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Day 8: Fight the Good Fight

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“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” -Acts 20:24 Fighting the good fight, keeping the faith, and finishing the race was very important to Paul, […]

Day 7: Planted in God’s Vineyard

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With the start of a new calendar year, people think and hope good things will happen to them and their families—financially, materially, and spiritually. Being born and raised in a free country with all its benefits and blessings, we may think we are fine with our faith, with our salvation, and with God. However, if […]

Day 6: God’s Grace to do our Best

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“For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, […]

Day 5: Becoming like Jesus

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I often in this life have grown frustrated with myself—rushing to become something or do something that mattered little and left me feeling inadequate. How could I serve or even worship this amazing God with all that was wrong with me? These feelings often stemmed from how I felt about myself more than the love […]

Day 4: Purpose and Goals

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Recently my pastor was speaking, and a phrase stuck with me, “If you don’t plan your life, someone else will.” This is a plain and simple statement but packed with meaning. Thinking on this statement, it really speaks truth. If we are not consciously focusing on our lives—not just our day-to day-lives but in our […]

Day 3: God’s Plans for You

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Someone asked me today, “Who are you?” Surprisingly, I couldn’t put together a good answer. Then they asked me what I intended to contribute to the world after college. I wasn’t sure. I know I won’t be in college forever. Pretty soon, I’ll have to make some big decisions. Soon I’ll be thrust out into […]

Day 2: The Measure of Success

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How do you measure success? Most would say that success is achieving a certain goal, but what if you struggle mightily for that goal and you don’t achieve it? Many would say that’s the definition of failure. But is it? There is a verse rather buried in the middle of the 11th chapter of Hebrews that […]

Day 1: Am I Offering my Best to God?

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I would be embarrassed if you saw my high school transcript. The truth of the matter is, I didn’t care all that much about school. I wanted to be a dairy farmer, and who needs algebra to milk cows? I believed that so much that I failed Algebra I and had to take it in […]

HOPE: Discovering Life by Doing Your Best

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Our spiritual formation theme for this academic year is HOPE: Discovering Life. We have talked often about what Peter says in 1 Peter 1:3-5, especially the phrase “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Our first chapel of the spring semester is tomorrow, January 18, at 7:00 […]

An Outward-focused Life

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For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that […]