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April 19, 2014

The starts with an “F”… and it ends with an “ollow throug”

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First off: I purposely left out the “h”
Secondly: Friends, whether it be in class assignments, friendships, appointments, business transactions, bill payments, and probably everything else, Follow Through is critical.

It’s one thing to start, one thing to begin, one thing to initiate something. It is another to follow through with whatever that thing may be.

Bing.com’s dictionary has defined the phrase as follows:
“finish doing something: to take further action as a consequence or extension of a previous action, especially to continue something through to completion”

In other words, do and finish what you are supposed to do.

Even if, and especially when a commitment may be difficult, undesirable, or unattractive, Follow through is something that must happen if one is desiring a full, respectable, and respected life.

I write this as a person rich in experience. Unfortunately, it’s rich from the experience of not following through. Case in point, this blog was due two weeks ago. Thank you merciful bosses.

I will also say friends that when I don’t follow through with assignments, relationships, and other commitments, there is usually a guilt and a sort of dark cloud that constantly hangs over my head. Reminiscent of procrastinating on essays anyone?
But maybe what’s worse than the guilt is the eventual apathy that comes from failing to follow through.

Being apathetic is one of the most depressing things I have ever experienced friends, don’t go down that road.

I can also tell you that in the times that I do follow through, accomplishment, relief and joy take place :-D That my friends is never not enjoyed.

So that’s it friends. It starts with an “F” and it ends with an “ollow through.” I hope you can internalize this truth for yourself.

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March 29, 2014

Motivated and Rejuvenated to Finish the Final 4 Weeks

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Spring Break Work & Witness Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic.

Arrival at the DR.

Arrival at the DR.

The man directly to my left was Danny or Danny Rebar. He has one of the MANLIEST laughs I have ever heard. He is one of the most intimidating men I've ever seen, but kindest and light-hearted that I know.

The man directly to my left was Danny or Danny Rebar. He has one of the MANLIEST laughs I have ever heard. He is one of the most intimidating men I’ve ever seen, but kindest and light-hearted that I know.

We got to start off the week by playing some softball against the Church and some friends from the local community!! We only lost by 3!!:D:D:D

We got to start off the week by playing some softball against the Church and some friends from the local community!! We only lost by 3!!:D:D:D

I got to help two of the three days at the Medical Clinic. We had two Nurses one of which is an MNU grad and then a local doctor came. All of this was able to be done for free because of the donations and generous hearts from Brothers and Sisters in Christ and other great people.

I got to help two of the three days at the Medical Clinic. We had two certified Nurses both of which were MNU grads, an experienced RNA who’s in this pic-Jeni also an MNU Grad and played volleyball & softball for us a few years ago. Also a local doctor came and gave his time and talents to serve at the clinic. All of this was able to be done for free because of the donations and generous hearts from Brothers and Sisters in Christ and other great people.

Music with some of these friends

Music with some of these friends

Here were some of the men that came to help with the Children's Basketball clinic.

Here were some of the men that came to help with the Children’s Basketball clinic.

Teaching proper Setting techniques-at least I was trying, Jeni was succeeding.

Teaching proper Setting techniques-at least I was trying, Jeni was succeeding.

Pato Pato Ganzo aka Duck Duck Goose with kids from the area around the still-being-built community center.

Pato Pato Ganzo aka Duck Duck Goose with kids from the area around the still-being-built community center.

Getting to make balloon figures with my new friends in the DR during the Medical Clinic. And by balloon figures, I mean a hat or a sword.

Getting to make balloon figures with my new friends in the DR during the Medical Clinic. And by balloon figures, I mean a hat or a sword.

 

A Work and Witness Mission Trip is a no brainer great way to spend time, money, and resources. No regrets have I heard any person say they have after going and serving on one. MNU offers several every single year. And if you don’t think you’d like to do one of those, you can go with churches all around this area, Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in particular is going back to the DR next June!!

 

And Now,
School life, assignments, pages to be read, and papers to write renews.
But that’s okay. It serves a purpose. I know because I served in the DR with MNU grads who were able to use their skills from their jobs that came from their MNU degrees!

If that isn’t a positive endorsement of MNU, I don’t know what is.
Till next time friends,

Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 14, 2014

What a Romantic Relationship Taught Me About Following Jesus.

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So I confess that over the past 3 weeks I had only read the Bible on my own 3 or 4 of those days. That’s not the wisest decision since the spirit or soul needs nourishment just as the physical body needs it.

While spiritual nourishment can come from a variety of ways. God is not limited to only revealing Himself through the Bible. For He definitely speaks through people and He also can communicate to us through prayer.

YET, there is something unique about Scripture. When we read it appropriately we are letting God do the talking. I was once told by my youth pastor “If you want to hear God’s voice, then read the Bible out loud.”

Well, you may be asking “So what does this have to do a romantic relationship teaching you to follow Jesus?”

So how does this relate to a romantic relationship teaching you about following Jesus?

So how does this relate to a romantic relationship teaching you about following Jesus?

Well let me tell you.

I had been spending time with friends talking about God, the Christian life and all that holy jazz, I’d gone to church with the purpose of worshipping God, gone to chapel (Thank you MNU for making it available), I’d gone to classes discussing theology and doctrine learning things such as “There cannot be private holiness without social holiness; nor can their be social holiness without private holiness”. All these things I had done. Nevertheless I had lacked private and intentional time with the Lord. As in, I was only seriously praying to Him when I was with others, and only reading Scripture when I was with others.

Please hear me say that those things are NOT BAD. As a matter of fact I am convinced those things are stellar and necessary for a growing faith. BUT personal 1 on 1 time with the Lord is also needed for a healthy relationship with Him. And here’s where Jamie and I’s relationship comes in.

Friends it’s flippin’ awesome to be with her while with my friends. It’s great to go to church together. It’s sweet to eat at Campus Center with our amigos. It’s a blessing to be with her and her family.But there are times when we want to be spend quality time where it is just the two of us.

When it is just the two of us, it is much easier to focus on each other. Our attention and thoughts are on each other because we are the only other person there. Duh right?

Napolean Duh

Friends, God is a person. Throughout Scripture He refers to His people, Israel, as His Bride and His child-these are relationship roles. Jesus even called His disciples friends. God is not an impersonal force. He is a being that cares and truly loves.

Knowing this has really made me aware of the fact that God doesn’t just want us when we are around others, and He doesn’t just want us when we are alone. He wants us all day err’ day.

He-for whatever reason-actually desires us to live this life with Him. He invites and desires our lives to be wrapped up in His.

Therefore, it is most certainly appropriate to make time to spend it personally with Him. Just as any healthy relationship should be. Quantity and Quality time in a variety of contexts. That’s the way for a healthy relationship. With Jesus Christ the Lord, it is no different.

Hope that made sense and may it be helpful for you in your life!

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores

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February 28, 2014

2 Things: Pleasure and Play. Both are from the Lord.

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Whether it would be watching TV, playing a sport, drawing (for me its more like doodling), getting on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (I don’t do Pinterest, but I know peeps that do…. dancing, working-out, playing video games-LITERALLY WHATEVER “floats your boat”, there is a time and a place where Pleasure and Play is necessary.

Yes I said necessary.

God did create the Sabbath as a time of rest. That’s back in Genesis 2:2-3. Jesus Christ even said that the Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2:27). Observing and resting on the Sabbath (originally our Saturday) was done in order that human beings would keep their sanity and not succumb to becoming workaholics.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” -James 1:17. Paraphrasing words from C.S. Lewis:
The Lord is disappointed with our desires. Disappointed because our desires are too weak. Every pleasure and good thing has been created by God. Sure Satan can twist good things and pervert them, to where they become unhealthy.
But Truly, Every single good thing is from God and He does like for us to play, rest, and take pleasure in good fun things!!

Working, studying, paying bills, budgeting, are great things. But I will argue that part of being responsible is living a full life.
A full life must be a balanced life. Following Christ includes knowing JOY :D. It’s one of the results or “fruits” from the Holy Spirit (2nd on the list right after Love and before Peace and Patience Galatians 5:22-23).

So, please be aware that a full life means having fun and enjoying time to relax, rest, recharge, and LIVE.

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February 21, 2014

3 Things That Affect Us All: Death, Taxes, and the Weather.

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Regarding Death… here’s a picture taken from inside of a tomb

Actually this is just a Black Square....

 

As for Taxes, I have enjoyed the services of Jackson Hewitt. They have helped me the past 3 years in a row.Jackson Hewit

Via Wal-Mart:

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And finally, the Weather in Kansas:

Now please understand this is an exaggeration. In reality this is more of what a week can look like...

Now please understand this is an exaggeration. In reality this is more of what a week can look like…

 

Enjoy the weekend Friends!

Peace in the Middle East,
Drink Water,
Know that you are loved; so love others and yourself in return.

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February 15, 2014

I MAY OR MAY NOT BE A SAVER OF LIVES… YOU CAN TOO!!!

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Friends, because of MNU I may or may not be a saver of lives.
So you may be thinking, “Mario, you are one arrogant person. What in the sweet Fritos are you talking about?”

Well friends, MNU has consistently hosted American Red Cross Blood Drives. Last year, I donated blood for the first time first semester. The second time was Spring semester and then this past week, was my third time. Each time it’s been a pleasant and worthwhile experience. This is despite the fact that I am like most people and not Needles’ number 1 fan:

Needles never fail to poke...

Needles never fail to poke…

But truly friends donating blood can save people who need blood transfusions. Perhaps a person got into an accident, and had a lot of blood loss. Well, with the donations from people just like you and me, you could prevent them from any further devastation!! This is a real thing peeps.

 

In my high school we would have Blood Drives. At the institution of higher learning that I attend, keeping the support for Blood Drives has not diminished. And that is a good thing:

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For most people, it is a pleasant experience. Just look at this guy giving blood:

 

After the initial poke, the blood just flows into the bag. And on my lap was my Sociology textbook.

After the initial poke, the blood just flows into the bag. And on my lap was my Sociology textbook.

Speaking of Sociology, here’s Bo Cassel the Chair of the Sociology Department:

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Note: Professor Cassel was bending his knees to shorten his height  by at least 4 inches.

Note: Professor Cassel was bending his knees to shorten his height by at least 4 inches.

 

 

Plus friends, when you donate blood you get to eat goodies like these:

 

Cheez-It Crackers are where it's at!

Cheez-It Crackers are where it’s at!

And Yes, they give out stickers!!!!

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Plus it’s great quality people that work at these Blood Drive donations that help keep the people(like myself) keep coming back for more.

From left to right: Dan, Linda, Stephen, and Mario.

From left to right: Dan, Linda, Stephen, and Mario.

So look up RedCross.org/Donation or call 1.800.733.2767.

It’s a good idea think about it friends. You can literally be a life-saver.

Until next time, Peace in the Middle East and know that you are loved.

 

Mario Paul Flores

P.S. Here are some pics of the injection, and a video of the needle being removed. For the sake of others, I will not put any of the pictures that I think could cause Simply more controversy.

So they lather on some Iodine, a strong disinfectant, and I get to have a some yellowy orangy stuff on my arm.

So they lather on some Iodine, a strong disinfectant, and I get to have a some yellowy orangy stuff on my arm.

And for viewer discretion I am not posting a pic of the needle actually inside of them. But here’s a video of Stephen taking it out!

 

Ultimately Friends, it is Christ that saves lives. Predominantly He uses people to do so.

If you are interested in seeing what an MNU Chapel looks like, here’s a video that has glimpses of what it is:

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February 8, 2014

Snow, Soccer, Land, and Late Nights- Fuh Dayz.

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With the rather cold, below freezing, below 0 feeling, icy, snowy weather, Soccer-in Land Gym, and Late night/early mornings have been much more common place this past week.

I will still take this weather over 100 degree weather any day.

I will still take this weather over 100 degree weather any day.

 

White on white, snow on my car. It only took like 6 minutes to shovel everything AND my car started no problem :D Hooray for no need of jumper cables!

White on white, snow on my car. It only took like 6 minutes to shovel everything AND my car started no problem :D Hooray for no need of jumper cables!

Underneath the snow, there were some layers of ice...

Underneath the snow, there were some layers of ice…

But…

If you punch it a few times, the ice breaks, and then can be removed. I tried taking a video but it was so dark nothing could be seen. (These pics are taken with flash)

If you punch it a few times, the ice cracks and breaks, and can then be removed. I tried taking a video but it was so dark nothing could be seen. (These pics are taken with flash)

 

 

I always think it's a cool sight to see my breath. I promise though, I brush my teeth so it's not visible because it's ratchet.  However, my beard somewhat appears to be! For whatever reason the right side naturally fluffs out more than the left :S

I always think it’s a cool sight to see my breath. I promise though, I brush my teeth so it’s not visible because it’s ratchet.
However, my beard somewhat appears to be! For whatever reason the right side naturally fluffs out more than the left :S

 

 

 

Moving on, with the beloved Snow Days that MNU had two of, two things were especially on the rise in the spending of my time.

1 Soccer:

This is a picture of Italy's soccer star MARIO Balotelli, we kind of look alike right?

The man jumping in the picture is Italy’s soccer star MARIO Balotelli, we kind of look alike right?

Only, with our socces it’s these incredible people that play in our beloved Land Memorial Gymnasium (Or just Land Gym).

 

These people all came out Monday night. The night we found out a Snow Day was to be our tomorrow!

Typically Killian will text a few people, and after word spreads we meet at the gym and play. Literally all people of all skill levels are welcome. From novice-never-played-before persons, to some of our actual men and women soccer stars from our actual soccer team that come and show us a good time and challenge, to everyone else in the middle, soccer is a great community building-exercise fulfilling sport. Games can have scores kept track of (which most of the time it is) or we just play till time runs out and people have to go home. The mood is virtually always light and positive. While at the same time, there’s still space to compete and get better!

Afterwards, I thought I’d give a brief tour of Land Gym so here are 3 videos of our beloved place to work out, relax, eat, study, and enjoy one another’s company.

1st is a video just after the end of our soccer playing:

2nd is a video of the Tipping Point a place full of couches and other sitting furniture. Also there’s a stage, theater seats for occasional movie nights, a piano for the clearly cool and classy peeps that can play it-Yes that was an attempt at alliteration. We also have Improv shows and Open Mic nights here! My sincere apologies for the lighting though! Oh and one more thing we have a free hot chocolate, coffee, and chai tea machine in here!

3rd We have Land Café. This place is open 9pm to Midnight from Sunday till Thursday. Because our Cafeteria closes at 7, having this place with food-such as my personal favorites: Bosco Sticks or Cream Cheese pretzels!! Late night snacks are a dream that’s actually a reality. Especially since we can pay for the items by using our flex dollars(amount of money put onto your student ID card that’s built in from your tuition.) So for those who don’t have a debit or credit card, you can still pay by swiping and feeling adult like:P

SO, after playing soccer in the night time, I returned back to my dorm room to hang out with some quality peeps.
Now you’ll find that late night-or typically-early morning hang out times are often entertaining. For example, at 4 o’clock in the morning, when cards fall out of one’s hand-that one being one of my best friends Joey V. it’s one of the most hilarious things ever. So here’s a clip of me trying to capture the moment.

And fear not, Joey was cool with this being shown here.

So Monday night/ Tuesday morning we had a great time playing card games and sharing stories.

Front left is my roommate Caleb and above his forearm is my good friend Leon.

Front left is my roommate Caleb and above his forearm is my good friend Leon.

 

Alas-ish Classes started back up, and with all the time available to do school work during the snow days, hardly was done. So staying up a little later and using the Ping-Pong room as a study room worked well for me. Yay for procrastinating! Not.
I must confess though friends, if one keeps up a late night/early morning lifestyle, it’s pretty much inevitable that Coffee (or some other caffeine drink) and naps will be your best friends. So please beware of that.

 

Till next time friends, I’ll just keep living the dream.

Grateful in Him,

 

Mario Paul Flores

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February 1, 2014

Wisdom On Time: Take It One Day At A Time

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“We were created with the capacity to live life one day at a time. So make it to where your work load will only be that of one day.”

I confess that lately I have been rather stressed and disheveled with my schedule, roles, and responsibilities. But if the afore mentioned quote is truth, then I believe that with effort, diligence, and discipline-balance and peace of mind are possible.
So, paying attention to my schedules from school, church, and work I’m working to do this.

I have learned friends that in: staying up late (and not being able to sleep in with 8 and 9am classes-the struggle is real), not keeping up with assigned readings for consecutive days at a time, treating studying as a chore and not as an opportunity-an opportunity to please, serve, and worship the Lord-if all those negative things are done, feelings of being overwhelmed, high stress and high potential for breakdown are highly likely to take place.

I’m confident that nobody wants any of that.

Sure there is such a thing as eustress (stress that is actually good for you). Okay, I’ll concede that, but friends if we can manage our time wisely and focus on putting “first things first”, stress that has no benefit will affect us less negatively. Life will be more enjoyable and fuller.

“Take care of yourself.”-Wise words.

Peace in the Middle East friends! Know that you’re loved,

Mario Paul Flores.

PS Here are some moments from the past week I wanted to share with y’all:

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

I'm continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says "God I love." and the bottom says "The Lord Christ I love."

I’m continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says “God I love.” and the bottom says “The Lord Christ I love.”

Here's the man that's teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

Here’s the man that’s teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

Let it snow...as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

Let it snow…as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

I've mapped out my planner! :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe, hopefully...

I’ve mapped out my planner (This is just two pages of the 3 months worth of work I did! Credit to Jamie for her persuading motivational speech to manage my time more efficiently!  :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe… Hopefully…

 

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January 24, 2014

11 thoughts

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So yeah, just 11 thoughts that I wanted to share. Here they are written out:

11. It’s always a frightening moment when you’re not sure if all that came out was just gas.

10. There is no “morning after” or regret when a person follows Christ. (Without going into any details, there have frankly been times in my life when I woke up in the morning wishing I had made different decisions the previous day.)

9. Faith, particularly faithfulness to Him, is risky.

8. Vulnerability too is risky; but I have found that the reward far outweighs the cost.

7. Don’t just mask the smell… with Deodorant, or cologne, or body spray, or Febreeze… Instead: take a shower, or wash your clothes, or clean
your room, or all of the above. But consider doing all of the former on top of the latter.

6. Procrastinating only makes sense for a little while, but eventually…

5. All real truth is God’s; fear not where you find it.

4. Virtually everyone, at every level, enjoys and learns best through stories.

3. Err on the side of grace; often we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.

2. I’ve learned that whenever I flush the toilet, I will no longer leave my eyes open.

1. He isn’t just an all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent Being; He is a Person, He feels, He loves, He cares-for all; all includes you.

P.S. this video would not have been possible without it being shot and edited by a great and talented friend of mine: Blake Nelson. Blake is one of the Resident Educators for our school. If you read last week’s blog, just know that he’s a “friendly, neighborhood” kind of guy.

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January 18, 2014

School’s Back in session!

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First off, here’s a pic from the wonderful, coveted by some, loved by most, native to the West Coast: In-N-Out Burger:

Their menus are so simple, yet so efficiently lovely. (not sure if efficiently is a word, but there's no squiggly red line underneath it so I think I'm good!)

Their menus are so simple, yet so efficiently lovely. (not sure if efficiently is a word, but there’s no squiggly red line underneath it so I think I’m good!) AND this was taken just before flying back here to Kansas.

 

And then when I got back early, for RA training, one of our RE’s who I will just say is from California himself, and also a lover of In-N-Out, shared with us some wisdom over the Spring semester. Wisdom that was only amplified by the wearing of a Spider-Man costume.IMG_0686

Another great opportunity I’ve had hear at MNU is to work in the Office of University Advancement. It’s lovely white collar work for me, a mere assistant: Making thank you calls to donors, taking out trash, emptying shredders, folding thank you letters, vacuuming, etc. Oh and taking a selfie since I dressed up for fancy Friday (though that’s not necessarily a real thing…)

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Of course, Randy Cloud fears not trying on new things as head gear. Even if it’s KC Wolf and one that belongs to one of his students-which it wasn’t mine.

He was helping me review my Greek Alphabet while I took this pic.

He was helping me review my Greek Alphabet while I took this pic.

This is the book that Bo Cassel the Department Chair of Sociology wrote.

This is the book that Bo Cassel, the Department Chair of Sociology, wrote.

 

That’s it for this week folks! For now, Peace in the Middle East!

And there will be peace when He returns:D

 

Oh and here’s an American Idol contestant that I’ve had a few people say looks like me…

Obviously he sings better than me though, and is more handsome…