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How Spiritual Disciplines Can Carry You Through Times Of Pain and Suffering

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You know what is one of the worst cliche sayings ever? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I’m not one for cliche sayings to begin with, but that one has never sat quite right with me. I’ve always felt like it was a lie; a saying to give you false hope in the midst of your suffering; something to slap on the walls of a classroom to give half-hearted encouragement to its readers. After...

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...

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The Best Thing That Came out of 2020 (And What I’m Praying for in 2021)

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Last year was an interesting year, wasn’t it? I remember doing our Drama Camp week the first week of March. At that time, I had only heard about the two COVID cases in California. Then, a couple weeks later, we were in a national quarantine. I’ll be honest. At first, I enjoyed staying home. I had a lot more time to write—and more free time in general without having to go anywhere. But after the...

Miracle in a Theater (How Our Feelings Matter to God)

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Editor’s note: Emily Smucker is a staff writer for TheReb and has recently released a memoir, from which this moving story is an excerpt. We’ll let her explain it… Two years ago, I set off on a year-long road trip around the USA, where I planned to live in a different community every single month and support myself by writing. Nothing quite went like I expected it to, and I ended up writing...

To the Teen Who Can’t Vote, Don’t Forget To Do This

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“When’s the next election?” I asked my Mom excitedly at the beginning of this year. I’m seventeen years old, and since I’m a minor, I can’t vote. I was disappointed to hear that the next election was this year, five months before my birthday. Understanding that this is an important election, I wish I could voice my opinion by placing my vote in the ballot box. But I’ll have to wait four more...

How to Weather Life’s Storms with the I DARE approach

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A storm is both a wonderful and terrifying thing. There’s nothing as humbling as being surrounded by walls of unrelenting rain and roaring thunder. But with the humbling comes fear too, even if we try to hide it. As a storm rages, our imaginations start a coup d’état in our brains, making reason fall from its throne. The thunder isn’t simply the result of an unstable atmosphere, it’s the sound of...

Does God Hear Me When I Pray?

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Prayer is one of the key foundations of faith. Much of our faith, as Christians, hinges upon it, and without it, we are rendered completely unable to grow in relationship with Christ. A Christian’s spiritual walk involves prayer from the beginning to the end. From praying to first accept Christ to praying our last words on our deathbed, prayer is deeply rooted within the life of every...

Shaken or Stirred: 3 Things To Pray For While COVID-19 Hovers On Our Doorstep

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By whom was I created? What is the purpose of life? Is there an afterlife and if so, where will I spend it? Necessary, difficult, and time-sensitive questions like these are the kinds of questions that are so easily avoided in times of prosperity, peace, and safety. Often, only difficulty can bring them to our mind. God, in His sovereign will, often uses persecution and tribulation to expose and...

5 Ways to Use Your Time and 11 Things to Pray for During COVID-19

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Recently, Brett Harris wrote an article about the coronavirus “cancelling our life.” It was an incredible article (if you haven’t read it yet, you really should), and the title is really accurate to how many people I know feel, myself included. It’s completely disrupting our lives, forcing almost everyone to become a homeschooler, cancelling sports, cancelling social gatherings, and essentially...

5 Tips to Improve Your Prayer Life

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When I was a child, I often recited The Lord’s Prayer without an afterthought as to what I was actually uttering. If you’re anything like me, the art of prayer can be a difficult spiritual principle to grow in. Some churches teach to pray out loud or inside your head, while others remark that you need to say, “Our Father,” or “Jesus,” for it to be blessed and valid. Friends of mine raise their...

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rebelling against low expectations

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