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03/02: Day of Prayer

Yesterday was the university campus-wide Day of Prayer. There was a chapel service at 8:15, various prayer sessions at 9 and 10, then a testimony/worship service at 11:00. In the 8:15 service, Dr. Roy Short preached on Psalm 46: "God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble." It corresponded with a couple passages I came across in my reading this week:
II Corinthians 12:9-10: And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
John 15:5: I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
The theme verse for the Day of Prayer this semester was I Peter 5:7. In context (5:6-7): Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

In other news, Starbucks coffee was pulled from the snack shop this week. Dr. Jones made an announcement about it in chapel. The initial reason was because of a very controversial cup Starbucks put out back in September, but the final decision was made to remove the coffee from the snack shop due to very bad handling of the issue on Starbucks' part. You can read more about the pull in this article on Jeremy Harper's blog, or read about the controversial cup (which was shipped nationwide) in this Seattle Times article.

My roommate sent me the following link to a Newsweek article about intercollegiate debate at Liberty University. The correction at the end of the article underscores the importance of checking your quotes before you publish: Correction: In the original version of this report, NEWSWEEK misquoted Falwell as referring to "assault ministry." In fact, Falwell was referring to "a salt ministry" -a reference to Matthew 5:13, where Jesus says "Ye are the salt of the earth." We regret the error.You can read the rest of the Newsweek article here.

And finally, a quick website update... recently there have been some spam posts in the comment section of the blog. This afternoon, I installed Blacklist, a PivotBlacklist-based spam filter this afternoon, so it should virtually eliminate electronic graffiti in the future. It nabs certain keywords and URLs commonly used by spammers. It shouldn't catch any legitimate posts, but if for some reason it does, let me know and I'll fine-tune it a little more. Speaking of comments, there haven't been any lately. Post some! :)

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Hey Drew--great post! I laughed out loud at the Newsweek error--I guess "assault" ministry sounded about right, considering . . . :) Sounds like the Day of Prayer was great. The verses you posted are some of my favorites. Praying for you Every day! Love, Mom
05/02 00:07:46

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