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What happens when YOU don’t show up?

By Audrua Malvaez For the first Sunday in years I was awake and dressed hours before I needed to be at church. The clock ticked to 8 am as I walked into the emergency room of my neighborhood hospital. As I tried to keep the nausea under control and communicate my symptoms to the nursing staff, my phone sat silent. ...

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#Social – The Natural World

The Social Principles begins just like creation begins – with the Natural World, the world we all live in, wake up to, where we run in parks, and sail on boats across rivers, streams, and even oceans. It all belongs to God, the being which created it. From water to plants and even those really annoying insects that are present ...

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Yep, fall is coming, just admit it. It’s coming and with it comes more of a routine for your students and for yourself. So the question always comes to me, “How does one in youth ministry prepare themselves for the transition from crazy summer to subdued fall?” Youth ministry is about intentionality. Doing things in a very intentional way is ...

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Foundation For Evangelism: Culture of the Call Award

Do you know of a church that has a history of helping young people (age 35 or younger) respond to God’s call to full-time Christian service? The Foundation for Evangelism wants to recognize them! Each year, The Culture of the Call Church Award recognizes one local congregation of The United Methodist Church that is helping to raise up generations of ...

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Calling Out For Mercy- God With Us

I enjoyed listening to my intern preach a couple of weeks ago. Her text was Luke 17:11-19: the story of Jesus healing 10 lepers. Something struck me this time as I listened to this very familiar story: The lepers were standing off at a distance, as the law required, as they “called out” to Jesus,  “Jesus, Master, have mercy on ...

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