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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.


Devotion

Diving Deep
Exploring God's Word Through Saturation Bible Study

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

The water was crystal clear and perfectly cool against the blazing Caribbean sun. I had gone down to Barbados with a group to help build a church, and midweek found an afternoon to cool off in the water.A few of us hopped on a boat and went out to a coral reef. We splashed into the water, fixed our snorkel gear, and put our faces in the ocean. The colors were vibrant.


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.


Relationships

What a Godly Man Finds Beautiful

by Anonymous Warrior Poet

An Introduction from Leslie Ludy:A number of years ago, our Christian publishing company arranged for Eric and me to be guests on a “Christian” radio show to promote one of our books on purity. But as soon as I got on the phone, I knew something wasn’t right.


Prayer

The Power of the Cross
The True Solution to Every Problem

by Leslie Ludy

When I was twenty-two, I went through an incredibly mortifying experience.  A pastor called me on the phone and accused me of “publicly dishonoring my husband.”  Eric and I had been married for about four years, and had a loving, God-centered relationship, built upon honor and trust.  I had never intentionally dishonored my husband, let alone publicly.  The pas


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

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?


Devotion

Sweeter Than Honey: Part Three
A Guided Bible Study

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

My friends' eyes were wide with disbelief as they stared back at me.I sat slightly embarrassed at the admission of a secret I feared to make public. But there it was, out in the open. Exposed for all to hear.It may sound trite to you, but I confessed what few guys would be willing to declare out loud — I like Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables. A lot.


Modesty

From the Inside Out
God's Design for True Modesty

by Heather Cofer

A few months ago I found myself at one of my favorite second-hand clothing stores, specifically for the purpose of updating my maternity wardrobe after finding out another little one was on the way.


Lifestyle

A Heaven-Bound Heart
Cultivating Eternal Perspective in Daily Life

by Mandy SaelerHeather CoferJess WhiteJasmin HowellSarah Guthrie

 And whatever you do,Do it heartily, as to the Lord...Colossians 3:23Dear reader,Have you ever wondered how to escape the frivolous undertow of the 21st-century lifestyle? Have you ever had the longing to live for “something more” than the trending tides of our here-today, gone-tomorrow world?