Who Am I?

Our identity is a big thing.

We put a lot of emphasis into who we are. We wear our identity proudly. We want everyone to know our opinions, our beliefs, our aspirations. There are a lot of things that we think define us. Things that we think make up the essence of who we are. Sometimes I wonder about this. What do people think when they talk to me?

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Why We Need Community

Final exams are coming up this week.

It’s pretty crazy to think about—I’m one week away from finishing my first year of Bible college. It seems like just yesterday my parents dropped me off at my dorm, and I was terrified about starting such a new, scary, and exciting chapter of my life. Now I’m making plans for the summer.

I’ve grown a lot—I had my very first job, my very first job, and a whole lot of other “firsts” these past two semesters. I’ve learned a lot, too, about doctrine and theology and apologetics and literature and all kinds of other things. But outside of my studies, I’ve learned a lot of things about life and relationships and my goals. If there’s one thing I’ve learned more than anything else, it’s the importance of relationships.

We were created to have community with each other.

I’m writing this while sitting in a coffee shop with two of my friends (I should technically be memorizing verses for a final *cough cough*). It dawned on me how close I’ve become with several of the girls who go to college with me. Summer is coming up, and I’m going to miss a lot of things.

The movie nights.

The coffee dates.

The sudden decisions to go get lunch off-campus and chat for hours.

The distraction-filled “study times” in the library.

The Bible studies.

This year has taught me just how important community is. Getting through the last year, which was filled with a lot of good things but also some homesickness and heartbreak and frustration and exhaustion, would have been really tough without the friends who were there to encourage me and pray for me.

We were created to have relationships. After God created Adam, He then created Eve because He realized that Adam shouldn’t be alone. God wants us to have deep friendships with people we can laugh with and cry to and share our hopes and dreams with. We shouldn’t go through life alone, trying to figure everything out without help from the people around us. We need people who are going to stand by us no matter what, and I definitely found that at Bible college.

It’s truly a special thing.

Here’s to the friends who have made my life pretty awesome and to the adventures we will have in the future. 🙂

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My Thoughts on the “War on Christmas”

Apparently, there’s a “war on Christmas” happening.

Some companies have decided not to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” anymore, opting instead for “Happy Holidays”. Why? Because it seems that making any reference to Christmas is now “offensive” and “shoving religion down people’s throats”.

I’ve heard different opinions on this. Some say Christians should boycott these companies, others say it’s silly to make such a fuss. Is this “war” really worth getting hyped up over? Should we, Christians, really see anything wrong with corporations not drawing attention to Christmas?

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Freedom in Christ

“I’m saved, why does it matter if I continue to sin? I’m free now, and sinning doesn’t change that.”

I hear this argument all the time. A lot of believers use their salvation, or “freedom in Christ”, as an excuse to continue the sinful behavior they had before salvation. And, yes, once we are saved, no sin we commit can take away our salvation (Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39). But does this mean we are free to do whatever we want, simply because we can?

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