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Thank You!

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known his deeds among the people” (1 Chronicles 16:8).

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2).

“Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3).

When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note to someone? When was the last time you expressed sincere gratitude to someone for a kind act or a job well done? I appreciate each thank-you note I receive and every kind word of thanks spoken to me.

The following are some of the recent thank-you notes I have received:

“I want to start by saying thank you so much for everything you have done for me since I have started at this school. Jacksonville College has really helped me to be able to go to school.” (Kathleen Arbuckle—student)

“I want to say thank you to Jacksonville College for giving me a chance to further my education. The scholarship really helped.” (Lex Ticer—student)

“I would like to express my gratitude for the commuter scholarship. Your generosity will allow me to pursue my dreams and for that I cannot begin to thank you enough.” (Marlee Ward—student)

“Dear Dr. Smith, thank you for the most enjoyable visit with you yesterday morning and thank you for the gift of your book. God bless you and your work at Jacksonville College. It is not an easy labor, but it is well worth the effort.” (Barnwell and Annabelle Anderson—Bro. Barnwell was a JC instructor for many years, and Annabelle served as head librarian.)

“Dear Dr. Smith, New Hope Baptist Church sincerely thanks you for the service that you give to Jacksonville College. Your leadership has been wonderful and a truly appreciated gift from God. Please accept this gift for the operation of the college.” (James Morris—Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church)

Remember to stop and pray praises and say “Thank You” to God. Make an effort to write, text, or call someone to say, “Thank you.”

Jacksonville College says, “Thank you” to all who support us with your prayers and financial gifts.


“I grew up in a small BMA church in southeastern New Mexico. When I was in high school, I remember Bro. Orr bringing the choir to a youth rally at a neighboring church as they toured the state. I never dreamed that I would one day teach at Jacksonville College, much less, become the Academic Dean. God has knit my heart with the heart of Jacksonville College. I work here because He called me here to shepherd students and faculty both academically and spiritually.”

Marolyn Welch, JC Academic Dean Member of Beall Chapel Baptist, Jacksonville


“I came to Jacksonville College because of Music. I wanted to play the piano and my brother told me about the college. I love travelling with the choir and sharing in the churches.”

John Paul Allen, student from Rusk,Texas Member of Tyler Street Baptist Church


What is in December that we do not have in any other month?

The letter D

Donny Parish, Chief Development Officer for Lifeword Media Ministries, preached during Chapel at Jacksonville College on October 26. He also spoke about BMAA Volunteer Student Missions (VSM) for 2017, and after Chapel, 35 interested students met with Bro. Donny and completed application forms to begin the process for being on a VSM team.

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