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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9)

Despite their common interchangeability, having good morals and having integrity are two separate things. Anyone can agree that stealing, lying and murdering are wrong and immoral. People can even agree that gossip, unkindness and lust are not “good morals” or standards to live by, but do you actually keep yourself from engaging in any of those things? That’s what integrity is. It’s an honest way of living, being exactly who you say you are and living by the standards that you hold others to.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30)

Envy is a heartbreaking emotion. It’s hurt, insecurity and loneliness disguised as anger, bitterness and resentment. Becoming envious causes loneliness and isolation for everyone involved – the one experiencing the envy firsthand, as well as the one that someone is envious of. Envy invites comparison of relationships, success, status or image and can make you feel unknown and uncared for, even by those you once were close to.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2, NIV)

It’s hard to imagine your future when you feel like you can just barely maintain your life in the here and now. There are so many things we do to contribute to and help craft our future lives, like going to school or saving money. And because most of us have no idea what our futures hold, the preparation of it can be difficult and discouraging.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

It is February, and that means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. With the upcoming holiday in mind, many people find themselves reflecting on their love life. This might hit hard for the single people out there, wondering why they are not in a relationship. Though, all Christ-centered relationships are God ordained, sometimes it is hard to wait.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” (1 Peter 1:6)

Nowadays, devastation seems to strike every day. We open our social media accounts every morning to be bombarded with news stories of war, death and tragedy. At times, it seems our world is falling apart.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“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)

College students are often stressed. Studying, tests and figuring out your future career all combine to create a lot of anxiety. It is hard to plan your life when you don’t even know who you are as a person yet, let alone what you want to do with the rest of your life. It is in these times of stress that we can find God’s peace.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)

They say the only constant in life is change itself. We know with certainty that things are susceptible to change at any time and this can be very unsettling for many people.

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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Matthew 11:6)

When our life is in turmoil, is God still good?

We often too closely associate our circumstances with God’s goodness. When we see good things in our life, it is easy to feel the goodness of God, but when there is trouble, it is much harder to believe.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader                                                                          

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

This is one of the sweetest times of the year! There is a buzz in the air as stores rep their New Year merchandise and the world comes together to recognize a new beginning. But it can also be a challenging time as one more Christmas gets wrapped up, family members leave for normal routines and one more year comes to a close. We will soon be busy ushering in the New Year, but what of 2017? This change is inevitable and yet it still causes us to pause in reflection.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.’” (Psalm 46:10)

Three days until Christmas and, although things should be wrapping up and the preparation should be coming to an end, I’m sure it’s not. Our culture has mastered the art of procrastination, even when it comes to the Christmas season! Holiday shopping is chaotic – and so is house decorating, Christmas cooking… And we usually don’t give up until everything is perfect, even if that’s not until just hours before December 25.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“So encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3:13)

This Christmas season can mean so many different things for you. Maybe it is filled with bubbling anticipation and excitement; maybe it is filled with overwhelming busyness and planning; maybe it is a season filled with a mix of joys and hurts. Regardless of what this December is looking like for you, it is, in and of itself, just another season.

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