25 Feb 2013 SeretaCollington

The Power of Positive Thinking

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I know the phrase “power of positive thinking” is a cliché, like one of those self-help seminar slogans, but when we renew our mind in Christ we need to harness the power of positive thinking. This is not an easy task. The enemy preys where he knows we are the weakest.  Our mind and heart are our weakest links. If we can harness the power of positive thinking into every situation by allowing the Holy Spirit to be our guide, our lives can change, tremendously. With the Holy Spirit as our Guide, we can change in a permanent manner.

The secret weapon is practice. Practice can become perfect when we ask the Holy Spirit to assist us.  With God’s help, I have started taking the steps to positive thinking on a daily basis: Read more

22 Feb 2013 MadelineWenner

A Good Teacher

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Regent University - Madeline skiingI went skiing for the first time in my life over Christmas break. It was a humbling experience; falling down and getting tangled up while six-year-olds zoomed past certainly deflated my ego a bit. I was truly fortunate in having my fiancé, Nate, with me the whole time. He was beyond patient with me. He smiled when I glared up from my powdery mess, helped me up, and gently corrected my posture, ski positions, and movement.

I realized that whether you are skiing for the first time or sitting in a college classroom, a good teacher will act with patience, humility, and a bit of good-humor.

A good teacher shows more patience than he feels, but there are some things he won’t let slide. Read more

20 Feb 2013 JaniceDaynette

Sharing Joy

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Regent University - EllieI love seeing my church family on Sunday mornings. The opportunity to worship God with my church family blesses me each week. Each Sunday, the early morning praise team gathers to briefly run over the service order, the songs, and to pray together. After we prepare for the service, there’s about 15 minutes of precious time when we can walk around the sanctuary to meet and greet guests and members before our service begins. On two particular Sundays, I had the pleasure of speaking to two little girls who happily witnessed the act of discipleship and connected me to His joy. Read more

18 Feb 2013 ChenzyGraziano

Commons Life

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Hi everyone! Here is a quick tour of my room in the Regent Commons. In this video I show you my desk, favorite posters and room items, and of course, the Ramen noodle stash.

14 Feb 2013 WendyHarris

Give the Gift of Listening!

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Regent University- young couple in kitchenWith Valentine’s Day coming up soon, there has been a lot of talk in my house of gifts. Our girls have already learned to drop hints, but we also talk about what to get our friends. My oldest daughter is even considering what to give her boyfriend. The other day, I heard a radio spot that really made me think about what I give (or don’t give) on a regular basis: the gift of listening. Read more

13 Feb 2013 NicoletteAnderson

The Longboarders

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The closest thing to soaring like a bird is riding on a longboard. In this video blog, I featured one of the groups on campus that contribute to the unique culture at Regent- the longboarders.

11 Feb 2013 FrederickJones II

Online Education: You Will Succeed

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Online education has experienced dramatic expansion and growth. Institutions of higher learning continue to increase online course offerings in an effort to satisfy student demand. This exponential growth is possible at all educational levels with the advancement of internet technology, since learning can occur anytime, anywhere. While this promise is impressive, it is not without unintended negative consequences.Regent University - studying

The article, “Feelings of Alienation and Community A
mong Higher Education Students in a Virtual Classroom,”
by Alfred Rovai and Mervyn Wighting, identifies that some online students feel an absence of social support and/or social connection, inability to focus for an extensive amount of time, or may give up when encountered by failure. In addition, students who are not technologically prepared for online courses can experience a negative impact on their confidence to complete the degree program and may become frustrated when they require assistance beyond what an instructor or help desk can provide.

I was a traditional classroom student who commuted from work to school (and vice-versa), and I was stressed the majority of the time. Living in a major metropolitan city, I had to figure out different routes for traffic to make it to school on time because some professors counted students absent if they shut the door, and it was embarrassing because the whole class would stare at the students for being late. Therefore, when I enrolled in Regent University’s  online program, it gave me the flexibility to create my own work and school schedule, and I knew when my assignments were due.

Regent University’s online support system–such as the writing lab, online community support and mentorship, adjunct professors, and professional staff–want you to succeed in your professional career and in your spiritual relationship with God and man. To be honest, my first year and a half was challenging as an online student because I realized that I was a horrible writer. . Regent University’s writing center assisted me with the tools to make writing enjoyable and fun.

If you are struggling to hold things together between family, work and school, and you feel overwhelmed and want to withdraw,  take a moment to inhale and exhale deeply. Find peace within your soul and simply ask God the Father (Mat. 7:8; 21:22) to give you wisdom, knowledge, competence, strength, focus, and drive to succeed with Regent’s online learning program. Allow Him to guide you through the program so that you can graduate from a position of rest.

07 Feb 2013 CarlRogers

The Lighting Professor

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There’s always something new to learn in the film industry. Meet my Cinema Television professor, Jonathan Hout, who gives me the scoop on training to be a cinematographer.

06 Feb 2013 KevinMills

Thank God I Don’t Have to Thank God for Everything

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Regent University - Photo by Blake CortrightIn everything give thanks – but don’t give thanks for everything.

I heard an excellent preacher make this statement one Sunday morning and it’s stuck with me ever since. How many times had I misread 1 Thessalonians 5:18? If you’re like me, you’re most likely not going to look up this reference and see what it actually says – so here it is: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God…”

A series of studies have come out in the past decade seemingly pointing to stress and depression causing a physiological ‘shrinkage’ of the brain. I chuckled at this since it seems to make sense that the more we become inundated with the anxiety, worry and stress around us, the smaller our worlds (and brains) become! Conversely, the more we externalize our focus on others and on God, the larger our world becomes (I guess our brains stay the same size in this scenario… no published research here).

I mention this study to underline the importance of having a ‘thankful heart’ to enlarge our vision, our world and our reality. Dr. Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania) continues to be a trailblazer in the new discipline of Positive Psychology because he teaches the importance of thankfulness, altruistic behavior, and overall getting your eyes off yourself and focusing your life on others.

God is not vying for you to thank Him for everything – rather thank Him in the midst of everything. Another way to represent this is: Love your neighbor in spite of their behavior, but you certainly don’t have to love all their behavior.

Often times I was under the delusion that I had to somehow find the good in the midst of a tragedy. For example, when my mother died, I wasn’t sure if I was somehow supposed to find the ‘good’ and be thankful (i.e. thank you God she didn’t suffer longer?) This didn’t seem right!

God is asking us to show thankfulness in spite of our surroundings, not necessarily for the particular surrounding(s). Consequently, in my scenario, it wasn’t a matter of thanking God for some minuscule ‘good’ within my loss and grief, but rather giving thanks in spite of my loss and grief. I could still thank Him for His faithfulness, love and friendship even though it may not have been presently observable (at least to me).

When you face setbacks or tragedies, remember that God desires for you to develop thankfulness in spite of and not necessarily thankfulness for. 

05 Feb 2013 JoshuaWilliams

Meet My Friends!

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Allow me to introduce you to some of the great friends I have at Regent – some are new, and some I’ve known for over 17 years!