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“Where the Remnant Comes to Train”

COMPLETING YOUR EDUCATION CAN BE DONE!

By Michelle Davenport, ABS - BLCS Graduate



Mark 9:23 (NKJV)

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Any time that we try to move forward in God, the enemy places roadblocks in our way and tells us that it can’t be done.  Those that know God and the power of His Word always gird up their loins with God’s truth and move forward.   From time to time, we need to remind ourselves that Jesus can commission us to be mountain movers!


Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV)

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

It is my pleasure to share an article written by Michele Davenport, A.B.S.  She is a recent Biblical Life graduate that faced insurmountable odds, yet was able to cross the graduation finish line in victory!


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 “For nine long years the record of the mile hovered just above four minutes.  As early as 1945, Gunder Haegg had approached the barrier with a time of 4:01.4.  But many people said the limits of physical capacity had been reached; it was impossible to break the four minute barrier.  However in 1954 Roger Bannister broke the tape at 3:59.4.  And what was the result?  Well, as soon as the myth of the “impossible barrier” was dispelled, the four-minute mile was attacked and pierced by many with apparent ease.  In almost no time the four-minute achievement was bettered sixty-six times by twenty-six different runners!  If one dismisses this as merely the power of competition, the point is missed.  There was just as much competition before the four-minute mile was broken.  What the succeeding runners discovered from Bannister was it can be done” [1]


It can be done!  I started my Associates at Biblical Life College and Seminary while my husband and I were stationed in New York.  I was home schooling two children, running a household, working out, and ministering to my unsaved neighbors (who are now in Japan serving the Lord.)


It can be done! Eight months after I had started college we received orders to Missouri.  As we prepared for transition the final home school classes had been taught, books had been put away, the last item was positioned on the moving truck, and our good- byes had been said, I was still studying for my classes.


It can be done!  As the new directions of our lives were leading us west, I quickly realized that some of our toughest challenges still lied ahead but little did I know the challenges I would face personally would be the eventual challenge of my own survival. We had to find a house, set up camp, and start home schooling again, my girls were becoming young ladies, and my husband was transitioning into his new job as I was trying to stay the course, run the race, and continue my journey at Biblical Life.  It was only moments after we arrived that I knew something was terribly wrong.  My mother’s health was failing her, she was weak, fragile, and fighting for her very life.   For seven months we were in and out of the hospital with my mom, who was also my best friend, seven months she fought for every breathe she breathed and on December 12, 2007 my mother finally  had her crossing over moment that ushered her to the feet of Jesus. I did survive my best friend’s death.  I took several months off from school to mourn my mother’s presence in my life, but then I picked up my books, gathered my strength, and proceeded to the finish line which I crossed on July fifteenth 2010.   Why am I sharing my life with you?  Because it can be done!


You can start school yourself while your homeschooling two children. You can be a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, a minister of God’s Word, a friend to the lost, the house keeper, the meal maker, the bread winner, the teacher, and the student.  You can start your training in one state only to end up in another.  You can say hello to love ones, and good-bye almost within the same breath, but you can never do any of it without the will to finish.  It can be done!  But it cannot be done alone, you will need the guidance of the Holy Spirit every step of the way.


The education I received from Biblical Life College and Seminary has been character building, life-changing, and transforming to the extreme of my own comfort.  Students, sometimes the journey is about the scenery, on occasion the journey is about the geographical location, now and again the journey is about a method or a process, from time to time the journey is about life, and occasionally the journey is about death, but every moment of the journey has the potential to tutor those who say, “It can be done!”   


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Footnote:


[1] McGinnis, Alan Loy. Bringing out the Best in People: How to Enjoy Helping Others Excel.  Augsburg Books, Minneapolis MN.  Copyright 1985.

About the Author

Michelle Davenport, A.B.S.



Michele enrolled into a customized Associate of Biblical Studies in 2005 and graduated the program Magna Cum Laude in 2010.  She and her husband Marty operate a ministry called “Faith Builders” (http://www.fbministries.com/) in the Kansas City area.   Michele is a Christian columnist for a local paper in Kansas City and she has authored three books: Ripened on the Vine, From My Heart to Yours Devotional, and Unexcused Absence.  All three of her books are available at her ministry website (www.fbministries.com) or on Amazon.

Michelle Davenport - Biblical Life College and Seminary Graduate