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Three Keys to Enduring Suffering

According to Open Doors, more than fifty countries are listed as hostile to Christianity. This means that if one becomes a believer in Jesus Christ as Savior, they can expect to face suffering. Even though we in the West are not used to thinking about suffering for Christ’s sake, we need to be ready for […]

Reconciliation in God’s Time

The Bible says much about the subject of reconciliation. Through the blood of Christ, God forgave our sins and reconciled us to Him. But what happens when someone does wrong to us? We can gain insight through the story of Jacob and Esau. Family conflicts Long ago, there were twin brothers born to parents who […]

Iron Sharpens Iron

You may not realize that the old adage “Iron sharpens iron” comes from the Bible. It’s from a brief phrase in Proverbs 27:17. The full verse says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” If you’ve ever heard the phrase, you probably have a decent idea of what it means. It’s about being mutually […]

Panic or Pray?

by Micah Keim   “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). One of the most terrifying times in my life was an accident that happened to my dad. He and […]

The Greatest Love

by Elise Keim   Friends are one of the most significant things in life. As C. S. Lewis said, “Friendship is the means by which God reveals to us the beauties of others.” The Bible talks quite a bit about friendship, including how to be a good friend and how friends impact us. They are […]

Whither Shall I Go From Your Spirit?* – Second Place

Toward the end of my seventh grade year, I developed depression. I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating, and I was isolating myself from my friends because I knew that they wouldn’t understand or be able to help me. In eighth grade, I indulged in self-harm. I didn’t want to kill myself — not yet. But […]

Perfection – Third Place (tie)

I find myself struggling with the concept of perfection on a daily basis. I feel the need to be as close to flawless as possible in everything I do. This is called perfectionism. It appears in my school work, my art, and my music. It is hard for me to acknowledge that I cannot achieve […]

Beyond Summer Camps – Third Place (tie)

Since I’ve been a teenager growing up in the Church, summer youth camps have always been the “spiritual high” in my Christian walk. I always looked forward to them and couldn’t wait for next year. When I left camp, I felt a void in my heart. There was a weird feeling when I left my […]

The Fear Fight – Honorable Mention

Fear took control over my life at a young age. I was never that child who played and hugged dogs. I was afraid of them and hid every time I saw one. During my elementary and middle school years, I had trouble making friends, fearing that they’d reject me. I’d let my classmates cut the […]

When We Hit Rough Waters

The Gospel of John was written by the direction of the Holy Spirit as comfort, life instruction, and theology for every individual. John is a spiritually thrilling book. Its words and message are straightforward and so basic that this Gospel moves us to clearly understand the very heart of Jesus and comprehend why He came […]