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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.


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Grace Notes
Tuning Our Hearts to Christ's Perfection

by Sarah Guthrie

The weighted ivory keys beckoned me closer. Accepting their invitation, I drew out the piano bench, arranged my sheet music, and arched my fingers slightly. As the first notes of Beethoven’s Für Elise lingered in the air, I was transported from the parlor to a place of soul that didn’t exist before I began piano lessons. Let it be known — I am far from a piano prodigy.


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Hopeful & Bright
Strength for Today and Faith for Tomorrow

by Mandy Saeler

With my destination firmly planted in mind, I navigated the back roads of my small town to the highway that would take me westward. My destination? The Colorado Rocky Mountains – specifically, the well-loved little mountain town of Estes Park. Absorbed in the familiar drive, the highway miles passed quickly and I soon reached the canyon.


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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.


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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?


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A Life that Overflows
A Biblical Take on the Self-Care Movement

by Mandy Saeler

I poured the hot, bubbling water over the tea bag and wrapped the string around the handle of the mug.


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Colliding with Reality
How God's Truth Can Guard Us from Disappointment

by Jasmin Howell

If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad. Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison.


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Cast Aside What Hinders
Embracing New Patterns of Living for the Glory of God

by Jasmin Howell

...Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus...Hebrews 12:1-2 NIVExcitement kindled in my heart as I walked up to my front door and saw the much-anticipated package leaning against the frame.


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Put Down the Phone
Choosing Scripture Over Screen Time

by Jasmin Howell

I leaned against the railing of the deck and looked out at the treetops waving gently in the late evening breeze. I could feel my shoulders relax as the thoughts that had been worrying the corners of my mind began to ebb away. Birds were singing, and the sun was setting.


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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.


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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...


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Hiding in Plain Sight
The Subtle Deception of Sin

by Jasmin Howell

CLEANSE ME FROM SECRET FAULTS.Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.  Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight,  O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.