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Aaron Merrell

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March 29, 2015

Cracking Down

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Hey everyone,

Not sure what to blog about this week, so I figured I’d just talk about what’s going on.

It’s coming down to the wire here at MNU, with just a month left of school, and it seems like I have something stressful going on in every part of my life.

Thursday night, we had our second Awakening. This time, we had it outside on the circle lawn, and it was SO good. The setting was perfect, and we got closer again to accomplishing what we’ve set out to do: to see our campus set on fire for God.

Today, I visited a different church than my home church and had a great time. It’s called Mission Church and it’s in Lenexa, KS.

Tonight we have Nazzy Night Live. It’s being put on by ASG and it’s basically the MNU version of SNL. There will be sketches, videos and even a jazz band. I led a group that came up with a few of the sketch and video ideas, and we think we did a pretty good job, but tonight’s audience will be the judge of that.

I’m looking forward to serving as the ASG Director of Social Life for the next school year. Tonight after Nazzy Night Live we’re having a meeting about a leadership event we’re attending called Nazarene Student Leadership Conference (NSLC). The event is being held at our Nazarene sister school, Olivet Nazarene University. We’re all very excited to go and learn about how to be an effective leader and work as a team.

Presley Wilson is the current ASG Director of Social Life, and I’ve started training and shadowing under her. We are in the process of getting things ready for our end of the year event, Glow With the Flow, so you can definitely expect to hear about that in a future blog.

My church’s annual egg hunt, Eggstreme Eggstravaganza, is coming up this Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited to see a bunch of little kids running around a field picking up plastic and candy. Kidding. It actually will be a really fun event, and a great community outreach opportunity however.

That’s what’s coming up in my life, thank you so much for reading.

Have a good week!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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March 26, 2015

Senior Segment

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My friend and fellow student blogger, Sam Moore, and I teamed up this week and made this video for  you guys to watch. Hope you enjoy!

-KT

PS: I didn’t catch a spelling mistake I made before I exported the video. See if you can find it. ;)

Luther Okeyo

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March 25, 2015

Spring Break 2015!

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So uh…. I’m not going to lie. I HAD AN AWESOME SPRING BREAK!!!! I mean sure I really didn’t go anywhere special or don’t anything really amazing. To be honest with you it was really just boring by spring break standards, but I can say for sure that I rediscovered my youth.

So what if I do have that aweseom spring break that most college students had. Hey I didn't spend too much money, do anything stupid and I still had a great spring break.

So what if I do have that awesome spring break that most college students had or even wish for. Hey I look at the positives, I didn’t spend too much money, I didn’t anything stupid and I still had a great spring break.

As you can tell from the big picture above the blog, I got really close to my inner child this past week. While actually doing a homework assignment for a class, I went into a crazy Hey Arnold binge and it was glorious. It should be expected and I’m not hiding it, my favorite is Gerald. Arnold’s best friend and all around baler extraordinaire . He’s bring the cool factor to Hey Arnold.

I mean look at him, he's a stud. That hair too... I mean there are no words to describe that hair.

I mean look at him, he’s a stud. That hair too… I mean there are no words to describe that hair.

Also, I rediscovered my love for one of the greatest shows of all time…

If you have not seen an episode of that 70s show... shame on you on. Thanks to ABC Family and Netflix, I fell in love with this show. It had everything the awesome catchy catchphrases, the basement meetings (you gotta watch the show to understand this one), the awesome  awkward romances. This show was amazing.

If you have not seen an episode of that 70s show… shame on you on. Thanks to ABC Family and Netflix, I fell in love with this show. It had everything the awesome catchy catchphrases, the basement meetings (you gotta watch the show to understand this one), the awesome awkward romances. This show was amazing. The show takes place in Point Place, Wisconsin, so you know they have to really think outside the box to make a boring place like Wisconsin fun. (Sorry to anybody reading this from Wisconsin.)

If I’m like anybody on the show, I’m like Hyde, just less edgy. Hyde is the black apple of the group. Like Eric Forman (you gotta watch the show) said, “Hyde… you’re the reason you we do so many stupid and senseless things.”

This describes Hyde perfectly....

This describes Hyde perfectly…

Even though Hyde is person I would love to be from that show, my favorite character on the show is Fez aka Wilmer Valderama.

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Hahaha I’m cracking up just typing this thing. Fez is an exchange student, but you never find out what country he came from. You really watch the guy grow through the show from awkward high schooler to a… somewhat awkward adult. Still Fez is a man of many talents, he is bilingual, a very talented dancer, and he is also a ladies man (I mean he dated Lindsay Lohan, yea he really dated Linday Lohan on the show… well the character she playing but still come on!)

My favorite episode is actually from the first season…(I know I’m really geeking out here, but I LOVE THIS SHOW!) Season 1 Episode 7, “The Disco Episode” where the gang goes to a disco. This is when we all learn that Fez is an amazing dancer.

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Here is a picture from that episode. Here you see Fez and Jackie getting down. Fez basically woos Jackie in this episode but he couldn’t close the deal. From this episode on I knew that Jackie and Fez were destined to be together.

It just only took until the finale till they were finally an item. Like almost 8 seasons later it finally happened but it did happen so I was right in the end.

It just only took until the finale till they were finally an item. Like almost 8 seasons later it finally happened but it did happen so I was right in the end.

The show also had big names in it…

You have Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Mila Kunis (Jackie),  Laura Prepon (Donna), Danny Masterson (Hyde), & Wilmer Valderama (Fez).

You have Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Laura Prepon (Donna), Danny Masterson (Hyde), & Wilmer Valderama (Fez).

Here is the link to the disco episode on Youtube. I dare to watch and not laugh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXIC9RxO6Fk

Well that was bascially what I did on my spring break, sure it wasn’t glamorous but it was still awesome.

 

 

 

Aaron Merrell

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March 23, 2015

Spring Break Forever

March 23, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Okay, spring break was amazing.

Last Thursday, the squad (Ana, Rico, Annie and I), flew to Florida.  We had an awesome time, and unfortunately, we get to go back to school tomorrow. Yay 8AMs. These photos are just a taste of the fun we had there, from the beach to the awesome food and different restaurants we visited, we made some great memories. Watching sunsets on the water, visiting the Botanical Gardens, and even having an allergic reaction to jerk chicken were even better with these awesome people.

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Mariah McCommon

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March 17, 2015

Divide, CO

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Hi y’all!

Like I said last week I’m currently in Colorado!!! Yes, that means the beautiful mountains. I can see Pike’s Peak from the window. We left yesterday morning and 9 hours later arrived at our destination! It’s absolutely marvelous out here and I’m excited to share so many pictures. We haven’t started our mission work yet, so we’ve been enjoying a little vaca/tour time before working tomorrow. Next week I’ll post specifically on the mission work and how God is moving here at Golden Bell, but this is a fun-picture post. I hope you enjoy the photos! :)

Breckenrigde, Colorado!

and last but not least…

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The amazing squad people talk about for “squad goals”

There will be more next post! Thanks! :)

 

Luther Okeyo

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March 13, 2015

Do you even lift bro?

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You know one of the best things about MNU is meeting new people and hearing the stories that brought them to MNU & how MNU has changed them. Well this story is one of my favorites. Ladies and gentlemen meet Janelle Schafer. I call her Ms. J. Ms. J is from Centennial, Colorado. She is also one of the strongest people you will ever meet, both physically and mentally. It would just take too long to describe Ms. J to you and I do not wanna set the record for the longest MNU Blog ever.

This picture perfectly describe Ms. J. She is an inhuman bundle of energy who can always get you to smile no matter what. This display that you're seeing here is something I have only seen Jangle do. It's called Koalaing, I've never been Koalaed but It does look kinda cool.

This picture perfectly describe Ms. J. She is an inhuman bundle of energy who can always get you to smile no matter what. This display that you’re seeing here is something I have only seen Janelle do. It’s called Koalaing, I’ve never been Koalaed but It does look kinda cool.

The best things about Ms. J (well at least for me) are her amazing determination and her ability to make everyone around her feel better with her boundless amount of energy. I can never stay mad around Ms. J, she always just knows how to make me. (To be honest with you it’s kinda wierd how she always does that.)

Ms. J is a woman of many talents. Apart from being a MNU cheerleader, she is also lifts weight competitively. She is the strongest woman (like literally I’ve never even seen anyone who can even come close to her in the weight room.) In the weight room at MNU there is a handwritten note that says, “Somewhere there is a little Chinese girl warming up with your max.”

I still remember the first time I saw this picture. It's kinda funny but it's also true. We don't really have to look at the picture anymore to see "a Chinese girl who warms up with your max" all you have to do is walk into the wieght room everyday and see it happen in real life (although I don't know if Janelle is of Chinese dissent or not.)

I still remember the first time I saw this picture. It’s kinda funny but it’s also true. We don’t really have to look at the picture anymore to see “a Chinese girl who warms up with your max” all you have to do is walk into the weight room everyday and see it happen in real life (although I don’t know if Janelle is of Chinese dissent or not.)

Ms. J is also really into cross fit and you can tell it has done wonders for her. She has also surrounded herself with people who push her to reach her goals. She wants to compete in the big ESPN national tournament. When she is with her squad, you immediately can tell that they are a close knit family plus they all look like they all should be a cover a fitness magazine.

Janelle and her squad. I mean look at them... you just see them on a magazine cover somewhere.

Janelle and her squad. I mean look at them… you just see them on a magazine cover somewhere.

You guys should see her in the weight room she is a monster, but she is always willing to help anyone who need it. I’ve asked plenty questions back when I was in there lifting with her about my form and technique. I can’t tell you how many times she has made the football team just stare in awe of her and the way she lifts. Even though they won’t say it, there are a lot of guys who wish they could be as strong her, I know I would love to be as strong as her.

Mrs. J and her lifting partner Garrick Sargento, they always lift together.  I don't think I've never not seen them lifting together. Garrick is her rock, her rival, and her best friend.

Mrs. J and her lifting partner Garrick Sargento, they always lift together. I don’t think I’ve never not seen them lifting together. Garrick is her rock, her rival, and her best friend. They are always pushing each other to reach new heights.

Last semester, Janelle represented the USA in Chang Mai, Thailand in the 4th annual World University Weightlifting Championship. Janelle and her team finished in 3rd place and got to explore Thailand a little bit.

Janelle Shafer in Thailand, represent the USA in olympic weightlifting. Her and her team got 3rd place.

Janelle Schafer in Thailand, representing the USA in Olympic weightlifting. She competed in

Here she is I guess trying to put a tiger... it's ok Ms. J I would be scared to pet the tiger too. First of all I wouldn't even be that close to thing, no matter how majestic it looks.

Here she is I guess trying to put a tiger… it’s Ok Ms. J I would be scared to pet the tiger too. First of all I wouldn’t even be that close to thing, no matter how majestic it looks.

If your reading this right now, I hope you guys get the opportunity to meet Janelle. There is no one else like her, she is a woman of many talents, and she burn with a passion that will take here to great places and help here accomplish amazing feats. I won’t surprised to see in ESPN one day doing something amazing and shocking the rest of the world, and I’ll just be sitting there like.. it’s about time that the world learned about Janelle and how amazing she is.

Katie Linsey

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March 6, 2015

#MNUSLR

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Two weekends ago, some students from MNU went on a Spiritual Life Retreat, where Dr. Fine spoke about having a spirit of faith. It really impacted my faith life, and I could go on and on about what the Lord revealed to me through Dr. Fine, but instead of rambling for hours, here’s the main takeaways from the weekend.

  • It’s important to be in the Word, establish a Sabbath, and enjoy solitude/meditation/listening to God.
  • Get scripture in your subconscious.
  • Know who you are and what you have in Christ.
  • Being in the Word can renew your mind and emotions.
  • We should internalize, externalize, and visualize the Word of God.

The main thing I (re)learned that weekend was the importance of consistently and intentionally being in the Word. It was healthy to be reminded of that and have a renewed understanding of the power of the Word in our lives.

“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.” Psalm 119:5-6

When we live in a posture of prayer and study the Word consistently, we learn who we are and what we have in Christ. The Word is rooted in us and it becomes habitual to think in the ways of Christ.

As I’ve been in the Word this week, God has been reminding me that when we walk in His ways we are blessed (Psalm 119:2). He also promises that we will never fall (2 Peter 1:10), shall not be put to shame (Psalm 119:6), and are satisfied, preserved, upheld, and raised up (Psalm 145:14-20).

God knows what we need better than we do because He knows us better than we know ourselves. That’s why we can confidently trust Him to provide for us in His timing and His way.

There are so many unknowns in my life. I have so many questions. But, I serve a God that has my best interest in mind, therefore I don’t need all the answers. Our God can be trusted because He is ALWAYS faithful and true.

I hope these words that the Lord has given to me can encourage and empower you to live in a spirit of faith. I hope you continue (or start) to press into the spiritual discipline of studying the Word and listening for God’s voice in your life. It’s important. The reward of obedience and persistence is far greater than the reward of fulfilling your own desires on your own timing.

Trust Him.

-KT

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Photo courtesy of Brady Braatz

Original version of cover photo courtesy of Amanda Doerhoff

 

Aaron Merrell

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March 5, 2015

Awakening

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Hey y’all,

This week, I’m going to talk about an event that the sophomore ASG class council is putting on, and which I’m lucky enough to be involved in.

At the start of the semester, our class president, Austin Petellin, asked us what our vision for the campus for this semester is.  The thought of a spiritual awakening really resonated with the council.  So, we began to plan an event.

We came up with a recurring event which will be on a few select Thursdays throughout the rest of the semester. The event is called Awakening, and the first one is tonight.

The event is centered around getting together and eating together, and, more importantly, worshiping together.  We’ll have a cook-out, and then gather for a time of worship with no agenda.  We have a passion to see this campus changed, and are trying to make steps to realize that change, this being one of them.  The time of worship will start after we get done serving food, and we are just going to chase after God.

The class council is SO excited to see how God is going to show up tonight, and we want you to be a part of it!  If you’re a current student, please come and join us, and if you’re coming to MNU soon, or are even just considering coming to MNU, please pray with us tonight at 6pm from wherever you are.

I can’t wait to see what happens tonight!

Have an awesome week,

Aaron

Luther Okeyo

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February 26, 2015

Livin’ that model Life… Well for about an hour…

February 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

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So uh… OK last week like the title says I was a model for about an hour. Well here is the story… My uncle is has a small photography business called MK Photography.

Here is my uncle Mike, his wife and my aunt Naomi and you guys have already met Lauren.

Here is my uncle Mike, his wife and my aunt Naomi and you guys have already met Lauren.

The coolest thing about my uncle, is that he is completely self taught. He taught himself how to use photoshop and things like that make his business. He does it all he take the pictures , he develops them, and if he could he would print the pictures. Now he is trying build his business from the ground up and it is amazing to see how high it grown. Now when he asked to be a “model” for his company of course I said yes. One, because I had never really done anything like this before, and two, I wanted to see how things would work out.

I'm not going to lie it was kinda weird taking pictures like that. Trying to look cool the whole time too, I mean it was definitely an experience to say the least.

I’m not going to lie it was kinda weird taking pictures like that. Trying to look cool the whole time too, I mean it was definitely an experience to say the least.

I still don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. You guys tell me.

You already know that I had to get the flat top going.

You already know that I had to get the flat top going.

Really need to hear some feedback… how do I look guy? Good. Terrible. Hilarious. You know what it doesn’t matter it’s growing on me.

Haley Raydo

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February 23, 2015

A Month of Pictures

February 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I sat down to my computer just now, drawing up a blank.  Like all the creativity just left my mind.  I don’t know what it is about the pressure of a computer and a deadline that pulls all the creative flow out of my mind.  Regardless, computers and deadlines are a part of an education.  Actually they are a part of life.  So I just gotta get my head in this blog game… woo.

I thought I would just share some fun happenings this last month in pictures:

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Bridge w: Randi

KU game- Kayla

(KU game this weekend against TCU)

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(vote Randi Jenner Pioneer Spirit)

me and dan

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(I get to nanny these boys again)

modeling re group

(Bridal event at Restoration Emporium, Picture Kia Bondurant, Clothes Encore boutique)

Pretty good month so far :)

Thanks for stopping by

Haley