What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Do you need to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Must you become a better person so that God will accept you? Learn how you can know God personally.
During this transition from high school to college, you are going to experience a variety of emotions; that’s okay. It can be scary, exciting, and freeing all at the same time. Luckily, transitions are not a new thing for God.
Finding a new church to go to every Sunday can be hard. There’s qualities to think about when you look for a church community in your college town. The following is a list of things to look for, along with questions to ask yourself when picking out a new church.
Though it seems like you’re lowest on the totem pole, you’ve actually got an advantage. Decisions you start this year will shape your future years in college still to come. With this in mind, here are some things that I wish I had known as a first-semester student.
It’s important to set the stage for how you and your roommate are going to live together. The best way to do this is to sit down with your roommate and ask questions about how they live and how they would like to live with you. Here are a few to help you get started.
In college, the party scene can be a mess of bad decisions. Through peer-pressure, misdirection, or even a personal mistake, you might find yourself in a scenario typical of a party school. Here’s some options for what you can do:
It’s not quite the same as the first day of elementary school, and there are skills you’ll have to learn in order to be ready for that first lecture. Here’s 10 things that will help you prepare for the start of classes.
It's easy to not trust in God. We ask questions, like: What’s next? What’s around the corner that we can’t see? Will things only get worse? God, are you even here? Do you not see what’s happening? Are we supposed to deal with stuff on our own, or wait for you, or do everything right and figure it all out so that then you’ll be glorified?
ISIS seems to constantly be in the headlines, and Jason Weimer makes the case that you and I have just as important a role in the mission to defeat jihadists as any soldier or policymaker. Maybe even greater.
There is tremendous comfort in the knowledge that we are "seated" with Christ. You have a seat at the table with Jesus. You are seated with Him right now. You are at the Greatest Table with the Greatest King.
If you’ve been around the world of Cru for awhile, you’d probably agree that community is vital to individual and corporate health. In his CruPress book, The Kingdom of Couches, Will Walker states, “Community is not an event, activity, application point, or something we need to do in order to grow in our spiritual lives. Rather, it is the context in which all activities, application, and spiritual growth happens.” So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
What comes to mind when you think about studying abroad during college? Perhaps you think of seeing the world, traveling to a new location, making great friends, or the stereotypical idea of “living it up” during a semester overseas. What if you re-thought all the clichés of a traditional study abroad experience, and looked at it as an opportunity to live on mission?
If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus, here is something to consider: Do you really believe that Jesus is uniquely different and superior to any other person or believe system? And if so, are we arrogant in thinking this? Is faith in Christ just another option in the spiritual smorgasbord set before us? What is wrong with someone choosing a different option? These are questions that we need to think through as God gives us opportunities to talk with others about Jesus.
If you’re leading a team then you know you that this is crunch time. There are a few precious weeks with these people who have been entrusted to your care before your staff peel off to focus on MPD and prepare for their summer assignments. You can help your team end well by reminding them that they are not lone rangers. You can lead a discussion on what it means to be a TEAM.
“Perhaps the most undervalued quality of a great mind or, at least, an awakened mind, is the willingness to abandon cherished ideas that cannot stand up to new evidence.” Joseph Loconte “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
You know the feeling, right? You’re on the edge of your seat. The anticipation is growing. You’ve watched the competition or reality show (Celebrity Apprentice: Leeza or Geraldo? Don’t tell me. I haven’t watched the finale yet!) as the participants jumped through hoops, overcame obstacles, performed silly stunts, fought for the rose, defended themselves in the board room, etc. After all that work, who will win?