• I'm just too busy to pray
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    I’m Too Busy To Pray

    When you get busy, things start to slip. Library books don’t get returned on time. Plants don’t get watered. Blog posts don’t get written… *cough* Somedays, you just look at your to-do list and just give up. There is no physical way that everything can get done. The lowest priorities are the first to get the axe.  Sure, I care about my plants. I don’t want them to turn into crispy twigs. But they’ve gone this long without water, so they can wait until I finish this assignment.  I certainly want to write blog posts, but when I finally get a break from school, I just want to read a…

  • Give Unto Him: What Jesus Actually Wants From You (Guest Post by CoCo Ashley)
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    Give Unto Him: What Jesus Actually Wants From You (Guest Post by CoCo Ashley)

    Have you ever wondered if it is wrong to drink? Play violent video games? Skip church every now and then? What about swearing? I think it’s safe to say a lot of Christian teenagers have questioned right and wrong at some point in their lives. We just want to know we’re on God’s “good side” so we go to heaven.   Truth be told, I think a lot of us just want to know we’re avoiding the obvious sins so we can feel good about ourselves. However, God doesn’t always give us the answers we want to hear.  In Matthew 22, we find the Pharisees wanting to “trap” Jesus by asking…

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    Imitate Jesus

    Imitation is in our DNA.  As babies, we imitated our parents and spoke our first words. As kids, we dressed up like our favorite superheroes and tried to be just like them. As teenagers, we tried to follow the latest trends and remain “cool.” As adults, we copy characteristics of people we admire, hoping to one day be like them.  Imitation is good.  But it can also be dangerous.  If we are imitating the wrong thing, we are harming ourselves. Because acting like someone else is powerful. It can change the very fabric of who you are.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians: Be imitators of me, as I am of…

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    Come As You Are, But Don’t Stay As You Are

    Have you ever had a life-changing experience? You know, one of those events where you go in as one person and leave as another?  Once it’s over, you can’t stop thinking about it. Your whole life has been changed.  It’s probably the biggest topic of conversation when you get together with friends.  It permeates everything.  The most life-changing event as Christians is the day we were saved. Now, I know some of us don’t remember a distinct salvation moment and that’s not what I’m talking about.  When we are saved, our lives are drastically changed. Paul says we are a “new creation.” Unfortunately, we don’t always live changed lives. We…

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    The Spurgeon Collection Pt. 3

    It’s been far too long since we’ve had a Spurgeon post! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know the drill. Spurgeon’s quotes are in italics and my thoughts are in regular text beneath.  If He could grow weary of me, He would have been tired of me long before now.  We all give our loved ones reasons to be tired of us. And we get tired of them.  You know what I mean. After about ten minutes (if that) of listening to your eccentric uncle talk about conspiracy theories, you just want to escape. But all the annoying habits of our friends and family don’t compare…

  • Whatever It Takes
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    Whatever It Takes

    If you’ve been around me in the past few months (or have read my articles on Kingdom Pen), there’s a good chance you have noticed my recent obsession with Marvel.  Their stories are so good and the characters… You guys, Marvel’s characters are amazing!  One of my favorite scenes is in Avengers: Endgame. The heroes have gathered together one last time before their life-or-death mission. After his epic speech, Captain America says, “Whatever it takes.” Just thinking about that scene makes me happy.  But this post isn’t going to be me fangirling over movies. It’s actually about a very serious topic: sin.  I want you to think back to that…

  • 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…