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Hit “Play” to Get in Gear

Taylor Gerlach & Torie Seagraves

On a mission trip in Belize, I learned the power of music as a…

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM

Tim Hermanson & Sarah Klauda

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.

Proverbs 12:15 (NRSV)

I showed my teacher the video I had created for a school retreat and asked for feedback. He liked it but said that it lacked interest and clarity, that…

08/16/17 at 08:03 AM

God’s Masterpiece

Katy Steele

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27 (NRSV)

You created a masterpiece, a work of art into which you poured your soul. You gave it life. You saw that it resembled you, and you smiled. You were…

08/15/17 at 11:27 AM

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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for the people of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.

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08/13/17 at 03:00 PM

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Forgiving Family

Jeanine DeHoney

Forgiving isn’t always easy, but it is possible. If you are having a difficult time forgiving a family member, here are some tips that I have found helpful:

Write…

08/11/17 at 11:50 AM

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EXTENDING FAMILY

Katlyn Meiners, 18

A passion for helping others had burned in all of us since our family participated in a mission trip seven years earlier. One night at dinner, Mom put our…

08/09/17 at 08:02 AM

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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for the people of Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea.

08/06/17 at 03:47 PM

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A Caretaker’s Prayer

Moses Hall

Lord, give me eyes to see and a heart to care,
for you created this world; you are…

08/06/17 at 02:22 PM

PERFECTION?

Alina Kanaski, 22

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48 (NIV)

Have you thought about Matthew 5:48? Being perfect as God is perfect seems absolutely impossible. I read the verse and want to give up. There’s no way I can…

08/04/17 at 11:43 AM

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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…

07/30/17 at 02:15 PM

THAT’S JUST AWKWARD!

Leah Bryan, 19

God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me.

Psalm 119:33 (The Message)

We all encounter awkward topics that nobody wants to discuss. A word with double meanings triggers red faces and long silences. A simple question from a curious child (“Where…

07/28/17 at 11:06 AM

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