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Dr. Mark Bailey serves his last day as President of Dallas Theological Seminary today, June 30, 2020. He has served 19 years as president of one of the finest theological seminaries in the world. The accomplishments of his administration are impressive. Enrollment has soared to their highest levels in the seminary’s nearly 100 years of existence. Faculty acquisitions have been brilliant. Staff positions have overflowed with talent. Advancement totals have been nearly miraculous. Morale has been at peak levels. Board appointments have been outstanding. Graduate achievements have been blessed by God all over the world. The sun never sets on DTS grads being a blessing in the name of Jesus all around the globe.

Thank you Dr. Bailey for your selfless, tireless, and faithful service. You have served your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ well. We can all hear the echoing commendation resounding from the heavens, “Well done!”

By the way, on a personal note, thanks, Dr. Bailey, for recruiting me to serve on the DTS Leadership Team. It is an honor to pour my life into this ministry. This is the best appointment that has ever been given to me. I love my job! Joy!

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Once an incredibly successful Christian businessman was asked about his daily routine. He spoke about his routine responsibilities, endless opportunities to touch the lives of people, and the trouble-shooting that comes with the territory. Yet, he highlighted the importance of spending time in prayer. When it was uncovered that he would spend an hour in prayer, people were dumbfounded. As busy as you are you commit yourself to an hour of prayer? No, he said, an hour is the minimum. When work becomes really difficult than I spend two hours in prayer.

That’s the value system where prayer is taken seriously. Join me for Prayertime every Wednesday in July 10:00AM on KHCB 105.7FM or online at https://www.khcb.org/wp/listen-now/online-listening/

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My work is important. It affects the lives of many people. Those who serve under me depend on discerning leadership for their jobs both in meaning and duration.

Students are trusting that we will deliver into their lives the skills and knowledge to impact people desperately in need of counsel, shepherding, leadership, and guidance. At the forefront of my mind is the drive to overdeliver what we as an institution promise them. With a high touch effort we passionately want to exceed all expectations of what students sign up to receive here at DTS-Houston.

My supervisors are a four hour drive away. What happens here on our campus is something that I want them to always find deeply satisfying when they see the operation, hear a report, or read a description of what is happening on our campus. Trust is key. The reality is that they could define “trust” with what occurs here.

Yet, what’s most important to me? Little lives that are a long ways away from Texas stir my spirit like nothing else. The lives of our children and their children are foremost on my mind and in my heart. Time is flying by as our children and grandchildren are growing, learning, changing, and experiencing life. So much of those details are too distant from my wife and me to interact with personally. Sharing in those moments are lost to time.

I miss those all our medium-sized and little Tykes.

IMG_4313The following is a recording of Prayertime which was broadcast on KHCB FM105.7FM. I hope that these words will be an encouragement to you.

Check out other blog postings and podcasts at http://www.brucefong.com. Joy!

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There is a critical time to choose to believe or to reject Jesus. Jesus is not an option in life nor is he a convenience that can be ignored or relegated to the lives of others. Jesus must be a watershed moment for every human. Each of us is lost in sin. If we view Jesus as one of many options we are in effect rejecting him. That is a decision to our own peril.

The issue of critical importance is sin. All of us have sin in our lives. It is the reason that we can never be in God’s holy presence. That sin needs to be purified from our lives. This purification needs a cleansing which is done by a “washing” by Jesus. The penalty for sin is death. Either we die in our sin or we can accept the gift of Jesus dying in our place as our substitute. What a gift! Jn3

The beginning of Jesus’ public ministry is marked with his tumultuous visit to the Temple in Jerusalem. Pilgrims from distant countries made their way to observe the feasts in Jerusalem. Their distant travels required them to purchase animals for sacrifice. They also had to change their money into the local currency to make these essential transactions. Locals took advantage of these needs with merchandise and services offered right at the Temple. Making money was the priority of these merchants. Jesus was offended.

With the attention of the people now fixated on him, Jesus pointed to the future in anticipation of his resurrection to come. The Gospel was being introduced to people sorely in need of conversion. Time to believe. Jn2

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It’s a simple way to think about prayer if we value having a conversation with God. He speaks to us through the Word of God, the Bible, and we speak to him through our prayers.

We have a lot to pray about during these crazy times in the world. There is so much hatred and anger. How to we respond as a people who are ordered love? What is our initiative to upset people? What does God want us to do? Let’s engage that study of the Scriptures and make it a theme of our prayers.

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Jesus’ first miracle was turning the water into wine during a wedding. It is fair to refer to this as a private miracle since those who witnessed it were limited in number: his disciples, a few servants, and likely Jesus’ mother, Mary. Jesus was not refusing to help resolve the problem of a lack of wine at the wedding but he was indicating that he would not act out of his official role as Messiah.

John referred to this great deed not as a miracle but as a sign. This seems to emphasize the importance of the event as a proof of Jesus’ Messianic credentials not simply as a spectacular initiative to “Wow” anyone who witnessed it.

Did Mary expect a supernatural response from Jesus? Some say no. Yet, Mary’s instruction to the servants to do whatever Jesus would tell them at least suggests that Mary had an intuition of a possible act of a spectacular kind. Who really would deny the importance of a woman’s intuition?

Changing water to wine was a Wow-moment since it demonstrated in part Jesus’ credentials as the promised Messiah. Shazam! Jn2

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The following is a recording of Prayertime which was broadcast on KHCB FM105.7FM. I hope that these words will be an encouragement to you.

Check out other blog postings and podcasts at http://www.brucefong.com. Joy!

IMG_4188 2Would we be surprised to hear what Jesus knows about our lives? There may lie a telltale sign that our theology about Jesus, who is the Son of God, is functionally out of alignment. When the truth of an accurate theology impacts the reality of God’s presence in our lives, that is when we have proof that the depth of spirituality is shaping our daily routine. Nathanael, in spite of his obvious shortcomings demonstrated the strength of his theology when Jesus revealed what he knew of his life. Blown away! Jn1

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