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Be a Light in a World of Confusion

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Have you ever looked around at the world and noticed that something is terribly wrong? You see pain and death and mistakes. You see confusion and depravity. In our society, 3,000 sweet, innocent baby lives are lost every single day-but what’s worse—it is celebrated. Living Among the Broken Selfishness reigns. Suicide has risen to an all-time high as hopelessness permeates our society...

Why I Wanted My Parents Involved in My Relationship (And I Don’t Regret It)

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“You’ll talk to my dad now?” I asked JP, heart pounding, palms sweaty against my sides. “You’re ready?” “Yeah, I’ve been preparing myself for this,” he said softly. A small smile played on his lips, as if he were mustering all his confidence. He had another mountain to climb, another step to claim this relationship as ours. “I knew I’d have to do this sooner or later.” For a split second, the...

Why I’m OK With Being Labeled “Too Sheltered”

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Have you ever been called sheltered? Have you ever had someone make fun of you for being innocent? I have. Words like “sheltered” or “innocent” can cause a quick burst of shame to slither down your spine, and make you feel less-than or not-enough. After all, we live in a culture that exalts the street-smart and world-wise, the ones who have gone around the proverbial block of life and come out...

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...

5 Things That Winter Taught Me About God

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The first snow fall in Minnesota creates a buzz of excitement. Christmas music turns on, fires are kindled, and laughter echoes from the kids sledding in the neighborhood. But now it’s February. Heads start to hang. We speak the words of David when we ask, “How long, O Lord?” (Psalm 13:1) How long must the sun be hidden and the ice cold wind cut through me like a knife? It was fun in December...

There Are No Detours: 3 Lessons from My Unexpected Gap Year

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I never planned on taking a gap year. I never dreamed of deviating from the four-years-of-college-right-after-high-school path. I’m the kind of person who enjoys school and accomplishing things, one of those type-A high achievers. That’s why, when I was forced to take a gap year due to health issues, I felt devastated. I went from several AP classes to a low-skill, very part time job...

Are You Willing to Be a Fool For the Gospel?

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In November 2018, an almost 27-year-old young man from Washington State, USA, made international headlines. Almost overnight, it seemed the world knew the name of John Allen Chau. On November 17, 2018, John’s physical body was killed by arrows shot by the Sentinelese people from the North Sentinel Island, one of the last unreached people groups of the world. He had been carefully planning this...

His Story: Teen Uses “Hamilton” as Inspiration to Produce Her Own Musical

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Anna Brown is 18 years old–and already recording and producing “His Story”, a musical that is based on the life of Jesus. How did a teen decide to write a musical that could match one of the most popular modern productions? It was a process that started several years ago. History Has Its Eyes on You In 2016, Anna went on a mission trip to Kenya where a friend introduced her to...

What Giving Up Comparison Taught Me About Following Jesus

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“You don’t understand! Your life is perfect compared to mine! You wouldn’t understand.” “Ha! You think my life is perfect? Oh, no…” Comparison. That’s what it was. I was recently watching one of my favorite TV shows, and this scene eerily reminded me of a scene from my own life. I had believed someone else’s life was perfect.  I complained that their life was perfect. I compared, allowing myself...

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...

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