Sunday (Oct. 8) we returned to Conway after a weekend of powerful teaching and exciting worship! We returned with new friends, new stories, and new ideas for how to live like Jesus in our everyday lives.
Needless to say, Fall Retreat was a HUGE success!
Students from Pulse, along with students from four other campus ministries, traveled to Camp Caudle in Hector, AR. Situated near the Ozarks on the banks of the Illinois Bayou, the camp was the perfect setting for our weekend.
Our speaker, Mac Sandlin from Harding University, based his talks on a frequently overlooked passage from the book of 2 Peter...
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue (2 Pet. 1:3-5, ESV)
The Christian life, Mac explained, consists in a continual growth in goodness. Christians should grow increasingly virtuous until they become like God, as the passage says, “partakers of the divine nature.”
To to be fully human, in other words, we must learn to be good.
We spent the weekend discussing what goodness is and how we can grow into more virtuous people.
To be virtuous requires us…
Saturday evening we asked these three questions:
In other words, how are you like Jesus, how aren’t you like Jesus, and how can you grow to be more like Jesus?
As we begin a new week, I’d encourage you to meditate on these ideas!
As things were wrapping up Sunday morning, Chris Buxton, the campus minister at Arkansas State, invited the other ministries to pray over Pulse. Over 100 college students from across Arkansas surrounded us, laid hands on us, and prayed that Pulse would ignite a movement for God on the campus of UCA.
It was a powerful moment, and a great reminder that Pulse is part of a bigger story.
Over the last few years, new campus ministries have started at Arkansas State, UALR, and UAFS. These ministries, all of which started with just a handful of students, are now thriving.
Pulse isn’t the first ministry to start from scratch, and it won’t be the last. God’s kingdom is continually expanding, and we have the incredible privilege of taking part in this grand adventure.
As the apostle Paul writes, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Gal. 6:9).