Festival of Praise 2020
Psalm 16:11
A few days ago Dr. Tim Roehl graciously reminded all of us of the gems we have in our Vennard College experiences. One of these is seeking the Lord for a year verse or verses that will challenge us for the forthcoming year. Reading in the Septuagint I fell before a powerful verse, noting it was quoted by Peter in his Day of Pentecost sermon. It has captured my heart, and I share my translation with you as my 2020 year verse:You made known to me the ways of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence. (Psalm 16:11 - LXX, and quoted in Acts 2:28
Dr. Robert Morris
Psalm 56:3
2020 Year Verse: Psalm 56:3 ~ What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.
Joel Baker
Psalm 56: 4,8
"I will praise God, because of his word: *I have put my trust in God, and will not fear
what flesh can do to me....Thou tellest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: are not these things noted in thy book?"
Carl Smith
Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Linda Hulett
The Song of Solomon 8:7
“Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.”    The Apostle Paul would agree, “but the greatest of these is love.”
Steve Bagby
Isaiah 40:31
I am living with the challenge of arthritis on my lower back, which means my physical activity is somewhat limited.  I am determined to live with joy, and looking for ways God can use me.  Isaiah 40:31, "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Sharon Cox
Isaiah 41:14
This year I have a promise and a challenge.  The promise – Isaiah 41:14 “do no fear, for I myself will help you.”  The challenge – James 4:8
Sandy Harris
Isaiah 43:18
My verse for this year has been one that has been my verse before, but I kept being drawn to it as 2019 drew to an end. It is from Isaiah as written below. I know the “new” thing being referred to here is actually referring to the birth of Christ and His great salvation, but I also believe it applies to me at this time. God has carried me through many, many difficult places in life and has been 100% faithful! I have no reason to believe that He will do anything less than be faithful as I move into my retirement years. I can hardly wait to see what His plan is for me now. I know it will be exceedingly, abundantly more than I can ask or think! All I need to do is have 2020 vision to see His plan unfold!
Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?   Isaiah 43:18-19a (NASB)
Joy Boutakov
Isaiah 43:19
"…See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”    My word for this year is “NEW”
Jan Fischer
Isaiah 46:4
I'm 70 years old and graduated from Vennard in 1971. I read this verse the other day and claim it for my year verse. Isaiah 46:4. “ Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who sustains you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Joy Kadwell
Jeremiah 9:24
But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.
Jim Hulett
Romans 12:2
I chose a word and a verse. Transform. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Tammie Barrett Andersen 
I Corinthians 16:8-9
“I am staying here in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a great door of ministry with many opportunities has been opened to me, and there is much opposition.”
Ephesians 3:14-21
Continuing 2019’s verses from Ephesians 3:14-21
“…strengthened in the inner man by the Holy Spirit…rooted and grounded in love…filled with all the fullness of God…  NOW onto Him who is able to do far more than we can ask, dream or imagine, according to HIS power at work in us, unto Him be all glory in the church  now and forever.”
Tim Roehl
Ephesians 3:20
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” 
Philippians 1:9
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight
Dale Barrett
Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him
Robert Smith
Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Howard Ledford (1977)
Hebrews 12:28-29
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Dave McGaffey
James 4:8
This year I have a promise and a challenge.  The promise – Isaiah 41:14.  The challenge – James 4:8 “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”
Sandy Harris
Peter 3:9
My verse this year is Peter 3:9, NIV: "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." It reminds me that Christ is coming back (and I believe it will be soon). So I must be about my Father’s business even more diligently sharing the Good News.
Terri Cross