Category Archives: Culture

Genesis 1-2: some thoughts to guide our thinking

Our congregation has begun an undertaking to read  the book of Genesis together as families. My daughters are pumped about this time each night. They grasp more of the story than I realize. I written a little in my last … Continue reading

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Back from NCYM, Story, Family and Us!

I have been back now from NCYM for most of the week. As always the time away from ministry renews and fills me to enter again the world of serving and giving. It is nice to be poured into, after … Continue reading

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2 Kings 5: Some lessons from a leper, and a crook

Tonight with my youth group I want to explore 2 Kings 5 with my youth group (the one’s that didn’t go to Houston anyway). I like for our kids to discover truth on their own, instead of always pointing it … Continue reading

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What if? Part 2

Yesterday, I talked briefly about the popular website describing teen’s and other young adult’s brokenness, and the possibility and the obligation we have as the body of Christ to reach out to the broken. I talked about the possibility of … Continue reading

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What if? Part 1

I see facebook updates often from my fb friends that mention a link or a story about things that have messed people’s lives up, often times referred to as “fml’s.” It isn’t difficult to figure out what these three little … Continue reading

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Reflections on the death of Osama…

In the span of a week and half this nation celebrated the deaths of two men Both grew up in humble circumstances Both were men of deep conviction Both were from foreign places Both men’s deaths caused great joy for … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry Update: For the Trail (CTYG Student Ministries)

Midweek update: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 ======================================== A word from the Word: Isaiah 1 “18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they … Continue reading

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Mdweek update: The Trail Student Ministries

Good afternoon, Word for the Day: Romans 5:8 I have been reading through the book of Romans this week, and you know God’s Word is just amazing. I was especially touched by the familiar passage in Romans 5:8, that “God … Continue reading

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Sermon Outline—Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah “Fighting For Your Family”

Sunday, July 18, 2010 – Nehemiah 4:13-15 Families are important* Relationships are key Parents/grandparents your job is  not done Students: you need your parents Nehemiah 4:13-15 makes what’s at stake urgent and personal Exposed places – where are they in … Continue reading

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brief throughts on Matthew 28

As I was reading this morning, I noticed five different instances in Matthew 28, where a story is told. 1. Matt. 28:5-7, the angles tell the women at the tomb that Jesus is risen, and reminds them to go tell … Continue reading

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