Prayer

“Here’s Your Sign…”

Genesis 32:24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. Have you ever fasted before? I mean really done it, not just giving up something for Lent or doing a “30 hour famine” with your youth group, but fasting because you really want to get closer to God? If you haven’t, I hope that this ...

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Nationwide Prayer Initiative Aims to Enlist One Million People

Christian Endeavor International (CEI) announces the launch of Pray31, an initiative to enlist one million people in prayer for America. Pray31 will take place during the month of October 2012 in churches and Christian groups nationwide. For 31 days, thousands of congregations across the denominational spectrum will be engaged in this highly focused prayer effort. CEI President Timothy Eldred describes ...

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I’ll Pray for You

I live in the Bible belt, so hearing someone say, “I’ll pray for you,” or “bless your heart” is about as common as finding a restaurant with deep fried food.  My husband and I have joked that “I’ll pray for you” has devolved into this modern-day culture’s equivalent of “good luck with that.”  In fact, if you really want to ...

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Moving from “Program-First” to “Vision-Driven”

There have been some great pieces on the Youth Worker Movement lately about discipleship in youth ministry, and how we can be better about that work.  Our focus of discipleship, or “disciple making” in youth ministry is rooted in the United Methodist Church’s mission statement of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Does your church ...

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Experience the Hunger Games and Holy Week

Katniss finds Peeta, cleans him up, and as the sun sets they have to plan for a brutal reality: if someone isn’t keeping watch at night, you are as good as gone. Someone has to keep watch. As odd as it might seem, we have a close parallel in Holy Week. On the night Jesus was betrayed, he took the ...

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becoming poor: a practice for Lent

Understand this from the beginning: I don’t mean to equate what I’m about to do for Lent with real poorness, nor do I think that being poor is something touristy to do. At a recent youth event I sat in a workshop on ministry with the poor as the youth were engaged in a discussion of what poverty is. As ...

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Promise 4: One Day Off Every Week

Want to know something crazy?  Normal people get two days off of work every week.  Youthworkers usually get none.  Don’t think I’m right?  Check your calendar. You might be saying, “I get Mondays off” (except for those two hours of staff meeting…) Or you get Fridays off (except any weekends with a retreat or a lock-in.)  Same thing can be ...

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Pray God’s Blessings

Sometimes life seems so vast, big and powerful that you wonder whether you can really make any discernable difference. You can. Every day. One person at a time. When someone cuts you off while you’re driving to work, pray God’s blessing upon him. When you see an obviously poor person asking for money, pray God’s blessing upon her. When you ...

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Numbers Matter

Numbers matter. They matter to your doctor when it involves your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. They matter to your spouse when it comes to thermostat setting and it’s 25 degrees outside. They matter to you when you need to know whether you have enough money in the checking account as you write your monthly mortgage check. Yes numbers matter. ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 3- God Light: The Lord’s Prayer

*This camp/retreat curriculum could be easily adapted for weekly Sunday school or Youth Group use.  Make modifications as needed.  The intent is to help Youth experience the Means of Grace (Spiritual Disciplines/Christian Practices).Session 3: God Light– The Lord’s Prayer       Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, 1 sheet of drawing paper for each camper, crayons.   Key Scripture: ‘Pray ...

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