“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” 1 Jn 4.10 NAS

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Private Colleges are struggling—merging, cutting programs, selling assets. Class dismissed. Little Wheelock College with about 1000 students put its president’s home and a residence hall up for sale in June. -from Wall Street. Jrl. Know your school’s financial strength?

“More than one-third of colleges with full-time enrollments below 3000 students had operating deficits in fiscal 2016,” – Moody reported.

Incoming freshmen enrollments have been slumping for public and private colleges for several years. Factors may  involve: the many post college grads under-employed or unemployed, cheaper workers abroad, student debt risks, growing popularity of online schooling and demographics.

“Our second Fall Current Term Enrollment Estimates report, and third report overall, shows a continuing downward trend in enrollments,” stated Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Research Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “As the number of high school graduates declines and adults enter the workforce, we could see this trend continue, despite efforts to increase college access and attainment. These new data will help education practitioners to understand the effects that shifting demographics and a changing economy have on students and institutions.” -studentclearinghouse.org

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When a temptation comes we can feel its pain one time or repeatedly. If we resist the temptation, not yielding to sin, we feel the pain only once. But if we yield to temptation we repeatedly have pain from sin’s consequences. – after Ravi Zacharias.

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Alcoholism: opiate of the multitudes, addiction of choice for the middle class. It’s kindergarten for heroin, hell’s limo.

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Anxiety weighs the heart down (Prov 12.25). It hinders peace and efficiency. Encouragement lifts up and empowers. What might we say to the next friend we meet to encourage him/her?

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Do revival and freedom in the Spirit walk together? Should my mouth be bolder at the ballgame or when giving heart-felt praise to Jesus? I would not want to believe something that I could not get excited about! I would think I might have a decoy, a fake, a counterfeit. Hollywood ‘shouts’ about sin. We’ve got something much better than that to announce . . . something clean, pure, life-changing, eternal! Power up, buttercup! “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands” (Psa 100.1). “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph.” (Psa 47.1).

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Who receives a million dollar gift and is ashamed of the giver? How wonderful is a clear, willing, joyful, salvation story? “Come and hear, all who fear God, and I will tell of what He has done for my soul.” (Psa 66.16 NAS); “My mouth shall tell of thy righteousness and of thy salvation all day long” (Psa 71.15 NAS).

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Is my Bible like watching an entertaining play or a coach’s vital play book?

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Who will I pass today that may have wisdom or experience that I could profit from?

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Is evolution’s Big Bang theory a bust? A. Anti-God evolution limits the world to time, space and matter. If you believe that every product has a cause, then matter must have a cause that existed before matter did. Evolution has nothing to create the universe with–‘out of nothing came everything and everybody.’ By eliminating the supernatural and Creator God they seem boxed in.

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