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February 19, 2013

What’s Next?

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15836_landscape_curvy_roadIt’s that point in the semester and the year when things start to get crazy. Relationships become tense and possibly broken, stress is out of control, and New Years resolutions become distant and put on the back burner for next year. School is weighing down and Spring Break is looking pretty nice! The weather isn’t helping much either. It’s cold, cloudy and that means BEDTIME IS ALL THE TIME! Metaphorically, the road/mountain we are on is presenting numerous curves and twists that are throwing off your alignment. Why is it happening like this though? Maybe it’s because the place we are at is beginning to seem doldrum-like with work, school and we want something more exciting or just different.

What do we do to combat this feeling of wanting to give in to the lackadaisical behavior that would most certainly bring about unfortunate consequences? What happens when we see the world around us fall into questionable crumbles that resemble something we thought we once knew? How do we react to a prowling sense of complacency? What’s our answer when all we can ask is, “What’s next?”

Well, my friends, I am here to encourage you to not give up. Why? you ask. WELL, think of the options the glory to come. The relationships have potential to be remedied, Spring Break is around the corner, the INSANITY Workout is right where you left it, and the weather is likely to get better soon (Maybe not the next 3 days, says half of Facebook). The doldrum-like state is combated with numerous things; the late night “bro” time, the epic prank war, the weekend family adventure, or reconnecting with what set you off on the right foot the first time. After all, there are so many possibilities that await! Take me for example, Resident Assistant next year, Public Relations team this summer, and friends who continue to be there to persistently build me up!

What should often set us off on the right foot is Christ. When we are close to Him we view the world through tinted glasses that allow loving broken people, seeing the beauty in tomorrow’s possibilities and not focusing on today’s roadblock, and/or being there for people who need you. Yet, the world constantly throws us loops that take away momentum and leave us a tad bit winded.

James 1:12 says,
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

or 1 Peter 5:10 says,
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

Let this be the breath that fills up your lungs and gives you the strength to make it through the Old Testament memory tests, the INSANITY-level 2 workouts, and the cold treks through the blinding, toe-frosting, yet endless possibility filled snow. When the questions and worry begin to mound about what’s around the corner remember; worrying is taking responsibility for something God never intended you to be concerned about. Let Christ be your answer to, “What’s next?”

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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February 15, 2013

The Rules of Dating at MNU

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Friends. Followers. Lend me your eyes.

(ears would be good too.)

A good friend of mine with whom I interviewed 2 days prior named Andy Blum RE-FILMED our interview. I can testify that this is way better than the video posted yesterday.

Watch us talk to my computer here.

Happy day after Valentine’s day and enjoy.

Over and Out!

Phillip Prado

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February 14, 2013

English Comp. Inquiry :P

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HEY GUYS!! SOO the other day in one of my classes we had a little discussion that really made me think a lot, so I would like to share that with you guys.

BUT! First of all, as most of you know, it is Valentine’s day!  So happy Valentine’s day! I really hope all of you enjoy your day!  This is definitely not my favorite holiday but I can still appreciate it.

Anyway, back to the original topic: the conversation I had in class.  In my English Composition II class, we were talking about an essay that we were given and what to write it about.  The whole class was going around talking about their topics and we were to bring up why they were important, which was a big part of the assignment: to establish why the topic was worth reading and why it really mattered in the first place.  There was a student who brought up human trafficking and slavery, and how it’s a bigger problem now then it ever has been in the past.  That’s when another student brought up a point that made me think: “But why should I care?”

At first this this statement seemed pretty rude, but once the professor had asked him to elaborate, then the question began to make a little bit more sense.  He said he couldn’t do anything about it, so why would he let himself get upset about it.  That with huge world problems like politics, poverty, sex trafficking, etc. there is nothing he can do about it.  That he’s not gonna be able to change them so why would he let it upset him?  He said he accepted that he can’t do anything about it and moved on.

Now, this made sense to me that someone might feel that way: inadequate and to minuscule to make a big difference in the world.  But, on the other hand, I do not agree with that the slightest bit.  Isn’t that why Christ died for us?  To show us that each and everyone of us make a difference in the world.  I honestly think we can make a difference in the world.  From making someone’s day with a simple little compliment, to making the world a better place by fighting for human rights.

I think we just need to stop being afraid to love one another.  We were created to be so much more.  Like i’ve said in a previous blog, we can’t be afraid to speak out and to stand up for what we believe in.  Whether it’s in school, at home, on Saturdays, on Valentines day, in America, in the world, or anywhere or anytime else we can make a difference.  That’s just what I feel.  I hope you guys feel the same way!

Well that’s what I was thinking about and I just wanted to share that with you.  I hope it made sense, and I hope you can somewhat get what I’m trying to say.  So, again, have a happy Valentine’s day and an amazing rest of your week!

Allegra Vieux

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February 14, 2013

Webshow: Valentine’s edition

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Happy Valentine’s day friends and followers!

My feelings are bittersweet as I upload this edition of my show.

Watch and you will find out why.

Andy Blum interview (kind of)

Happy Valentine’s day!

Over and out!

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.