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Nationally Acclaimed Leader and Author Speaks at Chapel

By Rachel Bender | November 8, 2012

Bob Reccord

With Hurricane Sandy and the national elections still at the forefront of the minds of many, Regent University's featured chapel speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 7, focused his address on what he called "walking through a storm you didn't create."

Nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant Bob Reccord drew from the Matthew 14 passage about Jesus walking on the water and Peter's response to what he saw. The first point he made was that any storm or trial is not unknown to God. "When Jesus sent them into the boat, didn't He know the storm was coming?" Reccord asked. "If He indeed is God, then why did He send them into the face of it?"

The answer, Reccord explained, is simple. "God always allows me to go through a storm when He's teaching me that I can't handle things on my own," he said. "There is a God and none of you are Him."

Not only do trials humble the tried, Reccord said, but they also test the strength of their faith. "What I do when the storm comes shows what I believe regardless of what I say," he explained. "He is showing us who we really are by how we handle the storms."

These trials do offer a challenge, Reccord admitted. "If you get your eyes on the effects or consequences of the storm rather than the Christ who controls them, you and I will inevitably sink," he said, noting Peter's response when he stepped onto the water. "Whether it's a personal storm or a national storm, the focus of your attention will make all the difference."

In the face of hardship, Reccord asked the audience to consider something more important. "The ultimate issue of our land is not what is happening or who is in the White House," he said. "It's what happens in your house. That's what makes the difference in the land."

Reccord currently serves as the executive director for the Council for National Policy (CNP), a non-profit educational foundation based in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the founder and president of Total Life Impact Ministries. Reccord has spoken to more than 185,000 men in the last 5 years. Reccord has also served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, senior pastor at both First Baptist Church of Norfolk, Va., and Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., and co-pastor at Carmel Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. He is also the author of eight books.

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