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How My Youth Group Changed Me for the Better

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Once upon a time, an awkward, homeschooled sixth grader walked into a room that would change her life. That room was the Brightmoor Youth Center. That sixth grader was me. My youth group has changed me as a person. I say this not as an exaggerated, cliched statement. I say this as an unadulterated truth—I am a different person now than I was four years ago because of my youth group. When eleven...

Dear Teen with Church Hurt: 3 Reasons Why You Still Need the Church

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I’ve been through more church hurt than I would wish on anyone. To put it plainly, church hurt hurts. There’s no way around it. And while many areas of life can break us, church is perhaps the place we least expect or wish it to happen. What I Wish Church to Be (and Why It’s Not Like That) In an ideal world, church is a community of perfect people who love and support each other no matter what...

Encouragement for Exiles: Living as Citizens of Heaven

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Part of being a Christian means experiencing a tension, a pull between the immediate realities of daily living and the ultimate reality of eternity. Being in the world, but not of it. Redeemed, yet still facing temptation, still witnessing evil, still mourning for the lost, still reading tragic headlines, still watching friends get hurt, and still struggling in our own sin. Secure and content yet...

Mere Devotion: 6 Things the Divided Church Can Unite In

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Christianity is divided. This fact is as undeniable as it is devastating. Jesus prayed that we would all be one–but two thousand years later we are everything but. The idea that the Church could one day be united seems almost fantastical. There are over 30,000 denominations in existence today. This means that we are .003% of the way toward the ideal that Jesus laid down for his bride: unity...

Why Valentine’s Day Is My Favorite Holiday (Even Though I’m Single)

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I have never had a date on Valentine’s Day. Not only that, but I’ve never been on a date. Period. So as the season of red bouquets and frilly cards comes around once again, you’d think a feeling of dread would begin to overtake me. I’m as single as they come. But even though I have always been single in February, Valentine’s Day is still my favorite holiday. Here are three reasons why: 1...

Stop, When the World Walks On

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When you see brokenness, how will you respond? When someone asks you about the light within you, what will you say? When God puts someone in need in your path, what will you do? Jesus once told a story about a man who was injured and needed help. So many passed by, and missed the chance to make a difference. Until finally, one man stopped to help, and it was worth it. Luke 10:30-37 “ Jesus...

Don’t Censor the Power of the Gospel

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Jesus went into the darkest places and the lowest parts of society. He talked with people everyone else would have avoided. He chose fishermen—a lowly, unimpressive trade—to be His disciples. The woman at the well had multiple husbands, but He didn’t look down on her. Instead He told her who He was and is. He chose a tax collector to be one of his disciples and a young girl from the middle of...

3 Lies That Keep Teens from Serving (And 3 Reasons Why They Should)

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Doing the dishes, going shopping for an elderly church member, or tidying up a Sunday-school room. All this is serving. Serving is usually done in the hidden. Often, it is the “dirty jobs” or jobs done behind the scenes. On the surface, serving is as easy as picking up a broom and sweeping up after a meal–and yet, I so often see that many teens shrink back from taking the initiative when it...

They Will Know You By Your Love: 4 Ways to Embody the Gospel Through Your Friendships

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In a crowded room my friend sat down next to me, looked me in the eyes, and asked me the exact question I didn’t know I needed to answer. It was 12am PST (3am EST) and still, without hesitation, I called my best friend to confess sin, to cry, and to seek comfort. When I endured test after test and still had no diagnosis, my friends laid their hands on me and prayed fervently for answers. I have...

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” and the Body of Christ

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Editor’s Note: Here at the Reb, we want teens to engage culture with a biblical perspective. One area of culture we all participate in is entertainment. Should Christians watch movies? How should Christians view entertainment? Can we use it for God’s glory? These are questions we believe should be considered and answered. With that in mind, the Reb will occasionally be publishing...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →