Archive for December, 2011

The Solution for Pride

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

I played basketball in high school for a very good program, one that won more games in the 1990s than any other high school program in Indiana. On our reversible practice jerseys were the words “Respect” on one side and “Pride” on the other.

Those were themes our coaches stressed repeatedly. Have respect for  every opponent you face, but also have pride in your abilities and your team.

I don’t think there was anything necessarily wrong with those ideas. But they did open up the door to the bad kind of pride and bravado that are bad traits.

Spiritually, pride is a serious issue. Scripture speaks to its dangers time and time again, even repeating several times across several different authors that ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Our small group ‘flock’ at church last night studied this issue of pride.

One passage we looked at was one I hadn’t realized related to this topic, Psalm 119. It’s widely know for being the longest chapter in the Bible. It’s also famous for it’s descriptions of God’s Word and Law. When you study it closer, you find out it is one big Hebrew acrostic, with each stanza beginning with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. And now I realize it also offers some great insight into the problem of pride. In fact, it offers us a solution to the pride problem that all people struggle with.

It repeatedly contrasts the pride and proud people with the author who cherishes God’s Word. Vs. 21, 51, 69, 78, 85 all focus on this contrast. What that teaches me is, God’s Word  is the answer to our problem of pride. Loving God’s Word will neutralize any sinful pride in our hearts. Embracing God’s Word is the key to humility.

Sure there have been many examples of Bible-believing Christians who have created a lot of damage  in their ‘fight for Truth’. But do they truly love God’s Word or do they love their positions about or from God’s Word. Love for God’s Word creates a thirst to study in more and more. A love for the Word of God will lead us to the realization that it is complex and not always black-and-white. A love for Scripture will give us a desire to continually learn. A love for the Word of God will help us find answers and absolute truth, but it will also prevent us from thinking we have ALL the answers figured out. And a love for God’s Word will translate into living by God’s Word, as David says, “with my whole heart I keep your precepts” (119:69).

The more we love God’s Word, the more we will understand who God is. And the more we understand who God is, the more we will fall in love with Him. The more in love with God we are, the less in love with ourselves we will be and all semblances of pride will fade away from our hearts.

Super Market Sweep – Give ‘Till You Drop, December 7, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The Student Activities Board (SAB) at Grace College is partnering with Owen’s Supermarket on East Center Street to host the first ever Super Market Sweep, Give ‘Till You Drop event on Wednesday, December 7, from 8-11p.m.

The Super Market Sweep is an evening for students and community members to give back to the Warsaw/Winona Lake community.  SAB is asking students to form teams of any size and collect coupons as well as raise money to spend at the Super Market Sweep.  On December 7, teams will come to Owen’s Supermarket, 2211 East Center Street, and spend their money by purchasing food items for the Christmas season.  The food will be collected and donated to local families in need as well as other local organizations.

Prizes will be awarded to the team that saves the most money as well as the team that purchases the most items.  Financial donations have been provided by Mission Point Community Church, New Horizon Community Church, and DePuy Orthopaedics.  A special thanks to Owen’s Supermarket and manager, Charles Neuwirth for partnering with SAB to host this shopping spree.  Join the Christmas spirit by giving this year, come shop the Super Market Sweep on December 7!

For more information on the Super Market Sweep, Give ‘Till You Drop event, please contact Kearstin Criswell at criswekn@grace.edu.

 

The Lounge

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Grace College’s  Student Veteran Lounge is designed with military students and dependents in mind.  Located in the Gordon Recreational Center, it offers students a comfortable place to study, rest, or relax.

Equipped with computers, internet access, and comfortable leather furniture, the lounge is an ideal place to write a big paper or prepare for that upcoming exam.  Specially for military members, our computers are outfitted with Common Access Card readers, so that students can use Department of Defense websites to do things like complete Computer Based Training courses or check the status of their education benefits.

The lounge features several amenities which make it attractive to the many off-campus members of the college’s veteran community.  The kitchenette, complete with a beverage-stocked refrigerator,  microwave, sink, and Keurig coffeemaker can save students time and money by allowing them to prepare their own food on-site.  Additionally, the Veteran Services staff keeps the kitchenette stocked with a variety of convenience foods.  The student-in-a-hurry can choose from a number of quick and easy meals at a reasonable price.

The Student Veteran Lounge is a fantastic facility created especially for the Student Veteran’s Organization.  As a member of the Veteran Services staff, I urge you to take advantage of it!  It is only one of the many benefits that come with being a military student at Grace College.

-Marshall Vondy