Tag: Word of God


Seasonal Lessons

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16th October

Here in the Midwest we love our seasons. We welcome the warmth and brightness of spring, we celebrate the long hot days and suntans that summer brings, we long for the cozy cool rituals that fall offers, and the promise of snow and customs in winter. While not every season is loved by all, each is important to the next and prepares the way for the one to follow. We gain our perspective of seasons through calendars, textbooks, and experience, understanding that winter will start to release its hold somewhere around March; summer will show up somewhere around June and wave goodbye in September.

I’ve often found myself wishing for a calendar for my own life—an outline for how long I could expect certain seasons to persist—something that could help me make sense of my surroundings. Many of us … Read More »



Hard Hearts and Miracles

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4th August

In Mark 6:36-52, we find a passage that tells two stories—the first is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. The disciples bring the issue of the hungry people to Jesus, suggesting Jesus send them away for food to the surrounding towns. But instead of responding in agreement as the disciples expected, Jesus instructed the disciples to “give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37, NIV). The disciples were obviously shocked at this statement and responded accordingly, asking Jesus if they were expected to go and purchase food for all the people there.

Jesus never expected them to go purchase food for all the people. Rather He was testing their faith and their response to the question. This revealed their lack of sensitivity to the Spirit of the One they were following. Jesus put the disciples to work. He said to … Read More »



Don’t Take My Word for It

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4th June

Summer time can be a challenging time in life as it is often a time of transition. Whether you find yourself entering or leaving school, moving, or anything else, we can find this season of limbo to be challenging to navigate, making the decisions we make throughout this time heavy and often a little frightening. Finding the will of God is a point of wrestling for many of us as we make our way through life.

We consider it to be this process of finding the one right answer that will make everything else in life make sense. This causes us to nervously wrestle with decisions and stress over seasons when we lack understanding or clarity. If you are anything like me, these times caused me to live in fear of making the wrong choices and somehow messing up my … Read More »



The Relevant Truth

Posted by Sarah Hudspeth in Hyphen. No Comments

22nd May

If you’re an 80s or 90s kid like me, you probably grew up with Lisa Frank, a Walkman or Discman, and dial-up Internet. It also means you had a pretty cool childhood, let’s be real. As we reminisce on our childhood, let’s take a look at how it shaped our thinking and who we have become. We are Millennials—and as all generations are—we are a product of our upbringing. While we had awesome toys, we were also shaped by the Postmodern society in which we lived. It is important to understand how postmodernity has fashioned our thinking and perception, but that is a larger topic for another day. Today, I want to address how Post-modernism has affected our concept of truth and the reality of God’s eternal truth.

As Millennials, we have grown up in a Postmodern society which claims … Read More »



Why Bible Quiz? Youth Leaders’ Perspectives

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22nd February

We were recently asked the question, “Why Bible Quiz?” As ministers to young people, in our opinion, Bible quizzing is of utmost importance because we know how difficult it can be to help build and strengthen a young person’s walk with God. Many young people are focusing their time and energy on worldly things. Right? Movies, video games, sports, drugs, and sex are among the activities they participate in, but none of these honor God. Even with the best teaching, it can be difficult to break down the walls of pride, selfishness, and arrogance that surround many young people. But where our words fall short, the word of the Lord is pure and sharper than any two edged sword.

Do you want to get closer to God? Then Bible quiz. Need a new hobby? You should Bible quiz. No, … Read More »






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Hard Hearts and Miracles

In Mark 6:36-52, we find a passage that tells two stories—the first is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. The disciples bring the...