Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gladiator Preview Days at Davis: Thursday, February 11- Friday, February 12, 2010

Preparing for worship in the evening

Alumnus and Admissions Counselor William Reichel dresses student Ben Tinsch in armor as he does a devotion from Ephesians 6.10-18

Gladiator games in the Gym

Even the COO Rick Cramer got in the action

He had a great time doing it too.

Several students started singing worship songs around the piano in Lowe Hall during the Ice Cream soical

A Preview student getting a free T-shirt from Will

Dr. Pedrone speaking in Chapel

The preview students receiving a tour of the campus.

The Preview Students getting an information session in the cafe.

The preview students started to arrive on campus around 6 PM and registered in the foyer of Chatlos. After registering they went to Lowe Hall for music and pizza. At around 7 PM three students (Ben Tinsch, Levi Owens, and Justyn Palmatier) lead group of Davis students and Preview Students in praise music.

After a time of praise and worship, Alumnus and Admissions Counselor William Reichel did a devotion out of Ephesians 6.10-18. Since the theme was gladiators Will spoke of the Full Armor of God and used Ben as a soldier "model." "The devil doesn't play fair," Will spoke when talking about the arrows. Arrows are the cowardly way of doing battle and so the devil attacks us in that way. We need to put on the armor every day. It was a really challenging message even though many have heard it before.

Following the devotion everyone went over to the gladiator games in the Gym. There were inflatables setup. One was a gladiator ring and the other was an obstacle course. Several students, previewers, and even a few faculty and staff went up in the ring. It was great to see Chief Operating Officer Rick Cramer doing battle up there. Everyone seemed to have fun with the activities which ended up being a dodge-ball game.

After the adrenaline rush everyone went back to Lowe Hall for an ice cream social. It was a time of fellowship and several students started singing around the piano. At around 11 PM the students and preview students headed back to the dorm for the night.

The next day (Friday) the students had breakfast in the Klee Dining Hall followed by classes with Dr. Snyder and Dr. Colton. At 11 AM Chapel was held in Lowe Hall. Dr. Pedrone spoke out of Romans 12. He read through the chapter and gave the context of Romans up to that point. The main verse he focused on was Romans 12.2, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." We as believers need to let our minds be transformed by Christ and His Word. Using this verse he encourage previewers and students alike to keep their mind on Christ.

After Chapel the preview students had lunch in Klee. They enjoyed a tour throughout the campus and then spent the last part of the day in the cafe with other students. The admissions answered questions they had and students shared testimonies.

Keep these preview students and other students planning on coming to Davis in the Fall or maybe later. Some will come as students others will go to other colleges, but keep them in prayer that they do the will of God.

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