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Jason Vana
Works at Fusion Tech Integrated
Attended Monmouth College
Lived in West Chicago, IL
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  • Monmouth College
    Business Administration and English, 1998 - 2002
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Grandpa Vana, Vana, Superman
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Ignite Student Ministries Founder & European Director, Branding Consultant at www.jasonvana.net, Coffe Fanatic, Apple Fanboy, Passionate about reaching students for Christ, Superman in Disguise.
Introduction
Blogging three times a week at JasonVana.com, Jason Vana writes about faith, church, life, leadership and accomplishing your dream.

Jason is the President and Visionary Leader of Ignite Student Ministries, a dynamic youth, young adult and university ministry.

He has a passion to equip and empower youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform the culture in their high schools, workplaces and universities. 

Jason runs his own branding and graphic design consultancy, helping churches, organizations and businesses effectively communicate and position themselves in the marketplace.

He received his BA in Business Administration and English Literature from Monmouth College.
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Founded Ignite Student Ministries - an international ministry to youth, young adults, and university students operating in the USA and the Czech Republic
Work
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Branding Consultant and Ministry Leader
Employment
  • Fusion Tech Integrated
    Marketing Director, 2014 - present
  • Ignite Student Ministries
    President, 2010 - present
  • Jason Vana
    Creative Director, 2011 - present
  • Northwoods Community Church
    Communications Associate, 2012 - 2014
  • United Campus Housing
    Managing Director, 2008 - 2008
  • GateHouse Media
    Assistant Advertising Manager, 2002 - 2008
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Previously
West Chicago, IL - Monmouth, IL

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#Superman  art. Awesome. 
 
I found this print in an art gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. For some reasons it mesmerized me. Anyone else think it's cool?
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On God's Power, the Prosperity Gospel, and Swinging the Pendulum

In an effort to avoid the fallacies of the prosperity gospel, we have limited our view of God’s power.

Does God always heal, miraculously provide, and answer every prayer after the first time it’s been uttered? Of course not.

We all know that following Christ doesn’t mean our lives are magically better overnight, or that we will become millionaires and drive around in Cadillacs because God wants us to be rich.

But it doesn’t mean God won’t do that, either.

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/on-gods-power

How has the message of the prosperity gospel hindered your view of God’s power? Leave a comment below.

#Faith   #God   #Power  
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Trying to Find Life Among the Dead

Don’t fall into the belief that life can be found among the dead — that hope and peace and joy and fulfillment and worth and meaning and belonging will be discovered the tomb of possessions, wealth, success, and dream relationships.

Life is only found in one place.
And He is no longer in the tomb.

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/life-among-the-dead

Where do you strive to find life apart from Jesus? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below.

#Easter   #Lent   #Faith   #Christianity  
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The Incubator of Great Faith

Every great story of faith finds its root in an overwhelmingly difficult circumstance. 

These aren’t the kind of situations that are desired. They aren’t welcomed with open arms. None of these great men and women of faith asked to be put in these life or death, overwhelming, incredibly stretching circumstances.

Yet, it was in that exact context that faith worthy of finding itself in the hall-of-faith chapter in the Bible is forged.

Overwhelmingly difficult circumstances are often the incubators for world-changing faith. Tweet this

If we allow it.

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/incubator-of-great-faith

How has God used difficult circumstances to develop a greater level of faith in your life? Leave a comment below.

#Lent   #Faith   #Grow   #God  
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Everything that Hinders

The enemy knows the right distractions to place in our lives to keep up from chasing after God.

Not sin.
Not life-destroying decisions.

Distractions.

That is how most of us stop pursuing God and the call He has placed on our lives. 

We get too busy with our favorite TV shows to read the Bible.
Volunteer our time and are too busy to pray.
Try to level up in the latest mobile game to build real community.
Complain about our work, family, finances and never start pursuing our call.

Paul tells us whatever the hindrance, we need to throw it off.

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/everything-that-hinders

What hindrance do you need to throw out of your life? Leave a comment below.

#Lent   #Distractions   #Faith  
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Trusting God's Plan

And in a moment of complete and utter frustration, I remember yelling “God, why?!”

I would like to say I received an answer. That there was some deep lesson He was trying to teach me. Or that by making it happen this weekend, He was sparing me from going through this on a weekend I would have bigger plans.

All I got was a simple phrase. I know the plans I have for you.

Trusting God’s plan means believing everything that happens in life has a purpose. 

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/trusting-gods-plan

Where have you had to trust God’s planning in the small, annoying things? Please leave a comment below.

#Trust   #God   #Faith   #Plans  
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Use Evernote for Your To-Do List [Includes FREE Reference Checklist Download]

For years, I’ve tried to find some kind of program or app or system that would help me stay on top of my daily and weekly to-do lists, to no avail.

The To-Do list programs I found were either too complicated (I don’t have time to categorize, set start times and deadlines, assign it to a project) or couldn’t be used on all the essential platforms I needed (MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Windows PC).

I need something as simple to use as writing tasks on a piece of paper, but convenient enough to access it wherever I am. I mean, what if I’m in the bathroom and remember I have something I need to get done?

Simple and accessible everywhere. The solution I’ve found: Evernote.

Read the full post and download the Reference Checklist at www.jasonvana.com/evernote-to-do

#Evernote   #Productivity   #Organization  
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10 Disciplines of a Godly Man

Jesus was a man of discipline — He did what was right and what was best even if it wasn’t popular, desired, or fun. He made time every morning to communicate with the Father. He gave to God what was God’s. He saw the best in people even when they couldn’t see it themselves. He was a man of discipline.

Men who model their lives after Christ, and make every effort to live in tune with scripture, implement these ten disciplines into their lives.

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/10-disciplines-of-a-godly-man

What other disciplines do godly men integrate into their lives? Leave a comment below.
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On Church Buildings, the Homeless, and Being Like Jesus

Your church’s building does not exist for your church. It isn’t there to help you carry out the vision of your church’s ministry. It wasn’t given just to keep your church body comfortable on Sunday, nor provide an inviting place for those seeking Christ.

The building does not belong to the local church and its vision. It belongs to Christ and His mission. 

Most times, the two are intertwined. Seeing the lost begin to find healing and hope in Christ is God’s mission.

But there are other times when the two are far removed from one another. When the homeless are shunned at our doors. When the broken feel they aren’t welcomed on our property. When the church is too absorbed with its own mission, ministry, and goals to be of real need to a dying and broken world.

It’s in those times, we forget who truly owns our buildings — and why they were given.

How is your church using God’s building to bring real transformation to the poor, broken, and homeless? Leave a comment below.

#Church   #Faith   #God   #Homeless  
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The Bible is not an operator's manual nor is it basic instructions before leaving earth.

The #Bible is a mix of books and letters and historical accounts and songs and poetry that all tell the story of a God who is crazy enamored with His ultimate creation.

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Skillfully Surrounded

Sin skillfully surrounds us.

It has a single mission — to surround you so skillfully that you stop running after God and His call on your life.

The enemy knows exactly the temptation and sin to place in front of you. He knows the temptations you are bent toward taking, and the temptations that don’t entice you at all.

And he’ll do everything he can to place the right temptations in your life at the right time — until you are skillfully surrounded and can’t run anymore.

Paul tells us what we are to do with that sin.

Throw it off.

Read the full post at www.jasonvana.com/skillfully-surrounded

What areas of sin are trying to skillfully surround you? Leave a comment below.

#Lent   #Faith   #Sin  
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