to you all in the Precious Name of Jesus!
Due to computer glitches, some of your emailed work has not reached me nor have
some of my emails gotten through to you. As a rule of thumb, if you have not
heard back from me within three days of your initial email, please contact me,
for more than likely, I have not received it.
I also email an introduction of myself to all of my new students. If you haven’t
received this, you also need to contact me so we can establish our email contacts.
I will be leaving for Finland March 28 to do about two weeks of ministry, including
teaching How To Hear God’s Voice and other seminars plus doing
some private deliverance/counseling. Your prayers for this time of travel and
ministry will be greatly appreciated! Since I will have access to a computer
there, I will also try to keep up with your emails.
There has been some great response to the Thursday night chat rooms held from
9:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. EST! Students are enjoying getting acquainted with
one another plus sharing many other topics of interest. The chatting has been
lively, so please plan to join us at the CLU Online Community!
May you be blessed by the testimonies given this month!
Dr. Karen King
By Patti Virkler
It was the conviction of the founders of Christian Leadership University that
all students at Bible Schools or Christian colleges should be required to read
through the entire Bible as part of their preparation for life and ministry.
The norm, unfortunately, is to only require the reading of selected passages
or books, if any Bible is required at all. To guide CLU students in their meditation
of God’s Word, the Through the Bible series was developed.
In these eight courses, the student reads through the whole Bible from Genesis
to Revelation at an average speed of two chapters each day. The collateral
texts give the basic information about each book, such as author, when it was
written, brief historical context, etc. There is also an outline graph of each
individual book on a single page, highlighting major characters and events,
and how they fit into the larger context. Students make these outlines their
own by meditating on each chapter and creating a unique title for it that summarizes
the content of the chapter for them.
Since the voice of God is central to all CLU courses, students also write
down anything the Lord specifically speaks to them through the chapter, as
well as questions and insights they have. Finally, there are open-ended questions
that encourage the exploration of specific themes throughout the book and on
throughout the entire Bible. Students are guided in building their own personal
theology on a variety of subjects directly through their meditation on the
We believe this series is a vitally important part of the CLU program, and
when the school was started, these courses were listed in the core curriculum
that every student was expected to take. Unfortunately, we have not followed
through on our convictions and have not been consistent in making sure all
of our students have the solid biblical foundation needed for living a godly
life and testing all spiritual experiences. We have been convicted by the Lord
that we have left our founding passion for our students to know the Scriptures,
and we are now returning to it.
Beginning April 1, 2007, all new enrollees of CLU will be required to complete
the Bible Quizzes found online at http://www.cluonline.com/cgi-bin/quiztest.cgi.
Any new student who does not earn at least 70% on any of the tests will be
required to take the course represented by that quiz. Undergraduate students
will earn three credits for each of the Through the Bible courses they successfully
complete. Graduate students will have the option of completing only the work
required in the undergraduate syllabus and earning two credits per course,
or completing an extra project and earning three credits per course.
As a current student of CLU, you will not be included in this new requirement. However,
we strongly encourage you to take the Bible Quizzes and test your own knowledge
of Scripture. If you find that your understanding of any portion of God’s
Word is weaker than it should be, we highly recommend that you include that
Bible course in your college program. God’s Logos is the only
sure foundation for our lives, and all rhema from Him will be in complete
agreement with the whole counsel of God as found in His Word.
Because we feel so strongly about this, we are offering a 25% discount off
the tuition of any Through the Bible course (BIB101 – BIB108) ordered
by a current non-scholarship student during the next two months (until May
31, 2007). Click here to place
your order online. If ordering by phone, be sure to ask for the discount
mentioned in the Christian Leadership University Student Newsletter. (Students
already receiving financial aid may request an addition 10% discount off their
We also believe that lifelong learning is essential for the growing child
of God, so we want to also extend this same 25% tuition discount to all CLU
graduates. Why not make it your goal to complete at least two CLU courses each
year for the rest of your life? God will surely use whatever knowledge and
skill you acquire for His glory.
Feel Like God Has Given Me the Greatest Possible Gift
Ronald L. Goodrich
Dana Point, California
I am 68 years old and feel the energy of God pushing the envelope of what can
be accomplished for Him in retirement. All my adult life, I had a duel career
as a church educator and pastor (part-time) and as a high school math teacher,
staff development specialist, and summer school principal (full-time).
When I retired five years ago, I expected to focus on my hobbies of abstract
painting and learning to play the guitar. Instead I felt this incredible desire
to study everything from post-modernism to the coming clash between Christianity
and Islam. I created and taught two PowerPoint courses on Revelation and Genesis
1-11. When I finished teaching the Revelation class, a godly lady asked if
I had thought of creating a course on prayer. I was beginning to feel the Lord’s
direction in this area, so I took this as a confirmation that I should create
a course entitled, “How to Pray like Jesus.”
The prayers and works of Jesus amazed me. He said he did nothing on his own
initiative, but only did what he saw his Father doing, and only used words
he heard his Father speaking. This meant that the Present Voice of God was
at the heart of everything he did.
It was at this point that I googled, “The voice of God,” and found
Christian Leadership University on the Internet. While I had never heard of
a university dedicated to hearing the voice of God, I was certainly intrigued.
I emailed an inquiry about the requirements and cost of a Doctor in Christian
Counseling degree. I already had a M.A. in counseling, and along with my seminary
credits and other work was able to transfer a significant number of credits
toward a D.C.C. degree. I prayed about it, talked it over my wife and son,
and immediately enrolled.
Fourteen years ago I received a personal prophecy that included:
“ The Lord says. ‘I’m imparting faith to you. Son, I’m
authoring faith. Even now, I’m giving you authority to heal. I’m
giving you authority to be released. I’m giving you authority to flow.”
You can imagine my excitement when in my first course, “Communion with
God,” the whole focus was on the authority to flow. In the personal prophecy,
God said I had to hang around the brethren for a little while to get trained.
And then all of a sudden I would be released. Well, that time is now. And the
brethren I had to hang around with are Dr. Karen King, my academic advisor,
and Dr. Mark Virkler, the President of CLU, who is the creator of the courses
I am taking.
I feel like God has given me the greatest possible gift in the courses I’m
taking at CLU. I can’t wait to get up in the morning and “hit the
books,” which includes not only “Communion with God,” but
also “Counseled by God,” and “Prayers that Heal the Heart.”
These courses are not for the faint of heart, or for those who are unwilling
to be transparently honest with God, and have at least two or three spiritual
advisors. The LAMAD method of teaching and learning is unique, because it is
based on hearing the voice of God in every course. And I don’t feel alone
in my studies. My academic advisor is always quick to respond to all the questions
I have had along the way.
I’ve had a problem with overweight most of my adult life. I have tried
every diet. I would lose the weight, only to gain it back again. In my course, “Prayers
that Heal the Heart,” I learned that this stronghold required more than
will-power to solve. It required a series of seven prayers. As I viewed the
DVDs and filled in the Study Guide, I began to feel this stronghold crumble
as I prayed these prayers in the Name of Jesus. The Lord reveled to me that
my overeating was an attempt to fill the empty feelings in my wounded heart.
A contributing factor to my overweigh was the wound of inferiority feelings
passed on to me by my father and grandfather, which required praying prayers
to break generational sins and curses, and prayers to sever soul ties in this
area. At the end of this prayer time, I was able to say, “Lord, release
in me your self-control as I think about food, and as I prepare and eat everything
for your glory.”
I still have some prayer work to do in this area. The hardest part of this
prayer process is releasing the destructive energy forces that have attached
themselves to my wounded heart. My course, “Counseled by God,” is
teaching me that the Holy Spirit is willing to be my counselor; that He is
willing to come along side me and add His intercession to mine. I am hopeful
for the first time in a long time that my goal of losing the last 15 pounds,
and keeping it off, becomes a reality, because I have the mind of Christ in
this area of my life.
CLU is giving me the means of fulfilling my dream of hearing the voice of God.
The Lord had revealed to me in my study on prayer that there were four ways
of hearing the voice of God. These were in words and pictures, intuitive insights,
godly feelings, and spiritual discernments. CLU not only confirmed these insights,
but is making it possible for me to hear God’s voice as a routine part
of my life.