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2011 Chapel Audio

Olivet Nazarene University

Chapel is a vital part of community life at Olivet Nazarene University. Through these weekly services, each segment of the college community has the opportunity to join with others for worship, instruction, and encouragement to serve. Notable and world-renown speakers regularly address the Olivet community during chapel. By downloading these inspiring and thought-provoking services, you can - along with the Olivet community - be challenged by some of the country's finest speakers any day of the...



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2011 Chapel Audio
Nov 30, 2011 Dr. John Bowling
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God spoke in the past, and He is still speaking today if we will listen. The Christian life is a journey of trust, faith, and listening not of sight. The God who came still comes, and that is the Miracle of Christmas.
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Nov 16, 2011 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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You don’t think God can use you? Not so fast my friend. The good news for us is that God takes our lives - broken or not - reclaims them, reshapes them, and helps us to recover the dreams he has placed in our hearts. When He does that, it’s always a beautiful thing.
2011 Chapel Audio
Nov 10, 2011 Mark Powell
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Paralleling our lives with Moses, Dr. Powell shares how we have been chosen for a specific destiny even though it may require a journey in the desert. God calls us to surrender what we have in our hands even though we may view them as inadequate for His service. He takes our “are nots” and lets the world know I AM.
2011 Chapel Audio
Nov 9, 2011 Mark Holcomb, Bill Bahr, Mike Pyle, Kristy Ingram
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Chaplain Holcomb facilitated an interview with three faculty members about their calling in life and how the Lord orchestrated their steps in the process.
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Nov 3, 2011 Jon Acuff
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We need to give God our whole lives; Sometimes it is hard to hear God; We are not supposed to fix things. These are all lessons we learn from the story of the Prodigal Son. The crazy grace message is that it is okay to be sick and be loved.
2011 Chapel Audio
Nov 2, 2011 Jon Acuff
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Encouragement was given to begin dreaming about closing the gap between what you are now and what you want to be. This is a journey of recovery not discovery; of remembering those thing you used to be passionate about. God has programed us for a specific niche. Listening for His quiet whisper and being patient on the desert journey to the destination are all part of the process.
2011 Chapel Audio
Oct 26, 2011 David Rae
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God’s call on our lives may not be a traditional one. He does call individuals to the market place to be agents of change and influence. This unique opportunity can be fully realized if our foundation is the Word of God. Vocation and a call can be in harmony wherever the Lord places us.
2011 Chapel Audio
Oct 20, 2011 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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Christ was not compelling us to do greater works than his in regard to miracle work which is temporal. He was calling us to find joy in the mundane daily moments of life. Moved by the compassion Christ gives us, we must love one another with simple, self-less acts of kindness. What we do matters to the kingdom of God.
2011 Chapel Audio
Oct 13, 2011 Todd Ahrend
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God has a heart for reaching the world, so we should too. Obstacles can be overcome in order to be either be a “goer” or a “mobilizer.” The mission of taking the good news around the earth is the purpose for which God created us.
2011 Chapel Audio
Oct 12, 2011 Todd Ahrend
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Beginning in the early 1800’s students have been compelled to pray and go around the world in mission work. We have to carefully ask the question, “Why are we doing what we do?” God has used students for hundreds of years, is He calling us to do the same?
2011 Chapel Audio
Oct 6, 2011 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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An atmosphere of confession and repentance was experienced through the retelling of the David’s sin and confession both in word and drama.
2011 Chapel Audio
Oct 5, 2011 Dr. Marilyn McCool
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Dr. McCool shared two keys to effective Christian leadership. The first being, our actions must match our words, because it is the basis of trust. The second was leadership has to be implemented with gentleness. Jesus exemplified these two qualities in his leadership style and is our faithful, gentle shepherd leading us in the way we should go.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 29, 2011 Reverend Dr. Fay Quanstrom
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Who knows where the path God will lead? As we walk in obedience to God, as Queen Esther did, God uses our heritage, natural abilities, and acquired gifts to direct our path with markers along the way.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 28, 2011 Dr. James Deihl
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From the rich story found in I Kings during the time of the wicked rule of King Ahab, Dr. Diehl recounts the story of Elijah’s life. The foundational principles include: 1) Obeying God does not mean that the brook won’t dry up. 2) When the brook in one place dries up God will lead you to the next brook. 3) Great blessings are usually followed by great testing. 4) God is even greater than all of our circumstances.
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Sep 21, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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To be a citizen of the Kingdom of God we must be forgiving people.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 21, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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Twenty-five vitally important truths including practical advice to spiritual formation concepts. The highlights included two key points. 1) We should think critically, but not be critical. 2) God is enough.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 20, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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Jesus came to set us free from anything that has us bound. Through faith and anointing with oil, captives are set free.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 20, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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God gives us dreams, and his dreams for our life cannot be derailed by man. As in Jacob’s life, it seemed he was on a detour to Egypt, but God was still at work to bring the dreams to a reality. In our spiritual journey we must just hold on when life is not moving in the direction we think is best and realize that in the meanwhile God is still at work.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 19, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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Jesus turns to us as He enters our world as Emmanuel. He desires for us to turn toward Him in response so that He can place a New Song in our hearts.
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Sep 18, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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The kingdom of God is has come, but is not complete. We are to be agents of change on this earth by living simply and holding on to things loosely with the knowledge that God is always on the move.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 18, 2011 Dr. Corey MacPherson
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Looking at the life and experiences of Ruth and Naomi, the message declares, “God Is Enough.”
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Sep 15, 2011 Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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In order to be a neighbor as the scriptures instructs, we have to put aside our judgmental tendencies and operate with compassion, humility and love. The life we live will be reframed by listening to a different voice coming from a different place so that “whatever we do” is an act of love.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 14, 2011 Ian Morley, Vice President of Spiritual Life
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Ian spoke on being a bond servant of Jesus Christ. He highlighted three main points to consider: 1) Stay with the master; 2) Serve Him only; 3) Proudly bear the mark of Christ. Our service to God and man comes from the passions, gifts, and abilities He places within us.
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Sep 8, 2011 Dr. Tony Campolo
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Dr. Campolo outlined three important elements we need to consider to be the people Jesus Christ has called us to be . . . risk more, reflect more, and as the spirit leads us, do more that will live on after we are gone. We are not here to make a living, but we are here to give life. We must do what Jesus has called us to do.
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 7, 2011 Dr. Tony Campolo
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We are a generation that was placed here for such a time as this . . . to be agents of God for transformation. Our purpose is to live not just as believers, but as disciples making disciples. Our preparation for a vocation is really a preparation for serving other people in God’s Kingdom where His will is done. We have the victory because we know that although our world is like Friday of resurrection weekend . . . we know that Sunday is coming!
2011 Chapel Audio
Sep 1, 2011 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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As people of faith, we learn to listen to a voice coming from a different place. The voice of God gives us a new and different perspective, and may be calling us to live a life different than the one we had planned. As we stop wondering why we are the way we are, and begin asking how we can be used by the one whom created us . . . we will find His direction.
2011 Chapel Audio
Aug 31, 2011 Dr. John Blowing, University President
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Whatever we need to fultill God's calling on our lives, He already has. God has already placed in your hands everything you need to succeed here at Olivet and to become the person he calls you to be and to do what he asks you to do. When we come before God with open hands; And, we come with what we have, not what we wish we had. God will us our hands for His glory.
2011 Chapel Audio
Apr 28, 2011 Rev. Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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The final chapel of the 2010/2011 academic year is a review of the spiritual highlights experienced in chapel throughout the year. The senior class had the final word with a farewell performance.
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Apr 27, 2011 Dr. John Bowling, University President
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Through the use of the simple fable from India about a cracked pot, the message that God has entrusted the power of the gospel to weak vessels was pronounced. Instead of removing our weaknesses, God just adds his power to achieve his purposes.
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Apr 21, 2011 Dr. Leonard Sweet, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dean of the Theology School at Drew University in Madison, NJ; Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon
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The church is to be a House of Prayer, instead they were using the ABC scorecard (attendance, building, and cash) just like we do today. Both the fig tree and the church were not producing the fruit they were made to produce. As we expand our horizons intellectually and theologically, we need to head the opposite direction in our faith . . . becoming more childlike.
2011 Chapel Audio
Apr 20, 2011 Dr. Leonard Sweet, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dean of the Theology School at Drew University in Madison, NJ; Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon
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In Christ’s final moments before His death on the cross, He actually sang a victorious song from Psalm 22. The song that begins with, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me” ends as song of victory about the work being finished. This was the greatest song ever sung by the only one that could truly sing it.
2011 Chapel Audio
Apr 14, 2011 Wes Siscoe, Senior Class Chaplain
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The senior class under the leadership of their class chaplain, Wes Siscoe, organized the service using members of the graduating class. The band members were all seniors, as well as the choir which sang two songs. Seniors, David Bisaillon and Angela Schiefelein, shared their personal, inspirational testimonies.
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Apr 13, 2011 Various Team Members
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Teams which traveled last summer and in March over spring break shared their stories and pictures. “Bring On The Kingdom to All Nations” was the underlying theme.
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Apr 7, 2011 Rev. Mike Breaux - Teaching Pastor – Heartland Community Church, Rockford, IL
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We have a destiny in Christ, so God’s will is about more about who you are rather than what you do and where you go. He desires to mold and shape us and then point us in a direction. To achieve our destiny and leave a ripple effect on other people’s lives we have to: 1) Risk more; 2) Reflect More; 3) Do something with our lives that will live on past our lives. If we put our hands in the hand of the destiny maker, we will make a difference.
2011 Chapel Audio
Apr 6, 2011 Rev. Mike Breaux – Teaching Pastor at Heartland Community Church, Rockford, IL
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The Lord provides moments for us to freeze-frame and savor. If we are not careful we will miss these opportunities He provides. We must soak in the moments, sing over the moments, and surrender to the moments. Following Christ is as simple as loving Christ and loving His people. Gratitude always trumps entitlement.
2011 Chapel Audio
Mar 31, 2011 Dr. Chap Clark - Vice Provost and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and President of Foothill Community Ministries
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Christ came to set us free, but we cling to things like Bartimaeus usually clung to his cloak. When Jesus called for him he threw his cloak aside and jumped toward his savior. If we are to fully trust Jesus, we have to toss our cloaks of fear, loneliness, and shame and step in the direction of the freedom available to us.
2011 Chapel Audio
Mar 30, 2011 Dr. Chap Clark, Vice Provost and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and is President of Foothill Community Ministries
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Rather than passing by undesirable people in society, Jesus set a perfect example of entering into conversation and relationship with the women at the well. If we are not careful we will pass by these precious people while we are busy doing ministry. There are “hurt” people in our society to which we need to direct our path.
2011 Chapel Audio
Mar 23, 2011 Rev. Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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As Christians we have to purposefully think about what we are thinking about. Our scholarship should not be separated from our piety, there must be an integration of our faith and learning. Our thoughts become our actions, and we need to hold each other accountable to act in ways that exemplify Christ’s love.
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Mar 17, 2011 Rev. John Fischer – Associate Staff Member of Center For Parent/Youth Understanding
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In order to be a Christian effecting our culture you have to: 1) Find out what you believe. 2) Stop looking for what is wrong in the world and start looking for what is right. 3) Become proficient at something. We are what we are, and though we are not perfect, we contain the treasure of the light of Christ anyway, and the closer someone gets to that, the harder it is not to see it.
2011 Chapel Audio
Mar 16, 2011 John Fischer, Center for Parent and Youth Understanding Associate Staff Member, Senior Writer for Purpose Driven Life, Published Author, Recording Artist, Graduate of Wheaton College
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We have been labeled by our society and culture in a negative light. Out of a concern for safety a Christian subculture has developed. Christ has called you to move out into the world as a person that loves Jesus and to be a Christian in culture not a cultural Christian. The word Christian is not an adjective . . . it is a noun - a person. There is no such thing as a Christian anything there is only you. The world needs us and Christ in us.
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Mar 3, 2011 Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University in Pennsylvania
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Jesus' life was one of passion, which was manifested in ways which were at times irrational, excessive and costly. Our Christian walk needs to be passionate, excessive and it will be costly at times, too.
2011 Chapel Audio
Feb 24, 2011 Dr. Jeffrey Thomas, Pastor of Central City Community Church (SkidRow, Los Angeles) 
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Having intelligence does not matter if you do not have a mind to work. Having a made up mind and with God on your side, you can do anything. Never live beneath that which God intended for your life.
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Feb 23, 2011 Dr. Jeffrey Thomas, Pastor of Central City Community Church (SkidRow, Los Angeles) 
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The essence of the Christian walk is faith, substance, and evidence. Now faith is confidence in what we ope for and assurance about what we do not see. When we exercise faith we can be victorious, we can overcome.
2011 Chapel Audio
Feb 17, 2011 Dr. Mark Quanstrom, Professor Theology, School of Theology and Christian Ministry, Olivet Nazarene University
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An essential part of our commitment to Christ is our commitment to study. Our love for Christ manifests itself in our study of God's word, and compels us to a devotion of study in all of the disciplines.
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Feb 16, 2011 Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor at North Park University & Author
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Observing the Jesus Creed will change your world - "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
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Feb 10, 2011 Dr. Neal Woodruff, Professor in the Music Department at Olivet Nazarene University
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Just as the children of Israel were admonished to listen and pay careful attention to God in the book of Deuteronomy, Jesus brings great emphasis to instruction us to listen carefully.
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Feb 9, 2011 Chaplain Mark Holcomb, Olivet Nazarene University Chaplain
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Are you satisfied with only Him? Have you found Jesus to be all that you need, fulfilling all your needs for this life? Chaplain Holcomb created space to deal with how answering these questions through segment of praise and worship.
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Feb 2, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Feb 1, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Feb 1, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Jan 31, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Jan 31, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Jan 30, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Jan 30, 2011 Rev. David Busic, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
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David serves as Senior Pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City.
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Jan 27, 2011 Rev. Mark Holcomb
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A candid interview reveals an even closer glimpse into the life of Ben Zobrist.
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Jan 26, 2011 Mr. Ben Zobrist
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As we experience brokenness before the Lord we assume a position in which He can use us for kingdom purposes. Christ gave us gifts, but does not value us because of our gifts. It is our heart and our obedience that He values.
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Jan 20, 2011 Dr. Gregg Chenoweth
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Christ calls us to excellence in all of our pursuits as we steward the gifts He has given. He wants us to see rather than just look as we discover all that He has for us.
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Jan 19, 2011 Rev. Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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Christ calls us to guard our hearts and minds to obtain peace from Him. The word of God provides instructions about the best things to think about.
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Jan 13, 2011 Dr. Michael Benson, Director of Church and University Relations
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Christ calls us to a sanctified mind, because He cares what we set our minds on and because it demonstrates our love and devotedness to God. Victorious sanctified living includes the sanctification of our minds.
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Jan 12, 2011 Dr. John Bowling, University President
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Dr. Bowling raises the questions, "Do you control your thoughts or do your thoughts control you?" and "What does it mean to have 'the mind of Christ?'"