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Winter 2010 Rapport: Thoughts from the Prez

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“Our future is
given confidence or
cynicism in direct
relation to our

As a young pastor, I visited an elderly church member in the hospital. Though she was quite ill, I found her scribbling notes on a piece of paper with a stubby pencil. I asked her what she was writing. She said it was a list of all the times God had answered prayer during her life. She was listing answer number 54 as we spoke. I learned a lesson that day: perspectives on today’s circumstances have roots, for better or worse, in the past. Our future is given confidence or cynicism in direct relation to our perspective on the present.

The prophet Samuel observed that certain markers in life indicate that God has been with us “thus far” (1 Sam. 7:12). His victorious event came only after military defeats, spiritual flameouts and a painful interlude of more than 20 years. Without that context, Samuel’s words have little meaning. As you view AGTS’s historical time line (pages 5–8), I hope it will remind you of your own experiences here. But heartwarming reminders and even wonderful nostalgia cannot contain the treasure represented in the 37 years of AGTS history. Each event in the time line is a “thus far” that gives us courage to believe that the God of “thus far” will be the God of yet to come.

President Byron D. Klaus

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Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:53 AM

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