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David Edwards Speaks at UC’s Opening Convocation


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — On Monday, August 27, students, staff and faculty attended a special family-oriented service at the O. Wayne Rollins center on the University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus for the opening convocation ceremony. Dr. Rick Fleenor, Director of Church Relations and Convocation for UC, expressed his excitement about the beginning of the year and how UC has a “desire to leave a legacy to the next generation about the great love of God.” Dr. Jim Taylor, President of UC, then approached the podium and, to hearty cheers from the crowd, shared the news that Cumberlands had just broken 4,000 enrollment and is heading towards the 5,000 mark.

The heart of the ceremony was the moment of worship, led by Brent Foley, UC alum of 2009. Students and staff alike spontaneously stood and worshiped Christ as a Cumberlands family through song and prayer.


Inspirational speaker David Edwards addressed the UC family on the situation of how people consistently allow unfair and illogical comparisons to hold them back, and more importantly, keep them from a healthy, growing relationship with Christ. Edwards shared his story of how he felt spiritually convicted at age 16 to enter the ministry, but the invisible giant of comparison almost kept him from doing so. The message altogether was one that was very relatable to both Christians and non-Christians, Edwards stressed, because so many people compare themselves to others based on looks, wealth, spirituality and much more.

Throughout the message, Edwards related the topic to Numbers 13:27, 28, 31 and 33, advising the crowd to not let the enemy keep them from reaching what God has planned for them. Ways to fight the enemy on the issue of comparison were given, like “delight in your uniqueness” and upon ending his message, Edward invited students to receive Christ as their Savior through a personal prayer of repentance, recognition, and acceptance. Following the ceremony, spiritual leaders gathered at the front of the auditorium, in case someone wanted to talk about the message. “I knew this was the word for tonight,” Edwards said.

Following the service, all were treated to an ice cream social in the UC Intramural Gym. Many, however, stayed behind in the auditorium. Some that gave their lives to Christ sat down with spiritual leaders, and others stayed as the band broke into impromptu worship. Mickie Howard of Woodbridge, Va. said, “It was great to be around so many fellow Christians! I liked feeling that for that moment, we were all together and in one accord.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.