100 Students Make Professions of Faith
More than 100 students made professions of faith during Bluefield College’s 21st Annual Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, September 26-28.

100 Students Make Professions of Faith

By Chris Shoemaker | September 28, 2012 | RSS

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Youth evangelist Tony Nolan speaks to BC students during the school's Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week, September 26-28.




More than 100 BC students come forward to make professions of faith during Christian Emphasis Week.




More than 100 BC students come forward to make professions of faith during Christian Emphasis Week.




Student worship band "Becoming More" leads worship for Duremdes Christian Emphasis Week.



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Motivated by the challenge of keynote speaker and nationally renowned youth evangelist Tony Nolan, who urged the students to be bold in their faith and to consider their day of reckoning, the students pledged not to be timid Christians and to believe in God with all of their heart.


“God is using Tony in phenomenal ways,” said BC campus minister David Taylor about Nolan’s inspirational ministry. “He is reaching thousands of young people with the power of God’s word, and this event (Christian Emphasis Week) has impacted the lives of dozens of students on our campus and in our community.”


Sponsored by Drs. Gene and Jane Duremdes of Princeton, West Virginia, BC’s Christian Emphasis Week is designed to challenge students and the community at-large to “examine their spiritual lives” through the facilitation of inspirational speakers, like Nolan. Sensing a “special calling to share with the students of Bluefield College some of the blessings [they] have received from the Lord,” the Duremdes say their hope is that the annual event provides the opportunity for students to “seek answers to life-impacting questions.”


“It’s their (the Duremdes) desire that every student at Bluefield College know the love of God,” said Taylor about the purpose of the annual Duremdes event, “and that through Christian Emphasis Week students have a genuine encounter with Christ.”


And that they did this year as Nolan spoke about society’s view of Christianity and how the world wants to put Christians in a corner to keep them quiet. He shared descriptions of God’s marvelous creative power and scientific details of how He sustains the universe in order to encourage the students to defy the world’s view and to be bold in declaring their faith.


“We can’t let the world rob us of God’s awesome creative, sustaining, forgiving power,” Nolan told the students. “The God of the universe is still God, and if He can do all this (creation) from scratch, imagine what He can do with your life.”


Nolan, the son of a “mentally insane homeless prostitute,” also shared his life story of mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of foster parents and an adoptive father who often told him, “I wish I’d never bought you.” He spoke about how he turned to drugs and even attempted suicide to end his pain and suffering.


“I came to the haunting realization that the highs (from drugs) were never enough to completely rid me of the pain and hurt,” Nolan said. “I realized I needed a creator, a sustainer, a forgiver. That’s when I surrendered my life to God and experienced the redeeming power of His grace. From then on, my life has been radically changed, but not because of anything I did, but because of the love and the saving grace of God.”


But, Nolan said, he’s not the only person who needs God. We all have sinned, he said, and fall short of the glory of our Creator. In fact, he told the students, “we all will have a day of reckoning, a day where we will all stand before the God of the universe and give an account of our life.” He used scripture from Matthew 7 where Jesus declares, “not everyone who says, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” to urge the students to be prepared for that day.


“Do you know for certain that these verses are not about you?” Nolan asked the students about the scripture that describes God sending away people who mistakenly thought they were believers. Romans 10, he suggested, provides the answer and implores Christians to base their believe in God on more than just knowledge and speech.


“Make sure this (being sent away by God on judgment day) doesn’t happen to you,” Nolan told the students. “Make sure you have a proper belief in Jesus. You got to have that belief in your heart and not just your head.”


More than a hundred BC students responded to Nolan’s pleas during Christian Emphasis Week with first-time and renewed commitments of faith.


“One thing Tony does consistently in his message is reveal the love of God,” said Taylor. “He shows us how God loves us, how much we need God, and how we can grow in our relationship with Him.”



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