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On this National Higher Education Day we’re bringing back this Day in the Life from alumnus Nate Ellis who is using his degree from Jessup to be a Pastor! ... See MoreSee Less

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Derek Zahnd, Ph.D. spent decades planting churches in Mexico and leading congregations in the Sacramento area before arriving at Jessup one year ago. He brings a vibrant outlook on Christian leadership both in the church and out in the world. After you watch this devotional on leadership, check out his Q&A!

Fun fact: Professor Zahnd was a cross-cultural church planter in Mexico for 10 years and a Sacramento-area pastor for 12 years before coming to Jessup!
jessup.edu/2020/05/life-learning-and-leadership-with-derek-zahnd/
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Which would you rather be quarantined with, Dutch or Chik-fil-A?…serious question

Flood the comments with your favorite orders!
#dutchvschikfila #summer Dutch Bros Coffee Chik-Fil-A
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Pray. Press In. Push Forward.

"We long for a Micah 6:8 society where we can 'do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.'" - President Jackson

jessup.edu/about/office-of-the-president/pray-press-in-push-forward/

Dear Jessup Community,

Words are not our first priority right now. Love is. Compassion is. Understanding is. Like you, my emotions and thoughts have been jumbled these last many months with the combination of a pandemic and now the multiple incidents of injustice against black citizens; these as an added chorus to a seemingly unbroken string of generational pain and broken promises. All of these events are now coupled with violence in urban, suburban, and rural settings across America. Chaos reigns and our hearts are broken. What can we say in a time like this? We long for a Micah 6:8 society where we can “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”

As the President of William Jessup University, I’ve been active on social media and have reached out to several friends and leaders in the Christian community in our region and in the nation. I have talked and written much, largely in “real time” with the external world. But, those conversations and writing have not been enough and I know our times call for more.

At this time, I also feel a need to speak clearly to our Jessup community about several things:

We believe in the Imago Dei. That means we believe that every human life is precious and has value derived from God, our Creator. We condemn racism, bigotry, and the evil inherent in our fallen human systems. We know that God is good and that Satan is evil. We know that John 10:10 is a declaration of the “fingerprints” of Satan and of Jesus.

We condemn violence at every turn. Violence against people, property and society is a destructive urge that is demonic and we condemn it at every level. It seems clear that peaceful protests are being infiltrated by agents of anarchy and destruction and we condemn their behavior and support our law enforcement officials restoring order to our society.

We are heartbroken at the fractures in our society and recognize that many people in the Jessup community, Sacramento region, and across California are suffering and grieving losses during these hours. We are a covenant people and covenant to walk in grace and truth to see the name of the Lord lifted up for the healing of the nations during these hours.
Galatians 3:28 tells us that in Christ that there are no differences and we are all one in Him. I believe that truth with every fiber of my being. BUT, the reality in this life does not manifest that way. Our fellow colleagues and family members who are people of color often experience injustice and pain at greater levels and deeper injustice than many of us who are white can comprehend. We have all seen law enforcement officials who have grieved with hurting people and we recognize that stereotyping police or protesters is not helpful. All of these scenes create a conflicting montage in our minds and our hearts.

So what can we do in the midst of these conflicts? I believe there are 3 specific things we must DO as a “first fruits” offering to the Lord as an act of worship:

Pray. Prayer is NOT passive. Prayer is the active engagement of heaven with earth. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to pray. Take hold of heaven; we desperately need heaven on earth as Jesus declared was the Father’s will. Of course we will pray personally and in our small groups and churches. We will also hold multiple prayer vigils in the days and weeks to come. Stay tuned for details about the first prayer vigil to be held this Wednesday night, led by our Student Life Ministries.

Press In. Please talk with our African American colleagues and fellow students and just ask, “How are you doing? Is there anything I can do to help you or support you? Help me understand what you are feeling so that I can understand a small portion of your reality.” Listen. Listen hard. I have reached out to several of my Black friends and asked them to teach me, again. I am learning and leaning in; all of us must be willing to love, listen, and learn.

Push Forward. Ask God to show you what one thing you can do to help our world recover from the devastation of our unjust and sin-stained present reality. It can be simple or it can be huge. We all need a Savior, and these times demonstrate that once again. How can we lovingly lift up Jesus to a world broken and scarred by sin and injustice?
My heart is broken, but my hope is not lost. Our hope is in Him. He is our peace, He is our hope, and He is our joy. This life is not our ending point, but we have a responsibility to live in such a way as to love and serve in a way that brings glory to Jesus. Thank you for your heartbeat and our shared ability to live, love, and serve together.

For His Glory And With Hope,

John Jackson, PhD
President
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Love justice. Do mercy. Walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8 ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy first day of June! Is it just us or are these months getting faster and faster, it feels like March was just yesterday. We hope to see you all soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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The road to Jessup wasn’t easy for junior Michelle Flint. But her fierce determination to follow God’s call and her success in track & field helped pave the way. Michelle is thriving in Jessup’s Youth Ministry program and is excited to use what she has learned to reach today’s students, especially those who seem unreachable!

Fun fact: Michelle coaches kids in cheer as well as takes part in a missions dance group each summer

Check out Michelle’s Q&A 🙂

jessup.edu/2020/05/running-the-race-with-perseverance/
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Our dedication to continue going Forward in Faith is our top priority as well as praying for our Jessup community. For prayer requests, visit jessup.edu/giving/prayer-request-form/
We can do this, Warriors! #ForwardInFaith
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“And this is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ…”
Philippians 1:9-10 is displayed on one of our library walls, our learning philosophy in sight for all to see as students pass by. Warriors, as you rest in your homes this Summer, try to dive deeper in your relationships with God. He is writing your stories exactly how He planned, and while it may seem like a long journey of uncertainty, God is certain you are going through it for a reason. Just like Philippians 1:9-10, continue learning about Him!
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Hey Pastors, we want to invite you to join our discussion on the reopening of churches with President John Jackson, Pastor Samuel Rodriguez of New Seasons Church and special guest Congressman Tom McClintock THIS FRIDAY @ 2:30 pm

Head to go.jessup.edu/church-reopening Friday to tune in!
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Sometimes our path isn’t what we expected, but when we let God take control he can move us into amazing things!

Trey Quinn had a change of direction from a successful dance career in New York and Pittsburgh to a Youth Ministry major at Jessup. As a faithful servant, Trey listened to the call and came to Jessup to pursue what God was calling him to do. You can find Trey’s interview here: jessup.edu/2020/05/following-gods-lead/

Fun fact about Trey: He has a very deep voice but can sing extremely high 🎶
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Memorial Day Tribute - Jessup Warriors ... See MoreSee Less

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Today we honor those who gave their lives for our country, may God continue to bless their families. “We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor and love.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸
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Missing our Rocklin Sunsets? Here’s one to cheer up your evening! 🌅

“From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3
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Hey summer session, is remote learning kicking your butt? Here’s some advice from Professor Daniel Gluck, “It’s sometimes easier in an online environment to “lay low” and just meet the minimum requirements. Students who thrive the most take advantage of connecting with professors outside of class through virtual meetings, face-to-face meet-ups, and so forth. They stay on top of discussions and interact with their classmates in a specific and personal way!”

To hear more advice about online learning and more about Professor Gluck’s journey as a full time Professor in the School of Christian Leadership, head to the link!
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It’s time to go Forward in Faith, Warriors! Check out this devotional about faith from our Warrior, Hannah Watts.

“One of my favorite movies is "A Walk To Remember" and the main character says this about following Jesus: "Having faith in God is like the wind. You can't see him, but you can feel him." And sometimes in life, our days won't be as windy as we'd like them to be, and having faith is challenging because we can't quote-unquote feel it. When we base our faith on our feelings, we are left frustrated, unsatisfied, and confused. Let's talk about Joshua 6. In order to enter the city of Jericho, God instructed Joshua and seven priests to march around the city walls once a day, for six days. Then on the seventh day, the entire group would march around the walls seven times and then lift up a mighty shout. Then and only then would they see the walls of Jericho come crumbling down and they would be able to enter the city victoriously.

We're all marching around our own Jericho. This virus seems like an enemy that we cannot defeat. But, I want to encourage you to STAY FAITHFUL. I'm sure Joshua's army was exhausted on day three and maybe even wanted to give up on day six, but they kept marching. We have no idea how close we are to seeing our Jericho come crumbling down. This could be day seven, but we need to stay faithful in order to find out! Hebrews 11:1 states that faith, "is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." God wants to and IS going to knock down our Jericho walls, but are you going to stay faithful long enough to see that come to pass? Your walls will crumble and your windy day is coming!” #forwardinfaith
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Calling all busy people who want to earn a degree! Online learning is an available option that gives you the ability to experience a Christ-centered higher education from home. Summer session 2 starts June 22nd, make the most of this quarantine!
Want more info? Head to online.jessup.edu/
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Business professor and academic business manager Michael Obermire began teaching and writing a book when retirement began for him. He wanted to bring his “real-life” experiences to the classroom as he makes students laugh, providing a fun learning environment.

Hear more of Professor Obermire’s story and which 3 people, dead or alive he would invite to a dinner party by clicking the link! (Hint: One of those people is our Lord and Savior)

jessup.edu/2020/04/laughing-and-learning-with-michael-obermire/
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How are your summer playlists going? Share a song that’s been keeping you going through this quarantine 🎶

“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.” Psalm 105:2

Add Jessup Music to your Spotify and Apple Music playlists today 🙂
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