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Expedition: More Than A Race

Picture this. You're out in the middle of nowhere. It's pouring down rain, and you're running through knee-deep mud. You and your classmates are tackling physically and mentally challenging obstacles. It looks, feels, and sounds a lot like a Marine Corps boot camp. The experience seems extreme and is something not commonly seen in a college curriculum, but that is the point.   Once a year, our Highlands College students participate in Expedition, a 10-mile obstacle course that tests students' physical endurance and mental toughness. The weekend kicked off Thursday night, where students pitched their tents on a piece of property that would serve as the base camp for the next 24 hours. With no cell phone service and deep woods...

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How To Be Thankful In All Things

Jill Pettus kicked off the first chapel series of the fall semester with the Highlands College cultural value, "Our attitude is gratitude." Challenging the student body's faith and perspective, Jill shared an impactful story of the lives of two sisters, Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom.Betsie and Corrie's story took place in the 1940s during a time when Germany oppressed, and Jewish people were imprisoned. While Betsie and Corrie were not of Jewish heritage, their hearts were burdened to help these oppressed people.Fully aware of the charges they could face, Betsie and Corrie chose to give refuge to a group of Jewish people in their home. Their allegiance to the Jewish people would soon be the reason these sisters found themselves...

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Why It's Worth Hiring Highlands College Students

We recently received an email from Taleah Murray, an Executive Pastor at Crossroads Church in Southern California. In her email, she shares her experience about how a Highlands College hire has exceeded her expectations. Read below for the full story. "Dear Highlands College, I am emailing you because we recently hired a Highlands College graduate, Sawyer McKenzie.  We took a risk hiring a 22 year-old... but I had such faith in the leadership development that Church of the Highlands does, that I was willing to take a risk. I have so much respect for Pastor Chris and his systematic approach that I believed that this young leader would come to us well trained and ready to grow. I’ve watched you guys from afar...

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4th of July Birmingham Guide

It’s time to pull out the red, white, and blue because the 4th of July is just around the corner! Looking for ways to celebrate America’s 243rd birthday in Birmingham? Look no further. We have the perfect guide to make sure your holiday is full of festivities and fun! Thunder on the Mountain Time: July 4th at 9 PM Location: Vulcan Park and Museum This is one of Birmingham’s most beloved Independence Day traditions you don’t want to miss! Arguably one of the top firework displays in the Southeast, this 20-minute show will illuminate the skies above the Vulcan statue. The best part about this firework show is that it’s synchronized to music! For the best viewing experience, make sure you have a clear...

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Words of Wisdom - The Importance of Timing

I recently read in the One Year Bible reading plan the story of Saul and the Israelites fighting the Philistines found in 1 Samuel 13:1-15. The Israelites were hard-pressed during this battle and hid from the enemy. The prophet Samuel told Saul and his troops to wait seven days for him to come. Saul grew impatient during the waiting. He assumed Samuel's role and made sacrifices. As soon as Saul finished making sacrifices, Samuel arrived and rebuked Saul for what he had done. The Lord told Saul his kingdom would not endure as a repercussion for not trusting in God's timing.  In the New Testament reading that day, Jesus' brothers pleaded with Him to perform public miracles at the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles...

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