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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?

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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

Britney Lewis

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March 12, 2014

Spring Into Classes (The Four Year Plan)

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Classes are the best part of your day, right?

If the answer to that question is yes–kuddos to you. For me, it’s definitely not applicable.

For the most part, I like my classes, I do. I really like the learning part, but, at this point, I’m just so ready to get out of my general education courses. I’m ready to dig into the niddy-griddy, and start my Cooperate Communication courses!  (check out my major right here!)

One thing they don’t tell you about college is constructing your four-year-plan. A four-year-plan is basically a map of classes you have taken and will take during your course at MidAmerica. This plan will keep you on track, so when graduation rolls around, you already know how many credits you’ve earned and from what class. In the same way, most advisors require you to have your four year plan printed and done before you meet with them about classes. That way, the only thing left is to make corrections and answer any questions you might have. BUT, incoming freshman and transfers, DON’T FREAK OUT! Your advisors will be more than lenient with you, and they don’t expect you to know any of this right out of high school or a junior college.

However, when you do get here–I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, and continue to say it–KNOW YOUR MAJOR. Trust me, I’m only saying this from the kindness of my heart because, as you probably already know, I’ve changed my major five times, and that’s a lot of four-year plans. Granted, I didn’t have to make any four year plans first semester, freshman year; but other than that, I’ve at least made three, and three is too many for me.

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Recently, as of last Friday, I found myself working on my four-year-plan for my cooporate communication degree, and it took me at least two hours to get it all planned out. If you don’t know this yet, college classes are based on hours. For example: In my Composition class, I will receive a total of three hours because I attend three times a week, and an hour each time I attend.

Anyway, for my degree, I need a total of 126 hours to graduate: 77 hours will be from my general education courses, and 49 of these hours will be from cooporate communication classes. I know this seems like a lot, but trust me, it’s not.

The best part about this, though, is that the MNU website will help you infinitely! If you want to play around with your major, here’s the list of them (here). And in that link, you will be shown how many, and what, education courses you need, depending on the major you choose.

Good Luck!

Also, on a side note, check out my new camera! Isn’t she lovely?!?! Her name is Ella.

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Peace and Love,

Britney!

Allegra Vieux

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March 12, 2014

MNU News

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Good day to you, bloggers.

Here’s a video from last week our media department released. I make a brief appearance as the weather anchor. Because it’s about a week old, it was filmed/aired right before a snow storm.

Enjoy!

Joey Alligier

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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.

Heather Engle

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March 10, 2014

MNU Mock Rock 2014

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ATTENTION BLOG READERS: You DO NOT want to miss out on this awesome video of Mock Rock! This is basically our schools talent show that took place here on the MNU campus in our Land Gym. ( I do realize that the video I first posted was only 28 seconds long, but I have the full version up now, so go watch the full one!) :] sorry guys!

Check it out cause there are some awesome clips of people showing their talents, and just being hilarious.

In the first clip is a group of MNU students performing a skit to the song “What does the Fox say?” and if you don’t know who Granny Franny is, go check out Britney’s blog about her! She’s pretty awesome! :] At the end of this skit, she takes off her fox mask, everyone realizes that it was her, and the croud goes crazy. :] It was definitely a surprise to many students. Also, both my phone and my ipod died in the middle of this, so i didn’t get the ending where they announced the winner, but if you were awesome and you watched the video all the way through, the last guy to perform (“YOYO Matt”) was the winner!

So guys, i hope you enjoy and get a glimpse of the wonderful activites that are held at MNU and catch a glimpse of the sense of community here that i am constantly SO thankful for! Sorry this wasn’t a video of the basketball game like i said it would be, but that is coming soon! I hope you got a laugh or a smile out of the Mock Rock video! Thanks for stopping by!

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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March 8, 2014

Conference, Concert & a Crazy Week

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Hello friends!

So it is a Saturday night and I am just getting back from helping out my church with a new conference they call Stained Conference.  AND… It was pretty awesome!  The conference dealt with being Stained with Righteousness specifically with purity and dating relationships.  So just to share some awesome things that God is doing in the Kansas City community I have some awesome pictures and quotes:

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Best Quotes:

“You gotta decide before you collide” 

Amen

“Uh oh I can hear Wrecking Ball playing.” 

Yup better watch it

“The stain of sin comes when you allow yourself to be alone.” 

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“You’ll never attain and preserve sexual purity in your life until you learn to attract and protect the presence of God in your life.” 

“We are called to fight for life!” 

So just a few highlights of a great weekend for you.  All glory to The Lord! Two girls gave their lives to Christ, and a 100+ teens gave a commitment to being stained with the righteousness our God has offered us.

Also on Thursday All Sons and Daughters came to Olathe! If you do not know who they are, stop now and look them up… Seriously! They are great!  Not only do they have so much talent… but they love and serve the Lord!  So we went to their concert and they were great!

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This week has been a bit crazy with all of the papers and tests and what not.  I don’t think I had one day where I didn’t have several due dates.  But hey that’s life!  It is hard work but it all pays off in the end!  Sometimes though when you feel the stress like I was feeling this week you gotta just take a step back and relax and trust that God is good and He is big.  And that should be all your motivation you need but if you need some additional support… Spring Break is just right around the corner! So keep all of that in the back of your minds for some great motivation!

P.S.  Shoutout to Cross Points Church for the great conference! You don’t want to miss it in 2015

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

 

Mario Flores

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March 8, 2014

Starts With a “B” Ends With an “alance”

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There is another remix of this meme that has about 6-8 sides, unfortunately I could not find it! Apologies for that friends!

There is another remix of this meme that has about 6-8 sides, unfortunately I could not find it! Apologies for that friends!

Also, here are some other objects that came from prolific author and Christian leader Gordon MacDonald:
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Allegra Vieux

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March 5, 2014

Microblogs, #Hashtags, and the Subtweet Movement

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Blog world: Hello from Spindle 304!

Let’s talk about Microblogging.

Microblog: A type of blog that lets users publish short text updates. Bloggers can usually use a number of service for the updates including instant messaging, e-mail, or Twitter. The posts are called micro posts, while the act of using these services to update your blog is called microblogging.

When Twitter was first introduced in 2006, I think the general thought among everyone but the early adopters was, why on earth would anyone be interested in knowing every little thought I have? This was followed by a brief period of resistance, and then Twitter became the fastest growing social network and somehow gained hundreds of millions of users. What’s cool about the concept of microblogging is that it gives you a snapshot into someone’s day. Not a whole blog post or photo album on Facebook, just a thought, maybe with a picture. Fits in with the fast-food society thing. Did you know Hashtags were originally to look at trending topics? They still serve that purpose but now they’re more of a way to indicate an emotion with a tweet or just a funny addition. Oh, and people use them in everyday conversation. #MindBlown

So somewhere along the lines, tweets went from being a snapshot into someone’s day to being a snapshot into someone’s mind. They #transformationtuesday-ed into emotional posts about frustrations at work or blessings from family and friends or political opinions or prayers about the weather…

And then, people started to develop emotional connections or offenses to tweets they would see. Maybe they don’t agree with how I feel about my boss. Or maybe they think I shouldn’t categorize “things” as “blessings.” OR, maybe, they don’t like the President in office like I do (I know, shoot me.) Or maybe, they like the negative wind chills and two feet of snow when they walk to class… and maybe, they want their opinions to be voiced, without directing attention at me.

And then… the birth of the subtweet. According to Urban Dictionary,

It’s the shortening of “subliminal tweet” which is directly referring to a particular person without mentioning their name or directly mentioning them and it basically indicates that the tweet in which the hashtag is used is a subliminal tweet.

To sum it up, it’s passive aggression. It’s almost like talking bad about someone behind their back, except to their face without saying it’s them. For a light-hearted example:

@Me: Man, I wish this weather would clear up. I’m ready for some sunshine. #Spring

@SomeoneElse: I’m so sick of your complaining. The weather is not going to change because of twitter. #Winter

Or, maybe the disagreement did not happen on Twitter. A more modern, accurate picture:

@Me: I’m really tired of always being the nice girl. When you’re ready grow up, don’t come crying to me.

And then, the response:

@Friend: OMG are you okay babe? Love you! Call me!

(You can tell this isn’t a real friend because she doesn’t know already. The real friend ★’d it.

 

Other than the fact that this is completely inappropriate, it’s whiny and kind of annoying. When I get on Twitter, I’m looking for an escape. No, not a timeline of ambiguous, vague and attention-seeking posts.  If we wanted a diary of your emotions, we would have broken into your room and read your diary by now. And if you don’t have a diary, invest in one.

Maybe I’m just blunt. I don’t know. Here are the issues I see:

  • It is an effort to hurt someone.
  • You sound annoying.
  • It’s an immature action, and makes you appear childish.
  • You sound annoying.
  • It’s a half-empty glass way of life.

So I was thinking, I’m not going to change the world by posting a blog about this. But maybe in my small corner of the world, we could try something else.

I like genuine people who are real and have real problems. I’m not saying we should act like cupcakes and unicorns in the online-world. But maybe we could be passive aggressive about something else. Something that doesn’t have anything to do with other people.

If you’ve read the saga of my most embarrassing moment, it probably won’t surprise you that I have IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Frequently when I eat food, my stomach seeks revenge. So I was thinking the other day, I should subtweet my stomach.

@Challegra: You think you can just interrupt my entire day and monopolize my schedule? Maybe you should get a hobby. #Subtweet #IBSProbs

@Challegra: When I have to lay in bed for 5 hours because of the pain you bring, I’m not going to be in the best mood next time you talk to me. #Subtweet #IBSProbs

…Maybe your issue is the weather. You could subtweet the weather.

@YourUserName: I’m not going to sit here and pretend like everything’s okay. This has to stop. #Subtweet #WeatherProbs

@YourUserName: Go ahead. Try and rain on my parade. #WeatherProbs #Subtweet

Or maybe, your issue is Homework.

@YourUserName: Stare at me in the face all you want. You are not in my top priorities anymore. #HomeworkProbs #Subtweet

@YourUserName: You think you can use me for my intelligence and then leave until you need me again? I’m over this. #HomeworkProbs #Subtweet

This method is a little bit of a stretch as it requires a little more creativity, but it will make you a better person because of it! I think it could really catch on. Let me know if you’re joining the subtweet movement!

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Britney Lewis

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March 5, 2014

The Truth About Campus Center

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It can’t be that bad, can it?

The truth is, when it comes to Campus Center, you either love it or you hate it–but most MNU students fall in-between.

When students come to visit–for example, SCOUT, Senior Visit Day, MAX–the food is at an all-time high. Everyone is in a good mood because there are actual food choices that we can live with. I mean, the Campus Center staff spoils the newbies; they shower them with grilled food, special dips, soups that taste good, and other delights. The bread is always fresh; the fruit is hand-picked from the ripest trees, and the desserts are to dies for.

But when there is no one to impress, everything changes.

Now, I’m not saying that the food is terrible–because it’s not. Compared to most Nazarene schools, MidAmerica has the most choices to choose from, and the taste of it is at least a 7.5 on a scale from one-ten.

But I am saying, once you’ve been around for longer than a semester–long enough to gain the freshman fifteen–everything starts to taste the same…and that, my friends, is no bueno.

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However, where there are cons, there are plenty of pros.

If the food sucks that night:

-There are always sandwiches and wraps at the sandwich bar–you can never go wrong with a sandwich and chips.

-There’s a waffle maker…YUM

-There’s at least six different cereal types to choose from.

-There’s soup!

-There’s so much ice cream…I’m not even sure what all the flavors are.

-And, as of recently, they’ve added to baby grills–that’s endless opportunities right there!

IF all else fails, you can buy a packet of Ramen Noodles for 97 cents at Walmart. :)

Oh, but I’m not done yet. There are two special days that MNU students can’t get enough of: Wednesday nights and Thursday lunches.

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Wednesday Nights are typically called meat nights. There are usually steaks, fried chicken strips and shrimp to choose from–those are the normal choices, but they differ from time to time. And every now and then, we have theme night; it could be all Japanese food, all French food, or all Brazilian food–you really never know until you get there, and really, a lot of the food is quite good.

On Thursday afternoons, there’s spicy chicken and fries—Nuff said.

I guess Campus Center isn’t all that bad!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this week’s blog!

Peace and Love

Britney!

Heather Engle

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March 3, 2014

Update On Life

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Hello Friends!

So this week has been super crazy! I had two interviews, two tests, and was in a van with seven other people for a total of fourteen hours this weekend! Its been quite the adventure!

This past weekend I got the chance to travel with a worship team and also the Improv team here at MNU. We went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which is about seven hours away from Olathe. There was so much to this trip and we had so much fun! All of this caused me to forget to take pictures of everything. I am deeply sorry about this, but I can tell you that we all had a wonderful time there. We were also all kind of worried about the weather because there was supposed to be some significant snowfall right when we were going to be heading out for Iowa and also when we were heading back! We ended up being perfectly fine and had no troubles getting there and back. It was definitely an answer to prayer.

So that is just a little summary of what’s been happening in my life here at MNU lately. Things can get pretty overwhelming sometimes with business of homework and social life, but I know for me personally, it is stretching me every single day to realize how to handle situations and balance everything in my life. Through every trial in life there is a lesson to be learned. Here’s a verse that’s applicable to that!:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” -James 1:2-4

If you haven’t read the book of James, go read it NOW. It’s full of wonderful things. :]

Also:

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will reviece the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” -Colossians 3:23-25

I think this is exactly what worship is. We can give God the glory in everything we do and work at everything will all of our strength because we know we are serving the Lord Christ. :] Even if it’s something as simple as doing our homework.

So guys, sorry I don’t have a lot, but be expecting a video of one of our basketball games next week! We are hosting a tournament here and I hope the video helps you get a better view of how these sporting events take place here at Mid-America!

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]