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Faith is Sometimes Best Understood by Looking Backwards

I read once that faith is sometimes best understood by looking backwards. Now, on the surface that statement feels a lot like the inside of a Christian greeting card or one of those posters with cute animals and trite sayings that we hang on our walls to inspire us to do great things. However, in this case, I think instead of motivational drivel, this statement is actually biblically correct and has application for youth ministry.

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Men’s Ministry FAQ’s

Eleven Frequently Asked Questions about Men’s Ministry in the PCA. Why have it? Why is it so difficult? What’s working across the denomination? How to build a leadership team? and other helpful questions.

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No Man Fails On Purpose

“No Man Fails On Purpose” Excerpts from No Man Left Behind MANY IF NOT MOST, of our cultural problems-divorce, abortion, juvenile crime, fatherless ness-can be traced back to the failure of a man. Ironically, it’s a man who got up in the morning hoping to succeed. The signs are all around us. We live in … Continued

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Overcoming the Performance Orientation In Men

“Overcoming the Performance Orientation In Men”Excerpts from No Man Left Behind (Chapter 4) How are men successful in the world? So, we take a man from this world’s system and plop him down in church. He wants to be a “successful Christian.” He looks around and decides he needs to dress a certain way, use … Continued

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Intergenerational Relationships… Crossing the Great Divide

The Great Divide. I looked it up in Webster’s Dictionary and here’s what I learned: “The Great Divide is the name given to the principal, and largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems which drain into the Atlantic Ocean.” Unfortunately, I am geologically challenged and I have no idea what that means…except that it’s a bunch of mountains with water running among them that separate that water from other water. Clear?

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2008 Women in the Church Love Gift benefits Children’s Ministries

The 2008 WIC Love Gift is helpingCEP provideresources and trainingfor equipping our churches to make disciples of the next generation. Making disciples of the next generation is the very heart of Christian Education and Publications. We believe our heart is in the right place. Read more and see the video and consider your opportunity to give to this ongoing ministry.

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You Are My Friends…

I remember when I first began teaching high school students thirty years ago. I was told never to smile before Christmas and to make sure they knew who was boss. I was quite young then, so there was “some” wisdom in those words. However, now as I teach our high school class at church, I see a need to be much more honest and real with these young people.

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Doing, Hearing, and Seeing God’s Word

The Covenant of Grace. How do we teach this great doctrine of our faith? God is with us. How does God in his Word teach this great promise to us? He definitely uses all of the learning styles. Abraham heard the voice of God and the people heard the thunder at Mount Sinai. God illustrates the vast reaches of his promise through the stars in the sky. The Israelites travel through the wilderness guided by a cloud and pillar of fire. And over and over, they experience the physical reality of his presence as he protects and provides for their bodily needs. It is a spoken covenant, sealed with a physical and visible sign.

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Three-year discipleship curriculum for teen girls

FAQ’s . . . Q. Do the girls need a copy of the text?A. No. Q. Do I really need the text and the Leader’s Guide?A. Yes-The text gives the substance of what you will teach. The Leader’s Guide gives a lesson plan to adapt the material to teens and provides answers for the questions … Continued