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April 7, 2019 – Roger Peace


Remembering Dr. Renald Showers

Throughout the history of the Word of Life Bible Institute, our students have been blessed with some of the world’s leading theologians and Bible teachers. Dr. Renald Showers was one such professor.

On April 4th, 2019 Dr. Showers went home to be with the Lord after a long fight against Alzheimer’s disease. He lived a life that reflected the teaching and commitment to “holding forth the Word of Life” (Philippians 2:16). The team at the Word of Life Bible Institute is praying for his family and friends as we remember the legacy he’s left for future generations. If you have a memory of Dr. Showers from your time at the Word of Life Bible Institute, we would love to hear about it in the comments.

We are honored to have known Dr. Showers and rejoice that he is in Heaven, without pain, worshipping the God he served so faithfully with the time he was given on earth.

If you would like more information on the memorial service or to find out ways you can bless his family, you can read his obituary online.

 

Dr. Renald (Rennie) Showers is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Bible (1956), Wheaton College (1958), Dallas Theological Seminary (1962) and earned his doctorate at Grace Theological Seminary (1975).  In addition to pastoral experience in New Jersey (1963-64) and Pennsylvania (1964-67), he has been on the faculty of Lancaster Bible College (1962-63), Philadelphia College of Bible (1967-77; 1980-89), Moody Bible Institute (1977-1980) and the Friends of Israel Institute of Jewish Studies (1989-2016).   For many years Dr. Showers was a visiting professor at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA and at Word of Life Bible Institute (1974-2012) and was a frequent speaker at Word of Life Conference Centers.  In recent years he has been a conference speaker for the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry and a contributing editor for their monthly publication, Israel My Glory.  He and his wife Ellie have two daughters (Renee Showers Raupp and Marbeth Showers Golden) and four grandchildren, a boy and a girl from each family.

Dr. Showers’ primary course at Word of Life Bible Institute was the portion of Church History known as “What on Earth is God Doing?”  (This is also the title of a book he wrote and used in class.).  The course is an overview of the various ways God has interacted with man through human history culminating with the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth. Dr. Showers taught at the Word of Life Bible Institute over a span of 39 school years (Class of 1974 to Class of 2012). Here are some of the books used over the years in the classroom at the Word of Life Bible Institute written by Dr. Showers.

Here are some of the books used over the years in the classroom at the Word of Life Bible Institute written by Dr. Showers.

March 17, 2019 – Roger Peace


Word of Life Revive Band Schedule and Update

This year’s edition of the Word of Life Revive Band is made up of nine Word of Life Bible Institute graduates. Revive is a full-time band that travels and represents the Lord and Word of Life. Since September when Word of Life’s Revive Band hit the road, they have been blessed to minister to over 20,000 people in 127 meetings.  They have seen 331 people make salvation decisions and have collected over 400 applications to the Word of Life Bible Institute. Revive has just finished their winter tour to Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, and in the next few months, they could be near you! 

Revive will be in the following locations this spring:

March 16,17 – First Baptist Church of Galeton, 240 W. Main Street, Galeton, PA

March 23,24 – Pennsville Baptist Church, 3298 Richey Road, Mt Pleasant, PA

March 31 – New Hope Baptist Church,19983 NYS Rt 3, Watertown, NY 13601

April 13,14 – New Hope Community Church, 454 Corinth Road, Queensbury, NY

April 20,21 – Penn Yan Bible Church, 2015 Kimball Road, Penn Yan, NY

April 27-29 – Epsom Bible Church, 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom, NH

May 4,5 – First Baptist Church, 15 N Main Street, Berlin, NY

May 19 AM – Calvary Baptist Church, 578 Station Road, Stacyville, ME

May 19 PM – Cornerstone Baptist Church, 7771 Lewiston Road, Topsham, ME

For times, check out our Word of Life Revive Facebook page.

A few years ago the Revive Band came to our house during the Christmas season and sang for my family! We were so blessed, you might enjoy hearing them here.

For more questions or to book the Word of Life Revive Band for your church, youth group or school, email Tom Phillips at tdphilli@wol.org.

March 16, 2019 – Roger Peace


The Things We Do For Our Kids

As parents, we want the best for our children.  We want them to be healthy and happy.  We want them to be successful. But at what cost?  And with what definition of “success”?

 

Dominating the headlines right now is the sad discovery of parents doing the wrong thing in order to make their children “successful”- rich and famous parents bribing and cheating their children’s acceptance into elite colleges.  This is a sad situation on so many levels, and it clearly shows the moral compass of our culture. While the desire to provide for our children is a God-given instinct, God specifically commands parents to train up their children after His ways, and to model a Biblical lifestyle of integrity before them.

 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-7  

 

As President of the Bible Institute, one of the highlights of my calendar is opening day. I love greeting the new students as they arrive, but I also love seeing the pride (and a little nervousness) on the faces of parents as they drop off their young adults to college. Those parents are experiencing a lot of mixed emotions and nostalgia, but there is also a feeling of confidence. Parents of Word of Life Bible Institute students can trust that during this critical, foundational time in their lives, their sons and daughters are going to be grounded in the Word of God and grounded in the identity that their Creator has designed in them.

 

Even better is that for many of these students, this isn’t their first time with us. I recognize lots of faces because many of them have already served with us. Each summer, 450 high school students converge on our New York and Florida campuses for a program called Camp Crew, a summer long discipleship and leadership program that has demonstrated proven results. Even before their college years, these high school students have been using their summers to invest in eternity and to grow in their faith through life-on-life mentoring, hands-on service, and high-energy activities.

 

In Camp Crew, just like at the Bible Institute, students learn that God is integral to their whole lives. God cares not only about their “spiritual” or “ministry” moments like Bible study, prayer, rallies, evangelism, or discipleship; He also cares about the everyday, “mundane” parts of their lives, like cleaning their dorm room, waiting tables, guarding the beachfront, teaching horsemanship, resolving conflicts, and managing their time. There are no insignificant moments with God.  He is Lord over all.

 

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17 

 

During Camp Crew, students learn that worship is more than just music. Worship is anything we do that gives God the worth and glory He deserves. God receives glory in hard work that matters, in the laughter of godly friendship, in the enjoyment of Sabbath rest, and even in the crazy, sloppy fellowship of the Mud Pit!

 

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

 

This Biblical Worldview extends beyond their time at the Bible Institute. As students matriculate to other colleges and into their vocations and careers, they continue to see God as the center of their lives- and they are having an impact. I am continually hearing from other college professionals that WOLBI students are the best prepared and most active leaders and influencers on their campuses. Servant leadership is part of their DNA. God designed them for a life of influence, and Camp Crew and the Bible Institute has drawn that out. By the way – we offer amazing Word of Life Bible Institute scholarships for Junior and Seniors who do Camp Crew, your student could save up to $4,000 their first year.

What a joy to be a small part of the greater work that God is doing in the lives of young people through Word of Life!

For more information on our Camp Crew Program check it out here: CAMP CREW

Are you a parent of child who has done Camp Crew? Let us know how the program influenced your child in comments below.

March 13, 2019 – Roger Peace


Announcement: 2019 Founders Bible Conference

 

 

Every year at the Word of Life Bible Institute we have the joy of hosting the Word of Life Founders Bible Conference. This year we are thrilled to have Pastor Jarrod Jones and Pastor Chris Goeppner as our Bible teachers.

When you hear of a founders conference it is easy to think it will be all about the past. We are so grateful for our heritage, but we are equally excited about the future. The mission has not changed, the vision is strong and the team at Word of Life is committed to “reaching this generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. Jack Wyrtzen would say often, it is the “responsibility of each generation to reach their generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. We believe this timeless statement is for today and this generation. We look forward to challenging the students about the future and how God can use them!

 

The Founders Bible Conference theme is Forward in Victory. We desire to see this generation move forward in victory as they reach their generation. We are convinced this generation of students at the Word of Life Bible Institute will make a difference wherever God places them.  We witness many of them making much of Jesus in every opportunity they are presented with.

 

We would love to have you join us for this year’s Founders Bible Conference. The music, the Bible teaching and vision for the future will be contagious! If you can’t be here in person, you can watch all of the meetings online as well.

 

For more information about the Founders Bible Conference, check it out here: Founders Bible Conference

March 10, 2019 – Roger Peace


2019 Snowcamp Report: Every Camper – Next Step with Jesus!

Just seven weeks ago I watched 400+ staff and students prepare tirelessly for the arrival of campers. Each year Word of Life Bible Institute hosts Word of Life Snowcamp. Snowcamp is hands down the most fun you can have in 44 hours. Staff and students give all they have to provide campers with an amazing experience. You can check out the weekend in review video here! It is a joy to watch students who have never shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ help lead an individual to understand the Gospel for the first time.  Seeing students serve in the dish pit, the kitchen, housekeeping, maintenance, indoor and outdoor program and so many other areas with joy and excellence is humbling to me. Our counselors who are students at the Bible Institute poured their lives into campers every moment available. Just this morning I was told by a leader “this year the counselors have been the best we have ever seen.” Oh, that these students never loose the joy of serving others! The commitment of every staff and student to help each camper with their “next step with Jesus” is contagious. The spirit on campus these days has been amazing to say the least. Students talking about life-changing conversations and moments of tears and laughter as they recount their Snowcamp memories never gets old. As an alumnus I can remember vividly my Snowcamp Experience. I am so proud of each and every staff and student who has served and made much of Jesus in every situation and moment. Most colleges are preparing students to make a living, but here at the Word of Life Bible Institute we are committed to preparing students how to live. I am convinced when a student is involved in ministry and goes hard after Jesus in their studies, their relationships and ministry – you then have learned what it is to live. This year we have served 2,119 campers at Snowcamp. There has been 218 recorded decisions for Jesus and 1,285 students came forward in dedication stating – I am all in for Jesus, committing all I have and every hope to be to Jesus. Maybe you are reading this and wonder what I am speaking of when I say a person understanding the Gospel, you can learn more here at Experience Hope. If you are an alumni of the Word of Life Bible Institute or a Snowcamp Camper Alumni and you had a memorable experience, would you share it with us in the comments? We would love to hear from you. For more information about our summer camps go here.