Serving God by Serving People

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Header_Image“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.   And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”   Romans 12:1

We are all living testimonies of His transforming work. We are always in that molding process, yet as we look back and consider the past, we are amazed at His faithfulness as we have sought to be faithful to Him. This verse speaks to our responsibility to present ourselves as a living and holy sacrifice, even as act of worship!   Such steps of faith also challenge us to renew our minds and be transformed, proving His good and acceptable and perfect will.

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Frozen // Lessons in Abounding Love

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OH_Header_March_2015By: Dr. Penny Clauss

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,” – Philippians 1:9

Over the years I have found that God reveals Himself in many ways that could be considered unconventional. At times, I have sudden flashes of insight given by Him to expound on some aspect of belief. I mention this to explain how this article came to be.

When I saw this year’s focus theme at CVM of “Abounding Love” I started praying for revelation for others and myself. After awhile the word I received during prayer time was “frozen.” That baffled me quite a bit. Then I realized the reference was to the Disney blockbuster movie “Frozen.” I prayed quite a bit longer but still that reference came to mind. After awhile I figured I needed to watch the movie again to “get it”.

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Celebrating a Lifetime of Achievement and Service

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The word veterinarian often brings to mind the idea of a leader. Leaders in a veterinary practice, in the community, sometimes in their State, and often far beyond. The word leader in turn, conjures images of a commanding presence, a take charge attitude, a task-driven mentality, and possibly state-of-the-art equipment or techniques.
The best veterinary leader that I have ever known and had the blessing to call a mentor, meets none of these leader “qualifications”. Instead, he leads in the manner of a servant, upside-down from what the world would expect, but right on track with how Jesus Himself led.
Dr. John Kruckeberg, a long-time CVM family member from Tennessee is recognized not by his authority or fancy systems, but by his soft-spoken gentle manner and his tiny notebooks overflowing with details about his mission trips all over the world, and the special people he met along the way. Those folks whose hearts he’s touched come from all walks of life –veterinarians, technicians, students, animal owners, and others from all corners of the world.
I personally have learned from him the value of an old-fashioned phone call over a mass email or less personal form of communication. I’ve learned that being a leader is not always a popular or comfortable position, but that it’s a necessary role not to be dismissed and replaced with peer pressure. I’ve seen in John the value of family as I’ve watched him love his wife and four grown children well. I’ve gleaned from him the importance of fasting and taking time alone with God during a seemingly full schedule. I’ve noticed in him the power of a gentle response and a slow thoughtful answer. I’ve been awed by his ability to stay positive in spite of very real challenges, and lean on the Lord in the midst of very tumultuous storms.
A man who serves so quietly and behind the scenes is rarely put in the spotlight and often passed over for prestigious awards. He reflects all the glory to God for every success story of the more than 43 short-term mission trips he’s served on and led with CVM. And now he’s doing the same with his most recent accolade.
Dr. John Kruckeberg was recently honored with the Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Award. More than an honor to John it is an honor to the award itself to be associated with a veterinarian so full of humility, love, and excellence in everything he does.
I’m privileged to know a man who walks with Christ, and walks so much like Him that I’m not sure I could tell the difference. My prayer is that each of you may have the privilege of knowing him as well, and that we don’t waste the lessons he’s taught us, but carry him with us always.
This video attached shows the impact that John has had on the veterinary community, and illustrates his heart for serving Christ through veterinary medicine.

The entire CVM family congratulates John on this wonderful achievement.

Written by Lauren Spears-Charles DVM

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