Arise Blog

Mel Teens
Everyday Life

Lessons I Learned From Teens

Lesson #1 I’ll never forget the silence in the room after I asked one particular question. It was a Sunday morning at my local church, and I was standing

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Follow Jesus
Legacy of Faith

I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

A few years ago I spoke at a conference with the theme “Though None Go with Me.” Once I heard the title, my mind started racing with all

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Fear
Building Character

Fear Is Not Your Puppet Master

I’m just so tired of being a puppet on a string, controlled by fear. Can someone please pass me the scissors so I can cut the ties that

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Everyday Life

God Is Greater

God is greater than anything. Do you believe that? We’ve probably all believed in God’s power for our friend or family member’s circumstances, but it’s much harder to

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Don't Leave Christmas
Holidays

Don’t Leave Christmas

It’s the week before the birth of Christ and life is the same. Merchants peddle their goods. Women sweep the floors of their homes and prepare meals. Priests

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Building Character

Pizza Love

My youngest son takes everything I say literally. He always has. About five years ago I was sitting with him in the drop-off line at school. He gathered

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Building Character

5 Ways to Press on After Failure

In the 1929 Rose Bowl, Georgia Tech played the University of California. Toward the end of the first half, UC defensive player Roy Riegels recovered a fumble but

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Building Character

The Cliff Walk

Several years ago I was gifted a free airline ticket and a few nights hotel room which opened a whole bucket of possibilities. Where did I want to

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Life Lessons

Mom License Revoked

A friend recently told me about how she used to tell her daughter “If I let you do that I will get my mom license revoked.” Moms, can

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