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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

13 Oct 2014 ErinCofield

4 Lessons I Learned From Unfriending Facebook

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Regent University - devicesOur 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

09 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

Community

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Regent University - professor and studentWe 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

12 Sep 2014 ErinCofield

School Year’s Resolutions

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Regent University - School  YearHere we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts.

While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year– but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead. Read more

10 Sep 2014 VictoriaHedman

Reflections on a Boring, Yet Necessary Task

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Here we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts. While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year-- but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead.  This is my oldest child’s senior year. I know that it will fly by, for him and for me. This is the last first day of school he will have in grade school. And on that first day, as I have every year for 12 years, I will ask him about his goals for this year. Every year we set a goal, hoping that by June it is a reality.  Whether it is to make better grades, be more organized, or just simply to pass the class, setting a goal seems to cement the idea that this year will be different than the last.    For the past two years, the kids in my family aren’t the only ones making School Year’s Resolutions in August. My husband and I both went back to school last year and so now we, too, are setting goals, along with making sure we have several sharpened pencils and notebooks for every class.  What about you? What’s your School Year’s Resolution? Perhaps this is the year you complete every assignment on time. Or this could be the year you improve your GPA by 1 point (or more).  But along with our academic goals, what if we evaluated our spiritual state, as well? What if God has something more in store for you? Maybe it’s not the books in your backpack that need to be dusted off, but the Bible on your nightstand. Maybe having a sharpened pencil isn’t as important for you as having a friend who sharpens you (Proverbs 27:17). What is God asking you to do this school year?  Set a goal for yourself this year spiritually and academically. And then make that goal a reality.The end of summer is fast approaching. It feels like I was just getting off the plane in Anchorage, ready to start the summer off and now I’m preparing to return to Virginia Beach and Regent for my senior year of college. The anticipation builds. I don’t know what the new year will bring. It’s as if I’m waiting for a roller coaster to lurch forward–there is a knowledge of what will come, but knowing what the ride is like and actually going on it are two different things. Read more

15 Aug 2014 BrianTaylor

In Times Like This

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Regent University - sunsetThis week was not an easy one for me and my family. We spent the week in mourning as my grandmother made her transition to her eternal home in Heaven. While I can honestly say that I nor my family grieve as others might grieve who have no hope, it is no less disheartening knowing that the presence of my grandmother is no longer with us physically. In traveling back to my home in Baltimore, Maryland, I took note of the many changes that had taken place, not only in the geography, but also in many of the people that I have known over the years. 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

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

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.

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