rebelling against low expectations

AuthorJacob T. Murphy

is a 21-year-old writer and web-developer from Northern Ireland. Throughout his life, he has had many labels applied to him by other people. But Jacob is always learning that God calls him to higher things in Christ, and loves walking with a Savior who always has deeper love for him than he could ever know.

The Gospel As Told By A T-Shirt


Each morning when I wake up I make a decision. Consistently every day I get out of bed and I put on this t-shirt. Well, not this exact one every day, but I have six identical t-shirts that all say, “Because The Gospel Is Really Good News.” I’m not kidding when I say that this decision affects my whole day, every day. Least of all because walking around shirtless in public is both impractical and...

Why Teens Should Sit In Silence


It may come as a surprise to us believers in the modern era that silence used to be one of the most valued of Christian ideals.  Strange to hear, isn’t it? In our world of platforms and networks, group chats and twitter threads, silence has come to be quite underrated in the 21st century mind. Of course, this is an unusual feature of the modern age. Through the use of Scriptures the church has...

3 Tips to Navigate Difficult Discussions and Get a glimpse into Someone Else’s Head


“Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade… It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head – even if in the end you conclude someone else’s head is not really a place you’d like to be.” Thus journalist and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell wrote in the preface of his book...

Why I Hate Writing About the Gospel


I hate writing about the Gospel. That’s not hyperbole, not an SEO-driven hook to get you the read the rest of this article. It’s 100% true. That might be a shock to a lot of you. After all, I’ve had articles previously published here on the Reb. But that was a long time ago, and the truth is nowadays I hate doing Gospel-focus articles, deeply. Look at my personal outlets as of late and you’ll...

Four Tips to Disagree Well


You’re never going to agree 100% with anyone. In fact, chances are you’re not going to agree with a lot of what anyone else thinks; and that’s ok. Contrary to popular belief, you are entitled to your own thoughts and ideas. But the problem is, how to disagree with someone without escalating the situation into a heated, personal argument. I know I tend to struggle with this. So here’s what I’ve...

I Wish Everyone Was Rich and Famous, So They’d Know It’s Not the Answer


The world tells us many things about success. We are told that real success is being rich, famous, or having a lot of things. We are told to buy the newest gadgets, seek publicity for everything we do, and to make the most money no matter what the cost. “You could even help people if you want,” the world whispers enticingly in our ears, attempting to convince us that ends justify...

What Do You Expect God to Do in You?


What do you expect God to do in you? Do you expect God to move in what you’ve asked Him to move in, or do low expectations reach even to our faith? See, teenagers aren’t expected to do much in theological or ministerial realms. But we should change this. In 1 Timothy 4:12, the Apostle Paul famously tells us, “Let no one despise your youth.” We love that part, don’t we? We often harp about how God...

What We Get Wrong When We Think About Goals and Success


We all have goals. Some are big, others are small. If any of us said we wouldn’t want to have these goals achieved, we’d be liars. But very few are willing to put in the effort it takes to make this happen. So today, I want to look at goals, and where many people are going wrong when it comes to fulfilling them. Goals The first thing I want to talk about are goals themselves. Like I said before...

The Problem With Trying to Figure Out God’s Will


“God has a plan for us.” We live in a world where we are told this a lot. Some of us know the goals God has given us as teenagers, others have no idea. Whatever group you fall into, though, there’s always one question that we have asked at one time or another: How? How will God fulfill our goals, or how will He show us these goals? We ask this question because we like to know where we’re going...

rebelling against low expectations

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