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December 17, 2021

Our Place in Culture


Merriam-Webster defines culture as “The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.” The idea of culture is not innately bad; rather, it is morally neutral. There are many different types of cultures in our world. I am specifically referring to mainstream American culture because it is the most […]

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December 13, 2021

Realizing a Much Bigger God


Recently, my life has fluctuated immensely. If I’m being completely honest, I find myself getting caught up in the ups and downs of events, thoughts, and relationships with the people around me. Too often, I lose sight of who God truly is. I am desperate for a fuller understanding of the truth about God. In […]

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December 10, 2021

Candy Gate


I was twelve years old when it all started. I had just moved up from sixth grade to seventh, and accompanying the new challenges came quite a few unexpected perks–namely the candy jar. The candy jar was an attempt by my sweet mother to simultaneously both raise my morale and my motivation during school. After […]

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December 06, 2021

Hearing the Father’s Voice


Who are you listening to? Who are you seeking your approval from? Are you listening to what the world has to say, or are you listening to the Father’s voice?    There was a time in my walk with the Lord when I didn’t think I was capable of hearing His voice. I didn’t think […]

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December 03, 2021

Theology Matters


“The Church needs to stop focusing so much on theology and more on loving people.” Has anyone heard that before? I know I have. I may have even said that before.    That claim is an easy one to follow, and most of my life I grew up believing it with little to no thought […]

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November 29, 2021

Finding Joy in Christ


Today, we hear so much about “what makes you happy.” The world pushes on us that what makes us feel good is good. We are told that we are meant to be happy and that we should do anything to obtain that happiness. So, we pursue anything to fill the void in our hearts. Hoping […]

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November 22, 2021

The Weight of Words


Lately, I’ve been thinking about the power of words. How often do we say meaningless things? How often do we speak just to fill space? How many times do we joke at the expense of the people around us? Frankly, I think we do these things more than we realize. And we likely, just as […]

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November 19, 2021

Perfect Peace


I recently read a journal entry from a time I went through pain, uncertainty, and stress. As I reflected on this, I began recognizing the effect of low-level anxiety on our relationship with God. It seems in my life there is a correlation between times when I give into anxiety and a patch of spiritual […]

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November 15, 2021

Beyond A Doubt


Doubt; It captivates our minds and our thoughts and holds them hostage. It shreds reason and tears down cornerstones. It replaces assurance with unsteadiness. As a young believer, I felt sure in my faith, and where I stood. However, little did I know my instability. When I was 15, my entire world collapsed around me. […]

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November 08, 2021

The Value of Intentionality


Intentionality. A word I have heard thrown around countless times, so much so that it started to lose all meaning to me. After all, TeenPact is a ministry built largely on the concept of intentionality. I think I speak for almost everyone reading this when I say that I can recall multiple specific times when […]

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November 05, 2021

Servanthood


What is the role of a servant? It is pretty straightforward. Their job is to serve.   This seems obvious, yet it also seems to be something that we, as believers, struggle to grasp.   For a long time, when I gave up my time to serve in an outreach ministry or church fellowship, I […]

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November 01, 2021

Seeking Relationship


It started when I had the opportunity to present a devotional on a TeenPact class. As I prayed about what to share, I knew that the Lord wanted me to talk about having relationship with the Father by simply being in the presence of the Lord. Working to prepare for the devo, I spent less […]

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October 29, 2021

Love Changes Everything


How do you love genuinely in a world that portrays love completely different from the Bible?    Love is imperative to one’s walk with Christ. In 1 Corinthians 13, the Bible goes as far as to say everything done without love is worthless. This strong statement puts into perspective all the interactions we have daily. […]

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October 25, 2021

The Song Called Hope


In an 1861 poem, Emily Dickinson claims hope to be “…the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” At times in my life, hope has felt pretty elusive. I am not the only one who has felt that kind of despair – […]

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October 22, 2021

Loving A Broken World


It was an ordinary day where I worked at Freddy’s Frozen Custards and Steakburgers. I clocked in on a Sunday afternoon at 4 for my closing shift, which I had done for the past countless weekends. I, along with a couple of my fellow co-workers, always closed on Sundays and loved doing it. But this […]

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December 01, 2020

The Revival of Rest


Rest. Stillness. Silence. Peace. Four invitations to meet the Lord. Four invitations to sit in His presence. Four invitations to know more of His heart.   March 12, 2020, hit almost every person with an obstacle—a forced pause in daily life. Our culture so loudly promotes the idea of busyness that the concept of rest […]

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