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Reflections on the Motor City | KJ Mack

Reflections on the Motor City | KJ Mack

Thoughts from KJ Mack on our College Ministry’s trip to Detroit over Spring Break:

 

Detroit.

This was my destination for spring break. If that statement sounds like an oxymoron, that is probably because it is. Warm weather was nonexistent, there were no tropical beaches, and I was not staying in a luxury resort with scenic backdrops. Quite the opposite, actually. I became acquainted (somewhat) with a new type of cold, the closest thing to a beach I saw were the ice sheets flowing over the Great Lakes, and a children’s Sunday school room became my bedroom for a week. Nevertheless, my time in Detroit was without a doubt one of the best weeks I have ever had.
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Ambassador; it’s more than just a title

Ambassador; it’s more than just a title

Have you ever looked up the word ambassador? To be honest I hadn’t ever.

To me that used to be some governmental term that went in one ear and out the other. The term was covered in classes or appeared in sentences and I just assumed I knew enough about it and that it didn’t pertain to me at all. I wasn’t a history buff and didn’t care to know what was going on around the world (don’t worry, I am trying to work on this as I am now an “adult” in society’s eyes).

So what made me interested in something that left little spark in my mind previously?
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God Will Get There | Bennett Lax

God Will Get There | Bennett Lax

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

Over the past six months, I have been blessed with more opportunities to draw close to the Lord than I could ever deserve. Certainly, there have been more than I could ever have imagined. Coming from a Jewish background in which I was reasonably comfortable, I would have told you that my knowledge of God was complete, that it was correct, and that it was the center of my values and beliefs.

 

    Funnily enough, I would have been wrong on all three of those claims.

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Joseph Should Be Remembered | Meg Hoffmann

Joseph Should Be Remembered | Meg Hoffmann

Joseph deserves more credit. I tend to be one of those people that skim over Joseph and continue on to the part about heavenly hosts and shepherds. Sure, I know he’s there and he does what God says and all that, but really, he doesn’t play that much of a part, right?

 

Wrong.

 

Over the past month leading up to Christmas, I’ve been reading all the different tellings of the Christmas story in my Bible, preparing my heart for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Over and over, I’ve noticed something I’ve never really noticed before. Joseph is one of the most incredible examples of faith, trust, and belief in the Bible.

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Prepare Him Room | by Anna Maria Gardiner

Prepare Him Room | by Anna Maria Gardiner

The long awaited Christmas season has finally arrived—the Christmas music is playing

on our radios, our neighborhoods are slowly beginning to glow from Christmas trees shining through the windows, gift displays are filling the stores, and the Hallmark Christmas movies are in full swing.

Each year, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas season, excited for the cozy nights spent at home with family, the beautiful Christmas services at church, and the extra time to truly reflect on the reason for the season—the humble birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Word becoming flesh. However, if you’re like me, it often seems that I reach the end of Christmas and look back thinking “I had such greater intentions for this Christmas season.” Maybe it’s the busy holiday schedules… maybe it’s the temptation to use Christmas break as a time to be lazy… maybe it’s the distraction of earthly gifts… maybe it’s just a big ole’ mix of all these things.

So the question that we must ask ourselves is: “How can I be proactive now in preparing myself and my heart for what God has planned to do in me and through me this Christmas?”
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2018 Fall Retreat Sessions

2018 Fall Retreat Sessions

The theme of the Retreat was Abiding with God. Through the sessions, praise and worship, community time and individual devotions, we sought to answer the question, What does God want out of His relationship with us? The answer is intimacy. We spent our time fleshing out what intimacy with God looks like, what it means to find our home in Him and how this affects our relationship with the body of Christ. We are most ourselves, and most available to others for God’s purposes when we learn how to abide with Him.

Session 1: Intimacy: the Nature of Our Relationship with Christ

Session 2: What Does it Mean to Abide?

Session 3: My Responsibility in Abiding

Session 4: How Intimacy Equals Community

Coming Down From the Mountain

Coming Down From the Mountain

Exodus 34:29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai, that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his [God’s] speaking with Him.

When we have been on the Mountain with God coming down from the mountain is a challenge for both us and those we come in contact with at the bottom.

It is a challenge for us because our hearts have been changed. We have been with God. We have seen Him as He is, we have come to understand Him in new ways and evaluated our lives accordingly.  We have also encountered new truth, been given space to be moved by the spirit and have come to new resolutions. In short, our faith has been renewed and we have repented of the frivolous things in our lives. These moments are powerful as all encounters with God should be.
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First College Welcome Week 2018

First College Welcome Week 2018

Welcome Week, or some form of it, has been going on this week at the University of South Carolina and other midlands colleges. This mission field of over 40,000 students is just a few city blocks away from us. Be in prayer for our students as they get into their regular school routines and build relationships with other students in their classes, residence halls, and apartments. If you have a college student that you would like to send our way or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer with First College Ministry, please e-mail Rob Nicholes.

See what’s been going on in this video below.