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November 14, 2013

The Girls ask the Guys, it’s always a Surprise

November 14, 2013 | By | 6 Comments

Your heart is beating out of your chest, your hands are clammy, the answer seems to be inevitably NO, but you hope for a miracle, questions and concerns involving the “what ifs” are running rampant, breathing is not possible because you forgot how, AHHHHH… welcome to TWIRP week.

The main topic of blogs this week is TWIRP- The Woman Is Required to Pay. It’s obvious that this event can be for those with significant others or someone who is simply eyeballin’. 
The ladies define this as a risky scenario of putting themselves on the front line of the battlefield known as dating. 

A couple of our other bloggers have made it a point to address this. Now from a man’s point of view. 
Here are 4 reasons this time of the year is a bipolar occasion for the fellas as well. 

1) A taste of their own medicine. The ladies get to experience what guys do the other 51 weeks of the year. The fear of rejection, laughter, and possible urination station is experienced on the reg! Us guys go through the “asking out” antics consistently. This is a breathe of fresh air and relaxation for guys to sit back and let the ladies flock….or not. 

2) That awkward moment when… This time could also be a morally convicting one. There are girls that TWIRP you, as we call it, that came out of the woodwork. Basically, you didn’t see it coming! The moral standard is to be a good guy and say yes. However, some guys, like Terrin Garber #shoutout get asked by 3 different girls #hotcommodity and you have to decide if you’re going to be “that guy” and turn the poor girl down or you would feel too bad because you know the taste of rejection all too well.  I would say always say yes, it’s free. Plus, the ratio of good to bad TWIRPs is in the positive’s favor. 

3) In my khaki pants, OH OH OH. The ability to live out the beautiful structure of Relient K’s ever-famous Sadie Hawkins Dance. It’s as simple as that. I mean come on, who doesn’t want to be stopped by a girllll soooo stunning.

4) Chivalry is…? hmmm The ladies pay in this scenario. For some of us dudes, it’s not cool to let the lady pay! We want to be the care taker and open the door and pull out the chair and pay. It’s weird being the one who is receiving the chivalry. While it’s weird, it won’t always be around. My advice: EMBRACE IT MY BROS! 

TWIRP, overall, has got to be a fellas favorite time of year. Beautiful ladies, free stuff, and women experiencing what us men do regularly. 

FELLAS: Wear the clean underwear, fix your hair, for goodness sake shower at least twice this week, BE TWIRP-ABLE
LADIES: Rejection is known by the gentlemen, they feel the pain. Get out there and be stunning to stop the dude in his tracks. 

Keep on and keep God, 

Joey Alligier

Allegra Vieux

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November 13, 2013

Mission Impossible

November 13, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Hello Blog World.

This video is part of the worship service at my church on Sunday. Funny story about that.

So I guess you could say I’m the type of person that likes new things. I like trying/starting new things, and it doesn’t take much for me to get really EXCITED. I enjoy looking for new music, activities, playing new games, going new places, etc. And on the contrary, I get really bored with the same things over and over. I get bored easily and withdraw most often. I lose interest and move on to something… well.. new.

Last year in chapel, a guy came and spoke about Moses and his staff. He talked about how Moses, somewhere along the lines, acquired his staff, and no matter what situation Moses was in, God used the staff to help him lead the Israelites. He related the staff to our degrees. The main idea was that we could all be church planters regardless of our degrees, and we could all go into ministry and yada yada.

Then he said the words “We’ll have free pizza in the Tipping Point tonight and talk more about…” and I pretty much didn’t listen after that because I was so there. (in addition to new things, I really like free things.)

So I go to this meeting to hear about what the church planting process looks like from the ground up, because it has always interested me. Side note-I helped with a church plant on the plaza not too long ago, and it was really cool to see it come together. We met in the movie theater to attract people who were looking for a more casual worship experience and hopefully bring in some who weren’t comfortable walking into a church building. So I’m at this meeting enjoying new people and eating pizza that I didn’t pay for, and then like 5 guys who were all planting churches in the area talked about their vision for their individual plants, and proceeded to try and recruit us MNU students to help them out.

Okay so I’ll admit that I wasn’t super interested. I had just gotten settled into a church in Olathe and was making connections and really felt like I was in the right place. Our worship was awesome, our preaching was out of this world, and people were going down to the altar in masses of like 17 every week. I was cool with it. Also, it was a big congregation so I didn’t really have to be involved, although I was going to Bible study and giving and all that jazz. The point of this is, as soon as we were dismissed I tried to bolt out of that place because I didn’t want to lose my life to promoting a new church especially knowing how much school work I had to do.

Then, to my dismay, this dude Jonathan stopped me and started asking me about my life.

If you don’t know me, I’m a talker. and because I like meeting new people and new things, I became a little intrigued.  He said, “My hope is that we’ll be meeting in the movie theater in Overland Park at 135th and Antioch.” 2 things about this jumped out: 1. My Aunt and Uncle live 10 blocks north of that theater and 2. I helped plant a church once in a movie theater. So he gave me his business card, told me to email him because he wanted to talk about marketing ideas with me. So I gave him a fake smile and nod and told him I’d be in touch. he he he

Yeah okay so he somehow remembered my name and found me because I got an email from a professor asking if it was okay for him to give my email to this guy. Dang. I was like, “okay yeah I guess…”

So then after approximately 16 emails (I made it nearly impossible for him to get a hold of me,) I finally responded and he took me to Starbucks. We talked about social media and analytical junk that I won’t bore you with, then he asked me to meet every week. I was like, uhhh peace out. (Actually I probably went one or two more times for the free Starbucks and then told him I was busy.)

Since we’re being honest, I was getting a little interested, but not enough to exert much effort. Well this Jonathan dude exerted a lot of effort and sent me an email for kick-off Sunday with the order of service and a list of who was working where.

and….

there…

was…

my…

name.

I was like, dang. This poor guy doesn’t get it. I guess I’ll show up this week, help with Audio/Visual, and then let him down gently. Because at least this way, I can say I tried and it just wasn’t for me.

So 9 months later I still go to this church and it’s not because I don’t have the heart to tell this guy that I’m not interested. I guess you could say I fell in love? It ended up that this church was like, designed for me. I still help with A/V and want to be even more involved. Turns out, this Jonathan guy can bring the word like nobody’s business. Then there’s Hurley and Tim: They are real musicians who have real musician friends who they bring with them to lead worship every week. Translation: It’s always different! This week, Hurls brought her rapper friend Rye-On and he free-styled  during the set. It was incredible.

So in the spirit of new and free, I have to give a shameless plug for Tim Cone, who also leads us in worship at Mission Church.

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If you go to spacesuitmusic.com you get his new album for free. I don’t promote things that suck, so you should probably just go do it. It’s amazing and I’ve had it on repeat all day. I’ll make it even easier for you: Follow this link! NEW FREE MUSIC FROM TIM CONE

aaaaaanndd if you’re ever in the area, I would definitely recommend Mission Church KC. Never a dull moment!

Over and Outtt!

 

Britney Lewis

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November 12, 2013

Tis The Season To Be TWIRPED

November 12, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

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It’s that time of season when the leaves are falling, and the scent of college boys are lingering around in the air–it’s usually a smell of over-sprayed Axe and Old Spice with a little sweat mixed along with it.

It’s about this time when MidAmerica decides to advertise their annual event: TWIRP

For many of you who aren’t familiar with this term, I’m going to start off  by saying: “No, this has nothing to do with twirking.”

When I came to MNU my freshman year, for the longest time, I thought TWIRP was pronounced TWIRK, and I was really confused as to why there was a big hype to it, and why everyone wanted to participate in it. I mean, eww….???

Anyway, TWIRP is a short acronym that means: The Woman Is Required To Pay. Thus, girls grow magical marbles, and find the courage to ask a sweaty guy, of their choosing, out on a date.

It’s Supposed to be ROMANTIC–they say.

You’ll love it–they say.

It will be the best experience of your life–they say.

But I beg to differ. Whenever I think of TWIRP, I have one emotion: frustration.

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 So now, I get that you probably might feel my bitterness toward the situation. You might be grumbling things like: Why is it such a big deal? Don’t be sour about it. Really, what do you have to lose?

Oh, I’ll tell you what I have to lose: MY DIGNITY!

Ha, no, just kidding….but seriously. Asking a guy out takes major guts. If you ask out one of you’re good friends, you could risk losing a friendship, embarrassment, and rejection–which is a triple wammy!

From experience, I can personally say that the twirping thing didn’t work out for me. I was turned down–high and dry–before I even had the chance to process what had happened.

But hey, my experience doesn’t mean that this will happen to everyone. I’ve seen plenty of girls exceed in the TWIRP process.

So if you’re a girl wanting to do this–I say GO FOR IT.

And if you’re just another loner like me–Lay Low.

Ha, either way, I’ve got your back!

Till Next Time!
Love Britney!

Allegra Vieux

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November 4, 2013

Nazarene Musical 3

November 4, 2013 | By | No Comments

…This is my life.

Meet my friends Konner, Jonathan, Will, Charles, and Josh.

Watch More Here!

There are days when I feel like my whole life is a musical… and that’s probably because it is.

Over and Out!

 

Joey Alligier

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October 30, 2013

Passion in Pictures

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Pictures capture a moment in time. A spot in history that can never be truly replicated. Snapping the obnoxious laughter from a more-corny-than-actually-humorous joke or catching the relief of a runner crossing the finish line is a fulfilling feeling. But it’s not fulfilling simply because the picture isn’t blurry. It’s fulfilling because there’s a story behind the picture. This story can impact the way you live because it molds the way you view life, people, and individual moments. Maybe it’s obvious and maybe it’s up to interpretation. For example, the corny joke is from a blooming friendship that is an answered prayer and the relieved runner has been training for months after forgetting what running meant.

There are numerous different things in life that can present opportunity for you to pour yourself into. For me, photography is one.

Here’s some of my “work”
(LOL, work? I was just being creepy, well like, kind of, never mind…)
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Such a Time Cam Mario Madsion Deal Kylee Dylan Dr. Spittal Pumpkin RunLook at life through a different pair of glasses; who knows, maybe it will be a perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to try new things. They can become the things that mean the most to you. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it! The passion is yours, do with it what you will and make it matter.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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October 30, 2013

Mourning the Death of a Relationship: A word for the hurting, the healing, and the hating

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

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crying-girlBreaking up is hard to do.

I can’t take credit for that wisdom, but in my experience, it is true.

When a relationship ends, it’s almost as if a whole person dies. When 2 people come together and form a dating relationship, the dynamic of the couple is like a 3rd friend. When that time is over, it’s like the third friend has left on bad terms, or even died but no one wants to acknowledge it. It affects everyone around, even those who weren’t involved. The two newly single people can catch a glimpse of each other from across campus and everyone within the local zip code feels the tension. I think it has something to do with quantum physics, but I’m no science major so don’t quote me on that.

There are 3 major people groups involved in a break up, as listed below:

1. The Hurting: The one who got broken up with- maybe didn’t see it coming.

2. The Healing: The one who broke off the relationship.

3. The Hating: The friends of the couple, or highly opinionated acquaintances.

Keep in mind that in whatever I’m about to say, I’m on your side. I’m writing as the completely unbiased third party, and won’t give you half-truths. There are absolutely situations that one person is completely wrong, but this is from the stand point that things just didn’t work out. If you are in any of these positions, I feel for you. It’s aca-awkward. So let’s dive in and relieve the tension.

To The Hurting: Be glad you’re not in a relationship with someone that doesn’t value you for all that you’re worth. Last week I kind of put Bruno Mars on blast, but the dude also has good things to say. For example, I wake up to “Treasure” every morning. The whole song is a booster, but there is a line that is fitting for this subject.

You’re wonderful, flawless, ooh, you’re a sexy lady”

Lady or gentleman, you are wonderful. You are flawless. You are sexy! These are all Biblical. Don’t mistake a relationship fizzling as a reflection of your identity. The addition of a significant other does not change who you are. The absence of a significant other does not change who you are. I have no reason to lie. You are a dream come true. A masterpiece- Don’t get in your head and make everything a reflection of you. Start listening to the truth and tuning out the lies. To quote B. o. B., “You the whole package, plus you pay your taxes.” I know for a fact the first statement is true, and if the second is true, then you’re set for life.

To The Healing: Props to you for having the courage to end something that isn’t going any further. It’s never easy to let someone down, but the shorter the delay, the better. You may be concerned that your sig (or in this case ex-sig) is drowning themselves in tears or cookie dough ice cream, but don’t take that on. Don’t give yourself the credit of making or breaking someone’s life. Sure, this is painful for everyone involved, but you’re not the center of the universe, therefore, you cannot send anyone into an apocalypse. They will be fine and so will you. Be prepared though- this takes time. Don’t expect to go back to being friends within moments of ending it. That’s not good for you or them. Let them lay low for a while, and don’t force a conversation or moment to happen.

To The Hating: This blog is mostly for you. If you are a friend of a sig, then there’s no such thing as a third party. You probably have opinions. You probably have the best of intentions in supporting your friend. Sometimes, the lines of supportive and destructive get blurred. Things that start so positive end really horribly, like the riot in the movie, Hot Rod.

hotrod5If you’re not familiar with the movie, the main character, Rod, played by Andy Samburg, is trying to raise funds for his dying stepfather’s heart transplant. While on his way to the fundraising event, the whole community comes alongside him and walks together with him. The song “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham plays over the dialogue and it is truly an inspiring moment in a weird, satirical movie. (Side note- this is my FAVORITE movie ever! Watch it if you haven’t because your life will be CHANGED!) Then the inevitable happens: a riot breaks out and the whole moment is killed in a matter of seconds.

I’m going to go as far to say that this actually happens more often on campus than we acknowledge. For example, a couple splits and the girl and guy go back to their respective same gender friends. The said friends both start consoling The Hurting and The Healing, and come alongside them in support. Somewhere along the lines, the opposing party (usually, The Healing,) becomes the enemy and it is a battle to get as many people in your army as possible. Tearing others down won’t make anyone any higher. This brings me to my first point:

Blowing out someone else’s candle will not make yours shine brighter.

One time, it was one of my professor’s 50th birthdays. My friend Emily and I got a small cake for him with 50 trick candles on top. We waited for him to go to class and proceeded to light all of said candles with the intention of disrupting his class and having a good laugh. The plan backfired. We definitely disrupted his class, because the flames came together and created one HUGE flame measuring up to 2 feet in height and nearly causing the entire business building to burn down. We busted into class, sang happy birthday, and then he made a wish, and tried to blow them out. This was the moment when I decided I hated trick candles, because the flames came back with a vengeance. The Lord was on our side, as it was a rainy day, and we RAN through the first floor of Metz, burst outside, and launched the now wet candles into the bushes. The cake was covered in rainbow wax and riddled in holes.. DEFINITELY inedible.

What if we, took our candles, and put them together to burn bright, instead of using them like torches to lead a riot? Maybe this is corny, but what if we loved our neighbors by supporting the good instead of condemning the bad? When talking to our Hurting and Healing friends, let’s make a point of reaffirming their qualities instead of bashing the bad. Forget boyfriend bonfires and remember the candle fiasco: it will change your paradigm.

What do you do if your Hurting friend is bashing their Healing ex-sig? It’s easy to jump on the wagon and want to join in with what they are saying. This brings me to my next point:

Not everything is black and white.

Keep in mind that the side of the story you are hearing when your friend is upset is tainted and not the most accurate. Don’t take those statements to the bank. Reaffirm your friend, and keep their candle shining, maybe even relight the flame. Use your powers for good and not for evil.

Do we all remember when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married? They were my favorite Celebrity couple second only to Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. I remember the day like it was yesterday: I was watching Newly Weds on MTV and the screen went black for a Public Service Announcement: that Brad and Jen called it quits. People went nuts! If people were in support of Jen, then they wore pink ribbons, but if they were for Brad, they wore blue ribbons. It originally had to do with Aniston backing Breast Cancer Awareness, known world wide for the pink ribbon, and Angelina Jolie with the blue ribbons for Child Abuse Awareness, and because Brad switched partners he switched causes or something… the point is that choosing sides and viewing things as black and white gets you no where except for down a destructive road leading to drama, and nobody wants that!

Real talk though- One of the things I think Christians miss the most is unconditional love. It’s a tough concept to grasp. This brings me to my final point:

It is possible to support a person without supporting their decisions.

We’ve all heard the stories about the engaged couple we don’t agree with and the battle among the friends on deciding if they are going to go to their wedding or not because they don’t support the marriage. Perhaps you’ve had to decide whether you’re going to a wedding or not, or maybe you’ve just had to decide if you’re going to buy Miley’s new song because it’s catchy but you don’t want to support her craziness. Similar principle.

I don’t preach often. But this is a subject that gets me hyped.

I don’t think Jesus died to give us the power to judge and condemn and make known our opinions. He died to give us life abundant. To not support someone because of their decisions is the farthest thing from the Jesus way of life. Jesus went to the cheating tax collector’s home and shared a meal with him. He hung out with the prostitutes and touched the sick and unclean. And what’s cool is, despite my decisions, regardless of my actions, and irrespective of my choices, He’s there for me and continues to support me. If He didn’t, that would be conditional love, and our gospel would look a whole lot different.

Let’s now apply this to a break up among our friends: You may not agree with The Healing’s decision to end things. That doesn’t give you the right to step in and assume the role of God by judging them based on their actions. This does not give you divine permission to hate them, start a riot and put people against them. That is called slander, and the Word of God is clear about this. You may not have agreed with The Hurting’s decision to date The Healing in the first place. That doesn’t give you the right to bash anyone. People of the Christian world: Can we please eliminate the expectation of meeting a certain living standard to start loving and accepting others? If this were the law we lived by, we would have no need for the cross, and I, personally, would be screwed.

I want to leave you on a lighter note- and I think this video below sums up everything nicely. Watch how Sophia Grace builds up Miley with the truth and just radiates with love for her. Let’s love both The Hurting and The Healing the way these little ladies love everyone!

Sophia Grace and Rosie on Ellen

If you made it this far, then well done!

Over and Out!

 

 

Allegra Vieux

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October 22, 2013

Relationship Advice From an Unlikely Source

October 22, 2013 | By | 24 Comments

 

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My beautiful engaged friend, Kyndra and her fiance Justin.

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My wonderful engaged friends Sam and Abi. Poster children!

My dear friends of MNU Blogs,

It seems like among high school and college aged students, relationships are the hot topic. I don’t know about you readers out there, but at least 75% of my conversations are about finding “the one” or dating or “talking” or something of the matter. This week alone I’ve had about 7 conversations about dating and relationships and it’s only Tuesday.

I find myself pondering the question: Why are these people coming to me? I’m not qualified to answer their questions and here are some of the reasons why I’m probably the worst person to come to:

  1. I’m happily single and feel that college should be about spending as much time with as many people as possible before we leave. (Side note: I am a founding co-president of MNU’s unofficial evangelical organization TSFL: Team Single For Life.)
  2. I don’t usually know anything about the relationship at hand. Most of the time, I don’t even know the significant other (from here on referred to as “sig,”) so I am completely one sided.
  3. I am blunt. I tell things like it is.  I’m not good at telling people what they want to hear when it’s not true.

On the other hand, maybe all of these things actually qualify me to give advice more. I don’t waste time in dating relationships if I know they’re not going anywhere. I am 100% PRO whoever I am talking to (we all need one of those friends.) And, I don’t waste my time sugar-coating the facts. Just today I was talking to a good friend of mine and she said, “Hey, you should write a blog. You have such good advice.” Well, it’s Tuesday, so here we go.

May I present: Relationship Advice From an Unlikely Source: The completely blunt unbiased third party advice you’re looking for in your relationship.

I remember when I was 16 and visiting some friends from my hometown. I asked my BFFL Kimberly about another one of our friends. “Is she going out with that guy??” and the words she said back to me are forever burned into the front of my mind. “Well, they’re talking.” I asked her to explain what this meant, and she said something ambiguously alluding to not officially dating but talking to each other exclusively and occasionally going out on dates. This brings me to point #1.

1. Talking is Dating, so call it what it is.

People act like if they say they are dating someone, then they are forever tied to them and have to marry them. NEWSFLASH: that would be called an engagement.

Hey, speaking of dating, whatever happened to guys asking girls out on dates? You know, the good ole fashioned dinner and skating at the local roller-rink? With the advances in technology, it seems like nowadays people are texting every minute of the day until one day a photo album on Facebook shows up called “I SAID YES!!!!!” This brings me to point #2.

2. If you aren’t going off campus together, you’re going nowhere together.

Let me speak to the ladies for a moment: You are worth a guy taking the time to ask you out on formal dates. You are worth a guy not being worried about what people will think if his partners in crime see him with you. He should be proud to be with you! Enough of this ridiculous virtual relationship stuff. Demand the best because you ARE the best. And you don’t have to take my word for it: the Bible spells it out. Check it out sometime. And if Jesus thinks you’re to die for, then whoever you’re with should too!

And to the men: it’s not your fault that you’re being given the easy option of emojis and snapchats instead of face to face interaction. Heck, if I were in your shoes, I’d choose free over wining (grape juicing?) and dining any day. I’m so sorry that we have lowered our standards and basically said “you’re never going to be able to treat me as a mature adult, so I’ll make it easy for you.” We’ve trained you that virtual relationships are okay, and I would like to personally apologize on behalf of Christian women in America that we have killed the chase, made it easy, and are readily waiting for no effort on your end at all. Do us a favor, and don’t settle for someone who says you’re incapable of wooing us over. It’ll make you better and make us shape up to be the women Christ calls us to be.

I’ve talked to some friends recently that have been torn because they are in either a pseudo-relationship or a full blown committed relationship, but the feelings aren’t really there. They are afraid to leave because they fear “being forever alone” and that if they don’t stay in the relationship, then they won’t ever find anyone better and they’ll die alone. I’ve also talked to singles who are not in a relationship and are depressed that they aren’t planning a wedding with their graduation party. This leads me to my next point:

3. Quit being ridiculous and start being honest.

It is absolutely ridiculous that people fear the gift of celibacy. Let me reassure you that if you crave a relationship, you probably don’t have it! PS- You are 20 years old. Marriage is a commitment FOR LIFE. The national average for marriage is in the 27-29 year mark. Average life expectancy for Americans is 80 years. You have 60 years to find someone… And can we even call it finding someone? Doesn’t God have this world in His hands? Can we start trusting that He has our best interest in mind and will give us the people in our lives that we need? I’m no ministry major, but I’ve been to a lot of chapel and church services and I think that’s Biblical. And if you’re not feeling it, you’re not feeling it. That’s the most admirable reason to break off a relationship IMO (in my opinion.) If your sig isn’t what you’re looking for, or if the feelings aren’t there, then let them go because chances are you’re not the one for them either. Literally, no one can reprimand you for being honest about your feelings. They can reprimand you for ignoring your feelings and then having them all come up later like a volcanic eruption. That’s when this question gets thrown out: “Why didn’t you tell me you felt this way? What else have you been withholding?” Nip that sucker in the bud and move on.  And in the spirit of honesty, nobody likes confrontation. Get it over with so you can stop being consumed with it.

Researchers estimate that 40-50% of first time marriages end in divorce, and 60% of second marriages end in divorce or permanent separation. As you can probably guess, it’s time for point #4.

4. Don’t be a statistic.

In the words of Bruno Mars, “It’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do. Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you.” Don’t sit on the other side of the computer and act like you’ve never danced to that song. I don’t blame you. It’s so catchy! But if marriage becomes an item on your list to check off, it’s time to reevaluate. Mars goes on to say “If we wake up and we wanna break up, that’s coooooool…” Friends of the United States of America: If your sig says or alludes this to you, it’s time to break up with them right then and there. More importantly, if you have this thought in the back of your mind, you’re probably not ready to make the commitment of holy matrimony. Maybe instead of listing getting married and starting a family a part of your 5 year plan, you should set other goals and let The good Lord surprise you with the desires of your heart. It will happen when you are least expecting it, so stop planning for it. You ain’t no Kardashian. Start loving where you’re at. Take advantage of the short amount of time you have as a single young adult and travel! Do things that take you out of your comfort zone and grow as an individual!

Once upon a time I had a friend going through something. For the sake of the story, we’ll call her Nancy. Nancy was like, IN LOVE with this dude, we’ll call him Rob. Rob was that guy in high school that everyone loved because he was awesome and everyone secretly hated because they wanted to be him. Nancy was your average girl next door, but obviously with a great sense of humor because she was friends with me. One day, Rob started taking interest in Nancy. He asked her to go out on dates, and then after about three weeks they made it FBO (Facebook Official.) Sounds like a classic romantic comedy? Well that’s because it was. Except Nancy became this alternate quiet opinionless person around Rob because she was afraid that her bold personality would scare him off. She didn’t feel comfortable around him. This leads me to my final point:

5. If you’re not having fun, then the relationship is done.

Yes, relationships are work. But the payoff should be worth it! If you can’t be yourself, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Don’t be a people pleaser. Sure, be agreeable and kind. And yes, I get the Biblical principle about women submitting to their men and husbands loving their wives, but I also understand that Jesus calls us to be BOLD and take on the courage of a lion! Enjoy being yourself, because baby, you were born this way. Annnd enjoy your sig being themselves too! They should LOVE your personality, and if they don’t, then they are missing out for real. I’m not required to tell you that because I’m not your mom or your best friend. You can trust my words. Likewise, you should LOVE their personality, and if you don’t then someone else will. It’s not your responsibility to give someone the pity laugh every time you turn around. If you’re anything like me and grew up in the protestant evangelical church, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the Newsong/Natalie Grant song “When God Made You.” (You can reminisce here.) With all due respect, can we please stop making marriage the end-all be-all? Let’s live life to the fullest and stop being so concerned about something that Jesus already has taken care of!

Keep these things in mind and you too will end up being in a beautiful engagement photo like the ones above.

Stay tuned for the flip: break up advice! (Dun Dun Dun!!!)

 

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Joey Alligier

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October 14, 2013

Friendz Fuh Dayz

October 14, 2013 | By | One Comment

Eleanor Roosevelt, in all of her sorta-creepy-I-married-my-fifth-cousin, wisdom tells us,

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”

While I would respect this opinion and agree that it could hold some weight in a normal person’s view, I would contend that true friends don’t just leave footprints.

True friends come in and jack stuff up.

They decide to rearrange the completely thought out organization of your life. They even like to steal your popcorn maker your mom got you for your birthday or prank you with literal dog poop. See, you don’t always realize the impact these type of friends leave because you’re too busy laughing and having no idea what  is actually happening. You realize the impact when you look back and see how their life has collided with yours and now that’s just the norm. 

I would like to dedicate this blog to one of my great-not-always-mentioned-and-makes-a-big-deal-when-she-isn’t-in-my-blog-obnoxious friends

Annie Huff 

Annie and I met last year at the White Light event. Josh, my roommate, knew her and her roommate Lauren (Josh and Lauren are dating now, totes dorbs). My name tag said, “Yosef”. The beast I am, I pulled it off, at least for about 20 minutes. I am ridiculed to this day about how our friendship is based on lies. I think that’s why Annie and I got on each other’s nerves on and off for a large part of our freshman year. Yet, something changed when we found out we were going to be on the MNU Serve Team together this summer.

This is where Annie and I’s friendship took off. We put aside our differences and Annie even started a count-up of our legitimate friendship. We even reserved the back two seats of the van for all of our shenanigans. Needless to say, it got REAL crazy.

We had endless inside jokes, numerous random photo ops, spurts of energy that annoyed everyone in the van, great deep theological talks, and even some pranks.

IMG_8637 IMG_1118This is just a sample of how we get. I like to classify Annie as THAT friend that brings out the weird in people. It’s literally a phenomena that even the scientific method can’t come close to comprehending it.
Through all of the crazy, off-the-wall ventures of this summer Annie’s and I friendship no longer needed a count-up. I think we became actually friends.

In all reality, Annie is one of the most inspirational to me. She is someone who has a heart for missions and is always seeking God in that. Her insight is typically a breath of fresh air to my typical narrowed-man thinking. She is who she is and she isn’t ashamed of it. I can honestly say she has impacted my life in such a positive manner;  whether keeping me in check or putting things in perspective.

Now, you may be wondering how this reflects MidAmerica; understandable. See, friendships like Annie and I’s are not hard to come by at place like this. You can see the transformation the Lord has done in both of our lives which has allowed our friendship to flourish. To be honest, we have both matured. Which is weird because we are pretty immature. Anyway, this one example just reflects the Lord’s power and is an example of how he uses people to direct your life.

Shortly put, THIS IS MNU

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

Mario Flores

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October 12, 2013

Money and Money and Money and Money and Money and Peace?

October 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Greetings Friends!

I have some good news:

I paid $2.99 for gas today!!!

Oh the joy of under 3 dollars.

Oh the joy of under 3 dollars.

When I left my hometown in California

One of the posters that I have in my room.

One of the posters that I have in my room.

a couple of summers ago, gas was over 4 dollars!! This is a pleasant thing indeed. Now I must say I got this gas in Missouri- where the gas is always cheaper. So if you are ever there and are on your way to Kansas, fill up!

I'm personally a fan of QT!!

I’m personally a fan of QT!!

Well then, regarding the title of this blog,

Meet one of the very few presidential friends i have:  George

Meet one of the very few presidential friends i have: George

I thought it’d be important to share with you all the reality and importance of money. It’s been said several times that money causes problems, I would suggest that it’s the lack of money that causes problems. And, His Word says that it is, “the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10) So money is often related to stress. But friends, hear the words of Jesus; this will be relatively long, but trust me, and trust Him, His words are worth reading:

             “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

Can He get an Amen?

Friends, let me testify (bear witness/tell you what I have seen/what I know) He is faithful. God provides. I am thankful that he has provided for me a job that is on campus. There are people here that have cared enough to offer me work in the Campus Center Cafeteria. Steve Richmond is the man I am shouting out to! Then the peeps in the Office of University Advancement. Thanks to graduated Pioneer, Claire McCoy and my immediate supervisor Melanie Smith, and other supervisors, Lori, Paula, Kathy, Roger, Tom, Jeremy, Kevin and all the other great people that care about me in the UA Office!

Now I confess that I am spoiledly blessed. But friends know that there is not one that is any more special or loved by God He “does not show favoritism” -Romans 2:11. However, know that each and every individual is still special and loved by God!! For whatever reason, the Creator of the galaxies, the star breathing, universe creating-God deems us worthy and cares about us!
We matter to Him.

Being at MNU and having opportunities and doors open for me has been incredible. I’m doing my best not to take it for granted. He uses the people here to find me scholarships, and He impresses upon the hearts of His kids to demonstrate His love by being blessings to others.

Whatever your care–especially in the case of money, know that God is faithful to provide. Actively anticipate His work and direction in your life. Earnestly seek Him and Follow HIM!! When He opens doors, and presents opportunities: Carpe Diem.

You are loved friends. You can rest assured that you can trust Him. You can follow Him.

Toodles for now!

 

Grateful in Him,

Mario Paul Flores
“Make me to know Your ways oh Lord, teach me Your paths.” -Psalm 25:4.

Heather Engle

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October 7, 2013

My Journey to MNU, Volleyball, and Wolf Shirts.

October 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello Blog World!
This is my first blog, ever. And I am so incredibly excited. First off I wanted to start by telling you guys how I got to MNU, and my amazing experience here so far!
So as I was looking for colleges I decided that I would probably prefer a Christian college over a state school. I looked at many colleges before MNU, but I never really got that feeling that I needed to be at any of them.
I have this friend that I know from church, her name is Kayla Rotola and she actually attended MNU! My mom is a realtor so she ended up helping her sell her house. So one day Kayla asked my mom where I was looking at for colleges and you know, I had no idea yet, and I also had never heard of MNU because I am not originally Nazarene, so my mom told her I was undecided. Kayla told her right after that, that we should definitely come check out MNU because it’s super amazing.
Shortly after this conversation we set up a visit to MNU, and I fell in love. I fell in love not only with this beautiful campus, but with the community here! As soon as we stepped on campus, I felt like I belonged here. It was definitely a God thing. I also love all of our Mission opportunities, the opportunities to serve around the community, and the majors that we offer.
Ever since that first visit I couldn’t get MNU out of my mind. It was a long process to get here, but I definitely don’t regret my decision AT ALL. :] So there’s my story of how I got here! Now for some lovely pictures of the events and all that has taken place since I first arrived on campus!

bedandstuffs

This is my side of the room! :] it’s a tricky process getting in and out of bed sometimes, but overall, having a bunk bed makes me feel like a little kid again. Which is always great!

volleyball

This was one of the first nights we came to MNU, the people in these pictures are a
part of my freshman seminar class! We had a volleyball tournament that night and
sprayed our hair orange! It was a blast. Unfortunately we only one 1 game, but
overall it was a good time.

whitelightevent

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This was our Black light event in Land Gym. They decorated the gym with these pretty lights and everyone dressed up! They had a chocolate fountain, music playing, and coffee, (which was my favorite part.)

volleyballgame

This was our first home volleyball game! They are pretty awesome! I played volleyball all throughout high school, so it was a great time watching them and cheering them on.

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Just this past week we had our thrift store prom! We go to a skating rink, dressed in the best thrift store attire. And yes, I am wearing a gross brown colored wolf shirt, a flower crown, AND a calculator watch. It was great. :]

king of kinds

smiling singing

Last but not least, this past weekend I got the opportunity to go home with one of my friends Annie and play guitar and sing worship for her church! We had such a wonderful time and it was an amazing experience!

So this is just a glimpse of what my life has consisted of these past 7 weeks! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the things I’ve been doing and experiencing around here. I am so thankful for the amazing people the God has placed in my life already, and how he’s working on this campus!

-Heather Rose :]