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Awaken Ministries Headlines Fall Revival image

Garrett Howell, founder of Awaken Ministries, opened OCU's Fall Revival with a message highlighting how to escape ‘strongholds’ that weigh down people from satisfying their hunger to live Christ-centered lives.  He likened these ‘strongholds’ to buckets filled with bricks that people carry with them that contain their worldly, sometimes demonic, habits and obsessions, such as with pornography or comparative envy to others. These ‘strongholds’ may become so heavy they weigh down individuals and keep them from moving forward to fulfill the potential of their callings. 

In the days leading up to Fall Revival, Garrett explained, "I am thrilled to be speaking at Ohio Christian University's Fall Revival. The Holy Spirit will move with great power during our time together: I anticipate the transforming of many lives and God's Kingdom coming in a noticeable, unique way. I am already praying for OCU students and for what God wants to do this revival week!

"What I will share may be boiled to the word: advance. I'll share about how to watch God's Kingdom advance radically in our lives. This goes beyond living a comfortable, ‘normal’ life that adheres to the cultural status quo and American church. It calls us to live radically for Christ. Revival starts with one person willing to live a non-conforming, counter-culture lifestyle. That's the challenge I offer students.

"Seeing the Kingdom advance begins with giving Christ total authority in your life. The first step of revival is understanding the concept of authority and assessing where spiritual authority is in our lives—to what things we have given authority. Kingdom advancement continues when we have awe for the Father's heart for us, which occurs when we see His love afresh and feel His healing. However, the Kingdom demands we shift our allegiance and start living each day for God's will and reign. We gain a new perspective and vision each day of seeing Heaven come to earth. We'll spend time on this idea during the revival. Finally, we will discuss accepting the callings God gives us and His roles for us. I believe we will see lives change, perspectives shift, and hearts changed as the Lord Jesus meets with us in revival."

In closing the Revival, Garrett emphasized each student’s need to be open to hear God and to trust He will help them find their calling. Garrett invited the students to consider themselves as the living church, an army that will be going out into the world to fulfill Christ’s evangelical call. He prayed each student would spread the Word of God on whatever paths their OCU education takes them. He prayed God would fulfill students’ hunger for cultivating their personal relationships with God. ​

 

Articles of Interest

Student Leadership Commissioning image

Student Leadership Commissioning

Student Leadership Commissioning image

Published: August 19, 2019

A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on a larger team with larger over-arching goals than just being an RA or on the Student Involvement Council [SIC] team. It is our hope that as various student leaders face challenges and difficulties
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to
Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide
Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Campus Hosting 26th Annual Quilt Show

Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Published: July 25, 2019

Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what we do,” Clifton said. “We’ll hang 180 to 200 quilts. The talent of these ladies is just phenomenal, they just do fabulous work.” The show is the 145-member guild’s biggest event of the year. It
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on
Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU image

Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU

Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU image

Published: June 24, 2019

The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the Mount of Praise Bible College, which was later changed to Circleville Bible College. As time passed and the college grew, it changed its name once more to Ohio Christian University in 2007. Dr. Jon
The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the
The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting
Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion

Archived Articles of Interest

Homecoming 2014 Wrap-up image

Homecoming 2014 Wrap-up

Homecoming 2014 Wrap-up image

Published: October 13, 2014

The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who participated in Homecoming 2014 and helped make the weekend such a great success!The festivities kicked-off with the Alumni Chapel on Thursday, October 2rd. Worship was led by Jake Marburger ('12), Mike Farrell ('12), Amanda Patrick ('11), and Trent Thompson (2010-12) and the chapel speaker was Dr. Joe Boysel (‘98). Later in the day students celebrated at a pep rally, followed by the Annual Torch Run through Downtown Circleville.The 23rd Annual Ohio Christian University and Linking Legacies golf tournament was a great success on Friday
The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who participated in Homecoming 2014 and helped make the weekend such a great success!The festivities kicked-off with the Alumni Chapel on Thursday, October 2rd. Worship was led by Jake Marburger ('12), Mike Farrell ('12), Amanda Patrick ('11), and Trent Thompson (2010-12) and the chapel speaker was Dr. Joe Boysel (‘98). Later in the day students
The Alumni Association wants to thank everyone who participated in Homecoming 2014 and helped make the weekend such a great success!The festivities kicked-off with the Alumni Chapel on Thursday,
2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert image

2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert

2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert image

Published: October 13, 2014

Great Crowds. Excellent Performances. God's Presence!The 8th Annual Gill Conley Homecoming Gospel Concert was an incredible evening with nearly 1,300 in attendance. Featured artists included The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, and The Talleys. The wonderful evening was filled with praise and honor to God.Tony McCrary commented on the concert:“This was the best concert event I have been a part of in my four years here at Ohio Christian University. Great crowd, excellent artists, and most of all, God’s presence filled the Maxwell auditorium.”From the family harmonies of the
Great Crowds. Excellent Performances. God's Presence!The 8th Annual Gill Conley Homecoming Gospel Concert was an incredible evening with nearly 1,300 in attendance. Featured artists included The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, and The Talleys. The wonderful evening was filled with praise and honor to God.Tony McCrary commented on the concert:“This was the best concert event I have been
Great Crowds. Excellent Performances. God's Presence!The 8th Annual Gill Conley Homecoming Gospel Concert was an incredible evening with nearly 1,300 in attendance. Featured artists included The
The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community image

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community image

Published: September 23, 2014

The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving insights to the students on how they can be successful within the department and in their future ministries.Dr. Rick Christman started the evening with a warm welcome, and then introduced each of the faculty and staff to help new students match names with faces, and encouraging communication between students and faculty. The professors were then given the opportunity to share their passion for
The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving insights to the students on how they can be successful within the department and in their future ministries.Dr. Rick Christman started the evening with a warm welcome, and then introduced each of the
The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving
Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True image

Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True

Teen's Meeting with Carson a Wish Come True image

Published: April 24, 2014

By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role model. Just last year, Jonathan Reisinger, an eighth grader at Logan Elm’s McDowell Exchange School, was assigned to write an essay about a person he would like to meet. His choice — Dr. Ben Carson, who was visiting the city Monday as part of OCU’s annual Leadership Forum in the Maxwell Center on campus.Officials at OCU discovered the teen’s essay on the Internet and decided to arrange the
By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role model. Just last year, Jonathan Reisinger, an eighth grader at Logan Elm’s McDowell Exchange School, was assigned to write an essay about a person he would like to meet. His choice — Dr. Ben
By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role
OCU Hosts 9th Annual Leadership Forum image

OCU Hosts 9th Annual Leadership Forum

OCU Hosts 9th Annual Leadership Forum image

Published: April 7, 2014

Ohio Christian University will host its 9th annual Leadership Forum on Monday, April 21, 2014, to be held in the Maxwell Center on the main campus. This year’s forum features:Dr. John Maxwell – world-renowned leadership expert, New York Times best-selling author and OCU alumnusDr. Ben Carson – internationally recognized neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipientPastor Gerald Brooks – highly-acclaimed pastoral coach and best-selling authorSenator Rick Santorum – former presidential candidate, founder of Patriot Voices, and New York Times best-selling authorThe forum will
Ohio Christian University will host its 9th annual Leadership Forum on Monday, April 21, 2014, to be held in the Maxwell Center on the main campus. This year’s forum features:Dr. John Maxwell – world-renowned leadership expert, New York Times best-selling author and OCU alumnusDr. Ben Carson – internationally recognized neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipientPastor Gerald
Ohio Christian University will host its 9th annual Leadership Forum on Monday, April 21, 2014, to be held in the Maxwell Center on the main campus. This year’s forum features:Dr. John Maxwell –