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College Doesn’t Do Much For You…?

According to a report in the July 1, 2017 issue of World Magazine, college doesn’t do much for you. Each year, students in their first year and last year of college at 200 institutions of higher learning around the country are tested with the Collegiate Learning Assessment test. The goal is to see if the students’ cognitive abilities have increased during their four-year stint at the feet of some of the smartest folks in the country.

In the words of the news article, the “results are terrible.” The Wall Street Journal reviewed the tests that gave the exams in 2013 and in 2016. In at least half of the schools, around 1/3 of the seniors could not make an argument. They could not assess evidence. They were not able to interpret a data table.

These tests were run at some of the “flagship” universities around the country but the average graduate showed no improvement after four years of study. Better results, as you might expect, came from smaller colleges.

Four years ago, where were you in your Bible knowledge? Have you grown from your personal Bible study in the last four years? Have you grown from your Bible study at church and from Bible study through the sermons preached? If not, why not? Is it because you are not putting anything into your study or your worship? Is it because the Bible class teacher or preacher is not putting much into his class preparation?

In Hebrews 5:12-14, the writer admonishes Christians in a well-known text for their lack of growth in their understanding: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food…”

Are you better educated, as a Christian, today than you were four years ago? If not, why not?

- Paul

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Good morning!

Once again, I’m happy that all of you are here this morning! As you read this, I am likely in Henderson, Tennessee for the annual FHU Lectureship. I look forward to seeing you in person again this time next week! It’s always an encouraging thought to know that, though I’m 716 miles away, we’re both worshipping the same God on the same day. Though we’re apart, we’re all part of the same family.

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into this New Year. It seems like every February, I have that overwhelming feeling that time really goes by too quickly. I want to express what we discussed last Sunday at our youth devotional. Often in our New Year, we discuss new beginnings and how, if the last year was not our best, we can “turn over a new leaf” this New Year. Well, now we’re 1/12 into the year 2014, and my guess is we’ve all fallen to a sin or temptation at some point. We’ve all proved that we aren’t perfect. Luckily, God does not measure time in years, months, weeks, etc. like we do. We always have the opportunity to change for the better.

David, after being confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba, wrote the 51st Psalm. In verses 10-12, he prays this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

We, like David, can and should pray this prayer. Unfortunately, we are imperfect. We have a Heavenly Father who understands that, and sent his perfect Son to die for us, so that we have a chance to come back to him, have our hearts made clean, and have our spirits renewed, not at the start of each new year, but whenever it is needed. Isn’t it a blessing to be a child of God?!