But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6-8)
Ever struggled with “double-mindedness or unstableness?” These aren’t words we often say, and much less use to describe ourselves. Nonetheless, we are all prone to think one way and act another. As young children, we spent a lot of time in trial and error learning how to walk, talk, ride a bike, etc. We were influenced by other children such as siblings and friends, and we began to socialize as part of our maturation process.
Somewhere during that growth period, our will comes forth and we decide that there is a way, “my way,” that I want to use to govern my thoughts and actions. The will is very important; it is at the very core of my identity and ability to rationalize and think. So, how does my will learn to accept God’s will for my life? How does it learn to function in harmony with the God of the universe, rather than fighting against Him?
Consider the value of having a friendship with someone who has life experience, and is available to share their experiences with you? You might call this person a mentor. There are two important aspects that I have experienced with my mentors over the years: 1) There is an invitation to observe and learn about their lives at a deep level, and 2) there is a perspective to see how they actually behave over a long period of time. The first aspect can happen at the first meeting with a mentor, but the second takes years of relationship. You see your mentor living it out, not just talking about the past, but moving into the future.
One attribute stands out: they know who they are and where they are going. Mentors provide living examples about how to walk in God’s will and remain single-minded for the long haul. The result: a life complete and fulfilled with a spirit settled on trusting Him through out all of life. If you have never had a mentor, ask God to lead you to one. He won’t disappoint you!
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- September 22 In-person Campus Preview Day
- September 23 Movie “Through Deaf Eyes”
- October 1 Dance and Evensong
- October 6 Virtual Campus Preview Day
- October 13-17 Bible Translation Conference
- October 18 Hebrew Discourse Conference and AI Workshop
- November 10 Wycliffe Day of Prayer
BT Conference 2023
The Bible Translation Conference will be held again on the ILC campus October 13-17. If you’d like to help, please click this link to the volunteer form with the complete list of tasks before, during, and after the conference. Click here for more conference information and to register. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to Applying AI in the Study of Languages Workshop
Are you interested in learning more about applying AI in the study of languages? Dallas International University alumna and former faculty member, Dr. Sarah Moeller, will be presenting a one-day workshop from 8:00am – 5:00pm in the Event Center on October 18. This workshop aims to help people from non-technical backgrounds to understand what happens when we apply artificial intelligence (AI) to language-related tasks. The cost is $10 for students and $25 for non-students and is available online and in-person. Register today!
Macro Analysis of Hebrew Poetic and Prophetic Discourse
This one-day conference will feature a plenary speaker (Benjamin J. Noonan), roundtable discussion, and up to 20 selected papers in 3 parallel sessions. The research question focuses on whether macro analysis of Old Testament poetic and prophetic books is possible, given the largely anthological nature of many of the texts. Accepted presentations can be viewed here. Virtual attendance via Zoom is available. A discounted price is available to students. Click here for more information and to register.
North Texas Giving Day
Save the date, North Texas Giving Day 2023 is September 21. DIU is excited to participate again this year, promoting our 4TheWorld-Innovate Campaign, preparing the university technology for training the next generation of global leaders. Can’t wait? Give today!