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    The #10YearChallenge: How Has God Worked In Your Life?

    If you’ve been active on social media lately, you would’ve seen the #10YearChallenge hashtag, along with side-by-side photos of your friends from 10 years ago and now, dominating your Facebook and Instagram feeds.

    Discerning When Scripture Is Meant To Be Universal And When It Is Not

    Scripture is God-breathed. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we can apply a verse to every situation. Today on Discover the Word, we invite authors, Randy Richards, and Brandon O’Brien, to help us discern when Scripture’s application is meant to be universal, and when it’s meant to be limited. Our series is called, “Misreading Paul” . . . […]

    Trusting God In Spite of My Fears

    I have been taking swimming lessons in the open ocean for two summers, but I have not quite shaken off my fear of the deep, blue water.

    My adventure with the open seas started three years ago when I toyed with the idea of joining my local surf lifesaving club.

    What My Failed Blind Date Taught Me About God

    I could feel my heart pulsing. Any sense of calm I’d been harboring fled like an outgoing tide. In the Pacific Northwest, I experienced a similar feeling looking over the edge of a cliff hundreds of feet above the wild Pacific Ocean. This time the cause was even more intimidating—I was on a blind date.

    Plight of the Crawdads

    When my cousin invited me to join him to fish for crawdads (crayfish), I couldn’t help but be excited. I grinned when he handed me a plastic pail. “No lid?”

     “You won’t need one,” he said, picking up the fishing rods and the small bag of chicken chunks we’d use for bait.

    Later, as I watched the small crustaceans climbing over one another in a futile attempt to escape the almost-full bucket, I realized why we wouldn’t need a lid. Whenever one crawdad reached the rim, the others would pull it back down.

    The plight of the crawdads reminds me how destructive it…

    I Have Albinism But I’m No Different

    My name is Anatasya, and I have a skin condition called albinism.

    When I was younger, I didn’t feel any different from everyone else. I only realized that I was different when I looked at other people’s skin and observed that the color of their skin is different from mine.

    Inception: What Are We Allowing Into Our Minds?

    Most people would remember Inception, the mind-bending dream-within-a-dream film written, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. Released in 2010 to huge commercial success, it won four Academy Awards in 2011 and grossed over US $828 million in box offices worldwide.

    When I Thought the Bible Wasn’t Enough

    Have you ever felt the need to cushion what the Bible says? Do you ever think that maybe if you rephrased some verses a certain way or glossed over a particular passage, your friends would find the gospel more acceptable?

    I found myself caught in this dilemma recently.

    I Am the Way

    Let the astonishing words of Jesus penetrate your heart and draw you closer to Him. In Jesus’s time the magnitude of His claims were astonishing to the people around him, especially the religious leaders of the day. There’s no better source for understanding who Jesus is than the statements he …

    My Child, A Gift from God, Stillborn Without A Skull

    My husband and I had been waiting for God to bless us with a second child. When we finally tested positive on a pregnancy kit, we were ecstatic.

    Through the first 12 weeks, everything appeared healthy. But when I went in for a scan the 13th week, the sonographer found something amiss.

    What I Got Wrong About Grace

    Some time in my early 20s, I sat across the table from my mentor and pleaded with her to explain how grace worked. Life wasn’t quite going the way I wanted and I’d subconsciously been trying to “live right” in the hope that I could wrangle some blessings out of God. I’d exhausted myself, and still my attempts weren’t working.

    Trusting God In A Time of Transition

    Three years ago, I began my college career at a small Christian college called Calvin College. I had a lot of anxieties in the beginning—moving to a school far from home, not knowing anyone, making new friends, etc. But by the second semester, I was well-adjusted and praising God for a good first year of school and for the friends He had provided me with.

    4 Truths That Kept Me Going in 2018

    As 2018 draws to a close, I want to look back on the past 12 months and examine the valuable lessons I’ve learned. Not just to give myself a pat on the back for making it this far but also to reflect on the things that God has taught me in the last year.

    So here we go.

    Editor’s Picks: The Best of 2018

    2018 has been a fulfilling year for us at YMI. We launched our very first online devotional, published over 560 articles, produced 39 artspace projects and 7 videos to help you ask the whys and walk out your purpose.

    Letting Go of All the Things I’ve Hoped For

    I finally got a late acceptance to present at one of the top conferences in my field this November. Ever since I’ve heard about this conference, attending it has been on my “life goals” list, a milestone in my PhD career.

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