To Serve

Called to Serve

Are you called to serve?
Millions have served our countries–veterans.
Veterans understand the value of service–they understand the calling to service doesn’t end after their military career is over.
They believe in being there for us.
Can we be their for them? Will you be their for them and serve them as they served us
Whether you go into the military or not you are called to serve.
Consider serving those who served in the military.
Consider being there for a vet.
Because like them you too are called to serve.
Help those who have helped others and became wounded in the process.
Help those who helped others but now need help themselves.

Someone who serves is a hero.

The True Height of Goliath

Remnant of Giants

The major textual witnesses to 1 Samuel 17 give two different heights for Goliath. In some manuscripts of 1 Samuel 17, Goliath is 4½ cubits, which at approximately 18 inches or 45cm per cubit (as general estimates) is 6 feet 8 inches or 2.02 metres. In other textual witnesses, Goliath is 6½ cubits, that is, 9 feet 7 inches or 2.93 metres. Texts in which Goliath’s height is only 4½ cubits are also missing many of the verses found in most modern translations of 1 Samuel 17  (with the notable exception of Codex Alexandrinus) . The missing verses are 1 Samuel 17.12-31 and 55-58, and almost only appear where Goliath’s height is given as 6½ cubits.

The average height of people in this region in the late centuries B.C. was about 3½ cubits (a little over 5 foot). Therefore, 4½ cubits would represent an extremely tall person, as tall as one would ever find, whereas 6½ cubits would represent an inhumanly tall being. In 1 Samuel 17, Goliath…

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No Shadows In Heaven

Truly God's Grace

Last week, I was working with a teenage girl on an art project in which she had to add shading to her drawing, and I explained to her how shadows work. To be able to draw a shadow properly, you must imagine the source of the light and the direction from which it emanates to determine the direction in which the shadow will be cast and the shadow’s length, width, and degree of darkness. Through simple observation we know that shadows change, however. But in a picture, a moment of time is captured and that shadow does not move or change.

This week, I was listening to several of my Sovereign Grace Music CD’s while driving in the car. One of the songs (“You Never Change”) had lyrics that said, “Father of lights, Giver of gifts. There is no shadow in You. … And You never change, and You never…

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Oh yews

Regent

Alumni Profile

Dr. Oh Yeon Ho developed a concept for a new media outlet in response to a class assignment as a student in Regent’s journalism program in 1996. “We had to write a report on a new media, with a unique concept that would have everlasting value and would work in the real world,” Oh explains. “I came up with the idea that every citizen can be a reporter.”

Upon graduating in 1997, he put that concept into action, creatingOhmyNews.com—a media outlet populated with news contributed by thousands of citizen journalists from more than 100 countries worldwide.

Today, Oh is the president and CEO of OhmyNews and a leader in the citizen journalism movement. The impact of the Regent classroom experience on Oh’s career has led him to visit the School of Communication & the Arts to encourage future reporters in embracing the realm of new media. “We’re breaking down the barriers of who is a journalist and what is news … I’ve believed for a long time that the quality of the reporting should be more valued than the size of the media outlet.”

articles : Gems of the Bandarban Mountains

articles : Gems of the Bandarban Mountains.

Gems of the Bandarban Mountains

village inn

Just southeast of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, lies the country’s only mountain chain.  Bandarban: hilly and green, this region holds a special place in the hearts of her residents.  A small inn catering to the whims of frequent tourists sits along the dusty road leading into Bandarban.  As grateful as the proprietors are for the income tourist activity brings, they cherish the quiet, natural beauty of their precious mountains.  Inside the inn door hangs a tea garden poster addressing district residents: “Visit Bandarban before Tourists Come.”

No fewer than eleven language communities call Bandarban home.  Despite the diversity of languages and economic potential of the hilly terrain, residents struggle to generate their livelihoods on incomes 40% lower than the national average.  And yet, nestled among these destitute mountains, lie gems of incomparable richness.

Meet Pastor Dee, an elderly, gentle-speaking member of one language community.  Dee pastors one of these rich mountain gems: a church of eighty members that meets in a small, two-story house.  The richness of this church is evident in the way its members worship the Lord.  Eager Christians gather in the evenings, leaving their shoes in neat stacks on the staircase leading to the second-floor meeting room.  This room contains no chairs, so the people sit on the floor as they praise the Lord in song.  The joyful sounds of their voices, accompanied by a single drum, float out the windows and can be heard by any passersby.

Pastor B, Pastor Dee’s counterpart in this particular church, emanates sincerity and honesty.  Having recently studied theology in Manila, and having a great deal of energy, B is responsible for the outreach ministry of this church.  He stands up in front of his congregation and leads them to Mark 12, challenging them to consider the example of the widow with two small coins.  Think about the insignificance of those two coins, B says, yet we know her contribution was infinitely greater than the wealthy who gave large amounts out of their surplus.  The Lord speaks to the church members through this passage; despite living on incomes 40% lower than the national average, which is approximately $1,600 USD per capita, these people raise $18,000 USD in one year without any outside help, so they can give to others.  What a testimony!

street scene

The Lord uses the generosity of Pastor Dee’s and Pastor B’s small church to reach others within and without the community.  The people are blessed to have the whole Bible in their language; almost the entire population of 15,000 has responded to what they have read. But their desire is to see other lives touched as well.  This desire inspires their church to give so richly.

“But a poor widow came in and put two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

“Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.

“’They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’”

-Mark 12:42-44