THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG, REVISITED

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Said a young skeptic to an elderly lady, “I once believed in God, but now, since studying philosophy and mathematics, I am convinced that God is but an empty word.”

“Well,” said the lady, “it is true that I have not learned these things, but since you have, can you tell me where this egg comes from?”

“Why, of course, from a hen,” was the reply.

“And where does the hen come from?”

“Why, from an egg.”

Then the lady inquired, “May I ask which existed first, the hen or the egg?”

“The hen, of course,” rejoined the young man.

“Oh, then, a hen must have existed without having come from an egg?”

“Oh, no, I should have said the egg was first.”

“Then I suppose you mean that one egg existed without having come from a hen?”

The young man hesitated : “Well, you see—that is—of course, well, the hen was first!”

“Very well,” said she. “Who made the first hen from which all succeeding eggs and hens have come?”

“What do you mean by all this?” he asked.

“Simply this,” she replied, “I say that He who created the first egg or hen is the One who created the world. You can’t explain the existence even of a hen or an egg without God, and yet you wish me to believe that you can explain the existence of the whole world without Him!”

From Myer Pearlman, Knowing the Doctrines of the Bible

Former missionary Rev. Wayne Guge with the Lord

Rev. Wayne Guge
(March 6, 1937- May 7, 2021)

Joy Bible Institute is sorry to announce that former Assemblies of God missionary to Vanuatu, Rev. Wayne Guge, has passed away.

Wayne Guge, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and pastor passed peacefully from this life to his eternal reward on May 7, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.

Wayne Charles Guge was born in Seattle, Washington on March 6, 1937 to Martin and Harda Guge. He spent his childhood years in northwest Iowa on his parents’ vegetable farm. He and his sister would sell vegetables from their wagon around town. The family later returned to Seattle where Wayne spent his teenage years.

In Wayne’s own words, “I was blessed to have been born in a Christian home and to have accepted Christ at the age of five. My first real memory is of going to the altar in a small town church in northwest Iowa. As a teen I had a very deep experience in prayer with the Holy Spirit. From this experience I felt God’s call on my life into ministry, specifically missions.” Wayne graduated from Seattle Bible College in 1960. He earned additional credits from Northwest College (University) of the Assemblies of God in Kirkland, Washington and from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, having received his ministerial ordination in 1967. He met and courted Dora Jean Comnick during his time in college. They married in 1960 and enjoyed sixty-one years as husband and wife.

He served as a youth minister in Kenmore before pioneering a church in Issaquah, Washington in 1964, Issaquah Assembly of God, now known as Eastridge Church. Later they also led churches in Lynnwood and Gleed (Yakima). During his college and early ministry years he also worked in construction learning valuable skills he would later use on the mission field. In 1974 Wayne and Jean were able to fulfill their calling to missions where they accepted an appointment to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia. They established the Marshall Island School of Theology (MIST). In 1979 they moved to the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu, where they completed the building of Joy Bible Institute. He saw the first graduation of students who would return to their islands to preach the gospel. On both fields Wayne used the carpentry skills he had learned to teach and work together with the local population to build the schools.

In 1985 they began missions work in Pohnpei, before Wayne’s health forced him to return stateside. Not willing to allow his health to keep him down, he served consecutively as the pastor for Lincoln City Assembly in Oregon and then Copalis Crossing Assembly, Copalis Crossing, Washington, before pioneering one last church in Ocean Shores, Washington: Shores Fellowship Assembly of God. In between his later stateside ministries, Wayne and Jean started Googies Ice Cream and Candy in Ocean Shores, Washington, which became a must-stop landmark for Ocean Shores tourists for five years. Wayne made the ice cream and fudge from “scratch”. This fulfilled a dream of the family to own an ice cream store called “Googies”. The store continues to run under the name “Murphy’s Ice Cream and Candy”. The store has been in continuous operation for twenty-six years.

Wayne Guge was a dedicated minister, but he was also a man who loved to work with his hands. In addition to building several churches and Bible schools, Wayne also built or remodeled homes for his wife and family. He passed on from the home in Ocean Shores that he had continuously remodeled over twenty years from a small bungalow into a large and beautiful home for his beloved wife. Of course, being who he was, it was always in at least some state of remodel.

Wayne is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Dora Jean, two children, Phillip Guge (w. Donia) of Hoquiam, and Julia Decker (h. Butch) of Ocean Shores. He was blessed with six grandchildren: Kathryn, Joshua, Ryan, Ben,(w. Ashley), Isaac, Portia as well as two sisters: MaryAnn Johnson (h. Jim) of Boise, Idaho and Sharon Williams of Eagle Point, Oregon, and many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law.

Joy Bible Institute expresses their thankfulness for the ministry of Wayne and Jean Guge. May the God of all comfort be with the family and loved ones.

ESV 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 — But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

A New Revelation?

Do you long for a new revelation?

Jesus Christ is THE SAME yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings…” (Hebrews 13:8–9, ESV).

If it’s new, it’s not true. 

Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings…

The writer to the Hebrews tells us in his very first sentence that God’s final word is his Son Jesus Christ.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but IN THESE LAST DAYS HE HAS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power…” (Hebrews 1:1–3, ESV).

The message of his letter is that nothing else compares to Jesus. He is God’s final and greatest word. We must cling to Jesus as he is revealed in Scripture.

Then in the last chapter, the writer warns us not to be led astray by different teachings because “Jesus Christ is THE SAME yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8-9).

Don’t look for new revelations. God has revealed himself in the inspired written Word of God: 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, ESV).

2021 Information

Skul yia hem i stat long namba 1 Maj 2021. Plis mifala i askem yu blong yu folem gud ol samting we bambae mifala i talem long pepa ia.

  1. Registration or taem blong yu pem skul fi blong yu bambae i stap long Mande, namba 1 Maj mo taem blong skul or klas i stat long namba 1 Maj. Man we i kam let blong pem skul fi blong hem, bambae mifala i mekem hem i mas pem 1,500vt antap long skul fi blong hem, from we hem i mestem blong kam long Mande. Sipos yu mestem eni klas mifala daonem grad blong yu 3 points wan wan klas. Hem i impoten tumas yu stap long stret taem. Taem blong pem skul fi hemi stap long 2:00 – 4:00 long Mande aftenun. Baebol Skul bae i provaedem kakae stat long Mande 1 Maj long sapa.
  2. Fi blong styuden long 2021. Long 2021, mifala i gat trifala tem. Skul fi blong ful yia long styuden we oli slip long skul hem i 139,500 vatu long wan yia. Olgeta we oli AOG we oli slip long skul hem i 123,000 vatu long wan yia from we oli kasem wan skolasip. 
General breakdown of school fees

Smol tok save: Taem we yu kam rejista long 1 Maj, yu mas pem skul fi blong tem. Sipos yu kam rejista wetem haf mane blong skul fi, skul i alawem yu blong mas pem narafala haf we i stap long six wik nomo. Sipos skul fi hem i 46,500 vatu, yu mas pem 23,250. Afta six wik, yu mas pem narafala haf (23,250). Sipos yu no flatem long six wik ia, bae mifala i sanem yu aot long skul. Sipos yu yu wan styuden blong AOG, skolasip hem i ridyusum skul fi long 41,000 vatu. Yu mas pem 41,000 long 1 Maj, sipos no yu save pem haf olsem 20,500 vatu long 1 Maj mo 20,500 vatu afta six wik. Evri styuden mas pem 20,000 vatu long taem hem i kam rejista.  

Skul yia :

  • 1st Term: 1 Maj – 13 Mei (Registration 1 Maj)
  • 2nd Term: 31 Mai – 12 Ogis (Registration 31 Mai)
  • 3rd Term: 6 Septemba – 21 Novemba (Registration 6 Septemba) 

Smol Tok Save: Mifala i plan blong gat plante textbook. Praes blong olgeta textbook blong wan wan tem em i 10,000 vatu. Mane ia mifala em i putum finis insaed long skul fi blong yu.

Sam samting yu mas save bifo yu kam long Vila.

  • Yu mas tekem wetem yu naf mane blong pem ol samting olsem pen, pensel, toeletpepa, senta we i blokem smel blong swet, sop blong wasem klos, mo sam narafala samting.
  • Taem yu kam, yu mas karem sheet bed mo pilo from we Baebol skul hem i no provaedem.
  • Ol gel / boe styuden i mas slip insaed long campus. 
  • Skul i gat fasin blong yu dres gud taem yu kam long klas. Mifala no alawem yu blong werem t-sot long klas. Man i mas gat sot wetem nek mo gel hemi mas werem dress o sket wetem blaos.
  • Taem yu kasem Vila yu save ringim mifala blong pikimap yu o yu save kasem wan bus blong karem yu i kam long skul campus.

Mifala i prea se God bambae i mekem bigfala samting insaed long laef blong yu taem yu stap wetem mifala. Mifala i glad we yu jusum blong kam long Baebol skul. Mifala i askem yu blong yu kam wetem wan hat we i open blong lisin long toktok blong Masta mo rere blong folem rul mo lisin long olgeta we oli stap lukaotem Baebol skul. Bambae God i blesem yu! Sipos yu gat eni samting blong askem mifala, mifala i askem yu blong ringim mifala long telephone namba 7109983 (Dean of styuden), 7736185 (Principal), 27401 (skul office).

Tangkiu tumas,

J. Gary Ellison
Principal

2019 School Calendar

Here are the dates for our terms for 2019:
Term 1 (Mon, 4 Mar 2019 – Thu, 16 May 2019)
Term 2 (Mon, 3 Jun 2019 – Thu, 15 Aug 2019)
Term 3 (Mon, 9 Sep 2019 – Sun, 24 Nov 2019)

2018 Calendar at Joy Bible Institute!

Students, mark your calendars! School starts March 5, 2018. Below are the Joy Bible Institute terms for 2018.

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Term 1: Monday, March 5, 2018 – Thursday, May 17, 2018

Term 2: Monday, June 4, 2018 – Thursday, August 16, 2018

Term 3: Monday, September 10, 2018 – Sunday, November 25, 2018

We are looking forward to a great year in 2018!

2017 Calendar

Mark your calendars! Here are the Joy Bible Institute terms for 2017:
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• Term 1 (Monday, 6 March 2017 – Thursday, 18 May  2017)
• Term 2 (Monday, 5 June 2017 – Thursday, 17 August 2017)
• Term 3 (Monday, 11 September 2017 – Sunday, 26 November 2017)

CULTS SEMINAR (and Islam)

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 3.12.21 PM.pngJoy Bible Institute is sponsoring a Cults Seminar Friday evening and Saturday morning, 17-18 June.

The following speakers will contribute: Pastors Kiel Maimai, Philip Naias, Maurice Nicholson, Dave Wood, and J. Gary Ellison.

Seminar Topics include:

  1. Introduction to the Cults
  2. Jehovah’s Witnesses
  3. Seventh Day Adventism
  4. Islam (The Religion)
  5. Mormonism
  6. Conclusion: How should we respond?

DATES and TIMES

17 June: 7 pm to 9 pm
18 June: 8 am to noon

COST: FREE

PLACE: Joy Bible Institute Chapel

The English portions of this seminar will be translated into Bislama.

FREE NIGHT COURSE: Genesis 1-11 and its application to scientific evidence and implication for values

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Joy Bible Institute is sponsoring a night course on Genesis chapters 1-11 and its application to scientific evidence and implication for values.

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Maurice Nicholson

The course will be taught by Maurice Nicholson who has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in biology. For 11 years, Maurice worked as a scientist with the Depart­ment of Primary Industries at the Mar­oochy Research Station in southeast Queens­land, Australia. His work was in the areas of pineapple flower induction, selection and testing of mutations within banana varieties and breeding of paw-paw (papaya).

This course will focus on the intersection of the Bible with science and values, with special attention given to the first eleven chapters of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Science teachers and students are especially encouraged to attend.

DATES: Every Monday night, 13 June through 1 August
TIME: 6 pm to 9 pm
COST: FREE