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October 28, 2020

Though You Slay Me

Over the past months, a few specific lyrics have been on my mind. “Though you slay me,  yet I will praise you,  though take from me,  I will bless your name,  though you ruin me,  still I will worship.”  -Shane and Shane, Though you Slay Me.  I’ve known this song for years, although it never […]

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October 23, 2020

Your Vote. Your Voice.

Elections tend to be confusing, negative, and even annoying. Why should a young person even care what’s happening? How can you even make a difference if you can’t cast your vote on Election Day?⁠ ⁠ Today’s TeenPact Podcast episode is Your Vote. Your Voice. We will be addressing how young people can make a difference, […]

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October 22, 2020

Grasping the Goodness of God

Good and evil. Integrity and dishonesty. Right and wrong.   I’m sure many of you grew up knowing the difference between right and wrong. Even our culture praises people who don’t lie, cheat, or steal. Yet as we get older, we start recognizing that being “good” is more than just holding the door for a […]

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October 16, 2020

Truth and Bias: News Media in 2020

Today’s Episode is Truth and Bias: News Media in 2020. Many of us have a desire to be informed and rely on various news outlets to provide our updates on current events. But are we able to implicitly trust the information we receive and the opinions we hear? How do we sort through differing opinions […]

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October 14, 2020

Give it All You’ve Got

Someone once said, “If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”   These past few months of COVID quarantine have been odd. Like so many others, I started looking for ways to fill my time. I took up a […]

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October 09, 2020

Talking Politics with Family and Friends

This episode is Talking Politics with Family and Friends. Most of us aren’t strangers to the discomfort of a social gathering when politics is brought up. Opposing perspectives can often lead to division between even the best of friends. Today we will address creating space for political disagreements, valuing relationships over being right, and give […]

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October 09, 2020

Welcome to the TeenPact Podcast

Welcome to the TeenPact Podcast, a podcast designed to help you think critically and biblically about current issues facing our challenge. In this special edition, four-part series on the 2020 Election, our hosts Jessica McInytre and Quinton Cools will interview individuals from different backgrounds and positions to get their perspectives on how we should approach […]

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October 07, 2020

Lessons Learned in Quarantine

“‘And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.’” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬   There are […]

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September 30, 2020

Where We Are

One of the most powerful verses in all of Scripture, John 19:30, states, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”   With a verse so profound and impactful as this, it makes me wonder and ask the question, “If we […]

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September 23, 2020

Solitude, Loneliness, and Fulfillment

When social distancing, masking, and travel bans were still foreign concepts, I lived a busy lifestyle. I was thrilled with how I saw God working in my life, both around me and inside my own heart. My life was motivated by a sincere hope. However, I would be lying if I said that fervor has […]

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September 16, 2020

The Beauty of Surrender

We as humans are naturally inclined not to surrender, avoiding it because we view surrender as cowardice. Our culture exalts the person who fights for their way and praises the person who follows their heart. But the Christian faith is counter-cultural and intertwined with surrender. Christ calls us to surrender everything that we are to […]

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September 09, 2020

Moving Past “What Should Have Happened”

The second of the Elected Officials series, this post was written by student body Representative Evie Erickson from Mississippi.   I don’t know about you, but I often find myself living in a fantasy world. Like Dorothy’s Land of Oz, I so easily find myself trapped in a world of my own making. It is […]

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September 02, 2020

Are We Marked by Christ?

The first of the Elected Officials series, this post was written by student body President Jakob Myers from Nebraska. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. […]

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August 26, 2020

Representing Christ in an Election Year: Part Three

For more on this topic, please read Representing Christ in an Election Year: Part One and Representing Christ in an Election Year: Part Two. In approaching the election, I am a firm believer in prayer being the primary form of Christian activism. As I shared in an earlier part of this series, we are instructed to […]

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August 19, 2020

Representing Christ in an Election Year: Part Two

For more on this topic, please read Representing Christ in an Election Year: Part One, as Amber answers the question, “What does the Bible say about the role of government and Christian interaction?” In this post, Amber answers, “How do we approach our unique situation as citizens of a Constitutional Republic” and “How can we […]

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August 14, 2020

Representing Christ in an Election Year: Part One

In America, the current political debate is fraught with intense emotions: anger, frustration, resentment, self-righteousness, and pride. Navigating conversations with friends and family has become increasingly difficult, and even the slightest disagreement can cause division and contention.    I’m sure it’s no surprise to you we’re in an election year.   But this year feels […]

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