A Reason Not To Take My Own Life

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Jan 5, 2016 10:26:09 AM

I pleaded with no avail, as it turned out.


Ronnie * (not his real name) and I were on the patio behind my house. He was a 31-year-old divorcee with two young girls who adored him.  Chronically depressed, he had tried a couple times to take his own life.

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CIU on RelevantU

Posted by Columbia International University on Dec 18, 2015 8:52:16 AM


CIU recently put up a page on RelevantU's Online College Directory. The page has quick facts about our university and programs; plus, a photo gallery of students enjoying life on campus.


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Leave a review on our page at RelevantU describing your CIU college experience. The more reviews we have, the more exposure we'll get. It's a free and easy way to support your school!

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Just a Humble Guy

Posted by Dr. David Olshine on Dec 10, 2015 4:11:56 PM


Ron Baker, a redshirt freshman led the Wichita State Shockers to upset the No. 1 ranking Gonzaga Bulldogs in the March Madness basketball tournament. In the matchup against highly favored Gonzaga, Baker scored 16 points, many of them key three pointers down the stretch. Following the huge victory, Baker was asked the typical questions such as, "How big of a win was this?" and "How does it feel?" Baker gave classic short answers, and then the CBS reporter said, "Come on, Ron, you should be more excited," to which he retorted "I'm just an humble guy."

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CIU Athlete Spotlight -Angela McMaster

Posted by Scott McCain on Dec 7, 2015 9:03:40 AM


Angela McMaster enters her sophomore year for the Rams women's soccer team, majoring in humanities. The Parker, Colorado, native aspires to be a social worker or physical trainer after graduation.

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The Best Christmas Playlist of All Time

Posted by Columbia International University on Dec 1, 2015 10:57:12 AM


Tried and true favorites plus the new wave of Christmaas hits mix to create the Best Christmas Playlist of All Time! At CIU, we don't mind admitting that these songs were heard on campus the second students returned from Thanksgiving break. Please comment below and share your favorites.

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Under the Threat of Terrorism: Choose To Love

Posted by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2015 11:16:32 AM


The following are the thoughts of a 2007 alumna of Columbia International University serving alongside her husband with The Alliance in Europe. Her name and specific location are withheld because of security concerns.  


There’s nothing like another birth and post-pregnancy body to remind me that I need exercise.  Muscles need toning, the extra weight needs to be lost, and in general there is a level of stamina that needs to be rebuilt for the physical demands of keeping up with my kids.  The lower back groans with each bend, I get winded when I climb the stairs to my friend’s third floor apartment, and my arms beg for mercy when my child’s 14 pound body is too much to bear.  It’s this discomfort and pain that remind me that exercise is vital to my health.

In much the same way, our faith needs toning.  And what is faith?   A willful choice to act on what we know to be true despite

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How To Give Thanks Like Jesus

Posted by Columbia International University on Nov 24, 2015 1:23:20 PM


...When times are tough

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18


At times, these words are tough to hear and even tougher to obey. For help, we look to Jesus.


Near the end of his life in Matthew 26, Jesus breaks bread with his disciples and gives thanks. Was he simply giving thanks for his meal like we’ve all done time and time again?

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7 Questions for Personal Accountability

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Nov 11, 2015 2:38:25 PM


According to Patrick Morley, “accountability is to be regularly answerable for the key areas of our lives to qualified people.”  Charles Swindoll adds, “Accountability is giving a few trusted persons the permission to ask you the hard questions.”

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CIU Athlete Spotlight - Ethan Chandler

Posted by Scott McCain on Nov 5, 2015 1:47:54 PM


Ethan Chandler is a senior midfielder from Lexington, SC. Ethan signed with CIU as part of the inaugural team back in 2012 and has been a three-year starter for the Rams. He also served as a team captain and member of the leadership team. He won the team’s Servant Leadership Award as a junior and the Core Value Award as a sophomore.

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Farley and Me

Posted by Dr. Terry Powell on Oct 28, 2015 2:35:29 PM

Two Relationship Lessons from My Dachshund

From my 7-year-old badger dog, I am striving to learn and apply these insights.

  1. Value of Presence    If I plop down on the couch to watch TV, Farley hops up to join me and nuzzles close.  When I stroll into my home office to study or to use the computer, he tags along.  When I go to the bathroom, he waits for me outside the door.  He wants to be with me, and that’s how I know he loves me.
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Welcome to Blue & Gold: a mixture of advice for incoming freshmen, student life highlights, and professors' insights into living with a biblical worldview. In short, everything a CIU student needs to know or a place to inform yourself before you apply!



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