2017-04_CYM-BambiDisney

What Bambi, Walt Disney, and the Cross Have in Common

I’m not the smartest guy on the block. God, in His mercy, is constantly reminding me of how little I know. He does this through marriage, parenthood, ministry, and, well, just about every facet of my life. I do know movies, however – at least I thought I did. So imagine my surprise several years back when I plopped down on our sofa for our “Family Movie Night” and ten minutes into the Disney classic Bambi I come to find out that Bambi is male.

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2017-04_CYM-WorkWorship

When Worship and Work Get Mixed Up

In ministry, it can be hard to separate our worship from our work. We want to ensure that our teens have prayerful experiences, but sometimes that means we lose sight of the beauty of the worship right in front of us.

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2017-04_CYM-SinMercy

The Young Church Needs You to Talk About Sin and Mercy

Teens and adults are being swallowed up and spit out by a secular humanist, morally relativist culture. People have forgotten a fundamental truth about sin: namely, that God did not give Adam and Eve the right to decide what was good and evil (subjective); in His mercy, He gave them the right to choose between good and evil (objective).

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2017-02_CYM-TreatwMercy

Treat Them With Mercy

When you are tired and lack patience, God desires you to be patient with someone that tries your patience in your life.

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2017-02_CYM-RelationalMinistry

An Important Aspect of Relational Ministry You May be Missing

There is a clear connection between relational ministry and prayer we often forget. When the teens are there, it’s time to build relationships. When they aren’t there, we can and should be praying for them.

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2017-02_CYM-HookedFeeling

Hooked on a Feeling: How to Help Teens Balance Emotions and Reason

We need to help them to see that joy can be found in suffering and that a lack of outward happiness is not an excuse for despair.

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2017-01_LT-RocksLetGo

It’s Time to Let go of the Rocks in Your Life

I must have spent over an hour trying to toss that rock in the water, holding it in my hand like I still held the shame of my sins in my heart – there was fear, worry, doubt.

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2017-01_LT-march

#WhyWeMarch

I began to think that maybe I’d keep quiet about the March for Life and be pro-life on a smaller scale. Have a holy hour to pray for an end to abortion. Show “October Baby.” Keep it simple and — most importantly — indoors. Then Blair joined our parish. A sophomore who had attended the March for Life with her Catholic school the year before she moved to Florida, she was glad to hear I had also attended.

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2017-01_lt-empty

Empty.

I sat on the floor of my college apartment and started crying. I was an assistant youth minister at the time but was working full-time to fill in for the youth ministry coordinator as she was out on maternity leave. The other assistant youth minister and I spent the past […]

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2017-01_lt-community

Community in the Kingdom: The Necessity of Relationships in Ministry

The devil wants us to be alone, so he lies to us and tells us that we’re too tired and it isn’t worth it.

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