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Choose Hope.

“I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” If you look around in your life it won’t take you too long to struggle to see something in today’s culture, that struggle? We struggle to see ...

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The Desire For Holiness

Philippians 3:17-20 John Wesley was very practical in his instructions to pastors reaching out far beyond how they taught and studied the scriptures. One of his directives was to eat a little less than you desire. It wasn’t because he was concerned about their health or worried about their cholesterol. It was that he didn’t want his pastors to be ...

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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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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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7 Ways to Start Well

Greetings in the Name of Christ Jesus! I am so glad to be writing all of you today and I hope you all are doing well in youth ministry wherever you are. It’s another year for all of us in ministry wherever we are and wherever we find ourselves. There are always people somewhere in the world that are starting ...

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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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Ash Wednesday Devo- Heart of Stone

…And thus we rust Life’s iron chain    Degraded and alone: And some men curse, and some men weep,    And some men make no moan: But God’s eternal Laws are kind    And break the heart of stone. ~Oscar Wilde, The Ballad Of Reading Gaol   It snuck up on me.  This day that marks the beginning of the ...

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