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Adam Yow Devotional

Student-ministry-intern

I am the currently a first year intern in theExperience College internship. I’m quite a simple homie. I love Jesus. I really think the biggest fight for number one in my life is Jesus and food. I am proud to confess I also love girlie drinks and I don’t care who knows about it. That’s all.

What does God REALLY want?

     Have you ever wondered what God wants the most? Have you ever just taken time out of your day to think, “Hmmm, what is the number one thing God wants from my life?” I think people, despite being a Jesus-follower or not, have asked themselves a question similar to the one I am portraying today. If you are a human being, you have a purpose, and, ultimately, that is what your life is searching for.

     Speaking from my own Jesus-following perspective, my view on what God really wants has gotten skewed through time and experience. When the question of what God really wants is brought to my attention, my natural instinct is to think of some form of work – like reading my Bible more, praying for my family, or sharing the gospel with non-Jesus followers; but I think I lead myself away from what the truth really is. Though doing things like doing ministry is good, and we should be incorporating these disciplines in our relationship with Jesus. God has been teaching me that those are not His priority for my life.

     As I have been reading through the Old Testament, specifically the Samuel’s, King’s, and Chronicle’s, God has been radically shifting my mind when I think about the main purpose of my life. Reflecting on the lives of those kings and prophets who ended well, I come to find the a common theme in all of their lives. Though they did amazing things for God, they all gave up their lives to God. Their primary focus was to constantly place their lives on the altar.

     Fast forward to Jesus, one day Jesus was asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Essentially what is happening is someone is saying, “Yo Jesus, what does God really want? What is the most important thing to Him?” The golden question, right? And his response totally blows me away. Jesus simply says, “Just love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. Yeah, that’s what my Pops wants the most from humanity.

     WHAT? This changes everything! Jesus Himself tells us that God is looking for people who will enter into relationship with Him, not just another religious way of living. At times we make our relationship all about “what do I need to do” with all these works in mind, but Jesus suggests  that we should consider “what do I need to give up.” You see, I have come to discover that God is not looking for those who will just do all the right things, but He is looking for those who will give Him their heart. And it is from a heart that is truly surrendered that real life change can be produced personally and publicly.

     So I encourage you, if you are in a relationship with Jesus and seek to grow closer to him, don’t start off with thinking about what you should do to fix the issue, but go to Jesus with your whole heart – the good, the broken, and the ugly – and give it up! And that is where I believe you will experience the most satisfying peace and freedom. Brothers and sisters, the best days are still ahead of us. Give up your hearts, so you do not miss out on them.

Student Spotlight: Janeissa Ortiz

 

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Student Spotlight: Janeissa Ortiz

Janeissa Ortiz is in the first year of the Experience internship with GCD and Manna Church. She grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to North Carolina with her family about three years ago. Upon graduating from high school she received a nursing assistant certificate. Janeissa also enjoys to dance; she is in a hip hop dance crew and teaches hip hop at a local dance studio. She plans to continue in the Experience internship next year to receive her Associate’s of Christian Leadership with GCD. After the Christian Internship with GCD and Manna Church Janeissa hopes to pursue a career as a missionary nurse.

 

Photos from Janeissa’s Instagram Takeover

 

IGTakeover: @lingo__cvc #StudentTakeover #IGTakeover Take it away!

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Catalyst in Atlanta with the intern family #interns2015 #gcdstudents #mannachurchleaders #catalyst2015

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"Our mandate as leaders is to awaken the wonder in others" -Andy Stanley

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Intern girls at Catalyst having some fun learning more about our leadership…. #catalyst2015 #interns2015 #interngirls

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Interns 2015!!!!! #mannachurchleaders #interns2015 #gcdstudents

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Catalyst day #2 #catalyst2015 #interns2015 #mannachurch #gracecollegeofdivinity

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Pastor Trip Lee at Catalyst #interns2015 #gracecollegeofdivinity #mannachurch #catalyst2015 #photooftheday

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GCD Partners with Manna Church

 

GCD Partners with Manna Church

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          Grace College of Divinity is a very unique college in North Carolina in that it partners closely with a church. Manna Church is a 9,300 member mega church located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Many of the professors who teach at GCD also are on the pastoral staff at Manna. Dr. Crowther, the president of GCD, is an elder with Manna Church. Mrs. Bermudez , the financial aid administrator, attends the Hispanic service with her family. Her father is the pastor at the Hispanic service at Manna.

Grace College of Divinity has become the pipeline for leaders at Manna Church. Michael Fletcher, senior pastor at Manna Church, was in the first graduating class of Manna Christian College (now Grace College of Divinity)  before going on staff at Manna. Many other men and women involved in Manna have come through GCD to gain knowledge of ministry, missions, worship and leadership. Just recently we had a united event with Manna Church where many leading community members such as the mayor of Fayetteville and the mayor of hope mills came out. Some school principals and the superintendent came and participated in a friendly game of Family Feud. Many influential leaders came to speak to the students at this event and Dr. Crowther was among them.

Grace College of Divinity and Manna Church also partner in a very unique way with the Experience Internship. The Experience Internship is a way for students to grow in faith, character, and leadership. GCD values these characteristics and allows students to earn college credit while completing an internship. One year in the  Experience Internship earns a certificate in Christian Leadership. Those who complete a second year earn an Associates in Christian Leadership. Interns attend classes at GCD and gain ministry experience so they can further develop in their faith and leadership. Interns serve at Manna on Sunday mornings through Children’s Ministry, Greeting, or Host Team. They also have different tracks they are involved in such as Worship, Leadership, Outreach, Children’s Ministry, and GCD Track. In each of the tracks the interns gain skills and knowledge in that particular area.

GCD and Manna Church are very connected, they partner together to build faith and increase character for everyone involved. They share many professors and pastors and quite literally share a campus. Manna Church and GCD are similar in many aspects, chiefly in their desire to equip and empower leaders. They work together to see the Kingdom of God advanced in the Cape Fear region and beyond.