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Cherith Campbell

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February 13, 2013

The one where the Kingdom came!

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Hey everyone!

I hope your week is going well. Here at MNU it’s spiritual deepening week! Yesterday morning at chapel we had Dr. Green from Trevecca speak and he was very excited and enthusiastic about sharing with us how our faith should maybe be ‘childlike.’

Last night was KINGDOM COME! Kingdom Come is a monthly worship service and it is amazing. Students gather at Bell and just worship the Lord and partake in the Lord’s supper. This is probably my favorite event that we have on campus because God truly moves in every service and I enjoy every second of being there. There have been many times where the band has just kept singing and then many of us students stay to worship! Kingdom Come is such a great time to praise and pray and reflect alongside fellow believers and classmates.

This week is also VALENTINE’S DAY! Whether you have a special someone or not Valentine’s can be fun. My friend Hannah and I went around the ales of Walmart making fun of all of the cheesy Valentine’s gifts and it was a blast! But then the next day we went shopping on the Plaza for our Valentine’s date outfits. We have had such a fun week both making fun of the day of love and preparing for/looking forward to it. Yeah love is complicated and weird like that.

Well I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of the week. Have fun tomorrow–on a date or kickin it solo!

 

Learn some new things about Valentine’s Day today:  

- 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

- 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.

- “I love you” in German is “Ich liebe dich.” (I learned this while living in Europe!)

- Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156, while the average woman will only spend $85. :)

- More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift.

 

Joey Alligier

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February 12, 2013

For Such a Time as This

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In the Old Testament, Esther was placed in a specific place, position, and situation. She was positioned to save her people and didn’t really realize the placement of God until her cousin Mordecai told her that she was the queen for SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

If you noticed from my last blog, I’m at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to future decisions. As I allow others to advise me and give me their opinions I feel the push. The push I am experiencing now is to be an RA. There are a lot of hesitance on my part because of personal issues, preset plans and other opportunities. Of course, I would be struggling with this decision (as I ruled it out earlier this year) as SCOUT was about to happen. I even had a freshman-to-be tell me he would love to have me as an RA. He wouldn’t leave it alone about being an RA over the next 15 hours. If I always listened to what people told me I should do, I might be in jail! So, I took it for what it was. There are also a few other little indications from people; people asking if I’m going to do it or telling me I should! I am of course looking for God in all of this and wanting Him to have control.

I was once offered these wise words. Whenever the future looks uncertain and don’t know what to do and don’t want to make the wrong decision tell God, “I want to honor you. This is where I am feeling the pull. I am going to pursue this and if you have other plans, just slam the door in my face.” Once again, don’t let the fear of failure leave you empty. Either you’ll be happy from success or wise from failure.

In all things, listen for God and His direction. He will place people who have a word for you to know. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that we have NOT been given a spirit of timidity, but one of courage. God will place people to encourage, direct, and empower you.

Whenever you feel the push or pull, explore and inquire deeper. Who knows, you may in a certain position for such a time as this. After all, the people who achieve extraordinary heights are ordinary people just doing a little extra.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

Kelsey Cranford

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February 12, 2013

Mosaic

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There are many times where the Lord provides a calling for someone in allowing them to meet some sort of need. This last summer, my fiance, who is a youth and worship pastor at a local church, was made aware of a need within our church community. Many people within the 18-30 age range (the Mosaic Generation) were desperately in need of community and were struggling finding it on their own. After numerous discussions with various people including the church staff, my fiance decided to take on the committment of launching a young adult ministry.

Towards the beginning of last semester a team of about 6 of us started meeting every other week to begin planning what this new ministry would look like and praying that the Lord would direct our decisions. We began spreading the word about it officially meeting as a group, incorporating worship, teaching, and prayer into our times together. Thorought the semester we sought to develop a clear vision of what the Lord wanted this ministry to look like and developed some plans for this spring semester. Last week we had our first meeting together since the break and it was so exciting seeing all the people that the Lord brought to be a part of this ministry. Tonight we start meeting together in small groups and I am really excited about beeing a part of this new vision! I pray that the Lord would begin to form a community out of this group of people and begin to shape us and challenge us through one another.

 

 

Allegra Vieux

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February 11, 2013

Talk Show week 2

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Hello World.

Meet Kate Wetmore

Comment if you have a creative, clever name for the series!

Over and Out!

Emily Lawler

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February 10, 2013

{Emily} 100th Day of School

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Hey Guys,

My kids celebrated their 100th day of school on Friday, here is a quick video to tell you about it.

{Emily}

Phillip Prado

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February 8, 2013

Vices in the Life of an MNU Pioneer

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1 Assignment! 2 Assignment! 3 Assignment! 4! 5 Assignment! 6 Assignment! 7 Assignment! MORE!

Then there’s a speech.

And an essay too!

I’m so overwhelmed!

My world is consumed!

I need to focus!

To get my work done!

Even if it’s boring!

And it’s really no fun!

I hope you enjoyed that poem right there!  I worked really hard on it. A whole three minutes maybe! But it is very fitting, don’t you think?  Homework is SOOOO consuming sometimes.  Yet we still need to focus and get it done.  I personally need to focus on my studies even more than I do now.  Procrastination is a weakness of mine, a vice!  If I think about it, there are a lot of “vices” that I have: my longboard, my bike, my lack of motivation to do homework, friends, the internet, and an unending list of other things that hold me back from reaching my full studious potential.  There really are a million things I can think of that I would rather do than my homework. No matter how much time I set aside to do my homework I still have to make it a point to get it done.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t HATE homework.  Honestly, it’s not that bad.  I just have a lot of other things I would rather do.  So here is a little incite to the college life: the hardest part about homework in college isn’t that it is difficult, but that there is a lot more fun, cool, exciting things to do than to do work and be bored.  Just keep that in mind as you are going into college for your first time.  Try building the habit of doing homework and eliminate the vices that hold you back.

P.S. – So this week is SCOUT week, by the way! SO HELLO to all you SCOUTers that came out here to MNU to “check out university turf!”  We are all glad you guys could make it and we hope you see something special in MNU like the rest of us here already do!  Thank you guys for coming out and we hope you enjoyed your time here.

Cherith Campbell

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February 6, 2013

The one where you learn TWENTY-one new things.

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Learn TWENTY new things today:

  1. A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongue out.
  2. A shrimp’s heart is in it’s head.
  3. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  4. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  5. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head/neck and die. –> So let it blow!
  6. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants. –> That’s a lot of rat kissing.
  7. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  8. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match
  9. 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  10. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
  11. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts. –> We’ve all done it..or at least thought about it..you know you have.
  12. Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
  13. Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.
  14. The duckbill platypus can store as many as six hundred worms in the pouches of its cheeks.
  15. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
  16. The female lion does 90% of the hunting. –> GIRL POWER.
  17. A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
  18. Money isn’t made out of just paper; it’s made out of cotton and linen. –> So when Lil Wayne says that he’s “gettin paper” what’s he gettin?…copy paper?…a note?…an unmade airplane?
  19. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickles the company once had.
  20. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

Learn something new and HILARIOUS today:  Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear any pants. :)

Emily Lawler

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February 6, 2013

{Emily} Substitute

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HEY ALL!

Hope you are having a lovely week.

{Emily}

Joey Alligier

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February 5, 2013

SUMMA TIME!

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I know it’s just the beginning of February and the weather isn’t quite up to par with the mid-year months, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the best time of the year, right? Typically the summertime is full of carefree attitudes, little responsibility, and lots of adventures. I mean, with no school, no bedtime, and no guidelines things can get a little crazy, of course in a sane, wholesome, moral way!

However, this summer may be a little different. It will most likely not lack adventure, but will include hard work and some responsibility. As of now there are a few options on the table for what could happen.

1) Do nothing

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2) Go back to Wichita to work and intern at a church

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3) Try and be part of the PR team at MNU

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4) Go to Europe for school

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All of these options seem plausible and most seem to fit in God’s plan or would at least allow Him to work. It’s these times that are the hardest. It’s when you want to honor Him with all you do and there seems to be more than one “right” way. It’s not that I think God will smite me if I choose doing nothing, but I want to be placed where it benefits the Kingdom, helps others grow, and develops myself in who He is. I guess all I need to do is pray and pursue different options. Often times we need to quit trying so hard and just do something. If I wait until I’m “sure” of what I should do I will have most likely miss out on most, if not all, of these opportunities.

Don’t let the fear of failure or the wrong decision EVER keep you back from striving. God honors the fight, the desire when your heart is in the right place. I’m not saying don’t ask for direction or purpose from Him, but don’t sit on the sidelines so long that you miss the opportunity to play the game.

Life will present a lot of plausible paths, lots of questions, and numerous obstacles. Always remember to keep on and keep God

Joey

Allegra Vieux

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February 1, 2013

My First Vlog

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Have I ever mentioned that my goal in life is to have my own talk show?

Seriously though. I’ve watched Oprah since I was 6. I’m not so much into the “Vlogging” concept, but I am into talking to people.

See, the way I see it is if people make millions off of talking to people, then that must mean people are interested in the lives of others. And if I like talking to people, and you like learning about other people then…

Ladies and Gents of MNU Blogs, I present, my first talk show. I’ll be interviewing real Pioneers in their real day to day lives. Title suggestions for the show are welcomed and encouraged.

Now, before you watch, let me make this perfectly clear: I lack all video production skills. Judge how awful the editing is if it’s what you feel the Lord calling you to do.

Terrin Garber Interview

Special thanks to Brent and Laurie Myers for hosting the show, Terrin Garber for sharing his life with us, and Jesus for making this possible.

Over and Out!