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Recognizing Addiction

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MariaD

Authored by Mara Hodler

Maybe you have found yourself in the scary trap of addiction. Addiction is when you lose control of the ability to say “no” to something or walk away from it. If you realize that you may be addicted to something, know that you are not alone.

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New Creation Has Come

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Authored by Steve Hearts

It’s certainly true that the Creator designed each of us with a variety of traits and characteristics. This includes likes, dislikes, habits, opinions. Yet our Maker wasn’t content to simply “leave us be” once we were created. He happily transforms, changes, and renews us when need be—giving us the chance to become better, happier, and more like Him.

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Honor Your Parents

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Authored by Mara Hodler

Here’s an interesting verse: Honor thy father and mother.1

I remember well when it first dawned on me that my parents were not perfect. I was nine years old. This wasn’t a realization that my parents sometimes made a bad call, like when they couldn’t figure out whether it was me or one of my sisters who

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Another Layer of Easter

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Authored by Mara Hodler

Easter has come and gone, but I had a realization the night before Easter that I wanted to tell you about. I was going to bed when a line popped into my head, “He did not leave my soul in hell.” It sounded like a familiar Bible passage, but I wasn’t sure. Neither was I sure if the writer was referring to Jesus.

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It’s About Time

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Authored by Tina Kapp

Imagine if you could go back in time and relive any moment in your life. Are there any decisions you’d make differently? Any specific moments you’d enjoy again? Or people you wish you’d spent more time with?

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How Can I Make a Difference?

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Authored by Mara Hodler

There is a message that’s been on my mind for some time. It’s been composing itself in my head as I have waited to find the time to put it into words. For the past few weeks, each time I log onto my Facebook page, which is also, ashamedly, my news source, I have seen things that greatly troubled me.

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You Are Worth More

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Authored by Mara Hodler

This is not something I talk about often. I touch on it with my kids, beginning to paint the picture, but they’re still pretty young. Talking about it with teens, like you, I haven’t done in a long time. But, if I could talk to you about one thing, light one path on your journey, it would probably be this.

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In the Face of Lies

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Authored by Eldora Sichrovsky (a guest contribution)

A few months ago, I began a project of reading my Bible cover to cover. This venture has involved studying books and passages that I’d never read before or never in their entirety. It’s been a rewarding and fascinating journey, and I’ve made several discoveries along the way, one of which I’d like to share with you. I was reading through the book of Isaiah when I found, in chapters 36 and 37, this amazing story:

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YOLO or Carpe Diem?

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Authored by Tina Kapp

Most people have heard the acronym “YOLO” thrown around for the past couple of years. It stands for “You Only Live Once.” Pop stars and celebrities have made it a catchphrase to promote doing crazy things or taking risks because, hey, “You Only Live Once!”

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The Seasons of Life

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Authored by Mara Hodler

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”1

This is a big life lesson. There is a time for everything. There are seasons. This is really good news … and not such great

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The Christmas Sand Clock

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Authored by Peter van Gorder (a guest contribution)

Life is a sand clock of rich and poor;
The sand flows not in vain.
It is turned over and filled once more—
What you give returns again.1

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Cause to Thank

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Authored by Mara Hodler

Have you ever heard of a turducken? It’s a southern delicacy of sorts. You take an extra-large turkey and debone it, leaving only the leg and wing bones. The deboned turkey is laid out and a layer of stuffing is laid over it. Next you completely debone a duck, lay it over the stuffing, and then spread a layer of stuffing

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Good Servant, Bad Servant

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Authored by Tina Kapp

Note: This story is adapted from 2 Kings chapter 5.

Life during Bible times was often pretty intense: Battles raged, kings ruled, kingdoms were conquered, and servants and slaves were a common part of life.

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Don’t Get Buried

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Authored by Steve Hearts

I personally believe each of us is created with at least one talent. It’s likely that we possess several talents, including those we may have not yet discovered.

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Sometimes You Don't Need a Miracle

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Authored by Mara Hodler

I was not born a citizen of the United States of America. Earning the right to be here was a process. I had to fill out piles of forms, spend hours on the phone with officials, pay a hefty sum, get fingerprinted, and have an interview to determine if I indeed met the requirements to earn residency. And, yay, I did! I met the

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Spiritual Weightlifting

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Authored by Steve Hearts

One of my favorite forms of exercise is weightlifting. I’m no bodybuilder; I just do it to stay toned and keep in shape. I also find it interesting how akin weightlifting can be to our spiritual growth.

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Surprise!

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Authored by Mara Hodler

I’m thinking about those moments when life is moving along smoothly, it looks like you have a good view of where things are headed, you’re making progress … and then all of a sudden, surprise! A total about-face happens. Something that forces you to change and pushes you in a different direction. A complete

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A More Effective You, Part 3

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Authored by Tina Kapp

Part 2 of this series ended with an excerpt from Saint Francis’ prayer to be a light where there is darkness and joy where there is sadness. That prayer goes on to say:

Lord, grant that I may seek rather

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The Wounds of a Friend

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Authored by Mara Hodler

When I was 11, I spent an extended time away from my family at a youth camp. It was a great summer with lots of activities, time with friends, swimming, sports, and Bible classes. I shared a cabin with three other girls, and since we were going to be there for a while, I wanted to “decorate” the place a bit.

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Just Passing Through

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Authored by Steve Hearts

Are you facing—or about to face—a drastic change in your life? Perhaps you are changing schools or moving into a new house, or maybe your family is changing locations, and you’re needing to start out in a completely new place. You may not like the new location, but you aren’t old enough to move out yet, so you’re kind of stuck with where your parents decide to be.

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