5 Benefits of A.W.A.N.A.

5 Benefits of A.W.A.N.A.

5 Benefits of A.W.A.N.A.

On Wednesday, I turned in my uniform after serving AWANA (a bible program for children) for five years and children’s ministries for almost ten years. Why? Because God called me to serve women and help them grow in their faith. Yet, leaving AWANA wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be for me. What AWANA is and how it helped me both as a participant and a leader demonstrate the many benefits of the AWANA program. Bible verse memorization I memorized hundreds of verses when I was a child in the AWANA program, and many more when I was

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5 “New” Ideas from John

5 “New” Ideas from John

When I began the study of John this year with Bible Study Fellowship, I had no idea where it would take me or how I would grow. In fact, I believed the opposite-that nothing in John could be new. I never should’ve been so arrogant. The study of John this year really guided me where I never expected, and grew me spiritually in ways I did not believe at the beginning. God taught me more than five lessons while studying John, but I will focus on the five that repeated themselves throughout the year. God’s will prevails The Sanhedrien wanted

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5 Things I Love About Marie’s World by C.E. Stone

5 Things I Love About Marie’s World by C.E. Stone

Many of you are probably aware that my best friend, Marie, is a writer. What you may not know much about is her world. Her latest book, Etania, is well worth reading: if for the imaginary world alone. Nearly all of her races are original, and I’ve had the privilege of seeing her Lewis-like world evolve over our 7 years of friendship. In honor of Marie’s “5-Minute Fridays,” here’s a look at 5 things I truly do love about Marie’s world. • The Hafif (Half-eef) These are the half-blooded people of Tamnarae, Marie’s fantasy world. That doesn’t just mean they’re

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5 Unpopular Spiritual Gifts

5 Unpopular Spiritual Gifts

“Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.”-1 Corinthians 12:3 ESV Everyone has been given a gift by the Holy Spirit to be used for the encouragement and conviction of believers. Most people ignore the Holy Spirit and his gifts (I was one of them!), or they acknowledge some gifts and not all of them. I think by doing either of these things, we ignore an important aspect of God’s character-his omniscience and omnipotence. Since we are the

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5 Ways to Share the Gospel

5 Ways to Share the Gospel

“Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’ and that he had said these things to her.” John 20: 17-18 ESV When Jesus rose from the dead, we had the privilege of becoming one of his family members. This great blessing is not one we can keep to ourselves. Instead, we should be

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5 Biblical Symbols

5 Biblical Symbols

I love symbolism. I swear it’s the reason that I became an English major in the first place, and it’s probably why John is my favorite gospel. The Bible if full of symbols that ultimately help us understand God and his plan for us. Those symbols are awesome ways that God weaves his story together and gives us an understanding of Him. 1. Light “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”-John 8:12 (ESV) If anyone has read Genesis, this

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5 Reasons God is Needed to Love Fully

5 Reasons God is Needed to Love Fully

The other day I called into a radio show in which a previous Bible teacher was a guest. I called in because I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to call and argue against the point that we can love without God. So I did, arguing that we cannot love fully without God because we love imperfectly without God. Although I’m not sure my point was explained well (only God knows), I do think my Bible teacher’s explanation of my point was well made. He explained that love does no harm to another person. Yet, human beings often hurt the

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5 Reasons Jesus had to Die

5 Reasons Jesus had to Die

I’ve never considered God to be cruel for sending his own Son to die on the cross. Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in a Christian environment, so I’ve gotten used to Christianese. So the declaration that it’s wrong for God to send his own son to die wasn’t on my radar until it was asked by the main character, Mac from The Shack. At first, I wasn’t sure how to answer that and the movie’s symbolic answer didn’t quite sink in. Then our BSF leader went through why Jesus had to die. 1. God is just. For

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5 Updates from Marie 3.31.17

5 Updates from Marie 3.31.17

If you only read one post, read these updates. These posts are where I ask for your help in promoting my writing and business. These posts are where I tell you what has been happening in my life. These posts are what I pray you will see why you support me in my work. I thank you for reading them, for it is people like you that help me continue to do what I need to do. So what’s new in the life of Marie? I published a short story on Short Fiction Break. My short story, Be Strong and

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5 Components of My New Beauty Project

5 Components of My New Beauty Project

Starting soon, I will be interviewing women biweekly to hear their stories. Their stories will form what I entitle as a “Beauty” project. But before I go into what the components of the Beauty project will be, I wanted to let you know what lead me to start the Beauty project. (If you don’t have time to read, feel free to go to the first five points) The idea began with my blog post about beauty, found here. Many women commented and/or shared this post, which I found intriguing. Why would a simple rant about beauty cause so much reaction?

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