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December 13, 2012

A Prayer for Urbana Participants

By: 
Adam Jeske

O Lord,
you are great.

You know each of the thousands of people who are coming to St. Louis for the Urbana 12 Student Missions Conference.

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December 12, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Sandra Van Opstal

The combined aroma of arroz con gandules and urine-stained clothes smacked me across the face as I entered the shelter. Being a veteran to feeding the “needy,” I was accustomed to strong smells, but that day I regretted coming. Immediately, though, I heard God’s invitation from Luke 14:17, “Come, for everything is now ready.”

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December 11, 2012

A Mid-Advent (and Onward!) Reading List

By: 
Lisa Rieck

Advent is about longing. It’s a time to remember the Israelites’ years of waiting for the Messiah, and to focus on our own longing for a deeper sense of Emmanuel in our daily lives as well as for Jesus’ return.

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December 10, 2012

If You Don't Get an Angel: Luke 1 Perspectives

By: 
Lisa Rieck

I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, from the western Chicago suburbs six weeks ago based on a strong sense of God’s leading.

I didn’t get an angel or nine months of planning like Mary did (see Luke 1)—both of which would have been nice.

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December 07, 2012

An Advent Conspiracy Christmas

By: 
Matt Sally

I can’t wait for Christmas.

Preparation is well underway at my house: the tree is up, the nativity is on display, and our stockings are hung (with care!). We’ve even watched a few of those sappy Hallmark movies.

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December 06, 2012

Praying Your Way to Urbana 12

By: 
Jacci Turner

Why pay all that money to go to Urbana 12 and come in spiritually unprepared? Use these ideas to help ready your heart to be changed by God at Urbana.

1. Put a reminder in your calendar every day from now until December 27 to pray for God to prepare you for Urbana (see second suggestion below for specifics).

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December 05, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Drew Larson

On my first day in Uganda on a mission trip, I was terrified of whatever the African equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge is. So I ate nothing my hosts prepared for me.

On my second day, I ate a little rice.

On my third day, I had some chicken and millet bread.

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December 04, 2012

Andy Mineo Is Coming to Urbana! Are You?

By: 
Amy Hauptman

We're so excited that Andy Mineo--rapper, church planter, and InterVarsity alumnus--will be onstage at Urbana 12! Earlier this year, I got to hear more about his passion for ministry and how God used InterVarsity and Urbana to shape him when he was a student. Here's a peek at his story.

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December 03, 2012

God Answers Prayer: Luke 1 Perspectives

By: 
Steven Tamayo

Have you ever had God answer a prayer you prayed for a long time?

Have you ever had God answer a prayer in a surprising way?

My wife and I recently celebrated the birth of our second son, Jack. We named him after my grandfather.

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November 30, 2012

The Life of God on the Reservation

By: 
Willie Krischke

Would Jesus eat frybread?

That was the question 150 Native American students and staff from around the country gathered to discuss November 9–11 in Window Rock, Arizona (the capital of the Navajo nation).

I have been to Native American student conferences before—in fact, I have planned them for InterVarsity for the last six years—but none have ever been anything like this. Native Alaskans came, and brought the snow with them, which was a thrill for the Native Hawaiians, who had never experienced the icy white stuff before. For their part, the Hawaiians blessed the group by teaching us a haka, a Maorian dance proclaiming the might and majesty of God.

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