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This Issue:

Jul/Aug 2014

  • discrimination
  • my playlist
  • gratitude
  • and more!


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It’s Personal

Kara Oliver

Thanks to some wise and faithful spiritual friends, I have discovered that no matter how clever the Bible study activity, there is a…

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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for the people of Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

08/31/14 at 03:39 PM

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Power of Music

Alison Crowley

My music helps me through the rough times. If I’m feeling upset, I turn on…

08/30/14 at 02:24 PM


Alyssa Pauline Rivera, 24

The Lord gives me strength.

Habakkuk 3:19a (CEV)

Casting Crowns’ song “In Me” encourages me in moments of weakness. When I hear the opening words of the song, I am reminded that choosing God is not always…

08/27/14 at 07:12 AM

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Craig Mitchell

Someone is lonely.
Somebody’s longing.
Someone is hurting.
Somebody’s yearning.
Someone is cheated;

08/23/14 at 02:27 PM

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Talk to God about Sex

Sudha Khristmukti

I know, that sounds uncomfortable. But God created our sexuality and wants us to enjoy this gift in healthy ways. Talk to God today. Be honest—and listen.

Here are some of the…

08/22/14 at 04:15 PM


Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

2 Timothy 2:22 (NRSV)

Never have I struggled with anything so addictive or so difficult to abandon. My struggles with sexual desire are constant. Sometimes my conscience wins out; but at other times,…

08/20/14 at 08:05 AM

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Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Make a gratitude list. Write down 7–10 things on the list each day. Download a Gratitude app…

08/16/14 at 02:00 PM

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Write a Prayer of Thanks

Allison Morrow, 14

Dear God,

I’ve been so busy lately, but I felt that I needed to talk with you. I want to thank you for the things in life that are most…

08/16/14 at 08:15 AM

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Get in the Habit of Saying “Thank You”

Pray Psalms of Thanksgiving for . . .

God’s creation and the law. Psalm 19 Healing…

08/15/14 at 03:23 PM


Erin Burke & Sierra Klotz

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

When I was in college, I spent my summers as a camp counselor. One week, the chaplain hung a sheet of butcher paper on the wall of the dining…

08/13/14 at 07:28 AM

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