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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 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
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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 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
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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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Dr. Ben Carson - New York Times Best Selling Author

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Published: March 4, 2014

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Dr. Ben Carson - Cancer Survivor

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Published: February 27, 2014

The World Famous Surgeon Becomes A PatientIn 2002, at age 50, Carson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Before undergoing surgery to remove the cancer, Carson told a reporter for the Washington Post that he was turning the outcome of the surgery over to “the Lord, [who] can heal anything.”“Do your best and let God do the rest.”― Ben CarsonDr. Carson will be featured at Ohio Christian University's 2014 Leadership Forum on April 21, 2014.Seating is limited so get your tickets today at www.OhioChristian.edu!
The World Famous Surgeon Becomes A PatientIn 2002, at age 50, Carson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Before undergoing surgery to remove the cancer, Carson told a reporter for the Washington Post that he was turning the outcome of the surgery over to “the Lord, [who] can heal anything.”“Do your best and let God do the rest.”― Ben CarsonDr. Carson will be featured at
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Rick Santorum Joining OCU's Leadership Forum

Rick Santorum Joining OCU's Leadership Forum image

Published: February 26, 2014

Senator Richard Santorum will be a featured speaker at OCU’s Leadership Forum on April 21, 2014. Santorum will be joining world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson; internationally acclaimed leadership expert, Dr. John Maxwell; and founder and senior pastor of Grace Outreach Center in Plano, TX, Dr. Gerald Brooks.Seating is limited so get your tickets today!Richard Santorum is an attorney by profession, but served as a United States Senator representing Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and was the Senate's third-ranking Republican from 2001 until 2007. He ran for the 2012 Republican
Senator Richard Santorum will be a featured speaker at OCU’s Leadership Forum on April 21, 2014. Santorum will be joining world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson; internationally acclaimed leadership expert, Dr. John Maxwell; and founder and senior pastor of Grace Outreach Center in Plano, TX, Dr. Gerald Brooks.Seating is limited so get your tickets today!Richard Santorum is an attorney
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Dr. Ben Carson - One of America's Best

Dr. Ben Carson - One of America's Best image

Published: February 25, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson was selected by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the nation's top 20 physicians and scientists, and by the Library of Congress as one of 89 "living-legends." A graduate of Yale and the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Ben Carson was rated by Time Magazine in an issue titled "America's Best" as a "super surgeon."“Successful people don't have fewer problems. They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.” ― Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson StoryDr. Carson will be featured at Ohio Christian University's 2014 Leadership Forum on April
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Dr. Ben Carson - Extraordinary Surgeon image

Dr. Ben Carson - Extraordinary Surgeon

Dr. Ben Carson - Extraordinary Surgeon image

Published: February 20, 2014

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