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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Love. It is one word with such a vastness of meaning. It is articulated and defined so intimately by each person, yet holds common truths to the masses. We use this word every day as a noun, verb, adjective and more in describing all that we encounter, from free pizza to our very best friend. How can one word be used to describe all that we hold dear, from the simplest of pleasures to the deepest of loyalties?

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Whoever wants to be my disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

When looking forward into the years of our lives, we tend to dream with rose-colored glasses. We see only comfort, happiness and blessings in cozy homes with ideal relationships, which are certainly not bad dreams. But what does it mean when Jesus calls his disciples and followers to deny themselves? Is this cruel or kind? Before we begin jumping to conclusions, we must first exam the identity and intention of the One who said these words so many years ago.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

The topic of work can oftentimes be a sore subject for many people. It brings up memories of long hours, late nights, stress and fatigue. Whether speaking with a new mother, a corporate CEO or a high school student mowing lawns, it is evident that hard work is costly. So many of us spend our days longing for the weekends and dreading the inevitable Monday grind.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalm 145: 18)

Do you ever feel like you just need to get something off your chest? Do you wish for a safe place to speak openly about your fears, worries or sins? Whether it’s a worry that is weighing heavy on your heart or joy that is pouring out of you, you may feel like you need a friend to share these feelings with.

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Life is all about planning. In fact, most of our “right now” is spent preparing for the future. We go to school to earn an education, to be prepared and equipped for a future career so that we can provide for our future family; none of which is guaranteed. Whether we are in school, currently working and saving money or in the midst of our careers, we all have something we are working towards, anticipating and planning for.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

The world we live in today is one that teaches to act, love and serve much differently than the way Jesus tells us to. Society tells us to match the amount grace and forgiveness we offer others, to the amount of grace and forgiveness they offer us. And how many times has someone warned you against being “walked all over” or cautioned you to not go out of your way for someone who wouldn’t do that same for you?

We are constantly keeping score between all of the different people in our lives, judging who is worthy of our attention and time. We tell ourselves that respect must be earned, not given, but that couldn’t be farther from the way Jesus treated people.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28)

As humans, we crave consistency. We want stability in our careers, finances, friends and family, and rarely do we appreciate the curveballs that life throws us. We place expectations on the people in our lives, and more often than not, we are left disappointed when those expectations are not met. We, too, fail daily. We are not always the loyal, trustworthy or dependable friend we wish we were.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 43:5)

As Christians, we have a front row seat to the sin and corruptness within the world. We live in the midst of a broken world amongst broken people, yet we know the truth of Jesus and the restoration He offers each and every one of us. Though most of us would like to turn a blind eye to the reality of just how far the world has fallen from God, we cannot. It can be difficult to find the balance between witnessing the everyday tragedies and hurt that people experience, while also maintaining a hope and faith in God, His plan and His love for others.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“…so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” (Colossians 1:10-11)

Do you consider yourself to be patient? Our daily lives require us to exercise patience, whether the issues we face are small or big. Receiving a bad grade, dealing with a difficult co-worker, experiencing conflict with a friend or getting sick are all situations that require us to be patient, and it is often easier said than done.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)

Do you ever find yourself getting stuck in a routine? Maybe you feel as though each day consists of the same pattern. When this happens, it can be hard to find motivation and be hopeful about the future, and you may question what God has in store for you.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Are you going through a period of life where you are dealing with change? While some of us invite change, it can be a very difficult thing for others.

Change can be exciting, such as starting a new job, making a new friend or even starting a new semester in school. However, change can also be hard when we don’t want it. So, how are we supposed to deal with the changes we face in life?

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

As the highly anticipated holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas pass, we now look ahead to the possibilities held in the New Year. Are you looking forward to a fresh start? Or are you comfortable with where you are at?

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