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September 20, 2012

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Wayne Barber speaks to BCF students during Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) on Tuesday night of the Prayer Conference.

This week, Wayne Barber, Senior Pastor of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN and founder of To Live is Christ Ministries, and Rick Shepherd, Team Strategist, Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team at the Florida Baptist Convention, have encouraged faculty, students, and staff of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) to become immersed in prayer and the word of God.

Each morning, faculty and students gathered at 10 a.m. in the R.G. Lee Chapel and worshiped together preparing their hearts for the inspirational and powerful messages of Shepherd and Barber. Monday morning, faculty and students sang "We raise our white flag, we surrender all to you, all for you," which coincided with the message of complete surrender by Shepherd and Barber.

Shepherd took the pulpit first and posed a question to students, "Do you fear God?" and explained what it means to truly fear God. He reminded students that fearing God is realizing the greatness and glory of God and walking in purity simply because of who God is.

For the latter half of the service, Barber preached from Joshua 1 instructing students to surrender completely to God. "The Christian life is not a changed life, but an exchanged life," he remarked as he encouraged students to give themselves to God. Barber stated that Christians ought to meditate on God's word and let the truth possess them especially now that "our nation is at a critical time."

Tuesday morning, the BCF Male Chorale led worship with hymn favorite, "How Marvelous," which also paralleled the message of the Prayer Conference. Shepherd presented a second question to students,"Do you hear God?" He went on to explain the original Greek word used in the biblical text and stressed that hearing God meant to obey Him.

As Barber read scripture from Joshua 23, he encouraged students to stand firm and cling to Christ. He emphasized the importance of knowing God and explained how knowing more of Christ should automatically lead to serving Him and loving Him more, "It's a growing relationship." He also warned of the consequences of not devoting one's life to prayer and reading God's word, "Sin will take you farther and hold you longer than you ever intended."

Barber and Shepherd also joined BCF students for a special time of praise and worship Tuesday night during Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM). Barber encouraged students to experience the joy in their calling as he referenced multiple scripture passages. Shepherd also added, "Don't let the Bible become a textbook and Jesus just a philosophy of life."

Wednesday morning at the close of the conference, Shepherd asked his final question, "Do you cheer God?" He then went on to explain that cheering God meant to applaud God for what He has done, boast about God, and recognize Him as God. He proclaimed that cheering God was a result of truly fearing and truly hearing God.

Barber felt led to go a slightly different direction Wednesday morning as he preached from 1 Corinthians 13. He accentuated the fact, "without love, we are nothing" and pointed out characteristics of a people who truly fear, hear, and cheer God. Barber focused on each characteristic of love that Christians should emanate. "This love must be present in everything we do," stated Barber as the 2012 Prayer Conference came to a close.

Students at The Baptist College of Florida always enjoy hearing Wayne Barber and Rick Shepherd share their journey of faith and are already looking forward to next year's Prayer Conference.