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Spiritual Growth

The Absolutely Broken Heart of Jesus

A few years ago, I went on a quest to discover what it might mean to live in obedience what I perceived as the heart of Jesus. I was, at the time, giving messages to our youth group in a series called “The Heart of Jesus” but felt that I didn’t have a complete grasp on what this would mean or how it might radically change my life.

The Great Exchange

I have the tendency and temptation in my own life to be concerned with how I appear to others. My family, my friends, my church, my co-workers, and my supervisor are all watching me, all the time, and it causes me to worry and carry concern...

The Key to Refreshment: Respond

A few years back I was going through a profoundly heart-wrenching season of weariness. I was so lost and broken I did not know what to do with myself. I went to a secluded part of a nearby beach with my Bible, journal, and worship music on my iPod. I had no idea what to say to God. I could not even speak. I felt the Lord give me permission to fall apart in His presence. That pivotal moment changed my entire walk with God.

Unbeknownst to me, God was calling me closer. 

The Key to Refreshment: Relinquish

What is making you weary? Is it your job? Is it your family? Is it your finances? Whatever it is, it needs to be relinquished. Carrying that heavy burden on your back is not doing anyone any good, and it is especially harmful to you.

Maybe you are stressed. Maybe you always have to be in control, and your circumstances are showing you how little control you really have. Maybe you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Maybe, every time you talk to one of the kids in your ministry, their problems and burdens only add to your own pile that is surely to overwhelm you at any moment. Take heart. Help is on the way.

Youth Pastor Panel: The Joys & Pains of Spiritual Growth

As youth pastors it is so important to take time to focus on our own walk with God and our growth in Him, because often times our students’ development is directly affected by our own. We spend an immense amount of time and energy growing our students in their faith and as young adults. So, we’ve chatted with five youth pastors who have been there about how they overcome a stagnant walk with God and continue to foster a healthy growing relationship among all the stresses and responsibilities of pastoring. Read on to find out what they had to say.

The Key to Refreshment: Worship

I have a very dear friend who lost her mom to cancer 4 years ago. She was only 18 at the time. I have known my share of loss in this life, but I never lost my mother, nor could I imagine anything so painful. I spent the ensuing week with them at their house, helping out when and where I could. This gave me a unique view of the way she and her family dealt with their pain. They were hurting. They were weary. They were broken...

The Key to Refreshment: Fellowship

God has filled my life with some really great people. Family members, kids to minister to, high schoolers to spend time with, peers to share life with, and mentors with wisdom to glean from. I love each and every one of these people. Each relationship brings something different to the table. I am thankful for them all. But only a few of them leave me feeling refreshed...

Basis of Christianity

I believe the basis of our Christian faith relies on two questions… “Who is God” and “What is truth?” Yes, our faith is based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – believing that He died and rose again for our sins – but until we can answer these two questions from a Biblical perspective, it is impossible for us to experience an authentic relationship with Christ. God and truth have become relative in today’s society. In other words, we have created our own gods and designed our own truth...

Creating Safe Places

The privilege of joining God at work can become an overwhelming mission.  If we are not cautious we will abandon the mission midstream. Creating Safe Places that secure your spiritual, emotional & physical stability are vital!

From Distress to Peace

Even in the depths of our distress, as we turn toward the Lord we will find true peace. 

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