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Lauren D'Alessandro
my story of discovering the Holy Spirit

Why Brokenness and Transparency are Important in the Church

This post from last year was one that took a little extra courage for me to share. Many of us have a difficult time sharing the worst parts of us – it’s not unusual. But before I shared it, I was discussing it with my friend Becca. I told her that the reason I was nervous was because if I posted this, then I was giving up the perception that many people have of me – that I’m an innocent, perfect little Christian girl. I’m perceived this way in a lot of situations. People that I work with apologize when they curse in front of me. We laugh at all of the jokes that go over my head or the rap song quotes that I misinterpret as actual conversation. I laugh and go along with these jokes because I AM a bit clueless in some ways, and I think they […]

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Don’t Be Like Enoch – Be Like Jesus

I don’t know many people who have read the book of Enoch. It’s actually an interesting read if you ever have the time. It might not be included in the canon of scripture, but it’s referenced by multiple Biblical authors and is generally viewed as a historically accurate book. I’m not going into a detailed description of what’s in this book – there’s just one piece of information that I want to reference, and that’s Enoch himself. Enoch was the only person during his time who was hearing from God. He would spend long periods of time alone with God and then he would come out and preach about what God had told him. But the world was evil. As time went on, Enoch spent more and more time with God and less and less time coming out to speak. Eventually, God spirited him away. This post is written specifically […]

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Can Politics Really Save America? Part Three: How the Church Can Instigate Real Change

Jesus came to unite believers and draw a line of division between unbelievers and believers. Total unity amongst Christians and non-Christians isn’t possible, because we don’t follow the same leader. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t do our best to live at peace with all people. But we shouldn’t expect that perfect unity between church and state are possible. They are incompatible with each other, and as our society runs farther and farther away from God, this incompatibility will become even more evident. Many of us have accepted too much responsibility for God’s work, which has left us jaded and feeling powerless against the enemy. We get so frustrated at the world – why can’t they hear our message of salvation? Why can’t they see how blind they are? Why won’t they recognize how wicked they are? What an outrage that society has become so corrupt! When, in arrogance, […]

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Can Politics Really Save America? Part Two: Servant Leadership

The lack of integrity in politics is something that I, as well as many others, find upsetting. This is nothing new – politicians are not typically known for integrity. But it frustrates me that this metric seems to have so little to do with the outcome of our presidential elections. Integrity is sorely lacking in politics, in business, and even in the church. We often look to leaders who have charisma, polished speaking skills, and loads of confidence before we pay mind to those who have humility, compassion, and integrity. A true leader is a servant leader. What does this mean? I’ve had excellent bosses in the past who were willing to help us with the nitty gritty tasks when we needed help, but ultimately servant leadership goes deeper. Servant leadership starts not with a person’s actions, but with their motivations. Someone who is NOT a servant leader is in […]

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About Lauren

My name is Lauren D'Alessandro. I'm in love with God, obsessed with magazines, passionate about storytelling, and I want to change the world.
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