The College of Biblical Studies trains Christian leaders to apply biblical truth across various arenas. This unique program requires unique library resources like the Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI). Through our institutional membership with the American Theological Library Association, CCU students and faculty can access CDRI, a digital database of images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.
To locate resources or items for your research in biblical studies using CDRI:
- Use the Search Form and keyword searching to locate images.
- Browse individual or selected collections using the Limit by Collection
- Click on the name of the collection to see a collection description, which may provide ideas about relevant search terms.
- Select the collection or collections of interest, then click on the “Submit” button, which will bring you back to the Search Form.
- Enter search terms and your results will be limited to the collection(s) you selected. If you click on the “Search” button without filling in any search terms, the results will allow you to browse the entire collection(s) that you selected.
When I first set out to finish my bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies I believed my study would develop my writing, speaking and teaching giftings in my current calling of Women’s Ministry. However, I soon realized my education had greater implications. My recent Christian Missions class delivered shoe-leather strategies that were immediately put into practice. Equally, my Building Teams course offered concrete techniques to the beliefs studied that directly influenced my leadership acumen to centralize teams in the field.
When I first became a believer in 1991, I read scriptures like “go into all the world making disciples” and “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judah, Samaria and to the ends of the earth” and I often wondered what this would mean for me. Is it possible the Lord could use me to influence other nations? I just couldn’t picture myself in the jungles of Africa, the war-torn regions of Sudan, or in the punishing heat of the Middle East, and so I rendered myself useless when thinking of any kind of mission’s work.
I began to pray and ask God where, if anywhere, He might find me helpful. Over time He stirred my soul for the Irish, which in reality wasn’t too far-removed from my heart to begin with. You see, my mother was born and raised in Ireland, my Dad in Scotland, which made this California girl a natural born Irish and British citizen. A love for the Irish already ran deep within my veins.
I asked God for an invitation to confirm His call, and this summer marked my 5th trip to the breathtaking Emerald Isle. Over those 5 years, I’ve seen God’s amazing handiwork: Salvations; leadership, marriage, men’s and women’s conferences; holiday bible clubs; street witnessing; outreaches to Asylum Seekers; and my favorite, strengthening and encouraging Pastors and their wives to keep running the race.
This summer, our team of 22 joined God as He orchestrated a trip where we watched Him change lives through Holiday Bible Clubs and Women’s Conferences in three different cities. My husband, Ted, taught classes in Homiletics and instructed men in leading their families. We stood in wonder as several children, teens, young adults and ladies made professions of faith as we boldly shared the Good News of Jesus Christ. We left behind resources and materials for smaller churches in desperate need. We trained local leaders in children’s ministry and we were further amazed as one of our own team members came home to pray about returning as a missionary. He remains faithful!
The courses at CCU are effortlessly transferable to all ministry. Every class I complete, I’m astonished at how it improves my ministry. The modules don’t distract or take me away from ministry “until I finish school”. Quite the contrary, studying at CCU is the perfect partner with ministry that makes it more alive, and certainly adds depth and value.
Dig into the Digital Library World with DPLA
Learning to use virtual resources and perform digital research takes practice. The Calvary Chapel University Library has a wealth of free online resources to support your course of study. In order to become proficient at online learning and develop research and study skills, much like learning to play an instrument or ride a bike, you’ve got to repeat it over and over – practice.
One of the resources we point to in the CCU Library is the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). As the website describes, “DPLA is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.”
Practice makes perfect, so jump into learning by embracing the scavenger hunt that is DPLA. Once you’ve perused the home page and gotten a feel for the site, you may need tips on how best to search.
The site also offers Frequently Asked Questions and Guides to help you navigate the “how” of this digital library collective. With over 22 million resources in this impressive collection, there is wealth of learning to be found. Dig in, the practice will be worth it!
1 These 5:16-18
v.16 Rejoice always, v.17 pray continually, v.18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.
We often wonder about God’s Will for our lives. Here is the answer!
1. Rejoice…when we rejoice, dread, fear, hopelessness, despair, and worry cannot inhabit the same space. To rejoice is simply to have a thankful heart as we abide in Jesus’ love for us and trusting in His deep care for us.
2. Praying continually is the antidote to worry. Here is a simple aid; each time a worry or item you normally fret over enters your mind, simply insert the following:
“JESUS, you see what I am thinking and I ask you to please take it from me and take care of it, amen.”
3. Thankfulness! To be thankful is to be grateful, gracious and eager to lavish praise on a God who really does delight in you!
Rejoice…Pray…(don’t worry)…Be thankful…THAT is the Will of God for you and me today!
When we do this, it shows complete trust and contentment in God and that is when everything else we hope for begins to unfold.
“Seek first His kingdom and righteousness and ALL these things will be added unto you.”