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Seven Ways to Deepen Your Discipleship

church window altarTo be a disciple of Jesus is to follow closely in his footsteps. Reading scripture and attending worship are great ways to start the journey of discipleship, but should be done alongside other spiritual practices to become a follower with a deep and strong connection to God.

It can be difficult to know what to try next. If you’re a Christian who would like to deepen your faith study or who doesn’t have a church community in which to participate, the following practices will help you delve into scripture and strengthen …

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The Myth of the Youth Minister Personality

Pie-in-FaceWhat color are you? What animal type describes you? What combination of the alphabet are you? If you were a fruit, what would you be and why? Sound familiar? At some time in our lives we’ve heard all these questions in some form or another. We’ve been in job interviews, or on staff retreats or in a school counselor’s office trying to find just the right way to describe our personality. We have been told that there’s a particular description or combination of letters (INJF, ABCD…blah, blah) that will nail our …

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What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

So, I am a mom, and I think the idea of honoring mothers (and fathers) once a year is a fabulous concept. But I must ask, where did the “floral kitsch” concept of what mothers want come from? From rose-clad teacups to offensively scented candles to sculptures of angels holding lilies – we don’t like these things most days, so why on Mother’s Day? (Please forgive me if you collect teacups.) The truth of the matter is, we could populate a solid garage sale with our Mother’s Day gifts if we …

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Eastertide: Ripples of Belief

Eastertide-RipplesLuke 24: 13-49

There are forty days of Lent. If you observe the Christian calendar, you have just completed walking through this rich and challenging season. Perhaps you gave up something, or added a spiritual discipline in order to align yourself more with the story and journey of Christ to the cross and into the grave. And now we are on the other side. We rejoice in the unbelievable truth of his resurrection.

Extreme Faith

Many Christians are not aware that there are actually fifty days of Easter – a season historically celebrated as …

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Sharing Good News – Virtually

ITexting_with_a_ponytail remember as a child in the early 1970’s sitting down and reading select articles in our 22 volume World Book Encyclopedia. It was a vast source of information updated annually with a special Year Book. While they are still published in book form today, the main source of sales is through World Book’s online electronic subscription. The way we gather information has drastically changed over the past few decades with the popularity of the internet and the communication highway.

To highlight this point, one Sunday morning I engaged the congregation in …

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