Thursday, May 18, 2006

Word to Graduates: Fear God and Keep His Commandments

UVA has another graduation this Sunday morning (May 21). It has always bothered me that this has to take place on the Lord’s Day, and we are never able to attend to wish our JPBC graduates well. Anyhow, several of our members and faithful attendees will be receiving diplomas. They include those receiving graduate degrees: Jason Brege (Law); Vanessa Kwong (Law); Melia Hatfield (Education); Emily Newman (Education); and Crystal Olson (Chemistry); and undergraduate degrees: Nathan Vassar and Ashley Bristow. I fear I might be leaving out someone, so my apologies ahead of time if I forgot you! Some of these will be moving on to new places after graduation. Others we will get to keep in our fellowship as they stick around Charlottesville.

The book of Ecclesiastes closes with these fitting words from the Philosopher-King:

12:11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.
12 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.

Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle

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