Anna Blankenship

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More Than a Personal Savior

In chapel at Focus on the Family this past week, we prepared ourselves for the Easter weekend. In the midst of this reverent service, we watched this video (shown below). It initially brought chuckling to the audience as we realized it was an illustrat …

Are You Living in Today or Tomorrow?

Two nights ago I had a mini-breakdown. Previously, I never understood why college seniors were afraid to graduate. I held my nose in the air and thought, I know exactly what I want to do when I graduate. I’m not scared at all. Well, now it’s here — I’m …

No Regrets

“Live life with no regrets” used to be a common phrase I couldn’t stand. I felt it suggested that we do not need to claim responsibility for our actions — that one could do anything without having to acknowledge its consequences, and this phrase seemed …

Captivating Thoughts

When it comes to dealing with lustful thoughts, feelings of jealousy, temptations, etc., we in the Christian community often tell each other to “take captive every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV). That command always seemed so impossible to me. How …

Missions, Ministry or Vocation?

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work…. God has placed th …

A Conversation With Jesus

In Matthew 14:22-33, we find the familiar story of Jesus walking on water. At a women’s retreat I attended recently, this story became new. It was no longer simply a Bible story told on Sunday School flannel graph. It became much more personal. When we …

The Importance of Positive Sex Ed.

In a philosophy class I took, we watched a video of a Christian apologist interviewing Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy. At one point, the interviewer elaborates on all the negative results of the porn and sex industry: STDs, unwanted pregnancies, abort …

Made for Relationship

On my flight to Colorado a month ago, I sat bored on the plane, thinking about how I was going to live outside of Indiana for the first time in my life. I started to sink into self-pity and shame because I’m not quite as independent as I feel the press …

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