Category: Community

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

18 Sep 2014 RyanSmith

The Legacy Left Behind

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Regent University - Orientation LeadersIn June, the monotonous slow crawl of summer was broken by the sounds of laughter and shouting as incoming freshmen flooded Regent’s campus. It was SOAR, Summer Orientation Advising and Registration, and droves of young high school grads had traveled from all over to come get their first glimpse of Regent as an accepted student. A large banner flew high over the Library Plaza and bright colors adorned every doorway – blue, orange, green, purple, pink, and red. Regent was coming to life, not in an eerie way like Frankenstein’s monster resurrected from the dead, but more like the budding blossoms of spring that seem to remember their old song as the sun calls them forth. Now the sun was shining on me, and in the same way, an old forgotten song from my own time here at Regent had begun to stir deep inside my chest. I recalled earlier days when I first stepped on that very same brick-paved plaza. Read more

15 Sep 2014 BrianTaylor

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

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Regent University - communityAs we begin the process of a new school year on campus at Regent University, there is all kinds of buzz going around in the wake of the recent deaths of both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall; especially in light of the circumstances surrounding the death of Robin Williams. Both of these actors made great contributions to the world of film and stage. Read more

07 Aug 2014 ElizabethMorrison

Mission Trips: Let’s Try Something New

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Regent University - sponsor childHey readers! I hope your summer is going swimmingly (pun intended)! This summer, I’m focusing largely on this blog and my personal blog, along with gaining support and sponsors for the charity I am involved with. Every summer I find myself stuck in the house with nothing to do, having surrendered to the oppressive heat outside. I thought it was time to actually do something productive!

I am a child ambassador for World Vision International. We provide kids and communities in poverty with the resources to start building a decent infrastructure in their area. I’ve been sponsoring a child in Costa Rica since last April. She’s six years old and is entering the 1st grade. Her dad is a farm laborer and doesn’t make enough to send her or her sisters to school. Having learned this, I stepped in. A few months later, I applied to be an ambassador. I was accepted and given the task of finding sponsors for 10 kids a year. At first, I thought this would be the easiest thing I’ve ever done! However, I was so wrong. Read more

02 Aug 2014 BrianTaylor

All In How You Face Your Mountain

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Regent University - mountainsMy family and I recently visited nearby Mt. Trashmore. It’s a local park with all sorts of activities you can participate in. There are trails where you can literally walk around the “mountain.,” which is actually a large man-made hill that used to be a landfill (thus the name). There’s a lake and all sorts of food trucks with unimaginable treats. You have a spot where live concerts can entertain you, as well as a play area where kids of all ages can run and play around until their little hearts are content. My children even climbed a couple miniature mountains that were designed just for them.

While my family and I were there, one of the things I observed was the number of people who went up the actual mountain. Some chose to go up the steepest part, while others went up the side with the easier path. There were those who chose to take the stairs, while others only went as far as the middle point. Then you had some who went to that same middle spot, took a breather, and then went on their way to reach the top.

It reminded me how each of us has a choice in life. We all face mountains in our lives. Some of us will face it head on and run head long for the top while others will choose to stagger their trek. There will be some who will go part way and rest before going the distance. The greatest thing that you can do when you are facing a mountain is making the decision to do it.

Each year, thousands of students are choosing to come to Regent University with various goals, whether it’s to give themselves a better life and career, to get equipped to change a nation in the call that God has put in their heart, or to discover who they really are as a person. Whatever the reason may be, understand that it all begins with making a decision.

You don’t have to face the mountain in some cookie cutter way. The way God set things up for me isn’t and won’t be the same way God sets it up for someone else. We each see the beginning of the journey and know that there is a pinnacle to reach. There are great people we’ll meet on our climb, and the pace is attainable. I encourage you today to see the mountain, not as a mission impossible, but as wholly attainable. No matter what challenges have been put before you, with the right perspective, and a determined heart, you can make it.

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

30 Jul 2014 VictoriaHedman

Counting Freedom’s Cost

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Regent University - Forget Me NotThe Fourth of July is a day of commemoration, as well as celebration. It’s the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, making us a nation separate from England. It is also a day where many take the time to honor and remember those people who have served and died to protect our nation and our freedom as Americans.

Several people in my family have volunteered themselves to military service and have instilled into the younger generations an appreciation for that sacrifice. But as I was reflecting on this holiday that we know as Independence Day, I found myself going a little deeper than the top layer of patriotism, fireworks, and good food and focused instead on a more… spiritual meaning behind the day. Read more

07 Jul 2014 BrianTaylor

Charity Is Love

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Regent University - serviceI’ve spent my entire life with a chronic illness known as Sickle Cell Anemia. I, like my father before me who died when I was only eight years old, have faced many hardships. But God has been very gracious in that He has not allowed me to endure as many other who are like me. My personal trials have included severe leg ulcers that have prevented me from walking for months at a time; chronic joint pain that caused debilitating swelling in my hand as a child, often to three times the normal size; and I also have pulmonary hypertension, medical speak for high blood pressure in my lungs, which makes it difficult to pump oxygen throughout my body. Read more

06 Jun 2014 RyanSmith

Simmer

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Regent University - Virginia BeachIn the summertime, Regent takes on a new personality. Classes slow down and the buzz of student activity dies down to a quiet hum. As the heat outside goes up, it seems life in general has started to cool down.

By the time the school year was coming to an end, most of my peers had already begun buzzing about what they planned to do with their summers. The majority of them were headed back home, setting out to see past friends, work old jobs, and loaf around as much as possible. Others were going out to complete internships – boosting their resumes and gathering new life experiences. Another group chose to leave the country, spending their free months travelling the world and serving the Lord through missions.

I, on the other hand, had opted for a different path. Read more

14 Mar 2014 LeilaMills

Richmond Mission Trip Day 6

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Regent University - Jana and LaurenWe made the most of our last day of ministry in Richmond. From tutoring in public schools to digging in the dirt, our team had a jam packed day working in the community. Thank you for praying for our team throughout our trip!

Spring: Today I got the opportunity to hang out with some awesome kindergartners at Chimborazo Elementary School. Although considered one of the best schools in the neighborhood, the school still needs assistance. In our classroom, we got to go through reading stations with the kids and bring them to lunch. I had an awesome opportunity during the reading stations to minister to one of the girls named Spring. Read more