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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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