Welcoming the Nations into His Kingdom

Posted by Sevo Lwali in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and XAi
When we become Christians, God welcomes us into His Kingdom and, through Scripture, invites us to duplicate that same welcome to people from all nations. In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to reveal to all nations who He was by welcoming the foreigner in their midst. The New Testament brings into sharp focus the reason we welcome: we have been brought from a place of enmity with God into His family—a welcome provided by God through Jesus Christ. In…

A Life of Prayer

Posted by Paul York in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
The Son of God required constant prayerfulness and intensive times of focused prayer. To be human, according to Jesus’ example, is to be a creature who needs to be involved in regular, heartfelt prayer times with God, which helps us to enjoy, value, and glorify Him. Not only that, but prayer is for our own good as well: we should bring our lives constantly back into sync with the values and mission of God’s Kingdom through communication with Him. Even…

Giving: A Reflection of the Lord

Posted by Tom Trask in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
As Christians, we all know we should give in every area of our lives: our time, talents, and treasure. It’s not a question of whether or not to give—what matters is the reason why we give. In 1 Chronicles 29, David understood giving makes an eternal impact, “We are here for only a moment… gone so soon without a trace.” David embraced the fact that we are temporary and what lasts are those things that become part of God’s omniscience.…

Are we Babylonian or Biblical? (Part One)

Posted by Brian Hargett in Cross-Cultural Missions and Expeditions
Have you ever considered how closely the Great Commission in Matthew 28 parallels the Genesis Assignment in Genesis 1? “Go and make disciples” sounds a lot like “Be fruitful and multiply.” “Of all nations” sounds a lot like “fill the earth,” and “teaching them to obey everything I’ve commanded” sounds a lot like “and subdue it (the earth.)” Throughout Scripture, we see God’s desire for His people to multiply and spread so the “earth will be filled with the knowledge…

Go, Give, Pray, and Welcome

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, feedONE, Student, and XAi
We reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-Filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world. This clarion call has served as the marching orders for Chi Alpha since 1993. Taking our mission statement seriously, we had to ask how we could aid this transformation by reconciling students to Christ. The nearly 22,000 Chi Alpha students represents a potential formidable global missionary force. To change this missionary force from potential…

God's Dreams

Posted by Paul York in Student
Does God ever Dream? God is a Spirit, so he doesn’t have nightly REM dreams with his eyes shut. He doesn’t wake up wondering what His dream was about. He doesn’t dream that He is flying. He doesn’t have nightmares. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t dream! Go to his Word and read with your heart wide open. Catch the rhythms, the recurring pattern that plays throughout the big story of the whole Bible. Calm your mind and read the…

Staying Christian in Ministry

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Healthy Leaders
I have found that one of the hardest things about being in ministry (for me now for well over two decades) can be maintaining fervent faith. Yes, I just said that. The ministry is a wonderful calling—an adventure in walking with Christ that’s a little off the beaten path compared to many vocations. In being called to full time ministry, I have been invited to walk a path similar to the path Jesus walked—dependent on God through His people for…

Full Bellies

Posted by Will Klier in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
On July 16 of this year, I became the father of a teenager and it hit me: in the campus lifespan of a “super senior,” my daughter will be a freshman in college! I remember so distinctly just holding her in my arms for the first time. I can recall even speaking to her while she developed in my wife’s womb. As it’s commonly said, the days are long and the years are fast! My daughter is an amazing young…

Heart Transformation

Posted by Alyssa Stroh in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
Last year was my first year on campus at the University of Iowa and I had barely given any thought or time to feedONE, Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding program and Chi Alpha’s compassion arm. With hardly any notice at all, we launched our feedONE month in April that began with a simple dinner for all the students and watched The Waiting List documentary. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room of 20 students. Without even asking to receive…

Saying Yes

Posted by Carl Nalbandian in Cross-Cultural Missions, feedONE, and Student
One of my favorite sayings is, “Every time you say yes to something, you say no to something else.” That’s the way I used to look at feedONE. I knew feedONE was the children’s feeding program championed by Convoy of Hope, and I loved the vision and the mission. But I was so focused on our campus I thought getting would mean saying no to something else. I’ve since learned this isn’t always the case. This year, we made a…

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