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CHS students encouraged to honor God at baccalaureate service

Campbellsville High School seniors heard a message about honoring God at this year’s baccalaureate service on Wednesday, May 17.

 

CHS senior Noah Wagers introduced his father, Steve, who was the speaker for the special event.

 

Steve Wagers is pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Campbellsville.

 

He said it’s a joy and honor to have been asked to speak to CHS graduates.

 

“Exciting times for you young people,” he said.

 

Wagers said the seniors’ lives will forever change once they receive their high school diplomas.

 

“I’m excited for you.”

 

He said he remembers being excited, but also a bit nervous, to end high school days.

 

“But, it’s the best time of your life,” he said. “And I encourage you to enjoy it. Squeeze every ounce that you possibly can out of it.”

 

Wagers said it won’t be long before the students graduate college and start families of their own.

 

He said he remembers not wanting to be a preacher when he was child, but “you don’t tell God what you’ll never do.”

 

By graduating, Wagers said, the students prove that their lives haven’t been mediocre.

 

“You have achieved something that many people may never achieve,” he said.

 

“But the very fact that you’re here tonight, the very fact that you have that tassel on your cap, the very fact that you have the ropes around your neck symbolizing [your] awards and achievements, proves that you are not, and that you have not been, mediocre.”

 

Wagers said graduating high school means one chapter of their lives has ended. But some students might not receive a lot of awards or honors.

 

“But you can and will graduate with honor when it comes to the Christian life and serving God.”

 

Wagers said he wants students to think about what it means to honor God and why serving God matters.

 

“God says, ‘If you honor me, I will honor you.’”

 

To honor God, Wagers said, is to promote God’s name with our lives.

 

“In other words, we don’t care who knows we are Christian,” he said.

 

And as the graduates move forward in their lives, Wagers said, if they want to honor God, they should seek him.

 

“Put him first in your life,” he said. “I learned that if you will put God first in your life, everything else will fall in place in your life.”

 

Wagers said he believes he, as he has grown older, feels less and less like he has all the answers.

 

“There’s only one thing that matters. No. 1, that you know Jesus Christ. And No. 2, that you want to honor him and bring him glory in and through your life.”

 

Wagers said today’s generation often wants a genie in a bottle and not a God on a throne.

 

“But it doesn’t work that way,” he said. “Because when we make God’s business our business, God makes our business his business.”

 

Graduating with honors, Wagers said, truly means honoring God in your life.

 

“Not only today, but the rest of your days,” he said. “I pray that you will put God and keep God first and honor him in everything that you do.”

 

Wagers prayed for the CHS students as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

 

“[I pray] that [God] will open doors for them that no man can shut,” he said.

 

“And God, I pray that they will purpose in their heart that they will honor you. Knowing from the promise of your word tonight, if they honor you, you will honor them.”

 

CHS seniors Caroline McMahan and Jon Tanner Coppage lead the invocation and benediction, respectively.

 

Cyndi Chadwick played music for the processional and recessional.

 

For a video of the service, click below.

 

 

CHS senior Noah Wagers walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Noah Wagers walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Jonathan Rakes walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Jonathan Rakes walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Ben Rafferty walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Ben Rafferty walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

From left, CHS seniors Laura Lamb, Brenna Wethington and Daniel Silva smile as they wait for the baccalaureate ceremony to begin.

From left, CHS seniors Laura Lamb, Brenna Wethington and Daniel Silva smile as they wait for the baccalaureate ceremony to begin.

 

CHS senior Blair Lamb walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Blair Lamb walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Zack Settle walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Zack Settle walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Jared Brewster walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Jared Brewster walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Vera Brown walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Vera Brown walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Shauna Jones walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Shauna Jones walks in Hamilton Auditorium for the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Noah Wagers introduces his dad, Steve, to speak at the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Noah Wagers introduces his dad, Steve, to speak at the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Noah Wagers and his classmates listen as his father Steve brings the baccalaureate message.

CHS senior Noah Wagers and his classmates listen as his father Steve brings the baccalaureate message.

 

CHS seniors listen as Steve Wagers delivers the baccalaureate message.

CHS seniors listen as Steve Wagers delivers the baccalaureate message.

 

CHS senior Daniel Silva smiles during the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Daniel Silva smiles during the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS seniors listen to Steve Wagers as he delivers the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS seniors listen to Steve Wagers as he delivers the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Jared Brewster prays during the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Jared Brewster prays during the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS seniors Mallory Haley, at left, and Caylie Blair pray during the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS seniors Mallory Haley, at left, and Caylie Blair pray during the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

CHS senior Daniel Silva prays during the baccalaureate ceremony.

CHS senior Daniel Silva prays during the baccalaureate ceremony.

 

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

 

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

 

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

 

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

 

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

 

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

Steve Wagers speaks to CHS seniors.

 

CHS senior Zack Settle speaks to his classmates.

CHS senior Zack Settle speaks to his classmates.

 

CHS senior Jon Tanner Coppage delivers the benediction.

CHS senior Jon Tanner Coppage delivers the benediction.

 

From left, CHS seniors Murphy Lamb, Breanna Spaulding, Kayla Atkinson and Alexis Shears walk out of Hamilton Auditorium after the baccalaureate ceremony.

From left, CHS seniors Murphy Lamb, Breanna Spaulding, Kayla Atkinson and Alexis Shears walk out of Hamilton Auditorium after the baccalaureate ceremony.





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