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DARKNESS OR LIGHT: CHOOSING FAITH

Tom Arthur

When I read the resurrection stories, I’m struck by how differently people respond to the empty tomb. John sees the empty tomb and…

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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…

08/18/18 at 02:15 PM

FORGIVENESS IS OF GOD

Nan Johnson & Ellen Lipford, 16

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

1 John 3:20 (NIV)

When my friend Marie told me that our youth pastor had been sexually abusing her, we agreed to talk to our parents and our pastor. An investigation began, but the youth…

08/16/18 at 02:18 PM

GOD AT THE CENTER

Jennifer Bushnell, 19

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.

2 Corinthians 6:14a (NKJV)

I had survived a bad breakup, and I thought I was ready to date again. In fact, I thought this new guy might be “the one.” We went on…

08/15/18 at 08:06 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.

08/12/18 at 03:47 PM

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GOD, MY STRENGTH

Alyssa Pauline Rivera, 24

I wasn’t at home the night Mom was robbed and shot. Several hours later, my siblings and I arrived…

08/12/18 at 01:41 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…

08/11/18 at 02:44 PM

DISCIPLINED EXERCISE

Natalie Deiters & Alyssa Wolverton

Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.

Proverbs 22:15 (The Message)

Being healthy is important. I love to run and hike, but I struggle with discipline. Getting up each day to run is hard for me. Before I started getting…

08/10/18 at 11:59 AM

LIFTING WEIGHTS

Connor Claussen, 20

That’s why I work so hard and use the mighty power he gives me.

Colossians 1:29 (CEV)

When an event rocks my world or a problem arises in my life, one of the first places I go is to the weight room. There I can step…

08/09/18 at 11:45 AM

WORKING OUT

Todd Naevestad

A rope made from three strands of cord is hard to break.

Ecclesiastes 4:12b (CEV)

I wish I were more fit. I wish I had the drive to be active and to work out. On my own, I find it easier to be lazy…

08/08/18 at 11:53 AM

Relying On God

Dale Lipscomb, 22

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

I played soccer every day in high school. As part of my training, I spent a lot of time in the gym and even more time running. Anyone who…

08/07/18 at 11:35 AM

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