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Learn & Grow // A List of Recommended Teachings

Learn & Grow // A List of Recommended Teachings

So today, I'm doing what I can to make that happen by gathering the other Choctawkers as we share with y'all some of our favorite teachings. 

The Spiritual Disciplines: Practices for Followers of Jesus

The Spiritual Disciplines: Practices for Followers of Jesus

So, what really are the spiritual disciplines? They are not a to-do list, but rather a guide of how you can mature in your life as a follower of Christ. They're practices and habits. They can usher you into an intimate walk with Jesus. They aide you in becoming more like Christ. They're not practices just for the spiritually mature, nor are they just for new believers. They are life changing and they are necessary, and I hope to spend the rest of my life learning more about them. 

Valentine's Day When You're (Always) Single

Valentine's Day When You're (Always) Single

Today, as Valentine's Days and its messages of discontentment come our way, I'm going to walk us through the most common lies we can be believe about being single. 

On Failure

On Failure

In my experience, I've learned that the best solution is to embrace it, because learning from failure and allowing it to teach you is a lot better than letting it knock you down. There are a lot of steps to how this can happen, and they can't be learned all at once, but today, as a person that fails often, I'm going to walk you through them.

Leave Your Identity At the Door

Leave Your Identity At the Door

In my twenty-one years, I've often struggled with feeling less-than. Whether it was on the soccer field in middle school, in the youth group in high school or even now, in the classroom at MC, it's been really easy for me to believe that I'm not enough for the setting that I'm in. I've learned a lot throughout the years, becoming more confident in my abilities and believing that I am who my Maker says I am. 

Let's Talk About It // NSPW 2016

Let's Talk About It // NSPW 2016

While for us this is just a four day school week with a little less stress than normal, it's also National Suicide Prevention Week, and today we're going to talk about it. 

What is your calling?

What is your calling?

As college students, there's a lot of pressure to know what we plan on doing for the rest of our lives. And if you're anything like me, that's a really hard thing to figure out. In February I wrote a blog about my serial major changing habits. Those habits, which you can read about here, have lead me to have a lot of questions about my calling, my goals, my ultimate answer to the forever looming question of "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

The Gospel According to Justin Bieber

The Gospel According to Justin Bieber

It's an exciting time for Beliebers that are also believers, because Justin met Jesus and he's no longer living his life for himself, but for the One that gave him purpose (see what I did there?). His new album has a few jewels in it; songs containing nuggets of truth about our Creator that you wouldn't expect to hear when listening to Justin Bieber. But, like a lot of new believers, including myself eight years ago, he got some things wrong. Today I'm here to talk those things out.

The Art of Boundaries

The Art of Boundaries

When God made us, He didn't make us able to do all the things all the time. He made us as humans, people who bare His image, but are not Him. We are not limitless, we are not able to meet everyone's needs, we are not perfect. When I realized that I'm not invincible--that I have natural-born limits--I knew that something had to change. I needed Jesus to show me how to love myself well in the midst of a chaotic season. And He did. 

Friends, let's talk about boundaries. 

In This Season

In This Season

A few years ago, my family went on a mission trip/ holiday to England. While we were in London, we visited St. Paul's Cathedral for a choral Evensong service. I wasn't particularly excited to be there; most of it was in Latin, and the idea of going to church for fun wasn't the most thrilling concept to my mind.

Inviting Jesus Into Your Everyday

Inviting Jesus Into Your Everyday

Hello all! It's Ashton here on this fine Friday afternoon. It's Good Friday and Easter is just three days away. Within the midst of all the Easter baskets and egg hunts and creepy bunny suits, I think that sometimes we forget to look at the power and importance that is represented by this weekend. This weekend is the representation of our Savior's death and resurrection and that's something worth talking about.