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Britney Lewis

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January 15, 2014

The Perks Of Staying ON Campus

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Whilst I was away during winter break, I had a lot of time to myself…like a lot of time.

You know, that’s never a bad thing, but with this spare time I found myself thinking about how much I missed MNU’s campus and how life would be strangely different without it. After all, they do say: You never know what you have until it’s gone. 

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Welp, now that that’s out of the way, I have compiled a list of, what I like to call, The Perks of Staying on campus.

The-List

Number One:

Once you’ve been on campus, there’s no turning back.

Seriously.

MNU is basically your home now–and even home doesn’t compare to campus life. Being pampered from mom and dad just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

The first day back at my parent’s house was the toughest. I literally thought I was going to die of boredom. Here, on campus, there’s always something to do–not to mention, there’s unlimited food.

It took awhile before I could tune back into a slow-pace lifestyle. There was a point where Netflix and Tumblr wasn’t cutting it for me anymore.

Number Two:

Remember how I mentioned the unlimited food thing?….Well, I’m not kidding.

Even when Campus Center is closed–It’s open from 7am-7pm–there’s always an alternate option.

We have a coffee shop named Dewy’s, located inside of the campus library; open from 7am to 9pm. Dewy’s is basically a Starbucks on crack, and they are quite famous for their frozen drinks, muffins, and donuts!

Then, there’s Land Cafe, located inside of Land Gym.

Land Cafe would compare to the average Buffalo Wild Wings (Er, well, not really…) But they’re open from 9pm-11pm.

At Land you can find warm foods like: pizza, wings, bosco stix, pretzels…and much more.

Literally, the possibilities are endless….and very delicious!

Lastly, there’s the good old Applebee’s.

Yup, I said it, Applebee’s.

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Applebee’s isn’t exactly on campus, but it’s three minutes away. My friends and I call it, “The campus away from campus” because, for the most part, there probably won’t be a day that you don’t see a familiar face from MNU there.

I choose to add Applebee’s to the list because of the good deals. Although it cost money, it’s worth it.

After nine, all of the appetizer’s on the Applebee’s menu are half-price.

AND, there’s a promo that anyone can sign up for called PERKS. Basically, with one of these codes, you’re getting five dollars off any menu price.

If you play your cards right, you’ll never have to pay for a full meal at all.

Number Three:

If not all, most of your friends are on campus.

I mean, Skype doesn’t even cut it.

And forget about texting.

Nothing compares to that face to face interaction you have with all your besties.

If anything, besides the food, the one thing I missed were my buddies. It’s crazy, but the people at MNU become your sidekicks. You’ll do anything and everything with them, and that time that you spend together creates a bond that will transfer past your college years.

I don’t know where I’d be without my friends. That’s why I always say: If you’re going to come to MNU, get INVOLVED.

I’m serious; it’s so worth it.

That’s all for this week, folks!

I hope you enjoyed the perks!

Keep it real.

Stay clean.

See ya next week!

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Britney Lewis

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December 17, 2013

This Has Nothing To Do With The Holidays…

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

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 It has taken me awhile to find the perfect topic to blog about since the holidays have taken over, and after a week of thinking about it, I’ve decided to bring in the christian aspects of MNU–because really, that’s what MNU is all about.

My favorite part about MidAmerica is how the community challenges you, and makes you think–especially when it comes to where you stand with Christ.

Sometimes you don’t know where you stand–literally–and you find yourself falling. If anything, I know what it’s like to forget where you belong among many others who believe in the same God that you believe in.

But trust me, DON’T BE FRIGHTENED, dear.

Ha, I know it can be scary, but that is why there are so many people on campus who are literally here to help you.

And if you do feel like you’re going to lose your place, don’t be afraid to find someone to mentor you. There are plenty of people whose lives you’d want to immaculate crawling across the campus grounds. There are small groups, chaplains, resident educators, saints (not kidding), a college youth group, also known as Kairos, residential assistants, and possibly even you roommate!

So, I hope you enjoyed the video, and I pray that you decide to not only get involved with the campus community, but that you get involved with spiritual life as well.

As always,

Peace and Love

Joey Alligier

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December 17, 2013

Tis’ the Season

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

Christmas break:
No school
Family time
Friends galore
Getting swole’
Coffee shop visits on coffee shop visits

I guess this time of year isn’t that bad.
Despite the wretched cold…. 

From a Christian perspective, it is the time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation. It’s the season of Advent. Now, I am nowhere near an expert on this idea and what it fully looks like, yet, I know how the initial idea affects me. In my mind there is a consistent fight of the concept of Christmas by the mass media. I see all these wants and a ton of receiving. What I desire to see are needs and unfathomable amounts of giving. Correlating advent, we are all given hope that redemption, in its fullest form, is on its way: Christ.

We are filled with this hope and to be filled is an opportunity to pour out. 

I have read/ am reading a few books lately that are challenging me beyond myself. Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, and Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. The concepts found range from enabling versus empowering, how to invest in life in a fulfilling way, and what it means to be satisfied in a world of “not enough”. What I am seeing consistently throughout all readings is that life is not about me. My life is purposed beyond myself and my capabilities. As it is the holiday season, it hits home that my mind shouldn’t be focused selfishly. It can be hard with so many cool things that attract my attention. There are people in need all around us, in every concept, from physiologically to spiritually. Yet, in Wrecked I am seeing that true compassion doesn’t always make us feel good; (DUH) it’s not for us. Often we make people objects and just do things for them which ultimately hurts them, but it makes us feel good. Don’t focus on how you feel afterward, it’s not about us. We see people who need more than we can give and they open our eyes to revelations that we cannot unsee and may, and hopefully will, change the course of our lives and thought processes.
(That is a condensed-probably-confusing version of what my mind has been trying to grasp lately)

“You don’t have behave complexly to show love, extravagant love can be seen in the simplest of forms.”

Here are a few ways to make a lasting impact on someone during this season:

1) Food, food, food. 
People don’t always have family, money, or whatever else to have an extravagant holiday dinner. Bring people together for fun and fellowship. Even if they do have the means necessary, come together in a way beyond your own little bubble.

2) Get out of your comfort zone.
This can look like a variety of things. In the end it’s about having perspective amidst the surrounding world. Have a conversation with the guy ringing the bell for the salvation army or talk to the person sitting next to you alone in a coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be big, keep it simple and love immensely.

3) MORE FOOD. 
Partake in a pay-it-forward type venture. Whether this is at a restaurant or, you guessed it, a coffee shop, give without expectation. This can also look like buying food (or whatever need) for the person holding the cardboard sign, make a personal investment instead of throwing money at them. This can create conversation that allows them to leave with more than a few less dollars and a sense of good-doing.

4) Give more than you get. 
It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination with new things during this time of year, but those things will become “old” soon enough. Invest your time in money in worthy causes and organizations. This can look like asking for less with another idea in mind of where the money can go or maybe it is going to a shelter and making community with people on Christmas.

In short, go beyond yourself this season. I’m not saying give everything up and focus solely on others; it’s okay to get gifts and new stuff and have fun. I am saying however, be willing to give in time and investment whatever that looks like. After all, we are to be hopeful as we await the coming of Christ. Take that hope and spread it; with your family, friends, people at the gym, and people at your frequently visited coffee shop.

*Perspective should be had all year long. In the simplest acts, like helping carry groceries, love extravagantly. Don’t assume someone else will make the potential difference you’ve been presented with; you are that SOMEONE.
Be available

Any questions, feel free to ask!
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Keep on and keep God friends,

Joey

Mario Flores

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December 6, 2013

Just 2 weeks left!!

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So if you’re Jelly that I’m watching The Wolverine and you’re may not, I don’t blame you. It’s rather Leegit :Pthe_wolverine-HD

 

SO to make up for not having any pictures of Jamie and I from last blog that I shared the exciting news of us being a couple, here are 3 pictures of us:

So here's Jamie and I's first pic together :-)

Here’s Jamie and I’s first pic together :-) It was in the 20s Fahrenheit that day!!

 

Here was our 2nd xD

Here was our 2nd pic taken after church inside Campus Center xD

And here is her new profile pic:D

And here is her new profile pic:D

In other news, the high today was 20 degrees. This snow from Thursday is easily still seen around campus!

I also still await the day when I can have another dream come true…

I mean I have experienced a white Xmas before, but that was when my age was still in the single digits! (9 years young)

Heather Engle

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December 2, 2013

Breaks are nice

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Hello Friends!

This past week was our Thanksgiving break! I got the chance to go home and eat some delicious home cooked meals, catch up with some pretty cool friends, and spend time with my lovely family! My sisters were even waiting for me when I came home, which is pretty awesome to come home to! Here are some pictures to show you guys the things I did this past week!

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One great thing I got to do was go see Catching Fire! The movie was pretty amazing. I really wish I would have read the books though because I heard from multiple people that if you read them the movie would make a lot more sense. But other than that, I still thought it was amazing. Also, I want to be Katniss when I grow up.

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Thanksgiving day was also pretty wonderful. We picked up on playing the card game Nertz this year in my family, and it. was. intense. That game can get super crazy, but it’s really fun at the same time. I had a blast playing it with them, and it was double awesome because I got to drink some hot apple cider, which is always wonderful. I was in heaven.

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Saturday night my friends Zack and Sydney played music and sang at a coffee shop in Hutchinson, KS. I had the privilege of going with them and be serenaded by their angelic voices. It was also a super cool coffee shop with twinkly lights and amazing coffee! I maybe bought 2 cups of coffee..in the time span of 2 hours.. and I’m not ashamed.

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This is the view of the coffee shop on the inside.

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This is my friend Sydney. Not only does she have an amazing voice, she does some pretty awesome artwork too! :] She is lovely.

Well this is all I have for you guys this week. It was wonderful to be on break, but I always love coming home to MNU. It has definitely captured a place in my heart already. :]

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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November 23, 2013

It’s the Holiday Season… So Let’s Be Thankful!

November 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

It’s another great day to write a blog and share with you my thoughts!  The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about thankfulness.  It makes sense considering we are approaching Thanksgiving (which by the way is my favorite holiday!).

I was listening to a sermon at my church a few weeks ago about this idea of thankfulness.  It’s funny how often we use words on a regular basis, but never really dive down deep and figure out what they really mean.  My pastor talked about the difference between gratitude and thankfulness, thankfulness being something more than just a feeling.  “Gratitude is like wrapping a present, but never giving it.”

This has been a new revelation for me these past weeks.  Thankfulness is gratitude expressed. How often do I feel gratitude for what people do for me, but never show it?  I would say a lot, and the difference between the two is significant.

My pastor challenged us to write three things down we were thankful for each day of the week, and to share them with one another.  I thought it was such a great challenge that I thought some of you guys would consider trying it!  The importance of writing it down and sharing it is important because it takes it a step further than just thinking about it in your head.  It requires action.  If you find yourself writing a person’s name down, share it with them!  If you find yourself writing about food and shelter, volunteer and bless those who don’t have those accommodations!  The easy part is thinking of them and feeling gratitude, but let’s take it a step further and be thankful!

These are the three things I wrote for today!

1.  New Experiences! My MNU family!

I have been so thankful for this new stage of my life.  Meeting new friends, learning new things in new ways, and being apart of a new community!

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2.  My Brother and Sister!

They are such a support for me, and I love them very much! Plus they are just really cute ;)

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3.  The Month of November

November is my favorite month of the year! We have a 9-1 Chiefs team, we have a Jayhawk team that beat Duke last week, we have the Missions Conference at my church (my aunt and uncle are missionaries and I get to see them!), we have pretty fall trees at the beginning of the month, we have Christmas music at the end of the month, and we have Thanksgiving!! What else could be better?

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That’s my blog for the week!  Accept the challenge I give if you are so brave… Oh and if you are looking for a church in the area, check out Cross Points Church in Shawnee!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Follow me on tweeter and insta @haleyraydoo and @mnublogs

Mario Flores

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November 23, 2013

MNU Vball beat Baker! Catching Fire was pretty leegit & Jamie Furnas You’re Amazing

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So last week you got to see our MNU Soccer team’s video, here’s our Volleyball team’s video:

Now’s here are the highlights from the HAAC tournament Final versus Baker: If you see in the first few seconds I guy with curly hair and dancing with crazy legs, that’s Luke Letsinger one of our Student Chaplains. Then to the side am I with my friend Nathan in red pants and a beanie:

I forgot to mention that Wednesday at Kairos (the Wednesday evening chapel for college students at College Church of the Nazarene) we helped package about 160 Thanksgiving meals-made possible by the generosity of the people at College Church of the Nazarene.

Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!

Here are some of the typical Thanksgiving groceries minus the turkey!

 

Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it's called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!

Here was the semi crate holding space (whatever it’s called: truck load?) of Turkeys!!

Here's a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!

Here’s a photo of most of the people that served Wednesday night!

 

Philosophy Class is one of my faves:

 

Some of my friends in Philosophy class. #beaniesfuhdayz

Some of my friends in Philosophy class from left to right: Phillip Prado, Chelsea Amos, and Jordan Case. #beaniesfuhdayz

After watching the Hunger Games: Catching Fire…..

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This is from the opening scene of the flick

This is from the opening scene of the flick

…… My friend and resident on my hall, Aaron Smith did something I applauded him for:

Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater!

Aaron seized the opportunity to take home some popcorn from the movie theater! Also in this photo montage is another good friend of mine Charles Feller!

And here’s a photo of Her:

Since we don't have any pics together, I figured  using her current profile pic would be okay.

Since we don’t have any pics together, I figured using her current profile pic would be okay :D

She is madly in love with Jesus, intelligent and witty, funny and silly, confident yet humble, and she is obviously beautiful: I’m clearly a SPOILEDLY blessed man.

 

 

 

 

Britney Lewis

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November 19, 2013

This Could Be YOUR RA.

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At MNU, and in most college dormitories, there is an Residential Assistant, or RA, assigned to a every hall. I’d like to think that the RA’s at MNU have a special kick to them, and that they give off a sense of home–in fact, I know that there is something different about the RA’s at MNU because I interviewed one, and I know that having someone who makes you feel like you “belong“, while you’re in a strange new place, can make the world that much better.

So let me introduce you to Terrin Garber:

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-Where are you from?

Carthage Missouri. Originally from Houston Texas. but moved here the summer before 8th grade.

-What year are you?

Junior

-How was it, for you, when you moved in your freshman year? How did you feel? What were your fears and hopes?

It was awesome.

Fears: I didn’t have too many fears. I was excited to get to know more people.

Hopes:  To do well in baseball, and  to learn more about the bible.

-What do you think it takes to become an RA?

Know who you are; be willing to be selfless, and plan for spontaneous events. Learn to be adaptable; be a leader, and try to connect with others.

 

-Is it possible to truly love those whom you don’t like or get along with?

Yes. Prayer changes everything. You might not like someone and think you might not have anything in common with them, but you truly never know unless you try. A professor here, Dr. Dunn, always said, “You have to view people for whom Christ died.” When you view people that way, it’s easier to realize that God didn’t just sacrifice his son for you, but for everyone. We are called to love the unlovable, so love extravagantly.

-How would you say, that being a leader in a christian community, has impacted you?

It makes you grow up–I’m a completely different person than who I was two years ago. Being a leader makes you consider your actions and think about how your decisions could affect other people.

-Do you have any advice for the people who want to come to MNU?

COME! Don’t worry; don’t  sweat the small stuff.  When you feel like your world is crashing in, it’s probably not. Appreciate your parents; don’t rush things. Live NOW. Be here NOW. Highschool only happens once. You’ll only be 17 for one year, so give it all you’ve got! 

Fun Facts:

What’s your favorite meal at Campus Center?

Country fried steak and spicy chicken.

Favorite Color?

Red.

Favorite worship song?

Because He Lives by the Gathors.

Favorite movie?

Pride and prejudice.

Favorite season?

Summer

If you could change one thing that you’ve done today, what would it be?

I wouldn’t have put so much Italian dressing on my salad. ( <<<<—— Seriously…who says stuff like this???)

Welp, That’s all folks!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog!

See ya next time!

Allegra Vieux

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November 16, 2013

Tis the Season

November 16, 2013 | By | No Comments

(Please enjoy the sweet sounds of Sleeping At Last while reading this post)

Attention Blog World:

You may have been misled by our blogfeed as of this week. You may think based on the title of this post that the current season is that of TWIRP, which as you have probably figured out by now stands for MNU’s annual tradition: The Woman Is Required To Pay. While I did not TWIRP anyone, (see my post about dating,) I’m here to introduce a new topic to our faithful 6 readers out there.

The holidays are upon us! It’s official. Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, Christmas is 40 days away, and the new year is 47 days out! (ish-depending on how you count.)

I have spent approximately 40 hours this week on Pinterest looking at fun Christmas decor and Christmas crafts and Christmas vegan crockpot recipes, all the while listening to Christmas music. The Target Christmas commercial really gets me in the mood and I’ve been to Target about 3 times this week just meandering throughout the seasonal section. I love the Holidays!

Now, before you formulate your comment about how much you hate that I’m skipping over Thanksgiving and jumping right to Christmas or how Christmas is too materialistic, I’d like to address them right off the bat.

1. Happy Holidays is about the season, not the individual days.

I think it’s absolutely absurd that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years have to be separate. When I say “Christmas,” I’m not talking about one single day- It’s the season. The one thing I’m thankful for most is Christ, so the whole season is a time to be Thankful. To separate the holidays is to abide by the materialistic component. There is no research in what I’m about to say, but I think it’s poetic that the Christmas season is kicked off by Thanksgiving: a time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for, which then leads into the birth of our Savior, which is the top of the Thankfulness chart, and then into New Years- a time to put our reflection to action start new.

2. Focus on the lasting, not the passing.

It’s possible to focus on the lasting memories made at Christmas time, and not just the passing material gifts. Let me give you an example: I was in 1st grade and woke up on a snowwy Lawrence morning to what seemed like a MILLION Christmas presents under the tree. It’s always been one of my mom’s things to make sure that we open presents for hours- One year when we were broke, she even wrapped up necessities like cleaning supplies and a new toilet seat to give us the “Christmas Miracle” feel. ANYway, while I remember waiting patiently to open what felt like my hundred presents, I don’t remember what I got, except one prized gift.

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Yes, my Nsync “Home for Christmas” album. I’m listening to it as I type! While it may be that I remember this moment so clearly because I then and still on occasion believe Justin Timberlake is who the Lord has set aside for me, it meant so much to me that my mom went the extra mile. She took interest into what I was interested in, which is the biggest service you can do for a person IMO (in my opinion.) I didn’t even ask for this CD, but she knew how much I love(d) Nsync and got a special CD for me and even marked it, “From Santa.” I totes knew it wasn’t from Santa because I didn’t put it in my letter I sent him, and that made me love it even more. It’s not about the gift, it’s about the demonstration of love.

3. “The Man” is not out to get you.

As a marketing student, I can tell you that I’ve had a lot of conversations about campaign ideas, none of which started out with, “How are we going to drive America into materialistic death today,” OR “We gotta get those people to stop focusing on the God component of Christmas and more on the cheap crap they’re gonna need under the tree.” If you feel like you are having a hard time focusing on “the reason for the season,” it’s not because of advertisements, it’s because of overindulgence. I’m just as guilty of this as the next American Citizen. Turn off the TV, put down the ads, stop filling your Cartwheel coupon book. The things advertised are not meant to be the focus of your holiday- they are meant to enhance it. It’s kind of like makeup. Makeup is not your beauty, it just enhances it. (Realizing that this as well as any other analogy eventually breaks down, don’t think about it too hard.) It is your own choice to be consumed by consumerism, so take some responsibility.

While it seems like the whole world revolves around Christmas this time of year, it is definitely important to realized that it doesn’t. For many people, Christmas is just another day. It is a privilege to be able to take time off and spend even a day with loved ones reflecting on all that we are thankful for.  A heart wrenching statistic I recently read was that 100 million people in our world are homeless. A related stat estimates that 80% of humans trafficked are homeless when taken. This post is not to guilt you by any means, but it is important to keep in mind the bigger picture. Slaves don’t get time off with their families.

I found this Slavery Footprint tracker online through Amor’s Blog. I was shocked to know that I personally employ 43 slaves. It takes like 5 minutes to calculate, and I would encourage you to try it.

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While you may have many different feelings regarding your results, I want to encourage you that there are things you can do this Christmas to contribute to making our world a better place. Part of my internship this summer was creating an advent calendar called “24 Days of Disruption.” This is a cool 24 day challenge to Disrupt your ordinary Christmas and become more Christ focused this season.

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If you don’t click any other link I’ve provided, please read and watch more about this. Do Christmas differently this year. As your pinning your crafts and shopping for gifts and baking pumpkin bread, remember to take time and think about those who are not as fortunate. Commit to 24 Days of Disrupt and start new traditions to drive out the American tradition of worshiping “stuff” in the Christmas season. Take responsibility and action: you have been called to live a life higher than an imprisonment by your own things.

Happy Holidays!

Over and out!

 

 

Mario Flores

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November 15, 2013

Here’s a Snippet of this Friday Night.

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Here’s a video of some of the players from our stellar Men’s Soccer team.

Here’s Jor-El jumping off that four-winged creature back at Krypton!

Grateful for a roommate that has great movie taste!

Grateful for a roommate that has great movie taste!

In other non-related news, here are three things that are on my Amazon Wish list…. Which is also the same thing as my Christmas gift wish list…. Hint Hint to anyone willing…:)

Here's the coat that i'd like. I don't own a nice formal coat, so I think this would be a good wardrobe addition....

Here’s the coat that i’d like. I don’t own a nice formal coat, so I think this would be a good wardrobe addition….

here it is buttoned all the way up..

here it is buttoned all the way up..

Because I'm taking Greek, and intend to understand more of the original language of which the Good News was written, this would be great for personal use!

Because I’m taking Greek, and intend to understand more of the original language of which the Good News was written, this would be great for personal use!

And as followers of Christ we are to care for the entire person, not just spiritual but physical, here's to a fit lifestyle!

And as followers of Christ we are to care for the entire person, not just spiritual but physical as well, here’s to a fit lifestyle!