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What Does It Mean That God Is Our Father?

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“You Christians always talk about God being like a father, but what does that mean?” her eyes searched mine, but they weren’t accusing. Just questioning. “What does it mean if someone is like a father?” My heart broke. While my earthly father is far from perfect, I never had the struggle of not knowing what a father is supposed to be like – the very struggle the girl sitting in front of me...

Gross Soup, Served with a Lesson on Obedience

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“But I don’t want to eat it,” whispered my younger self to my dad who was sitting next to me. On my lap sat a bowl of the later branded ‘chicken poop soup’ in all its grotesque congealed glory. The chunks of chicken intestine were not cleaned, so paired with the cooked feces, it radiated a wretched odor. “You have to,” dad whispered back, spooning some for himself. “It would be disrespectful not...

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Spiritual Amnesia: Why We Need to Remember

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As a little girl, I remember the day I first met my Savior. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I was a tomboy in spirit. Gaming it out on Ratchet and Clank at 2:30 a.m., my Dad gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. From that moment, I dedicated myself to the sole pursuit of Christ and proclaiming His Gospel to the nations. While I grew out of the tomboy phase, my faith rose higher. No matter what...

How Should Christians Respond to Pride Month?

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I drove past a rainbow on my way home yesterday. Stripes of color fluttered in the breeze, the flag displayed in my neighbor’s front yard more proclamation than decoration. It’s interesting how a simple piece of fabric woven with a certain pattern of color can make such a bold statement. It’s a symbol of solidarity and inclusion. Of embracing one’s “true self” without shame or reservation. It’s a...

What Renewable Energy Taught Me About God’s Grace

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As a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to take a college-level English class at the university I now attend full time. There were 3 major papers due in the class, one of which was a research paper, with the topic of renewable energy. I was stressed about writing on this topic, as I knew next-to-nothing about it. But renewable energy proved to be an intriguing study. After hours upon...

It Doesn’t Have to Be Scary: The What, How, and Why of Fasting

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Fasting⁠—”going without food for religious purposes⁠”—is an ancient tradition. References to fasting are scattered throughout both the Old and New Testaments, as well as church history. Like prayer and Bible reading, it’s a basic part of the Christian walk with God. But it is a part many of us aren’t familiar with. My Experience With Fasting Growing up in a Christian community, I...

More Than Death: Why We Call Good Friday “Good”

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Good Friday. The day Jesus was nailed to a cross. The day he was beaten. The day he died. When you first think about it, it seems illogical. Why would Christians call the day their Lord, their teacher, their God died “good”? The day after the Passover, about 2000 years ago, the Friday before Easter Sunday, was horrible. Gruesome. Sad. I have heard it been called the worst day in history. Death...

Why Teens Should Sit In Silence

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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...

4 Prayers To Fuel a Passion for God’s Word

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Do you always find it easy to read the Bible? Do you constantly burn with a deep passion for God’s Word? If you honestly couldn’t answer yes to those questions, maybe these will resonate more. Do you struggle to meditate on God’s Word? Do you get distracted when you sit down to read? Do you long to delight in God? Yes? I know, me too. Too often our pursuit of God is so weak. We struggle with half...

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...

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rebelling against low expectations

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