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Come With Me to Israel!

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I want to tell you about something that makes me a better dad, husband, man of God and pastor; that is my travels and tours to Israel. I go to Israel often and I believe it is the greatest thing I can do for my own soul and to invest in the soul of others. In 2012 I would tell...

3 Keys for Effective Ministry at Camp with Youth

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Let's face it - connecting with youth doesn't always come naturally. There are times in our youth ministry where we say something we wish we wouldn't have or we have no idea what to say to even start the conversation. No matter how awkward it may be at times, there is little work that is more important than impacting...

A Prodigal’s Tale and the Search for Peace

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The young man trudged along the rocky path to the field where his master’s pigs waited for their breakfast. His muscles were stiff and sore from sleeping in the barn, with nothing for a bed but moldy straw, which even the goats refused to lie on. He poured the foul smelling buckets of food over the fence and marveled...

Installing an Elder, 1 Timothy 5:17-23

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When I was a beginning my role as senior pastor the elders asked me what I was excepting out of the "laying on of the hands of the Elders" to install me into the office of pastor and Elder. I said, "My main expectation is that is done biblically." I said this because the act is not just an element...

Thank God: Practical Ways to Show Gratitude to the Almighty

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One of my favorite movies of all time is The Count of Monte Christo. It’s a story about a man named Edmond Dontez escapes from the Cheteau D’if, which is like the Alcatraz of France. Exhausted and wave-battered from his getaway he wakes up on the beach of a far off island to find that he has been discovered by...

Afraid of God or Fear God?

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My brother said to me, “I think that I am afraid of God more than I fear God.” This honest statement echoed within my own soul. I contemplated the way I view God and the shallow attempts I make to appease Him in order to somehow restrain He wrath. There are things I say – or don’t say to...

Writing A Great Youth Pastor Job Description

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Looking for a good youth pastor can be difficult. Trust me, I know. Not only have I served as a youth pastor, but I have also now hired several youth pastors in my various senior-level roles. The role of a youth pastor can be difficult; many people believe they can be good at it—even if they are not. Perhaps they think, I...

Passion Plus Discipline Equals Results

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Incredible things are done, one small step at a time. When we stay committed to the small things, they add up to impact beyond measure. Take, for example, author and blogger Tim Challies. On October 31, 2003, he committed to writing a blog post every day for one year. He has now written more than seven thousand of them. When explaining...

Pot Calling the Kettle Black: Dispel Hypocrisy

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I bet you’ve heard this phrase before, “The pot calling the kettle black.” This idiom was probably coined back in the day when pots and kettles were used over wood-burning stoves and the longer they hung over the fire, the blacker their bottoms would become—so a pot and a kettle used over the same stove would be equally as...

Peace at Last: The Homecoming You’ve Waited For

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Everyone goes through life with a gnawing sense of unease, an unspoken dread we’ve lived with for so long we hardly know it’s there anymore. It taints everything we do with a strange sense of displacement and dissatisfaction. Even when things are going our way, at the end of the day, alone with our thoughts, the whispering anxiety remains....

A Christian’s Life is To Know Him and Make Him Known

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The stars were shining bright as I looked to the sky tonight. I could not help but be mesmerized by the glow that shined through the little pinholes in the darkness. The child within me could only wonder what was on the other side shining through. My mind races and my soul became fascinated by the mystery of God....

Is Donald Trump a Christian?

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The Bible never said that we should keep our faith "personal" and to yourself. Donald Trump is doing just that, I wish he would stop. Trump claims to be a Christian and part of the Presbyterian Church. He has said that he is "very proud" of his faith. He also stated, "Believe me, if I run and I win, I...