Spiritual Life

Hypocrites

2 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. 2 You say,[a] “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” 3 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when ...

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Lenten Devo – New life in the desert

Have you ever found yourself in a desert? A barren place with no real sign of life, where every drop of moisture from your body seems to be sucked out leaving you forsaken, frail, and futile.  I am not talking about a real desert, though I have been to one of those. I am talking about the desert wildernesses of ...

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What Do You Believe?

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as ...

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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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A Prayer for Deliverance: Psalm 17

deliverance: noun 1. the act of delivering 2. salvation 3. liberation I love Psalm 17!  I can not begin to tell you exactly how many times in 3 decades of youth ministry I have prayed this blessed Psalm!  Maybe you have prayed it a few times too?  If you haven’t yet, there will most likely be a day for this Psalm ...

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To Guide You Out Of Sin

2 1-2 I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s. 2-3 Here’s how we can be ...

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There is a Season

“God says, ‘Whenever you cry out to me,I’ll answer. I’ll be with you in troubling times. I’ll save you and glorify you.’” Psalm 91:15   Sometimes I wish Lent was as short as Advent. Lent takes more work and is painfully long for the caffeine deprived congregants and staff members. Inevitably, really hard, really real ministry things will happen in ...

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Lenten Devotional- Day 3

Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s[a] shade,  I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!” -Psalm 91: 1-2 Common English Bible 3 Years ago, I had an opportunity to take my youth group on a Canoeing and Camping Weekend. We had our plans all laid out, our ...

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Holy Ground – Lent Devo

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, lent has officially begun. Today we find ourselves standing on holy ground. Wherever you are right this moment you are on holy ground. Let that sink in a second. You might be thinking, there is nothing holy about this place. You are wrong, it is holy because God is holy and God is present in that ...

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