GRAHAM SPELL

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Where Dreams Come True | Settling for Gaston

It’s no secret that little girls adore princesses. From themed birthday parties to halloween costumes, the obsession is evident. Clearly princesses are beautiful, and they also have all the desirable characteristics: kind, servant-hearted, inclusive, hard-working, thoughtful…the list could go on. These qualities are reason enough to admire them, but even stronger than admiration is the desire to be like them. And to be loved like them. Loved in the way Prince Charming comes around and is totally infatuated with the princess. But before settling down with him, there are sometimes “Gaston” characters (think Beauty and the Beast) that get in the way. The princess must be wise enough to wait for the better man, and thankfully she does.

For those of us watching the movie, we are pulling for Prince Charming. We want the cliché happy ending. Unfortunately, what we see in movies is too often the opposite of what happens in real life. Girls are constantly settling for Gaston rather than waiting for Prince Charming.

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Where Dreams Come True | An Oasis of Hope in a Hopeless World

Where dreams come true.” That’s the first thing you read as you roll onto the Disney property joining the thousands of people who are flocking to a Disney park with high hopes of riding every ride, meeting Cinderella, or basking in the sights and sounds of Disney. We scurried through the retro landing zone for the ferries and soon hopped aboard, along with hundreds of others, to embark on our journey to the Magic Kingdom. Cast members are smiling, pointing you in the right direction, and saying “have a magical day” as you hurry past. Even waiting in line for security to check your bag is pleasant. Soon you, and everyone else are entering the “happiest place on earth.”

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Monthly Reader | January

As someone who regularly gets coffee or lunch with high schoolers, I hear a lot of great questions about God. Once over a steaming Americano at Starbucks I was asked, “How could a loving God send people to Hell?” Another time as we were devouring perfectly crafted tacos from a local restaurant a guy asked, “Is there proof that Jesus actually rose from the dead?” Maybe you have been asked a similar question that, if you were being honest, stumped you. If we wanted to poke around a little deeper, maybe we have asked ourselves these same questions. These are great questions that deserve good answers. In this month’s book, questions like these and more are answered in such a way to give you confidence in the God of the Bible, and help you engage the tough questions rather than running from them.

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New Year’s Resolution

At the beginning of the year most people decide it’s time to make a change to their lifestyle. Sometimes it’s deciding to eat healthier, workout, read one book a month… But if you’re like me, as a Christian, one of my hopes is to spend more time reading the Bible. This task can be daunting for many, after all there are dozens and dozens of reading plans to choose from. Some short, long, chronological, the options are endless. I’ve tried several and have come up with my top 3 reading plans that I find to be the best at keeping you on track and engaged with the Scriptures. But first let’s discuss the “why” to following a reading plan.

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