Dear colleagues and friends,
We are thrilled to announce that Focus Bible College's inaugural Spring Event is just around the corner. This special occasion will bring together churches, ministries, faculty, and friends of FBC for a time of inspiration and fellowship.
We are honored to have esteemed speakers joining us, including our very own General Bishop Dutch Boer, who will be sharing his profound insights. Additionally, Reverend Eugene Rollerson of Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will be gracing us with his presence, along with other distinguished guests.
While we had initially planned to host the event in October, unforeseen logistical challenges have led us to reschedule. We have decided to give ourselves ample time to meticulously organize and promote the conference, which will now take place during the third week of April 2024.
Please keep this event in your prayers as we eagerly anticipate its arrival. May God bless all of our students, faculty, and friends, and may this Spring Event be a source of spiritual growth and unity for all who attend.
Dr. Patrick Vossen, President
Focus Bible College
We are currently in the process of finalizing the plans for our inaugural Focus Bible College Fall Event. We will be inviting area churches, ministries, faculty, and friends of FBC to attend. We anticipate that our own General Bishop Dutch Boer will be ministering at the conference, along with Reverend Eugene Rollerson of Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and others. I am awaiting confirmation of the facilities needed to host the event within the next two days. May God bless all of our students, faculty, and friends.
This passage was in my devotion for this morning. God's Word has power, and what we speak and proclaim as believer's has power. Or, it can have a negative effect for us as well, if we choose to use our words unwisely.
I wonder what percentage of positive words we release each day in comparison to our negative ones? A lot of time, what we think or speak is not positive whatsoever, or productive in any manner.
We should choose positive or faith-filled words in our everyday conversations, giving God the opportunity to work wonders of grace throughout our day. Avoiding the pitfalls of negative words, actions, etc., etc..
10 Just as the rain and the snow
come down from the sky
and don’t return there
without watering the earth,
making it conceive and yield plants
and providing seed to the sower
and food to the eater,
11 so is my word
that comes from my mouth;
it does not return to me empty.
Instead, it does what I want,
and accomplishes what I intend.
Common English Bible (Nashville, TN: Common English Bible, 2011), Is 55:9–11.
I hope and trust that God is blessing the Focus Bible College family in a mighty way. I am sorry that I have neglected to keep you informed about various events and happenings within our work here at Focus, as well as the revival God has been blessing us with here at home. I have been so involved in it all, that a lot of things have seemed to have been put aside during this sovereign move of God.
New students have signed up for courses here at Focus, and we have started two School of Ministry projects as well. One in the Lincoln area with our Shepherd Groups at Covenant and another starting locally with two other churches. It is definitely one of the most exciting times of my life and ministry.
We have been experiencing a sovereign move of God in the church over the past three weeks. More than fifteen or more people have accepted Christ as their Saviour, and after this weekend, we will have seen thirty or more people baptized in water in the name of the Lord. We are seeing miracles, signs, and wonders, and our Shepherd Groups at Covenant continue to see hungry hearts come to God. We are currently in the midst of season of harvest.
As summer approaches, I hope God will be with you in a wonderful way, and that His Holy Spirit will guide you greatly in the ministry you have been called upon to do.
Thank you all for your love, support and prayers.
In His Grace,
Dr. Patrick Vossen
In His Verse By Verse Study Of Joshua. The Late J. Vernon McGee Gave This Introduction To The Book Of Joshua.
I used to love the daily verse by verse bible study format of J. Vernon McGee, as a new believer in Christ. I recently found his complete Thru The Bible Study series in commentary form, which I added to my Logos Bible Software library. He had a unique teaching style and southern charm that was well suited for me, and I always enjoyed his insights. I am starting to read his treatise on the Book of Joshua and wanted to share with you his first take on the book.
Enjoy my friends.
Introduction To The Book Of Joshua
In the Book of Genesis Israel was born. In the Book of Exodus Israel was chosen. In the Book of Numbers the nation was proven. In the Book of Leviticus it was brought nigh by the blood. In Deuteronomy it was instructed. Now in the Book of Joshua it faces conflict and conquest.
The Book of Joshua completes the redemption of Israel that was begun in Exodus. Exodus is the book of redemption out of Egypt; Joshua is the book of redemption into the Promised Land.
The key word in the Book of Joshua is possession. God had given the children of Israel their land in an unconditional covenant. To Abraham He had said, “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Gen. 17:8). However, Israel’s possession of the land was conditional. There was conflict and there was conquest. They had to fight battles and lay hold of their possessions. And, as Joshua reminded them in his final message before his death, their obedience to the Word of God would determine their continued possession of the land.
The Talmud says that Joshua wrote all but the concluding five verses, which were written by Phinehas. Joshua was the successor to Moses. He was a great general. Born a slave in Egypt, he was forty years old at the time of the Exodus out of Egypt. He was eighty years old when he received his commission as Moses’ successor and one hundred ten years old at his death. Joshua had already gained prominence during the wilderness wanderings. When they were attacked by the army of Amalek, it was Joshua who organized the men into an army that fought off Amalek. Joshua served as a minister or servant to Moses. References to him in that connection reveal his loyalty to Moses and his devotion to God. At Kadesh–barnea he was one of the twelve men who went to spy out the land of Canaan. He is one of the two spies that returned with a favorable report in full confidence that God would give them the land.
Joshua’s name means “Jehovah saves.” The same word in the New Testament is Jesus. Joshua was a man of courage, dependence upon God, faith, leadership, enthusiasm, and fidelity. He is a type of Christ in his name and in his work. As another has said, “Joshua shows that a man of average ability may become a leader in the church. Joshua received his call not in flaming letters written across the sky, but from an older man who knew God and knew Joshua, and saw that he was fitted by God to be a leader.”
The Book of Joshua has a very practical application to the believer today. The Promised Land cannot be a type of heaven since heaven is not a place of conflict and conquest. Heaven is received as a gift of the grace of God. Rather, the Promised Land represents the place to which believers are brought right here in this world today. The Book of Joshua corresponds to the Epistle to the Ephesians in the New Testament where we see that the believer is blessed with all spiritual blessings. The practical possession and experience of them depends upon conflict and conquest. These are never attained through the energy of the flesh, but through the power of the Holy Spirit in the yielded life of the believer. The Book of Joshua is the pattern, and it illustrates the method by which the believer can possess what God has given to him.
J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary: History of Israel (Joshua/Judges), electronic ed., vol. 10 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991), ix–x.
New Live & Recorded FBC School Of Ministry Courses For The New Quarter At Focus Bible College To Be Announced Soon.
December brings us a new quarter at Focus and new course offerings for the School of Ministry's live and recorded study programs. We will start two new courses at the beginning of December. If you are interested in becoming a part of either program, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 402-306-0559.
We have a chapel service and one teaching session afterward. We've been recording the sessions, so those who are unable to attend can still study. However, we are hoping to have a live session via YouTube or Google Meet in December. Whether you are looking to pursue a college degree or personal spiritual growth, we hope you will join us. You'll be happy you did.
Blessings in His Name,
Dr. Patrick Vossen, FBC
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