Nights to Remember

During the week of July 5-9, our Student Ministry hosted a week of “Night Camp” for students who have completed 6th-12th grades. This was in response to cancelling both Passport camp and the annual high school mission trip due to...

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To the Class of 2021

"God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike 'What’s next, Papa?'" ...

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Grace in the Wind

I love it when I’m driving down the road and see a big, shaggy dog with its head out the window, tongue flapping in the wind. It seems so free to me, so unconcerned and pure. Maybe I love it so much because I used to do it as a kid. I would...

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Lent and the Pigeon’s Nest

“There is a whole sensible world around me that I should be able to turn to Your praise; but I cannot do it. Yet at some insipid moment when I may possibly be thinking of floor wax or pigeon eggs, the opening of a beautiful prayer may come up...

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We All Need Resurrection

The word “lent” isn’t in the Bible, but the concept is. The word itself comes from the Old English and German words for “spring” and “long.” During the 40 or so days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, the days grow longer as we enter into spring. We...

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The “Best” Things

I hope you’re excited about the new year! I am—and not just because 2020 was … well … not great. New Years always offers us new hope and promise. But right now, I want you to take a moment to reflect on what’s happened in your life in the past...

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The Power of Gratitude

I wish gratitude was my go-to state. I like people who are grateful. Unfortunately, I have to work at it. My gifts tend toward “exhortation;” my strengths fall in the learning-teaching realm; and my enneagram type suggests that I’m often trying...

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Pray for Those

October is “National Bullying Prevention Month,” and I encourage you to have conversations with your family about bullying and how bullying impacts people of all ages. In life, we all run into people who let us down and disappoint us. Sometimes...

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From Losing to Listening

September is usually the month you hear me talk about plans for the upcoming year, ask for volunteers, and lay out my vision for the future of the Student Ministry. I usually spend the weeks leading up to the start of the school year planning...

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Plan to Pivot

“Faith over fear.” Many of us have heard the phrase, seen the logos, and maybe even used it as a battle cry in our personal lives. It’s a phrase that requires a posture of trust, especially in this season where we may doubt God’s work in our...

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