REST: The Importance of Sabbath & How to Incorporate It in Your Life

When was the last time you made time to rest for 24 hours, doing things that were only restful and worshipful? A lot of you might answer this question with a big old “NEVER.” I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t know if I have actually ever done that either for a full 24 hours, so I’m sitting in the boat right next to you, paddling and paddling trying to get somewhere, rather than just sitting back and taking a moment each week to enjoy the view.

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ELEVATE: Making the Gospel the Center of Ministry

When was the last time you heard the gospel presented clearly? Better yet, when was the last time you clearly presented the gospel to someone?

Depending on the church you go to, you may hear a very clear gospel presentation every Sunday or only at special events or never. Maybe you share the gospel almost every day when you’re out in public or you’ve never shared it in your life. Growing up, I never heard the gospel, as the church I went to never shared it—on Sundays, Wednesdays, special events, VBS—it just never happened. Praise be to God though, in ninth grade, I had the opportunity to go to a Student Life camp and hear the gospel presented clearly by Louie Giglio and that was the night I surrendered my life to Christ.

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DISCIPLE: The need for discipleship & practical tips to get started

“How many people got saved last week at the youth summer camp?”

This is a question commonly asked by church goers and staff in the weeks returning from a week full of supposed spiritual growth and gospel presentations. So often, youth pastors and small group leaders who went are quick to rattle off a number based on hands raised in an emotional moment of worship. Yet, I believe that the answer to the question should be, “We’ll see by next year at this time.”

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AMEN: The Life-Changing Power of Prayer

“Lord, we pray for healing of Alyssa’s leg and body, but not our will but yours be done.”

This was the end of a prayer that changed my view of God and his power to answer our prayers forever. We were sitting in a hotel lobby in Guatemala, about 25 other high school students and missionaries and I, and the missionaries had been telling us stories of miraculous healing they had seen God do through prayer. Then they offered us the chance to be prayed over if we needed healing.

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EMBRACE: Loving the Lost & Overlooked

What’s the longest you’ve ever spent looking for something you really want to find? Maybe it was something as simple as misplacing your car keys and you spent three hours tearing the house apart searching, or maybe you were on the hunt for the best airline ticket and checked daily for three months, trying to get the best deal. Or maybe you lost your kid in Walmart—the fear that brings will never let us forget what it is like for someone we love to be lost. Whatever it is, is it not even more crucial that we look for the lost and overlooked as Jesus does and lovingly guide them into becoming part of the family of God?

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LEARN: Leaders are Learners

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” - Proverbs 1:7

I want to start out each of these leadership blogs with a verse that will guide the discussion, and there’s no better one to talk about learning and acquiring wisdom with than one from the book of Proverbs. This verse emphasizes how important godly wisdom and instruction are. Fools despise it, while the wise fear the Lord and love knowledge. However, acquiring knowledge just for the sake of knowing more isn’t the point. The purpose of growing in wisdom is to be a better Christ-follower.

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Leadership Series

I have the privilege to be in a class at college this semester that is focused on discipleship. Pretty cool, right? That’s one of the perks of studying ministry in college—I get to read books and write papers on things like spiritual disciplines and how to make disciples and teach the Bible. It’s pretty amazing, actually. I feel like I would be hogging all this wonderful information, however, if I were to absorb it all in and then never share any of it, so I have decided to do something a little out of the ordinary for the next few blog posts.

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Finding Contentment in Singleness

In the Christian church culture, we get so caught up in finding “our forever person.” There are countless sermons preached on marriage, and now in younger churches, there are whole series done on dating, engagement, sex, and so forth. The number of Christian mom Instagram accounts and blogs is unreal, and the ability they have for marriage and motherhood to look so easy and beautiful is overwhelming.

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Cheap Grace

Faith cannot exist apart from obedience. To believe in Christ is to obey Christ. Belief and obedience were never meant to be two separate actions when it comes to our faith, but somehow, Christians have created a “cheap grace,” in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, where belief does not require obedience, but simply requires confessing Jesus as one’s Savior and going on with life until it is time to go to heaven. This is unbiblical theology and is certainly not found in the pages of the Bible.  

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In Season & Out of Season

"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season..." - 2 Timothy 4:2a

Confession time. I'm not always prepared to share the gospel with people. Honestly, if a stranger asked me what the gospel is, I would internally freak out and, in my flesh, stumble over my words because I have grown used to not naturally sharing it. I'm not often prepared to share the hope I have in me, which goes against what Christ commands us to do.

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