Be Barnabas People

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“Encourage one another and build one another up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

His name was Joseph, but he was also called by the apostles “Barnabas (which means son of encouragement)” (Acts 4:36). Joseph. Barnabas. Joseph the Encourager. Wow, think about that. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be such an encouraging person that all your friends simply called you Encouragement?  Continue reading “Be Barnabas People”

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Interview

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Apparently, I’ve been tagged to do the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much Lili P. for tagging me!

Here are the Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

This should be fun! Are you ready? Here are the questions she asked me to answer: Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award Interview”

Dear High School Graduate…

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A significant journey has ended for you. You’ve made it through high school and I have no doubt you are both eager and terrified to start the next adventure, but first savor this moment. Give thanks to God for education and an opportunity to learn that not everyone has access to.

Be gentle with your parents and be patient if they cry. Remember, this is a rite of passage for them too. You’re probably getting a ton of advice as you settle into this new lane in life, but allow me to offer a few words of wisdom before you get going. Continue reading “Dear High School Graduate…”

3 Things Mothers Teach Us About God

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Mother’s Day has come and gone but the significance of mothers and all that they do for us has yet ceased to exit my mind.

Mothers are the catalyst for human life, and if you look across history, it was the faith and love of mothers that carried men to their destinies. Monica for Saint Augustine, Susannah for John Wesley, Jochebed for Moses, and the list goes on and on! Mothers are powerful and play an integral role in shaping our generation(s).

As I began to ponder and explore the true strength and love of mothers, I found three things that they teach us about God: Continue reading “3 Things Mothers Teach Us About God”

Letting Death Teach Me How to Live

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Death.

It’s a word that keeps many off of airplanes, haunts their dreams, and keeps them locked into a tight embrace of fear.

I’m going to say something that may be odd, but I think some of life’s greatest gifts are found in the strangest places. When I think about death, what comes to mind is the most interesting book of the Bible, in my opinion, Ecclesiastes. Sometimes it’s confusing to read as we grapple with paradox after paradox about God’s view of life through His eyes. Continue reading “Letting Death Teach Me How to Live”

4 Reasons Christian Teens Should Care About Politics

 

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It’s not uncommon for me to come upon a Christian who jokingly quips that, “I’m just not interested in politics,” or “Politics just aren’t my thing” especially in light of the upcoming presidential elections just one year away. I was talking with a peer my age the other day about this very topic and he made a statement in which made me pause and think.

“Politics aren’t everything but they are important and a Christian’s responsibility.”

Think about that. Continue reading “4 Reasons Christian Teens Should Care About Politics”