August 2017 Student Newsletter

Words from the Director
Russell Haffner
Russell Haffner (Director)

During times of difficulty or struggle it is always helpful to hear encouraging words from others. It could be you need reassurance as you dedicate yourself to learning more about God's word and seek to live a life which is pleasing to Him. It may comfort you to learn that many others are also engaged in this endeavor. We currently have over 11,000 students and they are facing many of the same challenges that you face in your own studies. I hope it helps you to know that you are not alone.

I would direct you to look to the encouraging words found in the pages of the Bible. The inspired writers often stated their confidence in the ability of Christians to grow in faith and follow the path of righteousness (Hebrews 6:9-12). The Bible repeatedly tells us that we can be successful in our desire to live a life of obedience. In 2 Thessalonians 3:4 Paul wrote, "And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you." As you seek a better understanding of God's word through an in-depth and comprehensive study of the Bible you need to believe in yourself. It may be difficult at times but you will surely be rewarded if you continue to push yourself to learn more. You can do it!

The bottom line is we all need encouragement and we all need to be encouragers. Each of us has a responsibility to uplift others. Therefore, I want to encourage you to remain confident in your abilities as you continue your studies. Don't let anything stop you as you seek a closer relationship with God.

How to Start Your Lessons

Perhaps you have enrolled in the school but have yet to start your first course. Beginning your studies is easy to do. Once you login to your account simply choose the course you would like to study from the "Course Schedule" option located on the blue menu bar of the school website. The "Course Schedule" reflects the designated order that Formal Students must follow. Informal and Auditing Students are recommended, but not required, to follow this schedule.

Once you have selected the course you desire you then need to register for the course by clicking the "Register" button located on the course page. Once this is done, you will have full online access to the course. You can begin watching the videos immediately by clicking the "Lesson 1" link. From each lesson page you will be able to view a 30-40 minute video lesson presentation.

If you are a Formal or Informal Student you will not only see tabs on the course page for Description and Syllabus, but also for Tests, Course Notes (for some courses) and Course Books (textbooks published by WVBS). Click on the appropriate tab and the document will be displayed. These materials are provided to Formal and Informal Students completely free online. If you desire printed pages, there is a "Print" button located to the upper-right of the displayed document where you can print personal copies.

You may register and begin viewing the courses at any time. There is no official start time for any of the courses. They are always available - 24/7. Why not start your lessons today?