• Little Hope or Living Hope?
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    Little Hope or Living Hope?

    On the road to Mammoth Cave is a tiny cemetery. If you blink you’ll miss it.  When my family drove by a few years ago, we were startled by the name: “Little Hope Cemetery.” Did it earn its name because of its diminutive size or because those buried in it despaired of life after death?  It’s sobering to think about.  In reality, there are only two cemeteries in this world–The Burial Place of Little Hope and The Resting Place of Living Hope. The graveyard of the unredeemed and the tombs of the saints.  The hope the world offers to unbelievers is as fleeting as the dew. It is nothing more…

  • 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…

  • What if Easter Never Happened_
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    What if Easter Never Happened?

    Here we are. The day between Good Friday and Easter.  Yesterday, we might have attended a Good Friday service and meditated on Jesus’ sacrifice. Tomorrow, we will celebrate His resurrection. But for today, we forget the story of redemption in the bustle of life. It’s just another Saturday.  But what if Easter never happened? What if the story ended at Good Friday? What would we do then? Without the resurrection, Good Friday would simply be another Memorial Day. A time to place flowers on a grave and remember times gone by.  But more than that, it would be a day of grieving.  Without the resurrection, we would still be in…

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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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…