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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

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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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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

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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, 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

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Dr. Ben Carson - Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

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Published: January 30, 2014

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 In 2008, Dr. Ben Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor and is awarded to those individuals who have
Dr. Ben Carson - Scholar and Research Scientist image

Dr. Ben Carson - Scholar and Research Scientist

Dr. Ben Carson - Scholar and Research Scientist image

Published: January 28, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson is one of the world’s leading research scientists. A "voracious reader of the medical and scientific literature," he has written more than 120 major scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, 38 books and book chapters, and been the recipient of many grant awards. His achievements have earned him more than 60 honorary doctorates, including those from Yale and Columbia Universities.“Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. You can be green-skinned with yellow polka dots and come from Mars, but if you have knowledge that people need, instead of beating you
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Dr. Ben Carson - From Tough, Urban Beginnings to World Renowned Surgeon image

Dr. Ben Carson - From Tough, Urban Beginnings to World Renowned Surgeon

Dr. Ben Carson - From Tough, Urban Beginnings to World Renowned Surgeon image

Published: January 22, 2014

The son of a single mother growing up in a tough, inner-city, Detroit neighborhood, Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Challenges such as dire poverty, a single parent home, poor grades, and low self-esteem, appeared to preclude the realization of that dream. Yet his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and became a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at
The son of a single mother growing up in a tough, inner-city, Detroit neighborhood, Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Challenges such as dire poverty, a single parent home, poor grades, and low self-esteem, appeared to preclude the realization of that dream. Yet his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for
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Spring Semester Revival

Spring Semester Revival image

Published: January 22, 2014

OCU spring revival services started January 21, with alumnus, Pastor David Gallimore, sharing a message of forgiveness and healing.See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.~ Hebrews 12:15 Gallimore spoke of right relationships with God and one another, calling those in attendance to let go of bitterness in their lives. Unforgiveness toward others, according to Gallimore, makes it impossible to be at peace with God.“Real revival starts with real repentance. It's time for us to deal with it and tell the truth
OCU spring revival services started January 21, with alumnus, Pastor David Gallimore, sharing a message of forgiveness and healing.See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.~ Hebrews 12:15 Gallimore spoke of right relationships with God and one another, calling those in attendance to let go of bitterness in their
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OCU's 8th Annual Christmas Program ~ A Gift to the Community

OCU's 8th Annual Christmas Program ~ A Gift to the Community image

Published: December 11, 2013

Ohio Christian University hosted its eighth Annual Festival of Carols and Messiah on Saturday, December 7, at 7:00 pm, in the beautifully decorated Maxwell Center.  Guests were treated to the artistry of the OCU Chorale, joined by members of the Circleville Community Choir and an excellent 40-piece orchestra including OCU students, faculty members and area musicians. In the spirit of season, the Festival was the university’s gift to the community with one request. Guests were asked to bring canned food items to share with local ministries who support needy families in the area.Dr.
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