Struck down but not destroyed.

You know that awful feeling when you've done something wrong? That anxious guilt at the pit of your stomach? Or the nervousness of facing the consequences and not knowing how things will turn out? We've all felt the weight of sin, regardless of whether we believe in God or not. Guilt and darkness and negativity …

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People Change (But Please Don’t Change Too Much)

Ever thought about all those unhappy married couples you know? I think we’ve all thought about how to not end up growing apart in marriage as so many people do. I was so encouraged to read this post simply because I know my “fears” are not just mine, but that many others are thinking about them as well.

I Kissed My Date Goodnight

What? A blog post on a Sunday? That’s strange!

Truth be told, I was horrified at the thought that my last post was published just a few hours shy of… gulp… two weeks ago. By posting now I’m avoiding hitting that terrible milestone that no bonafide writer should ever have to face!

Usain_BoltLast night I laid down in bed, exhausted after a long day of work. Do you ever notice when you’re most exhausted — physically, mentally and even emotionally — is the precise time your mind decides to run faster than Usain Bolt at the Olympics?

<< This guy. What a joker!

That’s exactly how I found myself last night. Exhausted to no end, yet frantically running through a list of to-dos and almost-dones and nearly-theres and oh-crap-I-forgot-to-do-that-one! So, I decided to shut my mind up by watching a quick episode of New Girl on my phone. And, of…

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“Never Too Strong for God!”

Just another reminder that although we may face more than we can handle on our own, nothing can overwhelm God!

A similar post: More Than You Can Handle

Word For Life Says...

“He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me;
For they were too strong for me,” 2 Samuel 22:18

 

“Is there anything too hard for me?” is a question God asked Jeremiah, (Jer. 32:27). “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” was the question God put to Abraham after Sarah laughed at the possibility of having a child in her old age. Luke 1:37 tells us, “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and yet, when faced with things in this life we don’t understand and heartaches untold, we often feel our situations are out of His reach. As if the problems that overwhelm us are too strong for Him, also.

Due to the anointing on his life, David faced enemies who hated him for no reason. He spent many days with his life hanging in the balance. But, in the end, he declared, “He…

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God’s One-of-a-Kind Love

"Is there a such thing as good and bad people?" Silence. Awkward silence. I couldn't tell if my class was stumped or disinterested by the question. I tried to do the whole uncomfortable silence thing in hopes that one of them would respond but that didn't last very long (Did I mention, I love to …

Challenge: “I Just Want To Be Okay”

For anyone who has struggled through change and questioned life's difficulties, this is a post worth reading. Essentially, the author is talking about what it looks like to be content in all situations as Paul learned to be. It may seem daunting to accept life's uncertainties, but God will help you with that. You never …

The Highest Form Of Flattery…

This is a great perspective on the impact we have as Christians. I’ve often been reminded that people watch me much more than I realize. Whether it was college roommates who were waiting for me to mess up or friends who have apologized for cursing in front of me; I’ve come to recognize that the way I live my life is noticed. So, as followers of Christ, are we trying to live a life that reflects God’s love? Because truly, we lead by example.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

Youth Ministry Incognito

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There are a lot of blogs, books, and other media out there on how to be an effective youth pastor. They range in advice from how to set up a volunteer base, to how to teach lessons, all the way to how to ask someone to leave your ministry (yeah, I know, right?). But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my tenure as a youth worker that can help absolutely anyone in there ministry it’s this:

Be the person you want your students to be.

Are you encouraging them to pray more? Then you should be praying more, a LOT more.
Asking them to study the bible? How apparent is your study?
Want them to get involved with church and its ministries? How involved are you?

People (and especially minors) are incredibly well taught by example. This is why their parents will always be one of the biggest influences…

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God Gave Me a Break (Another look at burnout)

Do you know what God did for me today? He literally gave me a break. This week I decided to attend a nondenominational church I often visit, especially because I knew the pastor would be talking about marriage. I left having connected with the Holy Spirit and gained some food for thought about relationships. I then headed …