Youth Minister

Bridling Our Tongues

In James 1 we find this verse: “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the…

Friendship

There are a lot of scriptures out there about friendship and how important and meaningful it can be… Proverbs 27:17  Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 17:17  A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good…

You and Me Forever

There is a book I recommend by Francis Chan called, “You and Me Forever” and it is about marriage and family in the light of following God. How making God your priority as a family fixes a lot of your problems. (Matthew 6:33) But in that book there is a quote that hit me like…

Youth Minister

Who is your child’s youth minister? If you answered Malvin Sanders, you may technically be right. But I would like to suggest to you today, that your child’s primary youth minister… IS YOU. I get to see your child in an average week for 2 classes of less than an hour a piece. Compare that…

Quarantine

During my 10 days being stuck in quarantine, I have barely left my room.  Trying to keep the rest of the family from getting sick has gotten me stuck in one room for most of my days.  The one awesome break that I get each day is when Jan distracts the kids just long enough for…

We are Excited

We have been talking in class, a few grades at a time, about what we would like the youth group to look like, and I thought I would share those with you all one at a time as well! We should be excited to be here! Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to…

Welcome to Riverchase

HEY! My name is Malvin Sanders, and I am the new youth and family minister here at Riverchase. I wanted to take this first article to introduce myself and tell you how excited I am to be here. I am originally from Stockbridge, Georgia, which is just on the south side of Atlanta. When I…

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.…