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Lifestyle

Whatever is Lovely, Whatever is Pure
Honoring Christ in our Media Choices

by Mandy SaelerHeather CoferLeslie Ludythe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin Howell

An Introduction from Leslie LudyOne of the most convicting statements I’ve ever read is “A pure heart is one to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring” (John Tauler, as quoted in God’s Missionary, by Amy Carmichael). As Christians who are set apart for Jesus Christ, the ungodly sights and sounds of our culture should never feel “comfortable” to us.


Purity

A Clean Heart
Experiencing God's Renewal from the Inside Out

by Leslie Ludy

Create in me a clean heart, o God;and renew a right spirit within me.Psalm 51:10There it was again — that distracting heaviness that I just couldn’t explain.  I sat staring at my open Bible, but the words were merely blurry lines on a page.  I was attempting to have a quiet time, but spiritually I felt hollow and empty.  With a sigh, I closed the cover and whispered a si


Devotion

The Water of the Word
Renewing Our Minds from Impurity

by Sarah Guthrie

 ...Try me and know my thoughts...Psalm 139:23Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.Psalm 51:7bI shut my eyes tightly as another wave of remembrance washed over me. There. It had happened again. Another thought that I didn’t even conjure up presented itself before my very eyes. Ever had one of those moments?


Purity

Beyond Promise Rings
Cultivating Purity that Lasts

by Leslie Ludy

Stacey’s eyes overflowed with regretful tears as she watched the lovely bride walk down the aisle in her dazzling white gown. She tried to concentrate on the wedding ceremony but couldn’t keep thoughts of shame and remorse from filling her mind. How would she feel at her own wedding someday, wearing a white dress but inwardly knowing she had given away...


Lifestyle

Set-Apartness in Social Media
Glorifying God in Your Digital Conduct.

by Leslie Ludy

A Diary Made PublicKate's StoryKate sipped her latte and glanced around the cozy coffee shop trying to gather her thoughts.  Suddenly, she smiled.  She’d just thought of the perfect title for her newest blog post.


True Beauty

What is Feminine Mystery?

What are some good examples of feminine mystery?  I've heard it mentioned before, but I don't exactly know what it is, or how I am to live it out.


Lifestyle

An Undivided Heart
A Biblical Approach to Pop-Culture Entertainment

by Leslie Ludy

The movie theater lights grew dim as a quiet expectancy fell over the audience. I relaxed in my plush stadium seat and eagerly awaited the opening credits to come onto the screen. It had been a long, emotionally exhausting week, and I was ready to be distracted from my worries...


Relationships

The Vigilant Heart

by Jasmin Howell

I preface this article by saying I have always been incredibly social and I love people. This quality has been a blessing in my life the more I have learned to speak and act in relationships with wisdom, but in my youth it sometimes got me in trouble.


Singleness

Be Not Deceived
How to Know if a Warrior-Poet Really is One

by Anonymous Warrior Poet

I would like to take a moment and, on behalf of Warrior Poets everywhere, apologize for the fact that there are impostor Warrior Poets. Actually, there are a whole bunch of them, far too many. And frankly, we true warrior-poets-in-the-making have a very low regard for them.