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The Augusts desktop wallpaper quotes 1 Timothy 6:6-7.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we bring nothing into the world. And we cannot take anything out of the world.

And here’s the verse in context: After talking about false teachers who try to use godliness as a means of material gain, Paul says this in verses 6-10:

But godliness with contentment is great gain,  for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

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Does God Really Have a Wonderful Plan for My Life?

by Emma Beecken

In elementary school, someone gave me one of those wallet-sized prayer cards made out of cardstock. It was pink and purple, with an adorable cartoon butterfly and big chunky letters boldly proclaiming, “God has a wonderful plan for your life!” Like any good 9 year old, I hung the butterfly card on my wall and soaked in that truth every day for a long time.

People talk a lot about this wonderful plan that God has for us.

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The Roaring 20s: Episode 391

Listen to this week’s show!

Question to discuss:

Those of you out of your 20s, what’s your best advice for those in that decade? Twentysomethings, what do you want to know?

Roundtable: When I Was Your Age

You’ve heard it said that hindsight is 20/20. Whether it is or not, there’s no denying that experience breeds wisdom, and this week’s panel has plenty of experience. Looking back many decades on their 20s, our panelists (all of them now grandparents) share advice for those now walking through that season.

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How a KitchenAid Mixer Taught Me to Trust God

Last night my husband made mashed potatoes using the KitchenAid mixer we bought with money from our wedding. He was singing its praises for the fluffy, delicious potatoes we had with dinner. Every time I use the mixer it reminds me of God’s faithfulness.

Because the stand-up mixer is expensive and is typically something couples add to their wedding registry, the longer I was single, the more often I considered just buying one for myself anyway.

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Whom Shall I Fear?

My stomach dropped a little bit as I leaned back into the soft cushion of the seat. Suddenly, the ride began to slowly inch up the incline. I gripped my best friend’s hand tightly to calm my nerves, and in that moment, I regretted my decision to get on this roller coaster.

Until last summer, I had never ridden a roller coaster that went upside down. They scared me too much, but when I went to the King’s Dominion amusement park, my best friend was determined to make me conquer my fears.

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How to Be Beautiful for the One You Really Want

A decade ago, I knew two young women whom I’ll refer to as Molly and Tiffany.  Plenty of guys fawned over Molly, but they overlooked Tiffany, even though she was more attractive than Molly.

If you got to know Tiffany, it was apparent that she did not think much of herself. Actually, even if you didn’t know Tiffany, her face and body language advertised how little she thought of herself. Her eyes were often downcast, her smiles lacked energy, and her shoulders were slumped.

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The Carnival Midway Strategy

by Taylor Rogers

OK, y’all. I have a question: Have you ever had a normal, ordinary day when God speaks to you and teaches you something extraordinary?

Taylor, you mean that God speaks to us outside of church and/or religious events?

Yes! That’s exactly what I’m saying. It happened to me just last week during my annual trip to the Florida Strawberry Festival.

While I was walking down the midway, the Lord taught me a big something about a strategy that Satan uses to hinder our eyes from staying focused on Christ.

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Singles Ministry: Episode 390

Listen to this week’s show!

Question to discuss:

What has been your experience with singles groups, ministries and small groups? How do you think singles ministry can be improved in today’s churches?

Roundtable: A Spot for Singles

Are you part of (or have you been part of) a singles ministry or small group? Was it a good experience? What makes a singles ministry great? What are the challenges inherent in creating a space for single young adults within the church?

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God, Can I Have a FastPass in Life?

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, then you are probably familiar with the coveted FastPass. The FastPass system allows visitors to insert their resort ticket at an attraction and receive an additional FastPass ticket. The FastPass ticket lists a specific time to return to the popular ride and enter a line separate from the normal line. Thus, it provides a shorter wait time. Guests can visit other attractions all the while knowing their spot in line is secure.

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I Didn’t Know You Wanted to Visit Kansas City!

Even though I’m a newlywed and don’t have decades of experience being married, I would still say I know my husband very well. I know how to read his moods, and I know which TV show he will think is funny. I know what brand of hummus he prefers, and I know from recent experience that he will not wear a salmon-colored polo shirt.

I thought I knew Tyler well as we were dating and engaged — I mean, I wouldn’t decide to spend the rest of my life with someone unless I knew him deeply.