22 Aug 2013 SeretaCollington

They Are Watching

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Regent Univeristy - ComputerTechnology has allowed employers to monitor the actions of their employees in almost all work settings. Funny thing is, even though employees are aware that they are being watched, they sometimes forget and get caught in an act that leads them to lose their jobs.

This same concept is applied to our Christian lives. Jesus said we are the “light of the world” in Matthew 5:14. When we accept Christ in our lives, we immediately become the bodies that He can use and the voices through whom He can speak. He needs us to realize that we are the only visual representations of Him in this world. People around us in church or temple settings start watching us even more closely than before. There are several things I think we have to do when we become the “light of the world:”

1 Create a visual reminder that you are being watched by everyone.

2 Start each day with God and ask Him to monitor your reactions throughout the day.

3  Surrender your words to the authority of Jesus Christ, so that He can help you to think before you speak.

4 Don’t live to please people; live to please God, so that your actions match His standards.

These are not foolproof methods, but they are ways to get started. Like the employees who sometimes forget that their actions are being monitored, sometimes we forget that we are being watched. So, we must ask God to assist us through the power of the Holy Spirit. No one is perfect, but trying for perfection through God’s words can bring you very close.

19 Aug 2013 JennaEdwards

God Always has a Better Plan

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Regent Univeristy - Campus“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Coming home from Regent this summer was a challenge. I had to get acclimated to so much change that it soon became overwhelming and extremely stressful. I had so many things to do and I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive it all. Due dates came and went before I realized it. My schoolwork was really struggling and spending time with family and working too became a hassle. Read more

15 Aug 2013 TracyRuckman

Consider it All Joy

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Virginia Beach Each December, I ask the Lord for a special word from Him to serve as my “theme” for the coming year. 2013’s word is JOY. I was excited to receive this word, expecting great things throughout the year that would provide great joy.

Instead, I’ve had trials. Lots of them. Through the trials, I’ve realized that JOY doesn’t come instead of trials; it comes in spite of them, if we remember to keep our focus on Jesus. (It’s still the summer as I write this, so it didn’t take a whole year to learn this particular lesson!)

I’ve also learned some other things this year – and it seems quite the hodgepodge. Read more

12 Aug 2013 KevinMills

The Butterfly Effect?

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Regent Univeristy - Grounds“And your children… shall suffer for your faithlessness” Numbers 14:33

Edward Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist coined the term “Butterfly effect.” In essence, it theorizes that small actions today can multiply into very large effects up the road. He theorized that today’s hurricane might have likely been the consequence of a butterfly or seagull flapping its wings weeks earlier.

Battening down the hatches upon seeing butterflies in our front yard or seagulls in the parking lot remains inconclusive but one thing’s for sure: our actions today do have consequences tomorrow. Read more

31 Jul 2013 FrederickJones II

The Olive Tree: The Pillar of Life

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Regent University - crestAccording to the Mother Nature Network, trees frame life, providing shade, oxygen, food, homes, heat, and of course, building materials. They also overlook our first kisses and marriage proposals (http://www.mnn.com). One of the most cited trees in the Bible is the olive tree, its fruit the heart and soul of Mediterranean cooking. The olive tree is a remarkable plant that has an enriched ancient usage in history. The Hebrew word for “olive tree” is es shemen, which literally means ‘tree of oil.” It is from a primitive root meaning, “to shine.” It means “richness, anointing, fat, and fruitful, oil, ointment, olive.” It is related to the word shemesh, “to be brilliant,” which is the Hebrew word for“sun,” that brightly shining orb in the sky (http://www.triumphpro.com).  Read more

25 Jul 2013 NathanStump

A Regent Roadtrip

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It’s summer time. You know what that means – road trip! John and I took a Regent Local road trip to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The Outer Banks is only a little over an hour away from Regent University. We grabbed some snacks and hit the road for a day of soaking in the sun at the beach, learning about flight history at the Wright Brothers Memorial and flying kites in the sandy landscape of Jockey’s Ridge. There’s so much more to do in the Outer Banks, you’ll just have to visit for yourself!

Watch our road trip unfold in the 5th episode of Regent Local

20 Jul 2013 NathanStump

A Seaworthy Sight: Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin

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I needed some serious lessons in boat building; allow me to offer a short back story. Each year, the Regent Commons hosts the Regent Regatta, an annual makeshift boat race across the Commons’ pond. I competed in the Regatta during my freshman year and to say the least, my team really needed an S.O.S. Our boat, tragically named the Titanic,  lead us to failure, and in turn, sunk my dreams of winning another boat racing event.

When I learned that the Battleship Wisconsin was in Downtown Norfolk, I decided to pay Nauticus Museum a visit to find tips and tricks for building a better boat. As it turns out, Nauticus was full of history and interactive exhibits. We highly recommend you check this place out!

Check out our 4th episode of Regent Local, featuring Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin.

18 Jul 2013 WendyHarris

Prayer – Monologue or Dialogue?

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Regent University - theatreMy daughter has begun memorizing a monologue for her theatre class. As she started this effort, we had a brief discussion about the difference between a monologue and a dialogue. It made me think back to my prayer times and wonder if this was more monologue than dialogue. Having a dialogue with God can be a difficult thing.

It is my belief that humans are culturally programmed to fill the void. I see this in my occupation when conducting corporate training sessions. As trainers, we refer to the ‘7 second pause’. If I ask a question, it is intended to create discussion and interaction, but occasionally, audiences can be more difficult and resist the interaction. However, I have found that almost without exception, if I can hold myself back for 7 seconds, someone will eventually respond. After doing this a few times, I find the audience warms up to the idea of the interaction and there are fewer hesitations. Read more

16 Jul 2013 NathanStump

Ahoy to Downtown Norfolk

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One thing to mark off my bucket list  - talk with a pirate! In our latest episode of Regent Local, John and I scoped out Downtown Norfolk during the annual Harborfest. Not only did we discover some of the best local food and coffee joints, we also got a taste of the high seas! Harborfest featured pirate lessons, old sailing ships and tons of unique food vendors. We even learned about the origin of the word “Argh” from a pirate!

Downtown Norfolk is about 15 minutes away from Regent’s campus; it’s a hub of culture, food and entertainment. With a shopping mall, international restaurants, concert venues and museums, visitors can spend days experiencing all that Downtown Norfolk has to offer.

Watch our third episode of Regent Local featuring Downtown Norfolk and the Harborfest.

15 Jul 2013 TimothyNargi

Reverance

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Regent University - reveranceI just completed a spiritual formation class with Dr. Mara Crabtree. If you are a divinity student, I recommend you take her course. You will benefit greatly from her teaching.

While in this class, we were discussing spiritual disciplines. These include prayer, solitude, meditation, and being in the Word daily. During these discussions, a book was mentioned and I have since been vigorously reading this book. Read more