13 Ways to Stay Godly During College

This post is important. It's important to me because each and every part of the list comes from something I've experienced firsthand, and I want to use that to help other current or soon-to-be college students. So, if you're in that season of life, and you want more tips for remaining pleasing to God, this …

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The Sword of the Spirit + Prayer

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet …

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The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace..." Ephesians 6:14-15 What are the shoes of the gospel of peace? Roman armor footware consisted of heavy-soled, sandal-like shoes. Ironically, they looked similar to what girls wear …

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The Breastplate of Righteousness

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness," (Ephesians 6:14) What is the breastplate of righteousness? According to Merriam-Webster, a breastplate is a piece of metal that covers a person's chest and was part of the protective clothing that soldiers wore in the past. Although it's only called a …

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The Belt of Truth

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth," (Ephesians 6:14a) What is the Belt of Truth? The word girded comes from the word gird, meaning "to encircle or bind with a flexible band (as a belt);  to make fast (as a sword by a belt or clothing with a cord)" (source). It's related to the word …

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The Armor of God + Resisting the Devil

This post is the preface to my series about the full armor of God. Resisting the devil is a constant, 24/7, never-ending spiritual fight. We have to protect ourselves against the many different strategies the devil uses because he's constantly seeking to tear us away from God. He'll use relationships, entertainment, social activities, and any temptation we …

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To the Work

This was originally posted on February 8, 2014 and has been slightly updated. Ability + Opportunity = Responsibility Over the past couple of years I’ve heard this phrase used several times in reference to teaching others about the gospel of Christ. While it seems simple, the message it sends is one that comes directly from God’s …

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Small Minds Discuss People

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." -Eleanor Roosevelt  I've always liked the entirety of this quote because it shows a certain level of social maturity that's very desirable, but today I want to focus on one portion: small minds discuss people. "Small minds" here comes from the phrase small …

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