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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. ​

 

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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
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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
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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

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OCU Spring Dinner Concert Raised Support for Scholarship Fund

OCU Spring Dinner Concert Raised Support for Scholarship Fund image

Published: March 27, 2014

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The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. More than 400 Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a wonderful meal, and an additional 300 guests joined for a delightful night of gospel music featuring The Guardians and The Booth Brothers. The proceeds of the annual dinner concert support the Dean and Diana Hickman Scholarship Fund. Our
The annual Ohio Christian University Spring Dinner Concert was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. More than 400 Southern Gospel Music fans enjoyed a wonderful meal, and an additional 300 guests
Dr. Ben Carson - Gifted Hands image

Dr. Ben Carson - Gifted Hands

Dr. Ben Carson - Gifted Hands image

Published: March 20, 2014

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Dr. Ben Carson - Co-founder of Carson Scholars Fund Benefitting Thousands

Dr. Ben Carson - Co-founder of Carson Scholars Fund Benefitting Thousands image

Published: March 18, 2014

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Dr. Ben Carson - A Christian, First and Foremost image

Dr. Ben Carson - A Christian, First and Foremost

Dr. Ben Carson - A Christian, First and Foremost image

Published: March 11, 2014

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Published: March 6, 2014

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