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NovDec 2019

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  • Better Together
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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

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

11/03/19 at 03:59 PM

NOT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE

Ashlea Massie

“The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people’” (Luke 18:11a, NRSV). Read the prayers of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:11–14.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I thank God that I’m not like that!” When I hear statements like the Pharisee’s prayer, I cringe inside. I don’t think people…

11/03/19 at 02:55 PM

CHRISTIAN ARROGANCE

John Garrison, 20

Do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you.

Romans 12:3b (GNT)

Every school has them: Christian teens who love to show off their faith, point out where other people are wrong, and talk down to others. They have their noses…

11/03/19 at 08:12 AM

CLOTHES BULLY

Samantha Trevino, 19

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

John 7:24 (NRSV)

I used to bully my peers based on what they wore. I remember picking out a specific person and criticizing him in front of everyone—and I remember how superior…

11/02/19 at 05:45 PM

SPORTS CONDUCT

Douglas Gamble

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27a (NIV)

Playing or watching sports consumes more and more of our lives, but it doesn’t have to squeeze our time with God. God wants to be involved in every part…

11/02/19 at 11:44 AM

Grant Marquardt

Teen Advisory Board Member

What song expresses how you feel about life right now?

“‘Best Is Yet to Come’ by Red. It talks about…

11/01/19 at 07:31 PM

The Haughty Shall Be Humbled!

See what scripture has to say about it:

Watch out for pride and wealth.  Deuteronomy 8:11–20 The high and lofty are brought low—even the mountains!…

11/01/19 at 04:32 PM

FRIENDSHIP AND HUMILITY

Mark Elliston, 17

The Lord says: Don’t brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth.

Jeremiah 9:23 (CEV)

During middle school, my friends and I were close. We talked about everything and learned valuable life lessons together. High school changed all that. We began to experience emotional and…

11/01/19 at 11:47 AM

GOD CAN

Yoshida Santana & Kate Underwood

Christ gives me the strength to face anything.

Philippians 4:13 (CEV)

For a promotion in my job, I had to go before a board panel and answer questions to prove that…

10/31/19 at 01:38 PM

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Dad and Me

Tom Arthur

While at college, I got into some pretty big arguments with my dad. I was growing up, and becoming an adult changed the way I related to Dad…

10/31/19 at 07:54 AM

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