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Speakers and Topics
Thursday, September 14, 2017
7:00 PM—Introducing The Period Of The Judges–Wayne Jones, San Marcos, TX
7:45 PM—”Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes”–Jay Lockhart, Whitehouse, TX
Friday, September 15, 2017
8:00 AM—The Price of Partial Obedience (1:1-2:10) –Tommy Haynes, Moore, OK
9:00 AM—The Recurring Pattern (2:11-23)–Corey Sawyers, Paris, TN
9:00 AM—(Special Studies Session) Who The Oppressors Were and Where They Came From–Dave Chamberlin, Morrison, CO
10:00 AM—The Influencing Of Neighboring Nations (3:1-4)–Rick Brumback, Henderson, TN
10:00 AM—(Ladies Session) Women Of This Period -Deborah–Hannah Lee, Hermitage, TN
10:00 AM—(Leadership Session) Contrast In Leadership Legacy-Moses Vs. Joshua–Dean Murphy, Castle Rock, CO
11:00 AM—Israel Fails The Test (3:5-7)–Gary Massey, Chattanooga, TN
2:30 PM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends A Model Leader(3:7-11)–Jason Moon, Richardson, TX
2:30 PM—(Special Studies Session) Archaeology And The Settlement Period–Dewayne Bryant, Arlington, TX
3:30 PM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends A Courageous, Then A Mysterious Leader (3:12-31)–Justin Rogers, Henderson, TN
3:30 PM—(Leadership Session)How Does An Abimelech Come To Power?–Danny Boggs, Neosho, MO
Saturday, September 16, 2017
8:00 AM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends A Woman To Lead (4-5)–Don Blackwell, Southhaven, MS
9:00 AM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends An Unsure Leader (6-8)–Andy Robison, Moundsville, WV
9:00 AM—(Leadership Session) A Look At Declining Male Leadership In The Period Of The Judges(And Today)–Dave Rogers, Fayetteville, GA
10:00 AM—Israel Did Evil And God Did Not Send A Leader (9)–Carl McCann, Fruitvale, TX
10:00 AM—(Ladies Session) Women Of This Period-The Bad Examples–Christa Bassett, Apple Valley, CA
10:00 AM—(Youth Session) Samson Strength, Not Samson Spirituality–Mike Bonner, San Angelo, TX
11:00 AM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends A Faith-Filled Leader(10-12)–Dale Babinsky, Clinton, TN
11:00 AM—(Leadership Session) How Can Leaders Navigate Through These Changing Times?–Matt Vega, Henderson, TN
11:00 AM—(Youth Session) Can You Please God When Everybody Is Doing Their Own Thing?–Jeremy Roberts, Oklahoma City, OK
2:30 PM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends A Carnal Leader (13-15)–Billy Lambert, Summerdale, AL
2:30 PM—(Leadership Session) Leaders Must Protect Their Homes-A Look At Eli And Samuel–Steve Lloyd, Austin, TX
2:30 PM—(Youth Session) Help Me Understand Jephthah's Vow–Denny Petrillo, Littleton, CO
3:30 PM—Israel Did Evil And God Sends A Redeemed Leader(16)–Brian Kenyon, Lakeland, FL
3:30 PM—(Ladies Session) Women Of The Period-Naomi –Rose Crayton, Frisco, TX
3:30 PM—(Youth Session) You Will Meet Some Delilahs–Hawatthia Jones, Guatemala City, Guatemala
7:00 PM—How We See Providence In The Period Of The Judges –John Baker, Katy, TX
Sunday, September 17, 2017
8:00 AM—“Now There Was A Man Of The Hill Country...” (17-18)–Mark Bassett, Apple Valley, CA
9:00 AM—One of The Darkest Events In Israel's History (19-21)–David Sproule, West Palm Beach, FL
10:00 AM—”Now It Came About In The Days When The Judges Governed”: A Study Of Ruth– Don Walker, Austin, TX
4:00 PM—Samuel, The Bridge From The Judges To The Kings (1 Sam. 1-8)–Ken Dawdy, Aurora, CO
4:00 PM—(Ladies Session) Women Of The Period-Jael –Michelle Parker, Littleton, CO
5:00 PM—No King In Israel, Not Even God–Keith Kasarjian, Prattville, AL
6:00 PM—How Can The Church Succeed In These Self-Ruled Times?–Wesley Walker, Nashville, TN
are generally associated with some form of recovery. They exist for individuals recovering from addictions and their spouses. They exist for those who suffer grief in the loss of a loved one, or from divorce. They even exist for people who struggle with eating disorders.
Support groups exist for a number of reasons and they are beneficial to those who use them. At this point, a couple of questions should be considered for our leadership.
Who makes up the support group for leaders? Wisdom would suggest the potential of other leaders involved in a group. Put together a core group of others who will share and contribute to the group’s design.
What benefit will they provide? They serve as a reminder that others have and do experience the same challenges. They also establish a form of accountability.
A support system will make a difference in how we continue to grow and develop our leadership. Who makes up the group, the purpose of the group’s design, and what we apply to our own leadership is the determining factor to its success.
Prayer seems to be a given when it comes to spiritual leadership. We know about prayer. We study about prayer. We talk about prayer. We teach about prayer.
However, do we believe in the power of prayer?
Most people can attest to the number of times God answered prayers in powerful ways. We have seen Him answer in unexpected ways that went beyond our request.
We are thankful for the avenue of prayer and we desire the kind of faith that knows God will continue to answer our requests.
Perhaps the struggle we have deals with the temptation to doubt when various trials arise and challenge our faith in God’s power to answer…yet again.
When it comes to prayer, there is no magic formula, special words, proper position, or time of the day that makes a difference.
For Christians, prayer is about the simplicity of a humble heart that trusts God to answer in His time, in His ways, and in our best interest.
We may not always understand, but to pray without ceasing is the foundation to powerful leadership.
Isaiah 53 is considered the greatest Old Testament prophecy of Christ.
How could Isaiah accurately predict Jesus’ death in such detail seven centuries in advance? Only by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Two facts about Jesus
Being innocent, He did not deserve the cruelty He suffered (v. 9).
He is worthy of the exaltation He received (vv. 10-12).
In Proverbs nine Solomon compares two different teachers with two diverse lessons taught to two different students who have two destinations. He advises his sons to be careful to whom they listen and beware of those who would lead them astray. Read Proverbs nine and consider the following outline.
Wisdom is the teacher who has prepared her house and her lesson , vs. 1-6
She offers understanding to the inexperienced
She warns them to avoid folly
Her ways lead to life vs. 11
The woman of folly has prepared lesson as well, vs. 13- 18
She entices the upright to abandon the straight path
She offers stolen water and secret bread to those who lack understanding.
Her ways lead to death
The student who chooses wisely enters wisdom’s classroom and eats from the table of understanding, drinks from the cup of knowledge and learns to FEAR THE LORD, vs. 8-11
The Scoffer refuses wisdom and enters into the classroom of the woman who lacks understanding. He drinks stolen water and eats, uninvited, from another man’s table, vs. 7-8; 16-17.
The Wise student graduates to a long life filled with truth and understanding, vs. 11
The Scoffer flunks out and is doomed to walking among the destitute and dead, vs. 18
Whoever has your ear holds your fate.
To whom we choose to listen to determines our direction in life. If we listen to those who are corrupt, undisciplined or uninformed, who lack knowledge and who do not fear the Lord we put ourselves at risk. If we listen to wise people who fear the Lord, trust his word and follow his godly example we fare much better.It’s a personal decision we all must make for ourselves.
“If you are wise you are wise for yourself and if you scoff you alone will bear it”, Proverbs 9:12.
Pick your teachers carefully your destination depends on it!
Leadership is about people, and unless we are observing how God works in our lives to provide opportunity to lead, we will miss the possibility of God using us to help others.
An ancient Chinese proverb emphasizes the way to a lifetime of happiness: “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Helping others can only occur when leaders observe the people God places in their lives each day.
Leaders must seek to discover what goes on in the lives of these individuals, why it takes place, and how they might show the light of Jesus through their help.
Take a few moments each day to simply observe the working of God through the opportunities provided in the lives of the special people placed on our daily path.
This week brings about one of the highlights of the year at Bear Valley - the annual lectureship! It begins tomorrow and goes through Sunday. For a listing of speakers, topics, and times, click HERE
I am also excited to share with you some of the reports from the schools around the world. I know you will be encouraged by what you see.
2016 has been an unprecedented year in the growth of the Extension Program, as we have now started 5 new schools this year! The newest one is in Fiji and will serve the churches of Oceania and the South Pacific. You can read their first report here.
Fresh off of a graduation, the brethren in Nigeria are not taking a break! Read all about what they have been doing in the Kingdom.
Donnie Estep is our outstanding and capable Regional Director for Southern Africa (which includes the schools in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi) and has just returned from a 3 week trip where he visited and taught in each of the 3 schools. (can you imagine?!) Read his encouraging report (with pictures) by clicking here.
Many of you know of the difficulties that our brethren in Ukraine have endured for the past few years, so I think you will be pleasantly surprised to read about all the good things that are happening there. The Director of the school has filed an encouraging update.
Speaking of new schools and progress, one of the newest schools (Liberia) is off to a great start! You will find this report, complete with pictures, very interesting.
I hope that you are richly blessed this week and should you have a chance to attend the lectureship, I hope to see you.
Thank you for your continued prayers, partnership, and support. God bless.
Director of Extensions
Visiting any retail store reveals the multiple choices available. Very little is as simple as only one choice.
Consider something as simple as soap. There are hundreds of soaps available: laundry, bath, dish, liquid, antibiotic, foam, etc.
Along with these choices, there are innumerable name and generic brands on the market. Plus, the purpose of the cleansing agent needed influences the type of soap to look for and the amount.
The issue of choice is not only found in the area of soap. Walk down the isle of any store and consider the choices available on any product. At times, it becomes overwhelming to determine exactly what is needed.
A study of leadership also reveals the challenge of making choices. The choice made by leaders can make the difference in success or failure, so what choice(s) should be made?
Sadly, many choices must be made by trial and error. Only after the results of the choice are seen can another decision be made concerning the appropriate direction to take.
Nothing is more significant than leading others to make the choice about their eternal destiny. Think Souls!
GREAT BIBLE QUESTIONS
by Robert Stapleton
God created man with a mind to think. Sometimes questions are used to stimulate the mind to do so. Questions often make people think about important things. At times we find great lessons being taught and grasped by asking questions. Every time a question is asked in the Bible, whether by God or by an inspired man, a great lesson is taught. In this article, we want to examine some of the great questions of the Bible so as to assist us in better understanding what God would have us to know.
“WHERE ART THOU” - GENESIS 3:9 - God’s first question to man was a serious one. Adam and Eve were now in sin, trying to hide from God. He saw them, and the condition they were in. The question here is not just a question of where they were physically, but where were they spiritually. Men have been trying to hide from God since that time. Hagar said, “Thou God seest me” (Genesis 16:13). We would be well off to remember this at all time. There is no place where we can hide from the “all seeing eye of God” (Hebrews 4:13). We need to be aware that our sin will find us out (Numbers 32:23).
“AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?” - GENESIS 4:9 - This is the first question asked of God. The background for the question reveals the sin of Cain (Genesis 4:1-8). It is important to realize that we are our “brother’s keeper” (Romans 14:7-21). We should always think what affect our words and actions will have on others (Philippians 2:4).
“IF A MAN DIE, SHALL BE LIVE AGAIN?” - JOB 14:14 - Job was interested in this question. He was in misery, and it seemed that death was at his door. Over time, this question has lost none of its interest. Thanks to God, the question is plainly answered (John 5:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14). Our life here will determine our life beyond the grave.
“WHAT IS A MAN PROFITED . . .?” - MATTHEW 16:26 - Christ asked this question. By looking at it, we see that it is a two-in-one question. Actually, I know of no answer to it that could be seen as a positive one. It is unanswered, and is unanswerable, as there is nothing but loss when one puts aside the spiritual for the physical!
“WHO THEN, CAN BE SAVED?” - MATTHEW 19:25 - After Jesus’ lesson about a rich man’s difficulty in going to heaven, the question was asked by the disciples (Matthew 19:23, 24).
Over the years, many answers have been given by man that have been in error. However, the Bible answers the question in no uncertain terms. Hell will be filled with people who did not intend to go there (Matthew 7:21-23). Many rational people intend to obey the gospel but neglect to do so. They forget that today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). They forget the brevity of life (James 4:14). Life’s brevity and uncertainty makes this question one of great importance.
“WHAT SHALL THE END BE?” - 1 PETER 4:17 - For those outside of Christ, certainly not salvation (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). For those who refuse to remain faithful, a condition that is worse than their previous one outside of Christ is all that remains (2 Peter 2:20-22). For those who were “once enlightened,” but who have “fallen away” and are remaining in that condition there is no hope (Hebrews 6:4-6).
“WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO STAND?” - REVELATION 6:17 - All will be examined in view of God’s Word (John 12:48). Who will be able to stand as righteous in the sight of God? (Mark 13:13; Revelation 2:10; 22:14).
“AND NOW WHY TARRIEST THOU?” - ACTS 22:16 - This question was asked by an inspired preacher of a praying, believing, penitent Saul. Because of his desire to please the Lord, when he was told what to do, and he did it (Acts 9:18).
These, and other questions similar to them, cause us to carefully consider what God would have us to do. We conclude with one more question, “What will you do with Jesus?” (Mark 15:12).