Spring 2014, Issue #6

Apr 21, 2014


Housing selection, social activities, academic advising and course selection, projects, and papers. Sounds exhausting right? April is a month full of fun events like Mock Rock and major decisions like with whom and where will your student live. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the enormity of those situations coupled with the final push towards the end of the academic year. As a student I always appreciated when my parents encouraged me to look to God when I was stressed or struggling. Today as a young adult, I am thankful they would push me to view major decisions through the lenses of the gospel instead of their preference, what was easiest, or what made me feel good. Developing the habits of regularly seeking the Lord and allowing the gospel to inform my decisions rather than applying it as an added extra are invaluable lessons that will carry me through life.

Are you thinking that this is easier said than done? Well, that’s true! As a parent you have to lay your child before God each day and your student must do the same with his or her life. I’m sure there were many moments where my parents would have preferred I took a different route or God had spoken to us differently, but we always reminded each other that His plans are better than ours and sometimes we just have to walk in faithful obedience.

Thankfully, we have a God who hears us and meets us where we are. Here are some ways you can pray for your student:

  • Pray that the Lord would be their shepherd and guide them to green pastures in the midst of their busyness and stress (Psalm 23)
  • Pray that they would work and complete assignments unto the glory of God and find their identity as His children- not their successes or failures (Ephesians 2, Colossians 3:23-24).
  • Pray that they would feel the presence of God in their waking, sleeping, studying, and having fun with friends (Psalm 139:1-4).
  • Pray that they would speak with and treat others- members of Christ's body including Biola staff and faculty, friends, roommates, and neighbors- with grace in difficult situations (Ephesians 4:1-16)
  • Pray that they would see their time at Biola as a means for furthering God’s kingdom (Romans 12, Matthew  5:14-16)

Whether your student is home for Easter break or enjoying their time off elsewhere, all of us at Biola pray that your family has a renewed sense of wonder and worship at the love of our Savior.

Here’s to five more weeks of the 2014-2015 academic year!

Shannon Baker
Program Coordinator

Survival Sacks

Can you imagine the pressure and stress a typical student faces during finals week? Many students are in survival mode. Imagine them receiving a gift from home during this
exhaustive time, to help them through their week. With your generous, tax-deductible gift to Christian Formation & Ministry, we have the opportunity to deliver “Survival Sacks” to your son/daughter’s residence hall room the weekend before final exams begin. This Survival Sack will contain a plentiful assortment of fresh fruit, popcorn, sugarless gum, granola bars and various snacks and candy. You can have a personal note attached by ordering at the number below and dictating a message.

This service to parents and students is the primary way we raise support for our ministry efforts. It helps to develop your students as ministers through our discipleship and outreach ministries. It also supports our mission projects, both locally and abroad. Our focus is to develop students as disciples of Christ and Spirit-filled ministers of the gospel.

You can encourage and bless your son or daughter during this intensive time of finals week and have a part in fulfilling this important vision through participating in our Survival Sack project.

The packages and encouragement notes will be delivered on Friday, May 16th. We would love to hear from you before Wednesday, May 14th. Thanks again for sending us your student. It is a great privilege to have a part in their spiritual life!

Please do not e-mail credit card information please call the Office of Christian Formation and Ministry at 562-903-4754. Have your message to your student(s) ready for a member of the Christian Formation and Ministry staff to write note card.

Be Cash Smart!

​Our theme for the month of May will be "Be Cash Smart and Be A Winner" as we celebrate the winners of our two $175 cash prizes with a Grand Finale! Our 12 week puzzle contest will be concluded during the final week of April and students will ​ ​​turn their completed puzzles in ​ ​to the Accounting Department until 4:00 pm on Tuesday May 6. 

We will also be available at our table by the Bell Tower on May 6 between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm so that students can turn in their puzzles directly to us or collect any prior puzzle pieces they may have missed. The Be Cash Smart Grand Finale will be held at our table near the Bell Tower on Wednesday, May 7 between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.  We will be announcing our two $175 cash grand prize winners as well as giving away other prizes and goodies to anyone who stops by. 

It has been a successful semester and many students have participated in the puzzle contest with the hopes​ of winning $175. However, as one student told us last week, even if she doesn't win a cash prize, what she has learned about managing her money and the tools that she has found on the Be Cash Smart! website has been prize enough!  

Biola Weekend 2014

Save the date for Biola Weekend 2014 on October 24-25! A full schedule will be available this summer. Events will begin with chapel at 9:30 am on Friday, October 24 and close on Saturday night, October 25.

We are looking forward to hosting you and your family this fall to celebrate the best of Biola!


Chapels will not be held during Easter break

Monday, April 28
Spirit & Story: Walking it Out in Happiness
David Horner

Tuesday, April 29
Talbot Chapel
Tim Pickavance

Wednesday, April 30 
WISDOM: Heavenly Treasures
Kathy Gaulton

Thursday, May 1
National Day of Prayer
Calvary Chapel

Friday, May 2

Sunday, May 4

View the complete schedule and chapel policies.

Important Dates

March 31 -May 23

Registration for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014


May 19-23
Final exam week (undergraduate)


May 23
Spring Commencement (graduate 10 a.m., undergraduate 7 p.m.)


May 24
Students must move out of their dorms by 2 p.m.


August 23
Returning students may move in


August 27
Fall 2014 semester begins


October 15-17

Torrey Conference 2014


October 24-25
Biola Weekend


November 26-30
Thanksgiving Break


December 15-19
Final exam week


December 19
Fall Commencement


View the Academic Calendar

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13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639