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One Thousand and Ninety-Five Miracles

BY EMILY ERICKSON My brother, Brad, was born with trouble in him. Mischief. He was also born with a fabulous sense of humor, a heart for people who are hurting, serious physical strength, great communication skills, an obsession with sports, and motivation to succeed. But looking back at those early years, the trouble and mischief…

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Why I Keep Going On Mission Trips

By Kallee Buske I recently signed up for Big City ’15, Revolution’s summer mission trip to Chicago. Here’s the question most people ask: Why? Why sign up for a week of no watching Friends on Netflix, no scrolling through my Facebook feed, taking time off of work, leaving family behind, getting covered in dirt doing service projects, and giving little kids piggy back rides? Because my past mission trips (Revolution trips to New Orleans, Louisiana and Dallas, Texas) were life changing. On the mission trip to New Orleans, I got the opportunity to see a beautiful city full of beautiful people and…

RYB: Acts 9:1-19a

Ever heard of Paul? He wrote much of the New Testament, was one of the strongest examples of a Christ follower in the Bible, and reached many for Jesus with his time on earth. Have you ever heard of Saul? In this passage, he was on a mission to put all followers of Jesus in chains and was eager to kill any Christian he could find. He was known as a persecutor, a terrorist, a Pharisee, and an enemy of God. The irony is that this same Saul became that world-renowned Paul. And this point in Acts describes that conversion…

RYB: Isaiah 53:1-12

The passage that the eunuch and Philip were reading was Isaiah 53. The verses talk about a man being led as a lamb to the slaughter, silent before the shearers, the person wounded and crushed for our sins. In this past weekend’s message, Teaching Pastor Jason Strand said, “These verses in Isaiah are obviously about Jesus. So obvious, in fact, that critical scholars, who didn’t believe the Bible was God’s Word, asserted for years that Isaiah must have been written after Christ’s death. How else could it so perfectly describe Jesus? “That is, until 1949, when a shepherd fell into…

RYB: Acts 8:26-40

Sometimes there’s more happening in your life than what appears on the surface. In Acts 8, this eunuch was settled in for a ride home in his carriage. On the surface, it was just a normal day, but there was an under-the-surface plan happening here that neither the eunuch nor Philip could have predicted. This eunuch wanted to understand the book of Isaiah, but replied, “How can I, when there is no one to instruct me?” Little did he know who he was talking to: one of the men who lived with Jesus for three and a half years. But…

RYB: Acts 8:5-25

God used persecution and the Emperor of Rome to push out the disciples to other regions. At face value, it seemed like there was nothing positive that could have come out of the situation. The disciples were scattered from their friends and community, Christians were losing their lives left and right, and there was a dictator specifically out to attack Christ followers. But God has the power to use evil for good. And that’s exactly what happened here. Even through this negative scenario, Christianity and the Gospel spread like wildfire. In fact, historically, the Church has grown more during times…