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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.

GCD’s 5K Dream Run

GCD’s 5K Dream Run

Grace College of Divinity in partnership with the Fayetteville Dream Center present the first annual GCD Dream Run! This will be a 5k walk/run to raise awareness and support the causes of these two non-profit organizations .This will be a great time to come out and meet new people and have fun together.

The registration is absolutely free! Order your event shirt when you register for $15 (order before April 7th to guarantee size availability). This walk/run will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in downtown Fayetteville on a certified 5k route. Registration and Packet Pickup will start at 8:00am and the actual run will start at 9:00 am. A clothe and shoes drive will be taking place at the time of the run and there will also be a kids tent with some very fun activities, absolutely free!

There will be four different prizes for the top finishers in the following categories :

  • Top Male
  • Top Female
  • Top Child (12 and under)
  • Top GCD student

Also, we have different sponsorship levels available for companies that would be interested to sponsor this event. To register, sponsor, or for more information visit our website www.GCD.edu/GCDDreamRun .

So come out to have a blast in a healthy way with us and fellow members of our community!

GCD’s Student Life: Student Ministries

 

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We have on-campus students that go to churches all over Cumberland County. However, we are connected to Manna Church through different ministries and events. TheExperience Internship is one of the largest aspects that we share with Manna Church. The interns take classes here while they serve and learn at Manna. They are involved in student ministries in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. This type of student ministry is called Rush which means Reaching the Unreached Student Harvest. These specific students (interns) go to different campuses assigned to them in the beginning of the year.

We have many outreach opportunities and events created by the SGA and GCD students. The Spiritual Development Coordinator of the student body Kevin Owens is the “go to guy” when it comes to SGA events and outreaches. He is the one in charge of all the events where the student body is involved.

We are also connected with the Fayetteville Dream Center downtown and offer a GED Program there. The Fayetteville Dream Center is a place where people who are sex trafficked, hungry, etc. are helped and we show them that they are not alone. We show them that there is still people who do things out of love and that we will not judge them. There are many volunteers that are GCD students as well and with the Dream center volunteers we just spread the love of God in a practical way.

GCD’s Student Life: Chapel

 

GCD’s Student Life: Chapel

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How often do you offer Chapel?

Chapel is offered weekly on the Manna Church campus and monthly on the GCD campus. The weekly chapel is where the staff, students, and faculty of Manna Church and GCD come together on the second floor of the Educational Building of Manna Church. It takes place every Monday from 9:00am to 10:00am. Here we worship, pray, and hear the word from different speakers.

The monthly chapel however, takes place once a month in classroom 109 on the GCD campus from 4:20pm to 5:20pm. Here the GCD staff, faculty, and students gather together to hear a message from our President Dr. Crowther. We worship, pray, have snacks, and bond while Dr. Crowther mentors us. This chapel is called the 16:20 Chapel after Romans 16:20. It also relates to the time chapel takes place which is 4:20 in military time.

GCD’s Student Life: World Café and Bookstore

GCD’s Student Life: World Café and Bookstore

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Is there somewhere I can get a cup of coffee when I am too tired to go to class in the morning?

We share a coffee shop with Manna Church called the World Café. It is a coffee shop/bookstore where you can get coffee, snacks, books, CDs, etc. Many, although not all, of our books are available there. You get to interact not only with people that attend GCD but people that go to Manna Church as well. It is all about building relationships. They also provide a weekly menu for cheap but good lunch offers that will make it easier to save some cash, instead of over spending on lunch. For more information, visit: https://mannachurch.wufoo.com/forms/world-cafa-lunch-menu/.

GCD’s Student Life: Social Media and Journal

 

GCD’s Student Life: Social Media and Journal

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Does GCD have any social media we can follow?

       GCD has a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For Facebook, look for Grace College of Divinity, and for Instagram and Twitter look for gcdivinty. Most weeks we have a different student spotlight on our website www.gcd.edu and the person we select takes over our Instagram for a whole day so others can see our students’ lives. On the website you can also check out weekly blogs about different topics.

We also have a theological journal that was on our website where students are able to share articles and respond to articles written by other students. The Journal has since been moved to a site dedicated to The Journal of Contemporary Theological Studies. If you are interested please visit the write for the Journal of Contemporary Theological Studies section of the website .

 

Grace College of Divinity Missions

 

Grace College of Divinity Missions

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Grace College of Divinity is a Bible College located in Fayetteville, NC. Being so close to Ft Bragg military base GCD is passionate about impacting people in different countries. Missions are not sideline projects for GCD, it’s part of who they are. GCD focuses on equipping leaders to change the world and to do that they must develop leaders around the world. The goal of GCD is not to produce people with degrees, but to impact the world by advancing the Kingdom of God and training people to do that.

  “Our goal is not to produce graduates but to produce world changers.” -Dr. Steven Crowther Grace College of Divinity President.

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GCD has hands in many countries, however they are mainly involved in Brazil, Guyana, and Romania. GCD has two levels to how they do missions.

Level 1:

Send students and faculty to different countries for training leaders through workshops and schools. There they train in leadership, bible, theology, and church planting. This is to help develop local leaders from the country they are in.

Level 2:

Go to help leaders with church planting and church development. They use the concepts of the class Communicating the Relevance of God and orality to evangelize through developing leaders in their own countries and cultures.

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GCD on mission trips puts emphasis on building lasting relationships and continuing to develop current relationships. A good example is the Honduras trip from January 2015.

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During the Honduras trip the students and leaders from GCD hiked 9 miles up a mountain to share the gospel to a tribe located there. Once the team reached the tribe they started to take pictures. However the people of the tribe were frightened because they had not seen a camera,no outsiders have ever visited the village before. After they put the camera away the people began to come out. They played games, ate candy, and listened to a gospel story. When the team finished sharing the gospel they asked if anyone wanted Christ in their lives and the whole village was saved. Due to the help of the team the first church builiding is now being built on the mountain.

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This mission trip and others like it are occurring with GCD students and alumni. Additionally, GCD is actively involved with partner schools, where their goal is to send out leaders into unreached tribes. They are going where many of us cannot go. GCD is training on our campus and training people abroad through online classes and partner schools in order to prepare emerging leaders to change the world.

 

Bible College Student Spotlight: Rossana Allup

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Rossana Allup is in Grace College of Divinity’s (GCD) Master of Christian Leadership program. She grew up and lived in Venezuela and has recently moved to North Carolina this past January. Rossana has her Bachelor in Business Administration and she is excited to pursue her Master’s degree with GCD because she believes this program will give her the tools to make a difference. Rossana is excited for what God has planned for her right now and after she graduates; she is open and willing to hear from God on what His plans are for her after graduation.

 

Here are pictures from Rossana’s Instagram takeover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Student Spotlight: Katherine Cline

 

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This week for our student spotlight we are featuring Katie Cline. She is a current Bachelor of Divinity student and a graduate of the Certificate of Worship Leadership Program with Grace College of Divinity. Her passion is leading worship and she currently serves on the worship team at Manna Church. Katie has been with GCD since Fall of 2012 and is newly married! Get to know her through Instagram, she’s taking over for the day! GCD IG: @gcdivinity Katie’s IG: @kjocline

 

Here are photos from Katie’s Instagram takeover

 

#igtakeover this go around: @kjocline It's all yours!

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