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April 22, 2014

Go

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Wow, life is most definitely a GO GO GO venture.
This world has so much to offer and so many directions that continuously pull.

Yet, I have to be reminded to take a moment and stop.

Yeah you heard that right, STOP; everything.

In this, we realize what God really has to offer us. Sometimes this is an opportunity.

MidAmerica sends out trips every year locally, nationally, and worldwide that impact communities immensely. These range from Haiti, Arizona, and Africa. They also encompass construction, medical care, and education. The best part is that these trips are student and sponsor led. You don’t just GO. You get to plan and decide where to go. The impact these trips have on both parties is unmatched.

The call to go begins with a call to be.

If you want to help support; please comment or email me at jballigier@mnu.edu

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

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March 27, 2014

“..Let’s Pack Up and Move to California..”

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Life is full of decisions to be made. 


As you sit at the mind numbing computer screen you may be facing the dilemma of finishing your homework…or possibly finishing that episode of Prison Break. More seriously you may be deciding between colleges, jobs, living situations, etc.

How do we often find the answers to these pivotal points? Perhaps a pro/con list, ask friends, of course pray, overall we assess the situation and weigh the options. Which one is more beneficial to me?

While of course weighing options and evaluating consequences is necessary, sometimes you just need to do something. I tend to think we sit on the sidelines for so long awaiting our names to be called so we can rip off those sweet, throwback, button-up pants. Yet, some go their whole lives waiting for confirmation on a decision; in that time opportunity is being missed out on. Life is being missed out on.

During Spring Break last week I got to hang out with this friend. Now this friend has been through quite a bit; things of his own decision and others not so much. However, through these trials and valleys he is staring into the eyes of God. As he is staring he is impacting so many people with his passion and perseverance. He knows God will provide for him. He isn’t a Biblical Scholar, he hasn’t been to school for this at all, he is hardly around people who challenge him with this.

When I saw change in his life, I sought him out. So, over some FroYo he told me a story I yearn to somewhat duplicate and/or never forget. Like Hawk Nelson, he packed up and moved  to California… yet, he had no friends out there. He had no idea. This was a leap of faith.

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Throughout this story he exemplified what it meant to trust Jesus on a level more severe than the lackadaisical, hesitant, and questioning approach most American Christians take. Long story short; he left for change and then decided to return changed.

The moral of this story and what should be the moral of all of our stories is that we WILL NOT have it all figured out at any point. We will question, doubt, and think “What if…” Yet, somehow that is where life produces the most beautiful pictures. That can be seen in a sunset  on your way through Arizona when God’s face isn’t any clearer or it can be revealed in the loving acts of a stranger you felt somewhat “pulled towards.” Just take the trip, just ask her out, just ask that person for help.

Limit your pride, expose your vulnerability. 

I leave you with this.

It’s okay to play, pro/con, and think about things.
It’s not okay to worry, overanalyze, and miss out on this big world.
Take a risk.
Challenge yourself.
Jump.

Take the Leap

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

 

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March 11, 2014

Sweet Mother of Pickle

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THURSDAY NIGHT 9PM, TIPPING POINT, MNU CAMPUS….

There’s an improv show, you should come.

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February 20, 2014

Inductive Application

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If you have seen my recent blogs, they are missing a key component of the UNIVERSITY.. Academics! I just wanted to take a smidge of of what I am learning and give you a glance in. photo 2 (1)This is what Dr. Dean Flemming likes to call an Inductive Study.

This is for The Book of Acts class I am currently taking. We are going through the whole book and looking at prescriptive and descriptive texts from scripture. We take this passage and evaluate narrative construction, repetition, key words, really simple things that, when put together, make something beautiful and so applicable.

The piece above is from Acts 5. It may seem like a bunch of writing and random arrows, but it is really a culmination of personal and group analysis. In the analysis, we talked about God’s character, Jewish Law, and the actions of the Holy Spirit then and now.

I want to show you this not to only showcase how cool Flem-Dog is; but to show you what this university is about.

What you learn in the classroom shouldn’t stay just there. It should enable you to change your daily life and impact the lives around you. Real world understanding is grasped in every class; whether when we leave or in our future career. I am blessed to learn about the Bible with my peers and mentors and get to find out ho God is daily.

Talk about challenging…

Joey Alligier

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February 15, 2014

I’m Snow Fed Up

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Kansas:

Good ol’ Home on the Range
Given statehood on January 29th, 1861
The Sunflower State
Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole

Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.
And the current home to a HORRENDOUS WHITE SUBSTANCE THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.

I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes. Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.

Moral of the story:

1)The only times snow is okay is when:
1) IT’S LEAVES WITHING 24 HOURS
2) IT GETS SCHOOL CANCELLED

I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold.
Shorts
Tevas
and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life.
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As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.

I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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February 6, 2014

How to: Thrive as a Pioneer

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This one goes out to all my high school peeps who are looking into MidAmerica!

College is a nerve-racking thought/experience; don’t get too ahead of yourself. 
It’s not as scary as TV says!
This place will become your home. 

Here are 5 specific pieces of advice to thrive as a Pioneer:

1) Seconds are okay…sometimesWe’ll start off easy.
The buffet style food sends your brain synapses into a whirlwind. THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. 
The freshman 15 is a real crisis that deserves attention in today’s society.
In all seriousness, get ready for an overload..
O and don’t forget SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAYS; it’s like manna from the Lord and BACON FRIDAYS; if you get up…
And I know you’re wondering, and yes, it is okay to have cereal FOR EVERY MEAL
Just take it slow, alright.

2) Wear big coats.
This one has to be kept under wraps…
It’s also multi-faceted.
Wear a coat/ because this is Kansas and who knows what the weather will throw at ya
and also wear one  so you can sneak more than 1 piece of fruit out of Campus Center..SHHHHH

Moving on.

3) Write it down.

There will be a lot going on.
This is a beautiful opportunity to get organized. The flip side isn’t going with the flow, it is getting overtaken by the flash-flood-type waters.
Use different colors for social events, tests, readings OR you can categorize by classes!
However you do it, WRITE IT DOWN.
Trust me…

4) Save, save, Savers

College means you don’t “pay as you go”
You pay at specific times and after your 4 years.
This means it will seem like you have a lot of money at times to “JUST SPEND”
This may be true, but you should start a savings account in case of a rainy day (We already talked about how the weather changes)
Fellas, you might get a lady, in that case, there are a lot of “rainy days” AKA Starbucks trips.
Another way to save money is to shop at Savers, it’s like a Goodwill.
On my list of steals, not literally, from there is a $10 pair of Sperry’s, a $3 Ralph Lauren Polo scarf, and a $8, $200 Bally dress shoes. 
#getsome

5) Yes. Yes. No.Say yes to things more than you say no.
This is college and a smaller college at that; that means numerous opportunities.
My freshman year I was the Freshman Associated Student Government President, in the play and musical, a student blogger, working in admissions, on the improv team, playing intramurals, working at Chick-Fil-A. Needless to say, I should have said “NO” to a few things and “HECK NO” to a couple others.
In short, GET INVOLVED, but don’t load your plate too full. Then you won’t enjoy it.
BUT, get off your booty and out of your dorm room, go to Wal-Mart with friends and play some tag or something.
Take advantage of the big and little things.grid

6) I know, I said 5, get over it. 

This one needs your utmost attention.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP RIGHT AWAY.
You come to college and figure out who you are, what you’re becoming, and who you want to be.
There is NO need to throw someone else in the mix right away.
Don’t argue with me. 

We are not settlers; WE ARE PIONEERS. 

There you have it, the 1st installment of the “How to:” series from yours truly

Comment with questions, comments, and/or suggestions for the next installment!

Keep on and keep God, 
Joey

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February 1, 2014

Talk About Action Pact…

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Let’s just say this weekend has been fun….
I am beyond thankful to have a nice, warm, safe place to stay.
In the end, what’s life without some…questionable….events? Right..?

An Action Pact kinda day..

Click the link and check out a TASTE of the craziness that is a part of my life.

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January 22, 2014

Don’t Panic in the Pool

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Welcome to Life.

Here we provide ups, downs, loops, and a few corkscrews.
I know what you’re all wondering; where’s the map to get around this giant?
Wellllll, let me tell you.

There isn’t one.
(per say: let’s be real, the Bible gives answers in example and truth)

Day to day life can be full of surprises, letdowns, build-ups, and utterly devastating moments.

As cliche as it sounds, how you react is key.
Let’s say you’re driving without insurance, accidentally, and you kind of bump into another person’s bumper.
WHAT TO DO?!?!
Keep calm and be an adult.

My mom has always had some of the best advice; from communication to swimming.
She always said, “Don’t panic in the pool, you’ll drowned.”

This life is a pool.
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Like, a really big pool.
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Keep in mind, every obstacle or gift is an opportunity for the Lord to use you.
The struggle gives hope to others and the blessings give hope to others.
We can be a light in the good and the bad.
We can be a light when life happens.

Welcome to life.

Here we provide opportunity for growth and development.
Here is where you determine your future DESPITE ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Here, is where you need to start. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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January 16, 2014

Grounded

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This break was full of adventures!

Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.
One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.
Mead’s Corner.
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This place is the epitome of serenity.
It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.
Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.
To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.
I want to open a coffee shop.
It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans
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It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down.
It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold.
It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on.
It’s a place we all need at times.

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I have had this idea for about two years.
In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process.
Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.

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I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion
I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.
Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

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December 17, 2013

Tis’ the Season

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Christmas break:
No school
Family time
Friends galore
Getting swole’
Coffee shop visits on coffee shop visits

I guess this time of year isn’t that bad.
Despite the wretched cold…. 

From a Christian perspective, it is the time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation. It’s the season of Advent. Now, I am nowhere near an expert on this idea and what it fully looks like, yet, I know how the initial idea affects me. In my mind there is a consistent fight of the concept of Christmas by the mass media. I see all these wants and a ton of receiving. What I desire to see are needs and unfathomable amounts of giving. Correlating advent, we are all given hope that redemption, in its fullest form, is on its way: Christ.

We are filled with this hope and to be filled is an opportunity to pour out. 

I have read/ am reading a few books lately that are challenging me beyond myself. Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, and Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. The concepts found range from enabling versus empowering, how to invest in life in a fulfilling way, and what it means to be satisfied in a world of “not enough”. What I am seeing consistently throughout all readings is that life is not about me. My life is purposed beyond myself and my capabilities. As it is the holiday season, it hits home that my mind shouldn’t be focused selfishly. It can be hard with so many cool things that attract my attention. There are people in need all around us, in every concept, from physiologically to spiritually. Yet, in Wrecked I am seeing that true compassion doesn’t always make us feel good; (DUH) it’s not for us. Often we make people objects and just do things for them which ultimately hurts them, but it makes us feel good. Don’t focus on how you feel afterward, it’s not about us. We see people who need more than we can give and they open our eyes to revelations that we cannot unsee and may, and hopefully will, change the course of our lives and thought processes.
(That is a condensed-probably-confusing version of what my mind has been trying to grasp lately)

“You don’t have behave complexly to show love, extravagant love can be seen in the simplest of forms.”

Here are a few ways to make a lasting impact on someone during this season:

1) Food, food, food. 
People don’t always have family, money, or whatever else to have an extravagant holiday dinner. Bring people together for fun and fellowship. Even if they do have the means necessary, come together in a way beyond your own little bubble.

2) Get out of your comfort zone.
This can look like a variety of things. In the end it’s about having perspective amidst the surrounding world. Have a conversation with the guy ringing the bell for the salvation army or talk to the person sitting next to you alone in a coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be big, keep it simple and love immensely.

3) MORE FOOD. 
Partake in a pay-it-forward type venture. Whether this is at a restaurant or, you guessed it, a coffee shop, give without expectation. This can also look like buying food (or whatever need) for the person holding the cardboard sign, make a personal investment instead of throwing money at them. This can create conversation that allows them to leave with more than a few less dollars and a sense of good-doing.

4) Give more than you get. 
It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination with new things during this time of year, but those things will become “old” soon enough. Invest your time in money in worthy causes and organizations. This can look like asking for less with another idea in mind of where the money can go or maybe it is going to a shelter and making community with people on Christmas.

In short, go beyond yourself this season. I’m not saying give everything up and focus solely on others; it’s okay to get gifts and new stuff and have fun. I am saying however, be willing to give in time and investment whatever that looks like. After all, we are to be hopeful as we await the coming of Christ. Take that hope and spread it; with your family, friends, people at the gym, and people at your frequently visited coffee shop.

*Perspective should be had all year long. In the simplest acts, like helping carry groceries, love extravagantly. Don’t assume someone else will make the potential difference you’ve been presented with; you are that SOMEONE.
Be available

Any questions, feel free to ask!
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Keep on and keep God friends,

Joey