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
Insurance

We were going through a financial hurricane. We’d lost our income and our savings were completely depleted. We relied exclusively on the charity of others to meet our daily needs for food, shelter and clothing.

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Morgan Hepburn
When Football Matters (Go Eagles!)

First of all, I need to get this out of the way: I am not a fan of football . . . Except when it matters. When I was in high school, I attended every Perkiomen Valley Vikings football game—both home and away—because it mattered.

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Katie Lerro
Where is God When Life Isn’t Fair?

As I delved into the pages, I quickly became unsettled. I was reading the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1-2. The chapter begins this way, “Elkanah had two wives, Hannah and Penninah. Penninah had children, but Hannah did not.” At this time in history, people thought the inability to have children was a curse from God. Therefore, Penninah is considered blessed, and Hannah is considered cursed. I can only imagine what Hannah must have felt like in this situation. 

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Sarah Spegal
“Cwackas”

It’s 5:47am. I awake to find two little hazel eyes staring at me.  I don’t know when my toddler entered my room, or how long she’s been waiting, but I know why she’s there.  She’s on a mission, and she has a request that will not be denied.

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Morgan Hepburn
Training With God

The clock strikes midnight, we all hoot and holler, hugging friends and loved ones, wishing each other a “Happy New Year!”  For a few seconds we forget about the past and haven’t started thinking about the future. We celebrate in the present, ringing in the New Year with the people we love.  

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Kiera Bohan
Trying To Perfect Christmas

Christmas Season: When we are filled with this overcoming want to be cheery and bright. Where snowflakes dance in the sky and mistletoe is hung in hopes of making two perfect strangers fall head over heels in love. December is the time when it’s chilly outside but inside each and every perfectly decorated home there is warmth, laughter, delicious food and a loving family.

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Tika Siburt
Christmas: A State of Mind

I was watching this movie the other day, and no one probably empathizes more than I do with Charlie Brown’s sentiments about the season. Despite being excited about the holiday season, I dread the eventual gloom that follows – going back to work, to normal life.


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Angel Sunayana Erpula
God is Good

I can always tell a lot about my kids even by just what makes the top of their Christmas list.  My daughter, Claire, for instance has a very nurturing personality.  So it’s no great surprise that at the top of her list last year was a doll, but not just any doll, a new Wellie Wisher doll.  

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Leah Leach