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Live With Purpose (But Make Sure It Doesn’t Destroy You)

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Many distractions battle for our souls on a daily basis, but there is One who is worthy of our full attention. With all this noise, it can be hard to focus on what really matters. There are countless external voices vying for our attention. Even our own internal voices can get out of control. Our ambitions can trap us. Our worries can entangle us. Our striving can entrench us in chaos of our own...

Teens And Texting: Where Are Your Conversations Driving You?

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It’s just a phone number. I smiled as I slipped his phone back to him. “There. Text me,” I said. His smirk assured me that he would. I turned and walked out of the cafeteria. High school would bore me without guy-friends, I thought. It’s just a text. Sure enough, he texted me. I responded to him, of course. That’s just what teenagers do. Girls text guys, guys text girls. And boy, did I text. Not...

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Discouraged By Comparison? Remember Your Purpose

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More frequently than I’d like to admit, I get stuck in the comparison game. I wonder: Am I as good as them? Why did this happen to me? Why can’t I have that? Unchecked, this kind of thinking is destructive. Yet, comparing ourselves to others is one of the easiest things to do. Opportunities are everywhere, especially when we have little devices in our pockets that provide instant updates on all...

Even in the Midst of the Fire, You Can Rejoice

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You don’t have to go to war to acquire battle-scars. Whether it’s in the form of a crumbling relationship, stress over one’s livelihood, or personal temptations, we—as fallen humans dwelling within a sin-trodden world—are susceptible to agonizing hardships every day of our lives. It seems that as soon as we manage to claw and scrape our way back to our feet, we’re beaten...

Whatever You Do, Do It Faithfully

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When I was a kid, it was not uncommon for me to go to the grocery store with my mom dressed up as Jesus. My Jesus costume was one of my favorites, but my Batman costume was pretty good too. This costumed-shopping was a weekly or bi-weekly routine: I would find a new picture or see a new character on a show that I just had to become. Tunnel vision would set in. This was the guy. I would excitedly...

3 Real Life Rebelutionaries (And What They’ve Taught Me)

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I was born into a culture that coddles teenagers, so I forget that many of the people God used for his purposes were my age. Daniel was a youth when Nebuchadnezzar captured him. His three friends–Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego–were likely teenagers when they refused to exalt the king’s idol. I’m eighteen and I’ve never been kidnapped. I’ve never been forced to defy my God. I’ve never...

What it Looks Like to Step Out in Faith And Trust

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Have you ever thought about how often God asks us to do something . . . without providing the means to complete it beforehand? Recently, at church, one of the deacons brought my attention to the many times God set his subjects to a task without giving them the means to complete it beforehand. Usually when God asks something, he sends his help while we’re working. In other words, he provides...

3 Things Moving Taught Me About God’s Faithfulness

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When people learn my dad is in the military, one of their first questions is, “How often have you moved?” This question immediately stops me, not only because I have to count–now up to seven–but also because it brings to mind memories of every place I’ve lived. I can almost see my friends, my schools, and my homes–all left behind in places to which I’ll probably never return...

5 Things Your Faith Should Be

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Recently, a friend reminded me of a song, “Are You Adorning The Doctrine?” by C. S. Naylor. And that song convicted me. Am I adorning the doctrine? I’m not talking about doctrine as in words of various theologies we as Christians hold on to. I’m talking about doctrine as devotion to God. As Christians, we need to be so devoted to God that when “the world looks upon [us], nothing but Christ is in...

5 Ways Every Teen Can Make a Difference Today

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Editor’s Note: Recently, a young lady named Kat sent us this question. We loved her question and passion for Christ so much that Sara, our lead editor, wrote an article in response. We hope Kat’s story and the ideas listed below inspire you to do hard things and change the world around you! I first found out about the Rebelution when my mom gave my brother a book called “Do Hard Things...

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rebelling against low expectations

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