Ministry

God’s Desire For Us

The Eternal One addressed Moses on Mount Sinai. Eternal One: 2 Go, talk with the Israelites and tell them that when you arrive in the land I have promised to give to you, you are to make sure the land observes a Sabbath rest before Me. 3 Plant your fields, take care of your vineyards, and harvest your crops for six years; 4 but when the seventh year arrives, I want ...

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Parable of the Lost Student

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” – Luke 15:8 Two years ago, I found myself waking up at 5 am, driving 45 minutes to another city, and knocking on the doors of strangers. One of my students was on his last ...

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Accept and Extend.

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; ...

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Who Is In Your Dust?

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;     I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 I recently rewatched the Rob Bell Nooma series video 008 called “Dust.” In the video, Rob describes an important part of discipleship in the cultural context of Jesus and the disciples. In that time period, Jesus was ...

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Kingdom that Permeates

 Jesus asked, “What is God’s kingdom like? To what can I compare it? It’s like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in a garden. It grew and developed into a tree and the birds in the sky nested in its branches.” Again he said, “To what can I compare God’s kingdom? It’s like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel ...

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The Deception of the Deep-Web

Is The Deep Web the Newest Trend and Should I Care? If you are an active participant in the world wide web, you are participating in approximately 1% of the internet.  This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc. For most people, our daily searching, emails, shopping and internet habits are found on the very surface ...

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Lenten Devo: What’s in a Name?

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 105:1-3 “1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,     make known his deeds among the peoples. 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;     tell of all his wonderful works. 3 Glory in his holy name;     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” There is something significant in knowing someone’s name. There are over a thousand references ...

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Pressing On Toward the Goal & Taking Scripture Out of Context

From Philippians 3:2-12 (NRSV): 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh— 4 even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason ...

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Lenten Devo: Are You Near Giving Up?

Experiencing Hell In Youth Ministry

Job Chapter 1:20-22 Common English Bible (CEB) 20Job arose, tore his clothes, shaved his head, fell to the ground, and worshipped. 21He said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb; naked I will return there. The Lord has given; the Lord has taken; bless the Lord’s name.” 22In all this, Job didn’t sin or blame God. Have you ever been ...

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6 Tips to Manage Conflict with Students

“I’m going to need you to go sit with them again,” I whispered into the ear of one of my adult volunteers as I walked up to the stage to do the weekly announcements. For what felt like the millionth time, I watched as a handful of my high school students goofed off, picked on the middle school kids, and ...

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