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     Yesterday was our first meeting of the school year!  What at first meeting it was!  Our planned lesson spoke about giving to God what is God’s.  If Caesar’s belongings are his because his image is on it, then we are God’s because we are made in His image!  “Will you give yourself to God this semester for His purpose?”

Even better was the unplanned lesson that God had for us!

It started in the God Watch part of our meeting.  What’s a God Watch?  It is a time to share how you see God moving in your life.  It can be answered prayer, and incident that only God can do. It can be seeing God’s perfect timing or seeing how God has lined things up in your life!
Shelly, our new President of Impact at UAlbany, shared how she had said something hurtful to someone 2-3 years ago and it has been on her heart to make amends with them.  The temptation to send a Facebook message was there, but she wanted to speak face to face.  Yesterday, they crossed paths.  The other girl tried to cover her face and remain hidden in the crowd, but Shelly saw her and made the effort to speak with her.  Small talk ensued, and Shelly brought it around to apologizing for her words, and that she never meant it in a way that would hurt like it did.  Her friend had been carrying this hurt for years, and through seeking forgiveness, the burden was lifted from both Shelly and her friend.
This God watch of saying how God lined this up to happen and that Shelly’s heart was ready to apologize and this person was there to accept it opened up another person to talk about a relationship they reconciled.
And another.

And another.

The theme of broken relationships came up.

Something we can all relate to.  There always seems like there will be more time to fix a relationship.  There is always tomorrow or next week, or next time, or year.  What was shared, was that there isn’t always tomorrow.  People move out of our lives and the chance is gone.  People pass away and we are left with a sadness that we never repaired that relationship or built it to what we thought it should be.  It was a great night and an unexpected lesson.  In a group where most people don’t know each other, these people were opening up faults and being honest and sharing what forgiveness really looks like in their lives.
It was a good day to be on campus!
-Zack
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Man oh man!  Today we started our Spring bible study where we are going to be going over the Gospel of Luke.  We started out be describing what college is like for us.  For me, college was a great time of learning.  I learn how much there is to know and how little of it I know.  I learned how to apply what I was taught.  I learned how to teach it to others too.  I learned how to communicate better find out answers to questions that I have.  In all of this learning, I also learned a lot of stuff in my major and I graduated with a degree in Atmospheric Science.  Outside of that I learned so much about God and who I was created to be.

We then moved on to how do you describe Jesus?  We all took turns talking about Jesus and different qualities and ways to speak of him.  We then went on read Luke 1:

Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,  so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)

     Luke here is saying that what he is doing is writing down an accurate account of Jesus so that Theophilus will can know that what he has been taught is true.  Luke is simply describing Jesus to Theophilus.

At the end of our bible study Dexter, a graduating senior, told us he had a hard time describing Jesus because of this video he saw.  We then punched it into a smart phone and watched the 3 minute video.  It was amazing!  I present it to you now!

Something that can be describe like that is truly indescribable!

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