Tag Archives: sin

The Deception of the Deep-Web

Is The Deep Web the Newest Trend and Should I Care? If you are an active participant in the world wide web, you are participating in approximately 1% of the internet.  This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc. For most people, our daily searching, emails, shopping and internet habits are found on the very surface ...

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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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The Little Sin That Became Mainstream

The Little Sin That Became Mainstream

I am very concerned about American culture.  There is a sinful cancer spreading throughout every nook and cranny and it is showing no sign of stopping.  Though fifty years ago this sin was clearly a sin and everyone knew that. Little by little, bit by bit we have allowed our culture to wander away from God’s plan for humanity. Now, ...

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The Dilemma of Discussing Death

This is our dilemma. The fear of death is intrinsic to the human condition. In youth ministry, the question of whether you will have to address the issue of death is not a question of “if” but “when”.  Perhaps, the only thing more uncomfortable than articulating a Christian understanding of death with teenagers is the inability to articulate a Christian ...

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Land of the Free, Home of the Slave

With the upcoming presidential election, more and more of our media channels are being overrun with relentless propaganda. Freedom. Freedom has become a buzz word more and more around this time of year.  Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, economic freedom…I mean, we’re Americans, right?  Freedom is what defines us. But how free are we really?  Is there really any ...

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Hunger Games – Violence – A Different World

My nine-year old wanted to read the Hunger Games last spring when all the hub-bub about the books and the movie came out.  I had heard mixed reviews and hesitated about letting her read the book and watch the movie, so we made a deal that we would read it together.  Between my classes, work and paper-writing I picked up ...

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Time for the H Word

“So, youth, what do you want to learn about?”  “Revelation, angels, and Satan?  Where do we go when we die?  Okay, sure, we could do that.  Oh wait, look at that shiny thing over there!’ I must confess something I am not very proud of — For years, I have been a professional controversy avoider. It’s sad really.  It’s just ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 8- The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 8: Gluttony- Super Size It! Core Teaching:            Gluttony is the sin of overindulgence.  Usually with food.  It is trying to feed the hunger of our souls with the body’s food. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the 7th Deadly Sin, Gluttony.  WARNING: There may be a few ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 7- Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

The Life of a Disciple in the World 7 Deadly Sins Session 7: Lust- Salt For Thirst Core Teaching:            Lust is the best known sin.  It is deceptive, because it is not just a sin of action, but also of thoughts.  Giving in to lust is abusing God’s good gift of Human Sexuality. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the ...

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Life of a Disciple In The World 6- Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

The Life Of A Disciple In The World The Seven Deadly Sins Session 6: Greed- The Fire To Acquire Core Teaching:            Greed is a Major Sin that runs wild in today’s world.  The love of money produces all sorts of evil.  Jesus teaches that the greedy accumulation of things is a rejection of dependency on God. Session Goals:            This session ...

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