This week in chapel, TMC students and faculty were privileged to have the Truett-McConnell College Music Department present a Christmas concert at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland.
The featured ensembles were the Chorale, Enthroned Praise, Jazz Ensemble, and the Percussion Ensemble. Each of these groups did a phenomenal job and their efforts showed off! Thank you to all of those who participated in this special chapel service which reminded all in attendance about the fun we can have during Christmas time and most importantly, that the true reason for Christmas is Jesus Christ.
Truett-McConnell College was privileged to host Dr. Ergun Caner in chapel this morning. Dr. Caner spoke a message filled with encouragement, hope, a bit of humor, and of course, a handful of love. His message was from Galatians 6:9-18. Galatians was written in the middle of Paul’s ministry. This is a very important aspect in the understanding of the book: the half way point is always the toughest. Paul writes and tells us how to survive when we are right in the middle. The following are Dr. Caner’s 3 points of survival:
Your scars will tell your story and you cannot hide them
Your haters will keep you holy
Your worst pain can become your greatest power
Our scars tell our story – and God wants to use our story!
“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.” Galatians 6:17
Reverend Tommy Fountain spoke in today's chapel about every individual's call to Christian service. What a blessing Rev. Fountain was as he not only encouraged and inspired students to live out the call on their lives, but he also convicted every attendee about their lack of love towards other believers. The five points to his message were the following:
We are called to Christian service because God chose us: He desires for all people to come to know Him and become His chosen people.
We are called to Christian service because it is our commission
We are called to Christian service and we should be confident in the Lord's promises.
We are called to Christian service to demonstrate love
Truett-McConnell students and faculty were privileged to hear from Rick Stanley in chapel this morning. Stanley has a very unique testimony and an impressive background which provides avenues for him to share the gospel with a very wide range of people; he was the step-brother and assistant to Elvis Presley.
He shared about his difficult childhood which ultimately led to the blessing of salvation for him and his family, as well as a fervent spirit in sharing the gospel. Mr. Stanley reminded attendees of how everyone has issues; but the way to fix those issues is to surround yourself with godly people and to let the reality of the cross transform your life. TMC thanks Mr. Rick Stanley for encouraging and inspiring us to focus our eyes on the cross and on the winning of people to Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel 36:26-27, "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances."
Former professional wrestler, Lex Luger, spoke at Truett-McConnell Chapel on November 4, 2010.
Luger gave a testimony about his life and how God has brought him to where he is now. He began with the story of his temporary paralysis. He states two years ago, he felt a sharp pain between his shoulders which led to his paralysis from the neck down. During this time when he couldn't move any part of his body, Luger says God gave him complete peace.
"God showed me that there is strength through weakness" He states.
Luger declares that he was always chasing after status. It was an empty chase that left him feeling hollow and bare.
In May 2003, his girlfriend at the time died beside him while watching television due to a drug overdose. As a result, police came to search his house and they found numerous drugs.
Luger was thrown in jail for five years and given countless hours of community service. As a result, he began to drink more alcohol and take more drugs. As he was sitting one night on a couch in his hotel, Luger says he saw himself floating at the bottom of a pond. There was neither light nor sound and at that point, he states that he had given up hope. He then says he saw a speck of light at the bottom of the pond.
"God was saying 'sit up!'"
He tried to fix his life by immediately quitting drugs and alcohol and trying to restart his wrestling career. However, while on his way to Canada, he was arrested again and given more months in jail.
While in jail, Luger says he met a chaplain and after a couple of months, the two became friends and Luger became the chaplain's trainer. During this period Luger would ask questions about God because he had a spiritual curiosity.
Then, in April 2006, in that same hotel, Luger asked the chaplain about salvation. The chaplain was eager to explain salvation and on the same couch that he had once dreamed he was sinking, Luger gave his life to Christ.
Luger encouraged students, faculty, and staff to not live life for themselves but rather for Christ.
"Let God fulfill his purpose in you and not what you think your purpose is" He says.
Truett-McConnell thanks Lex Luger for visiting the college and encouraging us to live with our minds on eternity rather than temporary earthly things.