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Dear Friends,

I hope you have had an opportunity to acknowledge the beauty that is our home and campus this autumn. God is such an amazing artist. His serenading the seasons has left me quite awestruck. I hope this video I've made blesses you as we behold His painted canvas.

-Lael Primrose

I'm Still Yours.

I absolutely LOVE this song. God has shown me this song over and over
again, pretty sure it's something He wants me to learn, to be fully
content in Him. I encourage you all to go listen to this song, it's
really good and will speak to you, trust me.
-Damaris Bruce

If You washed away my vanity
If You took away my words
If all my world was swept away
Would You be enough for me?
Would my beating heart still sing?

Last Words

John Newton, an Anglican minister during the 1700s, is best known for writing hymns, the most famous of which is “Amazing Grace.”

After a long life of serving the Lord in public ministry, through music, and advocating the release of slaves, Newton passed away in 1807.

Near the end of his life, Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch saved by God’s amazing grace, is quoted as saying, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things – that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.”

Australia.

Oh man, this place has been on my heart a lot lately. I've always been
intrigued with it but never really thought about it much after that.
I cannot stop thinking about it.
I've been looking at The Best Semester Ever to study over there my
junior year, stay there during the summer to work at a camp, then come
back to the States at CIU to have my senior year here.
There's another program that has come up too.
It's called BUNAC and you can do so much stuff, you can do a gap year,

Chaotic, Crazy, Cool Residence Life Meetings

You are sitting with friends. You are sitting near your neighbors, the hermits who never leave their dorm rooms. You don’t want to be here. You have studying to do. There’s a football game on that you’ve been fantasizing about all day. You’d rather be goofing off with friends, than be sitting here in the Shortess Chapel. But this is mandatory. It’s a Residence Life meeting.

Creation.

So, I came home this weekend so I could really buckle down and get
some work done but to also take a break from CIU and have some alone
time. Last night, I did a good bit of homework and stayed up way too
late but it was worth it! Today, I woke up, made lunch, then went to a
place called River Walk to do some homework.
Let me tell you.....I absolutely LOVE that place. It is absolutely
beautiful. I spent some time with the Lord and did a bit of homework
then decided that I wanted to walk and take in God's creation.

On His Throne

A guest speaker from Black Forest Academy in Germany came to one of my classes a few semesters ago.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember much of what she shared, but I do recall one of her stories.

One of the kindergarten classes at Black Forest has a special routine each morning – they begin their day by reciting the date, followed by a powerful affirmation of God’s sovereignty.  Not only do they state it once, but twice daily in both German and English.  Here’s how it would have sounded this morning (the English version, of course!):

Death.

There are some things I will never understand, death is one of those things.
Today, I am mourning the loss of a dear friend, Scott Shorter. A
loving husband to his wife, a gentle and loving dad to his children,
and an example to all of us on the NC Nazarene District. I don't
understand at all. Why would God take someone at such a young age,
with such a heart for Him, with a wife and family to provide for?
I remember working with Scott at numerous children's camps and seeing

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