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LAUGHING AT MYSELF

Rebekah Bostic, 17

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy.

Job 8:21 (NRSV)

I failed. I couldn’t believe it. I had studied hard, and everyone had been confident that I would pass on my first try. The worst part was that I…

11/10/17 at 12:11 PM

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Respect Yourself

Jim and Kathy McGinnis

“I can’t get no respect.” This over-used phrase from a comedian was his signature one-liner, but it raises a lot of interesting questions: What is respect? How do…

11/09/17 at 07:52 AM

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Self-Compassion

Francesca Baker

We all know people we think are great because of their quick mind, kind demeanour, or creativity. But all too often, we take their strengths as an automatic…

11/06/17 at 08:00 AM

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Writing on the Prison Wall

Catherine O'Neill Thorn

“It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” —William Carlos Williams

11/04/17 at 07:51 AM

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The Book on Eli

Von Mitchell

Eli Baier stands six-foot-four and has the wingspan of a condor. He is the second-oldest child in a family where love reigns and eight may not be enough…

11/01/17 at 07:58 AM

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Friends, Choices, Jesus

Sally Chambers

“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” says Proverbs 18:24b (NIV).

Really? A friend who sticks closer than a brother? I thought blood was thicker than…

10/28/17 at 09:26 AM

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A Heavy Load

Taylor Gerlach, 18

She was a tiny girl with curious eyes that hinted at suspicion. She held the hands of two smaller children, a blond girl and a dark-skinned boy. A…

10/26/17 at 08:15 AM

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Dare to Be Bold

Kaci, Jennifer, Rebecca, Katy & Jessica

To have a friend you have to be a friend—and sometimes you have to be bold.

Say “Yes” to the Invitation

10/24/17 at 11:58 AM

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Maggie and Me

Cameron Elizabeth Scruggs

My best friend Margherita lives in Milan, Italy. I call her Maggie. We met a few years ago in Yellowstone National Park. I was on vacation with my…

10/23/17 at 08:00 AM

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I Want More

Gavin Richardson

I went to the store and bought myself a can of soda and…

10/21/17 at 09:30 AM

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