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Benediction for LABTS Graduation 2013

The Los Angeles Bible Training School graduated another class of Bible students last week. These graduates have earned a Bible certificate that equips them to carry on their ministries with greater depth and more training, based on a systematic study of the Scriptures. The commencement speaker was Dr. Clint Arnold, dean of Talbot School of Theology, who spoke from Ephesians 1.

At the end of the service I gave this benediction, which a few people have asked to see:

The word of the Lord that goes out of his mouth will not return to him void, but will accomplish what he desires and will achieve the purpose for which he sent it.

May he give you words in opening your mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, so that in that day when you are called to witness about Christ, it will be the Spirit of your Father that speaks within you. May his word be a lamp unto your feet and light unto your path. May you tremble at his word. May the word of Christ dwell in you richly. May the word of God be sharp as a two-edged sword in his hand, and may it be the sword of the Spirit in your hand.

May you hear his word, know his word, love his word, rest in his word, and proclaim his word with boldness.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, amen.








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