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This Issue:

MarApr 2018

  • Lost
  • Extravagance
  • Hidden Pain
  • and more!


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I Am With You in the Wilderness

Enuma Okoro

We are bound to have days, weeks, and months when life is not happening the way we had hoped, dreamed, or imagined. Maybe…

Your Faith in Me

Sudha Khristmukti

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)

I get discouraged
when a goal
seems impossible
or a dream too distant.
I think I can’t, but you think I…

03/20/18 at 03:16 PM

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The Winter Season

Mary Beth Vanlue, 18

Spiritual winter doesn’t mean that I have lost my faith. It means my faith is changing and growing.


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Austin Smith

Teen Advisory Board Member

What has been your greatest struggle? How did you overcome it?

“The fear of being lost. I have overcome…

03/20/18 at 07:58 AM


Erin Burke

God found Israel in a wild land— in a howling desert wasteland— he protected him, cared for him, watched over him with his very own eye.

Deuteronomy 32:10 (CEB)

The Israelites’ trek through the wilderness came alive for me when I was at a conference with my youth group and the keynote speaker explained how the story is…

03/19/18 at 01:45 AM

God’s Wonderful Creation: A Villanelle

Estela Canama

In a place of comfort and relaxation
Gentle breeze calms the senses
Behold the beauty of God’s creation

A panorama of mountainous region
The beauty of newly bloom lavenders
In a place of comfort…

03/18/18 at 06:38 PM

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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

03/18/18 at 05:53 PM

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Surviving Suicide

Sarah Arthur

When a person dies, the loved ones left behind are called survivors. Well, that’s me. I’m a survivor. I was left behind when a good friend committed suicide.

03/18/18 at 01:55 PM


Sam Driggers & Elizabeth Mann

You also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3b (NRSV)

Pain comprises the walls that we build between God and ourselves. I hid my pain. I didn’t want the whole world to know my problems. I didn’t want anyone…

03/17/18 at 02:11 PM

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Will Penner

“I guess God needed another soprano in the heavenly choir.” That’s the “comfort” a church member provided when my friend’s mom died. When another friend’s dad was caught having…

03/17/18 at 11:45 AM


Turning Your Life Around

Ashton Stevenson, 18

Since I was young, I have never fit in. During fifth grade, some girls in my class started awful rumors about…

03/16/18 at 11:44 AM

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