• Why God Uses the Weak
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    Why God Uses the Weak

    Out of all the people Gandalf could have chosen to take the Ring of Power to Mordor, he chose a handful of helpless hobbits.  To be honest, it seems a little ridiculous. Why didn’t he pick someone more powerful? Someone brave and courageous? Someone able to handle the task on their own? He had no shortage of formidable characters that could have easily taken the Ring. Aragorn certainly was a good option. Or Legolas, Boromir, or Gimli. Gandalf himself could have handled the Ring.  So why did he choose short, neighborly hobbits whose main concerns involve who is stealing their prized soup spoons and when they can eat second breakfast? …

  • Be Bold, Be Kind, And Defend Truth
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    Be Bold, Be Kind, And Defend Truth

    We live in a world where absolute truth is no longer accepted. Belief in God is mocked. And some people treat Christianity as a fantasy.  The world loves to bombard us with lies. Sometimes these lies are blunt and obvious from miles away. But they can also be cleverly disguised and we unwittingly accept them.  Have you ever tried to hide a pill from your dog by covering it in peanut butter? Or maybe you’ve tried those “pill pocket” treats. Most dogs figure out this trick and spit the pill out, eating only the good stuff.  The world likes to hide its “pills” in peanut butter too—deceitful philosophies show up…

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    New Year, Same God

    Everything changes. That’s one thing we can all agree on.  Some changes we celebrate, like graduations and weddings. Some changes we mourn, like death and divorce.  I’m guessing many of you breathed a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight on December 31. After what felt like years, 2020 is over.  But there doesn’t seem to be a change yet. If anything, it seems to be getting worse.  We long for change. Yet we also desire things to remain the same. We want improvements, not disadvantages.  However, nothing on this earth will remain the same. People pass on. Pictures fade. Rocks erode. Forests die.  And yet there is one…

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    How We Should Live In 2021

    What if 2021 is just like 2020? What if all the disappointments from this year are simply compounded? What if we have to go another year without that conference, concert, vacation, or graduation party? What if 2021 isn’t everything we hope it will be? I’ve talked about contentment before. We keep trying to find satisfaction in the wrong things. The only place we can find true contentment is in Jesus. But what does that look like? And how can we be content if we have to endure another year of disappointments? No More Complaining Paul says in Philippians 2:14-15 that as believers we are to “[do] everything without grumbling or…

  • Prepare Him Room
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    Prepare Him Room

    Joy to the world! The Lord has come Let Earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing And heaven and nature sing And heaven, and heaven and nature sing! Every year at Christmas, we are reminded to not let Jesus’ incarnation get lost in the shuffle. And so we try and maybe find a few moments to reflect on His advent before diving into the wrapping paper and cookies.  Of course, it’s important this time of year to prepare our hearts to focus on Christ, but we need to do this year-round.  Let’s face it. Life is busy.  We have deadlines to meet.…

  • The Spurgeon Collection Pt. 2
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    The Spurgeon Collection Pt. 2

    How absolutely unexpected. Another post about Charles Spurgeon.  What can I say? I can’t help it.  I’ve been building a stockpile for you guys on my phone and now I get to share them with you!  Once again, Spurgeon’s words are in bold and mine are regular text. All Scripture quotations are taken from the ESV.  Consider how precious a soul must be when both God and the devil are after it.  If a person’s soul matters so much to God that He sent His only Son to die to redeem it, why do we often look with apathy on the people around us? In this age of hate and…

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    The Spurgeon Collection

    I love Charles Spurgeon. Scroll through my social media, and you will find a plethora of Spurgeon quotes mixed in with memes and the occasional pet photo.  I’m an auditory learner, so I was thrilled to find recordings of some of Spurgeon’s sermons! Obviously, they aren’t actually Spurgeon’s voice, but the reader’s name is also Charles. XD Over the past few months, I’ve built up quite the collection of Spurgeon quotes (in bold below). The commentary is my own. All Scripture quotes are taken from the ESV.  Enjoy! The fact is, we oftentimes read Scripture, thinking of what it ought to say, rather than what it does say. Ooo, this…

  • The Idol of Good Grades
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    The Idol of Good Grades

    Whether school winds up being in-person or virtual this year, there is no denying that summer is coming to a close. And with the fall come all the stresses (old and new) of studying. As we cling to the last vestiges of summer, let’s consider one of the biggest stressors of school: grades. As students, we are under constant pressure to get good grades. If we fail this class, we won’t be able to graduate. If we flunk this test, the teacher will think we are stupid. If we get an A on this assignment, we’ll earn our parents’ approval. This pressure can be external—parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. Sometimes, our…

  • Defeating Writer's Block
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    Defeating Writer’s Block

    The hero is just about to triumph. He’s made his way to the villain’s hideout. His army marches behind him.  But the villain lurks in the shadows, ready to attack.  As Admiral Ackbar would say, “It’s a trap!” The same thing also happens to us writers. Everything is going splendidly. We got good feedback on our short story, we just wrote two thousand words, and on top of that, we fixed a major plot hole.  We sit down to write the next day and we smack into an immovable wall. There’s no way over, under, or around it.  We’re stuck.  Everyone faces obstacles. Think of any story. The heroes always…

  • The Secret of Contentment
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    The Secret of Contentment

    During the month of May, I challenged myself to read the book of Philippians once a day. While I missed a few days, I consider this Bible study exercise a success.  Instead of just reading Philippians and forgetting about it, I was able to remember what I studied.  But this article isn’t about how to study the Bible. Instead, I wanted to share a lesson I’ve learned from the Apostle Paul that I think is very relevant for our times today.  First, I want to challenge you to go read Philippians straight through. It probably will take ten to fifteen minutes of your time. Then come back to this article.…