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Distracted: When Youth Group is More About You Than God

The sun slowly disappeared, covering the lake with an array of colors. Soaking in the beauty around me, I started to tell God all about what had been going on, what I hoped to accomplish, and how much I wanted to live for Him entirely. A few minutes passed, but by then I had been … Continue reading Distracted: When Youth Group is More About You Than God

What Would You Change About Rescued with Purpose?

He leans back in his chair, eyeing everyone in the room. They talk about God, but he's still searching for answers. She closes her eyes. The bruises on her arm remind her of the relationship she never thought she'd end up in. He ends up in juvenile detention for the second time. Was this the life he … Continue reading What Would You Change About Rescued with Purpose?

New Year; New Me (and Other Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself)

5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Happy New Year! And so it begins. We celebrate. We set goals. We make promises. The last year stays behind as we start anew, breathing in the sweet aroma of a new beginning. The thrill of the new year fills most of us with a desire to become a better … Continue reading New Year; New Me (and Other Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself)

How an Unplanned Pregnancy Changed my Life (and Yours)

It was getting closer to the day he would marry the young woman. Things were better than ever, until everything changed. It was in an instant when his life took an unexpected turn. His fiancé was pregnant; and he wasn't the father.  He loved her too much to make a scene. Separating from her quietly was … Continue reading How an Unplanned Pregnancy Changed my Life (and Yours)

God Can Turn Your Scars Into a Beautiful Story

"No one could ever want me." "I'm too broken to love." "I can't do this anymore. It hurts too much." Do any of those prick at your heart a little bit? You wouldn't dare say it out loud, but on the inside you wonder if any of it's really worth the pain and the hurt. … Continue reading God Can Turn Your Scars Into a Beautiful Story

Fighting Sexual Temptation with Biblical Truth

He lingered in the street, slightly nervous. Would someone see him? What if he was caught? Walking down the dark road, he stole a glance at her house. It was only a matter of time before she opened the door and beckoned him to come in. She had assured him that her husband was out … Continue reading Fighting Sexual Temptation with Biblical Truth

When the Pain of Rejection Takes Over

Concealed; buried beneath the mask people have grown accustomed to, is a world you've struggled to hide. In your world, crying means weakness. Letting someone in is too risky. There's no telling if they'd stay or if they'd leave like everyone before them. You've learned to numb the pain. No one notices the effort you put … Continue reading When the Pain of Rejection Takes Over

How to Become the Sibling You’ve Always Wanted

Guaranteed, we've all had times when our siblings got on our last nerve. We've also had times when our siblings surprised us and we couldn't wish for a better brother or sister. Whatever the circumstance, the relationships we develop within our family are some of the most crucial relationships we'll ever have. As a young … Continue reading How to Become the Sibling You’ve Always Wanted

Seeing the Goodness of God in the Old Testament: Part 3

The people were wicked. They were rebellious. They turned against everything good and embraced evil. That was then. This is now.  If you take a good, hard look at our world today, it's complete chaos. We allow technology to tear us away from each other. We let the government decide how we should run our … Continue reading Seeing the Goodness of God in the Old Testament: Part 3