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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. ​

 

Articles of Interest

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of
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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

Archived Articles of Interest

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True Faith from the Inside Out

True Faith from the Inside Out image

Published: January 29, 2018

Spring Revival 2018 occurred the week of January 21st.  Rev. Mark Van Valin brought inspiring chapel messages.  Rev. Van Valin challenged OCU students throughout the week to consider introspective topics including personal relationships, what true worship means, and how to live from the inside out.  In addition to delivering such thought-provoking messages at the mornings and evenings services, Rev. Van Valin met with and encouraged students one-on-one while he was on campus, talking over a meal in the cafeteria and over coffee in the student center.   Early each semester, Student
Spring Revival 2018 occurred the week of January 21st.  Rev. Mark Van Valin brought inspiring chapel messages.  Rev. Van Valin challenged OCU students throughout the week to consider introspective topics including personal relationships, what true worship means, and how to live from the inside out.  In addition to delivering such thought-provoking messages at the mornings and evenings
Spring Revival 2018 occurred the week of January 21st.  Rev. Mark Van Valin brought inspiring chapel messages.  Rev. Van Valin challenged OCU students throughout the week to consider introspective
Rev. Mark Van Valin

Spring Revival 2018

Rev. Mark Van Valin

Published: January 16, 2018

Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rev. Mark Van Valin deliver the Spring Revival messages January 23rd through 25th.  Rev. Van Valin will preach on the theme of practical holiness and the difference Jesus makes in our lives and relationships. Rev. Van Valin is the lead pastor of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  He’s been married to his wife Linda for 33 years.  About himself Van Valin says this:  “I enjoy reading, history, music, and fishing. Catching anything is a bonus!  I was raised in a solid Christian home. My father Frank was a Free
Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rev. Mark Van Valin deliver the Spring Revival messages January 23rd through 25th.  Rev. Van Valin will preach on the theme of practical holiness and the difference Jesus makes in our lives and relationships. Rev. Van Valin is the lead pastor of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  He’s been married to his wife Linda for
Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rev. Mark Van Valin deliver the Spring Revival messages January 23rd through 25th.  Rev. Van Valin will preach on the theme of practical holiness and
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Unexpected Packages

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Published: December 22, 2017

by Amber Ginter, Senior, English Major You know, with the Christmas season coming about, families cutting down trees, and Hallmark producing the most romantic, sappy, love affairs they can think of, it is no surprise that the month of December is full of emotions. For some of us, these emotions are pure joy and bliss. They embody my dog Buddy with his huge eyes and eager smile to see what’s next in store. With a wagging tail, glorious bark, and friendly charisma, no one could be more excited for Christmas. However, for others, the holidays bring about some different emotions. They
by Amber Ginter, Senior, English Major You know, with the Christmas season coming about, families cutting down trees, and Hallmark producing the most romantic, sappy, love affairs they can think of, it is no surprise that the month of December is full of emotions. For some of us, these emotions are pure joy and bliss. They embody my dog Buddy with his huge eyes and eager smile to see what’s
by Amber Ginter, Senior, English Major You know, with the Christmas season coming about, families cutting down trees, and Hallmark producing the most romantic, sappy, love affairs they can think
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Advent: A Season of Expecting Unexpectedness

 Advent: A Season of Expecting Unexpectedness image

Published: December 22, 2017

by Amber Ginter, Senior, English Major “While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have the baby.  She gave birth to her first son. She wrapped him up well and laid him in a box where cattle are fed. She put him there because the guest room was full.” (Luke 2:5-7, ERV). In Luke chapter two, the prophecy of the Messiah described in Micah 5:2-5 is fulfilled.  Here, though Luke is primarily concerned with the oppressed and how Jesus is going to help them, Bethlehem becomes a pivotal location for an unexpected baby lying in a less than expected stable. Anticipating
by Amber Ginter, Senior, English Major “While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have the baby.  She gave birth to her first son. She wrapped him up well and laid him in a box where cattle are fed. She put him there because the guest room was full.” (Luke 2:5-7, ERV). In Luke chapter two, the prophecy of the Messiah described in Micah 5:2-5 is fulfilled.  Here,
by Amber Ginter, Senior, English Major “While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have the baby.  She gave birth to her first son. She wrapped him up well and laid him in a
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Hollyn Concert Fills MPAC To Capacity

Hollyn Concert Fills MPAC To Capacity image

Published: December 19, 2017

Ohio Christian University hosted a capacity crowd that came to see Christian music artist Hollyn in their new Ministry
Ohio Christian University hosted a capacity crowd that came to see Christian music artist Hollyn in their new Ministry
Ohio Christian University hosted a capacity crowd that came to see Christian music artist Hollyn in their new Ministry