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GBC Adult & Online Education - Helping people of all ages find and become trained in the area that God is calling them.
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Good morning, ‪#‎MondayMorningMotivation‬

Test Match
Read: Psalm 35:17–28 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 37–39; Acts 26

How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. Psalm 35:17

A test match in the game of cricket can be grueling. Competitors play from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lunch and tea breaks, but the games can last up to five days. It’s a test of endurance as well as skill.

The tests we face in life are sometimes intensified for a similar reason—they feel unending. The long search for a job, an unbroken season of loneliness, or a lengthy battle with cancer is made even more difficult by the fact that you wonder if it will ever end.

When your burdens overwhelm you, remember that God has His arms underneath you.
Perhaps that is why the psalmist cried out, “How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions” (Ps. 35:17). Bible commentaries say that this was speaking of the long period in David’s life when he was pursued by Saul and slandered by the king’s advisors—a time of trial that lasted for years.

Yet, in the end, David sang, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant” (v. 27). His testing drove him to deeper trust in God—a trust that we can also experience in our own long seasons of testing, hardship, or loss.

As time drags on and answers seem faraway, teach me, Father, to find my help in You and Your presence. Enable me to endure, and empower me to trust in You.

When your burdens overwhelm you, remember that God has His arms underneath you.

David found strength to endure his trial by reflecting on and trusting in the character of God (Ps. 35:9–10). Three young Hebrew captives in Babylon—Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, whose names were changed to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan. 3)—are other examples of trust during difficult circumstances. The Babylonian ruler commanded them to dishonor God by bowing before a giant idol. They faced this challenge with hope because their past experiences with God taught them that He was worthy of their trust and confidence. Dread and apprehension turned to sure confidence and expectation because God had shown Himself faithful. Adapted from Hope: Choosing Faith Instead of Fear.

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Josh Williams, Adult & Online Co-Director of Enrollment, chaperoned on a Blythefield Hills Baptist Church camping trip through the Tetons. Here is what he shared about the experience:

"We were made to worship and to be in awe! Treading deep into God's epic creation I was able to help mentor students relationships with their Creator. Stepping away from all the noise of computers and cell phones we were able to self-reflect what we glorify in our lives and refocus that glory on the only one who deserves it. Psalms 8; Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
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Beautiful morning to capture some drone footage of the college.
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Good morning, ‪#‎MondayMorningMotivation‬

Repeat After Me
Read: Psalm 141 | Bible in a Year: Ezra 6–8; John 21

Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. Psalm 141:3 (nlt)

When Rebecca stood on stage to speak at a conference, her first sentence into the microphone echoed around the room. It was a bit unsettling for her to hear her own words come back at her, and she had to adjust to the faulty sound system and try to ignore the echo of every word she spoke.

Imagine what it would be like to hear everything we say repeated! It wouldn’t be so bad to hear ourselves repeat "I love you" or "I was wrong" or “Thank You, Lord” or "I'm praying for you." But not all of our words are beautiful or gentle or kind. What about those angry outbursts or demeaning comments that no one wants to hear once, let alone twice—those words that we would really rather take back?

He forgives us when we fail.
Like the psalmist David, we long to have the Lord’s control over our words. He prayed, "Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips” (Ps. 141:3 nlt). And thankfully, the Lord wants to do that. He can help us control what we say. He can guard our lips.

As we learn to adjust to our own sound system by paying careful attention to what we say and praying about the words we speak, the Lord will patiently teach us and even empower us to have self-control. And best of all, He forgives us when we fail and is pleased with our desire for His help.

Can you think of something you said recently that you would like to take back? Ask the Lord to help you become aware of careless words.

Part of self-control is mouth-control.

This psalm is filled with meaningful prayers for protection and can be an encouragement for all of us. Because we live in a world cursed by sin, we need prayer for protection from the damage we can inflict on others in attitude, speech, and behavior (vv. 3–4) as well as protection from those who plan evil against us (vv. 9-10).

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June Online Writing Seminar- TODAY!!

Topic: Writing Paragraphs, Thesis Statements, Organizing Ideas Workshop
Time: Jun 6, 2016 8:00 PM (GMT-4:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Meeting ID: 351 117 220

You should sign in with your first and last name. You don't need a password or anything else!

Please sign in a few minutes early in case you have technical problems. You may email the instructor up until 8:00 with questions at After that, the instructor will be leading the lab and unable to answer questions.

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Come out and spend an evening at Fifth Third Ballpark...

Monday, June 27th, 2016
5:30 pm – Gates Open, and Registration Begins

We have reserved the Pepsi Stadium Club in right center field for you and your guests. Enjoy a FREE all you can eat buffet of hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, potato salad, chips and beverage!

Don’t sit on the bench…Get in the game!

Come and hear President Kemper share exciting news of what God is doing at GBC. Listen to an encouraging student testimony and learn how you can partner with us to impact even more lives for Jesus Christ.

We are grateful to The Velting Foundation for underwriting
this wonderful evening allowing all money raised to go directly
to the Student Scholarship Fund.


Last year, with your help, we provided over $1.2 million in student scholarships.

SEATING IS LIMITED, so please contact us today! Contact Kayleigh at 616.530.7756 or to secure your tickets now!

Register early to receive a FREE parking pass while quantities last.

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During May 2016, a nine-person team from Grace Bible College under the leadership of Dr. Jason Werkema traveled to Tanzania East Africa to lead a music and worship seminar in the village of Mumba. Nearly 70 African men and women attended the seminar from 21 different churches in the region to learn about music theory, worship, and participate in group lessons on a variety of instruments. In addition to the seminar, the team led worship services in churches over two weekends and worked with missionaries to care for orphans, build relationships with many Tanzanians, and even experience an adventurous safari! Everyone returned to the United States healthy, exhausted, and encouraged to have served the Lord in a third-world country.
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Good morning, ‪#‎MondayMorningMotivation‬

Why Me?

Read: Ruth 2:1-11 | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 19–21; John 8:1-27

Why have I found such favor in your eyes? Ruth 2:10

Ruth was a foreigner. She was a widow. She was poor. In many parts of the world today she would be considered a nobody—someone whose future doesn’t hold any hope.

However, Ruth found favor in the eyes of a relative of her deceased husband, a rich man and the owner of the fields where she chose to ask for permission to glean grain. In response to his kindness, Ruth asked, “What have I done to deserve such kindness? . . . I am only a foreigner” (Ruth 2:10 nlt).

When we come to Him in salvation, we are under His protective wings.

Boaz, the good man who showed Ruth such compassion, answered her truthfully. He had heard about her good deeds toward her mother-in-law, Naomi, and how she chose to leave her country and follow Naomi’s God. Boaz prayed that God, "under whose wings" she had come for refuge, would bless her (1:16; 2:11-12; see Ps. 91:4). As her kinsman redeemer (Ruth 3:9), when Boaz married Ruth he became her protector and part of the answer to his prayer.

Like Ruth, we were foreigners and far from God. We may wonder why God would choose to love us when we are so undeserving. The answer is not in us, but in Him. “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Rom. 5:8 nlt). Christ has become our Redeemer. When we come to Him in salvation, we are under His protective wings.

Dear Lord, I don’t know why You love me, but I don’t doubt Your love. I thank You and worship You!

Gratefulness is the heart's response to God's undeserved love.

The book of Ruth demonstrates the redemptive nature of God’s commandments. While many Old Testament laws may sound strange to modern ears, adherence to these laws provided food for the hungry, protection for the foreigner, and hope for the childless widow.

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Dont miss out! Today is the last day to register to see David Kinnaman LIVE on May 24th.

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books
Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian.

He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies and is coming to Grace Bible College!

Topics Include:
- Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme
- Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church ... And Rethinking Faith
- And More!

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