How to Triple your Youth Group in 13 Months: Lead a Youth Movement

What’s the difference between a youth program and a youth movement? Programs are often launched quickly and with a plethora of promotions. We’ve all seen the youth group flyers, posters or social media posts promoting a new teen bible study, activity or event. The church or youth group hypes it up, crosses it’s fingers and […]

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Porn Addict: Jesus, on Porn

What is pornography? According to the World English Dictionary, pornography is “writings, pictures, films, etc, designed to stimulate sexual excitement.” Another dictionary defines it as, “films, magazines, writings, photographs, or other materials that are sexually explicit and intended to cause sexual arousal.” In other words, Pornography is something used to arouse sexual lust. Lust, according […]

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My Secret Addiction (part 2)

I just got home from our Vertical Winter Retreat (for 7th-12th grade students) a few days ago. While on the trip I tried to stick with my “21 Day Fix” eating plan (mentioned in the previous post), but after a day of snow boarding I was ravenously hungry. Honestly, there wasn’t many heathy options at […]

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My Secret Addiction

Everyone has a weakness. Everyone is prone to seek comfort in something that isn’t the Comforter (God). Whether it’s alcohol, sex, work, entertainment or porn, humans turn to things that give them a taste of transcendence, but are not transcendent. That’s how addictions begin. One keeps returning to something that once gave them a feeling […]

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Character & Capability

In my early 20’s, I (Joel) received a simple, yet powerful revelation during a time of prayer and fasting. It’s been a guiding compass ever since. Here’s the gist of what I experienced: In my mind, I saw a sports car racing up a freshly paved mountain road. The car quickly ascended the twisting highway with […]

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