8 Must-Listen Podcasts For Christian College Students

8 Must-Listen Podcasts For Christian College Students

One for each day of the week on the way to classes and one for your drives to work.

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For the times when you need some words of wisdom, a change in tunes on the way to class, or maybe some inspiration to get your homework done–podcasts are the way to go. If you find yourself needing to feel Jesus in ways other than Hillsong or Matt Maher, here are a few alternatives to your typical playlist.

These are all available on Spotify and most are available on their own websites!

1. "For the Love" with Jen Hatmaker Podcast

This hilarious and relatable podcast stars Best selling author and HGTV's Jen Hatmaker while she invites you to drop by and listen to her while she chats about all things love and goodness.

2. "The BadChristian Podcast"

Three goons (Matt, Toby, and Joey) are here for you while they discuss some pretty controversial topics and some personal issues that you might come across as a college student! They also use some ~mature~ language and special guests, so no doubt you'll have something in common with this podcast.

3. "Are You Real?"

This is the ultimate grace-filled podcast that tells the tale of men and women who have walked different paths to live out Christ's calling in their lives. If you're looking for real people with real hearts looking for our real God, this podcast will be perfect for some encouragement and support for your journey.

4. "The Young Life Podcast"

Most likely, you've heard of YoungLife, as a member of the college life, and who identifies as a Christian. This is a pretty rad podcast that allows you to see the way that Jesus is leading a revolutionary ministry for young faithful pioneers, just like you.

5. "Free Mustard Seeds"

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau, a priest from Detroit, works to share the word of God to individuals all over the world. He believes so strongly that there is no greater joy than that of the salvation and joy of Christ.

6. "Conversations with John + Lisa Bevere"

Throughout this podcast, John and Lisa hope to challenge and position you for the best and most successful life in Christ. If you're a forward thinker, this is a great podcast for you.

7. "On The Frontier: A Young Life Podcast"

The hope of this podcast is that your time listening to this podcast will update you with innovation, creativity, and lessons from those on the journey with you.

8. "The Jesus Calling Podcast"

The podcast that pairs to the Devotional, "Jesus Calling" reveals the stories of millions who have experienced the power of our Lord.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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To The Catholic Women In Today's World, Be Brave, And Be Who God Meant You To Be

You stand out as different, but that's ok.

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Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to attend an event called SEEK2019. (See my last article On how SEEK changed my life) While there, I had the honor to meet many, many amazing speakers who are amazing examples of faith and what it means to live an authentic and Catholic life in this world. One of the amazing people I got to meet, was a fantastic and beautiful woman named Emily Wilson Hussem.

She recently wrote a book called "Go Bravely: Becoming The Woman God Created You To Be." (spoiler! That's what this article is about!) I got to talk to her for a few minutes and she is just so amazing. She is a renowned Catholic speaker, worship leader and has an amazing and inspiring vlog on youtube. (Check it out! It's not just for Catholics)

Her book, which I am currently reading, is amazing and is aimed for women who not only need encouragement as women of faith, but for those who are wondering if there is more to life, and for any women out there who realize that it is tough to be an authentic woman in this world. The world is telling us that we have to do this or that to be beautiful. We have to do this or that to fit in.

A big thing I've dealt with as a young Catholic college woman who is not doing everything that the world wants me to. Being in college (especially at a non-christian college) there is an immense amount of both verbal and even nonverbal pressure from the world and fellow college students to live the "college experience." That if you are not drinking, partying, hooking up, having sex with your boyfriend, then you are not experiencing the "full college experience."

That you stand out in a way that the world tells us is bad or weird. I was invited to many parties before I even started classes as a freshman. I haven't been treated harshly. I am not saying that non-Catholics/non-Christians are bad. Not at all. But there is still that pressure of why you aren't doing what everyone else is doing? It isn't that bad, so why does it matter. A big thing that people don't always understand is that I choose to save sex for marriage.

It is not because I think it is bad. It is because by waiting, I am telling my future husband that I love him enough to wait for him. That he is worth waiting for. It is also because I respect myself and my body. What I mean by this, is that if you are in a relationship that requires you to give of your body in an intimate way, you have now given apart of yourself to that guy. Not everyone dates one guy.

And if we are getting intimate with every guy we date, not only are we not respecting ourselves and the men, but we are again saying that our future spouse is not worth the wait. When being intimate with someone who is not our spouse, we are actually lying with our bodies. With our bodies, we are saying we are totally theirs. That we are committed and bonded to this person. That is why so many women stay in abusive relationships because they are chemically bonded to that person and apart of them now belong to that person.

A few challenges I want to leave you with are these: 1. Have high standards. Don't settle for just anyone. Don't settle for that guy who wants you just for your body. Don't settle for someone who makes you be anyone other than yourself. 2. Read Emily Wilson Hussem's book: Go Bravely (you can get this book at Barnes and Noble and probably Amazon too)

3. Also, check out Emily's vlog on youtube. 4. Lastly, if you are a college student, check out the Newman Center at your campus or the local church if you don't have a Newman Center. Talk to the FOCUS missionaries if you have some on your campus. Simply be yourself. Whether it is a friendship or a relationship if you have to be anyone but yourself, then it is not a healthy relationship, and you should not be in it. God Bless you and check out Emily Wilson Hussem, her book, and her vlog!

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