President Jim J. Adams | August 30, 2018

God is moving powerfully within our campus community. More, He is moving within individuals and inviting all of us to something new.

“Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”

There it is. Buried right in the middle of Isaiah 43 God infuses His people with a promise of “Momentum!” This is God’s word for Life Pacific as we boldly begin another school year, actively relishing every moment, and intentionally pursuing the embrace of the Holy Spirit.

And what a beginning it is. This fall, we welcome the largest population of incoming students in decades, possibly since the death of our founder, Aimee Semple McPherson, in 1944. This year’s incoming class marks a significant increase over last year, and more than a third of those are student athletes who are disciplined, skilled, and passionate about competing for Life Pacific.

Group picture of new students during annual Life Pacific's annual City Serve event.

As new and returning students convene in San Dimas for the start of another school year, we welcome each one with a message of life-transforming momentum. This is a “fresh start” for each person, an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to move in each life and to offer fresh revelation. We are convinced of God’s willingness to reveal Himself to students, faculty, and staff with new insights about their individual calling and God’s potential in their lives.

We are aware that some students start or return to campus with personal pain because of family trouble over the summer, financial challenges, spiritual and emotional needs, and diversity issues leaving them marginalized by society. 

"To each student, I offer these words of encouragement: This is your moment!"

This is their moment to hear from God; He has a message of hope and solution. This is the time for each person in our campus community to receive clear direction from their Heavenly Father for their lives and the future. This fresh start is already moving with power and grace. As life returns in earnest on our campus, we pray each person will jump in and experience the momentum. 

Joining our committed and beloved veteran professors, new faculty bring additional opportunities for a fresh start. Physical changes on campus like classroom improvements, a new dedicated student prayer chapel in The Hicks Building, and a state-of-the-art sound system in McPherson Chapel are tangible improvements that will benefit the student experience.President Jim Adams and Campus Chaplain Phil Urdiales cutting the ribbon for the grand opening of Life Pacific's prayer chapel.

Change sometimes brings unintended consequences. With God’s help, we will manage those as well keeping in mind that without consequences we would never experience God’s redemption.

While physical improvements are greatly appreciated, they are merely outward symbols of an underlying surge of life in Christ that is present this fall on our campus. Physical changes provide tangible evidence of a deep and abiding work of the Holy Spirit that is available for open hearts that will receive His fullness.

To each student, I offer these words of encouragement: This is your moment! As you step on campus, this is not just another year of college. Expect to hear directly from God. Anticipate the direction of the Holy Spirit for your present and your future. Begin now to sense a supernatural leading – small or large – for your place in God’s world.

We boldly approach the new school year with godly momentum, assured of the fact that the Lord goes with us – and before us! Together, let’s embrace change, expect momentum, and welcome the power of God.

After all, He is the One who invites us to come: “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland…to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise,” (Isa. 43:19b and 21).