We Got This!

What keeps me from hearing God’s voice when he calls out to me? What prevents me from embracing his encouragement when I need it the most?  What prevents you?

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Peter Hickok
Hurdles

Many years ago, when my daughter Angela was in sixth grade, she decided she’d like to run track.  Angela was not athletic like her brother—who excelled in any sport he showed interest in—but of course, we encouraged her.  Angela was our social butterfly and we figured her friends were all joining track and that was why she wanted to run.

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Ruthy Valco
My Next Level

In January of 2017 I was laid off.  After searching for four months, I still hadn’t found another job. So in April, after 7 years in Philadelphia, I moved back to my hometown in Florida . . . back in with my parents. Not something anyone wants…

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Kerry Gribosky
Starving for Sweden

For a 100% Italian, fasting is never easy. Perhaps that’s more of a human thing than an Italian thing, but surely being Italian makes it doubly difficult. The last time I fasted, I learned something about spiritual hunger that’s still feeding me (pun totally intended) a few months later.

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AJ Luca
Puppets and Quality Time

Sunday mornings growing up, I would join the children of the congregation up at the front of the sanctuary for the children’s sermon.  Sometimes my dad, as the pastor, would pull out one of his puppets and begin to tell us a Bible story with the help of Jojo, Red or Terp (his three puppets).

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Kiera Bohan
Rearview Mirror

Shortly after I turned sixteen and received that prized piece of plastic called a driver’s license, I got my first car. It was a 1998 Mercury Mystique which I would later take to calling “The Mistake.” I had owned the car for exactly one week when I left the house to run an errand. I was on my way to the post office to mail a package.

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Sarah Spegal
A Servolution Story

I walk to South Philly High School, or “Southern” as locals call it. City Life Church (my church!) is in the home stretch of “Servolution,” an annual, week-long event, the goal of which is to “unleash radical generosity by touching thousands of people through random acts of kindness.”

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Katie Lerro
Homegirl and Her McFlurry

It’s nearing 9 PM and I’m waiting for the bus. I’m tired. My back hurts. I want to be home. I do not want to be waiting for Philadelphia public transit. I see the bus coming.

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Sarah Spegal
I See Victory

This devotional is inspired by “I See Victory,” the new single from City Life Worship. (You can listen to “I See Victory” on iTunesApple Music, and Spotify.) My prayer is that these thoughts would bury into your heart as you listen to the song, that you would believe, claim, and stand on the victory that Jesus won for you. – AJ Luca

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AJ Luca
What You See is What You (Might) Get

I came across an article recently that I just couldn’t pass up.  When the headline is about gummy bears, it has my attention.  I love everything gummy, and am very particular about which gummies are the best.  (Which everyone knows is a cola gummy matched with a sour cherry gummy, of course.)  As this article shows, a recent scientific study posed the question regarding how do the senses of sight and taste affect each other?

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Leah Leach
People Always Leave

The feeling of abandonment has been a struggle that I have been face-to-face with multiple times throughout my life. From my parents’ divorce when I was in elementary school, to failed relationships, I slowly began to build a wall around myself. If I didn’t let people in, then it wouldn’t hurt as much when they finally decided to leave.

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Tika Siburt
Pick Up the Phone

“Pick up the phone, pick up the phone,” I whispered silently to myself trying to hold back my tears. It was a cold rainy night when my best friend and I found ourselves hanging from our seat belts in a car resting upside down.

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Kiera Bohan