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Chaplain’s Corner

1 Thessalonians 5:24

Greetings my dear friends,

Can you believe it? Half the year of 2017 is upon us. It seems as time seems to go by faster and faster every year. For some of us it can be intimidating and yet for others, anticipation! The anticipation of our future. How do you view it?

Today I’d like to share with you what I consider “The Keys to Success.” The scripture verse is from the New Testament in the writings of the apostle Paul. Paul gave some good insight to the people of Thessalonica and I also believe they hold true for us today. “Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24).

Have you ever felt discouraged about trying to live the Christian life? If your efforts to make a difference in the world seem fruitless, following the Lord’s example could change your outlook. Christ served others in love, and His actions had tremendous impact in the world. How was He so effective? Scriptures tell us that Jesus did not speak or act on His own initiative but instead depended upon His Father abiding in Him to do the work (John 14:10 “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father living in me, who is doing his work”). And we are to do likewise. Yet we often attempt to serve out our own skills, intelligence,, and ability to reason. Even though we may pour great effort and long hours into ministry, these alone won’t produce fruitfulness. It’s far more important to minister as the Lord intended.

True service is commissioned, empowered, and blessed by God alone. It may be our hands that are laboring, but our Father is the One at work. And the glory belongs to Him, not us.

What comfort this should give us! The Lord is not looking just for people who are extremely talented. He will use all who are willing to let His Spirit work through them. And we can be confident that He will provide everything we need in order to do whatever He asks.

Who among us can serve the living God? Truthfully, no one can. Genuine service occurs only when we allow the Almighty to pour Himself through us; we are mere vessels. Even if the impact is not obvious to us, we know that God always achieves His purpose—and what’s more, He is glorified. Trust God in everything and he will direct your paths.

For some of us, being a parent or grandparent is a ministry in itself as we raise our children and grandchildren. You don’t have to be a missionary out in the field.

I like to take this opportunity to wish all the Dads a very Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for being a Dad. May God richly bless you.

May the peace of God be with you and may His mercies abound in you greatly.

My dear friends, remember as you enjoy your future days as we look for the sunshine and family cookouts on campus. Just remember THE KEYS TO SUCCESS were placed in your hands and your leadership and guidance molded your offspring.

To everyone, May you have God’s mercies, grace and peace. I love you all. Serving you and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Chaplain Jack Diaz

Serving you and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Chaplain Jack Diaz

“Chaplain’s Corner”
By Chaplain Jack Diaz
Dr. Charles F. Stanley

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