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Blessed Assurance

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) was America’s most prolific hymn writer. She wrote more than 6,000 hymns. Because of a doctor’s mistake, she became blind at an early age. In her physical darkness, God gave her light to write these hymns. She wrote in her autobiography, “I do believe that the Lord permitted me to be blind when that affliction had been put upon me by a doctor’s blundering, and I believe that the way has been shown to make my blindness a blessing.” At the age of eighty, she moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she is buried. My wife, Susan, and I had a special moment with God after we found her tombstone when walking in that Connecticut cemetery. We have been back other times and always take a few moments to go and stand at her grave. On her headstone is a verse from one of the hymns she wrote:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Jacksonville College stops all activities every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for Chapel. Our desire is that our staff and students will have a special moment with God. Visitors are always welcome to attend Chapel. Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., pray for Jacksonville College and that Chapel will be a special worship moment with God. Pray that no student or staff will leave Jacksonville College without the blessed assurance of being “born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.”


Registration is ongoing for Maymester, Summer I and II, and Fall 2016. New course offerings for Fall 2016 will include courses in agriculture, teacher education, and criminal justice.

2016 Class Sessions: Maymester: May 17 – June 2 Summer I: June 6 - July 7 Summer II: July 11 - August 10 Fall: August 17 – December 6

Full course schedules are available at Online registration is available.

Upcoming Events

Spring Show: D. K. Molar, the Devious Dentist or...There's Gold in Them Thar Teeth!

April 7 (Student Night), April 8-9 (General Admission) at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary S. Lewis Theater

Spring Choir Concert

April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Buckner Chapel

Program Featuring Senator Robert Nichols: “History of the Boundaries of Texas”

(Part of the Cherokee County 180th Celebration of the Independence of Texas)

April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary S. Lewis Theater

Jaguar Day Across Texas (annual day of giving for Jacksonville College)

Sunday, May 1

Commencement May 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Curtis Carroll Field House/Gymnasium

On March 16, Aaron Smith, JC men’s basketball coach, preached in Chapel about “A Hope that Endures,” based on Hebrews 10.

Former JC tennis player Joey Quandt shared his testimony in Chapel and described his preparation and plans to do mission work in the Orient.

Recently retired BMA pastor Roy Stephens preached in Chapel on March 23. In Fall 2016, Stephens will serve as counselor, psychology instructor, and golf coach at Jacksonville College. He will also teach the College’s three new courses in agriculture.

Until He Comes, the Jacksonville College praise and worship team

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