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Joey Alligier

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April 29, 2013

Such a Fine Teacher

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Grandpa MNU taught many classes,
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I am one of them and you may be to
So let’s just talk about spirituality.

MNU is about faith, community, and service. Not just the students, but the professors also aim for this. One of the most open, vulnerable, understanding professors is a man that has been through SO MUCH and is willing to talk to you about life. I even have a meeting set up to talk to him! This guys has been here since the beginning! He has taught numerous classes, as far as I know, all around our faith.

One of my favorite all around professors, thus far, at MNU would be Dr. Larry Fine. I currently have his Christian Beliefs class and MAN is it a lot to take in after chapel at 11 am. He is consistently challenging us with reading material, notes, and soooo many hypothetical situations! We have discussed sin,morality, the Holy Spirit and yes, even sex. His approach is so smooth, yet loving! He wants us to voice our opinions and he respectfully, which is key, gives his. He always follows with his ideas after the hypothetical situations so it gives us the chance to know what we know and not be influenced. I LOVE IT! My mind has been blown so many times in there and I love it.

It’s just amazing to see his firm, yet open faith. Professors like him make this place one of the most amazing places to be. They set the standard for community and faith development. I am proud to be a Pioneer when gauging the influence they have over so many influence-able lives!

The best part? He’s only one of the many amazing faculty members ready to just do life with us!

Keep on and Keep God,
Joey

Phillip Prado

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March 1, 2013

Just Another Coffee Engulfed, Library Stationed, Book Digging Session

March 1, 2013 | By | No Comments

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It was a nice break while it lasted, but our snow days are officially over!  Now it’s back to the dreaded homework we have been putting off and the horrid tests coming up we neglected to study for.  The bustle of school is back and it is time to get into the common groove once again.  So it’s time to load up on coffee, hit the library, and dig our Pioneer noses in the books.

Now, during one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, nose digging sessions….wait, I probably shouldn’t say nose digging should I? It doesn’t quite sound like what I am trying to say if you know what i mean. :\  What about nose booking??  Hmmm…nah.  What about book nosing???  Hmmm…nope.  How about dig booking???? Ugh that doesn’t work either!!  WAIT! Book digging?!  Well, that sucks too, but I guess that will have to work now won’t it?  So let’s start over, shall we?

During one of my coffee engulfed, library stationed, book digging sessions, I had another moment.  It’s one of those moments that hit me oh so often and I am struck by an idea or I become inspired.  I have blogged about a few in the past and I’m sorry if you don’t like them but I enjoy sharing what it is I am thinking so here it goes!

Lately I have been spending some of my time with someone in particular who I believe really needs a friend now.  He’s going through some things and I feel a calling to be there for him when he needs someone most.  Now, I’m not gonna say who this person is, or what’s going on in their lives but I will share my thoughts behind the situation.  I feel like God has asked me to reach out to this person in any way possible whether it’s staying up late and hanging out, inviting him to events and things around the school, or just being there when he needs to talk.  I have been doing my best to show him that not only I love him and care for him, but God loves and cares for him WAY more than I could ever dream!

So here I am, studying, when this person crosses my mind.  I start wondering how he’s doing and if he is alright.  And that’s when I begin to notice that not only have I been doing what I can to help him, but he is also helping me just as much.  He is showing me a way of caring for someone in which I really haven’t put into perspective before.  He is teaching me what it’s like to love and be loved simply for being a child of God.  This is even more true because we both have almost nothing in common.  I don’t hang out with him to gain anything or to profit in any way, and he doesn’t accept me because we have the same interests or share the same hobbies.  We merely grow together for one devouring, overpowering, and deep truth:  God created us both and the love he has for us is perfect.

Because of this person, I am looking at the world through new eyes.  I am beginning to see my professors, friends, co-workers, strangers and every one else in between the way I believe God sees us.  Since I work at a daycare, this is how I have looked at the children I work with already, but thanks to this person that I now call a dear friend I am beginning to bridge the way I see those kids to the way I see the rest of God’s creations.  This is huge to  me.  It is a point in life I think every disciple of Christ needs to come to in order to further their spiritual life. Christ is amazing and I have known that for some time now, but if it wasn’t for this school, and the people I have met here, I might not have begun to realize how infinite his perfection really is.

This school has allowed me to grow in so many ways it’s not even funny.  From the good times, to the bad times, MNU is playing a huge role in shaping who I am going to be for the rest of my life.  Whether it’s from the people, the classes, or even my personal relationship with God, I am learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ here, and I am so thankful for that.  And anyone else coming to this school better hang on because MNU will take you on one heck of a ride!  But hey, don’t worry, no matter how bumpy the ride is I can guarantee you will be happy with how it ends up.

 

Phillip Prado

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February 14, 2013

English Comp. Inquiry :P

February 14, 2013 | By | No Comments

HEY GUYS!! SOO the other day in one of my classes we had a little discussion that really made me think a lot, so I would like to share that with you guys.

BUT! First of all, as most of you know, it is Valentine’s day!  So happy Valentine’s day! I really hope all of you enjoy your day!  This is definitely not my favorite holiday but I can still appreciate it.

Anyway, back to the original topic: the conversation I had in class.  In my English Composition II class, we were talking about an essay that we were given and what to write it about.  The whole class was going around talking about their topics and we were to bring up why they were important, which was a big part of the assignment: to establish why the topic was worth reading and why it really mattered in the first place.  There was a student who brought up human trafficking and slavery, and how it’s a bigger problem now then it ever has been in the past.  That’s when another student brought up a point that made me think: “But why should I care?”

At first this this statement seemed pretty rude, but once the professor had asked him to elaborate, then the question began to make a little bit more sense.  He said he couldn’t do anything about it, so why would he let himself get upset about it.  That with huge world problems like politics, poverty, sex trafficking, etc. there is nothing he can do about it.  That he’s not gonna be able to change them so why would he let it upset him?  He said he accepted that he can’t do anything about it and moved on.

Now, this made sense to me that someone might feel that way: inadequate and to minuscule to make a big difference in the world.  But, on the other hand, I do not agree with that the slightest bit.  Isn’t that why Christ died for us?  To show us that each and everyone of us make a difference in the world.  I honestly think we can make a difference in the world.  From making someone’s day with a simple little compliment, to making the world a better place by fighting for human rights.

I think we just need to stop being afraid to love one another.  We were created to be so much more.  Like i’ve said in a previous blog, we can’t be afraid to speak out and to stand up for what we believe in.  Whether it’s in school, at home, on Saturdays, on Valentines day, in America, in the world, or anywhere or anytime else we can make a difference.  That’s just what I feel.  I hope you guys feel the same way!

Well that’s what I was thinking about and I just wanted to share that with you.  I hope it made sense, and I hope you can somewhat get what I’m trying to say.  So, again, have a happy Valentine’s day and an amazing rest of your week!

Joey Alligier

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February 5, 2013

SUMMA TIME!

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I know it’s just the beginning of February and the weather isn’t quite up to par with the mid-year months, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about the best time of the year, right? Typically the summertime is full of carefree attitudes, little responsibility, and lots of adventures. I mean, with no school, no bedtime, and no guidelines things can get a little crazy, of course in a sane, wholesome, moral way!

However, this summer may be a little different. It will most likely not lack adventure, but will include hard work and some responsibility. As of now there are a few options on the table for what could happen.

1) Do nothing

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2) Go back to Wichita to work and intern at a church

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3) Try and be part of the PR team at MNU

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4) Go to Europe for school

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All of these options seem plausible and most seem to fit in God’s plan or would at least allow Him to work. It’s these times that are the hardest. It’s when you want to honor Him with all you do and there seems to be more than one “right” way. It’s not that I think God will smite me if I choose doing nothing, but I want to be placed where it benefits the Kingdom, helps others grow, and develops myself in who He is. I guess all I need to do is pray and pursue different options. Often times we need to quit trying so hard and just do something. If I wait until I’m “sure” of what I should do I will have most likely miss out on most, if not all, of these opportunities.

Don’t let the fear of failure or the wrong decision EVER keep you back from striving. God honors the fight, the desire when your heart is in the right place. I’m not saying don’t ask for direction or purpose from Him, but don’t sit on the sidelines so long that you miss the opportunity to play the game.

Life will present a lot of plausible paths, lots of questions, and numerous obstacles. Always remember to keep on and keep God

Joey

Phillip Prado

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November 23, 2012

There’s Got To Be More To It.

November 23, 2012 | By | No Comments

There’s christmas lights up, the air is cold, the stores are beginning to supply their holiday sales; the Christmas season is almost here.  Now that Thanksgiving is officially over the winter spirit is beginning to kick in, don’t you think? There’s talk of presents and family gatherings; there’s Christmas music filling all of the department stores and mall outlets; you can almost feel the excitement.  What is it that makes Christmas stand out so much in the hearts of humans around America?  Is it Saint Nicholas and his little elves?  Is it the decorated pine trees or the vibrant wreaths?  Or is there something more to this time of the year?

As you know, it is called CHRISTmas for a reason.  This is the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Christ the messiah, our savior, our father, our friend: Jesus.   But yet those of us who do not accept Him into their lives still feel the joy of this time of the year.  Why is that?  Why is it that almost nobody can escape feeling of the holiday spirit whether they like it or not?  The answer is simple:  there is no one on this earth that can escape the love of other people when it is as strong as it is this time of the year.  The love humans share for one another is inescapable, and all things good and loving can be traced back to God.  Everything good comes from the father.  So thinking in that sense it is safe to say that that’s why Christmas is so special to people:  it’s the one time of the year when we can all feel Christ’s love through one another.  But why can’t we, as Christians, do this all year ‘round?  How come we can’t share this spirit every day?

That’s our job:  to show the love of Christ inside and outside of CHRISTmas.  This is the time of year when we get a glimpse of real happiness and real love.  So I urge you to make that happiness about something other than just getting, and even giving, material things.  Don’t focus on this that will fade in time, but store your treasure in heaven, as stated in Matthew 6.  Jesus is your best friend, and He loves you so much that he died for you.  Yeah, yeah, I know hearing that Jesus died for you can be cliche at times, but it never loses its truth no matter how much it loses its sting.  No matter how many times we hear it, we need to resist hardening our hearts to it. This is the time of year we live, laugh, and love.  But what will you live for, laugh at, and what will you love?  I pray for everyone reading this to just keep Christ the focus of their lives, to live for Him, laugh with Him, and just simply love Him.  And if He isn’t the focus yet that He would become the absolute center of your lives. Just remember these few things:  There are many people in this world that love you;  God loves you, your friends and family love you, and even I love you. :)  It’s so easily to lose site of the most important things in a time of consumerism like Christmas.  So go and live like you are loved, because that my friends is the most important thing in the world.  Not getting presents

 

You are loved….

 

 

Joey Alligier

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October 8, 2012

“Hey, that was a great service at Building today!”

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The congregating of Christ followers most likely started directly after the spread of Christianity in the first century. Over MANY years we have what we call church today. The beautiful buildings, sometimes testy air conditioning, hopefully comfy pews, potluck dinners, and outlandish youth group games are how the typical description of the church is perceived in typical minds and conversation. But, is that all we are? Are we defined by what we have and the look we give off? Have we become that superficial as a society? Now, don’t get me wrong, nice churches are most definitely a blessing from God. But if you dig deeper what really defines the church.

The church is the people, not the building. Now, there are some questions that arise with this statement. For me, thinking about this brought up the fact that in the Old Testament the church WAS the building and not so much the people. But why? In the Old Testament the church/ tabernacle had a Holy of Holies that was not for the common man to enter. This where God was; this is where the church was.

When Christ died, so did that. The Advocate ( Or in Greek, Paraclete <— I learned that in New Testament class) or the Holy Spirit changed the way things work. God is found in us. We have the opportunity to experience the power of Christ in our lives more than before. Now, this does not discredit church. We are still called to come together in Christ’s name! Plus, I mean who doesn’t love the wacky youth group games! Am I right or am I right?

The picture above was my church youth group on Sunday morning. I put it because my topic is church and what defines it, but mainly because it looks so sweet! We met in a building, but to me, many of those people I could experience the power of church outside that cramped room! I see God in those people more and more each day. That’s what it’s like here at MNU. Church could be the picture at the top or the one at the bottom; in a square with a fountain in the middle of downtown Wichita’s party scene blaring Jesus music, playing frisbee, talking to strangers, discussing life, and reading scripture. I could also experience church outside on the grass late at night or on my RA’s couch. To me, it’s beautiful that this whole campus is like a church. After all God shows up in more than a stained glass building! Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Now don’t get me wrong I believe God absolutely sees a congregation gathering to bring honor to His name on any given day! But as my pastor back home once eloquently stated, ” Sure you could go to church without members, you’d just end up saying ” Yeah, I went to building this morning.”.

In conclusion, I hope that this either opened your eyes to where or through who you could experience God. Never forget the way the church is talked about; the bride of Christ. And plus, why would Paul write letters to churches if they didn’t make a difference in life? As you go on with your busy day, take time to thank God for the gift of freedom, fellowship, and unfailing love he presents to us.

Keep on and keep God my friends,

Joey Alligier

Kelsey Cranford

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October 3, 2012

The hands. The feet.

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This morning we had the privilege of listening to Cris Zimmermann speak about his ministry in Frankfurt, Germany. This young pastor began sharing with us a book he has been reading as of late called God is Not a Christian written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In this book the Archbishop shares of a crucifix he found in a church in which Jesus had no arms or legs. The meaning behind it was that, as the church, we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. That, as his disciples, we are to be the answer to the world’s begging question, “Where is God?”

As he began to speak he commanded my respect. He spoke with no words of eloquence or brilliance. He wasn’t beaming with charisma in which everyone was drawn to him. Nor did he command attention because of his long list of credentials or accomplishments. Rather, he commanded my respect because of his simple perusal of making this man on a cross relevant to our current world.

It all began with a group of 12 college students in Frankfurt. Together with Zimmermann, they began to brainstorm ideas on how they could be the hands and feet of Jesus in their own city. A specific pub was brought to their attention where a consistent community of people gathered regularly, not just to have a drink, but also to simply be together. Zimmermann and the students began to integrate themselves into this community, and after collaborating with the owner, began raising money with them to build a well in Africa. The pub family included, they began reaching out to the homeless community in the area as well and started establishing relationships with them. From there, other pubs began to get involved and the influence of the once small group began to grow and grow, involving people of all kinds.

It’s easy to look at the task ahead and be intimidated. To allow the fear that so easily creeps in to keep us from even taking a step. We become so taken back by our responsibility to be truth to the world that we can’t even be truth to the few people surrounding us. The fathers of the faith, the very apostles who walked on the ground that Jesus did, had to start somewhere. At some point, they had to acknowledge that they didn’t have what it takes to be his heirs to the kingdom. Yet, with the breath of Christ within us, we are given the means to be the truth, the salt, the light, that is so very necessary to this world. There is no better time than now to begin to get ourselves out of the way so that this purpose can be fulfilled in our lives.  May we begin to allow Jesus take root in our daily interactions with people and may we find the courage to take the baby steps that are necessary for any sort of change to occur. As Dorothy Day puts it, “People say, ‘What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.”