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Et Cetera: Debt Questions, Hazardous Clichés, Church Membership

Welcome to Et Cetera, where we feature some of our favorite internet content for the week. If you’d like to recommend that we feature something (even if it’s your content), tweet us a link@BoundlessTeam and let us know. We’ll take a look, and we might feature it. In the meantime, check out this awesome stuff.

First up, a blog post from one of my favorite Christian thinkers, Randy Alcorn. Check out 11 Questions to Ask Ourselves About Debt.

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Here’s What Love Looks Like After 50 Years

With the rise of the Millennial comes the rise of the extended single life. Most of us won’t marry until at least age 27, studies show, and 25 percent will never marry at all, according to a Pew research study.

Maybe that’s because we love our individualism and sense of freedom, or we want to wait until we are “ready.” Regardless, I think by prolonging marriage, we may miss out on something that my grandparents learned: the beauty of long-lasting commitment and love over nearly 50 years.

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Getting Ahead: Episode 418

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Question to Discuss: What’s your opinion on Christians pursuing bigger and better jobs?

Roundtable: Holy Ambition

Balancing godly ambition with selfish desire can be quite tricky in today’s work environment. How can you tell if you’re trying to reach your God-given potential or simply running after prestige and a bigger paycheck? A panel of employed millennials wrestles through the issue with candor and self-examination.

Culture: Thoughts on the Spirit

The Holy Spirit can sometimes be described as the “forgotten third” of the Trinity.

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4 Ways to Jump-start Your Year

In my recent post titled , I cautioned against setting and striving for unrealistic and unbiblical goals, arguing that they set us up for failure, frustration and even self-righteousness.

But that doesn’t mean all goals are bad. So in the spirit of attempting new things without fearing immediate failure, here are four broad ideas for giving your year a little boost:

1. Quit something. Author and humanitarian Bob Goff may have the corner on this one.

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3 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Friends Who Have Kids

The other day, I was talking to a single woman who was lamenting the distance she felt between herself and a close college friend, who was married. “Marriage changed things,” she said. “But since she’s had a baby, it’s a whole other ballgame.”

As a single person, I noticed the same thing. My single friends who got married (or who were even seriously dating) seemed less available, but the married friends who had kids … well, sometimes I felt as if I might as well wish them a good life and bid them adieu.

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Five Questions with CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter

Kyle Porter may have started his career in the insurance business, but his heart was in sports. So in his spare time, he started his own college sports blog. After that, he made a few connections, and eventually, it led to his job as a golf writer for CBS Sports.

At 30 years old, his career was blossoming; he had been happily married for five years; and he and his wife, Jen, were expecting their third child.

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Et Cetera: Praying for Politicians, Inviting People to Church, Gotta Serve Somebody

Welcome to Et Cetera, where we feature some of our favorite internet content for the week. If you’d like to recommend that we feature something (even if it’s your content), tweet us a link @BoundlessTeam and let us know. We’ll take a look, and we might feature it. In the meantime, check out this awesome stuff.

First up, a ministry called Open Doors published an updated list of the top 50 countries it’s hardest to be a Christian in.

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An Older Virgin in a Sex-crazed World

I’ll never forget the conversation I had with another student in Algebra II my sophomore year of high school. I don’t know what brought up the subject, but it was awkward to be discussing such a thing while working out problems on chunky graphing calculators. But my friend was grilling me on being a virgin. I assured her I would be a virgin until I married.

“What if you don’t get married until you’re much older?” she asked in shock, though she knew my adherence to God’s Word is what compelled such a decision.

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You’ve Got a Friend: Episode 417

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Question to Discuss: How have you experienced a friendship that’s been there through thick and thin?

Roundtable: Cultivating Friendships

Folk pop star James Taylor famously sang, “All you have to do is call, and I’ll be there.” Voila, you’ve got a friend! But ill that friend still be there when the hard times come? How do you cultivate lasting friendships you can actually call on in your darkest moments? As this week’s roundtable recounts their own experiences with friendships, you’ll be encouraged to take stock of your own significant relationships and better prepare them for the future.

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Finding Gratitude in a No-Good, Run-Down House

As I mentioned recently, I’ve moved three times in the span of 12 months, and it has taught me some lessons about the illusion of control I had with all of my stuff. But the last move into our current home has helped me think about gratitude in a new way.

Our home is a 1950s bungalow that has been a rental property for a long time. The landlord lives out of state, and he isn’t here to keep an eye on things or meet each new tenant when they move in.