John 16:33 (NIV) A week and a half ago, I boarded an airplane headed for Denver, Colorado. I was going to a women’s conference set deep in the mountains, by myself. Something in me stirred as the plane took off that Thursday morning. The addicting ...

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Into the Mountains

John 16:33 (NIV)

A week and a half ago, I boarded an airplane headed for Denver, Colorado. I was going to a women’s conference set deep in the mountains, by myself. Something in me stirred as the plane took off that Thursday morning. The addicting feeling of adventure was seeping into my being and was quickly taking ahold of me. I was excited, but in all honesty, I was more anxious than ever before.

I was slammed with tests, projects and papers all before I left (yay college, right?) and a small voice began to whisper in my ear, saying, “Is this conference really worth it? Wouldn’t it be more sensible for you to just stay home? It’s going to be a waste of time anyways.” Slowly, it became easier for me to listen to those thoughts than listen to the parts of my heart that said, “You are inherently brave. You are made for something like this. Get on that plane and go.”

Let me introduce you to one of my oldest and ugliest companions – Doubt.

The thing about Doubt is that he brings me away from Jesus. Doubt distracts me from the finished work of the cross. Doubt reminds me of my past and makes me question God’s goodness.

So, I finally made it to the ranch. In the mountains. In the middle of nowhere. And I didn’t know a soul. Oh, trust me, Anxiety and I were having some pretty intense conversations at that point too.

But what I felt even deeper and truer than the Anxiety and Doubt was the quiet strength of Jesus guiding me along. It was almost so imperceptible that I began to question God’s intentions in bringing me to the mountains if I couldn’t feel Him moving in big ways. But He was there. Soon, I began to feel Jesus lighting a fire in my heart in every moment that I searched for Him.

The funny thing about God is that He always knows what He’s doing. He took my heart that weekend from the dust and He made it into something beautiful. Not pretty, or girlish, or polite – no, He made it into something beautiful, fierce, and unwavering.

He laughed at Doubt, and Doubt left. He laughed at Anxiety, and Anxiety left. He laughed at Numbness, and Numbness left. And when those old companions of mine were gone, it was just me and my Creator. Oh, how freeing that was.

So, what’s my point in writing about this? My point is this: your doubt, anxiety, whatever it is, they don’t scare God one bit. All He wants is your heart and your YES. So, invite your old friends Doubt, Anxiety or Failure to come with you as you run to God. Because believe me, those old friends of yours won’t hang around long when you’re in the presence of Jesus.

Run into the mountains of your heart today, and I promise you, He will meet you there.

Mollie Sherman
UNI Junior
Pizza fanatic, Future Doctor, Book Nerd

 Mollie Sherman Mountains

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What's Happening?

  • Chick-Fil-A Par-Tay // This Thursday night at 9:15pm, head on over to Bani’s on College Hill after BASIC for free Chick-Fil-A! That’s right. Free Chick-Fil-A. #AllAreWelcome 
  • Faith + Doubt  // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us as we explore His-STORY. This week Brad Hillebrand continues the series on Faith + Doubt with the story of Moses. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome
  • Fall Bash // October 25th // 8:00 - 10:00 pm // Lutheran Student Center// Get ready for a spooky good time! There will be games, food, a costume contest, ½ priced all drinks at a Sidecar Coffee truck, and more! And before you ask, yes, this event is B.Y.O.P. (See graphic for more details) #BASICFallBash #BYOP
  • College-Age Lunch // Join us Sunday, October 28th after the 10:45 service at Nazareth Lutheran Church for a free college-age lunch of Buffalo Wild Wings! Bring a friend and bring your appetite! #BLESS #Eat
  • New BASIC Swag // Looking for early Christmas present ideas fora friend or for yourself? New BASIC swag is now available! Order now until Halloween! Orders will be finished by Thanksgiving. Click the graphic below to browse our online shop! #BASICSWAG 
  • Production Team // Do have a passion for working with video/audio/lighting equipment? Are you interested in learning more about production or being part of a production team? Well, you’re in luck! The BASIC Production Team is looking for more people to join! Click the graphic below or email Ben Franke at benjaminfranke762@gmail.com to learn more and sign up! #BASICTeams #BASICFam
  • Urbana 2018 // December 27th - January 1st // St. Louis, Missouri // InterVarsity invites you to join over 13,000 students in worship. You'll get to hear amazing speakers, mingle with over 250 missions organizations (both international and global), and dive into the book of Revelation. Join us October 23rd for an informal informational meeting at Nazareth Lutheran church at 6:00pm! Dinner will be provided! Click the graphic below for more details! #Urbana2018
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

 

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A Place of Peace

Sanctuary. It can mean a lot of things. A nature reserve, a park, a holy place, a church, a place of refuge or safety, a shelter. It’s a place where you let down walls, where you cry and word vomit to your best friend, where you let go and dance for Jesus. Who knew you could find a sanctuary, a place of refuge, in the middle of Lang Hall, in a single chair, surrounded by friends and strangers.

I was looking up verses on rest and solitude to find one that could go with this blog; I was becoming discouraged and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t find anything to write about when this is my favorite night. I was turning the pages of my bible, and there, in big, bold words, it said, “I will provide peace in this place.” I immediately thought, well this couldn’t be any more perfect and I began reading about what the context was. The verse is found in Haggai, which is written to the people after the temple has been destroyed in Jerusalem to encourage to continue rebuilding the temple. In chapter two, the Lord spoke to the prophet Haggai to speak to others in the midst of rebuilding this temple that was once majestic and holy. The Lord asked Haggai to ask these people how the temple was before and how does the rebuild look in comparison. He speaks strength into the people and reminds them that His spirit is with them through this process. The Lord continues to speak saying that He is going to shake the heavens and earth and all the nations, so that treasures will come and will fill the house with glory. Verse nine closes with, “‘The final glory of this house will be greater than the first,’ says the Lord of Armies. ‘I will provide peace in this place’ -- this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.”

Isn’t this what we are doing? Building up our temples to have God speak strength and truth and peace into them? Let this be a reminder to you that even if you feel shaken and broken, God is preparing your heart and rebuilding you for an even greater glory. Maybe the mending of your heart can begin Thursday, in the middle of Lang Hall, in a single chair, surrounded by friends and strangers.

I have had the absolute privilege of creating a space and atmosphere for Sanctuary night with BASIC for the past three years and is one of my all time favorite Thursday nights. I am graduating this December, which means this is my last Sanctuary as a student. It’s a bittersweet night, but I cannot wait for the community that I love so dearly to find peace, rest, and refuge in Lang Hall.

Sydney Hemann
UNI Senior
Aspiring Designer, Coffee Enthusiast, Desiring Traveler

Sydneys Photo

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What's Happening?:

  • Sanctuary // Midterms are coming. For some of you, they’re already here. Now, you might just need a place where you can rest. This Thursday night BASIC will be providing a place of peace with reflection, prayer, and musical worship as you rest in Jesus.
  • Fall Conference // Intervarsity's Fall Conference is October 5th - 7th (THIS WEEKEND) at the Sunstream Retreat Center in Ogden, Iowa. Join us for a weekend filled with incredible worship, dynamic speakers, meaningful seminars, in-depth Bible study, rest and play! It only costs $90! For more information, email Lindsay McDonald at lindsaymcd15@gmail.com. Click the graphic below to sign up now! #FallConference2018
  • Jamaica Meeting // This Sunday, October 7th, there will be a meeting for the Jamaica Spring Break Mission Trip! Join us at BIGhouse near Orchard Hill Church from 9:30am - 10:30am to learn more about the mission trip and how you can serve others this spring! Feel free to invite your friends! 
  • Haiti/Mozambique Meeting // Looking for more ways to serve? Sunday October 14th Join us at Orchard Hill Church in Room 111 from 10:15am - 11:00am to learn more about two more mission trip opportunities! Feel free to invite your friends!
  • Faith + Doubt  // 8:00pm Lang Hall // On October 11th we are starting a new series! Come join us next week when we begin to explore His-STORY as Juli Camarin kicks off our new series on Faith + Doubt. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome
  • Promotions Team // The BASIC Promotions Team is looking for more people to join! Have you seen any of the Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter posts for BASIC? Or seen the chalkboards around campus? Want to be a part of that? Click the graphic below or email Leah McCune at mccunel@uni.edu to learn more and sign up! #BASICTeams #BASICFam
  • Urbana 2018 // December 27th - January 1st // St. Louis, Missouri // InterVarsity invites you to join over 13,000 students in worship. You'll get to hear amazing speakers, mingle with over 250 missions organizations (both international and global), and dive into the book of Revelation. Click the graphic below for more details! #Urbana2018
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeGroupLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #SundayWorship

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Serving With Love

 

“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Love. What a powerful thing. We take this word for granted all too often; casually throwing it around and misusing the precious value it holds. Many times we diminish the significance of the word and forget that love is an emotion AND an action. We forget who first embodied the true meaning and act of love. God is love and He calls us to walk in love just as Jesus did so that we may make disciples here on Earth. God will work miraculous wonders through us where we are and He’ll use us to BLESS this broken world when we fix our eyes on Him, love, and serving one another.

At Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp this last summer, I was incredibly blessed with the opportunity to live out and experience these three important pieces of God’s calling as a senior counselor. Our theme was, “Seek First” which ties into seeking God, finding our vocation, building His kingdom, putting others first, and many other themes. At Riverside I received love from our encouraging staff and was able to generously pour out that love to the campers. I learned so much about the gravity of placing my trust and hope in God by seeking Him above all else because He has a plan for me. After giving God my plans and letting Him take control, my passion for teaching kids was reaffirmed and I felt the utmost joy. I then experienced an even stronger drive, which grew over the summer, to share the gospel with those around me than I ever have before in order to further God’s kingdom. I have always loved to serve and help others in need but this last summer, God fully opened up my eyes to see the true purpose and significance of service: To build His kingdom. On the back of the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp sign, a message is inscribed as a reminder of our mission as Christians: “Go and make disciples.”

Ultimately, as humans, we fail time and time again to embrace God’s greatest commandment to love Him and our neighbors. However, even though we constantly fall short, God’s love will never fail and we can rest in that promise. His love is unconditional and inspires us daily to love without conditions or grudges. I want to express that, even though we are all fighting our own battles and struggling with our calling in life, we can still love people and God will provide the rest. His love is reckless, so be imitators of Jesus Christ and “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Annika Krieg
Wartburg Junior
Loves working with kiddos, traveler, coffee & tennis lover

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What's Happening

  • After BASIC // Thursday September 20th at 9:30pm // Orchard Hill Church // Join us this week after BASIC for a late night game of basketball! All skill levels are welcome! #bballwithBASIC
  • Ninja U // Ever wanted to try a ninja obstacle course? Join us this Thursday for our second #AfterBASIC! Only $3 for college students! Listen for the announcements during worship or click the graphic below for more information!
  • BASIC in Waverly // Attention all Wartburg students! On Tuesday September 25th, BASIC is coming to Waverly! Join us at Vineyard Church for an awesome night of worship. Doors open at 7:30pm and worship starts at 8:00pm. Stay for the #AfterBASIC cereal bar at 9:00pm. Invite your friends! #AllAreWelcome
  • College-Age Lunch // Orchard Hill Church // Join us this Sunday after the 10:45AM service for a pasta bar! Alfredo, marinara, salad, breadsticks, and more! Maybe Bradley Rees and Sara Rockow will do another #slowjam with the full menu for us tomorrow.
  • Fall Conference // Intervarsity's Fall Conference is October 5th - 7th at the Sunstream Retreat Center in Ogden, Iowa. Join us for a weekend filled with incredible worship, dynamic speakers, meaningful seminars, in-depth Bible study, rest and play! It costs $90, but sign up between September 13th - September 20th for $20 off! For more information, email Lindsay McDonald at lindsaymcd15@gmail.com
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #LifeWithLove
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations! #WeeklyWorship

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Breathing Room

Listening to God is a funny thing. Most people have never heard his audible voice. He doesn’t speak to us in the way that people speak to each other. God’s “spoken” words are more like the actions of a friend, a great sunrise, a rainy day, or a coincidence that seems too perfect to be a coincidence. Listening, and therefore connecting, to God isn’t a coffee date. It does not look like a concrete time and place with eye contact, verbal words and back and forth conversation.

Listening and connecting to God can and does happen during intentional times of bible reading and prayer. However, my experience is that it’s most often subtle. God speaks to me when I’m driving down the road, walking around campus and in the stories of broken people doing good in our world. They sometimes whack me upside the head and are plain as day.

I will never see/hear the voice of God when I’m too busy to notice it. Andy Stanley, an Atlanta pastor, talks about the concept of “breathing room.” He defines this as the space between the pace you’re running and your absolute maximum speed. If you have no breathing room, you won’t see/hear the voice of the Lord. Do you desire to hear/feel the work of God in your life? Delete some things from your calendar, drop a class or take on less extra shifts at work. Then, fill that space with space. This space is for the Lord to show you what it is he’s trying to get you to see.

For some of us, that space looks like alone time. For some of us, it looks like surrounding yourself with some great humans. However it looks, its worth it! About 20 of the leadership team at BASIC were surveyed to see what it is that they do to create space in their lives to connect with God. The results of this are posted here. Try some of them!

  • Sit completely by myself in nature in complete silence. Then, listen for God to speak to me
  • Musical worship at  BASIC
  • Watch sunsets
  • Drives in the car with jams
  • Spend time alone listening to worship music or in silence
  • Fishing, anything outdoor, quiet, nature
  • Dance around my room listening to worship music
  • Go for walks or long drives where I can clear my mind and just listen
  • Bow hunting in the woods. I love that solitary time with God
  • Getting on my knees to pray. I love the physical submittance to reinforce spiritual submittance
  • Talking to God in the car out loud
  • Praise God for the new day on my way to class
  • Meditating on the words of the music I’m singing
  • Lay outside and just take in creation
  • Lay in bed and listen to music
  • Chats with friends over coffee
  • I get up early and write
  • Shoot hoops alone while looking at the stars
  • Go for a walk
  • Journaling, music and hammocking at the same time
  • Take a song I know well and change the words into my own prayer

Derek Kimball
BASIC Staff
Father, Husband, Coffee lover, and more!

 

 Derek Kimball Photo

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What's New

  • Picnic on the Porch // Picnic on the Porch is back! Join us at 6:30pm on September 6th for free food and a fun time! Grab your friends and come on over to 604 W. Seerely Blvd. #AllAreWelcome
  • Free Brunch!// Attention Wartburg students!! On Sunday September 9th join us for brunch after the 9:30am service at Orchard Hill’s Waverly campus for a free college-aged brunch! Come for service and stay for food! Don’t forget to invite your friends! #ServiceOnSunday #FreeFood 
  • Starting Point // Every Monday for 8 weeks starting September 10th at 6:45pm // Orchard Hill Church // The goal of this group is to have a conversation about faith—to explore and ask questions you may have about faith, whether you are new to church, returning after some time, or are looking to take a next step in your faith. $5 will get you the materials needed for the group that you will get the first night. Questions or want to secure your spot?! Email Katy Myers at kmyers@orchardhillchurch.org.
  • Bible Study // Women's Group // Starting Sunday September 16th from 9:30 - 10:30am// Led by Ashley Jorgensen & Courtney Johnson // Orchard Hill Church// Woven is a 6 week Bible Study by IF that Focuses on God’s plan for using us as disciple-makers, and includes practical steps toward building more intentional relationships in our lives. You can access the study for free online, or can purchase a study book here! Contact Ashely Jorgensen at ashley.jorgensen@uni.edu if interested!
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved in BASIC?! Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! Click the graphic below to sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! #ShareTheLove 
  • Sunday Morning Worship // Join us on Sundays for church at Orchard Hill, Nazareth Lutheran Church, or Orchard Hill’s campus in Waverly! See the graphic below for service times and worship locations!! #SundayWorship 
  • After BASIC // On September 13th from 9:30 - 11:00pm, mark your calanders for when #AfterBASIC returns with the annual lipsinc! This year, we'll be meeting at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Bethel Hall. Keep an eye on our social media for more information!
  • Fall Conference // Intervarsity's Fall Conference is October 5th - 7th at the Sunstream Retreat Center in Ogden, Iowa. Join us for a weekend filled with incredible worship, dynamic speakers, meaningful seminars, in-depth Bible study, rest and play! It costs $90, but sign up between September 13th - September 20th for $20 off! For more information, email Lindsay McDonald at lindsaymcd15@gmail.com or check out this website!

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Picnic on the Porch 2018

Free College Age Brunch Waverly 2018

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AfterBASIC Lip Sync Battle 2018

      
 


Bring It On

My mind is completely blank. Everything I’ve learned in college the past two years seesaws in and out of my brain as if pulled by an invisible string. Once again summer has managed to slip through my unsuspecting fingers, and I find myself trying to make up for lost time. Maybe I should’ve started packing earlier. Probably should’ve organized my sock drawer a little sooner, or checked to see if I had any homework before arriving at school. Oops.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably quadruple checking your schedule and school supplies (at the last possible minute) because there has to be something you forgot. The bottom line is some of us are far too caught up in the maybes or the what ifs to focus on the here and now that we’re completely forgetting about all the good things going on around us.

And boy are we missing out.

One thing that helps me get through times like this is stopping and taking a nice, deep breath. It allows me a little time to collect myself before I have to move forward. Can we all just pause for a moment and take a deep breath? Ready? Okay.

One.

Two.

Three.  

Feel a bit better? It’s okay if you don’t. Everyone deals with stress a little differently. And that’s just fine. Because no matter what you’re feeling right now, everything is going to be okay. Why? God’s got you.

Just the other day I was looking for Bible verses that might help me get back on track and calm my irritated nerves. What I found was Psalm 46:1. In the verse, it talks about how God is our safe haven despite our present troubles.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

-  Psalm 46:1

It actually calls Him “our refuge” and our “strength.” Sure, I’ve heard everyone say this to me thousands of times, but I’ve never needed to hear those words more than I do right now.  

God’s my refuge? Okay. He’s my strength? Alright. He’s my ever-present help when I’m in trouble? Well why didn’t you say so!

There is nothing, nothing, I cannot do without God. So maybe I’m not exactly ready for the school year to begin. So what if I forgot to bring a notebook for a class? Or a folder for work? None of that matters. What matters is God has my back and will help me get through this school year just like He did last year and the year before that.

So bring on the late night study sessions. Bring on the dry pens and broken pencils. Bring on everything you can possibly throw at me because I’ve got God on my side all the time. And as long as He’s with me, I am more than ready.

So bring on Round Three.

Emily Koenig
UNI Junior
Gryffinpuff, Book nerd, Occasional artist

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What's Happening?

  • Kickin’ It Off with BASIC // Kick of the school year with us Thursday August 23rd. Starting at 8:00pm in Lang Hall and ending with a #AfterBASIC party on lawn!
  • Calling all Freshmen! // On August 24th BASIC is hosting an event for all the freshmen. Join us on Lawther Field from 6:00-8:00pm. Invite your friends, and get ready to make new ones!  #NewFriends #BASICFamily #FreshmenRule
  • The Gathering // Once a year, all of the Orchard Hill Church campus locations join together to worship at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at UNI. Join us this for this fall’s gathering on August 26th at the 9:00 and 11:00AM services! Stay after the 11:00AM service for a free lunch! #WALKINGTACOS #ALLAREWELCOME
  • Picnic with Naz // Join us Sunday August 26th from 5:00 - 7:00pm at Nazareth Lutheran Church! We’ll have free food, a dunk tank, inflatables, music, games & more! Invite your friends! All are Welcome! #Community #NAZ #BASICFamily
  • Outdoor BASIC // On August 30th we’re headed back out to the Lawn! Come join us at 8:00pm outside Lang Hall for music dancing and more! Don’t forget to bring a blanket and a friend! #OutdoorBASIC #DanceParty
  • Welcome Week // Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you’ll join us for all of these awesome events. If you want to find more information about BASIC, check out http://www.basicatlang.org or follow @BASICATLANG on facebook, instagram, or twitter!

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 BASIC Kickoff Party on the Lawn 2018

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