Overcome, Session 2: Strings Attached: Why The “Hook-Up Culture” Affects You

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by Guy Chmieleski The hookup culture – this “no strings attached” paradigm toward casual sexual encounters – has become the new normal among many Christian collegiates in America. According to Relevant magazine, “Eighty percent of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. Two-thirds have been sexually active in the last year. Even though, according to a [...]

Overcome, Session 1: Finding Your Way Out of the Desert

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by Jim Johnston One of my favorite television shows is Man vs. Wild, an ingenious reality show that attempts to show you how to survive in any number of hostile environments—from the Costa Rican rainforest to the Alaskan frontier to a wide array of desert locations. The host is an aptly named British gentleman named [...]

Connected, Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): 3 Steps to a Healthier Prayer Life

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by Joel A. Lindsey Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent. Before long, you realize what’s happening, and by sheer force of the will, you [...]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Gifts

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By Michael Kelley My kids love getting gifts. (I guess that whole “blessed is the giver” thing hasn’t caught on yet.) My son likes Legos®, light sabers, and baseball bats. He could care less about getting clothes. In a big stack of presents, he’ll open a package of socks, nod politely, and then quickly throw [...]

Connected, Session 3: Going the Distance

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Marathoner Amy Compston used to run away from God. Now she’s running for Him.  by Mark Maynard Amy Compston has been a distance runner since she was 11 years old. The wife and mom, 28, who finished among the top 15 percent of females at the 2013 Boston Marathon, is training for a grueling 50-mile Ultra Marathon in [...]

Connected Session 1: He’ll Come Running

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The amazing race of a father and his son, and how it demonstrates God’s undying love for you. by Pete Wilson There’s a dangerous temptation many of us face when we think we’ve got God all figured out. I’ve noticed that I tend to get myself into all kinds of trouble when I make assumptions [...]

And It Was Good, Session 2: In God’s Green Earth

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by Jason Chatraw What are you doing to care for creation? While watching yet another news clip of environmental activists carrying signs and chanting at policy makers, I simply rolled my eyes. “Tree huggers,” I scoffed. But then while hanging out with Tri Robinson, a pastor and author of Saving God’s Green Earth, my view changed. It’s not that I was ignorant of the [...]

And It Was Good, Session 1: Designed for Life

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By Jennifer McCaman  God created us with a plan. It’s the time of year when everything’s in bloom. Flowers burst with color. Trees are lush and green. There’s no trace of winter. Watching the intricacy of life is a visual feast. A beautiful tree grows from a tiny seed. A stunning butterfly once crawled on the [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 6: The Calm in the Storm

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Peace is the presence of Jesus. BY JENNIFER J. HOLT  BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP. Every morning begins the same way with a rousing alarm and a long list of things to do. I try to be a planner, packing my family’s lunches the night before and getting out what we’re going to wear before bed, yet somehow getting [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 5: Finding Contentment

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By Michael Kelley When we’re poor, hungry, and unimportant, we want relief from our circumstances. We’re too wound up to listen, appreciate, or learn the lessons of contentment. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13: “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Throughout my life, these words have taken on different meanings. In high school, I had that verse in my football [...]