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Dr. Ergun Caner unanimously elected as Brewton-Parker president

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Brewton-Parker College Press Release

Mount Vernon, Ga., – On Monday evening, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect Dr. Ergun Caner as president of Brewton-Parker College. Brewton-Parker is one of three colleges affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.

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R.A. Torrey: “Why God Used D.L. Moody”

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On February 5, 1837, there was born of poor parents in a humble farmhouse in Northfield, Massachusetts, a little baby who was to become the greatest man, as I believe, of his generation or of his century — Dwight L. Moody. After our great generals, great statesmen, great scientists and great men of letters have passed away and been forgotten, and their work and its helpful influence has come to an end, the work of D. L. Moody will go on and its saving influence continue and increase, bringing blessing not only to every state in the Union but to every nation on earth. Yes, it will continue throughout the ages of eternity.

My subject is “Why God Used D. L. Moody,” and I can think of no subject upon which I would rather speak. For I shall not seek to glorify Mr. Moody, but the God who by His grace, His entirely unmerited favor, used him so mightily, and the Christ who saved him by His atoning death and resurrection life, and the Holy Spirit who lived in him and wrought through him and who alone made him the mighty power that he was to this world. Furthermore: I hope to make it clear that the God who used D. L. Moody in his day is just as ready to use you and me, in this day, if we, on our part, do what D. L. Moody did, which was what made it possible for God to so abundantly use him.

The whole secret of why D. L. Moody was such a mightily used man you will find in Psalm 62:11: “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that POWER BELONGETH UNTO GOD.” I am glad it does. I am glad that power did not belong to D. L. Moody; I am glad that it did not belong to Charles G. Finney; I am glad that it did not belong to Martin Luther; I am glad that it did not belong to any other Christian man whom God has greatly used in this world’s history. Power belongs to God. If D. L. Moody had any power, and he had great power, he got it from God.

But God does not give His power arbitrarily. It is true that He gives it to whomsoever He will, but He wills to give it on certain conditions, which are clearly revealed in His Word; and D. L. Moody met those conditions and God made him the most wonderful preacher of his generation; yes, I think the most wonderful man of his generation.

But how was it that D. L. Moody had that power of God so wonderfully manifested in his life? Pondering this question it seemed to me that there were seven things in the life of D. L. Moody that accounted for God’s using him so largely as He did.

1. A Fully Surrendered Man

2. A Man of Prayer

3. A Deep and Practical Student of the Bible

4. A Humble Man

5. His Entire Freedom from the Love of Money

6. His Consuming Passion for the Salvation of the Lost

7. Definitely Endued with Power from on High

To read the content of each of the above seven points, click HERE.

Thanking the Wrong Person: Me.

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by Dr. Michael Sharp
Professor of Worship Studies, NOBTS
Learn more about Dr. Sharp, HERE.

Perhaps the only thing worse than forgetting to give thanks in the list of thanksgiving errors is mistaking who should be the recipient of our thanks– particularly when we somehow make ourselves the recipient of the gratitude when the credit should all go to God.

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An Attitude of Gratitude (doxazo), by Dr. Michael Sharp, NOBTS

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by Dr. Michael Sharp
Professor of Worship Studies, NOBTS
Learn more about Dr. Sharp, HERE.

An Attitude of Gratitude (doxazo)

Previously, we noted the importance of completing the sequence of asking God for daily bread, receiving His gracious provision, and concluding with an expression of thanks to God. Another aspect of Thanksgiving relates to how we acknowledge when God answers a specific petition — when He intervenes in the face of our human brokenness and in situations beyond the scope of our normal everyday needs.

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Thanksgiving and Jesus

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by Dr. Michael Sharp
Professor of Worship Studies, NOBTS
Learn more about Dr. Sharp, HERE.

Giving Thanks for Our Daily Bread (eucharisteo)

At the very center of living a life devoted to Christ lies the need to depend on God. As Christians, we know that all that we enjoy in life comes from the hand of our loving Heavenly Father. Jesus taught us to pray asking God to provide us our daily bread. The simple act of asking God daily for what we physically need is an acknowledgment of our dependence on Him. We ask, and we receive. Daily dependence and daily provision.

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