by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, National Director and JCN Editor-in-Chief
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a, NIV
You’re probably familiar with this great verse. Only recently did I put it in context. 2 Chronicles 14-16 tells the story of King Asa, 5th king of the House of David, who reigned over Judah from 910-869 B.C. Asa has been my hero ever since I discovered him. “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God” (14:2). He removed idol worship throughout the land. In the 10th year of his reign, Judah faced annihilation from an army more than twice the size of its army. Asa boldly called on God (see 14:11) and a miracle happened! In Asa’s 15th year, “All Judah…sought God eagerly, and he was found by them” (15:4, 15). What a leader!
In Asa’s 36th year, Judah was again threatened. But instead of calling out to God as he always had, Asa turned to the king of Syria and gave him God's Temple treasures. A seer, Hanani, asked Asa why he hadn’t turned to God. 2 Chronicles 9b reads, “You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” My hero put Hanani in prison, then brutally oppressed the people, developed a horrible foot disease, and died 5 years later.
What happened to Asa? He served God well in a difficult role for 36 years but failed miserably in his later years. Asa’s story makes me cry out, “God, deliver me from complacency, arrogance, weariness of doing good (Galatians 6:9). Help me be fully committed to you.”
⇒Keep us near you, Jesus. When we face challenges, help us rely on you and you alone.
Member Connection Video Chat
Are you struggling to really REST? Maybe fighting the wrong battles? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm Central time and join other members via Zoom Chatfor a discussion ofOur Responsibility to Rest and theUnrest Cycle.
Jane Hall, former NCF director, will help us explore how we can find rest for our body, mind, and spirit in this busy and pressured world.
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Timothy Lin, MA, Student Ministries Director
By now, you’ve probably heard about the NCFI CANA Conference, Infusing Hope in Nursing, happening this summer July 19-22 in Azusa, CA! We’ve been working hard in NCF Student Ministry to promote this conference to nursing students across the country. We are praying that God will bring at least 50 students to the conference!
Through the conference, we hope that students will commit to integrating their faith with their vocation—not just be nurses who happen to be Christians but be truly Christian nurses. We are excited for the opportunities they will have to interact with many of you, who can mentor them as they begin their nursing journey.
Additionally, we will gather students together who do not yet have an NCF chapter on their campus. They’ll receive instruction on how to begin an NCF chapter and leave with resources to help them do just that. I can’t wait to see how God will use NCFI CANA to start new witnessing communities at nursing schools!
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⇒Pray with us as we recruit nursing students for NCFI CANA! Pray for nursing schools near you to begin NCF ministry on campus.
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Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, will host Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference, June 18-21, 2018, cosponsored by IWU, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Nurses Christian Fellowship USA. Cost is $450 for registration, materials, meals, and CE; campus housing available for $30 a night.
Hear from leading experts, engage in charitable dialogue, and network with other professionals interested in Christian bioethics at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity's 25th annual summer conference, Bioethics & Being Human, June 21-23 in Deerfield, IL. Reduced early bird rates (in honor of their 25th anniversary) are available through March 15. Learn more.