Connected, Session 3: Free Student Devotion, “Without a Doubt”

This is the free student devotional for Connected, Session 3: Connected in Growth. Pause Read over the lyrics of the first verse of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Thank God that there is “no shadow of turning with Him.” Thank the unchanging God for His constancy in your life. Read James 1:16-18 in your [...]

Connected, Session 3: Pen to Paper

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by Farrell D’Lynn Boone At Cross Point Community Church in Nashville, Tenn., a team of volunteers has put new life into the dying art of letter writing. Not only have they given voice to its revival, but they’ve shaped it into a ministry that has far exceeded their expectations with its powerful results. Members of [...]

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 3: Beyond the Casserole

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by Karen S. Robertson Upon the recent death of our mother, my family experienced an outpouring of love. Delicious cakes, pies, and casseroles appeared at our door. But help also came in other ways, teaching us to think outside the box when helping someone else struggling with grief. Stand in the gap. Offer to house-sit, [...]

Connected Session 3: Daddy Warhide

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by Shelley Anne Richter Zig Warhide was perhaps the most obstinate, cranky, critical human being I’d ever met. But in the early morning hours of September 8, 2000, this man changed my life.  Working in a retirement community, I dealt with people who appreciated the many activities that enriched their lives. Then there were others [...]

Connected, Session 2: Are You a Faith Snob?

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by Jason Hayes One of my greatest desires is to be humble. When people hear the word humble, I want them to immediately think of me. I want to become the national spokesman for an organization that’s about humility. In fact, I’m hoping to get a large statue of myself erected in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., [...]

Connected, Session 2: Free Student Devotion, “A Patient Life”

This is the free student devotional for Connected, Session 2: Connected in Unity. Pause What things are causing you to be anxious? Instead of worrying about those things, lift them up to God. Think about the words patient and impatient. What attitudes, feelings, or other words and phrases do you associate with each of those [...]

Connected Session 2: Walk the Line

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  How to navigate conflict with a balance of truth and grace by Daniel Darling I was having a particularly rough day at the office, and I carelessly left a weapon lying around — my email inbox. Chafed at a colleague who publically embarrassed me in a team meeting, I composed a bitter and sarcastic [...]

Connected, Session 1: Connected in Christ

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As you begin this new series about church membership, it is important to first help students understand the importance of being a part of the body of Christ. There are many blessings in being a member of a local church. It’s truly a gift. With Jesus as the Cornerstone of His church, the people of [...]

Connected, Session 1: Free Student Devotion, “A Call to Community”

This is the free student devotional for Connected, Session 1: Connected in Christ. Pause Look over this week’s devotions and ponder what you’ve learned about God and His triune nature. Thank Him for a being a God who is greater than you could ever imagine. You can’t have community by yourself. The word implies interaction [...]