Archive for April, 2010

Ashley gets dunked…

Posted: April 29, 2010 in General
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Love this girl. She has been such a special blessing in my life this year. I am so excited to see how the Lord is going to move in her life in the years to come… :)

This week I am thinking what could be a fun and yet informative Top Ten Thursday for all of you readers… So I am thinking in light of this school year maybe I could recap some of the Top Ten things we’ve experienced as fellow BUCS!

10. Go Blue messages every week! You have to admit I tried to make them less boring this year!

9. Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ, came to speak at our Chapel in Fall 2009.

8. Security gets new cars with a fresh paint job and lights.

7. CSU plays Florida Gators and breaks the prediction on the score spread!

6. Did anyone ever see the BATTLE in Quad 3? I am anxious to see if any other battles break the surface before next Wednesday.

5. I don’t know about you but the Sandstorm and Zombienation songs replay in my head everytime I walk in to the fieldhouse/Buc Dome!

4. Katie Tull, Women’s Basketball player, wins Homecoming Queen 2009.

3. Dig Pink, Think Pink, Go Blue Goes Red, Barefoot for Bare Feet, and other great initiatives happened through our sports and organizations this year.

2. The Rave that busted out in the Quads during the Fall semester. (Thanks Sam and Kris)

1. Michael Silvestri will graduate on May 8th, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the North Charleston Coliseum. (and he’s the student speaker!) – not that this is something we’ve always wanted to experience but definitely happy for him. I think I’ve heard that line about 485,792.120,098 times.

Summer Themes

Posted: April 29, 2010 in General
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I have been slammed this semester and my thoughts have not exactly been exploded into words on this blog. I think some of it was that when I was inspired the daily theme for blogging was not the right one so I just didn’t write. I have recently been encouraged about blogging again because my friend Amberle has started one. What fun! :) (by the way, check out her blog at http://thebibleaccordingtoberle.blogspot.com – you won’t regret it)

This summer I will try to catch you up on my life, devotional thoughts, photo galleries, and references to some great things. I was going to try to find themes, but I am going to go completely spontaneous!

Happy reading…

In lieu of the Shane and Shane concert… it is only appropriate to make the Top Ten for this week to be Top Ten Shane & Shane songs…

10. Fringes

9. When I Think About the Lord

8. You and I

7. My Portion

6. May the Few

5. We Love You Jesus

4. Psalm 13

3. Yearn

2. Burn Us Up

1. Beg

time for some new questions…

Would you rather…

See Shane & Shane in concert or BarlowGirl in concert?

dance with your redneck uncle or sing karaoke with your dad?

wear teal or wear orange?

eat 5 chocolate covered grasshoppers or 10 fried snickers?

smell a basket of dirty sweaty uniforms or kiss a dead frog?

HUB weekend

Posted: April 11, 2010 in General
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This weekend we took 9 student leaders and 3 staff members to White Oak for the HUB weekend retreat that the SC Baptist Convention sponsored. We headed out an hour later than we had hoped…surprise! We got caught in traffic so we ended up Chickfila for dinner because we would not be able to make it to dinner at the conference center. YUM! Once we got there we went in to a worship service with the other campuses and afterwards there we’re break out groups.

I led a breakout session on cultivating a life of intercessory prayer. I had 35 students from across the state that were there to hear more about ways to intercede for their friends, campus and others.

What is intercessory prayer?

When you go before the Lord on behalf of someone else and pray for them. Best described as “standing in the gap” as we read about in Ezekiel 2. We can pray for people’s salvation, needs, protection, growth, etc. Most times you will be burdened by the Holy Spirit to commit to praying for leaders, friends, family, afflicted and even your enemies.

Why is intercessory prayer important?

Jesus calls us to pray for others. We see our best example in his prayer life as he prayed for the disciples and then even praying up until His crucifixion on the cross when he said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” We also see that examples in Daniel (ch 9), Moses (exodus and numbers), Paul (colossians and philippians) and James (ch 5). The more we pray for others the more our hearts are filled with love for others.

How do I do it?

This is all based on how the Spirit leads you and how you best remember to pray for people. The key to this is developing the discipline to intercede for people. To develop a discipline you have to choose specific people, place, time and needs then do it at every scheduled time. It is like working out your muscles…the more you do it the stronger it gets. I typically pray for others in the morning while I am getting ready for work. I make a chart with 4-5 people’s photo on each day of the week. I commit to praying for them every week on that day. Another friend of mine goes through their cell phone contact list and each week of the year would take the first person and call them for prayer requests then would dedicate that week to praying for them. There is no formula to praying for people. The important thing is that when you’re burdened to pray that you do it – this is your act of obedience unto the Lord.

This is just a quick overview of what I shared.

The rest of the weekend was more worship and a prayer walk through the classrooms that were set up displaying information, prayer requests, leaders, and more so that other campuses could learn about their campus(es) and pray over them. It was a really neat experience. I went in to one room and I could just feel the Holy Spirit moving. I don’t know if I have ever felt that before over people who I do not know anything about. I hope to continue praying for Spartanburg/Upstate campuses as they beg the Lord to raise up more workers!

CSU did have a time of planning so we began that process for the coming year. Just when you think a time like this could make it so simple to accomplish because the environment is structure to help you succeed in that..we are still in a place when the vision is having to be stated and re-casted over and over.

Aside from the moments when we felt like we might have come to a stand still on our planning I am still excited about what God is going to do in and through our student leaders (and myself) in the coming year. I really want to commit more time in prayer to what God would have for CSU in this coming year.

Ways you can intercede for us:

1. Pray for our leadership to rise up to see the vision, catch the vision and live out the vision.

2. Pray for God’s will to be done in all of the planning and services.

3. Pray for all glory to go to God…for He alone deserves it.

4. Pray for hearts to be mended and united.

5. Pray for resources and creative ideas to come to fruition.