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New beginnings present a chance for renewal and a fresh start. However, writing New Year’s resolutions can be quite a daunting task — especially for students, who often feel that their lives are already full of assignments and commitments. Some make the mistake of writing resolutions so monumental or complicated that they give up before they even start! A New Year’s resolution for Christian youth needs to be simple enough to achieve, while also presenting a personal challenge to grow in living out the Word of God.
Now that the holiday season is over, many of us are focused on getting back into the swing of things at school and making good on our New Year's resolutions. Even though each winter is filled with holidays, one stands out from the rest. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a very important holiday in the history of the U.S.
March 17th has long been observed as the feast day of St. Patrick in the greater Christian tradition. However, much of what is purportedly known about Patrick is traditional legend. Some of the stories that you may have heard about Patrick include his explanation of the trinity using a three-leafed clover, or the fact that Ireland does not have snakes because Patrick chased them all away. While these events cannot be definitively proven, and they do make for a great story, what we do know about Patrick is equally as fascinating and inspiring.
Christians have commemorated Christ’s resurrection since this historical and miraculous event occurred. However, the celebration of Easter began in the 2nd century, roughly 1,800 years ago. By reading through the New Testament, we can see how crucial the resurrection is to our Christian faith.
When you think of Thanksgiving Day, do you think of eating large meals, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and preparing for Black Friday? For many, these thoughts encapsulate the way we will spend the holiday, but how did Thanksgiving start and how did it become a widely celebrated holiday?
We often feel the pressure in Christian circles to be something: Thankful. It’s actually become kind of stressful for me to be thankful lately. It’s a funny thing, and I deeply enjoy being thankful, but the pressure to be thankful around the holidays has begun to bother me.