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The Good and Ugly of Christmas

Ah Christmas time, Reminds us to go to church. That’s good… and ugly. Good = We all need to be reminded that we all really need a relationship with God, that we all really need deep communion with people, that we all need realignment with priorities, and that we all need lasting hope. Ugly = […]

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Pausing for One Moment

I must pause. Life has been running. My breath is flying… I must catch it. The last few weeks have been incredibly rich… full of all the dramatic ups and downs that life has to offer. Tragedies, victories, eateries, friendlies, and vicious poison-ivy-s. I cannot complain about being bored… for I have forgotten what that […]

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Some Grow Down Tweets

Here’s a quick collection of some Grow Down tweets from recent weeks:   “Grow Down” by Ken Castor is a MUST read!! #growdown #rootedinchrist pic.twitter.com/unzkAy4sV3 — David J. Schilling (@DJschills) May 1, 2014 For a generation of self-absorbed adults, the call to a Jesus centered life means there is no room for selfcenteredness @kencastor #growdown […]

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Study Guide – Psalm 63:6-11

6 I lie awake thinking of you,    meditating on you through the night.7 Because you are my helper,    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.8 I cling to you;    your strong right hand holds me securely. 9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.    They will go down into the depths of the earth.10 They will die by […]

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Study Guide – Psalm 45:10-17

10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:    Forget your people and your father’s house.11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;    honor him, for he is your lord.12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,    people of wealth will seek your favor.13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;    her gown is interwoven with gold.14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;    her virgin companions follow […]

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Study Guide – Psalm 105:1-4

1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;    make known among the nations what he has done.2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;    tell of all his wonderful acts.3 Glory in his holy name;    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.4 Look to the Lord and his strength;    seek his face always. NIV For what could you give thanks to God today?   When you remember […]

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Study Guide – Psalm 31:1-5

1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;     let me never be put to shame;     deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me,     come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge,     a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,     for the sake of your name lead and guide […]

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DRAW UP Poster

Colossians 2:7 – … Draw up the nourishment you need from all the resources of Christ and be built up strong and vigorous in the truth that you’ve been taught. The resources of Christ are unlimited! If we enable younger people to root their lives into Christ then the enrichment and strength and fruitfulness of […]

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Romans 3:24-26 ~ God is Good News

 The Good News has always been God.  The Good News is not us.  The Good News is God.  God is Good News. We are bad news.  We are the ones who messed it up.  We are the ones who murder, who conspire, who blame, who falter, who fail, who flounder.  We are the ones who […]

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A Very Good Friday

Jesus came for the sick.Jesus seeks after the lost.Jesus searches for runaways.Jesus finds the hidden.Jesus heals the broken.Jesus gives footing to the lame.Jesus opens the closed ears of the deaf.Jesus restores sight to the blind.Jesus frees the prisoner.Jesus has coffee with the prostitute.Jesus loves the sinner.Jesus forgives the repentant.Jesus strengthens the weak.Jesus fills the empty.Jesus […]

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Should our kids go to college?

The issues of vocation, college attendance and developmental guidance are very important aspects of youth ministry.  This is a subject where youth workers easily find tension as we navigate through the realities of our culture, parental expectations, student assumptions, the American Dream and Kingdom obedience to God’s mission. via king.typepad.com Mike King presents an interesting […]

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