Freshman Devotion Guide

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We will be posting a daily devotion for Campbell students and their parents for the first 40 days of the fall 2014 semester. Check back daily for each devotion.

Day 40 — September 25, 2014

Swimming pools across the United States this summer are full of children jumping from the side of the pool into the arms of their parents. Some children will be fearless and jump again and again, while other children must be coaxed and convinced that the adult in the water won’t let them go under.
Download this devotion by Tracie Connor, Ministry Assistant, Campus Ministry

Day 39 — September 24, 2014

From the first words of John 10, Jesus is portrayed as the Shepherd. The Shepherd spoke and the sheep began to follow. Many sheep went to great lengths and hardships just to hear Him speak, to get a glimpse of Him, to touch His garment, or to stand in His shadow.
Download this devotion by Debbie Temple, School of Education Admissions Coordinator

Day 38— September 23, 2014

I'm not perfect, but Jesus is. I have been told before that I am wonderful and great and even perfect. Unfortunately, other people really believed I was perfect and even I started to believe it. In those moments, my walk with God was coming close to losing its purpose.
Download this devotion by Tamika Sanders, Class of 2016

Day 37 — September 22, 2014

This summer I had the opportunity to serve the Lord in Port Alsworth, Alaska. I set off with my fiancé to work as a housekeeper for a month at a marriage retreat center for wounded warriors and their spouses. It was a month of hard work and long hours.
Download this devotion by Susan Spencer, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 36 — September 21, 2014

Every family seems to have their “place.” It’s a place where memories are made. For some, it’s the mountains or the lake. Or, it may around the table for a special meal. For my family, it’s the beach. We love it. Most of us enjoy spending time in the surf enjoying the waves.
Download this devotion by Faithe Beam, Campus Minister, Campus Ministry

Day 35 — September 20, 2014

Thoughts of returning to my country were running through my mind on board the KLM flight from Accra, Ghana to Raleigh, North Carolina. I had left my native country of Ghana to travel to Campbell University to enter the Master of Divinity program in response to God’s call with just $2,500.00 out of the expected $23,000.00 for international students.
Download this devotion by Jackson Adamah, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 34 — September 19, 2014

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” There was a time when strength was the only thing I considered to be a real priority.
Download this devotion by Chance Kuzma, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 33 — September 18, 2014

Last year I suffered a knee injury in one of our games. I soon found out I had to have surgery and my faith got put on the back burner pushing me further away from God.
Download this devotion by Ashley Clark, Class of 2016, Campbell Women’s Soccer

Day 32 — September 17, 2014

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Download this devotion by Christy McCormick, Class of 2011, Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Student Affairs Coordinator

Day 31 — September 16, 2014

I love the way the beginning of this scripture opens up: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” The tone I put to these words when I read it is of someone who is in complete disbelief.
Download this devotion by Cameron Hunt, Campus Ministry Graduate Assistant and Divinity Student

Day 30 — September 15, 2014

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”
Download this devotion by Jodie R. Hurley Freeman, Director of Residential Living, Class of 2001 and 2005

Day 29 — September 14, 2014

During the summer of my sophomore year in high school, I had the incredible opportunity to sing with the North Carolina Baptist All State Youth Choir for one week in July.
Download this devotion by Sarah Black, Class of 2016

Day 28 — September 13, 2014

We have all experienced times in which we felt like the “rug was pulled out from under us.” Times of uncertainty or times of trouble are familiar to us all. These moments can take shape in the form of health concerns, loss of relationships, anxiety over school, questioning our abilities, etc.
Download this devotion by Michael L. Adams, Assistant Dean of Graduate & Interprofessional Education, College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Day 27 — September 12, 2014

“Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Download this devotion by James Demmel, Alumnus, Class of 2014

Day 26 — September 11, 2014

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair.”
Download this devotion by Nick Chase, Class of 2016

Day 25 — September 10, 2014

I am constantly moving. Tapping my foot, twirling a pencil, playing with a necklace, it doesn’t matter as long as I am moving. I also struggle to be still in my spiritual life as well. My freshmen year I dove into everything.
Download this devotion by Jessica Beaver, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 24 — September 9, 2014

1 Timothy 4:12 is all about not letting people look down on us because of our youth. In this verse I think there are five major examples of what it means to be young in age but mature in faith. First is in our speech. The words we use can be slanderous when describing others or vulgar words that a believer should not use.
Download this devotion by Taylor Ratley, Ministry Assistant, Class of 2016

Day 23 — September 8, 2014

During the summer months, I love to work in my garden. I have a variety of vegetables, such as jalapeño peppers, cucumbers, banana peppers, and tomatoes.
Download this devotion by Pete Kenny, Instructor of Digital and New Media, Department of Communication Studies

Day 22 — September 7, 2014

Many times in your life you will be challenged to step outside of your comfort zone whether it is in your religious beliefs, spiritual lifestyle, or mental and emotional perspectives. These challenges might cause you to either be insecure in your beliefs or become open-minded to new ideas and perspectives.
Download this devotion by Shekanah Solomon, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 21 — September 6, 2014

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” I was slightly nervous to open the door to my freshman dorm room. Would I like my roommate?
Download this devotion by Catherine Gordon, Class of 2015

Day 20 — September 5, 2014

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Download this devotion by Abbi Davis, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 19 — September 4, 2014

“Give us today our daily bread.”Here Jesus is teaching the disciples how to pray in the Sermon on the Mount. The scripture, although short by nature, has tremendous value to us as Christians as we seek God’s wholeness daily in our lives.
Download this devotion by Wanda Watkins, Women’s Basketball Coach

Day 18 — September 3, 2014

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When I was a young boy, the craze among boys my age was something called the “mini-bike.”
Download this devotion by Glenn Jonas, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion

Day 17 — September 2, 2014

“This then is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Download this devotion by Taylor Smith, Resident Director and Divinity Student

Day 16 — September 1, 2014

“And when you pray, do not keep babbling on like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Download this devotion by Jewell Yarborough, Class of 2016

Day 15 — August 31, 2014

A few months before graduation I went through the difficulty of not knowing what I was going to do afterward. I thought, “Should I continue further education? Where am I going to live? Should I start applying for jobs?”
Download this devotion by Lauren McCollister, Campus Ministry Resident Chaplain and Divinity Student

Day 14 — August 30, 2014

“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
Download this devotion by Matthew Fowler, Class of 2016

Day 13 — August 29, 2014

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Download this devotion by Trent Matthews, Community Engagement Coordinator, Campus Ministry

Day 12 — August 28, 2014

1 Corinthians 12:7-14 talks about the gifts we all have that God has given us. One of the greatest gifts is grace: the ability to understand God’s word so we can try to live it.
Download this devotion by
Tiago Jones, Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages

Day 11 — August 27, 2014

Recently my best friend from kindergarten’s grandfather died after a quick and painful battle with pancreatic cancer. As I sat in a pew at his funeral, I thought about how rare it is to still keep up with someone you were friends with in kindergarten when you are twenty years old.
Download this devotion by
Courtney Jennings, Wesley Fellowship President, Class of 2016

Day 10 — August 26, 2014

My mother is a wonderful host. On most Sunday evenings you can find between ten and fifteen teenage girls in her house for Bible study. She welcomes them one by one with a big smile and a hug. But once everyone arrives, the prayer for the meal has been said and the girls settle into their chairs, she quietly slips to the back of the house and lets the Bible study leader take over.
Download this devotion by
Louisa Monroe, Associate Minister, Campus Ministry

Day 9 — August 25, 2014

All of us plan in some sort of capacity. Even those of us who claim to not plan at all, those who “fly by the seat of their pants,” plan things. We plan when to do our homework, we plan when we should buy books for class.
Download this devotion by
Macy Cook, Alumna, Class of 2014

Day 8 — August 24, 2014

One of my favorite movies is Air Force One starring Harrison Ford who plays the President of the United States. The movie portrays an attempt by Russian terrorists to capture both the President’s plane, known as Air Force One, and the President.
Download this devotion by
Michael G. Cogdill,
Founding Dean and Professor of Christian Ministry, Divinity School

Day 7 — August 23, 2014

Before your family left campus on move-in weekend I am sure they gave you a hug, a kiss and probably shared some valuable words of advice. If they were anything like my parents I am sure they said something to that effect of, “Do not forget who you are and how you were raised.”
Download this devotion by
Jason Hall
Assistant Vice President, Campbell University Admissions

Day 6 — August 22, 2014

As a child, I spent a lot of time playing hide and go seek with the kids in my neighborhood. I can still recall the adrenaline that came with finding the perfect hiding place, and holding my breath as the person who was “it” came ever so close to my spot and then racing to home base hoping not to be caught.
Download this devotion by
Jennifer Latino,
Director, First-Year Experience

Day 5 — August 21, 2014

Recently, I was on a chartered boat deep sea fishing off the coast of North Carolina. The captain of the boat located a bottom ledge about 35miles off the coast where tuna were feeding on small bait fish and we were able to catch our limit of tuna.
Download this devotion by
Dennis Bazemore,
Vice President for Student Life

Day 4 — August 20, 2014

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you weren’t quite sure where you were? Or, have you ever been in a situation unfamiliar to you and did not know what to do?
Download this devotion by
Jordan Tripp,
Campus Ministry Graduate Assistant and Divinity School Student

Day 3 — August 19, 2014

Coming to Campbell on a basketball scholarship, it was easy for me to get wrapped up in myself. That attitude ultimately led me in the wrong direction. I was becoming more and more selfish and particularly judgmental.
Download this devotion by
Trae Bremer, Ministry Assistant,
Class of 2015.

Day 2 — August 18, 2014

The first time I left my parents and my home country was the year I came to the United States to attend college. It was no easy task to adjust to a new culture, to attend a new school, and to learn to live with a roommate all at the same time.
Download this devotion by
Borrée Kwok, Dean of the Library.

Day 1 — August 17, 2014

My grandmother, Honey, had a fabulous front porch. It didn’t matter what time of year it was, whenever we visited her house the entire family ended up sitting on the front porch telling stories. As children my cousins and I played under the porch and listened as our parents discussed everything from the weather to politics.
Download this devotion by
Louisa Monroe, Campbell Associate Minister.