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College Days 2014 Chapel and Class

by ABI Admissions (10/29/2014)

As the final bells were ringing for our school day to begin, Rev. William Chapman, an adjunct faculty member at ABI, brought all of our guests to the upperclassman classroom and led them in a joyful rendition of "Rise and Shine". Rev. Chapman taught the first hour about ministerial principles and taking up the burden of the ministry that you've been called to. Second hour, we heard Rev. Sidney Poe, from The Pentecostals of Alexandria, LA , teach about our different personalities and how they are divinely aligned to our ministries. We then headed to our daily, student-led, chapel service in which our student body president would be preaching. Bro. Justin Bishop spoke a beautiful and stirring message of taking His yoke upon us and attaching ourselves to a burden. He closed his message by connecting taking up our yoke to Jesus taking up the cross. He spoke passionately and used compelling visuals. The memory of that old yoke, cross and an empty chair will forever be imprinted in our minds. We had a beautiful move of God as many young people shed things of the world and committed to taking that burden of the call upon their own lives. After our chapel service, Rev. Andrew Reece taught our third hour class on Bible geography. He described and mapped the journey of Abram from Ur to the Promised Land, highlighting how obedience to the direction of God was essential.

From the first hour to the last there was a call for all of us to enter into ministry in whatever way we can. Ministering to someone does not require a pulpit; it does not even require a Bible study chart, though both are great tools. Ministering to someone requires that we answer the call of God on our lives and not allow our lack of skill, our fears about who we are, or our location to deter us from what God has called us to do.

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College Days 2014

by ABI Admissions (10/24/2014)

The theme for our preview weekend this year is simply , "I am the difference". This theme will flow in and out of each message and lesson. This generation needs difference makers. We know that Jesus and the truth of His Gospel will make a difference, but we must put the knowledge into action and follow the hand of God. Only then will we be able to say "I am the difference".

As our guests registered, expectation and excitement was high. The ABI student body has been praying fervently for the lives that would be impacted this weekend. Bro. Aaron Wright preached an incredible message about blending in with Babylon. Stressing that we have been called out to be separate, he pointed to the story of Daniel purposing in his heart not to defile himself. There was a beautiful spirit during the entire service. We were interrupted as God swept in and gently touched each heart in the middle of Bro. Wright's sermon. Speaking with authority and an apostolic boldness we were instructed to push back the worldly influences trying to infiltrate our holy lifestyle. We were warned of the effects of feeding our spirits things that were acceptable in the world's eyes. Bro. Wright challenged us to lift our eyes and hearts higher and question how almighty God feels about our choices of entertainment. As the service came to a close, a call was given to wage a spiritual war on the things attacking our apostolic women. Every person in the place lifted their God-given voices as we pushed back the darkness attacking our generation. There was liberty and power in the building that no tongue could properly describe. Certainly, we had heard a life-changing message and encountered a life-changing God in a very real way.

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Rev.Aaron Wright Preview Weekend Guest evangelist

by ABI Admissions (10/17/2014)

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Aaron was brought up with a Pentecostal heritage by his mother and father, Mike and Cassandra Wright. While attending Hughesville High School, Aaron felt the call of God to preach the Gospel. Standing at the crossroads, the choice was to pursue a football scholarship or go to the Apostolic Bible Institute. At the District Four All-Star game, Aaron remembers walking off the football field for the last time, hearing God speaking to him. "l want you to give your life to Me". It was then he decided to go to the Apostolic Bible Institute and pursue the call of God.

While obtaining his education at the Apostolic Bible Institute, Aaron worked full time at Ritrama in Minneapolis while attending school. After his first year; he married Jessica Wright, his high school sweetheart. Aaron and Jes returned to school, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Theology and Jes graduated with an Associate's degree in Theology and Music.

After graduating college, Aaron and Jes moved back to Williamsport, Pennsylvania where they serve their pastor, Roger Betterley. Utilizing their college experience, they have served locally as Sunday school teachers, outreach coordinators, New Life course instructors, Bible study teachers, and worship leaders. Aaron was elected as the Section 2 youth representative, and is currently serving in that capacity.

Aaron's life has shown that the call of God isn't always easy, but it is rewarding. Through his experience, he has leamed that If you put in your time in, God will honor you and use you. Aaron has had the opportunity to serve for 8 years on a local and district level. He also has had the privilege of travelling to minister for youth revival, youth conventions, sectional youth rallies, Youth Day at church camp, and also church revivals. Out of those events, Aaron says teaching home Bible studies is closest to his heart.

Aaron is currently serving his pastor while evangelizing part time. He and his family are making the adjustments to start traveling full-time in Evangelism.

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Ministry Focus Week

by ABI Admissions (10/9/2014)

We have stepped away from our regular schedule this week. We have split the Christian Ministry students and the Music students and have taken this week to focus on developing those ministries. Rev. Norman Paslay II has been leading our Christian Ministry students into a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a minister in today's day and age. With lessons like: "What Jezebel Hates", "Strongholds", "The Battlefield of the Church" and
"The Art of Communication," our Christian Ministry students have been equipped and inspired to reach this world.

The effectiveness of the teaching in this ministry focus week has already been felt in our daily chapel services. Our students have taken what has been given to them in class and added it to their sermons and testimonies, which has resulted in many tremendous sermons. One of our Junior ladies spoke about "Pearls in your Pain". She related our life experiences to that of an oyster, which grows a pearl because of an irritant. Some of our most valuable experiences and effective ministry tools begin in our lives as painful situations. Working from that thought and a from a lesson taught by Rev. Paslay, she related to us the value of hard circumstances, noting that the gate to heaven is a pearl. Maybe that is because one day when we walk through those gates, we will know that everything we have gone through has brought us to this point. Now, we can walk past the gate knowing all the pain and everything that was symbolic of it is behind us.

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Flying the Gospel to the jungle

by ABI Admissions (10/9/2014)

The picture below perfectly captures what it means to be part of the ABI alumni network. Jonathan DeVall (left) and missionary to Brazil Rev. Bennie DeMerchant (right) are flying the Gospel all over the Amazon. Jonathan graduated in 2010 and Rev. Demerchant graduated in 1957. The alumni network stretches far and wide and opens many doors.

Jon is currently trying to raise his budget to go on a long-term AIM assignment. He intends to go full-time in the country of Brazil to assist Rev. Demerchant by flying both seaplanes all over the jungle as Rev. Demerchant has done for almost 60 years.

It is incredible to see a missions field that was established and dug out by an ABI graduate be able to continue through the efforts of another ABI graduate. We look forward to more incredible reports from Manaus and the jungle surrounding it.

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