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Benefits of a christian degree

The benefits of a college degree are much written about today regarding financial benefits and career advancement. Statistics indicate a 61% difference in annual income between a high school education versus a college degree (Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001-2002). Obviously much depends on the specifics of the particular college or curriculum.

Not as often discussed are the personal benefits that contribute to growth and maturity from the very act of reading and studying. Additionally, there is the satisfaction from accomplishing a fine goal such as earning a college degree. Whether studying on campus or off campus, earning a college degree requires (and thus reflects) to oneself and others:

    Goal Setting Skills
  1. Perseverence
  2. Patience
  3. Positive Attitude
  4. Accomplishment
  5. Sacrifice (time, money, delaying personal pleasures)

Also, the mere discipline of reading and writing (no matter the college or curriculum) requires, and thus reflects:

* Increased vocabulary
* Increased thinking/cognitive skills
* Increased problem solving/logic skills
* Increased ability to learn to learn.

And finally, there is the intangible success breeds success confidence.

Earning a college degree will bless and benefit you throughout your life!

Studying the Word of God is even more valuable.

Scripture teaches and promises us:

And that from a child, thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through a faith which is in Jesus Christ. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (II Timothy 3:15-17)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Blessed is the man that delighteth in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither: and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

for thou hast magnified thy Word above all thy name. (Psalm 138:2)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6)

Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3 and 22:7-10)

Maranatha, Our Lord cometh!

I Corinth. 16:22, II Timothy 4:8 and Rev. 22:20