Commencement Speaker at LCU Tampa & Receiving My Doctor of Ministry in Theology Degree (D.Min)

This is a very big week for me! Please forgive my madness…

Tomorrow morning, I fly to Tampa Florida with Emily Balsamo. Will be spending a few days with Dr. Douglas Wingate, president of Life Christian University.

Over 15,000 students in 35 countries have earned one or more degrees from LCU in its first 15 years. Some of the world’s most notable ministers have degrees from LCU… such as Joyce Meyer, and Kenneth and Gloria Copeland.

After 209 college credit hours, 2500+ sermons preached (in most US states and throughout the world), 864+ hours of college instructing, a published dissertation (Make Me A Legend), and a life of proven Christlike character…

On Saturday night, I will receive my Doctor of Ministry in Theology (D.Min.) degree.

Also, I’m honored to be this year’s COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER for LCU’s main campus graduation ceremony!

In addition to my speech, I’ll be giving a free copy of my book to each graduate. With God’s help, I’ll leave an everlasting imprint on each of these graduates, their families, and the faculty at LCU.

Then on Sunday morning, I’m speaking at River of Life – Tampa.

Several of our dear friends are driving to Tampa (from Virginia) to share this moment with us. #BlessedWithFriends

Thank you God for rescuing me out of the lowest pit on February 17, 1991. Grace is amazing. Anything is possible. My life is a miracle. I am nothing without You. To You be the glory. 🙂

Thinking about the difficulties I’ve faced in recent years, here is a tweet I posted this morning:

Treacherous terrains and fierce winds at the top. But this is the time to BE POWERFUL. Just a few more steps to the crest and there you will plant your flag!

I write this to everyone who is climbing at high altitudes… and you’re weary, and you’re desperate for a second wind. You’ve come too far to fall down here. Keep moving forward, and you will know the sweetness of FINISHING and PROMOTION!

“After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! (Matthew 25:19-21 NLT)

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make A Difference!

Chuck Balsamo

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6 thoughts on “Commencement Speaker at LCU Tampa & Receiving My Doctor of Ministry in Theology Degree (D.Min)

  1. Man, I needed to hear what you wrote this morning. I’ve just returned from Bolivia, were I watched a Great Saint of God overcome in the face of discouraging ‘realities.’ Cindy Thacker has been ministering to the poorest of the poor in Santa Cruz for more than ten years through Mission of Hope Bolivia. I wish I could have made it to prayer at your church last week, but I was being deployed. It was a great trip!

    I saw the mighty Andes Mountains outside of La Paz. I should have realized coming home and picking up where I left off would be like the last steps of an arduous climb. Still, being somewhat inexperienced in real Faith living, I needed to hear your mountaineer’s call to press on!

    Today I face the unpleasant task of going after a client who owes me money for work I did last Summer. I have been gracious to a fault, but now I must fight for what my family needs. There is a feeling of discouragement, but now I have seen God work. Elijah saw God work too, but old Jezabel still got under his skin. Thank you for the much-needed kick in the pants, and the prayer I know you will offer.

  2. Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you! Just sorry we can’t be there along with the others to witness this great event! I sure hope someone gets great photos!

  3. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant….’

    Thank you for blessing us all with your kind and serving heart…we value you and your prayers for our big dreams….may you continue to be blessed and grow with God!