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October 14, 2015

You may say that I put my faith in a God that I cannot see

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I took a trip to North Carolina this past May and saw some amazing things in nature. It's one of the many times that I was reminder that God is all around us.

I took a trip to North Carolina this past May and saw some amazing things in nature. It’s one of the many times that I was reminded that God is all around us.

You may not understand, you may not even agree. You may say that I put my faith in a God that I can’t see. But the truth is, I see him every day.

I see him when I walk outside and see the weather, in whatever form it may be, I know my God created it and all its diversity. I see him when I wake up to my loved ones and see their smile every morning. I see him in the 4-year-old in their mother’s arms; what a beautiful sight that God has made in his own image. I see him in my mentors; how they guide me and push me beyond my own imagination; I imagine that is what God would do if he was in human form.

I see him in my professor when he demonstrates his vast amount of knowledge and radiants such brilliancy in his work. I see him in my professor’s passion to help us, to love us, and to be a guidance when we have questions. I see him in the students that lead chapel, not because they are praising God, but because they stand there, with hands held high, eyes closed, and overwhelmed with his love for them and how powerful in their lives that it is, that means something to them. It means something so powerful that you can only stand back and wish you had it, whatever it is, that fantastic feeling of love and mercy. Well, that’s if you don’t already know what it feels like.

I see him in the boy’s soccer coach, who spoke at chapel a few weeks ago, taking about how he lives out his life turned towards God and all that that meant in his life; shaping and forming him into the man he is today. I see him in St. John, who I don’t have as a professor yet, but every time I walk by he smiles (when I’m just a stranger) and you can tell he truly cares for people. I see him in my store manager when she talks about how to manage best and shows her care for her employees, even at the sake of the business, she stops and listens and offers a hand. She trains me carefully and tries her best to mold me into a better person. I imagine that is how God is to us. In fact, I know that is how God is to us.

I imagine that all these people embody what in means to be Christ-Like. Because I believe in a God who wants to have a personal relationship with me. He wants to be my father, if I just let him. He wants to help guide me on important decisions, through my tough times, and love me through good or bad. He wants to accept me, exactly how I am, and take care of me as if I was his student, employee, friend, or stranger.

I know this may be hard for some people to imagine. The act of loving and focusing our whole life on a God that isn’t in human form. Who isn’t going to walk up and shake your hand directly; but someone else will, someone like these people. You see, God does it through others; he does it through the weather, the mentor, the 4-year-old, the professor, the coach, the stranger, or the manager. He shows himself to us because he wants us to know him. This may shock you, but God doesn’t live off in some mystical place. God does not only reside in heaven. God is standing next to you; he is by your side, he doesn’t leave, and he never will. He simply waits for you to turn your focus to him. He waits for the time when you realize that he is what is going to fill the void in your life, to help you find purpose, and even more, to be better than you ever imagined before.

Our whole lives we are searching to be known and to know. I’ve spent years in unhealthy relationships that proved time and time again that the people who say the love me, don’t even really know who I am. I will be the first to say I hate the feeling of being unknown, unheard, or misunderstood; I think we all do to some extent. But the beauty and awesomeness of the God of the bible, the God of my life, is that he knows me from beginning to end. He has never misunderstood me, and all he wants is for us to know him too.

I hope this inspired deep thought for someone; challenges you to think outside of our own personal boxes. It makes you think when there’s so many negatives in the world that God is still surrounding us in unexpected forms.

Katie Linsey

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October 13, 2015

9 Apps Every College Student Should Have

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Hey friends! I’ve discovered that these apps have been really helpful in my college career. I hope that these will help you as well.

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1. Quizlet

This is number one because I believe that this app is partially responsible for the times that I get good grades on tests. Basically, Quizlet is a place where you can make notecards online and turn them into many different studying tools. For example, once you make a set of notecards on the website, you can change it to a study guide, printable notecards, and even play games with the terms. Once you create a set, you can download the app on your phone and practice the terms on your phone whenever you want. I usually use Quizlet when I’m waiting for a class to start or have a little chunk of time where I’m not doing anything. It’s addicting!

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2. CNN

Basically, what I’m trying to say with this one is that everyone needs to have some sort of news app on their phone. And make sure that your alerts are on, so that you can be constantly updated on what’s going on in the world. It’s important.

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3. Meme Generator

Maybe I’m the only one who takes tons of funny pictures of my friends. But I doubt that.

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4. CalenMob Calendar

This app was my saving grace last year. This calendar app combines your iPhone, Google, and social media calendars all together in one giant calendar. There’s multiple different views and it’s easy to maneuver. (And planners are expensive these days).

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5. EasyBib

It’s simply a more convenient way to access EasyBib, which I know you all already use anyway.

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6. Dictionary.com

Just because we’re college students, doesn’t mean we automatically know what big words mean. I only wish my professors knew that.

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7. TED

TED Talks are so good, and they don’t make me feel like I’m wasting my time unlike social media sometimes does. It’s informational, educational, and interesting all at the same time. I suggest listening to them when you’re driving somewhere or getting ready in the morning.

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8. Doulingo

I always get these random urges to learn weird languages. It never lasts long, but at least I have an app that can fulfill that desire for the time being. It’s also a good thing to do when you have a little bit of time to kill and want to feel like you’re being productive.

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9. Safe Trek

This app is helpful to use if you feel unsafe in a situation. Basically, this is how it works: You open the app and press down on the screen if you’re in a potentially harmful situation. Once you’re out of the situation, you lift your finger and enter a code that you picked. If you never end up putting in the code, the police will be contacted. It’s a good medium between doing nothing and calling 911. You never know when you could need an app like this one.

That’s all I have for you this week. If you can think of any other useful apps, feel free to comment below!

-KT

(Photos courtesy of Apple.com)

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October 12, 2015

Intro to Ministry Retreat

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Friday night into Saturday morning was the Intro To Ministry class retreat, a trip designed to help beginning ministry students get to know each other and their professors better as well as learn new spiritual disciplines, how to “be real” with people, and the importance questioning mind-set. They threw in a gorgeous catholic retreat center and food because they love us and we got to meet and hang out with the professors who will be teaching us as we embark on our quests for a degree from the Department of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation.
It sounded really nice. I would have been happy if that was all God wanted me to learn over our short, less than 24 hour retreat. But I guess thinking I could slide through a ministry retreat unchanged was a tad foolish of me.
As always, I had managed to get myself in way over my head, pulling my brain in a hundred different directions right before I needed it to focus. Dr. Dunn asked the class to handle the introduction, worship, prayer, and devotional for the group on Saturday morning.
When he sent out an email requesting help I responded, in my first week of college optimism, that I would definitely have the time to write a meaningful and well thought through devotional that could potentially impact the lives of a class of future leaders of the Kingdom of God and thus could have eternal consequences, sure thing.
I was a good little student and got my devotional written more than a week before the retreat, had Dr. Dunn edit it for me and felt like I had completed my assignment when I boarded the people mover with some of my classmates on the way to our Catholic Retreat Center.
Friends who happened to share the van ride up

Friends who happened to share the van ride up

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It was during all of the (absolutely incredible and I wish I could nerd rant about how cool they were) “get to know you” activities that I began to question my little ten minute devotional I had written. There was no heart in it, no real call to action. It was all facts and criticism. I was reminded about something Dr. Hayse said in Honors Seminar. I have to paraphrase him but it was basically that criticism is easy but offering a practical solution to the problem is hard.

As we moved into the night to play volleyball and board games I began to worry about it more and more. I wanted so badly to shine for ten minutes of informative Jesus glory but I knew my material was flat. I tried to talk myself out of caring, but it morphed into praying when St. John explained the spiritual discipline the group was going to be practicing that night.

Silence.

He asked us to not say a word to one another or even talk out loud at all for the rest of the night and into the next morning. Silence shows reverence to God, respect. He also urged us to quiet our minds. I was utterly confused about that even being a human possibility. My mind runs a million miles an hour, I constantly have dozens of things on my mind at a time but as we walked into the dark chapel my thoughts slowly began to lessen.

Its difficult to describe exactly what happened. I encourage you to try it some time though I can never promise God will act the same way twice. After our allotted prayer time we were told that we could stay in the chapel and pray or read our bible. I situated myself in the very back and began to pray, then just let my mind be quiet. The next thing I knew God started bringing aspects of my life that I needed to give to him to mind. In order to keep my mind quiet I had to give each thing to him as he brought them to me until everything that I was worrying about was gone. I opened my eyes to find myself alone in this big beautiful building, the only lights shining were on the crucifix up front and on the alter.

It was 1:00 in the morning.

God never agrees with my time table.

It was at that point that I began to rewrite. I opened my notebook, wrote what was on my heart, then at almost 2am I was allowed to sleep.

I woke up without a care in the world. It was an experience I haven’t had since starting high school. 8:30am rolled around, my friends and professors came into the chapel. We read scripture, we worshiped, and I got up to the pew and got to tell people what God put on my heart.

I shared from Jeremiah 29. I am unable to tell you exactly what I said because I threw out my typed manuscript, but basically I talked about how Christians today aren’t all that different from God’s people historically. We have a pattern of being exiled in a foreign land and then called out again. In Jeremiah, God is talking to his people in exile in Babylon. Since we, members of God’s Kingdom, are living here on earth, we are (in essence) exiles as well and thus, I figured since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, that his instructions to his people in exile in Babylon apply to us today.

God basically told them to settle down and work for Babylon, allow themselves to live life there, and called them to work and pray for their country of exile because their lives for the time being were bound up in that nation. However, God then warned about the false prophets and teachings of Babylon, telling his people not to be fooled by thinking their version of good was what God defined as good. He then gave his famous “for I know the plans I have for you” bit and promised to answer them when they called on him and to eventually lead them out of exile.

My devotional was about not allowing our standard for Christian behavior to be set by the culture, becoming comfortable and then being afraid of asking for God’s instructions because our God is one who cares much more about our character than he does about our comfort. I said that when we allow ourselves to use God’s standard to evaluate our lives we are no longer comfortable living as socially accepted Christians. I feel like we can be living in and working for our country of exile for so long that we begin to adopt their ideas as our own, and when we adopt these ideas God calls us to act contrary to them, and when God asks us to act contrary to them we have a crisis of faith, being unwilling to take the risk that God asked us to do. And when we don’t want to take the risk we stop asking God to give us instructions, and when we stop asking God to give us instructions God can grow quiet.

I don’t want to live in a world with a quiet God.

And so I called for two things.

  1. That we would begin to develop a holy discontent for the amount of God’s presence we allow in our day to day lives. I want to be a part of God’s church that has the same revolutionary impact and supernatural power as the church in Acts, but I was convicted, realizing I wasn’t even praying for it.
  2. That we would pray without fear of God messing up our lives. I had found myself avoiding prayer because I thought God would ask me to risk something, that he would make me uncomfortable. I have to stop questioning God’s attempts to make me uncomfortable and start questioning why I allowed myself to get comfortable in the first place.

Some people told me my devotional was really good. I was thankful for their compliments, but really I think it did me more good than it could have done anybody else. I loved it. I loved speaking about what I’m passionate about. I cannot believe the incredible opportunities MNU allows me to have. I got the opportunity to be completely scared out of my mind, learn to listen to the spirit, and get the practical experience of giving a devotional to a room full of professors and future ministers. In all technicality, this retreat was just one large class session. I got points for going, I think. But this was only one example of a time when the boundaries between class and “real life” went away and “school work” became God’s way of doing some “life work” on me.

 

Hailey Kendrick

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October 12, 2015

Studying In College, Newspaper, & More.

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Hey guys! This week I talk about something we are all going through right about now….midterms. I discuss some ways in which I study, as well as the Trailblazer coming out with their first edition for this school year! Below I have attached some other links to studying tip sites and to MNU’s newspaper website. Enjoy

MNU Trailblazer

How to take T-Notes

Time Management & Note Taking Tips

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October 9, 2015

5 HOMECOMING DO’s & DON’T’S

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DON’Ts

  1. Don’t say yes out of pity. Spare the other person the embarrassment and yourself the uncomfortable feeling and just say no thanks.
  2. Don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money on the night. We’re all college students trying to pay off loans. There’s no need to impress anyone.
  3. Don’t ask a guy or girl that you just met the week of homecoming. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for spontaneity, but do you really want homecoming to be your make it or break it? (too soon, my friend, too soon)
  4. Don’t sit in the corner and not dance. You are in college! The Church Of Nazarene is finally letting us dance! What a time to be alive! Take advantage of it! (Bust a move!)
  5. Don’t let the stress ruin the fun. Don’t forget why you spent all that time on your hair, or all those hours shopping for that one dress that caught your eye the first moment you walked into the store, but still spent three hours, trying on twelve more dresses, to only settle on the first one you saw. Have a fun night; your 15+ hours in the library studying agrees with me.

Do’s

  1. The guy has to ask the girl! I’m a firm believer of chivalry, AND WHEN YOU ASK HER OUT, GO BIG or- well just go big. You never know it might get you out of the friend zone. (Too far?)
  2. Ladies! I got this one from a lady, so hold your fire. Apparently, ladies don’t have the best track record when it comes to dancing, so YouTube some dance lessons. It won’t hurt anyone; it might even save someone from getting smacked across the face (coordination is key.)
  3. Go to the Hoedown. For two reasons: 1. Ron Jackson and the ASG team host the best parties around. 2. If you don’t have a

    date by Thursday then DON’T GO! No, I’m kidding you should still go, because you might meet a last minute date who might turn out to be your special someone that you’ll live happily ever after with. (You’re welcome.)

  4. Guy’s compliment your date even if you’re just going as friends, if she doesn’t show it she’ll still be wondering if she did it right. Ladies fix your guy’s tie even if it’s already fixed, because we love it when you do.
  5. Plan out your night, but don’t over-plan so much that you miss out on the great moments. Homecoming is more than just a dance, or an opportunity to find your Mr. or Mrs. Ring by spring. Homecoming is a moment of freedom, freedom to make memories that you will forever remember.

 

Isaac Walker

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October 9, 2015

5 Signs You Transferred From A Community College

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Hey friends!

Being a transfer student gives me a whole new perspective on things, here at MNU.  I’m a new student, but at the same time I have been in college for two years!  Here are just a few things I have noticed about being a transfer student from a community college.

 

  1. You walk around with your headphones in all the time.

People at community college aren’t the most social.  Almost everyone there walks around with headphones in and alone.  It’s almost a social taboo to have a conversation with someone else in the hall.

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2.   You do not mind eating alone in the cafeteria.

It is an everyday, normal thing to eat alone at community college.  It isn’t the easiest place to make friends honestly.  It also doesn’t help when everyone looks like they want to eat alone too.

3.    You are not use to paying this much for college…

Community college is significantly less compared to every other college really.  I wont give you the exact numbers I had to pay, but I will say I did not have to take out a loan for community college…I am not use to having no money!

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4.    You don’t mind having to walk everywhere.

When attending community college, I had to drive 25 minutes from my house to school everyday.  Once there, I would have to park extremely far away from the actual campus because it is so large.  So now, even walking from Colony to Dobson isn’t that bad!

5.    Not knowing what year you actually are.

I get asked all the time what year I am and I never know how to answer.  I give a different answer every single time I’m asked.   I am as old as a junior, I am on the first year class list, and I voted for homecoming as a sophomore.  So that is how I answer that question now.

6. (Bonus)     Living with your best friends is an amazing thing!

I am extremely lucky that some of the best people I know live here and go to school here!  While I was going to community college, I still lived at home.  Now that was not necessarily a bad thing, I would much have rather lived on campus with all my friends!

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To sum up, I love it here and there is no place I’d rather be!

Until next time friends.

Katie Linsey

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October 7, 2015

What Forgiveness Is – And What It Isn’t

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Recently, I’ve had to forgive people for some things that I wish didn’t happen. Through the process of apologizing and forgiving, I came to realize that my definition of forgiveness was skewed. I assumed that forgiveness came with certain expectations and stipulations, but the truth is, it doesn’t.

On Sunday, my pastor talked about forgiveness, and what he said was nothing short of a revelation to me. Here’s what he said…

Forgiveness doesn’t make someone’s sin okay.

Forgiveness doesn’t deny hurt or offense.

Forgiveness is not always a relational reset.

And here’s what I got from what he said…

Forgiving someone doesn’t mean burying the hurt that you feel. It doesn’t mean that you have to force yourself to forget what happened. It simply means that you are no longer giving yourself the right to judge someone based on what happened.

Forgiveness doesn’t always result in things being back to the way they were before. It may mean that the relationship drifts apart, or even ceases to exist. And that’s okay.

I used to get frustrated when I would forgive someone and then still remember the hurt I felt, or when things wouldn’t go back to normal and I thought I had forgiven them the wrong way (or maybe not at all).

Ephesians 4:31-5:1 says, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Love people. Forgive people. Don’t be angry or bitter.

But don’t bury hurt. Don’t force relationships. Don’t ignore sin.

It’s a fine line, and sometimes I feel like it contradicts itself – but I do know that the Bible says to love and forgive… and that’s solid truth.

I’m still learning how to fully forgive, and what that looks like. I’d love to hear your input if you have any to give.

Thanks for reading, friends.

-KT

P.S. If you’d like to watch the sermon that my pastor preached, click here.

 

Lynsie Petersen

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October 7, 2015

Weekend Antics

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As college students, I think we tend to forget there’s more to life than classes and work. I know I’m guilty of spending my weekends in my dorm room doing homework and cleaning house, or I go home and do absolutely nothing and then complain on Sunday night about how much homework I have to do before 7:30 AM Monday morning.

This weekend was one of the busiest I’ve had since the semester started. It began with “Brigadoon” rehearsal on Friday afternoon and ended with a drive back from Atchison, KS with friends on Sunday evening. It was great to get off campus and have fun.

After rehearsal on Friday, I went back to my room and cleaned up and did homework, I was anxious to get it done so I could have fun starting Saturday morning.

Saturday morning, I went to Action Pact rehearsal and then I as off to watch my little sister and her softball team play in a tournament here in Olathe. (*They went 6-0 and took 1st in their division.) After watching a game, I headed home to get ready for that night. I had a ticket to the Kansas City Young Audiences Benefit Concert featuring Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth at the Kauffman Center for the Arts in KC, MO. Kristin is one of my favorite Broadway/TV/Movie Stars and I was so excited to have the opportunity to see her in person. Throughout the concert, she made me laugh, made me cry, and then laugh some more. Kristin is a Christian and she always performs at least one worship song. That night, she chose to perform “Upon This Rock” and I sang along and worshipped my heart out. I’m sure the people next to me thought I was insane, but I couldn’t care less. I was worshipping my God along with a few hundred people, being led by one of the biggest names in New York City. After the concert, I went home and I was still so filled with awe at how the night had gone that I couldn’t sleep.

The 12U St. Joe Hazard Softball team and their 1t place trophy!

The 12U St. Joe Hazard Softball team and their 1st place trophy!

My view of the concert. I was in the choir loft behind Kristin. :/

My view of the concert. I was in the choir loft behind Kristin. :/

Kristin's "Hollywood Walk of Fame" star; located at the Starlight Theatre in KC, MO.

Kristin’s “Hollywood Walk of Fame” star; located at the Starlight Theatre in KC, MO.

Sunday morning, I got up and went to my home church and worshipped just as intensely as I had the night before. After small group, I went home and headed to Atchison, KS to see Benedictine’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. I had never seen this show, so I was excited to go. The performance was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The real fun was the trip back to campus. We stopped at a Casey’s General Store for gas and snacks, and Sara and I got locked out of the car in the cold wind while we waited for Heather to come back out. It never occurred to either of us to walk back inside and wait there. It was only like 5 minutes max, but because it was cold, it felt like 20 minutes at least. After a few minutes of waiting, I went back inside and found Heather checking out. That didn’t stop me from looking her in the eye and saying, “Mom, we need the keys because you locked us out and it’s cold”. Since she’s the theatre professor here, she played along and responded, “You won’t freeze to death. I’m coming. Carry this for me, would you?” The employees seemed completely confused, but we thought it was hilarious.

Heather, Sara, and I before "Fiddler" started.

Heather, Sara, and I before “Fiddler” started.

It was great to get away and just be a 20 year old for once in my life. I’m super pumped to go to the Renaissance Festival this weekend and then spend some quality time with my Action Pact family.

Remember friends, there’s more to college than classes and work. Use those weekends to your advantage and get ahead on homework and/or sleep, but also be a true young adult and go out and have fun! There is ALWAYS something to do in the Olathe/KC area. Go exploring, go shopping, see a concert, dress up like it’s the 1600’s and eat turkey legs, anything. These years are fleeting, so enjoy them while you can!

Share your weekends below in the comments and give your fellow MNU peeps some ideas! I look forward to reading about your adventures. :)

Mackenzie Theiler

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October 7, 2015

• Welcome to My Life •

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Hailey Kendrick

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October 7, 2015

The Challenges of Commuting

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Hi guys! This week I talk about the challenges I have found in my 30 minute commute to school and back every day, how it has affected me, and what I have done to overcome it!