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Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Prodigal Daughter

Today we have a special guest post from Cal U student Brittney Jones. She saw this picture from Soularium and wrote this beautiful piece. ~*~*~*~*~ Prodigal Daughter When I finally stopped running, I was alone, except for my memories. And I found myself standing before the door I’d run from, years ago. A heavy door, ornately carved, a painting of a man on a cross beside it. I touched the door, fingered the handle, and took an unsteady breath. Last time I had run from this moment and fled toward what seemed easier, what seemed less painful. That I was wrong made this return even harder. There wasn’t a moment when this would be easy. I opened the door. Silence filled the room, stilled my steps, slowed my heart. It was heavy, the silence. It pressed me in a pew, pinned me to the seat. This was my mistake, stillness. This was my trap. My body calmed, so my thoughts could now be heard. Lonely started in my heart,...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 | 9 comments

Getting Stuck – a Review & a Giveaway

We’ve all been stuck in one way or another. Stuck in our relationships, staying with the same path because it’s what we know. Stuck in our perspectives on life, choosing to only see things from one direction. Stuck in our relationship with God, wanting to grow but not knowing how to get out of the rut. The thing is, some of us don’t, can’t, or won’t recognize the ways we get stuck. Neither do we know how to get unstuck. Thankfully, we don’t have to stay stuck. We can move on. We can grow. We can get unstuck. I led a small group this semester based on the “Stuck” material. Jennie Allen gets to the point quickly and goes deep. In this eight-week study, our eyes were opened to see those areas of our lives that hold us back from trusting God and from being all He created us to be. Jennie asks questions that make you give real, honest answers. We found this study was more about being honest with...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 | 14 comments

Don’t Underestimate the Little Things

When I found out I was going to the Olympics, I knew Thing 1 & Thing 2 had to go with me. You see, they’ve been on a an excellent adventure. And what world tour would be complete without a trip to the most illustrious international sporting event? So, we made our way to London. The two stowaways were great travel companions. They got to see lots of famous sites and meet some cool people. While I could tell many fun stories about our experiences, none of them is as exciting as how we ended up with Olympic tickets. My teammate Lynn and I stopped at Westminster Abbey one afternoon to snap some photos and check out the beautiful building. While there, Thing 1 & Thing 2 had their own photo opp. As they were posing, I heard a cheerful voice exclaim, “Thing 1 & Thing 2!” I turned around to see a young lad (that’s what they call them in England, right?) with a bright smile. Most people I...

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 | 0 comments

The Grace Race

Grace. To think that our sins could be forgiven if we just put our trust in Jesus is unfathomable. No checklists. No proving that we’re worthy. It’s hard to comprehend in our performance-based world. Thankfully, in our insufficiency, God extends grace to us. Check out this video featuring Raizel Benn and her thoughts on grace. This video was taken at Cal U and places...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 | 0 comments

New Student Orientation Giveaway

Raizel and I had a great time meeting freshmen and their parents at New Student Orientation yesterday. This is an exciting time of the year as the school’s bustling with activity again. I enjoy helping new students feel welcome and more comfortable at Cal U. There’s so much to look forward to – it’s going to be a great year! As part of our introduction of New Life, we held a guessing contest. Throughout the day 45 people participated, with guesses ranging from 55 to 500. The actual number of Tootsie Rolls and Dum Dums in the jar was 141. Congratulations to Chris King and Richard Anderson, who both guessed 137, for being the closest and for winning a $10 giftcard, compliments of New Life Christian...

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