Dr. Eugene Wilson, President, Texas Bible College
Life is a journey, often difficult, with an array of challenges. But never without an abundant
supply of blessings. While it may prove challenging occasionally to identify benefits in the storm, it is not impossible. James said it well when he declared, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations" (James 1:2). The New Living Translation offers a better understanding of the verse: "When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy."
How does one do this? Consider the following.
The author of the book of Hebrews writes of Christians whom he notes "joyfully accepted the plundering of goods, knowing they had a much better and an enduring possession in heaven" (Hebrews 10:34). Notice they did not consider earthly things to have as much value as heavenly things. Hence, they were not sad about the loss of such things. They were joyful because they had something better than what they had lost!
Similarly, you and I can discover joy in times of difficulty by looking at the vision. What we are moving towards, striving for, is better than what we are giving up. Knowing what's ahead makes the sacrifice worth it.
What is it that God has called you to do? What dream has he placed in your heart? If it is anything like what I have experienced, the bigger the vision, the bigger the fight. With great opportunities come significant challenges. The key to having joy in the journey is found in not focusing on the challenge but in focusing on the vision. It will be worth it all.
As we enter the 2023-2024 academic year, I want to give you a quick update. TBC is trending well! In short, momentum and excitement are growing. Here are a few reasons why.
1. Texas Bible College was the last group to sing before the Thursday night service at NAYC began. We sang one of the songs written at TBC's "New Song," a songwriting conference we hosted this past Spring. We will be recording it this Fall.
2. Multiple new instructors were recently added to the TBC team, including Rev. David Jennings and Rev. A. J. Holloway. I have heard many positive comments about all the newly added instructors. We are excited!
3. This summer, we have been in talks with Angelina College, located across the highway from the TBC campus, concerning a partnership in which a TBC student could earn a certificate or associate degree in a vocational field while earning a BA at TBC. We view this as a great blessing for potential students. Qualified applicants could also receive a Pell Grant with only two classes at AC and an additional $1800 cash.
4. Much work has been taking place behind the scenes to help us to take the next step in having a thriving alum association at TBC. This blog is just one of several things. We desire that the association will bless you and continue to serve your efforts in advancing His kingdom. In short, we are family and are still committed to you.
5. Last, most of TBC's students have been serving in ministry this summer, many in internships and short-term mission trips. TBC has and continues to impact the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to serve you better.