Mar 23
Annie Lobert

If you ever needed proof that God can work all things for His glory, meet Annie Lobert. Today Annie is known as the founder of Hookers for Jesus, an outreach ministry for those enslaved to the commercial sex industry. But that wasn’t always her story: 




 

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Mar 16
David Martin

This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.

- 1 Corinthians 1:25-26, NLT

"I'm biblically illiterate. And I don't have a heart for students. I smoke cigars, have tattoos, like wine and I can have a dirty mouth on occasion."  Those words left...

Mar 09
Derek Gillette

It’s one of the biggest contributors to success in life, but it’s an uncomfortable topic, so we put it off.  This is the approach many parents and youth leaders take when it comes to having “the financial talk.” Yet we know that good financial habits, including generosity, are one of the best predictors of adult success. Without a good financial foundation, we are setting our children and teens up for failure. 

As with any topic this big, it gets overwhelming quickly and energy soon fades. To elaborate on the famous verse in Proverbs, where...

Feb 27
Margaret Feinberg

Author Margaret Feinberg has been through a brutal fight with cancer and shares the unexpected lessons she discovered along the way in her new book and Bible study “Fight Back With Joy.”

 

Q: Your newest book and Bible study, “Fight Back With Joy,” was born out of your fight with a life-threatening illness. What was your difficult diagnosis, and what has your journey to health entailed?

For the last 18 months, I’ve been battling breast cancer. Breast cancer isn’t just one disease. It...

Feb 23
Chad Inman

Discipleship, at its core, is about growth. Since humans are integrated wholes, spiritual growth requires increased maturity in other developmental areas. Discipleship challenges individuals to take the next faithful step in their development in order to grow in their understanding of God, the church and the Gospel. Those ministering to youth and families can facilitate growth by meeting each group where they are developmentally.

Using some basic developmental theory, youth ministries can help nurture Christian growth by…

 

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Feb 16
Lance Sudduth

If God would not provide for us would we still want to be with Him?

This question is a good gauge as to how we view our relationship with God. Do we only follow God as long as He is providing us with blessings (necessity)? Or do we follow God because we want to be with Him (intimacy)? 

In Acts 17, Paul gives the people of Athens insight into how God relates to us. He says:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by...

Feb 09
Drew Read

Youth leaders and parents of teens realize that pornography, sex and drugs are no longer reserved for the “bad crowd.” These behaviors are now seen as normal in youth culture. Our youth are faced with compromising decisions on a daily basis and it’s important to identify risk factors and address dangerous trends as soon as possible. 

Knowing whether or not your child is in trouble, or is in risk of getting in trouble, is often like trying to chart the depths of an iceberg. We get so caught up in trying to correct the surface issues,...

Feb 02
Kevin Patterson

A few weeks ago I listened to a nationally known youth minister speak to his youth group. It was a recording of course, but I had hit a dry spell inspirationally and needed something to kind of jolt me and get my gears turning. So I tuned in to this youth minister’s videos on YouTube. This guy was a great speaker. Everything flowed together as he moved from one point to another, and he incorporated a lot of flash and pizzazz in his message. 

But if I were a teenager who had never been inside of a...

Jan 26
Jenna DeWitt

I have a friend who has discipled me, encouraged me and held me accountable for many years. We live far apart now, but she still asks me three questions when we have a chance to catch up. These questions have kept me on track and challenged me to examine my faith on a deeper level.


1.     Who is God to you?

If being more like Jesus is the goal, knowing the character of God can help us get there. This question...

Jan 20
Mark Schutzius

If you have been in ministry for any length of time, you have probably faced criticism. It naturally comes with working around people. I’ll never forget four words spoken to me about a decision I made in my first few years as a youth pastor. A woman looked me in the eye and said, “You lied to me.” I didn’t lie, nor did I ever intend to mislead her. Her emotion was founded in a misunderstanding, but her words still caused me to rethink being in that leadership role of ministry.

We will all face criticism. When it happens, we need to be prepared to handle it with the right attitude...