Searching for Joy in the Holiday Season

The skies outside are endlessly gray again, the clouds are melting into one another in a wide expense of dark color. The weather is cold, dreary, and the days blend together as the sun disappears quickly beyond the horizon. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the mental to-do lists pile within our minds as we run from one thing to the next. Finals loom over us as our days are spent sitting in the library or in low-lit coffee shops, surrounded by people but oblivious to their presence.

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Finally: Tips for Finishing the Semester Strong

Twinkling overhead, the lights in my dorm remind me of a coffee shop. Rolling out of bed an hour before class, I pick out a dress for work. My roommate lets me borrow her lipstick, the shimmering one from the mall. A text arrives from my mom, with encouragement for the day. Airy sunlight streams into the room. I want to dance my way to class. It’s Freshman year.

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Why Christians Should Study the Old Testament More

I often have this perspective that as a Christian, I need to always be diving into the New Testament. I mean it makes sense; that is where the Christian tradition begins. It contains stories about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the formation of the Church, and the struggles the early Church faced in its first centuries of existence. But this tradition is based and built off of the text in the Old Testament.

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