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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...

The Perils of Being Idle

The Perils of Being Idle

It is human for us to have days where we want to relax, but feel as though we have endless obligations to attend. Sometimes laziness is attractive, especially when the weather outside is uninviting. On those days, I like to reflect on Paul’s letters to the...

Don’t Lose Your Heart In Pursuit of Your Degree

Don’t Lose Your Heart In Pursuit of Your Degree

As the president of many different universities, I have seen students from all wakes of life pursue an endless number of degrees. Some want to make a difference in the lives of animals and hope to become vets, much like myself, when I was 18. Others want to become...

Don’t Hesitate to Delegate to Others

Don’t Hesitate to Delegate to Others

A message I transcend to both new and returning students each year is the importance of delegation. College is a pivotal time in a young adult's life to learn independence and professional development. However, there will be plenty of opportunities in which...

Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.    In my lifetime, I have felt the accuracy of this statement many times. The path that I thought I would walk and had planned so rigorously has been altered by God time and time again, all for the best. I...