But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:51

The Everyday Woman's Guide to Revelation

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There’s an intersection near my house that’s known for peddling. Sometimes there are puppies for sale, other times it’s rugs. But sometimes it’s prophecy. Signs warning me about “the mark of the beast” and the end of the world accompany a man in an old truck...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:45

A Solitude Guide

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I have really fond memories of solitude. Being quiet on purpose to hear from God has become a spiritual disciple I cannot live without. I've written before about these rhythms of silence in my life and hope you'll consider ways to implement some quiet space into your life.

But, I also understand...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:21

Kelly's Story on TryingCollective.com

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I never had a problem getting pregnant. It was staying pregnant that seemed to be my problem.

It was the fall of 2007 when those 2 pink lines first changed my life. My husband had signed a contract with a record label just 18 months earlier and our lives had becoming increasingly hectic. We had...

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Since we first moved in to our house on Sleepy Hollow 6 years ago we've been dreaming up ways to showcase the Gospel in our neighborhood. One way we do this is by handing out hundreds of king-sized candy bars on Halloween. 

It was no surprise to learn that our street was a popular...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 13:48

Your Letter to Your Future Spouse

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I vividly remember the first time I saw the movie Titanic. The passionate love between Jack and Rose awakened something fierce in my little preteen heart. I thought little of marriage before that movie. Now it consumed my thoughts and dreams.

For my friends and me, riding off into the sunset with...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 05:38

It's always a good time for truth

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"There are 6 things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes..." Proverbs 6:16-17a
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate."  Proverbs 8:13

If being a Christian was a sport, I would have had...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 23:15

How to Cultivate Connection

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We all desire to have close friends within our communities, but it can seem so challenging to see that desire come to fruition! So what can we do? How can we work to create an environment where deep and meaningful friendships can form? This is exactly the question I was hoping to address at a...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:14

Dying to Self: For Your Good and His Glory

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"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it" (Luke 9:23–24).

Familiarity with these verses can often cloud their obvious meaning: to follow...

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The longer you walk with God, the more dangerous the path.

It’s dangerous not because of hardship and suffering (though they may be present) but because of the temptation to rely on your ever-growing experience instead of on Christ alone.

Amplifying this temptation is the presence of many young...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 12:22

The Greatest Work You Can Do in College

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For the Christian, the college years are often marked by grand desires to change the world in the name of Jesus and to dream of the impact you could have during your time on earth. It is a time filled with ministry opportunities and therefore marked by busyness for many young people who don't want...

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I love you endlessly.I can’t live without you.You’re my other half.

Romance isn’t just for male-female couples anymore. You no longer have to wait for a spouse to enjoy the intimacy of an exclusive relationship. You can find it in your best friend.

Increasingly, statements like the...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:55

Leave Neediness Out of Mentoring

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"God doesn't need me."

Written with dry erase marker on my mirror, this phrase greeted me every morning in 2009. I had just started a job in youth ministry and loved it! Teaching the Bible to high school girls and modeling a life of prayerfulness and obedience to God was my dream job.

But over time,...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 14:39

True Friends Are Hard to Find

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True friends are hard to find. 

They stick closer than family, and often know you better. They pray bigger things for you than you pray for yourself. They believe with you when your faith is weak. They make space for you when life falls apart, and they rejoice with you when all is well. Most...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 06:02

Worship the Father, Not a Lesser Shadow

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Once upon a time, a father went away to war. Knowing it could be several years before his return, he gave his son a picture of himself in uniform. He hoped the picture would remind his son of who he was—a good father. And of what he was doing—fighting for his country.

The son truly...

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Though we have more access to the Bible than any generation before us, most Christians still have never read it all. The abundance of biblical access, on smartphones and bookshelves, generally hasn't resulted in an increased personal knowledge of the Word. And yet our generation speaks very...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:08

Don't Skim the 'Minor' Bible Stories

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When we read our Bibles, it's tempting to linger over the big stories and hurry past the minor ones. David and Goliath are far more interesting and less complicated than Uzzah's irreverence (2 Sam. 6:6–11) or Phinehas's zeal (Num 25:1–13).

While the amount of "real estate" given to a...

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I'm not sure when I became "spiritually mature," but it happened without me noticing. I simply loved the Bible because it gave me glimpses of the Living God. As my love for God grew, so did an insatiable appetite for all sixty-six books of His Spirit-breathed Word.

Then, somewhere along the way,...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:56

Why Adoption is Worth Every Obstacle

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I wrote this on our flight to India to finally meet and bring home our son. I hope it will serve to encourage you and strengthen your faith. - Kelly

In just a few days we will meet our son. Instead of driving to a hospital, we're flying to India. Instead of bringing home a newborn, we'll be bringing...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 05:52

The Antidote for Apathy

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No Christian hopes to one day find themselves drifting from God. We don’t set goals to love other things most, to serve false gods, or to give in to temptation. But many of us, surprisingly, have found ourselves years into following Christ with an alarming companion: apathy.

Unfortunately, the...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:11

More Than BFFs: When Friendship Goes Too Far

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Kara seemed to have everything Maddie lacked: she was organized, had great social skills, and was confident in her strong opinions. Maddie was insecure, awkward, and disorganized. Their friendship blossomed on the soccer field sidelines, as they watched their kids run drills at practice every week....

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 08:51

Are You Using God?

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Being married to a popular songwriter and performer carries its fair share of interesting situations. I am often the target of people’s interest only because of who I am married to, receiving strange comments from fans about how “cute” my husband is and disappointing people with...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 08:17

Rely on Your Savior, Not a Resolution

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I’m skeptical of New Year's resolutions. Why? Because some days I don’t like being dependent on God, and a system of reform is an easy way back to self-sufficiency.

Depending on someone else is often painful. This is probably because I lived most of my life dependent on my own ability to...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 06:32

Disappointment in December

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I prayed. I believed. I trusted. I hoped. And in the end, I was disappointed. This December, like many before it, God's response to my prayers is no. No, your son will not be home by Christmas. No, that baby in your womb will not live. No, that marriage will not survive. Dashed hopes and...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 06:32

Disappointment in December

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I prayed. I believed. I trusted. I hoped. And in the end, I was disappointed. This December, like many before it, God's response to my prayers is no. No, your son will not be home by Christmas. No, that baby in your womb will not live. No, that marriage will not survive. Dashed hopes and...

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For as long as I’ve been in church, I’ve known that sexual sin is a guy's struggle. Lust, sexual fantasies, pornography, masturbation. These were all things common to man, not common to woman. So what was I to do when my mom's Victoria’s Secret catalog arrived, and I secretly...

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