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Matthew 2 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” – Matthew 2:20 (ESV) We do not know much about the Magi, where they were from, or how many of them came to Judea.  Some have suggested that these were magicians, astrologers, or scholars.  There is also debate on whether or not these people were pagans or if they were Jewish remnants[…]

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Matthew 1 – Boundless Bible Challenge

“‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).” – Matthew 1:23 (ESV) When you walk into the mall, you find a young man with his nose pressed against the glass of the mall directory.  He has a puzzled look on his face and seems to be somewhat frustrated.  When you ask if you can help him find something, he says, “I’m looking[…]

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The Boundless Bible Challenge

In just a few short days, Salvationists from around the world will begin reading the New Testament together in a year as they celebrate The Salvation Army’s 150th year of ministry.  The Boundless Bible Challenge, initiated by the General and Commissioner Silvia Cox, is given to encourage Salvationists to seek “the wonderful treasure that God has given to us through his Word.”[source] The Boundless Bible Challenge is a daily reading – usually one chapter –[…]

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My First 5K

This past Saturday, I ran my first 5K!  If you would have told me five weeks ago that I would run a 5K, I would have laughed in your face.  I never thought I would be able to do something like that.  So how did I get from a couch potato to a runner in a month?  Well, it all started with the CFOT World Missions fundraising committees. Each cadet at CFOT joins a fundraising[…]

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Journey to Officership: The Legacy You Leave

Today is my last day in Rockford, IL before I move to Chicago to begin my two years of training as a cadet in The Salvation Army. While today will be busy getting everything packed (yes, I have procrastinated), it will also be a day of goodbyes.  In fact, this whole week has been a time of goodbyes: goodbyes to family, goodbyes to friends, and goodbyes to my corps. This morning, my mom posted a[…]

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Band of Survivors 2014: Update #1

Over the past three and a half weeks, I have been hunkered down at Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters working on material for the 2014 Band of Survivors program which begins next Monday. Band of Survivors is a summer youth mission school that is designed to eradicate spiritual complacency, inspire revolutionary kingdom visions and equip youth with the necessary tools to live a “Great Commission Life”. Part of my duties as the intern for Band of Survivors includes[…]

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Hebrews 4:12 Bible Study

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.   Hebrews 4:12 ESV It is no doubt that God’s Word is powerful.  It is the guidebook for our life, a portal into the mind of God, and a history of God’s creation.  Since I started Hebrews 4:12.com a number of years ago, the[…]

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Journey to Officership: Milestone

The dictionary defines a milestone as “a significant event or stage in the life.”  Today is a milestone in my journey to officership.  It’s a milestone I have looked forward to for about 10 years. Today I have been ACCEPTED as a candidate for the Messengers of Light session! I am so excited that after years of listening to God’s call, preparing myself, and patiently waiting I can finally say that I am going to be a cadet and, in just over[…]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Come To Moody Bible Institute

Today is one of those days where prospective students come to Moody’s campus to have a tour, experience a class, and ask their questions about what MBI is like.  We welcome them, tell them that they’ll love Moody, and share with them why they should apply.  But why don’t we tell them why they shouldn’t come?  Well, I’ve put together 5 reasons* why prospective students should drop MBI from their college radar. 1) You have to show integrity.[…]

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Journey to Officership: The Lessons of Pride and Patience

This upcoming Monday, I should find out if I’m an Accepted Candidate for CFOT this fall.  I’m excited that the process is almost complete for my entrance to training and I can’t wait to begin learning at CFOT. I have to say, this process has been nothing like I thought it would be.  I thought it would be an extremely easy, short process and that I would have been accepted back in the fall or[…]

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