All About Me

The words rolled off my tongue quickly and easily, as they do in probably half a dozen or so conversations a day. I was talking with a youth minister who was worried about why she hadn’t been able to do a better job of building a core team. But it […]

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Is the Grass Greener?

Samuel is one of my favorite characters in scripture. The idea of hearing the voice of God, and not being sure what it really means resonates with me, as does his willingness to answer God with a profound yes. When I was just growing in my spiritual journey, I was […]

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Reach Outside Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever experienced a moment where you are completely out of your comfort zone, and you have no clue if you are going to fail or succeed? When you are at a moment that you are so vulnerable, the smallest touch can send you crashing down? Your thoughts, movements, […]

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Childlike Christmas

Just shy of four years ago, I became a mom to a spunky, blue-eyed, fair-skinned redhead girl who has taught me a lot about myself, my life, and my relationship with God. Whether it’s excitement over some free stickers at the dentist office, or a complete meltdown because I asked […]

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Pilgrim Core: 24/7

It’s that time of year again. Youth ministers and Core Teams around the country have begun preparing for another year of leading teens closer to Christ. Many of us are coming off a summer camp or mission trip “high” and are getting all the pieces in place for another amazing […]

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Arise and Shine (Mark 5:21-43)

Does a relationship with Christ matter? When you first read that question, your initial response was probably, “Yes! Totally! It is super important and awesome!” Calm down. Sit back in your chair. Reflect for a while longer. A few questions may help: If someone didn’t know you and observed your […]

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Arise and Shine! (Isaiah 60:1)

Doubting Thomas? (John 20:19-31) “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 Why are we remembered for our mistakes, our moments of doubt and stupidity more […]

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Powered By Passion

The inspired force behind all great art, all great music, all great writing, all great things, is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion.

Passion makes businesses succeed. Passion is what energizes life. Passion makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and say, “I’m going to do something with my life today.” Without passion life becomes boring. It becomes dull. God created you with the emotions to have passion in your life and He wants you to live a passionate life.

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Don’t Forget.

That’s the story of my life. God proves His love for me, and by the next scene, I’m wondering who He is. Yet somehow my forgetfulness doesn’t deter Him, and He sets out again each day to win my heart.

Often in youth ministry, it feels like we’re trying to come up with catchy semester themes and culturally relevant tie-ins to repackage the same simple message. Our retreats and events keep revolving around the counter-cultural reality that God is a loving Father who wants to provide for us, His children.

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