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The Most Important Things I Did at College Weren’t in the Classroom

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“I would rather you stay up with a friend who needs help than finish your essay for my class on time.” These weren’t the words I expected to hear from a college professor on the first day of class. She was not only telling us she was fine with us putting off assignments, but she was encouraging us to do so. When most books and articles advising for college focus on the importance of studying or...

5 Things I Learned on My Quest to Stop Complaining

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Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a conversation which you absolutely hated, only to discover it was due to the other party’s constant whining about their circumstances? Have you ever been in a decent mood and dragged yourself downward by dwelling on all the things going wrong–or at least, not going right? Have you ever heard those dreaded words from the back of a car:...

5 Responses Teens Should Have to a Scary World

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It was the last day of my high school biology class: Presentation day.For two hours straight, my classmates told me how the soaps I’m washing my hands with are exposing our bodies to antibiotics, allowing bacteria to become immune to the them so that when someone truly needs an antibiotic to fight an infection, the antibiotic will be useless. They warned me the food I’m eating is genetically...

17-Year-Old Chooses Homeschooling to Help Paralyzed Mom Diagnosed with 2 Cancers

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Seventeen year old Emma Burkholder is facing a hard thing few teens ever have to face. Emma’s mom, Jennifer Burkholder–who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident when she was 18–has recently been diagnosed with 2 types of breast cancer. This is obviously both a major emotional and financial toll on the family and in an effort to help out, Emma has chosen to...

3 Things To Remember Before You Become a Rebellious Teen

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We’ve all had moments of rebellion, right? You don’t have to sneak out at night, wear revealing clothes, or hang out with the bad kids to be “a rebellious teenager.” Because every sin we commit is, essentially, an act of rebellion against God and the authorities He placed in our life. There is a difference, however, between a rebellious teenager who is repentant and a rebellious teenager in open...

God’s Chisel: How God Turns Brokenness to Beauty

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Often the best things come the hardest. The most worthwhile things come at the greatest cost. And what we need most is what we want least in the moment. But God knows best. And he surely knew what he was doing this February when he decided to do some heart renovation on me! Through friends and quiet time with him, he revealed some uncomfortable things about myself—things that were incredibly...

5 Ways to Share Your Faith at School

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I used to be completely passive about witnessing to my friends. I would often shy away from witnessing opportunities and become embarrassed about my personal faith. “I’m too shy,” I would tell myself. How can I share the gospel? Thankfully, last spring God began to open my eyes through a combination of different devotionals and sermons. One day in church, we were singing “Let Your...

Jen Barrick: Extraordinary Teen, Extraordinary God

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Have you ever gone through a difficult situation and asked yourself, “Why is God allowing this?” Teens go through hard times. Sometimes the tests–hard classes, losing close friends, and the death of a loved one–can seem like too much. Often, we wonder if we can even make it through, or if there is any point to all the pain. Why is God letting us go through this? What is...

3 Reasons to Ask God Your Hard Questions

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It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that there’s a lot about the Bible I don’t know. Not only that, but there is a lot of content in the Bible that I have found (and still find) disturbing. Kidnappings, rapes, murders – you name it. The Bible doesn’t shy away from the dark stuff of life. Now, when I first started out in my walk with Christ, I chose to avoid those darker...

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