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JulAug 2017

  • pews & sidewalks
  • hyper critical
  • tipping the scales
  • and more!


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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for Djibouti and Somalia.

07/16/17 at 05:53 PM

Serving Others

Maggie Haynes, 17

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45 (NIV)

My dad and I were standing in the checkout line at Walmart when a woman pushed her cart up behind us. It was filled with travel shampoo, sticks of…

07/16/17 at 01:30 PM

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Michelle Ankrum & Tynea Lewis

Last summer, members of my youth group went to the Catholic Heart Workcamp in Minnesota, where youth from across the country gathered for an awesome week of fun and service…

07/15/17 at 05:52 PM


“Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the Lord.

Isaiah 57:19b (NIV)

“Do you want to go to Australia?” wasn’t the question I expected my Dad to ask; but he meant it. Soon I was joining an international organization that would…

07/15/17 at 01:49 PM


Chelsey Smith, 17

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

Friends genuinely care about you and love you no matter what. They are always there for you, especially in the darkest valleys of your life. Spiritual friends do even…

07/15/17 at 09:45 AM

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…

07/14/17 at 03:16 PM


Emily Mather, 17, and Sophie Mather, 17

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Every other Sunday night, the youth of our church get together for games, movies, food, and conversation. We all have busy lives, balancing school, sports, clubs, and church activities;…

07/14/17 at 11:17 AM

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Is God @ School?

Mary Haggard

Imagine a silent shield of prayer surrounding the place where knowledge and understanding are gained, where experiments are tried, where music is performed, where meals are shared, where…

07/13/17 at 06:57 PM


Elaine Creasman & Melissa Walker

Read about walking in faith in Matthew 21:28-31a.

The other night, as I was reading
a book about authentic Christianity,
a thought came to my mind:
God doesn’t want me
to act like a Christian.
I confess, Lord, that…

07/13/17 at 03:17 PM

Friend of the Outcasts

Shelby Hill

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

You may think that in a Christian school everyone would accept one another and there would be no cliques. Wrong! In my Lutheran junior high, there were two cliques—the…

07/13/17 at 10:40 AM

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