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Preacher inspires University students

March 5, 1997

By Keirsten Layne

Lariat Reporter

World-renowned speaker and author Charles R. Swindoll spoke to a crowd Tuesday night in the Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building addressing the question: 'What does it mean to really live?'

Swindoll opened with illustrations about the things people believe will make their lives complete. According to Swindoll, money, youth and beauty are the things people base their life values upon.

He related to everyone in the audience with personal stories and anecdotes including his satirical rendition of a student's prayer at this time during the semester. 'Lord, take my life or take my teacher's life,' Swindoll said.

'Is your worry list longer than your prayer list?' Swindoll asked the audience. He reminded Christians that prayer is a necessary part of everyday living.

Swindoll's message contained four points addressing how a Christian should really live. The first point was that Christians should be 'joyful with an attitude of gratitude.'

'People think that if we get mature we need to get serious. I can't find that anywhere in the book,' said Swindoll.

Second, Christians should be 'earnest in the practice of prayer.' Swindoll referenced Matthew 7: 7-8 as a pattern for petitioning God. 'Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.'

The third point was to 'abound with an attitude of love.' After 42 years of marriage Swindoll has formed a definition of love: Listen to one another, overlook unimportant things, value the person and express your love.

The final point was to 'be established with a heart of holiness.' He recommended to all present that 'accountability helps keep you holy.'

'This was my first time to hear him speak, and I thought it was incredible,' said Matt Pulley. 'He addressed old and young, and he was hilarious, convicting yet uplifting.'

The service included special performances by BRH Choir and Reagan Hughes, a Midland senior. Mrs. Sue Sloan read a scripture from Psalm 91.

Swindoll is president of Dallas Theological Seminary, and he has published more than 40 works. Christians around the world tune into his daily radio showInsight for Living,.

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