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‘I have a revelation about God’s will for your lives’ Bruce Long Addresses Students in Chapel

‘I have a revelation about God’s will for your lives’ Bruce Long Addresses Students in Chapel

Dallas, Texas- Bruce Long, interim vice president for academic affairs, spoke in chapel today about knowing God’s will for our lives.

In his college years, Bruce had a plan to be an electrical engineer. However, after high school, he attended a Christ in Youth conference. There he sensed God calling him to full-time Christian service.

“The church was always an important part of my life, but that changed that very moment at that conference. Right then, my faith was not second hand just because of my family … it was my faith,” Bruce says. Adding, “I experienced a total shifting of everything–now God was calling me and I wasn’t sure where I was supposed to be. ‘What does that look like?’ I asked the Lord.”

He tells the story of how Paul was on his way to persecute the church when he experienced a “shaking” from the Lord. Or even Paul the Apostle. He had studied for most of his life under some of the best scholars of his time. “How could Paul have known he would use his education to spread the Gospel?” Bruce asks.

“I went to Kansas State University, began studies in the field of electrical engineering, but soon realized after taking a calculus course that perhaps God was taking me in a different direction.”

He then took a preaching course at nearby Manhattan Christian College. There he believed that God gave him some direction concerning his future.

“Its not just about vocation–its about a calling to a specific task or role–about how to engage in God’s Kingdom.”

Think about Paul. He was ridiculed, beaten, stoned and left for dead. But he never questioned if he was doing the right thing. “If you are doing what God has called you to, you are likely to run into some difficult times. That difficulty doesn’t mean that God isn’t directing you to press forward,” says Bruce.

“We shouldn’t limit God’s calling to just what we can think about. Secondly, God’s will sometimes adjusts that calling, changes that role a little bit. That’s what He was doing with me years ago before I came to the ministry of DCC. God put me into a graduate program in education technology. Instead of being an engineer, I was moving into a new industry, and I see how God had been preparing me for the role I am in now all along All of a sudden it became clear. I would use educational technology to help people engage in God’s Kingdom. God brought me here.”

Bruce believes he came with a revelation about God’s will for the lives of the students: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

To put yourself in the best position to hear God’s call for your life and about how to engage in His Kingdom, is to do this. Pray continually. An ongoing conversation with God. You see what He is doing around you. In that conversation with Him, He will show you how to engage in His Kingdom.

In closing, he says: “And giving thanks in all circumstances is difficult! And rejoice always–knowing we have a savior who died, rose, and gives us eternal life. This is God’s will for you, for us.”

To see this chapel and others, visit our website: www.dallas.edu/chapel.

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