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Think About It Thursday – Faith Through Doubt

Last night at Merge we finished off “Merge at the Movies” with the movie The Letters. This movie depicts the real life of Mother Teresa and reveals parts of her life no one encountered until after her death. Mother Teresa had been an Albanian Roman Catholic religious sister for six decades and as she visited places…

Think About It Thursday – Who Are You?

Last night in the sermon we talked about the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise: The Force Awakens. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that our guest preacher, Eric Swanson, decided not to focus on the struggle between light and dark, which is a dominant theme throughout the Star Wars movies. Instead, we…

Think About It Thursday – Happiness

Last night’s sermon looked at the movie Sisters and how to achieve happiness. In the movie two sisters return to their childhood home after hearing that their parents put it on the market to be sold. The sisters are instructed to go through their rooms and pack it all up, little did they know that the entire…

Tuned In – Beautiful Things

With so much going on and so many things on our to-do list it seems like there is no end. There is no time to just sit and breathe. Breathing is secondary to our fast-paced lives. The song “Beautiful Things” by Gungor is what slows me down and reminds me of all that I was created…

Think About It Thursday – Who is in your corner?

During last night’s sermon we talked about the movie Joy and how it related to the biblical story of Naomi (Ruth 1:1-19) and this question of “Who’s in your corner?” People who support you vs. people who are just there. Joy struggled many times throughout her journey towards success, but during these times she had people who…

Discovering Your Passion

Welcome! My name is Krista Beyler and I am the new Director of Communication for ISU Wesley’s Leadership Academy. I will be overseeing all things communication including this blog and many of our social media platforms. I am from Champaign, IL and am currently a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education at Illinois State University. I…

ISU Wesley creates Examine Your Call!

With the financial assistance from the Lilly Endowment Inc. grant in the amount of $31, 593 to be used over the next three years, the Illinois State University Wesley Foundation was given the opportunity to focus specifically on our leaders by creating a vocational discernment program called ISUWesley Examine Your Call! This Academy includes small groups, conferences,…

Tips for Building Small Groups with Millennials

Millennials are relational. Nearly every choice a millennial makes reflects this desire to be in relationship with other people. This reality provides a great opportunity to the church. One of those opportunities is small groups. Small groups are ways for young adults and college students to become connected quickly and easily to the church. They…