And to all the contestants who did their best on contest day but didn't qualify... You're all winners in my eyes:)You did your best for God's glory, and that's all that matters. So, Please don't stop studying the Bible. Press on! I promise you that you will continue to grow in your relationship with God, as long as you continue to seek Him with your whole heart. And the rewards of doing that will far outweigh any earthly prize!
I'm especially excited for the 15 qualifiers from our local hive in McMinnville, who I had the privilege of spending the summer with. Caleb, Olivia, Bethany, Jacob, Kelsey, Elora, Elijah, Katrina, LeAnna, Kirsten, Hannah, Esther, Noah, Louise, & Mikell; you all did an excellent job and I'm so glad you will be able to dig into God's Word, and learn more about Him in preparation for Nationals.
And lastly, I wish to give my wholehearted congratulations to the contestants who were not part of my local hive, but who I enjoyed studying with, and encouraging via the web and other outlets, over the summer. I really enjoyed studying with you, and getting to know you better. Jordan, Nathan, Bethany, Alex, Carissa, Matthew, Anna, Kristin, Nick, Katlin, Rachel, Anna, Ryan, Lucy, & Audrey. You all did a amazing job in the competition, and I'm so glad I will be able to see you at Nationals! (some of you for the first time:)
I wish you all the best, and I will keep you in my prayers as you prepare and study for God's glory!
|"But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.|
|And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,|
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
|For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed |
to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
|Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: |
and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified." Romans 8:25, 28-30