09 Mar 2015 FirstNameLastName

Urban Plunge Day One

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This week, several Regent University students are spending their spring break caring for others during the annual URBAN PLUNGE. Follow their journey on this daily blog, and #RUMission on Twitter. Shea Savage ’15 (College of Arts & Sciences) reports on DAY ONE.


Ever since God pressed gave me the desire to volunteer on this trip, my life has been completely topsy-turvy. He provided unexpected financial help and showed me how He’d been preparing me to take a more active responsibility in ministry through prayer, praise and Scripture and even the words and encouragement of friends. He’d brought many identity issues to light and dealt with them swiftly and dramatically. And in this fresh season that coincided with this new semester, I knew He was telling me, “Now take all the glory I’ve poured into you and pour it into others for Me.”


I’ve done homeless ministry before, I’ve done children’s ministry before, and I’ve done youth ministry before, but it’s always been local until now. So in some ways I felt “qualified,” but in another more frightful way I knew I had no idea what I was in for and was completely under-prepared.


I’ve heard again and again the potential woes of short-term missions work, and how great and common the potential for abuse, misuse, condescension and vanity, not actually serving others in Jesus’ name, but serving ourselves and our name in the guise of humility.


I was, and to some extent still am terrified about that possibility. I’d rather not go at all then go with a bad heart and spread my words and actions rather than the Spirit’s. I can’t imagine that I could help anyone. And I can’t.


The thing is, I have a double-minded heart. I have corruption and evil. I have bad intentions. I can do no good thing at all. I am a wretched man, a blind guide to the blind and absolutely devoid of righteousness.

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01 Dec 2014 JaclynHenegar

The Small Voice of Solitude Responses

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Regent University - solitudeLast month I proposed this challenge: Purposely position yourself in a place of solitude by going somewhere with just you and the Lord. Don’t distract yourself with anything else (not even your Bible). Go walk around outside or drink tea at sunrise or whatever/wherever it is you find peace. Let the Lord speak to you in that peace as He wishes and have the patience to listen.

Below are responses from two students who accepted the challenge.

Breanne Thornton, Regent Serves Apprentice, said:

After placing myself in solitude this week, I honestly didn’t have any original intentions of sharing my experience. As I sat in the quietness of the empty chapel, I found it difficult, nearly impossible, to focus on God, let alone hear from Him. Only moments after beginning this silence, I found myself saying, “This isn’t for me.” So, I promptly bumped the challenge right off my to do list.

However, one evening at UnChapel we were encouraged to pick a spiritual discipline to focus on. I was convicted, and I was immediately reminded of my experience just the night before. God reminded me of something He did say. He told me solitude is for me. Just because silence is a challenge doesn’t mean it isn’t something God wants me to learn. Read more

26 Nov 2014 JaclynHenegar

100 Reasons for Gratitude

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Regent University - gratitudeAs Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it appropriate to write this week’s post on the spiritual discipline of gratitude. Now before you write this off as just another Thanksgiving promotional post, let me tell you that this is not a typical preparatory message—at least it wasn’t for me when the Lord was speaking. I want to talk about how to be thankful when the situation doesn’t seem to warrant gratitude.

According to every sitcom in the world and nearly everyone I’ve ever spoken to about the holiday, Thanksgiving is often the day we’re the least thankful. Many of us have crazy relatives in the house (maybe even spending the night in your house) especially if you’re one of those unfortunate souls whose family stays overnight, and sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is implementing the spiritual discipline of gratitude. Read more

24 Nov 2014 ErinCofield

The Struggle is Real–Or Is It?

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At least once a week, I hear this phrase: “I’m just really struggling with… (fill in the blank).”  And I typically respond with, “Are you?  Really?”

Don’t get me wrong.  I know there are times in our walks with God when we are really and truly struggling with sin or doubt. But I wonder if sometimes we’re using the word “struggle” incorrectly.

See, “struggling” indicates a fight of some sort. In order to “struggle” with something, you must be actively involved in trying to get out or away from the thing that you’re struggling with. If I told you I struggled with a bobcat, you’d expect to see some scratches on me.  When the police say there were “no signs of a struggle,” you know no one fought off an attacker.

We use the phrase “struggling with sin and doubt” as though we’re actually fighting against it. So I have to ask again…Are you? Read more

20 Nov 2014 JaclynHenegar

The Small Voice of Solitude

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Regent University - SolitudeWhen it comes to extroverts, I am an extreme example. Even when I’m not with people, I’m doing something to occupy my mind and surroundings with someone or something else—TV shows, social media, books, the list goes on and on. I recently discovered that I am actually terrified of solitude. As depressing as it sounds, I hate myself when it’s quiet. I hate the overwhelming echoes of who I am and who I’m not, of all the things I do wrong and all the things I don’t have the courage to do at all—silence resounds with all the ways I don’t measure up.

But solitude is not meant to be this at all. It’s a beautiful way for the Lord to speak, and for us to hear Him in ways we’ve never allowed him or desired him to do before. We associate solitude with loneliness and scary silence, but the Lord speaks in the stillness more than anything else. Read more

30 Oct 2014 JaclynHenegar

Study and See Responses

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Regent University - studyA few weeks ago I challenged students to practice the spiritual discipline of study. The challenge: For your study sessions with the Lord this week, find a passage of Scripture that is no more than ten verses long. For at least thirty minutes, study and meditate on those few verses with the Lord. See responses from our Campus Ministries team below.

Breanne Thornton, Regent Serves Apprentice, said:

“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. Ask the former generations and find out what their ancestors learned.” Job 8:7-8

These words were spoken to Job to give him hope and direction during a time of great loss. God used these verses to speak into my own life two things: the importance of patience and the importance of learning from those before me. Read more

22 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

Reading at Regent

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Regent University - LibraryOne of the greatest things about the month of October is the fact that all around the country, people are celebrating National Book Month. his is special tome because I love reading books. In fact, one of my dreams is to become a published author. To that end, I’ve spent quite a few hours perusing the library on campus at Regent University. I count it a privilege to know that so many great authors have studied and graduated from here. What’s even greater is that some of their works can be found here. Read more

20 Oct 2014 VictoriaHedman

Reflections on Fellowship

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Regent University - fellowshipThe 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).

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Salmon–cooked by me and shared with others.

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.

17 Oct 2014 JaclynHenegar

Study to See

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Regent University - Bible studyIn 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

16 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

It Only Takes a Moment

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Regent University - praise and worshipIt 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