Spiritual Life

Texas Youth Academy

“Texas Youth Academy is something I think about daily, and not lightly at that. I can truly say that TYA changed my life because of the impact it had on me and my passion for ministry and the Bible. I realized the approaches I’ve taken to ministry and the thoughts I have on theology have been shaped due to my ...

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The Need for Art in Youth Ministry: Art as Mission

This is the third of three articles regarding the need for art in youth ministry. In previous articles, we explored how to create a prayerful art workshop and how to introduce Bible journaling. This post addresses how to use art as a form of mission. Our culture is all too often rushed and consumeristic, and as a church, we have ...

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Liminal Saturday

John 19:38-42 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing ...

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A Day Like Any Other

Jesus feels that the hour is approaching and goes off to pray. In John 17 we find a prayer where Jesus effectively prays for His disciples at that time, but also for the disciples that are a part of the Kingdom of God. So you could agree that Jesus was praying for you and for me. He prays that we ...

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Thin Places

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the ...

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A Different Perspective

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them[a] with her hair. The house was ...

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Being Broken Pottery

Psalm 31:9-16 New International Version (NIV) 9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. 11 Because of all my enemies, I ...

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A Place Prepared – Lenten Devotional

After Moses and Aaron work with God to free the Israelites from Egypt, and God has given the 10 commandments to Moses for the people of Israel, God then gives Moses the task of making the Tabernacle or tent of meeting. Essentially, this portable tent, is God’s place among his people. The 10 commandments are placed in an ark, which ...

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