“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 Raise your hand if you were more than ready to go back to school and start this ...

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Preparing for Change

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Raise your hand if you were more than ready to go back to school and start this semester. Raise your hand if you wish you had a few more weeks left of break. Wherever you may be sitting right now, it’s more than likely that you have some sort of plan as to how your semester will go.

Maybe you’re finally going to take that class you’ve been dying to take or apply for that job you’ve always wanted. Maybe you’re going to venture out of your comfort zone to make new friends, try new foods, or travel somewhere new. The point is, many of you probably have an idea of what you want your semester to look like. If you’re like me, some of you may have even made extensive plans as to what you think your semester should look like.

Regardless of the plans you have for next semester, you should remember one thing: Be prepared for change. If your plans do not align with God’s, there’s a good chance He will guide you back to where you need to be.

Over break, I was constantly reminded of this idea. I am currently entering in to my last semester at the University of Northern Iowa, and I couldn’t be more ready to leave. I had a plan of how I could finish my major and two minors this semester, have the perfect living situation, and how I could speed up the process of leaving UNI in the rearview mirror. Everything I wanted fit so perfectly within my own ideals that I lost track of where my plan was fitting in with God’s. I watched as my perfect plan slowly began to unravel before my eyes as God started to close the doors I wanted to go through in favor of opening the doors I needed. At the time, I felt like someone was purposely trying to make my life miserable. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Jeremiah 29:11 that I realized I was so consumed with my vision that I forgot to look ahead at the potential doors that were being opened in front of me. God wouldn’t let me venture into any situation without letting it lead me to something far better in my future. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not still nervous about how this next semester will play out, but at least I’ve found a bit of comfort in knowing that God will lead me wherever I need to be.

As you’re venturing into the new semester and creating your own plans, I encourage you to take a moment to see if your plans are centering around God or your own desires. Maybe you can look at Jeremiah 29:11 and find comfort in the fact that, despite what may be happening in your life right now, God always has your well-being in mind as He shows you the path leading towards your future. Then maybe, just maybe, as you’re centering your plans around Him, you’ll find that you’re able to open your heart to something God is calling you to do. And if you choose to listen, you might be surprised where it leads you.

Emily Koenig
UNI Senior
Casual artist, Author-in-progress, Mango smoothie enthusiast

Koenig

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What's Happening?

  • FOUNDATIONS // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us this Thursday as Ed Baker kicks off our FOUNDATION series. We will be exploring the questions about the foundational parts of the Christian faith starting with the question: "What is the Bible?". Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome 
  • College - Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, January 26th after the 10:45 service at Orchard Hill Church for all of your tailgate favorites!!  Bring a friend and your appetite! #BLESS #Eat 
  • Prodution Team // Do you like to serve behind the scenes? Are you interested in tech, audio, lighting, media? Want to make some new friends while helping set up and tear down for BASIC each week? Whether you have zero experience or a ton, we would love to have you join our team.We know that serving is one of the best ways to grow in your faith, and this is a great way to serve your fellow peers and bless this campus. Click the graphic below or email Trae Eenhuis  at teenhuis@orchardhillchurch.org to learn more and sign up! #BASICTeams #BASICFam
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more! #Listen #BLESS
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved with a faith community? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! You sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! Sign ups start Thursday! #LifeGroupLove #Community
  • 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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Finding Light in the Trials

One big thing that has stuck out to me this semester is God does not give us our trials but uses them. I am a student athlete at UNI but have not competed much due to back to back injuries the last 3 years. I repeatedly was frustrated and upset as to why God would keep taking away something I love to do. 

It took some time for me to really realize He was not doing this to me but the one going through it with me. I was constantly looking for Him and was not seeing Him. Until it really hit me, He has been here the whole time. Last winter break and spring semester, I began to notice the people around me and how they have all really impacted me. I began to see Him in all the little things instead of waiting for some big ‘sign’. He shined through my friends who always made sure I was okay. He shined through the athletic trainers and my teammates that were there for every step. Then, He for sure shined through the BASIC community that was filled with loving and caring people. He shined and continues to shine His light through so many people that helped me get through each set back.

The best moment was when I began to see how God was using these trials. When my teammates go through injury, I had a good idea what they are going through. Even this season I had a close friend who was going through a very similar back injury that I dealt with last spring. She was upset and I was able to be someone that she was able to talk to and understand all her frustrations. I am able to empathize with my teammates and in many cases go through it with them. I continue to meet some of my greatest friends through the training room and rehab and I certainly have God to thank for that. 

My plan was never to miss 3 years of running but it happened and I wouldn't change a thing. I may not have noticed right away but God helped me through it all and continues to help me through it. He constantly reminds me through the great memories and relationships that continue to come out of each trial. We can not avoid these bad things from happening but it is important to know we are never alone. My hope for you is to be able to trust in Him when you go through trials in life and see how He may use this situation.

Haylee Luna
UNI Senior
One of six kids in my family, Dog lover, Avid runner

HayleeLuna

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What's Happening?:

  • James // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us this Thursday as Karla Chestnut continues our series on James with James 5:7 - 20. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome 
  • Christmas BASIC // On Thursday December 12th, join us at Nazareth Lutheran Church for a special BASIC service! Join us at 6:00pm for a meal, then stay for a student led service at 7:00pm. The service is open to people of all ages, so bring your family and bring your friends! #ChristmasBASIC #SundayService #AllAreWelcome
  • Christmas In Walnut // Saturday December 14th // Looking for a volunteer opportunity, or a way to spread God’s love this Christmas season? Look no further! Christmas in Walnut is offering plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer and Help spread a little Christmas cheer by signing up! Click the graphic below for more information! #BLESS #Christmas
  • College - Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, December 15th after the 10:45 service at Orchard Hill Church for a Christmas Ham Dinner!!  Bring a friend and your appetite! #BLESS #Eat #ChristmasFeast
  • Creativity Team // Creativity Team is a team that helps form creative elements to allow humans to experience God is a variety of ways at events such as Sanctuary, Fall Bash, and Love Does. You don't have to be "good" drawing or be artistic to be part of Creativity Team! Anyone is welcome to join, and it's a wonderful way to get plugged into a fun, hands-on community at BASIC. Click the graphic below to sign up! #CreativityTeam #BLESS #AllAreWelcome
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more! #Listen #BLESS
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved with a faith community? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! You sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! Sign ups start Thursday! #LifeGroupLove #Community
  • 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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Trusting the Pilot

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart on your own understanding.” -  Proverbs 3:5 

I was just minding my own business as my mom and I went up into the air on a cloudy March day when I felt the plane bounce up and down. For those of you who have been on a plane before, you know that your mom’s coke is not supposed spill onto the tray due to the movement of the plane. In fact, it’s supposed to be relatively smooth. Even though I was 18, I did something I rarely do: I grabbed onto my mom who was sitting right next to me. She reminded me that God was with us and started praying. 

Maybe the thing that bothered me the most was the fact that we were up in the air, and there was nothing I could do to make the continued turbulence go away. I don’t know about you, but I like having control, especially of my uncomfort. I don’t like the feeling of being unable to remove myself from a situation. 

When I was in that airplane, there was absolutely nothing I could do. I could not ask the pilot to land the plane. All I could feel was the turbulence around us, and I knew deep down that I was not going to die, but I was confident this plane had to go down one way or another. I forgot to remember that I don’t know a whole lot about flying a plane, but the statistics of dying from a plane crash are extremely low. (I won’t make up statistics, even though 73% of statistics are made up on the spot, but the chances are actually extremely low.) The pilots knew what they were doing, and I did not.

In my own life, sometimes I forget that God knows everything, but I do not. God is the best pilot in the universe, and even though we may face trials, if we trust Him, He will pull us through. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing we can do to fix our situation, but when we realize that we don’t have control, there is freedom. This freedom comes from the understanding that God is bigger than our battles. God is bigger than our mistakes. God is bigger than your grandma’s illness. God is bigger than depression and anxiety. The Creator of the universe loves you. Rest in that. 

With Jesus, this plane of life is never crashing. When you land safely, you land in Heaven through the grace of God if you just believe in Jesus.

Kayla Cook
UNI Freshman 
Overly enthusiastic about the color mint green, Possible presidential candidate for 2036, Liked squishy things before they were cool

Kayla Cook

Spoiler alert: we made it. Hi, Grandpa!

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What's Happening?

  • James // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us this Thursday as Enrique Ochoa continues our series on James with James 4:13 - 17 & 5:1 - 6. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome 
  • Stories from the Seats // Sharing stories is an important part of the BLESS model we practice here at BASIC. This Thursday, come listen as Haylee Luna shares her Story from the Seats during BASIC! #BLESS #Story
  • International Connections Team // Would you like to reach out to people from other cultures or just be encouraged to speak the Gospel truth everyday? BASIC's International Connections team is a group of people who are excited about cross cultural relationships. We spend time together every other week praying and encouraging each other in the ways that we can better reach out to our friends from all over the world. We also host events for the international community which include international food and Gospel relationships. Want to learn more? Click the graphic below to sign up or email Hanna Lovestad at lovstadh@uni.edu for more information! #Community #BLESS
  • Christmas BASIC // On Thursday December 12th, join us at Nazareth Lutheran Church for a special BASIC service! Join us at 6:00pm for a meal, then stay for a student led service at 7:00pm. The service is open to people of all ages, so bring your family and bring your friends! #ChristmasBASIC #SundayService #AllAreWelcome
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more! #Listen #BLESS
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved with a faith community? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! You sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! Sign ups start Thursday! #LifeGroupLove #Community
  • 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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The Power of Words

While reading James 3:1-12 truth was hitting me...hard. The verses that have rooted deep are James 3:9-12. It reads, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth comes praise and cursing.”

How often have I used my words to spread hate instead of love? How often have I taken my stress or anger out on others? As if God wasn’t in everyone around me. How often have you done this? We all have the mindset that it’s okay to sin because after all we will be forgiven. Or we tell ourselves that there are people out there doing far worse sins. That talking down to people or gossiping isn’t really a sin. However, these are just lies we tell ourselves. We have all gone through battles. We have all been the victim of hurtful words, yet even knowing the pain it can inflict and the everlasting effect it can cause, we continue to do it ourselves. Why? Because it’s easy. We live in a society where perfection is expected, yet unreachable. This makes it easy to tear others down or put judgment on them to make ourselves feel that, hey even if we aren’t perfect, at least we are doing “better” than this person. But that’s not a life following Jesus. 

As a Chaos leader, I’ve seen firsthand how lots of young kids are affected by harsh words and foul judgment. I mean we all remember those junior high days, no matter how much we may want to forget. I recently had a conversation with a young girl who was struggling with feeling unloved. She told me that Chaos and church are the only places she feels truly loved and important. She continued to explain that some of her friends would be different outside of church. And it got me thinking. It’s so easy to show kindness and love inside the four walls of the church, but when we leave those walls that changes. Sunday ends and we go back to our busy lives. During this time it can be difficult to not let the anger, lack of sleep, sadness, or frustration out on others.  

These verses reminded me that as humans we make mistakes and we say hurtful things, even when we don’t mean to. But these verses also reminded me that it’s our job to try to be the best Christians we can. To love a little more each day.  

Lauren Vanderlind 
Hawkeye Freshmen 
Coffee lover, Beagle mom, Brunch enthusiast

 

 Lauren V

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What's Happening?

  • James // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us this Thursday as Chassidi Martin continues our series on James with James 3:1 - 12. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome #BLESS
  • Sean Curran // This Thursday, Sean Curran will be leading us in a muscial worship here at BASIC! Our prayer is that we can come together as community to experience how BIG God is. He is bigger than any of us individually. He is bigger than a church building, denomination, or organization. And He is bigger than our doubts, fears and questions. We want to welcome everyone to come worship with us this Thursday, and we are so excited to worship with you! #AllAreWelcome #BiggerThanIThought
  • College - Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, November 17th after the 10:45 service at Orchard Hill Church for a Thanksgiving Feast!!  Bring a friend and your appetite! #BLESS #Eat #Thanksgiving
  • Lip Sync Battle // ThreeHouse: A Wesley Foundation // On November 14th from 9:30 - 11:00pm, mark your calanders for the annual lip sync! #AfterBASIC
  • Promotions Team // Do you like to serve behind the scenes? Are you interested in sharing BASIC's events with others and BLESSing others through social media? The Promotions Team works with the BASIC Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts to spread awareness of BASIC's events and share how God is working in our community. Want to learn more? Click the graphic below to sign up or email Madison Imoehl at imoehlm@uni.edu for more information! #PromoTeam #BLESS
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more! #Listen #BLESS
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved with a faith community? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! You sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! Sign ups start Thursday! #LifeGroupLove #Community
  • 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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Faith and Deeds

There is one part of James 2:14-26 that really caught my eye and made me think of something that has recently happened to me that deals with my faith and dealing with deeds and that is what I will be sharing with you. 

The verse that caught my eye is: James 2:19-22 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.  You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” 

When I read this part of the verse all I can think about is how everyone always asks God for something and we never give in return. We never put our full trust in God and if something goes wrong then we jump to blaming Him. This verse is trying to say how we need to put our full trust in God, put our faith in Him and He will reward us with His deeds. Recently I had to put my full trust in God with my uncle who was fighting lung cancer. I prayed every night, “please make my uncle better.” Until one night I finally put my full trust and faith in God and said, “God please do what is best for my uncle, if you think he would be better off with you then let him go and I will understand.” The next day my uncle passed and I wasn’t mad at God I knew He did what was best for my uncle and he is not suffering anymore. I put my full faith into God’s hands and He rewarded me with His deed of not letting my uncle suffer anymore. 

I feel like more people need to do this and will realize that everything and everyone has a purpose in life and God does take the best of us but it’s not to hurt us or make us mad at Him. We just need to put our full faith and trust in God and He will reward us. In my case, I felt a lot better about asking God to do this deed for me with my uncle and it didn’t make me mad at God, like it normally would. I felt at peace and I know my uncle’s with God right now and not suffering. I feel more people should open their eyes to an experience like this and see where it takes them. I pray that everyone can open their eyes to this and open their trust to God and experience something as moving as I did, Amen!

Tegan Duffy
UNI Senior
Future educator, Proud owner of Lulu the Dwarf Hamster, Hiking enthusiast

Tegan Duffy

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What's Happening?

  • James // 8:00pm Lang Hall // Come join us this Thursday as Andrew Sladky continues our series on James with James 2:14 - 26. Bring a friend! #AllAreWelcome #BLESS
  • College - Aged Lunch // Join us Sunday, October 27th after the 10:45 service at the Nazareth Lutheran Church for a potato bar!! The bar includes: pulled pork sandwiches, broccoli & cheese, mandarin oranges, brownies, and a variety of topings for your potatoes! Bring a friend and your appetite! #BLESS #Eat #Potatoes
  • Fall Bash // October 31st // 8:00 - 10:00 pm // Lutheran Student Center// Get ready for a spooky good time! There will be games, free food, a costume contest, and more! #BASICFallBash 
  • Prayer Team // Here at BASIC we follow the BLESS model. One way we BLESS others through our Prayer Team. Some of the ways the Prayer Team BLESSes others by praying over the seats before BASIC, praying over each prayer request you submit, and offering prayer partners in the hall during the last part of BASIC. Click the graphic below to sign up, or contact Breana Knight at knighbab@uni.edu for more information! #PrayerTeam #BLESS #BeginWithPrayer
  • Podcast // Miss a BASIC teaching or want to hear it again? You can now find all of our teachings on all of your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google, and more! Click the graphic below to learn more! #Listen #BLESS
  • Life Groups // Looking to get more involved with a faith community? Joining a Life Group is a wonderful way to meet new people and share God’s love! You sign up for a Life Group in Cedar Falls or Waverly (both on and off campus)! Sign ups start Thursday! #LifeGroupLove #Community
  • 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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