FROM PRESIDENT DR. MIKE SMITH

Dr. Mike Smith, President - 903.589.7106 - msmith@jacksonville-college.edu

God Answers Prayer

God Answers Prayer

At 5:00 p.m. on March 20, Jacksonville College employees met for a time of prayer for the College. Among various needs brought before the Lord, the group prayed for the salvation of students. Jacksonville College believes that no education is complete until a student understands who God is and how to relate to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. That Monday evening administration, faculty, and staff lifted our students in prayer. We asked God to move in a mighty way among our student population and that He would change their hearts. We had no idea He would move so quickly.

Two days later, during the March 22 Chapel service, Dean of Students Donny Sadler was the speaker. Bro. Donny is also pastor of Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He is a gifted communicator with a heart for evangelism and a passion for the gospel. That Wednesday morning, he preached a powerful message on James 2:14. The question he posed was, “If a person claims to have faith, but shows no evidence in his life that he has been saved, can this kind of faith save him?”

When the invitation was given for students to get out of their seats come to the front of the chapel, it was clear that a spiritual battle was taking place. At first, no one responded. As we remained in prayer, one student made her way to the front. Then another came forward, and another, until 24 students were at the altar. Staff members met with and counseled each student one on one, and every student who came forward made a profession of faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We have started a weekly discipleship program for these students so they can continue to grow in maturity and lead others to Christ.

The greatest miracle of all is when a person passes from death to life, and I praise God for allowing me to see this miracle in 24 students. And I praise him because He answers prayer.

God is good all the time.

Bro. Mike counseling some of the 24 students who were saved during the March 22 Chapel service.

Jacksonville College Bookstore in Transition

The Jacksonville College bookstore is in a time of transition. The ability of students to purchase textbooks at lower prices online has made it difficult for colleges to stay in the textbook business. In addition, many textbooks today are in e-book form. As a result, students attending Jacksonville College will no longer purchase their textbooks in the campus bookstore. Instead they will be able to acquire their books online and at economical prices through such distributors as Amazon, Alibris, and Chegg.

Students, alumni, and friends will still be able to purchase brand items with the Jacksonville College logo on them at the same location as the former bookstore, but the Alumni Association will operate the new store. Visitors will be able to purchase t-shirts, coffee mugs, and other items that feature the JC logo.

We are thankful for the many churches and individuals for supporting the Jacksonville College bookstore, and we encourage you to continue to purchase Jacksonville College logo items in the store run by the Alumni Association.

Roy Darby

(1/25/1937 - 5/6/2017)