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From Death Springs Life!

In his book “Miracles”, C.S. Lewis talks about an interesting relationship found in nature where life springs forth from death. Things die, and in their death life is made possible. I can quickly think of some examples. Consider how through death soil is fertilized, or how fruit gives way to seed, and how scorched forests make space for healthy young saplings.

This week in Kent has been a great reminder of that nature-truth as I walk around in the beauty of new life on campus. I have been noticing lots of plants as they begin their slow climb up through the autumn graves of their predecessors. I think about how life really does spring forth from death.

Lewis goes on to tell us that we should not be surprised at all of this. We should not think it strange because creation is simply reflecting what it has first seen in it’s creator Jesus Christ. You see from his death on the cross, burial in a tomb, and powerful  resurrection…life has truly come! Because Jesus died, and then beat death, we all have the opportunity to get right with God and truly live. Shame, guilt, painful addictions, unbearable emptiness all find their life filled counterparts through Jesus Christ. In him is freedom, joy, righteousness, and so much more! In him and through him is life.

Spend some time this week thinking about what it cost for this beautiful new life to thrive around us. Then spend some time this week observing this truth in Jesus. You can get started by reading Isaiah 53, Romans 5, and 2 Corinthians 5.

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Weekend Plans?

These next couple of weekends are packed for XA and we hope that you will be a part of it!

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For the Guys we have a statewide retreat with all of the Chi Alpha groups from around Ohio! We are going to camp out and manly man type of stuff (eat stuff, burn stuff, learn about Jesus stuff, etc…) It’s happening THIS WEEKEND so if you want to come click the graphic above to register (then let Jesse know).

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For the Ladies we have a statewide Chi Alpha retreat as well. Family Matters will have powerful teaching on what Jesus says about our identity as women, how that relates to family, and how we can mend the broken relationships we may have within our family. This is all happening NEXT WEEKEND! Click above to register.

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For Everyone in Kent XA we have our 30×30 gathering. It’s an investment of 30 hours to plan for the next school year (which is 30 weeks). We are going to pray together, make some great plans, and spend some time playing at Westbranch State Park. The cost is only $10 and includes food and good times :) We will start on April 25th at 9am and be done by 3pm the next day. Register today by signing up at Chi Alpha of Wedsnesday (or contacting Jesse). If you are interested in being more involved in helping make XA happen…then this is the event for you!

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Together for Jesus

This is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year. All kinds of good things are happening :) The weather is finally getting to the point where I can go outside and not be afraid of dying before I reach my car. The birds are chirping and the squirrels are all crazy in love again. Coming back from spring break I have a new found energy and drive to push hard to the finish line in May!

I’m reminded of Paul’s words when he wrote to the Philippians about “straining forward to what lies ahead,” and “pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” I remember that this isn’t the time to shrink back from what he has called us, as Christians, to do on this campus. That is, to reconcile students to Christ! There is still time to make more friends for Jesus, still time to have meaningful conversations about the truths of the gospel, still time to bring others to Chi Alpha, and still time for us to do the good things God has prepared for us to do.

Would you join with me in running hard for Jesus to the end of this semester? Let’s reach people for Jesus! I’m personally going to be going out and witnessing to people on campus during each week. Would you come with me? This will prove to be a great time of planting seeds for the gospel.

Additionally, will you commit to meet together as Chi Alpha these next 5 weeks? Something special happens when we prioritize relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ. Check out what the author of Hebrews says (10:24-25):

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Something really good happens when we meet together as a group each Wednesday night in 319. We encourage each other to do life with Jesus. We realize that we are running this race for Jesus together and not alone. The truth of who are are in Christ gets us going in the right direction together, and that is a very powerful thing. Yes, you will have homework, jobs to work, group projects to get through, and about 99 other reasons that will try to keep you from meeting with us on a Wednesday night. However, you can overcome! I promise you that if you make XA a priority these remaining few weeks of the semester that your life will benefit from it.

Let’s do something great for Jesus! Let’s go reconcile students to Christ!

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Epic Spring Break

By now most of us are running high off of those magical emotions that seem only to come during spring break. Maybe it’s something in the air, or the people we are with, possibly it’s the freshness of being in a new place. Whatever it is…it seems that the world is full of hope and no amount of responsibility will daunt this weeks epicness.

But possibly this week is something quite different for you. It could be the very opposite of hope and excitement for the future. Instead the people you are with just have way too much drama, and the place you are staying isn’t really exciting…and come to think of it, the air stinks too! So much for epic.

Wherever your spring break is on the scale of “epicness” right now I want you to know that it can be full of hope and excitement (and it’s the good kind too). Simply do this. Spend some time with Jesus. Whatever your location, whether you are feeling great right now or not. Take some time today to hear from Jesus and talk to Jesus. You will be rewarded with some refreshing hope, insight, and epicness that you just won’t get any other way.

Wondering where to start? Try reading some of these: Psalm 23, 34, 105, Colossians 3, Revelation 21, 22

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Don’t Do This

This might sound crazy…but did you know that you can graduate with a perfect GPA and still have ultimately failed college? It’s true. Mostly it’s true because this a really unique time in life for people. Between the ages of 18-25 there is a BUNCH of important stuff, in addition to grades, that will take place in your life. Stuff like career, relationships, identity, and big questions like, “whats wrong with the world”?! It’s not just that big life things will happen at this time in life…it’s more that they SHOULD happen. There is so much more to your time here at Kent State University than test taking and wearily grinding out one report after another.

So come hear about 10 really important things that just may help you avoid failing college (and life). We will meet on Wednesday (the 19th) at 8pm in KSC 319.

 

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Root & Fruit

Big trees are beautiful. We admire their massive branches reaching up to dizzying heights. This time of year most trees in our area are set ablaze in vibrant leaves of yellow, orange, and red. Less often thought about though is the equally impressive root system below ground. This “tree anchor” is practically a mirror image of what is on display above ground. Big, impressive trees means deep healthy roots. Healthy trees produce good fruit. Healthy trees have healthy roots.

What about your life? Do you have healthy roots? Are your roots deep, and what type of nutrients are they drawing into your life? The stuff that your life is producing (fruit), is it good? Is it lasting? In this Root & Fruit series we will highlight some similarities between us (humans) and the trees. We will learn how Christ desires for us to have both healthy roots and healthy fruit. Come be a part of this discussion/teaching (Wednesdays at 8pm – 3rd floor of Kent Student Center).