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Category: Weekly Devotionals
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By Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts. It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them.” –Timothy Keller

Why are you a Christian? Is it because you grew up in the church? Is it because your parents are Christians? Or your friends? Is your faith based on your beliefs or the beliefs of your family and friends?

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

 “When your will is God’s will, you will have your will” –Charles Spurgeon

As society evolves over time, it seems man’s selfishness has grown. People are always on the lookout for ways to better themselves and increase their own personal happiness. This often leads to an uncompromising self-regard and entitlement, even at the expense of others.

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

“What come into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” –A. W. Tozer

What do you think of when you think of God? Do you imagine an old man dressed in white? Do you think of a close friend or a distant ruler?

Theologian A. W. Tozer reminds us that our view of God is vitally important to our character. How we see God will directly influence how we live. In 1 Corinthians 4, it states that “the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.”

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Graduation season is here! Soon, many seniors will be walking across the stage and receiving the diplomas they have worked so hard for. But what about after graduation? What is next? We go through school since pre-K knowing that elementary is next, then middle school, then high school and then college. But what is after graduation?

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Solomon 4:7)

April means that the weather gets a little warmer, the sky is a little bluer and the smiles are a little brighter. It also means that the shorts and sun dresses come out from the back of the closet and trips to the pool become more frequent.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26)

We live in a society that craves gossip, loves to judge and embraces the world. Every day we carry emotional and physical baggage with a history that can stretch for miles and miles. From birth, we have expectations placed on us and when those are not met it feels like the world has turned their backs on us and there is nowhere for us to turn to.

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

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23)

People come to college for different reasons. Some people genuinely come to learn, but many come because their parents or society pressured them to. Many students are just trying to graduate and get out. Our culture often expects high schoolers to graduate and go straight to college to get a degree in anything, as long as it is something. Perhaps you felt God calling you to a degree and now you’re stressed, in debt and wondering why any of it even matters.

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

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

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

“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:21-22)

Have you ever felt like everything is falling apart? Like the world is against you, and there is no one on your side? Job felt that way too.

In times like this, it is easy to doubt God’s goodness. It is easy to feel like God is not good and does not have our interests at heart. Job is an incredible example, as he is faced with unthinkable distress but he rejoiced and trusted God.

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

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household” (Ephesians 2:19)

Have you ever been homesick? Maybe you went to summer camp for the first time, took a trip to a foreign country or moved away from home to go to college. During these times like this, you feel sad and long to be back at home with your family and the comforts of home. This is a natural response to being away from home for a long period of time. Believe it or not, we often feel this way about our heavenly home as well.

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