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How to Stay on Track During Spring Semester

How to Stay on Track During Spring Semester

As the spring semester picks up it is all too common for students to begin slowing down and looking forward to the end of another school year. While it may be tempting to procrastinate on classwork remember that by putting things off the work does not disappear, it...

How to Make Career Decisions within God’s Will

How to Make Career Decisions within God’s Will

There are people who have known what they want to do with their lives since they were children and there are others who struggle to find their calling. Many college students wrestle with choosing a path to take and making a career decision that feels right.   If...

Sustaining Mental Health as a Biblical Leader

Sustaining Mental Health as a Biblical Leader

The importance of maintaining mental health is relevant to all individuals, from students, doctors, educators, and anyone in between. As a biblical leader, the state of your mental health not only affects you but the people that you serve. In a position as emotional...

CIU End of Year Reflections

CIU End of Year Reflections

As the year draws to an end, I like to look back and reflect on the growth that Columbia International University has seen in 2019. One hundred years ago, God answered the prayers of six young women who were searching for a Bible college in our town of Columbia, South...

Understanding God’s Favor

Understanding God’s Favor

The late pastor and author Ron Dunn once proclaimed, “God keeps a man usable by keeping him weak.” To most Christians, this statement is almost a contradiction to their answers to the question, “What makes a person useful to God?” Most would argue that God-given...

Does Jesus Move You More Than Music?

Does Jesus Move You More Than Music?

Music is all around, and the influence that it has on society can be seen every day. I see students listening to music on their walk to class, notice an emotion-invoking beat in the background of almost every commercial on television, and even enjoy the beautiful...

Strive to Become Fluent in the Bible

Strive to Become Fluent in the Bible

I have previously spoken about the importance of keeping God at the center of your studies in college, and urge students to continue to practice this as they work towards their degrees. Keeping up with the Bible is just as important as reviewing lecture notes before a...

Big Test Friday – Personal Words from Mark Smith

Big Test Friday – Personal Words from Mark Smith

I am thanking God that all my tests are great so far - no cancer in the liver, pancreas, and colon. Friday is the CT contrast of my lungs and I ask for your prayers as this will be my last test to confirm that I am cancer-free.   Meanwhile, I am struggling with...

Spiritual Leadership Lessons Learned from Failure

Spiritual Leadership Lessons Learned from Failure

The Bible is the most powerful and important book in the world. It shares stories of countless leaders and disciples of God who honored Him and walked with Him. Tales of heroism and strength of these leaders make up the books of the Bible, passing along advice for...