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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday July 29 2000 HERALDZEITUNG Page 7A Taking a new look at what is normal TIM JUDKINS It appears that somewhere in time the story of Jesus becaine tainted with misinformation and misinterpretation I wasntaround when it happened so I doct know whos to blame All I know is that we are now in a positionto have to sell something that should sell itself In fact presenting the good news should be as easy as convincing a south Texjln that air conditioning is a goodthing Apparently as time passed the appeal of the good njws gospel was marred liy people who no longer lived ijke it was good Ive heard it sajd that the reason why many people dont want to become Christians is because they know po many who are Something is amiss Consider the seqfions you may have heard The or burn theme would suggjst that becom ing a part of Gods family requires giving upnormalcy and become a citizen af Nerdville In order to be heavenbound accord ing to this mantr give up the best assume a lower s you have to f life and andard of satis faction and fulfilment choose to put off the decison to be a fol lower of Jesus long as possible so theycan corjinue to live nor No mater how bad nor mal may be tdthem it cant be as bad as Chrijtianity appears to them Theyll fcke their chances before they decide to offer the remaining mojsels of their life to Christ Jesus said if John I have come thjt they may have life and that hey may have it more Could this verse really te true and if so why arent more Christians living abundantly says to me t of Jesus was After all the verse at the whole motive not only to give us normal life is supernornal Living in ut a kind of life that esus should make us RELIGION respond likdTony the Tiger Its not just godJ its GREAT Our actions andattitudes should be attractive tci outsiders never repulsive Jbsus himself attracted crowds lik swimming pools attract While their motives were often questionable there was no question they enjoyed his presence Whether you like it or not we who have made Jesus our person al forgive and leader represent Him here and now We should be the most joyous peaceful loving caring people around People out side of Christianity should look at us with iiterest and appreciation The first church mentioned in the Bible Acts had this reputa tion in the community We should demonstrate the most normal life of all not the most bizarre or worse yet boring life If people want to reject the good it should be because they dont want to turn from self centered living to Godcentered living and not because we live a life that suggests aberrant behav ior Our lives should be direct rep resentations of Jesus so that like him we cause people to want what we have People have an insatiable hunger for great news espe cially from credible sources Tim Judkina leads the contem porary worship service each Sumlay at hirst Protestant Bridge to the Nations Bible Institute opens Sept 11 on W San Antonio St McMlCHAEL Staff Writer Vacant no more the glassfronted build ing where Treetops Restaurant used to be s now abuzz with life as the faculty at Bridge to the Nations Bible Institute pre jare for registration and orientation on Sept 11 The institute has already received 22 applications according to LaMoine Davis jusiness administrator at the Institute We eventually plan on having 200 but right now our goal for the fall is between 25 and Davis said Bridge to the Nations offers two pro grams a oneyear program designed to tielp students gain knowledge of Gods Word and a twoyear program designed as an optional continuation of the first pro gram in which students are further pre pared for effective ministry in foreign fields local churches and in the home To those watching the institute may seem like a sudden project but the vision lias been hi the mind and heart of the Rev Karen Duncan pastor of Tree of Life Church for almost two decades When my husband and I moved here 19 years ago it was always a desire of our aid the Rev Duncan founder and presi dent of the institute Some may have expected her to let go of the idea when her husband passed away four years ago Though the loss of her husband was undoubtedly a trial the memory of him and his vision for the Institute is not a bit ter one for Duncan The work of God continues she said He was a great man and laid a good By founding Bridge to the Nations Duncan hopes to prepare students for the K JESSE The former Treetops Restaurant on West San Antonio Street is now The Bridge to the Nations Bible Institute which opens Sept 11 mission field By help ing them discover their gifts that they can use to be a blessing to others by imparting a spirit of faith in their Larry D Hunt academic dean at the institute also recognizes a great need for such an institute in South Texas After many years of ministering in various capacities at home and on the mission field I have come to see that the great purpose of God is people I have learned that Gods monumental business is the salvation of souls out of the bondage of sin and Dr Hunt said By definition a bridge is a structure creating a highway bringing togeth er different continents cultures and people groups A provision for contacts connections transitions and This was the definition in mind when the name Bridge to the Nations Bible Institute was cho sen We wanted to be able to connect people who have a desire to go to the mission field with people who need to know Duncan said The institute is structured in three 12 week quarters The morning schedule will be from 8 to noon Tuesday through Friday with chapel each day at 11 There will also be a limited night sched ule Bridge to the Nations offers Spanish 1 and II the only classes in which partici pants need not be enrolled in the school Tuition at the Institute is S700 per quarter or per credit hour Anyone interested in contacting the institute may call Dr Larry D Hunt at 830 6256375 or visit the institutes web site at which is under construction and should be com pleted in the next month With fall registration less than two months away Duncan is not too busy to think about next year We will build on the lessons that we will have learned this year I want the firstyear students to be able to minister with confidence I want to see the students continually want them to be doers of what theyve Duncan said K JESSIE Dr Larry Hunt discusses the goals of the Bridge to the Nations Bible Institute with potential stu dents Pastor Tom Ray and his wife Cathy K JESSIE Dr Larry Hunt will serve as academic dean of Bridge to the Nations Bible Institute Fall registration begins Sept 11 for information call 6256375 or visit the institutes Web address at Senior high youth enjoy white water rafting trip Photo submitted Shown in the picture are the youth group leaders enjoying their white water rafting trip down the Arkansas river with the Noahs Ark guide Charlie Leaders attending were Jim Asher Kit Johnson Janet Asher Jerald Schroeder Celeste Salge and Debra Johnson Twentyseven senior high youth and their leaders recently went on a faithbuilding adventure to Noahs Ark in the mountains of Buena Vista Colorado The nine day trip was not only awe inspir ing but also spiritually enriching The group spent a day white water rafting down the Arkansas River before embarking on their mountain trek Each individual had a backpack which carried their clothing food and shelter for the stay After establishing a base camp time was spent study ing God enjoying lively discus sions around the dinner tarp playing games and just relaxing in the surroundings The group even played a game of whiffle ball on the mountain Those attending were Darren Albrecht Tim and Mart Aurora Jackie Baerwald Keith Britton Carly and Jacob Borchers Alison Boatright Adam Hamel Tara Marski Grayson Moore Matt and Andrew Hogue Lisa and Joey Judkins Matt Miller Michelle Lindt Haley Norris Chad Salge Michael Seibert Andreas Lavin Andrea Schmidt Matt Sultemeier Julie Schlameus Melissa Markgraf Joshua Mueller and Kat Willmann New life gets grant Special to the HeraldZeitung CANYON LAKE Texas A Canyon Lake residential treat ment facility for troubled girls is a lot closer to matching a large grant thanks to a gift from Palm Valley Lutheran Church of Round Rock New Life Childrens Treatment Center owned and operated by Lutheran Social Services of the South treats girls 11 to 17 who suffer behavioral and emotional prob lems many as a result of abuse and neglect The ministry of New Life has been something our congregation has been interested in for some said the Rev Mary Kaiser associate pastor of Palm Valley Lutheran Church We are very excited about the Recently the quilting group at the church delivered handmade quilts to each of the young resi dents at New Life The congre gation also has given clothing to the center We are very grateful that the Palm Valley Lutheran congrega tion has chosen to expand their support for the childrens ministry at New Life with such a generous said Dr Kurt Senske presi dent and CEO of LSS The Palm Valley grant came at an opportune time on the heels of a matching grant from the prestigious Meadows Foundation of Dallas said Senske The foun dation will match dollar for dollar up to new gifts for the expansion of New Life As a result the Palm Valley Lutheran Churchs grant is worth said Senske This wonderful gift puts us well on our way to matching funds goal of 1 hope others are inspired by the actions of Palm Valley and join in support of the New Life Mini Storage 452 FM 3O6 Security Ciate Fence On Site Resident Manager leasing FREE K WITH EACH REN IAJL 12 Covered HV Storages 132 Mini Storage Units All Call By
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