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Kelsey Cranford

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November 14, 2012

Your peace which surpasses all understanding…

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The craziness of the semester has come to a hilt for me. This week has been the very essence of scrambling around trying to get everything done, turned in, and checked off my list. However, despite the stress, God has been making his blessings yet again evident to me and is continuing to give me his peace. So thankful for what he allowed me to experience and be a part of this week.

This last weekend there was a Nazarene youth conference called Breakaway here on campus. Nazarene youth groups from the Kansas City area joined together in College Church for a night of worship, speaking, and fellowship, as well as activities that lasted on throughout the night. My roommate Kai was a part of a MNU worship band a couple years ago called Sounds and Silences. Kai, her twin Marshall, and five other MNU students traveled to different Nazarene camps throughout the summer leading worship and participating as camp counselors and also lead worship for our chapels every week throughout the school year. Sounds and Silences was reunited to lead worship for Breakaway and asked me to join and sing with them. It was so refreshing getting to make music with these amazing people. Needless to say, we had a blast and this night was such an encouragement.

Don’t know if you’ve heard the buzz about this wonderful lady, but Miss Kylee Pearson is the newest addition to the Residential Life family, being the new Residential Educator in Spindle as of this semester. It has been so very good getting to know her heart because this gal is absolutely amazing. She brings a good conversation with her wherever she goes and always has a bright smile on her face, possessing the vibrant personality that makes every interaction with her most definitely worth-while. I have loved her genuineness and transparency, which is so refreshing, and her eagerness to hear others’ stories. What a blessing this woman has been and will continue to be to this community.

Yet another encouragement that God provided this week was getting to skype with a dear dear friend who lives in New York City. It was so crazy hearing about the chaos and havoc that has been so present in the city since Hurricane Sandy and all the damage that was caused. Yet, even though she has been immersed in parts of the city that have been completely devastated, helping clean out houses that are no more, she told me of the immense trust that she has in her Father. She explained that she has been experiencing such peace in him and is so rooted in the fact that he is in control. How intriguing and peace-giving it was for me to hear her heart and her deep trust in what God was doing in response to what was going on around her.

This all brings to mind a quote by C.S. Lewis that I’ll close out with.

“God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

Joey Alligier

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November 13, 2012

Breathe….

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I know life is crazy for me! Ups, downs, and every other possible direction! Sometimes, you just have to sit back and take in what God has to offer. When life gets busy and school gets psychotic, and everything becomes a blur, just remember to BREATHE. I mean look at the top picture, how does that not create awe? Everything is perfectly designed by God, in this picture and within us. Make time for Him and find Him in every facet of life! You just have to empty your hands so He can fill them. Even when you do this, Satan tries to make you worry and forget why you’ve trusted God for so long. When that happens just be like

After all, the dude has to FLEE at the sound of His GREAT name :) Don’t forget how you go this far!

Keep on and keep God my friends,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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November 12, 2012

Election Week

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It feels like the longest week in the history of my life.

The elephant on the blog is the presidential election this week. This was my first year to vote, and I feel like an adult officially! To remind us to vote, Professor Ford wore a Romney mask to class on Monday. He said he went to Wal-Mart for marked-down Halloween items. He wanted both a Romney and an Obama mask, but they sold out of Obama faces. He then suggested someone in a Stats class see if there is a correlation between masks sold on Halloween to which candidate wins office. Needless to say, this prof is a jokester!

I will say that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday everyone on Facebook and twitter seemed very angry one way or another about this election. I almost felt like we were all going to split apart into separate societies at times because of how everyone was posting political rants and points of view. (exaggeration.)  Longest 3 days ever!

But, the election is over. We have a president. And now we’re getting back on track with our lives. I’m thankful to live in a country where we can peacefully disagree with one another, discuss our points of view, and go back to being friends.

On Thursday during class, my good friend Emrald was chewing bubble gum. The administrative assistant for the business department keeps a treasure chest filled with candy for the students, and happened to fill it on this day. Lecture got a little dry and… well. We started screwing around. Long story short, I popped the biggest bubble ever and it got in her hair, covered her eye, and stuck in her eye lashes. Funniest moment of my day!

Then on Friday I was setting up for Senior Visit Day and a large group of people were out on the campus mall playing Ultimate Frisbee. My coworker and I were in a hurry so we took the above picture while driving about 10 MPH on a golf cart. Doesn’t seem that fast, but when there is no seat belt or door or road it feels like 60.

All of this to say, no matter what political party you represent, no matter how passionate you are about a particular candidate, here at MidAmerica we put our trust in the lamb, not the elephant or the donkey. At the end of the day, we care about each other and are friends to the end.

Over and out. Peace and Blessins.

Emily Lawler

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November 11, 2012

{Emily} DORM TOUR

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Hey Everyone,

Hope you enjoy seeing my room! Thanks for watching. See you next week.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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November 9, 2012

God Loves Us All: Even the Discouraged

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Discouragement:

  1. A loss of confidence or enthusiasm; despiritedness
  2. An attempt to prevent something by showing disapproval or creating difficulties; deterrent

 

Why do we deal with discouragement so much?  Why does there always have to be something in the way?  Why does life have to be so hard?  These are questions I hear people ask every day.  There’s so many things in life that discourage us, as humans, that we can’t seem to avoid: death, failure, loss of friends, an abrupt change in plans.  Why does it seem that after we just get out of a bad time, and we finally experience peace, something has to throw us out of our happiness and into another trial?

I have noticed that in college, every day has a new trial.  Whether a paper is do, or you have a million things that need to get done, or you have to meet with your advisor, or work, or all of the above and a million more things.  My point is that there are a million things in this world that constantly bring us down.  Yet we still have to have faith as Christians that we can get through this.

In my Old Testament class we are going over the book of Job.  If anyone in history had an excuse to be discouraged it was Job.  In just the first few chapters of the book, Job loses everything: his family, his possessions, his health, he even loses his sense of connection with God.  Yet no matter what happened, he NEVER once curses God.  Even after his wife tries convincing him to curse God Job resists.  In chapter 2 verse 10 Job says “shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  Job is accepting God, no matter what happens.  That’s so amazing to thing that even through his darkest times, Job was in love with the one and only God of the universe.  And in the New Testament, James says to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).  Not only are we to loved God in trials and discouragement, but we are to be joyful in them.  Why?  Because that is when we show God we love Him the most!

No matter what you’re going through, no matter how much you lose your confidence or enthusiasm, God is definitely something to be enthusiastic about.  So whether you have a series assignment due, you have to organize an event, your job is keeping you on your toes and you just don’t have the time to relax, or you just have your own personal trials to face, just remember it will be ok! Jesus says that “..in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  For I have overcome this world!” (John 16:33).  Jesus is more than this world, and He loves you with all of His heart.  No it is up to you to trust Him, even when you find trusting Him to be the hardest thing to do.

Cherith Campbell

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November 7, 2012

The one with the epiphany.

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For the past week I have livin it up in Frankfurt. As soon as I got off the train I knew I was going to like it there. And I was right. I absolutely loved this week! I learned many things about myself and God revealed so much to me about personal areas of my life as well as my future plans-His plans. We worked with Chris Zimmerman. Some of you might/should remember him speaking there at MNU earlier this semester. Well I am just gonna let my little notes about this whole experience speak for themselves.

Ready. Set. Go.

*Our vision is Heaven on Earth. Wanna join?

  • EVERYONE is made in the image of God. Not just Christians.
  • Jesus became part of the people and society. He gained the authority to proclaim. He didn’t start his speaking, preaching, and teaching ministry until he was thirty!

“There’s no holiness without social holiness.” -John Wesley

  • THE MISSIONAL CHURCH: So often we have the view that everything starts with the Church and that missions is just a little branch that some select few specialize in. Then we throw in some Christ where we feel it comfortably fits. *This view should be reversed.
  • Church view: Believe. Behave. Belong. — you must first believe what we believe. Then you have to change in order to behave as we do; the right way. And THEN you may belong and be accepted by us.
  • Missional view: Belong. Behave. Believe.– you feel a sense of love and belonging and acceptance and so then you gradually begin to see and behave in ways that glorify God. Then God works in you and continues to reveal to you in ways that you should think and believe.
  • Action teaches more than teaching does.
  • Don’t be limited to Sunday morning fellowship and service.
  • Don’t pray for God to be with you and ‘wait on Him’ before you enter into foreign territory. He is most likely already there waiting on you.
  • You pray when you are walking on water because you don’t want to sink but there is no need to pray when you’re sitting in the boat. Get out of the boat.
  • Stop praying abstract prayers asking for God to bring people to church. Get off your butt and go to where those people are.
  • The kingdom of God is for TODAY.
  • Action comes first. Prayer comes after. Just like Jesus says in Luke to the 72- we are to be praying as we go, as we are already on our way and in action.
  • GO! I AM SENDING YOU OUT LIKE LAMBS AMONG WOLVES.–He is sending us out just as he came. He says that just as he came we should go. Vulnerable as a baby. Dependent on his parents growing up. Wounded when they beat him and hung him on a cross.
  • The kingdom of God works and operates through people who are fully dependent on him.
  • Step out in faith not knowing what may happen.
  • Do not be distracted. You are on a mission.
  • Offer peace to everyone. No matter their background or religion or values. It shouldn’t be a test of whether they are worth of peace or God’s blessings.
  • The kingdom of God is at hand. Offer peace for whoever you meet and accept all that THEY want to give you.
  • *Jesus passed the bread and wine, offered his body and blood, even to the man that he knew was going to betray him. He offered himself even to his enemy.
  • We don’t bring God to the people. We just need to help them understand and see that God is ALREADY with them.
  • I may not know how God can help but I do know that we/I can ask him to help.

Who are we sent to?

Who am I sent to?

Who are you sent to?

Am I living out God’s vision and call as radically as I can?

This week God spoke to me in so many ways. He opened my eyes to the plans that he has for me. Ephesians 3:20 says, “By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope for.” God wants to do amazing things in me and through me…so why was I standing in the way? Well not anymore. God’s got some insane plans for me and my future. And I’m ready to be apart of them.

Check this out.

www.crippledjesus.com

Learn something new today is gonna be a little different this time..

Ponder this: The hill billy story. The hill billy went into a church that was very nice and sophisticated and everyone was dressed fancy. The church and pastor were disturbed by the hill billy’s attire and so the pastor went to him after church and asked him how he liked the service. The hill billy replied that he thought it was okay and he enjoyed it. The pastor then asked if he would be coming back. The hill billy said yes he would like to come back again. The pastor went on to say okay well for next time how about you talk to Jesus and ask him about how you should dress when you come to church here. The hill billy said that he would. – The next Sunday the hill billy showed up at church and was wearing the same clothes as the Sunday before. The pastor and church were very upset about this and so the pastor approached the hill billy and said I thought last Sunday we talked about your clothes and you said you were going to talk to Jesus and ask him what you should wear and look like when coming to church here..? The hill billy said that he did talk to Jesus and ask him how he should dress. The puzzled pastor then asked well what did he say? The hill billy responded, “Jesus said that he has never been to your church so he doesn’t know how I should dress or what I should look like when coming here.”

are you pondering…?

what are you pondering…?

…?

 

 

 

Kelsey Cranford

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November 6, 2012

First Video Post!

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Here’s a look into what my life has looked like this past week! Have a good one and enjoy!

Joey Alligier

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November 5, 2012

What’s Your Puzzle Piece?

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Connecting with God. How do you define it? Some say quiet time, talking with others, finding Him in the word. These are ALL useful and creative puzzle pieces of discerning God’s voice, but some are more effective than others for different people. If you are more extroverted then quite time, though still necessary, is a  more evasive device and talking with others is more preferred. This would be likely reversed for introverts. However you spin it, these are all, I would say necessary, forms of worshiping God.

This weekend I had the opportunity to travel with my fellow improvisational teammates  to a Wichita area Nazarene lock – in. Side note, You all should hire Action Pact to perform at church, school, and whatever other events you want some energy, comedy, and interaction.

               https://www.mnu.edu/serve-teams/action-pact.html

Back on track, the lock-in was awesome! Improv, speakers, gym time, ice skating, and staying up until 6 in the morning made it epic! The best part was the focus that was exhibited at the beginning, before most the chaos began. My favorite type of worshiping God took place. Music! We sang amazing songs; fast, slow, energy-filled, and spirit-consumed. My reaction got me thinking and I realized that was as impactful that music had been to me in awhile. I, and most of the 500 other people, was/were jumping, shouting, clapping, and encountering God.

I believe worship, in whatever facet, can help you encounter the Lord. Whether it is shouting praise and worship or instrumental music that you use to pray to God, the possibilities are almost endless! I believe that the music gives your heart the words to say as your mind is at a loss. I see this in what came after the worship. A speaker who talked to vulnerable hearts and prepared the road for an altar call. Sitting on the front row and seeing all these young people pour their hearts out through tears and postures taken. The best part was the comfort that followed; the loving hand of a youth worker or friend was beautiful!

Some people encounter God more in writing, drawing, alone time, or day to day life and that’s beautiful! For me, music is my favorite avenue. Being on this campus makes it SO easy! So many talented musicians and opportunities to excel in that area! I am blessed to be surrounded like this.

I encourage you all to find whatever way you feel God talk to your life the most! If you already know, never let go of it and even try to grow in other ways! After all, our God is always talking we just have to learn to listen. Sometimes it won’t make sense, but just keep turning the puzzle piece until God reveals the bigger picture!

Keep on and keep God my friends,
Joey

Emily Lawler

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November 4, 2012

{Emily} Update: A GREAT Weekend to be a PIONEER!

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Hey Everyone,

I took the PRAXIS and can now finally relax!!!

Here are all the scores from this weekend:
Football: MNU v PERU 38-28
Men’s Basketball: MNU v Park 68-61
Women’s Basketball: MNU v Bethany 75-57
Volleyball: MNU v Benedictine 3-0

{Emily}

Allegra Vieux

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November 2, 2012

Cafe con Leche

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This is my life!!

Can I just tell you how many hours of sleep I’ve gotten this week? Maybe like 3 total every night. Some wise person once said that you can choose 2 of the following: Good grades, a social life, or sleep. Don’t get me wrong, sleeping is one of my favorite activities. It seems like I have intentions every night to be in bed by midnight. Rarely does this happen, and the nights that it does, I’m up thinking about all the things I need to do until 2 or 3 am.

The point of this story is not to tell you about how horrible life is as an academic social butterfly. I’m here to tell you friends, there is a solution.

COFFEE!!!

At this point in the semester, I have officially replaced water with coffee. I’ve never been a coffee person until college.  One of the nice changes made in Campus Center this year is unlimited scans. Scanning in for coffee no longer needs to be justified! A good friend of mine, Rachel Boan, taught me a couple months ago how to create the perfect iced coffee in campus center. I know it might sound like I’m exaggerating, but I crave it more than I crave Starbucks iced coffees (which is everyday of my life.) It creates the perfect refreshing drink for meal times. Coffee is no longer a hot dessert after a meal, it’s to be enjoyed at all times! This little things in life, I suppose.

Be watching for a How-To by Rachel this week, and happy November!