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When Worlds Collide and Hearts Are Opened

When Worlds Collide and Hearts Are Opened

Earlier this year, I heard about a missions opportunity that had never been done at Blue Ridge before. It was a “family trip” to Haiti over Than...

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Jaeden's Story

Jaeden's Story

God, what do you want me to see in this story? Where do you want my heart to open up? Why am I here?

Flying into Puerto Rico, my heart w...

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In All Circumstances Give Thanks

In All Circumstances Give Thanks

I stood at the open door watching my kids walk out to the car. Both of them carrying impossibly-packed bags, as if they were going to stay for a...

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Abba: A Lesson for the Hard Days

Abba: A Lesson for the Hard Days

I found myself on my knees praying for my son, Micah.

He had a very rough day. A boy at school had made fun of him and hurt his feelings...

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God Lessons Amidst Seasons Of Change

God Lessons Amidst Seasons Of Change

Eric Koontz came to Blue Ridge after a painful experience in another church’s youth ministry. He thought he was done working in a church.

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

Ushering in the New Year seems to always bring with it the opportunity to take inventory of the past and begin looking toward the future.

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What God Taught Me Serving With The Landing

What God Taught Me Serving With The Landing

The Landing, part of Celebrate Recovery, helped students (middle and high) with their own hurts, habits and hang-ups. Currently, Th...

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Acts In Real Life

Acts In Real Life

During past visits to Nepal, I have often thought to myself, even commented to others, that I feel like I am in a real-life reenactment of the b...

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Sexism, Media, Politics: Another Revelation

Sexism, Media, Politics: Another Revelation

Along with many of you, in recent weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed by revelation after revelation of the rampant sexual misconduct of prominent medi...

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Angel Tree: No Child Forgotten

Angel Tree: No Child Forgotten

Debbie O’Brien holds a stack of paper angels. From October through December these little pieces of paper take over her life — in the best possib...

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Be Rich This Thanksgiving

Be Rich This Thanksgiving

As we approach Thanksgiving, more and more signs and social media posts and stories center on the idea of giving thanks.

Ann Voskamp’s “...

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All Because I Walked Into A Women’s Bible Study

All Because I Walked Into A Women’s Bible Study

My name is Loghan Goins-Phillips. I am 21, and a senior at Liberty University.

I joined this fall’s Women’s Bible Study when my friends ...

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