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Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up)

 


Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And watch the world grow dim
Standing next to Him
In the light of His glory and grace
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Meet Arsida

 

Arsida
Arsida Ndoni is pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Counseling here at CIU. She is not only being prepared for her career, but also for her calling!

"People are worth investing in. Material things and success will fade away, but the impact we
have on people is eternal. CIU has taught me that and is preparing me to make a difference in
the lives of others through counseling.” – Arsida 


Join us for Open House on August 7 and see how CIU will prepare you for your life of impact!

Register for CIU Open HouseAugust 7, 2014

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When the Crazy Kicks In

 


Happy Friday and Happy Weekend everyone!!
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Desert Song

 


All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship
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Blessings in the Desert

 

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, I’d be willing to bet you’ve experienced a “dry” season in your spiritual life.  Lack of spiritual enthusiasm, a sense of merely going through the motions, and unperceived growth are a sampling of symptoms of the spiritual desert.  These seasons can be brought on by sin and decreased sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, but just as often – if not more often – they are characteristic of the natural ebb and flow of life in a fallen world.

As I recently contemplated the reality of the spiritual desert, I was reminded of the unexpected blessings found therein.  In my experience, the greatest blessing of the desert is that it creates a renewed thirst for the Living Water.  Additionally, these seasons increase my satisfaction in the Living Water.  Not only do I thirst for Him; nothing else will quench my thirst but Him.  It’s the spiritual equivalent of running a marathon in the summer heat and then being offered a cup of coffee at the finish line.  I love coffee, but running a race creates a thirst which can be quenched by water alone.

Another blessing in the midst of the desert is that the discomfort is actually a sign of life, often a much-needed reassurance.  Only living beings thirst.  It’s tempting to feel dead in the desert, but the thirst is a timely reminder of an existing spiritual pulse.

I’ve been prone to resent the dry seasons in my spiritual life, but I am reminded afresh that God is both willing and able to use every situation and season for His glory and my good.  I never desire the desert, but as God would have it, there is priceless Treasure to be discovered in the least likely of places.  As Charles Spurgeon memorably wrote, “In the deserts of affliction the presence of the Lord becomes everything to us.”

In the place I never want to go, my heart draws nearer to its Prize.  What a gift!  What a God!

Written by: Abbey Le Roy, MA in Theological Studies from CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry

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Reason To Sing

 


He's still holding the whole world in His hands... THAT is a reason to sing!
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Jesus is Loving Barrabbas

 

Hope this challenges and encourages you this Friday. Thanks, Judah Smith, for a healthy dose of the gospel this morning.

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The Eyes Have It

 

One of my least favorite parts of playing sports in middle and high school was the requirement to stretch before practices and games.  The most difficult stretch for me to execute was the standing quad stretch.  You probably know the one.

I would balance on one foot, grab the opposite foot and bring it up behind me, while bending the knee.  The reason this stretch was so challenging was that it required balance.  I remember spending the duration of the stretch wobbling back and forth just trying to stay standing.

Everything changed one day when I learned a helpful trick.  Someone taught me that I could stay balanced by picking one object and staring at it for the length of the stretch.  It sounded easy enough, so I gave it a try and was amazed with the result.  No more wobbling.

My eyes were more powerful than I realized.  The influence of the eyes is a consistent theme running through all aspects of life, not just athletics.

That which captures our attention becomes the subject of our contemplation.  The mind follows the eyes.  That’s why the author of Hebrews says to fix our eyes on Jesus before he tells us to consider Jesus (Heb. 12:2-3).  Our gaze sets the stage for our meditation.

Life often feels chaotic.  Schedules are routinely hectic.  Busyness can threaten to take over.  While the world spins incessantly around us (and perhaps inside us), a steady gaze on a fixed point will keep us on our feet.  Focusing on Jesus, the immovable Cornerstone, is the only way to make sense of, and stand firm in, a world that is anything but stable.

Trying to stay balanced while chasing distractions doesn’t work for long.  But as I learned in a simple stretch, the key to balance is all in the eyes.

Written by: Abbey Le Roy, MA in Theological Studies from CIU's Seminary and School of Ministry

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"We all have a responsibility to teach."

 

BASIC Teaching- Francis Chan.

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We Can't "Live Out" the Gospel

 


From CIU's own, Tullian Tchividjian.
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