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 2: Idols Away

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Rid your life of the things that stand between you and God. by Aaron Householder Picture an 8-year-old boy’s messy room. It’s scattered with action figures, books, and games. Don’t forget to watch your step for Legos® lying low like land mines. And then there’s that little boy who’s been playing outside. His stench fills the room, too. Whew! Now, [...]

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 [...]

Overcome, Session 1: Life Puzzle

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by June Chapko As a child, whenever we visited my grandparents, I had the honor of choosing a puzzle from the closet in my mother’s old bedroom.  The closet was piled high with boxes of jigsaw puzzles, waiting to be selected. I loved sorting the pieces and finding several that seemed to fit, but I [...]

Connected, Session 6: Free Student Devotion, “Peace, Church”

This is the free student devotional for Connected, Session 6: Connected Through Prayer. Pause Spend some time in confession before opening God’s Word. Invite God to reveal the places in your life you need to turn over to Him. Read Colossians 3:12-15 in your Bible. Underline everything believers are commanded to do in this passage. [...]

Connected, Session 5: Free Student Devotion, “Answer the Call”

This is the free student devotional for Connected, Session 5: Connected in Service. Pause Start with a time of prayer. Focus on one characteristic of God and praise Him for it. Then, thank Him for one thing He has done for you this week. Recall yesterday’s devotion. As a Christian, you know that God has [...]

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 6 (Connected Through Prayer): Heart of the Matter

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Through their son’s unexpected health crisis, Matt Hammitt, lead singer of the award-winning band Sanctus Real, and his wife, Sarah, rediscovered the meaning of childlike faith. by Lindsay Williams “I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a time in your life when a single moment changes everything and takes you down a new path. Something [...]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Can I Take Your Coats?

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by Scott Penner These were the first words that greeted me as I, along with my family, entered Truro Alliance Church as a candidate for pastoral ministry.  Delbert, a quiet, unassuming senior, had his own way of making a person feel welcome. He was what you would call the head usher. However, when asked if [...]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): All Excuses Ceasing

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by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an [...]