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Spiritual Growth (Dec 21, 2010 at 3:59 PM) - You are probably very familiar with the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Spiritual Growth (Nov 23, 2010 at 6:53 AM) - Great news! Jesus Christ died for us so that we can live eternally with Him. Do not take it for granted.
Spiritual Growth Zone (Jul 29, 2010 at 8:29 PM) - Tips to help teens with anger problems.
Spiritual Growth (Jul 20, 2010 at 7:18 PM) - Yesterday was bad. I found myself in tears several times.
7 Characteristics of a Strong Youth Minister (Jan 29, 2009 at 9:05 PM) - Let's see how we're doing.
No Nonsense Approach to Spiritual Growth (Aug 19, 2008 at 8:39 PM) - We all have the desire to grow spiritually. Iâ€™d like to share a few things that might encourage you in your endeavor.
Bad vs. Good Attitude (Jul 29, 2008 at 8:10 PM) - It has been said many times in youth ministry that your attitude determines your altitude.
Keys for Overcoming Failure (Jul 15, 2008 at 8:36 PM) - I really hate to fail at anything but over the years I have realized that many failures lead to success.
Combat Zone (Jul 19, 2007 at 7:06 PM) - Several youth ministers have asked about pre-marital counseling. Listed are a few suggestions to help you get started.
Key Attitudes to the Success of our Youth Ministry (May 23, 2007 at 5:06 AM) - Are we still on track today? Have we gotten away from many basic attitudes? See what one long-haul youth minister said.
Reaching Teens for Jesus (Mar 23, 2007 at 3:44 AM) - At Teen Life Ministries we are constantly being asked how to reach teens for Christ. Youth workers are looking for new and improved ideas for outreach programs. We want to share with you a few techniques that we think will help.
10 Difficulties of Being a Teen in a Single Parent Family (Mar 21, 2007 at 8:45 AM) - If your youth ministry is like most, and I’m sure it is, then you have teens who are in single parent homes. We need to try to understand what they are going through and how we can help them handle it. Listed below are a few things that will help us along the way of understanding their view point.
Get a Handle on Stress (Dec 27, 2006 at 2:17 PM) - Youth ministry is a very stressful ministry so it would be wise to get a handle on your ministry stressors as soon as possible. If you are in youth ministry for the “long haul” the more stressors you can work through the more productive you and your ministry will be.
Stay Spiritually Healthy (Dec 26, 2006 at 4:48 PM) - One of the hardest things to do as a youth minister is to stay spiritually healthy while you are training teens to be spiritually healthy. In all probability your ministry will not be very spiritual if you are not very spiritual.
Daily Bible Reading (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - It’s so simple we almost forget daily Bible reading as a ministry maximizer. But God’s word is the basis for our teaching and lives.
Set aside a time each day to be in the Word.
Memorize at least one section of scripture a week.
Always pray and ask God to reveal new knowledge from the passage.
If you would like a daily Bible reading plan follow the the link:
Questions for a Spiritual Check Up (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - 1. How much time, or how often, do I pray each day? As ministers we spend a lot time time talking to others. Do we spend a lot of time talking to God?
Quiet Time Outlines (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - When time is pressing don’t cancel your time with God. Use one of these quiet time suggestions to meditate on the Lord. They’re simple, yet powerful: Read the Passage, sing a song of praise in response, and pray for the Father to instill the principle in your life.
Quiet Time Outlines 2 (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - When time is pressing don’t cancel your time with God. Use one of these quiet time suggestions to meditate on the Lord. They’re simple, yet powerful: Read the Passage, sing a song of praise in response, and pray for the Father to instill the principle in your life.
Going Deep with God (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - 1. Walk with Him. “Enoch walked with God... (Genesis 5:24a). This picture of peace expresses the type of relationship we long to have with God. Walking depicts an intimate friendship among two like individuals.
Breathe (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - Take a moment and breathe.
Draw in a huge lung filling breath.
Hold it for a few seconds.
Guess what. You qualify. You qualify for praise. As long as your breathing you should be praising.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD .
7 Ways Your Small Group Can Reach People for Jesus (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - “Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus.
Personal Spirituality (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - Joe, a youth pastor, at Grace Church decided that he would build the best youth ministry that anyone had every seen. He determined that it would be the biggest, most talked-about youth ministry that had ever been planted and grown in that area - in fact maybe even in the whole world.
True Fasting (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - Are you guilty of studying for classes, but failing to study for your personal walk? Do you fool yourself into believing that a daily prayer time is good enough?
In Isaiah 58 God rebukes Israel because they are fasting technically, but not truthfully.
Rest (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - Regular relaxation is essential for long life and personal effectiveness. Here are some techniques for relaxing physically that are used by the most successful and highest paid people in America.
Grow Together (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - Ephesians says it. Christ’s “‘gifts unto men’ were varied. Some He made His messengers, some prophets, some preachers of the gospel; to some He gave the power to guide and teach His people. His gifts were made that Christians might be properly equipped for their service, that the whole body might be built up until the time comes when, in the unity of common faith and common knowledge of the Son of God, we arrive at real maturity—that measure of development which is meant by ‘the fullness of Christ.’
Overcoming Parenting Worries (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - 1. Concentrate On Your Blessings, Not Your Worries. The more attention we give our worries the more consumed we become with them. We find that our troubles fill our minds through all hours of the day, while no solution seems feasible.
Six characteristics of a satisfying marriage (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - When my wife, Kay, was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, the doctors hospitalized her about halfway through her 12-week chemo regimen because of her serious reaction to the therapy. The effects of the chemo plunged her into the misery of extreme nausea.
New Year's Resolutions (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - I love this time of year. I like taking inventory of my life and making resolutions to change. Unfortunately I don't always succeed in my goals. I've been resolving to lose 20 pounds for 4 years now.
How fear damages a marriage (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - If we want our people to experience satisfying, intimate, and harmonious relationships with their mates, we must help them understand the importance of conquering fear. Successful marriages are built on trust and unconditional love, two things that can’t exist alongside fear.
Choking on Anxiety: How to stop worrying and start giving your concerns to God. (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - Several years ago the National Anxiety Center in Maplewood, New Jersey, released the "Top Ten Anxieties for the 1990s." The list included AIDS, drug abuse, nuclear waste, famine, and the federal deficit.
Forgiving the Unrepentant: Can I forgive those who have betrayed me if they are not repentant? (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - If we wait for those who have hurt us to repent first, we will almost certainly wait for a long, long time. We also give ourselves a justification to stay bitter the rest of our lives.
This cannot be right.
Refueling your life in mid-flight (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - The Strategic Air Command -- our nation’s defense system -- operates 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation. This means that at any point in a given day there are airplanes carrying nuclear warheads in the air over our country.
How to present your body as a living sacrifice (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - I once heard Bill Tisdale, a missionary to the Philippines, give an illustration about surrendering his physical body to the Lord. He described presenting the parts of his body one by one for Christ’s use through a prayer like this:
“Lord, here are my eyes.
GROWTH (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - The Green-Eyed Monster Behind the Pulpit
If your senior pastor is threatened by your ministry, here's how to diffuse jealous feelings before they explode. If envy is a green-eyed monster, what's that big green-eyed thing behind your pulpit?
Handling Lonelines (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - When Janis Joplin committed suicide at the age of 27, it was just after she had told a friend, "When I am not performing on the theater stage I just lie around, watch television, and feel very lonely." Loneliness can be pure torture, real misery.
Bowing at the Altar of Relevance - The Church Has Sold Out (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - The church has sold out. The same way punk music has sold out. It's
impossible to be punk anymore. Being corporate is decidedly un-punk,
and most punk bands are definitely corporate. Punk was once a movement,
a radical underground movement of rebellion, anti-establishment, and
Dealing with Abortion (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) - You may not have a teen in your youth group who has had an abortion but you certainly have had some who have entertained the idea if she became pregnant. And you have young men who would encourage their girl friends to have one if she became pregnant.
Cake, Kool-Aid, and a birthday party for Jesus (Jun 20, 2013 at 3:57 AM) -
My sister recently found a picture of me as a mop-haired 3-year-old standing next to a birthday cake for Jesus. The cake was my idea, a burst of preschooler inspiration in response to my mother's explanation that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth.