Unlocked Archives

  • September 6, 2022

    I'm twenty-eight years old, and I wish I had realized sooner that God is my truest friend. As a teen, I was told that everyone could make friends easily. But in school, I felt as if I was the only one who couldn't. I desperately wanted to, but I had a hard time finding true [...]

  • July 12, 2022

    I'm twenty-eight years old, and one thing I wish I would have known about God as a teenager is that He made me unique and special. I was born three months premature, and I had a stroke at birth. I've struggled to gain weight ever since. Kids would be mean to me and call me [...]

  • July 7, 2021

    When I was a teen, I wish I would've learned God doesn't look down on me because of my anxiety. At that time, I didn't even realize I was fighting anxiety. I just knew I was fighting fear—and feeling like I was never safe—even though I knew it was completely irrational. I was afraid of [...]

  • May 19, 2021

    "You never listen to me! You never do what I ask.” “Well, you're always nagging me!” Carter had come home from school to his parents yelling at each other again and, even an hour later, it was still going on. “Can you guys please stop arguing?” Carter said. “I can't even concentrate on my homework.” [...]

  • April 27, 2021

    Have you ever thought, I just want to be free? What are you struggling to free yourself from? Maybe it's guilt, shame, fear, hatred, or addiction. Are you struggling to be free from the negative thoughts about yourself? How about struggling to be free from the worries that mess with your mind? Did you know [...]

  • March 4, 2021

    Jesus enters my trial without stats or witnesses. His scars are the proof to defend me today. “Can't you see I love her?” He asks Satan, the prosecutor. “Don't you know I chose her? Don't you know I'm for her?” “She's Mine, stop accusing!” Jesus commands the devil. “She became Mine as a child; stop [...]

  • February 12, 2021

    I always find it interesting that the Ten Commandments don't start with “You shall not.” They start with “I am the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:6). But why is that important? The word translated "LORD" is God's name, Yahweh, which means “I AM.” This name shows God is eternal, all-powerful, and the ultimate [...]

  • December 19, 2020

    Have you ever said to yourself, “Things can't possibly get any worse”? You aren't alone. Even people in the Bible had those thoughts at one time or another. • Sarah thought she would never have a child, even though God had promised He would give her a child so He could bring about a nation [...]

  • September 26, 2020

    Have you ever had an argument end a friendship? Or have you ever said things to someone you wish you could take back? Whether you have been wronged or you have wronged someone, reconciliation can be a very difficult and complicated thing. But, if you're in Christ, you are empowered by the Holy Spirit to [...]

  • September 9, 2020

    Losing a loved one, going through a breakup, getting a scary diagnosis—it can be hard to worship God in this broken world. The good news is, you're not the first one to wrestle with this: lots of people in the Bible went through very difficult, even deadly, situations and had to figure out what it [...]