Union College

9/10/17 : Project Impact Photos

I wrote last week about Project Impact and how excited I was for that day this year. Unfortunately, I had to catch a 7 am flight out of Denver in Omaha, and wasn't able to participate in the community service. When I landed I could barely talk because of a cold I picked up earlier in the week, and my back was stuck in a bent over position because of a flag football game. I was so pumped about this worship event that we were opening up to the community, but it was all done on such short notice the pieces weren't all together yet. 

Needless to say, the event happened, and I was blessed. A church from Omaha came out to run AV production for us on our very meager budget, the band was put together from various musicians around Lincoln as well as past and present Union students, and despite my inabilities and illness, God blessed! Throughout that day I saw the entire body of Christ at work, from His hands to His feet, and His heart to His voice. 

Anyways, Tim Floyd (Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Mid-America Union of SDA's) went to every event and took pictures all day, which he shared with me! Here are some of my favorites from Project Impact 2017. 

God is good!

9/7/17 : Worship

What does it mean to worship God? 

I think Christians tend to put "worship" in a box that consists of singing songs of praise, or praying. The [practically] exclusive context in which I hear the word "worship" used, is in reference to singing. 

I just want to start talking about worship in a context that is more inclusive of what it is: a lifestyle.

Serving others, praying, singing, preaching, working, learning, breathing! Everything done to the glory of God and in acknowledgement of His presence, grace, and love is worship. 

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Today was Project Impact at Union College, and something like 750 people gathered on front campus before going into the community to serve. I think it is my favorite call to worship that our entire campus takes part in. We literally shut down the campus and worship God through serving the community for about 5 hours in the morning. 

I'm not super satisfied though... this is an aspect of worshiping God that needs to be more prevalent in Christian churches and organizations. I firmly believe that the reason more people don't know, believe in, and worship Jesus is because all they see is some singers, preachers, and church-goers, but not enough people who are making the world a better place. 

I have never been super involved in outreach, or community service. I need to. If I'm not doing what I can, when I can, to make the little corner of the earth I live in a better place, then I'm not truly being a Christian. 

I just wanna worship. So I'm gonna. Starting tomorrow on my way to work. I'll listen to this. 

Then I'm gonna work, and I'll do my best to glorify God there! 

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What are some other tangible ways to worship?

#hmu

PS this was done yesterday but didn't get posted.

8/31-9/1 : The Value of Christian Education

Twice in one week I've missed now. I asked Morgan tonight, "Why did I choose blogging to do every day for a year?" 

Last night, after Union College's first home volleyball game, Morgan and I drove to Hutchinson, MN to 1) see my new nephew Lincoln and to 2) tell Maplewood Academy students how to make smart decisions for their futures (like going to Union College). Around 12:20am we passed the state sign for Minnesota and it felt so wonderful. There's nothing quite like the place that you grew up. 

So I got to meet little Lincoln (more on this tomorrow--he gets his own day), and then I went and shared this handout with all the students. This is my favorite piece to share with prospective students, teachers, parents, and pastors because it is what keeps me passionate about my job. 

Sorry its blurry. If anyone wants to show me how to include a PDF, let me know. 

Sorry its blurry. If anyone wants to show me how to include a PDF, let me know. 

There is a difference that is made when you choose an education that is tailored towards a life of service to God and our fellow earthlings.