CIU Is Different
Satisfaction. It's something we can never seem to get, at least long
term. We can be satisfied for a short time by our favorite treats, a
song on the radio, a new video game and many other things but so many
people seek and desire long term satisfaction.
Often, they turn to a relationship to find it, or even an addiction.
What would happen if people searched to find satisfaction in Christ
rather than other things especially relationships? I am not saying
relationships are bad at all, I think they are a beautiful gift from
Some students have acceptable excuses for skipping chapel. One might be: “The work at my job must be accomplished, so that I may prevent the starvation of my young children.” A second acceptable reason for skipping chapel: “Alas, I’ve fallen prey to the flu. I must sleep on this bed, lest I perish.” A third excuse students could use: “Woe is me! I must skip chapel to avoid failing my final examination.” But too often I feel like we have excuses for skipping chapel that are sorrier and far less sophisticated.
One of A.W. Tozer’s most popular books, The Pursuit of God, has been labeled a “Christian classic,” which he wrote for believers “whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself.” I encourage you to read the whole book, but for now, consider what Tozer shares in the chapter titled “The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing.”
I attend an Anglican church in downtown Columbia called Church of the Apostles. I come from a fairly contemporary church setting, with heavy guitars and pounding drums, and the preacher using his iphone to reference scripture. This sort of emergent style churchgoing is great, but it is polar opposite from the Anglican style of Sunday morning worship.
This week we have been focusing the authority of Scripture – one of our five core values. Professors have delivered chapel messages on the topic, each coming from a slightly different angle.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.