What Would Jesus Do? This phrase subtitled the book In His Steps by Charles Sheldon in 1886 and later became a popular catchphrase for teens in the 1990’s. Originally meant to show the stark contrast between what so-called Christians do and what Jesus said and taught, its meaning has become muddled by misuse and hypocrisy. I challenge you to read the book: you won’t regret a minute of it.

Think about how this thought-provoking phrase changes every part of our lives. But how it is even possible that we can move away from the Jesus of the Bible? While we don’t know every detail of His life, we have many of His words and actions recorded in explicit detail- not to mention the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! We have no excuse here in this age of freedom and access not to study to become more like Christ, but still we try to give reasons why we can’t live like Jesus did. If we think about Jesus, though, our words must fall away.

Why do we neglect to pray for days in a row? The third Person of the Trinity spent time in prayer.

Why do we lash out in anger at the smallest inconveniences? Jesus didn’t have any food either at the feeding of the 5,000, but He thanked God for what He did have, and see what happened!

Why do we spend money and time on ungodly entertainment? Jesus spent His time teaching, healing, and being a friend.

Why do we use social media to humiliate and downgrade others? Jesus had the power to tell the secrets of everyone He met, but He didn’t.

Why do we spend so much of our time trying to make our church building “the best”? Jesus’ church did not even have a building; they met in people’s houses.

Why are there entire countries without missionaries? Jesus went to the dangerous and hated country of Samaria and commanded His disciples to reach the world.

Why don’t we want to be involved in the children’s ministries? Jesus loved children and always had them near by.

Why do we harbor grudges against others? If anyone has ever had a reason to hate, Jesus did- but He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Why do we think it is a hardship to go on visitation for one or two hours a week? Jesus spent all day in the open air and heat to reach people who would or would not accept Him.

Why do we try to make it easy to serve the Lord? Jesus had no home, His brothers didn’t believe Him, many of His disciples deserted Him, His closest friends turned their backs on Him, He was killed by those He came to save. The servant is no better than the master.

Look at your life right now. How many areas of it would Jesus approve of?

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)

Can anyone see Jesus in you?



I’m Afraid Not


We all do it- the Lord speaks to us through His Word, a sermon, a conversation with a friend; and we push Him away. The Bible says ‘quenched’. Like the Spirit of God puts a fire in us and we pour a bucket of water on it. Why would we do that?

Now when we say, ‘the Spirit’s leading’, please understand that this is not just a vague feeling of wanting to the right thing, or a self-betterment plan. This is a definite, Bible-supported conviction about an action or inaction.  So why wouldn’t do what we know is right?

The main reason that we don’t do what God says is fear. Fear manifests itself in many ways, shapes, and forms and is not always as obvious as we might think. But once we understand the root of the problem, we can better address it by going to the Bible for help. As you read this list, think honestly of what area of your life in which you face this fear- then do something about it.

  1. Discomfort

We don’t like to be uncomfortable. Whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, we will do pretty much anything to stay in our ‘comfort zone’. Thus, a problem arises when God asks (or commands) us to do something that we think will cause us discomfort. Our flesh immediately rebels to the thought of sacrificing for our betterment, or someone else’s. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”, and Psalm 118:27 says, “God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.” Obviously, it is not natural to want to sacrifice ourselves. It is a decision that we must make daily if we want to serve the Lord in any way. If we do, however, God promises us great comfort of the soul. Psalm 71:20-21 is just one example: “Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.” Do you fear discomfort?

2. Inability

We don’t like to fail. There is something in our nature that like to be in control and to be able to do everything; but we can’t. We all have something that we are either bad at, or incapable of doing on our own- and try to avoid situations where that inability becomes obvious. Thus, a problem arises when God asks (or commands) us to do something that we don’t think we can do. Our pride immediately rebels against anything that might cause us embarrassment. Moses faced this same fear in Exodus chapters 3-4. “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” No one knows better than God what our inabilities are, and no one knows better than God how to enable us. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul says, “And he [God] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Do you fear inability?

3. People

We care a lot about what people think about us. Most of our life revolves around pleasing others, whether we realize it or not. Thus, a problem arises when God asks (or commands) us to do something that we think will make us lose other people’s affections. Our emotions immediately rebel against anything that might cause us pain. Jesus warned us about this kind of attitude when He said in John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” If we are doing the Lord’s work, we can’t expect to be treated any other way than how He was treated- and He was crucified! When Israel was afraid, God’s answer in Deuteronomy 31:6 was to “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” He told Jeremiah, “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.” Do you fear people?

4. Disadvantage

We don’t like to think that someone else has it better off than us. Even if we are not in actual need, we can still be jealous of other people. Thus, a problem arises when God asks (or commands) us to do something that we think will put us at a disadvantage. Our pride immediately rebels against our not having what we think is the best. Israel showed this attitude when they asked for a king. It wasn’t enough that God Himself ruled them; they wanted what the other countries had! In Samuel 8:7, “…the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” When we are upset that we don’t have what we think is best, we are basically saying that God doesn’t know what He is doing in our lives. Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Do you fear disadvantage?


We all have fears. Don’t worry; God knows all about them! If we just realize that God has it all under control, then we can have true peace. But if we give in to our fears, we will never serve God as we should.

Are you going to give into YOUR fear?


Peanut Butter and Tears


~Inspired by a quote from Marjorie Hinckley~



When I’m called to heav’n someday

And finally reach those pearly gates,

May God forbid I come alone

With perfect hair, and costly phone,

With fancy nails and brand new car,

And the nicest clothes they make, by far.


But, Lord, let me come in an old, worn van,

Covered in mud from the last fun plan.

May my skirt be worn from a child’s grasp,

My adornments simple and made to last.

With some peanut butter on my sleeve,

And dirt on my hands from helping weed.

With sticky kisses upon my face,

And a smile that’s always in its place;

A tear on my shoulder and a tear on my cheek

From and for all the ones who God’s love seek-

Oh, and may I see others waiting there,

Who I showed the Lord with love and care;

So that when I stand before my King,

He’ll see I lived full all the life giv’n me.


If You Knew


‘Those pesky kids!’ you say again. ‘They cause me only grief-

Picking fights, and noses too; and, even worse, they stink!

They always need attention and they never stop to think,

Oh, pastor, quit that bus route, and I’ll get better sleep.’

But if you stopped a moment and took a second glance

At all those pesky kids you’ve never truly giv’n a chance,

You might see them as the Lord doth see,

Might take a different stance, and love those pesky kids

That come to you through circumstance.

If you saw inside their home and met their family too,

I think that you would see why those kids do the things they do.

If you tasted hunger like the kind she does each day

I think you’d understand why she won’t wait until you pray.

If you felt the pain inside his body and his heart,

I think you’d know the love that God’s compassion only starts.

If you heard their prayer requests so innocently made

I think that it would break your heart and make you bow to pray.

If you knew the reason that she couldn’t sleep last night;

The reason he is late again and looking for a fight;

If you knew the story of each little boy and girl

And saw them as the Lord does see-

A great and costly pearl-

I think that it might change the way you treat those children now

By knowing up in heaven, you must give a full account.

For better that a millstone be placed around your neck

And you thrown in the sea, than to little ones offend.



How to Speak Heartland-ese


I have just completed my first year at the Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK, and can’t wait to go back this fall! However, having endured many quizzical looks and multiple questions about what I thought to be normal words and expressions, I have decided to compile an (incomplete) list of said words and expressions for the use of parents, friends, church members; and for the entertainment of those students who have had to learn these the hard way. Enjoy!

Heartland Baptist Bible College: Terms and Definitions

Volume 1

Compiled by Elisabeth Rasbeary

Note: This article has not been endorsed by Heartland Baptist Bible College. 

  1. Art Wilson I, Art Wilson 2, Brown: n.  are’-t wil’-sun wun, are’-t wil’-sun too, brow’-n; the names of the three men’s dorms. Example: Adam lives in Art Wilson I, Ben lives in Art Wilson 2, and Caleb lives in Brown.
  2. Badge: n. bad’-je; abbreviation for ‘I.D. badge’. This object functions as both a meal card, and (for female on-campus students) a door key.                                                        Example: Don’t forget your badge; you will need it to get lunch later!
  3. Bus: n. bus; (1) free transportation provided to and from church (2) the bus ministry. [The article the is usually omitted when using meaning (2)]                                                            Example: No, I’m not driving to church tonight; I’m taking the bus.                                                                                  Example: Are you doing bus or junior church this semester?
  4. CSC: n. see’- ess-cee’; abbreviation for Campus Student Center. Located in Building D, this area is where both the mail room and lost and found are located.                                                                            Example: I’m going to the CSC to see if anyone found my jacket.
  5. CampusSIS: n. kam’-pus sis’; the website where all student grades, financial information and records are available. [The article the is almost always omitted.]                               Example: Be sure to check CampusSIS regularly to ensure that you were given the correct grades.
  6. Campus Service: n. kam’-pus sur’-vis; a mandatory amount of work required every semester. Single students are required to complete 5 hours per semester; married students, 3. If the student chooses, he or she may pay off the hours at $5 per hour. Ladies may work off their hours in the Cafeteria, Library, or Housekeeping; men may work off their hours in the Cafeteria, Security, or Groundskeeping. The hours may worked off at the student’s own pace and time.                                          Example: I have only finished three of my campus service hours.   
  7. Chapel/Church Check: n. chap’-ul/ chur’-ch che’-k; a room and dorm inspection conducted by the RAs. All students must have left their rooms and lights and appliances must be turned off by checks. Chapel checks are conducted about 10 minutes before chapel. Church checks are conducted exactly 45 minutes before services. Exceptions are made only in the event of illness. [Usually abbreviated to ‘checks’]                                           Example: I got written up because I was still getting ready during checks.
  8. Devo: n. dee’-vo; abbreviation for ‘devotion’ or ‘devotional’. A short lesson, testimony, or encouragement given in the dorms at curfew by either a student or a guest speaker every evening except Sunday and Wednesday.                                      Example: It’s my turn to do the devo tonight. 
  9. Dorm Check: n. dorm’ che’-k; a room and dorm inspection conducted by the RAs every school day at 7:15 AM and every weekend day at 8:30 AM. Room and dorm duties must be completed by this time, and all students must be out of their beds. [Usually abbreviated to ‘checks’]                                     Example: I slept through my alarm, and barely finished my duties before checks. 
  10. Faith, Grace, Hope, Mercy, Peace: n. fey-th, gra’-ce, ho’-pe, mur’-see, pee’-ce; the names of the five women’s dorms. *Note: Grace and Mercy are on the opposite side of campus from Faith, Hope, Mercy, and Peace.*                                                Example: Diana lives in Faith, Emily lives in Grace, Faith lives in Hope, Gracie lives in Mercy, and Hannah lives in Peace. 
  11. Green Slip: n. gree’-n sli’-p; the paper notifying a student that he or she has received hours. (See ‘hours’) The paper is always green, hence the name.                                                      Example: Sue received a green slip today for being late to chapel again.
  12. HA: adj. ait’-ch a’ye; abbreviation for ‘Heartland Approved’. Used to describe clothing and/or behavior in context of the Heartland Student Handbook.                                                          Example: That dress is definitely not HA.
  13. Heartland: n. hart’-lund or hart’ la’nd; abbreviation for ‘Heartland Baptist Bible College’. Formerly known as Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, the school is now located in Oklahoma City, OK.                                                         Example: I know that you will enjoy your time at Heartland.
  14. Hours: n. ow’ers; abbreviation for ‘disciplinary hours’. Instead of demerits or fines, students are assigned hours for breaking rules. A normal punishment is 1-2 hours. These hours must be worked off at the location written on the green slip before one week has expired. After one week, the hours are doubled. The hours may be payed off at the rate of $10 per hour.                                                                                                Example: I have to work off my hours in the Caf before Wednesday.
  15. MK: n. em’ kay; abbreviation for ‘missionary kid’. This term refers to a person whose parents are or were on the foreign mission field.                                                                                 Example:  She’s a MK from Brazil.
  16. MOBS:  n. maw’bz; abbreviation for ‘Methods of Bible Study’. This class, taught by Bro. Jett, is taken by most freshman students. It is notorious for The Acts Project. (ask a student for details)                                                                             Example: Have you started on your Acts Project for MOBS yet?
  17. Official: adj. uh-fish’-ul; the term for a couple that has declared publicly that they are boyfriend and girlfriend. It is considered inappropriate to refer to a dating pair as boyfriend/girlfriend or as a couple until they have announced that they are official.                                                                Example: Ann and Steve just became official!
  18. PK: n. pee’-kay; abbreviation for ‘preacher’s/pastor’s kid’. This term refers to a person who’s father was or is a pastor of a Baptist church                                                                  Example: I’m a PK, my dad pastors in Colorado.
  19. RA: n. ar’-ay; abbreviation for ‘resident advisor’. Each dorm has a certain number of advisors assigned to it. The advisors are responsible for keeping order in the dorm, conducting dorm/church/chapel checks, and answering questions in place of the dean.                                                                          Example: We should go ask our RA before we try to do that.
  20. Shuttle: n. shut’-ul; transportation provided by the school for work purposes. The cost is $60 a month; this fee will allow you to be driven to work every day between lunch and curfew. Vans leave campus every half-hour. They can also be used for special transportation such as going to the airport, etc.               Example: I need to hurry up so I don’t miss the shuttle.
  21. Sign-in/Sign-out Sheet: n. sine’-en/ sine’-owt sheet; a form located in every dorm by the door. Every person leaving campus must list where they are going, who they are going with and when they will return.When they return to campus, they must write in the time of their arrival. If the form is not filled out correctly, hours may be issued.                                       Example: Don’t forget to put Walmart on the signout sheet!
  22. Southwest: n. sowth’-west; abbreviation for Southwest Baptist Church. All students are required to join and attend here unless they are attending their home church. All single students must participate at at least two ministries of the church. The adopted student program operates out of the church, and having this church family helps students feel less homesick.                                                                          Example: I’m doing nursery at Southwest tonight.
  23. Talking: adj. tal’-king; the term used to describe a non-official couple. The parties involved may either be just friends, or be actually interested in one another. The pair may also be known as ‘a thing’.                                                 Example: “Are y’all officially a thing now?!” “No, we’re just talking.”
  24. The Caf: n. caf’; abbreviation for the Cafeteria. Also known as the F building, this facility feeds all on-campus students. Meals and hours during the school week are breakfast (6-7:30), lunch (11:45-1:30), and dinner (5:30-8).  Saturday meals and hours are brunch (10:30-2) and dinner (5:30-8). Sunday lunch is served 12:30-1:30. All employees are Heartland students or staff.                                                                                 Example: Are you going to eat at the Caf tonight?
  25. The Loop: n. loo’p; The sidewalk that connects all the major buildings on campus. Couples often walk here and talk. Where the sidewalk ends across the parking lot from the girls’ dorms is called the ‘drop off point’ because that is as far as the guys can go.                                                                                    Example: Elsie met Tom at the drop off point, then they walked the loop for a while.
  26. The Perk: n. purk’; abbreviation for The Perkspective Cafe. Located next to the cafeteria, this facility sells various food stuffs such as hot coffee, milkshakes, and light meals. It has notoriously slow service and is open most of the day for students to use the area for studying or meeting friends.                   Example: I’ll meet you at the Perk and we can get a soda and study a little.
  27. Written Up: n. writ’-in up; a warning given for violating the rules of the Handbook. A blue paper will be put in your mailbox with the nature of your infraction. RA’s are responsible for issuing warnings, and will usually give 1-2 of them before giving hours for minor offenses.                                                           Example: I got written up for not doing my dorm duties, but at least I didn’t get hours.

Psalm 116


An English rendering of the Hebrew poetry in Psalm 116.

For the KJV of the text, go to:


The Lord hath truly heard my voice;

That’s why I so love Him.

That’s why I’ll call upon my God

As long as I do live.

The fears of death compass me sore;

I dread the river-ford.

The pain of hell has hold on me-

So call I on the Lord.

‘I pray, O Lord, I beg you please:

Deliver my poor soul!’

And gracious is the Lord to me;

Yea, very merciful.

I was so low and yet He helped.

‘Return then, O my soul,

To thy sweet rest, for He’s to thee

So very bountiful.’

He’s kept my soul from dreaded death;

My eyes from bitter tears.

He’s not allowed my feet to fall-

I’ll serve Him all my years.

I was so great afflicted that

When came my darkest hour,

I gave up all my hope in man;

Then God did show His power.

I took of His salvation and

I called upon His name

His benefits are heaped on me:

Oh, how can I repay?

I’ll pay my vows before the Lord

In all the people’s sight,

And know that God will cherish me

If, happenchance, I die.

‘Oh, Lord, I am thy servant;

Have, and am, will always be.

I serve You for You are the One

Who loosed and made me free.

I offer thee a sacrifice

Of thanks, Oh blessed Lord,

And to Thee, my most humble call

Will be directed toward.’

I pay my vows this very day

Inside the temple’s court-

Before the people all I say,

‘Oh praise, oh praise the Lord!’

Psalm 136


An English rendering of the Hebrew poetry in Psalm 136.

For the King James Version of the passage, go to:


O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

God of all gods, who are only falsehood;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

O give thanks to the Lord of all earthly lords;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To the One Who alone doth great things afford;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To the One that by wisdom the heavens did make;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To Him Who stretched earth o’re the water’s deep wake;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To the One Who great lights made to guide mankind’s way;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Made the sun to rule during earth’s long day;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Made the moon and the stars to rule ’till the morn;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To the One Who smote Egypt, took all their firstborn;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To the One Who brought Israel out free from all harm;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Delivered with strong hand, and with stretched-out arm;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Before Him, the Red Sea into parts quickly rushed;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

And He made all Israel to pass through untouched; 

For His mercy endureth forever. 

But overthrew Pharaoh and his avarice;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Then led He His people through the harsh wilderness; 

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Smote kings, though great and famous men;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Og of Bashan and Sichon of Ammon; 

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Giving their land for an heritage fair;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Even for Israel His servant gave there;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

Who remembered us in our lowest estate;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

And redeemed us from all our enemies great;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

To Him who grants food for all under the sky;

For His mercy endureth forever. 

O give thanks to the God of heaven most high;

For His mercy endureth forever.