All the Difference in the World

By on Feb 14, 2017

$38 a month towards a child across the world that you might never get to meet. That may not sound very appealing to many of you, so let me put it this way: If you were to give up just $38 a month (which is probably less than 10 cups of Starbucks coffee), you could have the opportunity to replace the harshness and hopelessness of poverty with the everlasting hope and love that comes with the salvation found in Christ. Better? For a long time, ever since my dad started his own business, my parents have sponsored kids through Compassion International. I never really understood why. Up until my...

All the single ladies, now put your hands up!

By on Feb 13, 2017

OH, this is the PERFECT topic for me to talk about because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Let us celebrate love by giving chocolate to our significant other! Okay, since I love myself, let me just get myself a KitKat Bar…. and I’m back! Now we’re ready. Boys, boys, boys. We somehow always end up talking about boys! (Am I right, ladies?) It doesn’t matter if I’m at a family gathering or catching up with an old friend, our conversation finds its way to my nonexistent love life. I used to dread talking about my singleness, and I absolutely hated being single. I felt pathetic. But that took a turn...

I Am a Worship Leader, Not a Singer

By on Dec 16, 2016

These were the words spoken to me by a young pastor in Nepal. Now, as a praise leader myself for the past 7 years, I’ve always known in my heart that these words were true. When I first started leading worship in the 10th grade, I couldn’t sing. I couldn’t hold a note, I could barely play the guitar and sing at the same time, and I knew nothing about music. Back then, I really knew those words to be true. People would always encourage me by telling me that the set was good or something along those lines, and I would always think to myself, “Well I know I messed up a lot, but to God be the...

Depression within the Church

By on Dec 2, 2016

One of the most common phrases I hear among my friends is “I hate my life” or “Man, I’m so depressed”. Usually, it’s preceded by a long laundry list of things to do or emotional events that never seem to end. Though it may be an arbitrary phrase thrown around by many college students, we should think about the truth behind this popular sentiment because they could be revealing some important inner emotional conflicts.         Major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression is one of the most common psychiatric diseases in the United States. It is characterized by dysregulation of mood...

Book Review: Letters to a Young Progressive

By on Nov 30, 2016

I came across this book at the Truth Matters: Fearless Faith Conference at Church Everyday. One of the speakers was Dr. Mike Adams. He really stood out to me personally because he was a funny guy who seemed to greatly care about politics and how his faith plays a role in that respect. Being a young college student at UCLA, where the environment is very much progressive and liberal, I thought it would be a great and relatable read. Dr. Mike S. Adams, who teaches criminology at University of North Carolina at Wilmington and writes columns for Townhall.com and Dailywire.com, first began writing...

Finding Joy in Work and School

By on Nov 23, 2016

You might read this title and ask, “What kind of joy comes with work or school? It’s pretty much a living hell.” Even those who love their jobs come to a time when it’s just a repetitive cycle that never changes. It can get depressing even. I would even argue that many people commit to school or stay at their jobs simply because their parents told them to or because it’s just a source of income and they need it to survive. I think the same way. Currently, I’m a senior at a top university, studying and trying to find a job at the same time. It’s stressful. Over the past semester I’ve...

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