The amount of fellowship I see among students is one thing that I’ve always appreciated about Regent. It’s amazing what brings people together. It’s even more remarkable that these sorts of gatherings happen regularly. Despite busy class schedules, extracurricular activities, and homework, students always find the time to meet together. Events such as prayer meetings, sharing food, or watching a favorite T.V. show draw students into groups like birds to a feeder.
I enjoy cooking and the end result is often enjoyed by more than just myself. In the three years that I’ve been a part of the Regent community I’ve been a witness to the strength of the love that members of this community have for each other in different forms.
To say that the community fostered at Regent is a support system would be over -simplifying the relationships between students. For example, last year I saw a group of students come together to raise money for a plane ticket home for an exchange student. That goes beyond offering support and sympathy—that’s taking action and meeting a need. I think that is a big part of having fellowship with others. It’s a lifestyle modeled by both Jesus and the apostles in Scripture:
“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers…And they, continuing daily with one accord in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people…” (Acts 2:42, 46,47a).
Getting together and shooting the breeze is great. However, friendship and fellowship is also about taking the initiative to be engaged in the lives of others on multiple levels. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been given hugs, been prayed for, and shared meals with others over the past few years. These are practical ways that people show that they care and I’ve been encouraged more than words can say by those small expressions.
These actions are a reflection of the attitude of service and love that dominated the early church, actions that should be a norm among believers. The love that God has given us for one another is a practical sort. It requires action. So, I encourage you to reach out to those around you. It doesn’t have to be big deal. Just take the time to engage someone. The effects are greater than you know.
In light of midterms, I thought this week’s Realign post should be about a very timely topic: the Discipline of Study. Like most college students, I’ve been studying a lot this past week, preparing for the tests, quizzes, projects and presentations that carry a weighty portion of my overall grade. There has been little time for doing much else because prepping for midterms has been the top priority.
But all this studying hasn’t prepared me for this post like I thought it would. Instead, midterm studying has led me to a new focal point regarding my own study habits with the Lord and His Word: conviction.
Do we ever really study the Bible like it’s essential to life? Do we treat the study of our Lord and His Word with the same dedication we treat our college classes? The answer is probably “no” across the board. We’ll take the time to go to church and sing praises to the Lord, but ask us to spend a couple of hours digging in His Word and we won’t have the time to spare. This must change if we are to be changed, for through study we see the Lord and His overarching story of creation and salvation upon His beloved earth and beyond. Read more
It is probably one of the least thought of things to do for some people, and invariably, it is quite likely the most powerful thing that can change things in the life of a person. What is it? Devotion. We often know that it is something that will strengthen our relationship with God throughout our daily walk, but to see it implemented and incorporated as a teachable moment in the classroom can be one of the most radical and life altering things that a person can ever experience.
I’ve been in several classes throughout my time at Regent University, and the one thing that I can guarantee is that even beyond the opportunity to share your own devotional reflections in a classroom setting, which gives you such insight into how others view God and their relationship with Him, it also gives you insight to your own relationship and how close or even how far you are from what you thought your relationship with Him is. Read more
Hey readers! I hope your fall is moving along well. It’s my last semester of school and I have a serious case of senioritis. Most days I wake up and have no desire to leave my warm bed or do any of the homework that I had assigned to me. Shocking right? I still keep charging up the mountain though, knowing that at the top awaits a diploma and hopefully a job offer. Read more
Our society is addicted to the “update.” Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” and we are happy to answer. What’s on our mind, our plates and our calendars. Twitter asks us to make it concise– 140 characters or less, please– and we edit our experiences down, re-tweeting and hash-tagging accordingly. As soon as we take a picture on our smart phones, we upload it to Instagram, smack a filter on that bad boy, and share it with the world. Whether we are in a meeting, a museum, or a mosque, we are never out of reach from the rest of the world. So what happens when the “convenience” becomes… inconvenient? Read more
We can laugh about it now, but as children many of us watched shows like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. We were enamored by the interactions that took place between the different characters. Whether it was Ernie and Bert, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Mr. Rogers and all of the people in the Land of Make Believe, we all saw what it meant to be in community. On Sesame Street in particular, you’d often see the importance in getting to know the people in your community by singing the song “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?” Read more
We are excited to share a new blog category on the Out of the Ordinary blog: Realign. The purpose of the new Campus Ministries Realign blog series is to further the spiritual growth of students and readers by in-depth studies of the spiritual disciplines. We will share a bi-weekly post and challenge centered around a particular spiritual discipline. We encourage you to respond to the posts and challenges by commenting or submitting responses. Members of our Campus Ministries team will respond to he challenge here on the blog. We look forward to journeying with all of you and exploring the spiritual disciplines to realign ourselves to the Lord.
To kick start our Relaign series, we’ll talk about worship and confession. Read more
As I listened to our Chancellor, Dr. Pat Robertson give his inaugural address at the Chancellor’s Chapel, I was reminded that in everything that we do, no matter how big it becomes, it begins in seed form. As is customary of the first Chapel of the year, Dr. Robertson recounts to the students, faculty and staff of the humble beginnings of Regent University. The key point in it all for me is found in the scripture he quotes which says, “Despise not the day of small beginnings (Zech 4:10).” Read more