Tag Archives: Audrua Malvaez

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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Wild Grapes

“My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.” – Isaiah 5:1-2 When I was 23, I ...

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Better is One Day

The worship anthem of my 8th grade youth group is still sung at my current church. The hit song by Matt Redman, Better is One Day, belts from the souls of my students every few months. Together, we sing of days where we will sit in the courts of God, that in our every day we would search for the Lord’s ...

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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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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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