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Cumberlands holds Spring Renewal celebration


Williamsburg, Ky. - During this year’s Spring Renewal, University of the Cumberlands (UC) gave students the opportunity to fellowship and be uplifted in the Spirit of God. This year’s theme was centered on challenging students to have a deeper understanding of what it means to walk with Jesus.

“A person who wants to follow Jesus must learn to listen for God's voice as He speaks through the Bible and through His Spirit during prayer,” said UC Baptist Campus Minister, Dean Whitaker. “Once we hear God, we must discipline ourselves to obey whatever He is asking of us. Spring Renewal was a time set aside to hear from God through Albert Jones' biblical preaching and through Live Fish's worship. Some students made decisions to trust and obey God as they heard Him speak to them. We are thankful and want to help each person draw closer to God now.”

Speaking at this year’s event was Albert Jones; a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Kentucky. There, he serves as an Associate Pastor and Minister of Students. Jones challenged everyone to examine their walk with the Lord to see how close they truly are to Him. He explained that too many people today only talk to God when they are in need of something or have exhausted all their other options. Jones asked students to open up their hearts to let the Lord in and live a life for Him. He encouraged everyone to stop taking their relationship with Jesus for granted and talk to Him on a daily basis.

UC student, Tabitha Bradley (Somerset, KY), joyously explained, “It’s more than a normal relationship with Him. He’s your best friend even when you don’t always know what it means.”

Not only were students’ lives touched by the message given, but they were blessed, and entertained with music and drama provided. UC’s Drama Team performed interpretive dances about salvation and the joy of Christ. Then the band, Live Fish, took the stage to lead the group in praise. The band is a Christian Rock group from Somerset, Kentucky. These men love God and travel all over the country to share His love with others through their talent in music. The band members are Dustin Fenison on guitar/vocals, Vince Frantz on bass/vocals, and Patrick Ford on Drums/Vocals/Percussion.

“I loved the band!” said UC student, Charlotte Parent (Braine l’alleud, Belgium). “They helped get everyone in the Chapel excited to worship the Lord. Then the speaker gave a clear message on finding a relationship with God and it got me thinking about mine.”

“I like going to Spring Renewal to get back in touch with God,” said UC student, Kyla Edmondson (Walton, KY). “Sometimes it’s hard to keep a close relationship with Him due to so much time being focused on other things in life. This really helped me refresh and focus more on Him.”

Not only was this year’s Spring Renewal entertaining, but it brought students closer to Christ. It was an overall success and students are excited to continue their walk with Jesus.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant