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Choose or lose

Have you ever watched little kids playing? Isn’t it funny...we don’t have to teach them to be selfish, but we do have to teach them to be selfless. I think if we’re honest with ourselves, even though we’re older not much has changed. We are naturally selfish. Most of the time, we choose the situation that is most beneficial to us and makes us happy.

The pursuit of purpose

Monday night Nick Garvey shared his story and how he has begun to realize his purpose in life. While it isn't fully clear to him, he believes that God has put him on earth for a reason. He believes it is his purpose to be a listening ear and to genuinely love those around him. Take a second this week and think about what you were made for. What do you get the most joy out of doing?

Where did we come from...?

I don't know about you, but there are some questions that always seem to bug me that I don't have the answers to. One of these questions we started talking about Monday night at Campus Life. The question was asked, "Where did we come from?" And more importantly, "Why does it matter?" To get students in the mindset the beginning scene of Expelled featuring Ben Stein was played.

This Past Monday... Hurt.

This past Monday was CYOT (Chose Your Own Topic) at CL and you guys voted for Hurt. In small groups we talked about emotional versus physical pain. In my small group we came to the conclusion that emotional pain is harder to deal with but that physical usually leads to emotional pain. Would you agree?

STRIVE Kick-off!

Last Monday we kicked off STRIVE! If you need more info and want to get involved go to

Updates from New Orleans - Day 3

Photo updates from the Campus Life spring break trip

Updates from New Orleans - Days 4, 5 & 6

Photo updates from the Campus Life spring break trip

Updates from New Orleans - Day 1

Photo updates from New Orleans


Looking at a lot of your pictures tonight I noticed a lot of differences, but one similarity I noticed on all of them was that you were in it. Whether you like it or not, you are stuck with your family forever. No matter how little you are home or want to be home, you are still in the picture.

Drinking, Drugs and Drama

We've all heard the phrase, "Just say no" when it comes to drinking and drugs, but I can't help but to ask the question, "Why"? I think understanding why I would say no is most important in our decision whether or not to use drugs or drink.