The Zobrist Family: Look What God Can Do by Tom Zobrist
Last Sunday afternoon, I read a wonderfully encouraging book written by Pastor Tom Zobrist of Liberty Bible Church. Last year, his son’s professional baseball success brought fame to the name “Zobrist” when Ben received the honor of MVP when the World Champion Chicago Cubs won the World Series. I had the privilege of interacting with the elder Zobrist just before the drama unfolded a year ago. His humble approach to his son’s early success on a team headed to the World Series after being a member of the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals caused me to reevaluate my approach with my own children. Pastor Zobrist simply lives his faith.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and was pleased to learn some more of the back story of one of my current baseball heroes. But the real treasure of the book is the revealing of the heart of a father. I do not want to spoil the story, so I just want to let you know that this is worth reading. The book does not focus on baseball; it is an official account of God’s powerful influence in a man’s life. You will see what God can do!
I give Zobrist’s book five stars. You can find out more information at:
You Can Help Support Education for Veterans, Soldiers, and Their Families
Calvary University (CU) administrators decided to offer the lowest tuition rate to a special group of people – active military personnel, veterans, and their immediate families (spouse & children). You can give generously to help CU sustain this program, but you may ask, ”What’s the impact?” During the 2016-2017 school year, 24 students were in this category and Calvary expects this number to grow with this new initiative. Join us and show your patriotism and your faith through a donation to Calvary University. https://www.calvary.edu/invest/ We need your support to sustain this special offering.
Anything But Free
A direct correlation exists between the soldier’s service and a society’s freedom; however, ironically, the soldier’s life is anything but free. When my lifelong friend and I graduated from high school, he chose to serve in the United States Navy to mitigate the expense of college. The slogan “See the World” misled many a recruit in those days who, later, would have been all over the world and seen only a few port cities. “It’s not just a job. It’s an adventure.” This slogan left many a recruit wondering about the definition of “adventure.” For the most part, the inside of a ship or military base was what many soldiers experienced. I often hear a veteran’s tale about his or her unique service experience that sounds like anything but “freedom” to this civilian.
I remain grateful for the military service of my family and friends, and I hold special appreciation for the effort of every soldier. I learned respect for the women and men in uniform because they served for me by proxy. I believe this occupation deserves my admiration because I enjoy the freedom that was paid at a dear price (and not by me).
A Big Sacrifice
One who believes and follows Jesus Christ must recognize that freedom comes at the price of another. Jesus quoted Isaiah but fulfilled Scripture when He said, “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives … to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). God’s Son did not provide liberty to the captives and to the oppressed by doing whatever He wanted. In fact, Jesus was limited to the narrow parameters of His Father’s plan for the redemption of sinful man (Matthew 7:21; 26:42; John 14:20). Believers know Jesus sacrificed His life’s blood for the atonement of sin. Many call this the “ultimate sacrifice”.
Soldiers face sacrifice at many levels including the possible “ultimate” one of life. Indeed, many men and women continually give as they work to resolve past experiences that present challenges in life moving forward. Without personal experience, I can only relate a few minor instances largely insignificant compared to a past warrior’s life. According to the Defense Manpower Reporting Center more than 7% of all Americans have served in the military at some point in their life (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dwp/index.jsp). This fact leaves little doubt that most readers understand how soldiers give something of themselves during their military career. Like many of you, I empathetically understand what they give.
One might expect the price of freedom would prompt enough fortitude for citizens to appreciate what was accomplished through someone else. Paul argued, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). So it seems, the one “set free” must remain steadfast against the temptation to return to the former slavery. Unfortunately, believers find themselves enslaved to sin. Soldiers often find their sacrifice means little to a free society.
The benefits afforded to soldiers through legal mandate seem like a small reward. My aforementioned friend found, after receiving his Good Conduct Medal, that his expert training had little civilian relevance. A college education was desired and needed and earned. Many mistakenly believe soldiers get free education through military benefits. This simply is untrue. Soldiers and veterans look for military friendly schools (like CU) that can make needed training affordable. Men and women of the armed forces deserve help from their brothers and sisters in Christ as we can relate to their gift.
A Call to Action
Please allow me this indulgence: On Independence Day 2017, celebrate by thanking your Savior and by thanking a Soldier. Prayerfully consider giving to CU so we can continue our Military Benefit program. Remember, someone else paid for your freedom. And, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16).
Workforce Development Textbook Includes KC Area Research
Dr. Germaine Washington’s publication found in Handbook of Research on Human Factors in Contemporary Workforce Development includes local research. Published April 2017, the work provides business and government executives, students, and other researchers with valuable information for workforce development. Dr. Washington’s chapter joins many research efforts that tackle contemporary workforce issues. Her study explored issues that create high turnover rates among social workers, community support workers, and youth care workers. Dr. Washington was named the Director of the Business Administration Program of Calvary University in January 2017. She stated, “I believe it is important for believers to engage with other researchers so that the Christian voice is heard.” The textbook is widely available from online suppliers.
Dr. Christopher Cone and Mr. Randy Grimm sign documents to complete the acquisition of the property that will become the CU Student Life Center.
Calvary University Student Life Center
With so many new and ground-breaking events at Calvary University, students, faculty, and staff wonder how it could get more exciting! On Thursday, September 8, 2016, CU acquired a building that will become the Calvary University Student Life Center. Moreover, Chief Operating Officer, Randy Grimm, said, “God blessed us with a great building at just the right time.” Calvary University President, Christopher Cone and COO, Randy Grimm, signed documents Thursday morning. Everyone interested in the new acquisition should go to the Calvary University Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/calvarywarriors/) for photos of the building. Dr. Cone announced that the President’s Dinner on September 29 (https://www.calvary.edu/presidents-dinner/) will take place at this new location.
In the near future, the new building is going to be used for special events. Over the next few months, the President and his cabinet plan to renovate the existing building into a dining hall facility. Moreover, new construction will provide space for a new library and the Clark Academic Center. Watch for more details! Calvary family, these are exciting times!!
Calvary University students minister to others while earning their degree
Students talking with representatives from the 2015 Christian Ministries Fair
That’s right! Every Calvary University student works in ministry organizations while pursuing their ministry or vocational degree. This is coordinated through Calvary’s Christian Ministry Director with the help of many partner organizations. Serving in the church and in the world is the mission of Calvary University and a requirement for every student who plans to complete a degree program. In the past, students have served in churches, community service events, homeless ministries, children’s programs, and many other people-helping ministries. On September 1, 2016, CU students will visit with Kansas City area ministry representatives from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. As of August 2016, 32 area ministries committed to attend this event. If your church or ministry is interested in talking with our students, contact Joe Everett, Christian Ministries Director.