Thursday, September 26, 2013

Things at Northland...


Fresh Friday last week...this is only the students who actually participated...

Well, classes have been in session here at Northland for about 5 weeks now.  I just figured out that that means we're almost at the 1/3rd mark.  Crazy!  Hard to believe we're that far already...

So, how are things here?  Many people probably have wondered considering what happened last year.  It's actually been a really awesome semester so far!  My friendships with people I already knew here are deepening, and I'm making new friends as well.  God is using friends, both older and newer to encourage me in my walk with God, and I'm so thankful for it.

There's almost a "settled" feeling about the campus this year.  Most of the controversy and struggle is past...everyone who's here seems to want to be here, and the new faculty members are great!  I really like our new president too, Mr. Daniel Patz.  He's really a down to earth guy who loves the Lord, and loves Northland (it helps that he grew up here as the grandson of the founder).

I'm looking forward to seeing what God does in my life this year, and in the lives of my fellow students!

Please continue to pray for Northland!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

26, unmarried, childless...

Great article with some great thoughts!  I can definitely identify because I'm in the same boat.  Click here to read the article!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Jesus in the middle?

There's a song by Chris August that I really like...it's called "Restore."  In the song he talks about how God can help restore relationships...specifically it's talking about with a marriage relationship.  One line of the song says, "They finally figured out they needed Jesus in the middle, now I'm watching God rebuild their home."

I've often heard this as a theme among Christian married and dating couples...they say that in order to have a good godly relationship, God must be at the center of the relationship.  Now...I'm 26 and single, and I would like to ask my Christian dating and married followers and friends if you could answer a question I have.  What does putting "Jesus in the middle" look like?  I'm looking for practical examples if you can give them.  If not, just any godly relationship advice would be appreciated.

Please comment below with your advice.  I moderate comments, so I'll view them and post them as I get them.

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Francis Bacon


This semester at Northland I'm taking a class called "Introduction to Philosophy"...as a part of the class we have to write a paper on a philosopher.  I chose to do mine on Francis Bacon, as I had heard about him in the movie, Amazing Grace.  As I am reading through his work, "The Great Instauration", I came across a paragraph wherein Bacon prays a prayer...I thought I'd share it, as it has made me very excited to study Bacon more...here it is:

Wherefore, seeing that these things do not depend upon myself, at the outset of the work I most humbly and fervently pray to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, that remembering the sorrows of mankind and the pilgrimage of this our life wherein we wear out days few and evil, they will vouchsafe through my hands to endow the human family with new mercies. This likewise I humbly pray, that things human may not interfere with things divine, and that from the opening of the ways of sense and the increase of natural light there may arise in our minds no incredulity or darkness with regard to the divine mysteries; but rather that the understanding being thereby purified and purged of fancies and vanity, and yet not the less subject and entirely submissive to the divine oracles, may give to faith that which is faith’s. Lastly, that knowledge being now discharged of that venom which the serpent infused into it, and which makes the mind of man to swell, we may not be wise above measure and sobriety, but cultivate truth in charity.
-Francis Bacon