Category: Church

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

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

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

10 Oct 2014 JaclynHenegar

Responses to Worship and Confession

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Regent University - ChapelLast week I blogged about worship and confession and challenged the student body to spend one full worship song confessing to the Lord. I asked two student leaders from Campus Ministries to respond to this challenge. Read their reflections below: Read more

03 Oct 2014 JaclynHenegar

Worship and Confession: The Same Word

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Regent University - worshipWe 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

28 Sep 2014 ElizabethMorrison

Volunteering and the Struggle Within

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Regent University - Apprehensive faceHello friends. I can’t believe the summer is almost over and that it’s my last semester in college! For those of you who might be just starting, savor every minute of it and take lots of pictures. These are the best times of your life. To begin my school year on a good note, I decided to volunteer at my church to as a crew leader at Vacation Bible School (VBS). You have no idea how scary this is for me.

The photo I’ve included is my “I’m apprehensive face.” Read more

22 Sep 2014 BrianTaylor

Come, Holy Spirit

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Regent University - Convocation Director of Campus Ministries, Jason Peaks said, “It has been a tradition for generations that  Regent University dedicate its new faculty, staff and student leaders to the tasks of service” during the annual Convocation Service. Convocation is meant to be something that not only consecrates each person in the employ of Regent, but also to bridge the faith and fellowship of all who matriculate through the year of education, ministry, and worship.

Speaking at this years convocation was local pastor and Regent University alum Pastor Dan Backens, who is the senior pastor of local New Life Providence Church, a ” 5000 member multi-ethnic, multi-campus church in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk, Virginia.” Read more

05 Aug 2014 ErinCofield

Not Used for Purpose Intended

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Regent University - Not for Purpose IntendedA long time ago, WAY back in 2002, Rick Warren published a book simply titled, “The Purpose Driven Life.” Since then, the book has become the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. Apparently, there are a LOT of people who want to know what their purpose is, and also how to live according to that purpose.

Businesses often outline a purpose, usually referred to as their “mission statement.” Regent University’s mission statement is: “[To serve] as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a Biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.”

What about you? Do you have purpose statement? Do you believe that you have a purpose to your life?

The Bible says you do. God designed you with a purpose in mind. Yes, God designed you with a broad, global purpose (to worship Him and glorify Him) but also a very specific purpose–one that only you can accomplish. Read more

01 Aug 2014 RyanSmith

Show Me Your Ways

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Regent University - Summer ChapelThe red double doors of the Chapel building are propped open and soft music plays as people flock into the sanctuary of Regent’s Chapel. Smiling student volunteers stand in the aisles and welcome incoming guests as they greet one another and make their way to their seats. The music stops, the congregation prays, worship begins, and in a matter of minutes the speaker steps behind the podium and the message begins. Up to this point, it seems to be a typical University Chapel. However, this is not the case.

During the school year Regent hosts its University Chapel every Wednesday afternoon from noon to 1pm in the Chapel building. It is a time for Regent University staff, faculty, and students to come together for a time of prayer, worship, and fellowship as they devote one hour of their workday to the Lord and celebrating the Body of Christ. Speakers include local pastors and leaders, such as Dr. Paul Hardy, as well as international speakers like Heidi Baker and Bishop T.D. Jakes. It is a wonderful time to come together and glean from men and women all over the world and how God is moving in and through them.

However, during the summer, things change ever so slightly. Read more