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Why Is It So Hard to Go Back to Church After Getting Hurt?

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The first time I attempted to go back to church, it was awkward. It was the same church I had left, and I found it hard to walk through the doors and into the sanctuary, to raise my hands during worship, to not let cynicism drown out the speakers’ voices. The weight I felt in my chest made it hard for me to experience Jesus as I had before. I saw old friends, mustered pained smiles, said respectful hellos to some of the elders . . . but it just didn't feel the same.
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7 Areas to Grow in as a Dating Couple

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Dating doesn’t have to be a foggy experience. Instead, dating should be a season of clarity—to clarify whether you and your partner are ready to move on to marriage together. Here are seven areas to help us make the most of our dating season and gauge our readiness for marriage:

6 Ways to Be a Better Friend

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Recently, my friend shared that he doubted if he would still be a Christian if it weren’t for the friends who were there for him in 2018. That was the year he had lost a very dear cousin to sickness. And then, barely two months later, the rest of his cousin’s family members died in a tragic road accident. My friend was devastated, and struggled to understand why God allowed for it to happen.

4 Essential Life Lessons From Start-Up

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Whether you’re on #TeamDoSan or #TeamJiPyeong, here are some essential life lessons from Start-Up that can speak into our own journeys—whether we’re starting a new relationship or venture, helping others kick-start their own dreams, or figuring out exactly what we want to do with our lives.

There's More to Celebrate than Marriage and Babies

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I see my phone light up with an incoming facetime call from one of my best friends. While we’re very close, we don’t usually facetime each other unannounced. I do the math.

7 Practical Ways to Deal with a Breakup

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We were both Christians who loved God, loved each other, and enjoyed serving in various ministries together. Everything seemed right on the surface. Yet, our relationship deeply troubled me. It felt like we were short-changing ourselves most of the time.

It Sucks to Not Be Invited

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It's 1am, and I can't sleep. My heart is heavy and my mind is full of unpleasantness.  I shouldn't be feeling like this. I've spent the past few days having a great time with people I love. But still, seeing the Instagram stories from dozens of friends who are hanging out at something I wasn't invited to—it hurts. A lot.  

3 Ways to Share Jesus in a Post-COVID World

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Being in lockdown means there’s never been a more difficult time to tell our friends about Jesus. We can’t talk to each other face to face, unless it’s to get a haircut! But there’s also never been an easier time to tell our friends about Jesus. Whatever was once working for them is no longer working. They are hungry for answers.

3 Tips for Managing Life's Transitions

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The three years I spent as a student in Canberra were some of the best years of my life. And then, I found out that my student visa was expiring, and it was time for me to head back to my home country, Malaysia. I tried applying to further my stay in Australia, but it was rejected twice. I was heartbroken, but reluctantly packed up my belongings and made my way “home”.