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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“For Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body, but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)

There are times in our lives we experience periods of silence from God, where it feels like we have been abandoned with no reason why and no sign of Him making a reintroduction any time soon. It makes us question the validity of the previous experiences we’ve had with Him, if we can really trust Him with the future and if He ever really existed in our past. These times of silence are frustrating, lonely and confusing. They feel like a direct contradiction to who God claims to be.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15

Could it really be that simple? My natural reaction is to first say, “But…” and come up with a defense or an exemption. Could it really be that black and white? How can such a vast, all powerful God place such a simple choice of love and obedience into our hands?

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

There are so many times (too many times, maybe) where I feel like I need a pause in this life. I need to refocus; I need to reset my life and the path before me. I imagine myself on a trail, and with all of life’s distractions and responsibilities, I begin to take turns and shortcuts that eventually lead me off and away from the original path I was on, the one that was made for me, not by me.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14)

Hope.

It is a nearly unconscious, unquantifiable, life-changing power in this world. Sometimes it is all we can do to make it through a situation and sometimes it is so natural we do not even recognize that we have it.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44

What would you do to find a treasure? Rather, what wouldn’t someone do to uncover immeasurable riches? In pop-culture, it seems that the ends absolutely justify the means in cases like these. Movies including “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Indiana Jones,” “Fools Gold,” “The Mummy,” etc. are only a few great adventures where the main character stumbles upon or spends his life searching for a treasure of undeniable value. This idea of finding treasure has been alluring minds since the first century.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Whether you are a long time believer or just starting your personal relationship with Christ, the question of “What is God’s will?” certainly hits close to home. If you have ever prayed over a loved one who is dying or stood next to a friend who has lost everything, this question strikes even harder. Having experienced the loss of a parent, I have wrestled with it over and over again myself. My whole heart is hoping that you will keep wrestling with it in your own life and in that process draw closer to the God of truth to find the answers you need.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Those who look to the Lord are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalms 34:5)

Recently I had a very dear friend laugh, as we were catching up sharing stories about what God had been doing during our summers, lean forward and say, “God is just such a diamond.” It seemed like a good picture for God. I shrugged it off without much thought at the time, but the idea stuck with me. Through various events, my thinking changed and God revealed Himself to me as my diamond, my rock and my forever.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

Have you ever felt like you know about God, but not God Himself?

If so, I’ve been there too.

This is a trap that many Christians fall into. Those that tend to lean toward the rules, the disciplines or the religion of Christianity, are often the ones that feel like they know God in their heads, but not their hearts.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Although the beginning of classes may feel a bit daunting for some of us, the start of a new school year often feels refreshing! Our goals are big and our ambitions are high, and we are ready to dive into our new responsibilities and routines. Many people use this time as an opportunity to implement new and healthy lifestyle changes or to finally shake those old, bad habits. The fresh start that a new school year offers sparks a drive and ignites passion and determination in many students!

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34)

As a longtime Christian, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that life revolves around you and your relationship with Christ. I laugh as I walk with God because I have a talent for taking good things like service, ministry, school, work, friendships, etc. and turning them into bad things. Simply put, again and again I catch myself elevating and worshipping the creation over the creator by taking good things and idolizing them.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15

I was once told, “Who you are today determines who you will be tomorrow.” While this seems rather obvious, it is much harder to actually grasp. If you want to be a better athlete, you have to decide today to fuel your body right and to get the proper amount of training. If you want to have a deeper relationship with the Lord, you have to decide today to seek Him. So when sitting back and daydreaming about new beginnings and who we want to become, keep in mind that we have much more control than we think!

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

When considering the cross of Christ, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with joy and awe. We are free – completely free! – saved by grace and justified. How could our Lord give such a sweet gift of grace? When we ponder eternity with our Lord and Savior there is nothing but elation and excitement, but it came at a cost.

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