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Nov 21, 2013 Rev. Leonce Crump
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God gave us a redemptive mandate, and there is not reality in which we are here to simply exist. We are a sent people, mandated to establish permanence and invest in the infrastructure of our city. It is to be a long-term commitment intended for the welfare of our city. When we are sent people, our presence will have an impact.
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Nov 20, 2013 Rev. Leonce Crump
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Our cultural narrative is one based on ambition and achievement. God does not rebuke ambition, but he redirects and redefines how this is used in our lives. The description of greatness in the Kingdom of God is best defined as servant-hood. So, in the Kingdom of God we are all called to greatness!
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Nov 13, 2013 Rev. Mark Holcomb
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The way we learn to live the way of Jesus is by finding our identity in the one who created us, and learning what it means to trust. Trusting doesn’t mean we don’t doubt or will never have questions. Trust is coming to the place in our relationship with God where we realize that He will have the last word in every situation, and that is always a good thing.
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Nov 10, 2013 Dr. David Graves
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The secret of God’s transformative power is revealed in the life of Jesus Christ. As He dwells in us we think is thoughts, live His life, demonstrate His love, and offer His forgiveness. This mystery is about impartation not imitation. We cannot live this life, but we allow Him to live in us. We offer our hands, hearts and minds and He uses us. Christ in us is the hope of glory, and we reach perfection when we fulfill the purpose for which God created us.
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Nov 6, 2013 Dr. Louie Bustle
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If you could not fail, what would you attempt to do for Jesus? God gives us a vision which is His plan and plants it as a dream in our hearts. Then we set goals, which is a dream with a date. God has made each one of us leaders in regard to the call He has for our life. As you walk in the will of God you are not wasting time, but focused and determined to do everything possible to bring the vision to reality.
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Oct 31, 2013 Rev. Alan Hirsch
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Together in community we are much better than when we are apart. We can experience God in context of a group in a unique way. Shared experiences and stories bond us and help us grow together in our spiritual walk.
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Oct 30, 2013 Rev. Alan Hirsch
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God made us in His image, but we have in turn made God into our image. Jesus made clear that when we see Him we are seeing the Father. So, our view of Jesus is vitally important. Jesus is both our savior and Lord and sets the agenda for our lives. Clarifying our image of Jesus based on the word of God and His life is critical in our spiritual journey.
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Oct 23, 2013 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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Chaplain Holcomb interviews three urban missionaries from Chicago – Kourtney Seaman, Derek Diehl, and Carlos Lonberger. The story of their call to the city and how they are living out the mission is a compelling account of how God is working in everyday settings through lives committed to serving Him.
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Oct 23, 2013 Dr. Daisey Dowell
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God uses the good experiences and bad ones from our past to help shape our future. These experiences equip us to help our brothers. Stir up the gifts God has given you and prepare to serve Him. Don’t offer God anything that costs you nothing. As we are obedient God will fulfill His Word.
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Oct 17, 2013 Rolf & Debbie Kleinfeld
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The kingdom of God is only limited by our obedience to go to the places God calls us to go. Christ chooses to work through us to bring the world His message of light, life and hope.
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Oct 16, 2013 Rolf & Debbie Kleinfeld
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We have been reconciled with Christ and are His ambassadors to the world. Christ uses instruments, such as a stick in Moses life, or people to accomplish his purposes. What if we were available for His purposes?
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Oct 10, 2013 Mrs. Lynne Hybels
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The 2013 recipient of the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award shared from her passion to be agents of change in a world full of injustice. In her discourse she states that the antidote for despair is action, and behind every manifestation of injustice there is beauty that God created. Our call is to uncover and reclaim the beautiful. In a world full of need we are prompted to ask, “What is mine to do?”
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Oct 10, 2013 Rev. Steve Spears
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Fear can paralyze us from moving forward with God’s plan for our life. In reality we have nothing to fear, because He has promised to be with us through everything he calls us to do. God has not called us to be successful, but He has called us to be faithful.
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Oct 2, 2013 Rev. Scott Sherwood
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Immediately following the launch of his ministry Jesus ministered to the socially marginalized: a leper, a Gentile, and a mother-in-law. The model is clearly portrayed that when we receive we serve, which in turn results in the pattern repeating for the building of God’s kingdom.
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Sep 26, 2013 Rev. Mark Holcomb
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Those who are in Christ are a new creation. When our hearts are in line with God’s we can be who He wants us to be, and are enabled to live in ways that are about His Kingdom, not ours. The process is transformation, not behavior modification. It is a God-thing – a nature change – the old is gone, and the new has come.
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Sep 25, 2013 Dr. Gary Sivewright
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Everyone needs a place like Bethany in their life! Jesus found respite among friends in Bethany, because it was a place where expectation allowed miracles to happen. It was also a place of love and acceptance.
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Sep 18, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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Our heavenly Father assumes the responsibility of getting our attention. As we walk in obedience He intervenes and directs our path. If we are listening He is involved in our decisions and direction.
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Sep 18, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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Up until the time of John’s ministry, which prepared the way for Jesus, we were subject to the methodology of the old covenant. Jesus Christ represents the new covenant and the Kingdom of God. His love for us calls us into relationship with Him.
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Sep 17, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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Jesus is God! Jesus emptied himself of all that made him God during his earthly life. He was a man filled with God and sourced with God in the form of the Spirit at the point of baptism. The fullness of the Spirit is an intermingling of our person with God. He saturates our entire being in the New Covenant which is based on a DNA type of relationship with the Heavenly Father.
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Sep 17, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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Becoming a part of the Kingdom of God is about responding to His call to become one with Him. Apart from Him we are nothing and not complete. A whole new being is created from the togetherness that takes place when Christ lives in us.
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Sep 16, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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The power of Jesus Christ is transformation. He offers a complete nature change, which is not something we work for or earn. He offers the complete package of His fullness living in us.
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Sep 16, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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When the Lord is before and within us, He consumes every part of us – our heart, our emotions, and even our physical bodies – to the point that we live lives that are joyful and hopeful.
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Sep 15, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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Jesus Christ proved Pentecost because he was a man. God shows himself through the life of the man Jesus. He was sourced by God to perform miracles, and the signs and wonders always served as a way for Jesus to point us back to the Father.
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Sep 15, 2013 Dr. Stephen Manley
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God shows himself in the man and his death. God is always before us; He is our focus, serves as our guardian, and fights off what distracts us from focusing on Him.
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Sep 12, 2013 Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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When we look for God we find He has already been looking for us. He invites us into a reconciled relationship with Him and others. Our hearts cannot be broken by the things that break Gods heart .. until we have the heart of God.
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Sep 11, 2013 Michael Poff, Vice President for Spiritual Life
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After featuring the Spiritual Life groups, a message regarding the hopefulness of the Gospel was shared. God takes our brokenness and makes us new. He is able to recycle our broken lives for His glorious purposes.
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Sep 5, 2013 Rev. Gabriel Salguero
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Biblical loves transforms us and how we relate to others. This lifestyle of love is a call to living radically and loving radically. Covering the naked, feeding the hungry, giving a drink to the thirsty, welcoming a stranger, and visiting the convict is what we are called to do …. anything else is not the Gospel.
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Sep 4, 2013 Rev. Gabriel Salguero
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Power is only good when it is used in service of others. We all have been given various levels of power, and Christ trusts us to be His Ambassadors in the world. It is not always “safe” to follow God’s plan … but it is good. We are called to replicate the picture of incarnation … Christ coming to live in and among the world in servant leadership.
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Aug 29, 2013 Rev. Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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What if the hope for the future, that God puts in us, began to shape the reality of the present? What if we allowed God to empower us to live the way He intended … right here … right now … right where we live? What if?
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Aug 28, 2013 Dr. John Bowling, University President
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You can come to grips with your true identify in Christ, because of His prevenient grace. He has adopted you; He has redeemed you; You are His child, and He loves you.
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Apr 25, 2013 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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In a look back at the past year’s chapel services there is a thread of hope which links our experiences together. Our fall revival speaker captured it well when he spoke of being “a prisoner of hope.” Hope brings life and strengthens faith. Our hope, established in Christ, shapes our vision of the world.
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Apr 24, 2013 Dr. John Bowling
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References to fire in the Bible are both a symbol of God’s presence and a sign of God’s gift. In order to keep this gift of God burning, we have to clear away the ashes, add fuel, and offer ourselves as living sacrifices. As the academic year comes to an end, Dr. Bowling exhorts the campus community to keep the presence of God alive in our lives, and as we go… to fan the flame.
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Apr 18, 2013 Dr. Duffy Robbins
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A look at the story of the rich, young ruler reveals the wisdom of asking good questions, having the right attitude, and making good choices. Great scholarship can be achieved by applying these nuggets of wisdom in our approach to academic.
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Apr 17, 2013 Dr. Gregg Chenoweth
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From the story of the women caught in sin, we learn that Jesus’ doodling in the sand was a secondary activity to focus the primary one: hearing from God, on the spot. With incisive wisdom, Jesus turned the trap into deliverance for the woman. Our heavenly father is available to speak to us in real time so that we can meet the challenges of culture and draw lines in the sand.
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Apr 11, 2013 Kyle Boone
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As a result of a four-year education at Olivet, a student ends up with more than a diploma. Defining moments which impact lives, do not show up on transcripts; But by embracing opportunities for growth a life can be changed for eternity. Someone’s life depends on our preparation both professionally and spiritually speaking.
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Apr 10, 2013 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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Fifteen teams of students traversed the globe last summer and over spring break this year on mission trips. Stories from these trips are shared through testimony and pictures with the exhortation to “Bring On The Kingdom!”
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Apr 3, 2013 Mark Holcomb
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In regard to Jesus Christ, our answer to the question, “Who do you say that I am?,” shapes every decision we make. The issues of social drinking should be processed through the context of this question as well. We should involve Christ in all of our decisions; and realize the impact that our decisions have on others.
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Mar 28, 2013 Roy Schwarcz
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Rev. Schwarcz is a Messianic Jew with keen insight regarding the significance of each element of the Passover meal. The traditional Jewish ceremony and each element points directly to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The thread of the redemption story is woven throughout the scriptures and history.
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Mar 27, 2013 Bill Gaither
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Legendary songwriter, Bill Gaither, shares about the lifestyle of generosity being incorporated into the spiritual journey. Generosity begins in a heart of gratefulness and is used in the kingdom of God to accomplish His purposes.
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Mar 21, 2013 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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Embedded in the story about Jesus healing the paralyzed man, is the story of true friendship. In Christian community friendship is defined by not turning away, by gathering around the needy, by confronting destructive ways, and not being afraid to speak up. Our friends lives may depend upon our acts of friendship toward them.
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Mar 20, 2013 Matt Smith
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Our savior walked before us and knows our pain and suffering. We do not journey alone, because He in on the journey with us. We walk in the shadow of the cross which emanates from the Light of our heavenly Father.
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Mar 14, 2013 Ian Morgan Cron
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God and the trinity can best be described tonally - the harmony of three notes filling the space of silence. The spiritual discipline of silence is often neglected, but in actuality is the incubator of the soul, and best eco-system for spiritual growth. God is always present and available, we just need to create space in our world for silence so we can hear Him and he can speak into our lives.
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Mar 13, 2013 Ian Morgan Cron
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The message of the gospel simplified is – we are loved. The purpose in our life is to believe we are loved. We can offer God’s love consent to plumb our depths and transform us. Our Heavenly Father beholds us and we are compelled to behold Him.
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Feb 28, 2013 Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassel
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Our Wesleyan tradition encourage us to know the Lord with our heart, soul and mind. The reality of our conversion …. I was blind, but now I see …. is the only word we need. God changes us and makes us an agent of change for His world. The quintessential premise of our faith is the reality that God is available to us, wants to live in relationship with us, and can change us.
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Feb 27, 2013 Rev. Dr. Samuel Vassel
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God has revealed Himself to us; the revelation has been recorded; the record is reliable. The epitome of the revelation is seen in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The realty of an eternal God demands a response.
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Feb 20, 2013 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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God’s desire for His children to live lives of purity is by design. The standard of holiness is not compliance to a set of rules, but a way of life in which we can experience all of God right now, on this earth. Issues of purity are not merely physical issues, purity is tied to our heart and soul; our walk with the Lord is exemplified when we walk in purity.
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Feb 14, 2013 LaMorris Crawford
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We may be unique, but we are all born as sinners, and we have got to die to leave here. God is birthing our future and we must: forget the past, know who we are, and go big. Step into what God has for your life!
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Feb 13, 2013 Dr. Mark Quanstrom
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As we consider the meaning and symbolism of Ash Wednesday, wisdom compels us to consider that we are from ashes and will return to ashes. Let us so live that we might die well.
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Feb 7, 2013 Derek Melleby
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God has calls us out of the world’s story, into His story; He gives us a role and gifts us to play that role. The journey through college is a time to develop our mind, discover our gifts, and discern God’s call. God calls everyone to love Him, and to love and serve our neighbor. Going to college increases our serviceability for God.
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Feb 6, 2013 Chaplain Mark Holcomb
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When we talk of heaven and hell, we don’t always know what to say. Do we soften our view of hell to make God more palatable, or strengthen our view to make heaven more desirable? In a candid discussion we seek, as the Church, to answer those questions.
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Jan 24, 2013 Amy Smalley
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A candid talk about viewing men and future relationships through God’s eyes.
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Jan 24, 2013 Michael Smalley
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A candid talk about the reality of the trap of pornography in our world.
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Jan 23, 2013 Michael & Amy Smalley
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God has a dating plan … are we following His plan or our own plan? When we surrender our plan He is able to work his perfect plan in our lives.
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Jan 23, 2013 Michael & Amy Smalley
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God has a dating plan … are we following His plan or our own plan? When we surrender our plan He is able to work his perfect plan in our lives.
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Jan 17, 2013 Mr. Mark Mittelberg
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Christ calls us to be lovers of truth, not just defenders of a particular position or worldview. There are twenty key evidences that support the Bible’s authenticity. This evidence all points to the cross of Jesus and His Word as truth.
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Jan 16, 2013 Mr. Mark Mittelberg
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Faith is belief and action based on something we consider to be trustworthy. There are many paths used to discern faith, but the “evidential path” employs a combination of logic and evidence and leads to a faith rooted in truth.
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Jan 10, 2013 Rev. Mark Holcomb, University Chaplain
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When it comes to truth there is no ambiguity – there is a line in the sand. We are compelled to seek truth and certainty, but at the same time to honor each other along the way with charity. In conversation, and lead by the holy scriptures, the chapel theme will navigate topics of heaven and hell, purity, social drinking and friendships.
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Jan 9, 2013 Dr. John Bowling, University President
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Embedded in the rhythm of life, this world of uncertainty and change, there is a sure and steady presence – unseen, but not unknowable. By trusting our lives to that which is unseen that transforms what is seen into a deeper reality we exercise faith – being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.