Outward Pain, Inward Peace

Outward Pain, Inward Peace

Outward Pain, Inward Peace By: Brittany Dellinger C. S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 2020 is coming to a close and we could look back over the year, littered with pains, and mourn. We could look back and weep. We could look back at all that has been lost and feel hope slip away. But so much of life is about perspective; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, this year has been tough on...

Practical Thankfulness

Practical Thankfulness

Practical Thankfulness By Rachel Manning As Willie Nelson put it, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”  With Thanksgiving approaching–the holiday of gratitude–we are constantly reminded to give thanks and count our blessings. Counting your blessings is not always easy though, as we may not want to give thanks for everything that life throws our way. But giving thanks glorifies Jesus, the founder of what it means to be thankful. Being thankful is one aspect of God’s revealed will to us. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reads, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this...

It’s A Gift!

It’s A Gift!

By Diane Faison McKinzie Isn’t it wonderful, what God has given each one of us? Every person has been given a talent, and we must use our talents for the good of glorifying God. Song, dance, art, and drama are all talents that some of us are blessed to have. Each one of these talents can be used as a ministry. Psalm 149:3 says, “Let them praise His name with dancing!” I feel that when the body moves in rhythms of praise and joy, the dancer’s body is moving with God’s Holy Spirit flowing through him or her. It is...

“I Vowed They’d Never Dance”

“I Vowed They’d Never Dance”

One family’s journey to AFAA By Brittany Dellinger   “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 The ways we move our body; the words we say and how we say them; the things we make with our hands; it’s all worship. God made man to be His image bearers. He is a creator, and when we create in ways that glorify Him we are fulfilling part of our purpose. We can see this modeled in the form of dance in 2 Samuel 6:16: “As the ark of the Lord was entering the city of David,...

The Monster of Racism

The Monster of Racism

    The Monster of Racism By Diane Faison -Mckinzie All lives matter, and that includes black lives too. The last breath of a black man not only ascends upward toward the sky as his neck is stretched in a noose hanging from a tree, but in our day that last breath is pushed into the ground as “the man” presses his knee on the neck of that black person until his life is no more. What will it take our society to finally understand that all men, black, white, or brown, shed the same color blood, RED! I don’t...

The Heart and Soul of AFAA

The Heart and Soul of AFAA

The Heart and Soul of AFAA By Chrissy Hahn, AFAA’s Office Manager Vision Statement: Our desire is to see the power of the Gospel displayed through the creativity of the arts, and to graduate students from our classes who fully understand how to honor Christ through pursuing excellence in the arts. “Getting to the heart of the matter….” “Deep down in the depths of your soul…” These phrases may generate feelings of safety and love when you think of someone caring enough to want to know the “real you’; and for others they may cause anxiety or fear of vulnerability...