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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I've found it very rewarding to volunteer at my local firehouse. As the chaplain, and as a firefighter/EMT, I get to show people the love of Christ when they might be experiencing the worst day of their life. - Davis
My husband and I are planning to open a non-profit to help our hometown heroes when they are hurt or killed in the line of duty. We also work with a neighborhood homeless ministry, it's challenging, but so rewarding seeing them love the Lord day by day, too bad the world doesn't help it along. - Michele
We love seeing our students serving and participating in their communities - just as much as we love hearing about your serving opportunities too.
Sometimes I wonder if we realize just how much power there is in serving one another. In 1 Peter 4:10-11 we read "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
Here we see Christ exhorting us as believers to serve one another, using the gifts God has given, in order that Christ might be glorified.
Often my family and I volunteer at our local Food Pantry. Sometimes unpacking food, filling bags or helping to load food into waiting cars. There is something about serving our community together that blesses my heart so much. I pray that I will never become too busy to serve another person, because I know that someday I may need that helping hand as well.
May I challenge you to pause for just a few moments, as we ready our homes and hearts for Christmas, to ask the Lord who he would have you serve. Maybe it's the next door neighbor, the local shelter or someone in your church going through a rough time.
There is power in serving one another - God's power working in and through us to change a world for His glory.
Now it's your turn: What are some ways that you are serving right where you are?
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Finals are wrapping up this week for our students, both residentially and online. As I walk the campus you can feel Christmas in the year with all the decorations and the lights glowing bright along University Boulevard. As students finish up finals this week you can sense the excitement at the break ahead after a full and busy semester. I am sure it is the same for our Online students.
You are busy finishing up last papers and exams, preparing your home for Christmas and hopefully your hearts as well. In the hustle and bustle of the season it is easy to lose perspective on the celebration that is Christmas, as we remember and celebrate the coming of a very special child to this earth. A child that would grow and give His life for mankind.
Because the reality of this season is that Jesus died so that we may live. That is what we celebrate at Christmas, the light that came into a dark world to ultimately defeat death.
I encourage you, that as you decorate your home for Christmas, that as you hang the wreaths and string the lights, that you will remember Christ, the light of this world. That you will also purpose to be a light to someone else, in what can be a dark and lonely place.
And if you get a chance, take a drive down University Boulevard this Christmas and be reminded that Christ lived and died for you, for me, for a hurting world.
Let us purpose together to shine bright this Christmas for Him, the light of the world.
How are you choosing to shine Christ light this year?
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Two weeks ago I sat down with Dan Berkenkemper - Assistant Director of the Liberty University Career Center - to talk with him about how the Career Office serves our online student population. I can tell you that from our conversation, the Career Center Office is an incredible asset to our students and alumni, and holds a wealth of experience and knowledge to help you succeed on the career path you have chosen.
Here is an overview of what I learned about YOUR Career Center Office:
Mission Statement - The Career Center provides professional resources in career planning and employment services to Liberty University men and women, equipping them with the ability to obtain a position that will utilize their God-given talents to impact the world for Christ.
Purpose Statement - Our purpose is to facilitate Christ-centered, positive partnerships and engagement opportunities among students, alumni, faculty, staff and employers locally, nationally and worldwide.
In order to meet their mission and purpose, the career center offers these helpful resources and services:
The staff at the Career Center are here to walk with you, help you connect the dots and mentor you in your career journey.
To request a phone appointment with the Career Center Office you can submit your request here or reach them at their contact numbers HERE. All the above services are free of charge so we encourage you to take advantage of these amazing resource today!
Photo Credit - Ty Hester
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us once again. Every year it seems to come around more quickly than the year before. Like many of you, I will gather around the table with my friends and family, enjoying good food and fellowship.
As a family, per our tradition, we will take time to go around the table and share what we are thankful for.
However, it is often during this sharing time that my mind turns to those that may not be having any Thanksgiving. For some families, putting food on the table every day is a struggle, much less a whole Thanksgiving meal. For some families, there is no table to set the meal on. Work has become scarce and money for bills is in short supply, leaving families in need of much more than just turkey.
So my question is; how can we help serve those in our community that need the love and support of another? Over the last year we have heard from many of you that have chosen to serve your communities in some great ways. You have taken the initiative to become the hands of feet of Christ. Early in the year we shared the story of Karen - an online student that is using her time, talents and skills to serve the residents of a local nursing home.
Other online students are participating in food drives, toy drives, bell ringing, soup kitchens, thrift stores, nursing homes and hospitals. You are choosing to make a difference in your community, and in turn, impacting your part of the world for Christ. Thank you for what you do to serve the body of Christ at large.
If you need any further resources or ideas where you can make a difference and serve, visit the Online Communities Serving Resource Page. There you will find links to locate a food bank, church, hospital, homeless shelter or other serving resource in your area.
We would love to hear about your serving opportunities - we may even pick your story to feature on an Online Communities Blog one week. Feel free to leave a comment below or email us your story.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. Matthew 25:35Posted at 10:53 AM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving and the Christmas are just around the corner. Here on campus the wreaths are being hung and the trees along University Boulevard have been wrapped with lights.
For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. A time to slow down. A time to eat lots of turkey. A time to give and receive gifts.
For many though, the holidays can also hold the sting of loneliness, grief or regret. I wrote more about this in a recent Encouragement Blog Post titled "When the Holidays Are Tough".
If you are going through a tough time we want to share some helpful counseling resources available to you, our Online Students. While not specific to just the holidays, these resources do offer helps in several areas:
No matter what you are facing, we want you to know that we care.
If you have a prayer need, our Campus Pastors are available to pray with you. You can submit your prayer request HERE.
Maybe the holidays are not a struggle for you but you know of someone facing a difficult holiday season this year. We encourage you to step out and encourage them. Maybe invite them over for a meal or a hot cup of coffee. You never know the need you are meeting in their life today.
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8
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