June 2024 Student Newsletter

The Danger of Preconceived Ideas
Russell Haffner

Someone once said, "Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom." We find this to be especially true when it comes to learning God's word. If we blindly hold to our predetermined notions as we study the Bible we will learn nothing! Some may think they have a pretty good understanding of God's word, while what they actually have is a good understanding of someone's theory concerning what the Bible teaches. They may have learned these theories well, but have they ever really studied for themselves to see the teachings of the Scriptures? Only then will they know if those things being taught to them are in fact true. Well-meaning individuals may mislead us simply because they never consider the possibility that they have been taught someone's opinions instead of Biblical truth. As dedicated students of God's word we must always seek to overcome and eliminate our preconceived ideas.

A gospel preacher once wrote, "A good Bible student must be willing to toss aside all creeds -- whether written or implied -- and reject all assumption, and then accept the Bible as God's revealed truth (John 17:17)." When it comes to God's word we all have had our preconceived ideas. We were taught something about the Bible before we actually study it for ourselves. We must be careful to never see our predetermined ideas as the standard of truth. We should always look to God's word as the final authority for right and wrong. Let us eliminate our preconceived ideas and be open to God's word. In Acts 17:11 the Bereans were commended concerning their attitude toward the things they were being taught. The Scriptures explain, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

"I Lost My Password"

Perhaps you have lost your password and don’t know how to proceed. In our records student passwords are encrypted and not visible, but there are steps you can take to reset your password if it has been lost:

  1. From the homepage of the School, select the "LOGIN" button on the blue menu bar at the school website, which will take you to the bottom of the page to the login form.
  2. Choose the "Lost Password" link below the form.
  3. A new page asking for your email address will be presented. Simply enter the email address you used when setting up your account, click the reCAPTCHA checkbox and then click the "Get New Password" button.
  4. At this point an email will be sent to the email address you entered. In the email there will be a reset link to verify that you do indeed own the email address you entered.
  5. After clicking the reset link in your email, you will be given the opportunity to create a new password. The website will auto-populate the input field with a randomly generated set of characters, but you can type-in whatever you choose. Click the "Reset Password" button, then click on the WVBS Online Bible School logo to go to the main page and login using your new password. If you experience problems in resetting your password "please let us know"