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A Worshipping Lifestyle

Andrew Chesebro warned us of the dangerous dichotomy of “sacred vs secular”. Three reasons the dichotomy is false:

  1. God made all things good before the fall.
  2. Because we have fallen hearts, all things are secular.
  3. All of life is worship.

He begged the question, “are you mastered by things in your life or are you free to enjoy them rightly?” He said that we should allow all things in our lives to point us back to Christ.


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The Local Church

Jason Meyer and his family paid a special visit to us during project. While he was here, Jason gave a talk about the great value of being part of a local church. He quoted Jim Elliot saying, “Wherever you’re at, be all in.” He shared about the common sins of both older leaders in the church and young college students. He said the older  leaders can get stuck in tradition whereas college students can get caught up in thinking they have right theology and are further along in their faith than they are when they really need to learn to walk faithfully and humbly. He emphasized that we’re really not who we think we are until we are a part of a local church, for it is there that our love for the church is truly tested.  He also reminded us that God didn’t just save us as individuals but as the “household of God” (I Tim. 3), an entire people, and as such, we are a family in God’s house.

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Meditation

Jared gave his last talk about Bible study this time emphasizing the importance of meditation. He defined meditation as “continued or extended thought, reflection or contemplation.”  The fuel of our meditation ought to be scripture.

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*Elijah: Great Courage and Great Fear

In this talk, Dan walked us through the story of Elijah when he challenged the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18-19. Elijah showed both great courage in the Lord and in trusting the Lord to show Himself when he challenged the prophets of Baal, but he also showed great fear in running from Queen Jezebel when he saw that God's mighty miracle did not cause the whole nation to repent. Dan drew out a number of comforts from the story: 1. God is more committed to His glory than we are. 2. God will break your arm to show you more of Himself. 3. All things work together for your good if you are in Christ and called according to His purposes.

Conclusion: Take "risks"! Our God is Yahweh, so jump into the story.

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Family, Friends, and Evangelism

Charlie Schumacher starts by sharing the story of how one of his brothers came to Christ and how one of them is still not interested in the Gospel. Charlie then looked at Jesus’ family and how Jesus said that He came not to bring peace between family members but that the Gospel would cause divides between natural families. He explained too that Jesus was the perfect witness to God in His earthly family and yet many of His family members did not believe Him until He was resurrected. He closed by redefining family according to the Bible and Jesus words in Matt 12:46-50.

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Yahweh Shalom: I am Your Peace

In this Theme Training talk, Cecka talks to us about God’s name, Yahweh Shalom which means, “I am your peace”. He defines peace as = Shalom: to make whole/complete. A deficiency restored. He then shared about how God says to us, “Peace be with you” and how He sent Christ as the mediator of that peace. He then launched into the importance of discipleship and how through discipleship we are sharing God’s peace with others.

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Applying the Gospel to Work

Jared Wass, Campus Outreach Minneapolis Mobilization Director, came and spent a few days with us last week. During that time, he gave this talk. He shared with us how work is from God and it is not a “necessary evil” but a good thing that even God Himself did.

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Into the Unknown

Michael Wickenheiser introduces two new practical ways for students to approach studying the Word of God- specifically, the “word study” method and the “chapter/book” study method.

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Make Him Known to All Nations

Tim Devane discusses the need for the gospel to go forth among the unreached people groups of the world, laying out some heavy statistics about the state of the gospel in the world and encouraging students to think and pray seriously about dedicating their lives to reaching the unreached.

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Evangelism & Everything Else, Total Truth

Charlie Schumacher spoke to us this week about how Christianity is a TOTAL truth, not compartmentalized truth for our lives. He reminded us that we are called to honor and worship God in all that we do. And we are called to not only share the Gospel but MUCH MORE. The overarching purpose of our lives is our sanctification, part of that is to enjoy each other in marriage, to work, to glorify Christ in school and every other arena. Charlie called us to no longer compartmentalize but to glorify Christ in all that we do.

He showed a video from youtube called “Beautiful Earth HD” if you would like to look it up yourself.

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*Epaphroditus: The Forgotten Leader

Dan shared with us about the servant-hearted, humble leadership of Epaphroditus who worked with Paul. He travelled 800 miles to bring support to Paul while he was in prison. Dan challenged us to be like Epaphroditus, servant-hearted, humble, plodding visionaries.

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Yahweh Nissi “I Am Your Banner”

Michael Owczarek walks students through another name of God- Yahweh Nissi “I am your Banner.” We are completely dependent on God to fight for us in the war against sin because we cannot fight on our own- we trust in God’s work of freeing us from the penalty, power, and presence of sin. 

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Yahweh Nissi: I am Your Banner

In this theme training Lucas Cecka told us about how God says He is our banner. A banner is an important symbol in warfare.  It represents the nation and what the nation stands for. It is placed on a pole for all to see and it is a symbol that the soldiers followed. Israel’s banner was God and the reason they ever experienced victory was because of the Lord Himself fighting for them. Cecka then challenged us to pray more. He addressed the reasons we do not pray and then covered 7 reasons that we SHOULD pray.

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Knowing Time Management

Time management a very prevalent issue for college students, and Jay contrasts what man-centered and God-centered time management looks like. How we spend our lives here on earth can and will affect who is worshipping with us in the kingdom of heaven!


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Knowing How to Live

Building on the previous week’s message, Michael Wickenheiser discusses memorization and meditation on the Word of God and delves into the third step of the inductive Bible study method (application).  

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Making His Mercy Known

In seeking to spread the truth of the gospel to the world by meeting peoples’ spiritual needs, it is important to not lose sight of meeting their physical needs as well. Tim Devane discusses the necessity of showing the gospel in addition to sharing the gospel.  

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Evangelism and Service, Know the Connection

Charlie Schumacher speaks to us this week about the connection between evangelism and works/service. His basic outline was that good works are important to others because they prove you care, give evidence of faith, and God commands us to do it,  He also emphasized that verbal proclamation of the Gospel is necessary, not just good. Lastly, he said that good works should always be done with eternal purposes in mind.

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