Jesus, the Kingdom, and Giving up Control

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” declares John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton. On the surface, it does not seem a truer statement has ever been spoken. A look through the pages of history reveals example after example of power enticing, infecting, and corrupting: from Genghis Khan, to Stalin, to Idi Amin. It is true of the secular as well as religious, of military as well as civil leaders. Yet, there is one figure that stands drastically apart from this pattern: Jesus the…

Student Testimony: Klarissa Guzman

Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Chi Alpha Connection
I grew up in a family that went to church on Sunday but didn’t follow the Christian lifestyle. My mother had anger issues and my father drank excessively, so I was a troubled kid. I also drank, took pills, cut, stopped believing in the Lord, and even participated in other religions like Wicca and Islam. Peer pressure made me feel more lost than ever when I graduated high school, so going into college life and being an adult seemed impossible.…

Unity

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Being One? Is this possible? “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Cor 12:13 “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Gen 2:24 “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Deut 6:4 One. In the…

A Place to Meet with God

Posted by Gary Paschal in Chi Alpha Connection
During my freshmen year in college, I was persuaded to attend my first retreat with Chi Alpha. This retreat provided me with an atmosphere for extended times of worship that allowed me to go deep into loving Jesus and yield to the flow of the Holy Spirit without my daily distractions. That was many years ago, but the encounter I had then drastically challenged and changed my life forever. It is because of that encounter that makes me a strong…

Students are Encountering Jesus

Posted by Jeremy Anderson in Chi Alpha Connection
Amidst hundreds of testimonies from our local campuses in the Central Valley of California, I’d like to encourage you with some remarkable stories.  Carlos was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit! A group of Chi Alpha students from the University of California-Merced grabbed dinner at a restaurant and ran into their classmate, Carlos. After asking the Holy Spirit for the opportunity to share the Father’s love with Carlos, they shared varying words of knowledge with him and one student…

The Lost Heritage of African American Missionaries

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Did you know that the first person to leave the U.S. and plant a church in another country was Black? Even though the Southern Baptist Convention has failed to recognize George Liele as the first overseas missionary from the U.S. because he was not “sent out” like Adoniram Judson who went to Burma thirty years later, many acknowledge him as such. Liele is just one of the many forgotten names of African American missionaries. In campus missions, we often talk…

Ministering in Historic Times

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection
I have communicated broadly regarding the prophetic word that began to come forward in May 2016, that we were about to witness the greatest student awakening in history. Along with Chi Alpha, Charisma as well as Fox News have reported on the awakening. Part of this prophetic word is that this will be a student awakening of Kingdom power. A review of earlier awakenings in the U.S.A. reveals that they were marked by supernatural manifestations. I anticipate a fresh, supernatural…

How to Fight

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
The Easiest Way to Lose a Battle is not to engage, to abstain, to sit out. I feel like that is what the majority of believers do when faced with the racial and ethnic segregation in the church. Today, I want to talk to those of you who are engaged and ask you this? Are you praying? Yes, praying. It’s so simple. Yet so overlooked. I don’t know about you, but it seems that I believe in prayer much more…

#MLK and @YOU

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
Martin Luther King day is a national holiday, but is it a holiday for the nation? Does it affect every single one of us? Or is it just for African Americans? Should I, a Colombian born, naturalized American citizen of Cuban parents, care about MLK Day? I mean, after all, the civil rights movement did not affect or involve my family or me. Yet, I am planning on honoring the day in several ways. Not because of my ethnic heritage…

Music and the Multi-Ethnic Congregation

Posted by Belkis Lehmann in Diversity
There seems to be no more divisive issue, at least in the initial stages of diversity development, than music style in your congregational worship service. How do you meet the needs of everyone you are trying to reach and create the kind of cultural experience that is appropriate to all? Well, first let me say that you need to be asking the above question. If you have not, then your goal may not be diversity but a diverse group of…

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