story.
I am very excited about the gifted speakers, passionate for the Gospel, who have or will minister in chapel this spring. Our guests include Christian recording artist and church planter Shai Linne; Dr. Mike Fabarez, founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California, and host of the national Focal Point radio program; Cedarville’s very own JoyAnna Melton, who goes by Joy Summers when she’s hosting her midday radio show on WAY-FM; and Rosaria Butterfield, respected author and speaker on homosexuality and same-sex attraction. We invite you to visit campus and hear these amazing men and women of God yourself. But if you can’t, our livestream option at cedarville.edu/chapellive allows you to hear these messages at 10 a.m. every day. Join us in person or via livestream this semester. If you miss any of these inspiring messages, you can find them in our chapel archive: cedarville.edu/chapelarchive. View Cedarville’s events calendar to see a complete schedule of spring chapel speakers.
We are all treasure hunters. We are all searching for something. We spend our time, talents, and resources searching for what we treasure most. So, what do you treasure? Pleasure? Popularity? Possessions? It may not be easy, but we should pursue God’s wisdom as our most valued treasure. Join us as we walk through Proverbs chapter two to learn how.
Dr. Aaron Lavender, Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Greater Kansas City, Missouri, and Vice President of Carver Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, was our featured chapel speaker during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration on January 15. Before Dr. Lavender spoke, I challenged our University family to reject all forms of racism as an affront to the Gospel. You can listen to my remarks here. Immediately following chapel, we hosted a luncheon in honor of Dr. King and invited Dr. Lavender, along with area church and ministry leaders and Cedarville faculty and staff members, to enjoy a meal together. My hope is that such gatherings will help people of like mind and heart to see King Jesus glorified, to foster friendships, and to collaborate in the great work of advancing His Gospel.
At our annual Missions Conference each January, respected speakers and missions representatives bring their passion and insight for fulfilling the Great Commission to this great University. Many of our graduates serving in missions first responded to God’s call during this life-changing conference. This year, Tony Merida, founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, was the featured speaker. Jennifer DeKryger, Cedarville alumna and missionary with ABWE International at the Hospital of Hope in Togo, West Africa, shared her powerful testimony of confidence in God’s presence even in the face of death. We were blessed to see how the Lord spurred our students to take the Gospel to all people. Watch archived messages, and you will be blessed as well.
Try as we might, there is a longing in the human soul that we can never fill on our own. Fame, fortune, or relationships will never bring the satisfaction we long for. Our desire for true satisfaction — true contentment — can only be found in our eternal God who died on our behalf. Watch as we consider Proverbs 23:1–8 and discover how we can, indeed, get satisfaction.
As a reminder, videos of all Cedarville chapels are available in the chapel archive and on Cedarville’s YouTube channel. Choose the chapel message playlist.
After a long break for Christmas and the Missions Conference, we jumped back into our “The Way of Wisdom” series on Tuesday, looking at Proverbs 4. Here we witness Solomon recalling wisdom passed on to him from his father, David. But, more importantly, we discover wisdom passed on to us by our Heavenly Father, inspired by the Holy Spirit and applicable to our lives today. As we examine this chapter, consider what you can learn to pass down to the next generation. Of all the things we will teach our children — from riding a bike to throwing a football — we must first teach them to live for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Join us as we continue our walk through Proverbs.