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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9)

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now it’s time to break out the Christmas tree, Michael Bublé’s infamous Christmas album and all the home decor. As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves surrounded by plenty of family and friends. For some, there is nothing more comforting in the world, while for others, this scene sounds a bit daunting.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“’But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘God’s Messiah.’” (Luke 9:20)

Who do you say I am? In Luke 9:20, Jesus was speaking to His disciples and asks them who the crowds were claiming Him to be after witnessing or hearing about His ministry for the past few years. After hearing the disciples’ responses, He directs the question to them and asks who they believe He is after walking with Him, hearing His teachings and sharing life with Him. Peter steps up and says, “God’s Messiah.”

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)

So, you have recovered (or are maybe still recovering) from the Thanksgiving food coma, Grandma’s interrogation about your relationship status and the overall holiday chaos.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:13)

With Thanksgiving fast approaching and Christmas on the horizon, memories and plans with family are on the rise. For some, these times are sweet and full, while others find them painful and empty. And then there are those who experience a mix of all emotions.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

Life has many different seasons, just as people have many different emotions.

There are times I feel light, joyful and wide-eyed at the beauty of the world. I am curious and kind, and things seem easy, not perfect, but I have a clear perspective on who I am, who I serve and what I want my life to look and feel like.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?’” (Luke 9:23-25)

The other day someone posed the question, “Would you die for your faith?” My immediate reaction was to dodge the question and topic, because my entire being is hardwired to hate and avoid the concept of death. Death is unnatural for us as humans, because it is not from God and it is not good. That being said, it is a reality and a constant. Ephesians reminds us that the “wages of sin is death,” and as sinners living in a sinful world, we must recognize that truth. Yet, it is equally important to remember the second part of the verse and its own truth, which says, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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