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Lifestyle

Upward & Outward
Going Against the Tide of Cultural Smartphone Addiction

by Annie Wesche

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.Colossians 3:2 (KJV)Standing in line to disembark the ship, my mom glanced back at me and smiled.


The Gospel

Godly Influence
Understanding the Value of Biblical Mentorship

by Lauren Robertsonthe setapartgirl TeamSarah Guthrie

Written by Sarah Guthrie:It had become a treasured Sunday morning rhythm in the "coming of age" season in my life. While the rest of our house had a classic case of get-out-the-door-in-time-for-church mayhem, time slowed to a leisurely pace as I admired the adept movements my step-mom made in sweeping a trace of blush across her cheek.


The Gospel

Becoming a Godly Mentor
How to Change a Younger Woman's Life for Eternity

by Leslie Ludy

It was only four hastily scrawled lines on a torn sheet of notebook paper.


Serving

Perfectly Glazed Carrots
The Heart of True Hospitality

by Jasmin Howell

As a newly married woman, one of my first opportunities to be the hostess of my home led to an embarrassing situation with my next-door neighbor.  Attempting to welcome me to the area, she dropped in for a visit. I hadn’t been expecting anyone, my husband was gone, my house was messy, and I had no idea what to do or say.


The Gospel

Trained in Kindness
Responding to God's Priority of Love

by Mandy Saeler

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us...Ephesians 5:1-2With a deep groan, the iron gate slowly swung open.


Devotion

True Devotion
Remaining Faithful to What God Sets Before Us

by Jasmin Howell

I sat in a wing-back chair by the blazing fireplace, surrounded by friends on a Wednesday night; our weekly life-group meeting was underway. As I read aloud from Acts 2, I caught myself pausing when I came to verse 42: “...and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NIV).


Serving

A Heart Like His
Serving Because of Love

by Heather Cofer

My four-year-old son, Jude, and two-year-old daughter, Jenesis, were thrilled to wake up on a frosty morning last December to see a beautiful blanket of snow and big, fluffy flakes still falling plentifully from the sky. They decided breakfast was less important than beginning their snowy adventures, so they eagerly slipped into their winter gear and ran outside into the yard.


Serving

Giving Joy Brings Joy

by Leslie Ludy

I stepped hesitantly out of the rented van, gazing uncertainly at the unfamiliar surroundings.  The sweltering July air was oppressively humid and it was hard to breathe.  The run-down New Orleans neighborhood was dismal and poor.  Dirty children roamed the street unsupervised, and lo


Serving

Turning Outward
A Surprising Key to Lasting Joy

by Leslie Ludy

She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy ...


True Beauty

Building a Christ-Centered Identity
A Biblical Answer to the "Just be You" Trend

by Leslie Ludy

The aroma of pepperoni and cheese lingered in the air as my girlfriends and I tossed our paper plates into an overflowing garbage can and meandered into the living room where our pretty, twenty-something youth leader was waiting to inspire us with a weekly “devo” (youth group slang for a devotional lesson).