Great Expectations

I’m just going to be totally honest—when I do nice things for the people in my relationships, I low-key expect them to reciprocate and do something nice for me. I even expect to have that kind of relationship with God. I can’t tell you how many times when I didn’t get what I wanted in my life, and I internally blamed God for it. If there’s no milk left in the house, “Why me, God???...

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Addiction, Shame, and Love

I’m sure that all of us have struggled with some type of addiction or are dealing with one currently and the majority of the time we don’t know how to deal with it. I for one tend to have no idea how to handle addiction the right way and sometimes I end up covering that addiction with another one. Whether the addiction happens to be with shopping, video games, drugs, school, or partying, God offers help in His word.

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Living for a Purpose

Accepted. Rejected. Deferred. Waitlisted. As a senior in high school, these are the words that have meant the most to me through this year. Ever since I was young, my parents have raised me to believe that my life had one trajectory: do well in high school, go to college, become a doctor, get married. That was it—my one shot to living a good life was through these steps. Now I’m at the transitioning stage between high school and college, and I’m anxiously waiting to figure out how I will follow this set-in-stone trajectory that my parents set for me. Every time I feel like I’m getting off this track, I panic and begin to question whether I’m even good enough to be on it. Whether you’re older or younger than me, I think we all have a similar path in mind that we were raised to believe was “the right one.” We develop a one-track mind and ignore every other path that comes our way. If we encounter something in our lives that isn’t associated with the “right way” (in my case, college) that we set our minds on, we brush it aside. We forget our sense of purpose.

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Why Lent Matters ?

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Here some reasons why Lent matters.

•    Lent is a reminder of our need to repent. It means that we have to recognize that we are sinners and we have to lay down our sins to God. (Check out Shann’s blog on Repentance here.)

•    Lent is a way to remind ourselves that we need to put God first by giving up things that we devote our attention to such as sweets, video games, TV shows, etc. This helps put our human desires back on hold and it let God meet our needs.

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(TRU) Repentance

You know what’s been on my mind a lot? Repentance. Honestly, I feel like John the Baptist every time I talk about Jesus with my friends because all I talk about is Romans 2:4, which says, “Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” Coincidentally, I started teaching Book 2 of Matthew Bible Study and the first unit of the lesson talks about repentance, so I made them listen to a sermon by Pastor David Choi (not the Youtuber), from the Church of the Beloved, for homework. I also made all of my friends listen to that same sermon and I recommend you listen to it too after you finish reading this. 

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The Doldrums

Life… it wears you down, like a sailor out at sea. There are seasons of smooth sailing and you reach your destination with no problems. The wind is blowing you in the right direction with not a single cloud in the sky. You might even get a chance to stop by some beautiful tropical islands and hang with the locals along the way, eat some good food, trade for some indigenous art, and STILL make it on time. And then there are those times when you’re caught in a storm, and life bombards you with wave after wave of unexpected events and surprises. You’re in so deep that you’re certain the ship will sink with this much water on deck. All you can do is tell your crew to hold fast (hey hey) as you try your best to steer the ship out of the storm.

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New Year, New Me? New Year, Less Me

As we ring in the New Year, I’ve noticed that there are generally two types of people when it comes to “New Year Resolutions (NYR’s).” There are those who swear that this year will be the best year of their lives. They swear that they will accomplish everything on their endless lists of goals from going to the gym everyday to giving up chocolate (those brave souls). Then, there are the skeptics. Everyone knows at least one— “I know I’m going to break my resolutions, so what’s the point of making them?” I’m not saying that these are the only types of people when it comes to NYR’s, but I have definitely been on both sides of this spectrum. I like to think that my spiritual goals are very similar to NYR’s.

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What Are You Thankful For?

Hey guys, let's take a step back from the early Christmas decorations and the looming Black Friday sales and instead get you thinking in the season of Thankfulness. There are plenty of things to be thankful for in your life, some things that you don't think about right away. Here are some things our staff is thankful for:

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How Do You Find God’s Will?

As people get older, we start to seek what our purpose is in life, only to give up the thought due to impatience and frustration (which I am guilty for). But we often forget that God has already provided what we need to know. He doesn’t play hide and seek with His will, and He wants us to remember His promise that He has a plan for us and that plan will be great and wild.

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Letting God take Control

I’ve got a great community that I enjoy hanging out with. I don’t have any financial worries. I have the means for good health… and maybe a little bit of indulgence in between (I think I’ve had steak like every week since school started haha). I’m set on a path that will lead me to my dream career. I’ve got a supportive family that will listen to all of my complaints and struggles.

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FOTS: Feeding Your Faith

         The key to maintaining our spiritual lives is to be endurance runners, and not sprinters. Sometimes I struggle with consistency in my faith. I’ll be really on fire for God for a few weeks, and then I’ll go back to my own comfortable routine without looking to Him.  The reason why remaining consistent is so hard for me is because I try to do it on my own. Instead of leaning on God and relying on Him to bring growth to my life, I try and grow on my own. When we only trust our own abilities, we are setting ourselves up to fail like all humans do. However, when we place our trust and our faith in God, He fills our lives abundantly.  

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