Archives for April 2015

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How will YOU help?

I hope that everyone has had a great week, giving thanks to God for all His blessings and devoting time every day to pray. That we are praying on behalf of our spiritual brothers and sisters who are spreading the Gospel, suffering because of it; also for the peoples heart's they are pouring into. Pray "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obta...

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Second Chances

READ: 2 Timothy 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot deny Himself. When was a time you messed up? In a relationship maybe? Or a job? Everyone's been there. We all mess up. We've all failed somewhere. You may be thinking of something that happened last month, or maybe in the last fifteen minutes. Whether it's letting a friend down, saying something...

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An Awakened Hope

There is no circumstance, no sin from which God cannot rescue you, deliver you, redeem you. There is such incredible potential for beauty in the brokenness of our lives. Joey Perez's story is a beautiful example of God's redemption. Even before he was born, the odds were seemingly stacked against him. His mother was a stripper, she met his father at bar, and they started ...

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Taking hold of the good fight

I'm going through a time of change. This weekend, I'm moving in with a couple of good friends. It's a big deal for me. Late-bloomer that I am, this will be my first real move. It's one of those times when everything seems overwhelming and a little scary, but also new and exciting. As things fall into place, the trepidation gives way to eagerness, and it's hard not get too ...

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Freedom is for All

Here is your weekly update on what's going on around the world and how you can join the movement to END SLAVERY pray for the needs of others! BREAKING NEWS FROM IJM GHANA This week we worked with officials in Ghana to rescue 10 boys from slavery in the fishing industry. Throughout the weekend, we were receiving ongoing reports from the frontlines. On the first morning o...

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You don’t deserve a bracelet

This past week, I discovered my grip on Gods love has become more of an "on my terms and conditions" kind of agreement. I also have this sense of entitlement to it, and it took a small child misbehaving in my class for me to see it. The weekly project was an exciting, yet very stressful one, because these beads were from Uganda. A parent donated them and I was SO excited,...

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Tell Me the Story

READ: Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I love stories. Give me a list of facts and dates, and watch my (and most teenagers) eyes glaze over. It's hard to keep up with straight information. It's like taking a bite out of a raw onion not very pleasant and often brings tears of pain to your eyes. Stories, however, can...

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I am not for sale

But take heart; I have overcome the world John16:33 Hello everyone! This week I felt a better understanding that God came down in physical form through His son and conquered the earth. I sometimes wake up with a heavy heart, one that consumes me. It makes me want to drop everything and move overseas; leaving me feeling anxious, confused, and saddened. But as I come ...

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5 reasons we CAN handle marriage

Written as a response to a piece by Anthony D'Ambrosio that appeared in the Asbury Park Press titled5 reasons we can't handle marriage anymore. "There will be times in your marriage where you don't feel loved, or validated. Today, it is easier than ever to fabricate validation. A Facebook post of our fancy clothes, or house, or baby, or dog, or even food will usually ...

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A Voice for the Silenced

"These are only two people off of that wall and that wall contained only a handful of people who were and currently are being persecuted for their beliefs." My name is Kendall Smith, and I'm passionate about ending slavery and reaching the world with the Gospel. Here is my story on how God revealed this to me. One day while attending my uncle's house church, I notice...

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