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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…


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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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for the people of Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue,…

08/17/14 at 03:47 PM

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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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Connecting the Dots

Sally Chambers

My five-year-old niece plays a favorite game on my phone. I’m amazed, watching her eyes focus and her fingers move as she connects the dots in numerical order…

08/10/14 at 01:28 PM

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Elizabeth Hobbs, 19

How could a good God allow evil in the world? If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and…

08/09/14 at 10:30 AM

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Need an Attitude Adjustment?

Michelle Griep

I used to think, The Bible is so boring. It’s hard to understand. It’s about a bunch of kings and shepherds and people I can’t relate to. With that…

08/08/14 at 02:38 PM

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Try a Bible Reading Plan

There are plenty of tools out there to help you read the Bible in an organized way. Here are some options and websites that provide reading plans. These sites…

08/08/14 at 02:00 PM

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