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As the School Year Inches On, Strive for Excellence Not Perfection

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Let’s face it: school can be overwhelming. There are assignments to complete, to-do lists to conquer, modules to work through, and deadlines to overcome. But whether you’re an organized perfectionist, or a distracted procrastinator, as a child of God, you are called to excellence. What Is Excellence? The definition of excellence is as follows: the quality of being outstanding or extremely good...

Cling to Truth: 6 Songs for Storms and Dark Moments

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It was in the darkest moments that I understood the power of music. Since I grew up in a musical family, I’ve always been around music. Until a few months ago, however, I never truly valued music. Only recently I understood what a gift it is. I have seen what it can do to my mind and my heart. I have seen how God can use it. In the last year many songs have helped me speak truth into my life when...

To the Girl Who “Just Wants to be a Mom”—Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Calling

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It was my least favorite question when I was a little girl. “Oh, I don’t know,” I would casually reply. In reality, I wanted to be a mom, but I couldn’t quite figure out why I was so ashamed of that. My parents were always supportive of my dream to get married and raise my own children someday. They love that this is still a dream of mine, which I...

5 Tools To Enrich Your Bible Study

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Mining can be hard work. It can also be immensely rewarding. And unlike physical mining, where a vein can be depleted or not have much in it, Scripture will always have more gems to unearth. We never have to wonder whether we dig in vain, especially if we know where and how to look. Over the past three posts, I’ve provided tools specific to the three steps of mining. But before we conclude this...

Growing in Wisdom: Applying Bible Study Truths to Your Daily Life

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Uncut gems, when newly unearthed, are precious, valuable, and desirable—but aren’t particularly beautiful or useful. Rather, those gems need to be polished, cut, and set, such as into a ring or necklace. That is how they reach their full potential. That’s what wisdom does with God’s word. It takes the gems of understanding that we unearthed from the dirt of knowledge, polishes them up and cuts...

5 Tips To Help You Really Understand God’s Word

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Knowledge is a great place to start in uncovering the gems of Scripture, but knowledge alone isn’t particularly helpful. Alone, it tends to cause us to feel smart, which can lead to arrogance or pride. Rather, we need to sift through the dirt to find the gems of understanding. So here we move from knowing the facts of the passage to comprehending what those facts actually mean. You may know that...

What Happened to Never Forget? A Teen’s Thoughts on 9/11

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If you’re a young person reading this, chances are that you weren’t alive on September 11, 2001. And if you were, chances are you don’t remember it. But if you ask you parents, teachers, pastors, or some random adult at the store, chances are, they will remember. If you ask, they can tell you exactly what happened. Why? Because they were there. Maybe not in New York City, or...

The First Step to Effective Bible Study: Digging Into God’s Word

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The Bible can be a little daunting to study. First, there’s all those pages, well into the hundreds in many versions. Then you have those unpronounceable names that seem to come from the latest fantasy novel. And have you read some of the stuff this book contains? Wheels covered in eyes (Ezekiel 10:12). Belly fat oozing over sword hilts (Judges 3:22). Prophets walking around naked (Isaiah 20:2-4)...

What Does It Mean to be Children of Light?

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Light. We are fascinated with it, captivated by the sunlight coming through the tree branches, the tiny gems sparkling around the Christmas tree, and the countless dots glowing in the night sky. God breathed it into existence to separate the darkness and illuminate His Creation. He is light, there is no darkness in Him at all. Yet as Christians, light isn’t meant to be confined to Christmas...

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask for Help

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I can still picture the cursive writing on the book. “Standing Alone,” it read. That appealed to me. I didn’t want a normal teenage life. I wanted something different. Something with meaning. Maybe you relate. Since different wasn’t the norm, of course that would mean standing alone. It sounded heroic. I opened it and started to learn about holiness. About being set apart for God. About being...

rebelling against low expectations

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