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THE GOD I DON'T BELIEVE IN | Religion in America

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We began a new series last night with the teens called "The God I *Don't* Believe In." This fall we will be trying to answer the big questions about God, reality, our place in this world, why things are so broken, what hope there is for the future, and more. For our first couple sessions we will be laying the groundwork for everything to come. We began last night by taking a look at the state of religion in the US. You can click the icon below to listen to an audio recording of our class, and follow along with the presentation notes and videos below.
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YIA 2017 | Hope for My Profile

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We just wrapped up Youth In Action 2017 (hosted by Okolona Church of Christ, held at Spring Mill Bible Camp). The theme this year was "A New Hope" based on Romans 5:1-5 -
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
 (New Living Translation) The topic I was given to speak on was "Hope for My Profile" - a new way to approach our use of s…

Q|A Session 6: Life & Faith, pt 2

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This is the last of our Q|A series for the summer. It has been an absolute blast answering real questions from real teens. I'm pretty sure that we answered every question submitted (or very nearly). These final questions are some of the best questions that we didn't get to in other sessions. I hope you'll take some time to listen to the audio below, follow along with the notes & scriptures. We end it all with one last Q|A video about angels & the afterlife. Enjoy!
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When you grow up in a religious family but they went away from church in general, how is the best way to engage yourself when you feel as if you are also falling away?
Luke 12:51-53 | Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against. ‘Father will be divided against son     and son against father; mother aga…