Category: Joy K.

Protected: 5 Things to Tell Your Soul When You’re Overwhelmed

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Reflections on EQUIP Boot Camp: Clashing

As I think back over this summer and specifically on the weeks spent on the Precept campus for EQUIP Boot Camp 2016, the word that keeps coming to my mind is CLASHING. You might not think that a very nice word to choose. But let me explain: There are so many coexisting beliefs and choices more »

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REASON #7 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

 #7: Scripture changes E–V–E–R–Y–T–H–I–N–G    You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to more »

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REASON #6 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#6: The benefits don’t end (everything is focused on the you that sits in the seat AND walks out the door)   We’ll say it now, and we’ll say it a hundred times more: EQUIP Boot Camp is not about getting an emotional high while being at camp. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen. Struggle is inevitable when one more »

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REASON #5 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#5: The mask doesn’t get to stay on (no one gets away with pretending they are perfect) “Authentic” – it’s become an overused word somewhere in the past few years, and sometimes carries a negative connotation (as in, the things that we have done in the name of authenticity haven’t all been pure and healthy). No more »

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REASON #4 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#4 They love you with Christ’s love (persistent, intentional, and inviting)   It’s sounds awful and I cringe as my curled fingers type it out: I didn’t believe that I had ever seen Christians truly love each other before. I wasn’t a Christian at the time; but it still makes me sad that it took nearly 17 years more »

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REASON #3 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#3: They make you face yourself (in more ways than one).   “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.” Proverbs 27:19 No matter what age you are, facing one’s own heart is difficult. The desire to hide and cover up sin comes as naturally as a toddler wanting brightly more »

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REASON #2 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#2: They don’t shy away from the hard things.   (They talk about them appropriately, openly, and with grace) Students have questions. It’s a fact of life. From the “why” stage of a small child, our desire to ask questions doesn’t ever fade. Whether we have the ability to ask them or not is another issue altogether. There are more »

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REASON #1 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#1: They didn’t tell me what to think or believe. (They taught me how to search out what God says) No matter what age or stage of life you’re in, let’s admit: parenting is hard. Growing up is hard too. Between all the different roles (parents, teachers, pastors, etc.) who teach students, there can be more than a few crossed wires. Maturing involves thinking more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp: Why It’s Needful

There’s something paralyzing about the amount of information and knowledge in the world. Accessible. Looming and shouting. Taunting and bullying, interrogating and intimidating us left and right. I don’t mean to be completely discouraging or pessimistic; but the more time that I live on this earth, the more aware I become of just how little more »

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Where can I find Genuine Thankfulness?

The food, the family, the warm fuzzes of a sugar coma and lack of schedule…Thanksgiving is a confusing holiday. And with everyone talking about why we should be grateful and how healthy of a practice it is, there’s a lot of pressure to celebrate it correctly. But sometimes the littlest baby in the family cries more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

If you don’t have time to read this blog, here is what you want to know: — where to download this free study (God our Yearning)    (once you log in, you can find the study in the “Resources” tab) — more about Lightning studies — how to download them free by creating a POC account Friends, more »

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When Waiting is Hard

  Whether big or small, it seems like we are constantly waiting on things. We wait to grow up. We wait for someone to open our texts. We wait to meet the person we might marry. We wait in line at the store. We wait for: motivation, healing, reconciliation, money, and lots of other things, more »

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Simplicity for Today

There’s something mysteriously beautiful about memory, about the way God has caused human hearts and minds to experience and re-experience things days and decades after they happen. It is also pretty incredible that 150 people at a camp will have distinctly different experiences and interpretations of what happened. While serving during the 2015 EQUIP- Boot more »

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Wisdom and Fear

Wisdom is one of those slippery words. Some people use it as a synonym for “smart.” But we know it’s more than that. For me when I’m alone and thinking, or in a group and feeling small, wisdom can easily seem like this unattainable thing only superior humans achieve. Whether you think of “wisdom” as more »

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An Avalanche of Kindness

Does anybody remember the library VHS stickers that said, “BE KIND. REWIND?” I can’t tell you how many minutes I spent staring at those things in my childhood – in the rows of silent plastic-covered films, on the drive to or from the local library. But no matter how long I stared, I couldn’t figure more »

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What Does A Friend Do?

Sitting in a ball, not making eye contact with anyone, only the carpet – it’s safe to say I was a fairly distracted teenager. Debris of the constant construction and deconstruction going on in my mind was showing on the outside. I wasn’t very good at hiding it. I was in a crisis about definitions more »

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Christmas Confusion

The one word that keeps coming to mind about this time of the year is: confusion.  The holidays are a weird time for me. There was never a set of traditions to be a source of constancy. I don’t know there really needs to be; but it seems like the thing to indicate such an more »

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For Those Who Feel Thankless…

“Practicing gratitude is worship,” Dad said, from five states away while I silently made another wrong turn in my new city. Speaking of frustrating things like driving incompetence, have you ever scrolled through Facebook on a November day and become upset by those grateful people? You know the ones I’m talking about – three things more »

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Our Enemy is Real

Think back to the last time you encountered an enemy. This might mean a sibling, or maybe a bully at school. If you are working, then perhaps you are thinking of a coworker, or those pesky traffic lights that like to make you late. However, what about a spiritual enemy? Do you believe Satan is more »

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Fatal Distractions: It Comes From Where?

  Despite the mandate to Adam, I never have been very good at subduing the earth. My hopeful green thumb turns black faster than Texas grass frays into straw. It always has. But gardening is something I want to get better at, mainly because it’s not something I do well naturally and the scheduling of more »

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Worship: Jesus Our High Priest

Almost five years ago, I sat on the stiff carpet in my room just inside the door. It was shut. I had positioned myself so that it would stay that way, even if someone tried to come in. There was a heavy cloud of anxiety pressing down on me as I read part of Hebrews, more »

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