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Dear Christian, Stop Dehydrating Yourself

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The worst place to die of thirst must be the ocean. “Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink,” says the old poem, and it’s an apt description of the situation. Stranded in a small boat, with not canteen of fresh water, you’re surrounded by miles and miles of water–but none of it does you any good. Ocean water isn’t fit for drinking. The salt in it dehydrates you, drying you...

The Tragedy of the Unborn: Don’t Forget to Cry

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They had never sobbed so hard. Several had even thrown up. They couldn’t help it, so great was their shock when they saw the things they’d permitted. One of the ladies tried to cover her eyes, but an officer pushed her hands away and the soldiers urged them on. Determined that they shouldn’t stop short of seeing every mangled body; that they shouldn’t pass by any of the rooms where such...

What Feeling Inadequate Taught Me About My True Worth

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I was sitting at a table at our church youth camp talking with a couple of the camp counselors. One counselor was just a couple of years older than me and just starting college. As I sat there, I overheard him speaking with another student about his participation in a high school robotics competition. As he talked he began to elaborate on his accomplishments, a near perfect SAT score, athletic...

Teenager, It’s Time to Wake Up and Join the Battle

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If my generation woke up, we’d realize we’re being treated like babies. The world is coddling us with low expectations, stroking our flesh and rocking us into lethargy. We’re being spoon-fed the tasty lies that we don’t need to act. We don’t need to try. We don’t need to slap ourselves awake. God is saying something different. Jesus is demanding us to wake up (Matt. 24:42), sober up (1 Thess...

3 Things “It Is Finished” Means for Teens

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“It is finished,” Jesus said, and then he died. The image of the immortal, invisible God died. The only righteous man allowed himself to be unjustly murdered in order to bring many unrighteous children into union with the just Father, and “it is finished” were some of his last words, eternalized in the Bible for all the world to know. Here are three implications those three miraculous...

Why Even Introverts Need Community

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I can not people today. Pushing past twenty-three faces in the hallway of the B building, staring out the window in English class, retreating in the corners of the garden under a cloud of misty rain… There are some days I just want to hide from the world, forget about humanity. Peopling is hard. It’s hard to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable, to invest in a friendship with another human...

Is Jesus Really Worth Our All?

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Clutching the jar tightly, the woman stood in the doorway and looked into the room. Her heart beat furiously. Her eyes darted back and forth. The room was so full of men, most of whom knew her. She glanced behind her and considered retreating. Suddenly she saw him. Everything else vanished. None of it mattered. Rushing into the room, she fell trembling at his feet. Breaking her jar open, she...

Stop Filling in Your Planners Like You Control Everything

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My schedules and planners say I want to know my future. Don’t we all? We want to know what’s going to go on. We want to know what we are supposed to accomplish. What should I do once I graduate? What friends should I hang out with this week? Should I pursue a writing career, or an engineering one? Should I accept this job in Colorado, or move with my family to Florida? Should I begin this new...

Complaining and the Hard Thing of Being Content

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We live in America. We’re surrounded by technology. We have nice homes, and nice furniture, and nice cars, and more Bibles than we can shake a stick at. We have family. We have pets and decorations and books. We’re healthy. And we complain. If we look at it that way, it sounds absolutely crazy! But it’s absolutely true. We complain about not living someplace better. We complain...

Three Habits Every Christian Student Needs to Practice

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If I had to use one word to describe this semester, it would not be the word “fun.” As if a full load of college classes wasn’t enough, high school algebra and chemistry are killing my GPA. I don’t know anyone taking the same classes as me, classes I didn’t want to take in the first place. And no one wants to get me started about the complete lack of decent places to sit and study...

rebelling against low expectations

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