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Clean Window Paul Dyer

Is that an instruction or a description? In depends on the context, or on effective communication. For spiritual leaders to be effective, they must be able to communicate the vision of what they are doing within a ministry. Effective leaders do not tell people what to do but instead, they describe the vision, the outcome…

Teen Devos

Last Wednesday, we had the opportunity to hear devotionals from Sam Click and Tyler Pruitt. Sam reminded us from Luke 18 that we should not be confident in our own righteousness but humble ourselves before God and look to His grace. Tyler used John 10 to share that Satan seeks to steal from us, but…

Are You a Surgeon or a Vampire?

Both surgeons and vampires draw blood as a matter of habit. However, there are some very important differences! Vampires (mythical but popular, thanks to books and movies) selfishly and opportunistically draw blood for their own gratification, causing harm to their victims.  Surgeons also draw blood, but with thought and intentionality, with the goal of healing.…

Roots and Fruits

If I were to ask you, who are you, what would be your answer? Would you tell me you are a lawyer, professional athlete, banker or executive? Those would be great sounding answers but they are what you do, not who you are. Too often in today’s times we confuse who we are with what…

Drivers and Passengers

When you were a child and in the car, you could let your mind wander, change CDs in the player, locate new radio stations, sing, laugh, and get distracted to your heart’s content. Why? Because you were a passenger. You were just along for the ride. That all changes when you are old enough to…

Opportunities

Say you were given an opportunity to have $847 deposited into your bank account every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Would that make you excited? Then you find out the catch, there is always a catch. You must spend all the money each day; whatever you do not spend you lose.…

Pop Quiz

When I was in school, there is nothing I hated worse than a pop quiz! Although I may have been keeping up with the required assignments, required reading, and preparing for the expected tests, the unexpected tests had the potential to wreck your overall average in the class. In our teen class last Wednesday night,…

Garbage In Garbage Out

It never ceases to amaze me when I stop and think just how much our daily lives have changed in the high school setting over the past 30 years. Students used to have to get all of their information and knowledge either from books, TV, or the adults in their lives. This is not the…

Should We Hire Him?

YOUTH MINISTER SEARCH COMMITTEE RECEIVED THIS LETTER. GENTLEMEN, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR PULPIT IS VACANT, I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION. I HAVE MANY QUALIFICATIONS. I’VE BEEN A PREACHER WITH MUCH SUCCESS AND ALSO SOME SUCCESS AS A WRITER. SOME SAY I’M A GOOD ORGANIZER. I’VE BEEN A LEADER IN MOST PLACES I’VE…

Thermometer Vs Thermostat

If I were to ask you the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat, that would be an easy answer…right? A thermostat changes the temperature where a thermometer is changed by the temperature. While preparing this study for our ongoing lessons for the teens, I came across a definition for the two that made me…