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Aaron Merrell

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March 8, 2015

After Awakening

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Hey everyone!

So, last time, I wrote about an event we were putting on called Awakening. I figured I would write a follow up entry about how the event went.

After set up with the band, the grillers and the other ASG Class Council members, people started to arrive. I was pretty nervous that there would be barely any people there, but we actually had far more than any of us expected. Of course it’s not all about the numbers when it comes to a worship event, but it was a huge encouragement to see so many people there.

After about 45 minutes of eating, chatting and general fellowship with people from every class level at MNU, we got started with worship. We kicked this part off with scripture and prayer, then dove into worship through song. It was a great time of intimate worship, and the band did an excellent job of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

We plan on doing a few more installments of Awakening throughout the rest of the semester, so the first event was truly a great launchpad for us. We were able to see what went well and what didn’t, and now we can apply that at the next Awakening. We also got to hear from some other students about their passions and some ideas they have for the event. I’m so excited to see how God is going to use this event for his glory.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week!

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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March 6, 2015

#MNUSLR

March 6, 2015 | By | One Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trust Him.

-KT

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Photo courtesy of Kara Stallings

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Original version of cover photo courtesy of Amanda Doerhoff

 

Mariah McCommon

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March 2, 2015

We Are Pioneers

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past. Not just my past, but just “the past.” Times are rapidly changing as we are all aware of, but I think it’s healthy to take a moment to breathe and appreciate where we come from. As a student of MNU, I should probably know more about the history of MNU, but don’t you worry! I’ve done my research.

First off, a pioneer is someone who “is among the first to explore a new country or area” (Google’s definition). We have this phrase or motto which clarifies “We are NOT settlers, we are PIONEERS!” It’s pretty catchy if I do say so myself. My take on our motto is: we don’t settle for less, but we strive for greatness and look for all the possible opportunities in life.

Some guy a long, long time ago had this wild idea to start a school. I couldn’t find in my research but if I recall correctly, this guy was given loans from the Nazarene Church. They saw his passion and decided to help out. Then, in 1966, God said, “Let there be MidAmerica Nazarene. On top of a hill. In Kansas.” And at that time it wasn’t quite a University. All of the buildings that stand tall now weren’t always here obviously. I wish I could say when the dorms were built, but I’m not exactly sure.

In 1968, 263 students walked through the doors of MidAmerica. The president at the time was R. Curtis Smith. He seems like a pretty cool guy! He was the first of five total presidents that this school has seen. Our wonderful president now, Dr. David Spittal is doing a tremendous job of keeping this school on its feet and growing the people in it.

MNU was at one time called “MANC” which also stands for MidAmerica Nazarene College. My parents and grandparents still sometimes call it Manc and I have to ask them to say it again correctly. The “College” part of the name was replaced with “University” in 1977 because we’re just special like that.

With all this lovely information I have given you, there’s also a video to go along with it. As freshman we were shown this at the beginning of the year. It’s pretty cool and it’s short stay entertained for another minute or two!

We Are Pioneers from MidAmerica Nazarene University on Vimeo.

Now that you know a little bit more the beautiful MNU, have a great week!!

Katie Linsey

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February 27, 2015

Worship According To KT

February 27, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

Worship. What a word. It’s tossed around so much… so what does it really mean anyway?

If you were to ask me in middle school/early high school what worship is, I would’ve told you, “It’s something I do on Sunday mornings at church.” In other words, I thought worship was something that could only happen when music was playing.

Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As I realized my desperation for God in the last two years of high school, He began to bring me into a loving relationship with Him. It was then that He revealed to me what worship really is. It’s not about the songs we sing, whether we close our eyes or lift our hands… it’s about our hearts. It’s about the way we live our lives. Romans 12:1 says that presenting our bodies as a LIVING SACRIFICE is our SPIRITUAL WORSHIP.

Worshipping God = Living the life that He’s called us to. Worship happens when we walk outside and admire a beautiful sunrise. It happens when we look into our peers’ eyes and see beauty. It happens when we love the person that has wronged us. It happens when we study the Word of God. It happens when we cry out to Him in times of despair. It happens when we surrender our ways to the ways of Christ and literally be the hands and feet of Jesus in this broken, hurting world.

One of my favorite ways to worship God is through song. Times of corporate worship in chapel and at church are sacred, blessed times in my life. My two favorite things in this world are Jesus and music, so when I get to take a passion of mine (singing) and use it to give glory to God, it’s a wonderful thing. I’ve spent countless hours in front of a piano, looking up chords on Ultimate Guitar, and pouring my heart out to Jesus. In those moments, I forget where I am. I forget what I sound like. I forget everything that’s going on in my life and I give praise to the One who is worthy. Worship through song has played a huge part in my walk with Christ. Before I worship, I always pray that God will rid me of distractions and reveal Himself to me in a new way. He never disappoints, friends. It’s powerful stuff.

Since I talk about my love for music and singing often, I figured I’d record a bit of my most recent worship time in the Bell practice rooms (great place, by the way). I hope you’ll really listen to the lyrics of this song and let the words “Jesus, we love you” be the cry of your heart.

Love you all! Thanks for reading and constantly encouraging me.

-KT

A poster that was taped on the inside of the door where I was worshipping. Love it.

 

Aaron Merrell

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February 22, 2015

Time for Some Campaignin’

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Hoping everyone had a great week!

I’ve been very busy lately, working on campaign materials and strategies for the on-campus ASG Executive Cabinet elections.  I am running for Director of Social Life, and there have been many hours and staples put into the process.

I’ve made posters, logos, and promo cards for the campaign, and also done lots of planning for the campaign forum tomorrow evening.  Elections are soon, and the entire process has been taxing but extremely fun.   Social-life-poster-2

The next (and almost last) thing left in the campaign is the election forum tomorrow evening.  The forum is a chance for student to get to know the candidates and put names with faces ahead of the elections on Tuesday, the 24th.

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Students will get to walk around the Tipping Point in Land Gym, and visit the booths of candidates running for various positions, and it should be an exciting time for both the students and the candidates.

Hoping everyone has a great week,

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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February 17, 2015

Snowpocalypse

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Okay… so it wasn’t really a “snowpocalypse,” but we were excited for the snow.

Here’s a short little video showcasing how my friends celebrated.

-KT

Mariah McCommon

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February 15, 2015

“Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future”

February 15, 2015 | By | No Comments

I mentioned in my blog last week about this cool conference called M15 that I had the privilege to attend. This conference takes place every four years in different places. The fact that it was in Kansas City this year and I was able to go as a freshman was an incredible blessing!

My friend Jaque and I left Monday afternoon and headed to downtown Kansas City. MNU took care of most of the costs: hotel, the conference, and lunch on Tuesday. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel. There’s 28 floors to that thing and we were on the 17th. I despise elevators to no end because I made the mistake of watching Devil on Halloween one year, but there was no way I was climbing 17 flights of stairs. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. BI love any form of adventure I can get, and being from the country, tall buildings and busy traffic is something to get used to. I’m still not used to Olathe traffic so I hardly ever go anywhere that I have to drive to.

The conference started off with a service Monday evening after dinner and registration. There were five services total with six workshop sessions available. I went to 4 workshops and by the time I left, my brain hurt from all the information. The first one was “Capturing the Hispanic Heart.” Since I plan to be a missionary in a Hispanic country, the workshop touched on how to interact with Hispanics and fully accept their culture.

The next session was called “Hospitable Church.” Shawna, pastor and leader of the session, talked about why the younger generation is falling away from the church. I’ve been wondering about this topic for awhile now and the reasons vary, but the “Y” generation feels relationally detached from the church once they graduate high school. The funny thing is, I am writing a paper for Comp II about this very topic. The information I obtained I am definitely using in my paper. I’m excited about that.

Each service, a different speaker spoke. My favorite was Cheryl Sanders. She was hilarious and you could tell she was on fire for God. She also spoke on the subject of younger generations, but that was pretty much the theme for the conference, hence the motto “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.”

The last workshop I went to had to do with a controversial topic in today’s society: “What to do when a congregant member says, “I’m Gay!” I’ve been curious myself as to how to handle these situations throughout my everyday life. Without getting too much into what was said, it was a great discussion. The panel of people was helpful in the way that different viewpoints were shared.

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Panel of pastors from different churches

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I had to go to this conference. As much fun as it is to be at MNU, being able to skip a couple days of class, not wearing shower shoes, eating at Chipotle and going to Starbucks was definitely a great time. Surprisingly, I ended up getting to bed earlier too. Each night I try to reflect back on my day and figure out what I can do differently the next day. Monday night, there was this beautiful sunset. It was one of those sunsets that was so beautiful that a phone can’t quite capture all of its beauty. I see God in every sunset and I knew when I saw that one that He was ever so present throughout the conference. He hasn’t left me yet either. I hope to attend many more of these conferences in the future. If you would like to know more about the M15 conference: http://www.m15conference.org/

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I hope you guys have a fantastic week. Thanks for reading!! :)

Samantha Moore

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February 2, 2015

Weekend Update

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KT and I whipped this video up this weekend! We were trying so hard not to laugh the whole time our faces look kinda scary during it but we had a blast making it! These are some things you need to know about MNU! Enjoy as much as we did!

~KT and Sam

Katie Linsey

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January 29, 2015

#StopAshton2k15

January 29, 2015 | By | One Comment

The past few days, my friend Ashton has had bronchitis, so she’s been taking lots of Nyquil. In case you were wondering, Nyquil doesn’t set well with Ashton. Although it makes her feel better, she often says strange things and doesn’t remember what happened the next morning. Here’s a few tweets and text messages to illustrate the craziness that has been happening on the first floor of Stockton Courtside since this sickness invaded.

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So, as you can see, it’s been a fun and interesting few days with Ashton in a permanent Nyquil-induced mood. But, in all seriousness, Ashton is an amazing friend that I know will be around forever. Here’s some proof that she’s a supportive, encouraging friend beyond compare.

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You all should get to know her if you already don’t.

The friends I’ve met at college have blessed me in SO MANY WAYS. Wow. God is good.

Have a beautiful weekend, lovely people!

-KT

Haley Raydo

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January 26, 2015

Ten Valuable Things You Learn in College

January 26, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends

The semester is in officially in full swing– I have four tests next week (gross). But writing is one thing I always look forward to.  I love to write about what is on my heart, what is going on in my life, and what I am learning. So I am writing because I am escaping from my stack of books I have yet to pick up. And today that writing will be about all valuable lessons I have learned in college (yay)!

So here it is 10 Valuable Things You Learn in College

1.  There are three valuable things: Academics (grades), Social life, Sleep.  You get to choose two.

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2. No matter how hard you try, no one is immune to a Netflix addiction.

3. You can only do the best you can.

4. You have to learn to say no.  If you don’t, you’ll soon be involved in everything and you will get burned out (see #1 for chart).

5. You can’t focus too much on the past or future.  Learn to live in the present (I wrote a previous blog “Just Stop and Learn to Be on the Beach”). Right now you may be living in the memories of the past, or thinking about all that may happen in your future, but one day you’ll wake up and you’ll miss being in college (also see previous blog “Diary of a College Student”).

6. If your roommate get’s sick ALWAYS disinfect.

7. Staying up late with your pals is (most of the time) worth it.

8. And getting up early occasionally is not the end of the world.

9. Surround yourself with people who only make you and encourage you to be better.

10. Really be dedicated to learn something.  Get really informed about one specific thing.  For me, I love to read about interesting new studies in the psychology field.  So when someone is talking to me and it relates to an article I just read- lets just say I sound smarter than I probably actually am.

And that’s about all I have.  Do you have any valuable lessons learned in college?

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

(Pictures found at http://kickofjoy.com/college-life-best-days/