The Head Needs the Toe: How God Has Assembled the Body

Jasmine writing on how God has assembled the members in his church body, each one with a purpose, each one with a need: I used to call myself a toe. I thought it was a super unique way of self-deprecating, of calling myself worthless. “This is so funny, I bet no one else has ever […]

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Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.

Jasmine writing on how we can have joy in the midst of pain and sadness: The Bible is full of stories about really sad people. The Israelites, the Psalmists, the author of Lamentations–people who saw suffering vividly before their eyes and who personally felt the pain inflicted by sin. The author of Lamentations put it […]

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Called and Kept

Jasmine writing on how we can find hope and endurance in our faith because of the fact that Jesus, our great High Priest, has prayed for us: Have you ever considered the fact that Jesus has prayed for you? Yep—he prayed for you. He chose you before he even set foot in this world; in […]

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Dry Bones

Jasmine writing on how we respond to dry seasons of hopelessness, pointing to the ultimate hope we have in a God who enters into our valleys and who does not give up in proclaiming life to us. She uses a vision from Ezekiel 37 to illustrate this hope:   Dry Seasons “I have spoken, and […]

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A Good God and Scary Stories: Why we read the tough stories in the Bible.

Jasmine, the director of our Bible 316 class, writes on the importance of reading through the tough stories we find in the Bible. In our Bible 316 class, we read through the Bible in a year with our students and meet weekly to answer questions and discuss the stories. We are embarking on our third month […]

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Bruised Reeds and a Broken Savior

Jasmine writing on what she’s been learning in Isaiah in order to encourage our youth in how God wants to use them in their brokenness: “Lord, I feel sick” “I came for the sick. I came for the broken. I came for the helpless.” “But how can I lead others if I’m broken?” “Because you […]

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