Archive for the ‘Catch-All’ category

A Life Changing Choice

March 21, 2014

by Lexie Holmes

Abortion, stated as the right to choose, is morally incorrect and should be considered murder. Pro-abortionists imagesbelieve that a woman is not free until given the right to control  her own body. However, the baby is an individual, uniquely and wonderfully created at the time of conception. The baby is no longer part of the “woman’s body,” but is a  human.

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Of Truth and God’s Word: an essay in the style of Francis Bacon

March 21, 2014

by Freddy Luna

submitted 2012

            He that believes there is guidance for life aside from God’s Word, will surely find himself in darkness. For what is darkness but absence of light? Light being the truth from God’s own mouth. There is no other truth which can guide with the proper light Divine (Man-Thinking)because there is but one truth. There can only ever be one total truth which casts its bright light and blots out all other falsities in the shadows. How can there be multiple? For this fact alone would make each “truth” null and void. Nay, there is only that which flows from God himself and it is our job to know, study and act on His truth.

Knowing is but two steps away from doing. And is not doing the ideal destiny for any idea?  If one only reads the Word for the benefit of reading then there is no substance or fulfillment. Take a hungry man, for example.  If the hungry man is given the proper food and the proper tools for eating the  food, then why would he simply just stare at the food?  Will his mind and eyes force the food into his mouth, down his throat and into his stomach?  This is how man acts with God’s truth. We read it and suppose it will enter our hearts and fill us.  What foolishness!

Then, there is studying the Word, which is a step closer to action yet still a step away from the transformation!  One who takes God’s truth and studies it with good intent will not be satisfied with solely the knowledge of the Word.  And neither will the Creator be satisfied since His Word is not yet making an impact.  What if a parent were to command a child to clean his room and found no results at the end of the day? Even if the child’s defense is that he made careful study and strategy on how to best clean a room, there is still no action until he enters the room and cleans.  The child could even go to university and get a PhD. in the study of cleaning rooms; it would make no difference in the room’s state of order! Study is a step closer to action, but still a step away.

Finally, there is the full and complete process of action.  And action is the goal of every truth.  For what is the point of truth if it does not provoke doing?  When one moves to following through with God’s commands, all things change because the purpose of these orders are actually being fulfilled.  At last the man’s stomach can be filled and the boy’s room cleaned!  And once these things are complete, there is satisfaction and growth.  Growth especially is the chief interest of God in every believer’s life.  And what does satisfaction produce?  Simply well-being and the desire to stay full of truth by God’s Word, thus repeating the cycle.

To know the Word is well-intended, to study is wise and to do is perfection. Of course, no man can ever be perfect. Instead, God’s perfection can take hold of all men. That is, the glory and grace of God can motivate, encourage and satisfy anyone through the truth of God’s Word. This guidance is clearly presented but the choice to accept it and act on it is most certainly up to the individual.  And since God’s truth is the only light in the ever-present darkness, isn’t it worth applying?

Of Travel: An Essay in the style of Francis Bacon

March 21, 2014

by Janie Frank

travel3Travel is very important in an individual’s growth as it has a very broad range of effects on a person. It teaches one about the world, creates an appreciation for natural beauty, and heightens one’s feelings of curiosity.

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Fashion, Fad or Foolish?

March 21, 2014

leisure suit

by Andrew Moore

As a guy, fashion is one thing that I do not understand. It changes constantly, and if you’re not wearing the “cool” thing then you’re out of style. One day one thing is big, the next day you’re a loser if you’re wearing it. I prefer a  t–shirt and shorts,  but I digress. However, as much as I am not interested in fashion, there is one thing that is “fashionable” that I think is completely ridiculous. This is the “pants on the ground” phenomenon.

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A Reflection: New Year–New Plan

February 24, 2012

Wow! What changes a year brings,  it’s remarkable! You know, it’s funny. To some, a year is simply time in itself–twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred sixty-five days, all lived in fast forward.  But to me, these last twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three hundred sixty-five days have been truly life-changing.     This time last year, I was a junior in high school who was focused on my family, my friends, and, to be honest, like every other teenage girl, getting a date to my Junior Banquet. While all of those things are fine and great, this past year has really forced me to focus on other things, like being serious and realistic about my future. I have found that the decisions I was making then are far different from the ones I am making now. (more…)

A Time to Reflect

February 24, 2012

by Rachel Kunker

            If you blink too fast, you’ll realize life goes by faster than time.  Looking back on the life I’ve led, I never anticipated my current time to actually approach. If someone had told me I was going to be readying myself for graduation or moving on to college, I would’ve simply nodded and thought to myself they didn’t understand how far off those times were for me. (more…)

A Senior Reflection

February 24, 2012

by Audrey Humphrey

The first half of my senior year has come to an end. While the year so far has gone by very fast, the days earlier in the year seemed to move extremely slow.  I experienced my first “lasts” of my high school career: my last high school retreat and last winter concert. Even though I knew they were the last times I would be participating in those activities, in my heart they truly didn’t feel like the last, and I now understand sooner or later the feelings will come crashing in. (more…)