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Author: Kailynn

Settling Down with a Hope and a Future

I had a horse trainer once tell me that when you’re riding you need to be thinking five steps in front of your horse while at the same time focusing on what you’re doing in the moment. The idea is that as you’re riding you need to think about what you’re going to do next, while at the same time focusing on what you’re doing now. For example if you are jumping as you are going over one jump you should be thinking about where the next jump is and what you need to do in order to be...

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Jesus is Enough, Isn’t He? @ MoreThanAPrayer

Jesus is enough. At least I say He is. But how often do I come to church or my personal Bible study time with an agenda, as if He really isn’t? What do I mean by that? Well, lately it seems that whenever I hear a sermon or sit down to read my Bible, I come looking for something other than God. I come into His presence with only one thing on my mind. Application, application, application. How does this verse apply to my life? What are some things from this sermon that I can practically apply to my...

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The Faithful Creator @IVPAcademic

What if? What if I get hurt? What if they say no? What if I fail? What if I get embarrassed? What if I don’t like it? What if I’m wrong? The list of “what ifs” could go on and on. I’m sure that anyone reading this would be able to add several “what ifs” for their unique situation. I personally am in a situation where I find myself looking into the future, wondering what is going to happen. I worry about how present and future events will play into the rest of my life. I am aware that...

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The Set-Apart Woman @NavPress

One Sunday night, while Leslie Ludy and her husband Eric were waiting to speak at a church, Leslie was observing the conversations and behaviors of the worship team backstage. They enthusiastically discussed sports, pop culture, and entertainment. One of the worship team members asked if anyone had seen the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. Immediately, everyone was in on the conversation. “For the next five minutes, the group relived the comedic antics of their favorite actors on the show, repeating all the crude and sarcastic one-liners verbatim” (3). Eventually, the worship leader calls for a moment of prayer...

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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

Have you ever read the Bible and wondered if you were missing something? Or do you ever think that maybe our interpretations and applications of Scripture in America are being influenced more by our own cultural values than by Scripture itself? Have you ever considered that you may be blinded by your Western values, and therefore missing key parts of certain Bible stories? Well, E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien address some of these issues in their book Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. In this book Richards and O’Brien not only point out that we often read our...

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