The Lie of Self-Reliance

I can do it on my own…I don’t need anyone…I can’t trust anyone…I can only trust myself. Have you ever said anything like this? Or, have you ever believed that you could make it through this life on your own? We live in a time where being independent, totally independent, is a sought-after quality.

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The Difference Between My Ministry and My Faith

Doing ministry day in and day out is awesome and an incredible privilege, but nothing, including youth ministry, can replace your personal relationship with Jesus.

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3 Statements Every Relationship Needs

I have learned that relationships require good communication, respect, sacrifice, understanding, and commitment. I have also learned that embracing the following three statements are necessary for all relationships…

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Shame, Shame, go Away

Shame is rooted deep within our hearts. Whether you geographically move, change schools, or try to erase memories, shame still has a way of affecting us.

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5 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Friend

As a friend to someone who’s grieving, what are we supposed to we say? How can we help? What is appropriate?

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Journeying Through Grief

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Recently I attended a grief retreat where participants were grieving the loss of children, parents, family members, illnesses, family separation, relationships, childhood innocence, dreams they once had for the future, and so much more. I witnessed honesty, vulnerability […]

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7 Truths You Need to Know Right Now

You are desired, you are chosen, you are loved by God.

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Please Stop Trash-Talking Yourself

All of us, at some time or another, struggle with an inner voice that is critical, negative and even harsh.

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13 Reasons for Hope

Even if you’ve encountered the darkest of situations, there is hope.

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A Letter from Your Youth Minister

I want to write you this letter as a Youth Minister who admires, respects, loves you and deeply cares about your soul.

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