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January 24, 2012

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen preaches in the R.G. Lee Chapel.

President Thomas A. Kinchen offered an inspirational start to the spring semester chapel services at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville on Monday, January 16, with his chapel series entitled "The After Christmas Specials."

Kinchen welcomed new BCF students, recognized the Lady Eagles volleyball team for their outstanding season, and began the Monday morning chapel service by asking the question, "After Christmas, the presents, wrapping, and decorations, where do you find Jesus?" Referencing the book of Luke, Kinchen read the account of a young Jesus missing from His family. After searching, He was found in the temple listening and speaking with the teachers. Where was Jesus? He was about His Father's work.

"Folks today are frantically searching for Jesus," stated Kinchen. "It's pretty easy to find Him. Just go where God's work is being done, where His word is being proclaimed in truth, and where God's people are worshipping, working, and ministering." BCF students and faculty were reminded not to misplace Jesus in the chaotic holiday season and in their everyday lives.

Tuesday's chapel service continued with Kinchen illustrating the typical "hinting season" of Christmas. For example, people spend months before Christmas hinting to others what they are hoping to receive as gifts. Many times though, people aren't satisfied with their presents. It may not fit or doesn't work exactly how they planned.

Kinchen also observed that around Christmas time, Christians are adamant about wanting to keep Christ in Christmas. "But do they really want Him? It's okay if He's a little plastic Jesus. It's okay if He's warmed by a little twenty watt light bulb in a convenient cardboard manger with some imported hay. That's okay. He doesn't bother us much there, does He? It's even okay if He's the little 'lost' boy in the temple, or a healing Savior, touching those in desperate need. But do we really want Christ in Christmas when He's cleansing the temple and we know there are dirty places in our lives? Do we really want Him interrupting our plans?"

Kinchen closed the chapel packed series Wednesday reading from the book of Micah and focusing on the familiar topic of re-gifting. "How many people have been re-gifting Jesus?" asked Kinchen. "Our Lord does not deserve re-gifting in our lives or in our worship."

Take advantage of all of the inspirational speakers scheduled to preach in the R.G. Lee Chapel Monday through Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please call 850-263-3261 ext. 460 or download the complete spring 2012 chapel schedule at www.baptistcollege.edu.

Recorded versions of all of the chapel sermons are available at wfbu.com.

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen poses with the BCF Lady Eagles Volleyball Team.