written by Leiana Barreyro
“You’re just not good enough.” These words, though not often explicitly spoken aloud, can frequently wander through our thoughts and seem to become true the longer they are there. We often try to compensate for these feelings of inadequacies through finding affirmation from others or seeking after temporary joys to distract ourselves. Romans 8:16-17 reminds us that, as Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God, we have become children of light and more wonderfully, we are now co-heirs with Christ. Yet our mind still chooses to compare ourselves to standards that are set around us and convinces us that we are still not good enough. What can we do when these superficial comparisons come up? What do we do when being “not good enough” overrules our thoughts?
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written by Leah Cheng
If you asked, “What is one thing you feel very convicted about?” I would say that it’s the importance of the family unit.
Scripture clearly states God’s original design for humankind in the covenant of marriage (Gen 2:24) and the roles of men and women (Eph 5:22-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7). God has certainly gifted some individuals to remain single or has ordained some women to marry, but unable to bear children. However, the principle of Titus 2 is just as important. Why? Because husband, wife, marriage, family, etc. is a beautiful witness to the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church-bride. Ultimately, it’s not about you. It’s about God and giving God the utmost glory, honor and worship in the world we live in today.
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written by Matthew Kim
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” – James 4:14
This passage does not ask, “What is life,” but rather “what is your life?” If someone asked you this question, how would you respond?
There are many different ways you can respond. You could say your life is all about getting good grades, investing into different social organizations/frats at UCLA, evangelizing, or even hanging out with people and “fellowshipping.” But in the end, what is your answer?
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written by Grace Trinh
Too often, I’ve realized, I follow my emotions more carefully than I follow Christ.
I’d flit between states of happiness, regret, excitement, and discouragement in the span of a few hours. Frustration would lead to lashing out, indignation to bitterness against others, sorrow to hopeless unproductivity. Sometimes, I struggle tremendously just to smile.
Fighting to reign in my own emotions often exhausts me. But an improper handling of them leads easily to sin, both against God and against others. So how can we feel, display, and respond to our affections in ways that please the Lord?
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written by David Chow
Martin Luther is famously known for starting the Protestant Reformation by confronting the Roman Catholic Church’s abuse of their indulgence system. In this system, a person could effectively purchase partial or even complete remission of temporal punishment. Luther wrote against this abuse 500 years ago when he nailed his famous 95 Thesis on the doors of the Wittenberg cathedral on October 31, 1517. This letter was then translated into German and quickly spread, causing the gears of the Reformation to churn. As a result, many other Reformed leaders arose to the occasion.
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written by Geo Ng
You stayed up late the night before. The professor turns off the lights and turns on the PowerPoint. But his only power is to point you to the wonderful world of unconscious dreamland.
You wake up from your dream of butterflies and ninjas. What? Five minutes passed? Alright, no more falling asleep.
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written by Kyle DeGuzman
Every believer, either new to the Faith or a seasoned veteran, knows all too well the vicious battle with sin and temptation. We have all weathered the fierce storm of fighting for minutes, hours, even days against the old self that so desires to grab us back into our former ways. And we have all tasted the bitterness of falling into sin – sometimes even the same one over and over again. We can find ourselves in the same situation and pattern of sin and be trapped in a cycle of habitual sin that we cannot seem to escape. Have you been there? Or maybe you are currently in a spiritual drought right now and feel hopeless, dejected, and discouraged to take up your sword and continue the fight. Have you been tasting defeat in your battle with the flesh? If this is true of your current state, I hope that the following may give you strength and resolve to continue your daily fight with sin and that you may find victory over the flesh through Christ who strengthens us.
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