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April 21, 2014

Car Problems, Jesus, and Finals

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Hello friends!

So this past weekend was Easter! Most people on campus went home for the holiday, but that wasn’t the case for me. I actually have had some car troubles this past weekend. This was kind of a bummer for me because I would have liked to go home and see my family over the weekend, but I’ve definitely been learning a lot through it. Not having a car has opened my eyes a lot to how much I depend on it. I have had to ask people to drive me places more during this past week than I ever have had to during this past year. I definitely have learned that I need to not take things for granted so easily. Compared to most people in the world, I am extremely fortunate.

I also want to share with you guys what Easter means to me.

Bunnies, and candy, and Easter eggs. :]

No, those are all great things, obviously. Who doesn’t love those things? But the real meaning of Easter rests on the Truth of Jesus Christ. He came to this earth, was crucified, and rose again to show us this indescribable love. I can testify to this in my own life that this is the truth. The cross of Christ has bore my sins and has given me new life in Him. He has not only transformed my life here on earth, but he has also given me eternal life with Him after this earthly life.

I went to a worship service the other night and they played the song “Nothing Holding Me Back” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. If you haven’t heard this song, please go listen to it! What I take from this song is thankfulness and gratefulness for what Jesus has done for us. The chorus says:

Nothing is holding me back from you,

Redeemer of my soul,

now nothing can hold me back from you,

your love will never let me go.

I absolutely love this song because it reminds me of the verse in Romans that says:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:37-39

We are more than conquerors because of what Christ has done for us. What an amazing message that is. This is why I have hope.

This is the reason for the joy in my life.

So I just thought I’d be real with you guys about what I believe and I thought it was fitting to tell you all these things because of the Easter season. :] I hope this gave you some sort of hope or encouragement. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to say anything!

Also, a little about MNU. I went to a baseball game at Graceland in Iowa this weekend and we dominated. So that’s pretty great! I also went to an Easter service on Sunday at Living Hope Church and there were multiple people that attend this church that were baptized at the end of the service. It was a wonderful celebration. :] After church Lisa Downs, who I mentioned in one of my blogs before this, invited some people over for a Easter Sunday lunch. I felt entirely blessed to be able to have these people in my life and spend Easter with them. It also helped that the food was amazing. :] finals week is coming up as well and I can just tell you now, there will be LOTS of coffee runs and late nights.

But I’m ready for it. Bring it on. :]

Have a wonderful Monday my friends,

-Heather Rose :]

Heather Engle

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April 14, 2014

17 days!!

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Hello Friends!

I came to the realization today that my freshman year of college is almost over. It’s insane to think about how fast this first year has gone. The feeling is bittersweet! I know there are going to be many exciting things to come in the near future, but it’s crazy how fast these good times have gone by. So yes, there are 17 more days left until summer, counting the weekends. I am SO very excited to finish off the school year and head into more adventures these next couple of months. I am definitely striving to finish strong with my school work and every other responsibility I have until this summer takes off. These next couple of weeks are going to be pretty crazy! I’m sure I’m not the only one with a busy schedule this week though! It seems that everyone I’ve talked to lately is pretty swamped. But we can do it!! :] only a couple weeks left!

On a lighter note, God has done some super cool things with the clouds lately, so I thought I would share with you guys the beauty that I’ve seen this week! :]

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This was all in the time span of one week! God is so creative and I am in awe of His beauty! :]

Well friends, If you’re finishing up these next two weeks like I am, keep going! Don’t give up cause you’re almost done! :] Also, remember just how beautiful God is. He is the creator of all things and is worthy of our worship. I have also been reminded lately that if we don’t take the chance to worship God for who he is, the rocks and the trees will. That’s how mighty He is. :] remember that this week.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Heather Engle

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April 6, 2014

an MNU filled weekend

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Hey friends!

So I just want to brag on our faculty here at MNU for a second. First of all, they are loving, caring, kind, fun, funny, and really want to be a part of your life. I say this because I went to a baseball game this weekend with Lisa Downs and we had a blast! There were also many other faculty members there that made it so fun. I also love that they come and support us at whatever it is we are doing. I always see faculty and staff at sporting events, choir shows and many other events that are held at here. Lisa is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at MNU. First off, she offered to drive to the baseball game, (It was about 20 minutes away from MNU). So she drove me, then in-between the two games we went to Quick Trip, she bought me some tea, some giant chewy sweet-tarts, (which are amazing by the way, (I had never had them before so she convinced me to try them) and she’s just a blast to be around. I know she really cares about me and I am so grateful to be in a place that has faculty and staff that have an interest in the things going on in my life. It is a huge blessing. :]

Also, just this morning I got to go to Junction City Church of the Nazarene to lead the church in worship! This wasn’t just a worship team from MNU going to this church though, there were about 30 of us representing Mid-America! We all had a wonderful time and the people at the church were so loving and welcoming towards us.

Here are some pictures of the baseball game and church this morning!:

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This is who I sat with at the game on Saturday! From left to right is Lisa, me, Laurie, and Becca. :]

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This is all of the students who traveled to Junction City today attempting to take a photo (Note: I’m the only one looking at the camera, and I’m also standing very awkwardly)

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This one is A LOT better. :]

Well guys, I hope you have a better view of what it’s like to be apart of things here at MNU just by reading this. :] Only a couple more weeks and then summer will be here! I CAN’T WAIT.

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

Heather Engle

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April 1, 2014

antiqueing and sports

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Hello blog readers!

So if you don’t know this about me, I love to go to antique stores. I know a lot of them back home, but I haven’t had the chance to really roam around the Olathe/Kansas City area to find any within a good distance of MNU. This past weekend, I had the chance to roam. I went to an antique store called Lone Elm Antique Mall. From the outside it doesn’t look like a huge store, but on their flyer that I took after I roamed through this place, it says that have over 120 booths filled with antiques and various vintage things.

I know to some who are reading this, antiques might not be of any interest to you, but if you like to go to antique stores like me, are going to be living in Olathe, already live in Olathe, or attend MNU, this is a great one to go to! :] I also went to a baseball game this past weekend (picture below of my friends and I). It was a little chilly, but we managed with a blanket!  I wish I would have taken a picture of the baseball field, or part of the game, but I didn’t even think about it! (Sorry guys). I also went to our final four game for our basketball team! Our student section was getting pretty intense during the whole thing. The game was super nerve-racking, but it was definitely a huge accomplishment, so that made it all worth it! :]

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These girls are a complete joy to my life.

Well friends, I’ll leave you with some encouragement. I’ve been learning lately to not take things in my life for granted. And also that through hard times, God is still good. He is still the creator of the universe, and the creator of you and I. He knows everything and we need to not worry about every little detail in our lives. He is NEVER far off. Even if we are going through times that are tough, giving it to God is the absolute best thing you could do. He knows the depths of your situation and wants you to know He is walking right beside you through it all. :]

Thanks for stopping by!

In Christ’s love,

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. Intermural volleyball is starting up this next week and I am PUMPED! :]

Joey Alligier

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March 27, 2014

“..Let’s Pack Up and Move to California..”

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Life is full of decisions to be made. 


As you sit at the mind numbing computer screen you may be facing the dilemma of finishing your homework…or possibly finishing that episode of Prison Break. More seriously you may be deciding between colleges, jobs, living situations, etc.

How do we often find the answers to these pivotal points? Perhaps a pro/con list, ask friends, of course pray, overall we assess the situation and weigh the options. Which one is more beneficial to me?

While of course weighing options and evaluating consequences is necessary, sometimes you just need to do something. I tend to think we sit on the sidelines for so long awaiting our names to be called so we can rip off those sweet, throwback, button-up pants. Yet, some go their whole lives waiting for confirmation on a decision; in that time opportunity is being missed out on. Life is being missed out on.

During Spring Break last week I got to hang out with this friend. Now this friend has been through quite a bit; things of his own decision and others not so much. However, through these trials and valleys he is staring into the eyes of God. As he is staring he is impacting so many people with his passion and perseverance. He knows God will provide for him. He isn’t a Biblical Scholar, he hasn’t been to school for this at all, he is hardly around people who challenge him with this.

When I saw change in his life, I sought him out. So, over some FroYo he told me a story I yearn to somewhat duplicate and/or never forget. Like Hawk Nelson, he packed up and moved  to California… yet, he had no friends out there. He had no idea. This was a leap of faith.

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Throughout this story he exemplified what it meant to trust Jesus on a level more severe than the lackadaisical, hesitant, and questioning approach most American Christians take. Long story short; he left for change and then decided to return changed.

The moral of this story and what should be the moral of all of our stories is that we WILL NOT have it all figured out at any point. We will question, doubt, and think “What if…” Yet, somehow that is where life produces the most beautiful pictures. That can be seen in a sunset  on your way through Arizona when God’s face isn’t any clearer or it can be revealed in the loving acts of a stranger you felt somewhat “pulled towards.” Just take the trip, just ask her out, just ask that person for help.

Limit your pride, expose your vulnerability. 

I leave you with this.

It’s okay to play, pro/con, and think about things.
It’s not okay to worry, overanalyze, and miss out on this big world.
Take a risk.
Challenge yourself.
Jump.

Take the Leap

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

 

Joey Alligier

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March 11, 2014

Sweet Mother of Pickle

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THURSDAY NIGHT 9PM, TIPPING POINT, MNU CAMPUS….

There’s an improv show, you should come.

Haley Raydo

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February 14, 2014

6 Things I Wish I Knew In High School

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Hello friends!

Happy Valentines Day to all you blog readers out there.  Whether your single or your in a relationship, I truly hope you feel the love of the Lord today!

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Now with all that out of the way, I can begin with what I have been wanting to talk about. Last weekend I went to my high school’s homecoming basketball game.  All I can really say is that it was very strange being back.  I mean so much has changed.  This brought back memories of my high school days (yes I am aware it has only been a year), but these memories reminded me of how much I have learned and how much I have grown.  There are so many things, looking back now, that I wished I would have known.  And so.. that is what I decided to write about.  The 6 things I wish I knew in high school.

I wish I would have known:

1.  You can be the most popular person in school, but in a few years no one will care.

Now I am saying this to more of my freshman year of high school self.  There is something about high school that brings so much pressure to fit in and to be liked.  And the truth of it is, no one will care when you leave high school.  Now I am not saying that it is a bad thing to make friends, but by the time you graduate everyone goes their separate ways.  What will really last the test of time are the friendships you make by showing true godly love and compassion.  So if you’re in high school or even in college (the concept still applies) don’t stress about the number of friends, stress about the quality!

2.   No one will remember what you wear, but if there are pictures being taken… They will most likely end up on Facebook.

I am literally embarrassed about some of my old pictures from high school.  Sometimes I am rather confused about my fashion choices.  But good news people… THERE IS A DELETE BUTTON.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming... but very funny.  Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with... and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming… but very funny. Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with… and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

3.  Don’t get involved with the drama!

Now I am not a fan of drama, but a big part of my personality is that I am a peacemaker.  So naturally I like to solve problems and create a piece.  Although there were times that I really just needed to stay out of things.  Drama follows you everywhere you go in life.  The people who always told me that it’s just a high school thing.. LIED!  However, learning how to deal with it earlier on in life will definitely come in handy in college.  So stay out of the little things, don’t involve yourself when you don’t need to be involved!

4.   Boys will drive you crazy (and vice versa) and it is ok to take a chill break from them!

No but seriously… Do I have to expound?  You have the rest of your life ahead of you to deal with the opposite sex.  Don’t put yourself through the craziness if it can be avoided.  (and if you are happily dating in high school… good for you! It is rather difficult!)

5.    “You have your whole life ahead of you…”

Yes I know that makes me want to roll my eyes too, but it is so true!  It is easy to forget because your whole life all you have ever known is school, but their is a majority of your life waiting on the other end.  Although your choices do make a difference later on down the road, there is still a ton more life ahead to make even better decisions. The seemingly big things at the moment (no matter what stage of life you are in) are extremely small in comparison.

6.    1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not anyone look down on you because you are young…” 

So often the thought that I was too young held me back from what God wanted to do in me.  I thought, “I’ll do that when I am married and have a job..” It was so easy to let my “status” as a high school student define me, but God has things for us no matter what stage of life we are in.

Anyways… That is all I have! If you have anything to add you can always comment down below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Haley Raydo

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January 25, 2014

Seize The Day

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Hello friends,

So it is nearly approaching midnight and life is pretty good right now.  Today a theme has been placed in my mind that I thought would be good to share.

Seize The Day 

So often we just go through day by day thinking about what we are going to do next… your next class, your plans for the evening, and what not…  And so often we miss the opportunities that are constantly surrounding us.  What if we got off our iPhones, and started seeing who was around us who needs to see the love of Christ.

So often we think “once I’ve graduated, or once I’m married, I can do this and be happy and what not.”  But let me say the Lord has something better than that! He has something for you right now! I catch myself doing this all the time!

A couple weeks ago the Lord placed an opportunity for me to minister to someone.  I wasn’t sure, and even a little bit nervous.  I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a long time.  Then I was reminded again and again until I finally took some initiative and went out and finally took hold of the opportunity given.  It took me out of a place of comfort.  But the Lord doesn’t call us to sit in our room and keep to ourselves.  He calls us to go out and make disciples, to go out and radiate His very light to those who need it.

So yet again another blog with another challenge… I challenge to you go Seize The Day!  Use this day that the Lord has made to be share His love!  And taking up opportunities and ministering to all those around us, is a part of building a community.  MNU is all about the community, and whether you already attend here or are thinking about it, this is what we do.  This is what we should do as a community of Christ followers.

Don’t let another day go by living in the future or on your phone without seeking an opportunity to spread the joy of the Lord.  And I will leave you with lyrics from All Sons & Daughters, “You have called me higher, you have called me deeper, and I’ll go where you lead me Lord.”

And that is all on this late weekend night…

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Mario Flores

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January 24, 2014

11 thoughts

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So yeah, just 11 thoughts that I wanted to share. Here they are written out:

11. It’s always a frightening moment when you’re not sure if all that came out was just gas.

10. There is no “morning after” or regret when a person follows Christ. (Without going into any details, there have frankly been times in my life when I woke up in the morning wishing I had made different decisions the previous day.)

9. Faith, particularly faithfulness to Him, is risky.

8. Vulnerability too is risky; but I have found that the reward far outweighs the cost.

7. Don’t just mask the smell… with Deodorant, or cologne, or body spray, or Febreeze… Instead: take a shower, or wash your clothes, or clean
your room, or all of the above. But consider doing all of the former on top of the latter.

6. Procrastinating only makes sense for a little while, but eventually…

5. All real truth is God’s; fear not where you find it.

4. Virtually everyone, at every level, enjoys and learns best through stories.

3. Err on the side of grace; often we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.

2. I’ve learned that whenever I flush the toilet, I will no longer leave my eyes open.

1. He isn’t just an all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent Being; He is a Person, He feels, He loves, He cares-for all; all includes you.

P.S. this video would not have been possible without it being shot and edited by a great and talented friend of mine: Blake Nelson. Blake is one of the Resident Educators for our school. If you read last week’s blog, just know that he’s a “friendly, neighborhood” kind of guy.

Joey Alligier

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January 22, 2014

Don’t Panic in the Pool

January 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

Welcome to Life.

Here we provide ups, downs, loops, and a few corkscrews.
I know what you’re all wondering; where’s the map to get around this giant?
Wellllll, let me tell you.

There isn’t one.
(per say: let’s be real, the Bible gives answers in example and truth)

Day to day life can be full of surprises, letdowns, build-ups, and utterly devastating moments.

As cliche as it sounds, how you react is key.
Let’s say you’re driving without insurance, accidentally, and you kind of bump into another person’s bumper.
WHAT TO DO?!?!
Keep calm and be an adult.

My mom has always had some of the best advice; from communication to swimming.
She always said, “Don’t panic in the pool, you’ll drowned.”

This life is a pool.
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Like, a really big pool.
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Keep in mind, every obstacle or gift is an opportunity for the Lord to use you.
The struggle gives hope to others and the blessings give hope to others.
We can be a light in the good and the bad.
We can be a light when life happens.

Welcome to life.

Here we provide opportunity for growth and development.
Here is where you determine your future DESPITE ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Here, is where you need to start. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey