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
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
Things can all come together for you in ways that you don’t expect. This weekend alone, I had the opportunity to see the premiere of a movie called the Holy Ghost Movie, attend my local church where the subject was dealing with community, and participate in the first CAS Assembly event dealing with the subject of exiles. It all fit together so uniquely in the context of the earlier admonishing of Pastor Dan Backens, the speaker from Regent University’s 2014 Convocation.
The event that was held on this Monday dealt with what it means to be an exile as a Christian. You get so many opinions of that word, and you see even greater how people have felt as a result of their own personal experiences. From one point, you realize that you’re not so different from someone else. In another aspect, you begin to see how someone who has had a different experience is more closely connected to you. In other words, you find your common ground. Read more
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
In 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
As 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