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Fight Against Desensitization to Tragedy

I remember like it was yesterday. I was sitting on my couch eating lunch watching TV. My wife was at work and I was at home. 9/11 had happened and it literally shook my world. It stopped my wife and I completely in our tracks and..
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Three Things I Found at Simply Youth Ministry Conference

Originally posted at The Cost, The Joy By my third year in youth ministry, everything seemed flat. My church was not Willow Creek, and I found myself and our ministry in two totally different places. What I needed was some “in the trenches” help. And that’s..
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Common Ministry Traps to Avoid

I remember being taught 2 Corinthians 2:11 at a young age. We are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, schemes, plots, and plans. He will take full advantage of our ignorance. As sad as it sounds, I believe we have all fallen prey to..
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Out-of-This-World Endurance

“I’m not gonna die here.” Sometimes we just have to say that out loud. Matt Damon’s character in The Martian declared it in a key moment early on in the movie. How many things in ministry require such a declaration? Fundraising? Church politics? Investing into students?..
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Seven Types of Daily Influencers

The everyday ways people influence one another is astounding. I see what you see – the pain it can cause, as well as the life it can create. I believe there are seven types of people influencing our decisions daily: Family/Parent Friend/Peer Consultant/Advice Strategist/Planner Positional/Boss Guru/Model..
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