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Usually we think of methods of intake as falling into four categories

  • hearing the Word taught by our pastors and teachers (Jeremiah 3:15),
  • reading the Bible ourselves (Deuteronomy 17:19,
  • studying the Scriptures intently (Proverbs 2:1-5), and
  • memorizing key passages (Psalm 119:11).

All of these methods are needed for a balanced intake of the Word.

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“Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics Oath

“Champions are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit…Men love winners.  They want to be identified with winners. Men open a newspaper and turn directly to the sports page because it features winners, while the front page usually

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sixhours.jpgWas Reading “Six Hours One Friday” written by Max Lucado.

In it he says…

“Six hours. One Friday.

Let me ask you a question: What do you do with that day in history? What do you do with its claims?

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Youth, like all of us, are works in progress. And God’s priority is the development of our character.

“Bart decided to ask God to shape his character. He surrendered his own will to the will of God. At the time, Bart’s business floundered on the verge of failure. ‘Should I throw in the towel, or keep trying to hang on?’

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african_violet4.jpg“Grace is the unhindered, wondrous, boundless love of God, poured out upon us in an infinite variety of ways, not according to our deserving, but His measureless heart of love. Put together the most deep, tender love you have felt, multiply by infinity, and you will faintly glimpse the love and grace of God! To grow in grace means being

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“Security is the name of the game. Especially is this true in our relationship to God. To try to hang on to God is very tiring and very precarious.

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“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus… if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops…” ~ 2 Timothy 1:1-7

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“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:7-8 NKJV

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Scripture: Revelation 2:1-7

“For the churches in Ephesus and Laodicea, the problem was the problem of spiritual passion…What began as a wholehearted commitment to Christ and His work gradually cooled. We don’t have any of the details, only these fragments of history from Revelation, but we can picture it from our own experience.

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Christmas is just around the corner… Have you prepared for your youth Christmas Party yet?

If you don’t get things moving well in advance, instead of enjoying the Christmas Vacation with the youth, you could end up being totally stressed and miss valuable opportunities to impact their lives and those of their friends and families.

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I’ve wondered, at times, what kind of man this Judas was. What he looked like, how he acted, who his friends
were…

But for all the things we don’t know about Judas, there is one thing we know for sure: he had no relationship with
the Master. He had seen Jesus, but he did not know Him. He had heard

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Like you, I often take a look around the net for other websites that might have something I can use in in my own Youth Ministry.

Recently while researching for ideas related to doing a “Survivor” type event for youth I came across this site:
Youth Ministry ( <– click this link to take a look)

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“There are the places I was so sure I’d find Him.
I’ve looked in the pages
And I’ve looked down on my knees.
I’ve lifted my eyes in expectation to see the sun still refusing to shine, but–
Sometimes He comes in the clouds.
Sometimes His face cannot be found.
Sometimes the sky is dark and gray.
But some things

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Peter was sharp.
…He kept his distance from Jesus.
…“I’ll stay close enough to see him,” Peter reasoned.
…“But not too close, or I may get caught.”

Good thinking, Peter.
…Don’t get too involved—it might hurt.
…Don’t be too loyal—you might get branded.
…Don’t show too much concern—they’ll crucify you too.

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“As a young idealist, Dostoyevsky believed that political revolution was the essential route for the life God willed for him…But his efforts to create the kingdom of God by over-throwing the czar came to naught…He was imprisoned by the czar and, so he thought, sentenced to death.

But he didn’t die!

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Winter.

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… and beyond this there lies in the ocean, turned towards the west and the north, the island of Niatirb which Hecataeus indeed declares to be the same size and shape as Sicily, but it is larger, and though in calling it triangular a man would not miss the mark. It is densely inhabited by men who wear clothes not

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Saul of Tarsus

“Few backgrounds could have better prepared Saul to be the chief persecutor of the early church. He was born at Tarsus–“no mean city,’ as he liked to describe it (Acts 21:39)–a major Roman city on the coast of southeast Asia Minor. Tarsus was a center for the tent making industry, and perhaps that influenced Saul to choose

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“Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw,
knelt down, and prayed, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take
this cup of suffering away from me. However, Your
will must be done, not mine.”
Luke 22:41 (GW)
“It went against every human instinct of survival, against every spiritual, God-implanted longing in His human being to face death and sin-caused

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“I HAVE ENGRAVED YOU ON THE PALMS OF MY HANDS”
Isaiah 49:16

“Smyrna, now the city of Izmir, Turkey, was and is one of the great business and trade centers in that area of the world…

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by Max Lucado

Through Christ, God has accepted you. Think about what this means. You cannot keep people from rejecting you. But you can keep rejections from enraging you.

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“In the rarefied atmosphere of Tibet, at fifteen thousand feet, you see things differently. It seems that you can see forever. The water looks different. The sky looks different. Everything looks different. When we are standing on the mount of God, everything looks different…

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“Champions are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit…Men love winners. They want to be identified with winners. Men open a newspaper and turn directly to the sports page because it features winners, while the front page usually features losers…Champions are the right man, in the right place, at the right time. Timing is all important.

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“…Sit down and think for a moment, please. Find a quiet spot in your dwelling, just for sixty seconds. Think–just think about the two statements…’you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow…’ and ‘…you do not know what a day may bring forth.’

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There is something about a living testimony that gives us courage. Once we see someone else emerging from life’s dark tunnels we realize that we, too, can overcome.

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“Not enough is said today about *finishing* well. Lots and lots of material is available on motivation to get started and creative ways to spark initiative…Let’s extol the virtues of sticking with something until it’s *done.* Of hanging tough when the excitement and fun fade into discipline and guts. You know–being just as determined eight minutes into the fourth quarter

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There was a period of time, a few years ago, when I had gotten out of a long habit of daily running due to some knee problems.

I hadn’t yet gotten into my present habit of taking long daily walks. As a result, I was getting progressively out of shape–and heavier. My doctor suggested that I try riding a bicycle

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Check out the church ads on the religion page of the Saturday edition of most big city newspapers and you find some impressive sounding places of worship. There, with sleek graphics and Madison Avenue phrases, a few select churches boast of their assets — their choirs, their friendliness, their powerful preaching, their singles ministries, their ample parking, their family life

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Are you a ‘one-thing’ person?
The future fearlessness of your faith will rest on the singleness of your desire…

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Christ professes to be the inexhaustible person, welcoming all of humanity in every generation; even then, there will be more than enough from this artesian well…No Plato of philosophy, no Einstein of intellect, no politician, no academician, no sage or philosopher ever made this statement. But Christ can, and twenty centuries have proven its truth. The apostles drank from this

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He motioned toward me, and I responded, kneeling again before Him. Handing me the necklace, He explained, ‘This vial will contain the essence of Myself; a Seed to be placed in the womb of a young girl. Her name is Mary. She lives among my chosen people. The fruit of the Seed is the Son of God. Take it to

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tuggle.gifAs you know, it is not often that I direct you to other websites. But this is one that you really need to take a look at.

The site is
http://tuggle.it

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“Some dress their loneliness in bright, carefree hues,
wrappings that deny the wrenching anguish of the heart.
Painted smiles.
Busy schedules.
Power jobs.
Lavish houses filled with proofs of their success.

Others, like the world’s abandoned children,
stand outside with wounded eyes, looking in.
Spurned.
Rejected.
In despair.
Barren lives, where no one notices or cares.

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“Spiritual forces and resources are available to all Christians. Because our resources are unlimited, Christians will be winners. Millions of angels are at God’s command and at our service. The hosts of heaven stand at attention as we make our way from earth to glory, and Satan’s BB guns are no match for God’s heavy artillery. So don’t be afraid.

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“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
(Matt. 11:28 NLT).

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“Our souls were made to ‘mount up with wings’ and can never be satisfied with anything short of flying. Like the captive-born eagle that feels the instinct of flight, and chafes and frets at its imprisonment, hardly knowing what it longs for, so do our souls cry out for freedom. We can never rest on earth, and long to ‘fly

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As I was nearing home after my morning walk, I noticed that a parking ticket was perched on the windshield of a car parked down the street from my house. Poor guy, I thought, that’s twenty-eight bucks out of his pocket. Then it occurred to me that it was then Tuesday between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Parking is prohibited along

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God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper. He intended that they should be used. He loves to see His children bring them up to Him and say, ‘Lord, do as thou hast said.’ We glorify God when we plead His promises. Do you think that God will be any poorer for giving you the riches

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“Our souls were made to ‘mount up with wings’ and can never be satisfied with anything short of flying. Like the captive-born eagle that feels the instinct of flight, and chafes and frets at its imprisonment, hardly knowing what it longs for, so do our souls cry out for freedom. We can never rest on earth, and long to ‘fly

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Excerpt from Ronald F. Bridges “Rediscovering Your First Love” (Here’s Life Publishers, Inc.)

A good friend of mine was aggressively pursuing a deeper worship experience with the Lord. His love for God was growing stronger and his desire to draw nearer to Him was sincere. After a couple of months of trying various activities to aid his worship, Rick came

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One day, I was sitting with Rodleigh, the leader of the troupe, in his caravan, talking about flying. He said, “As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher, The public might think that I am the greatest star of the trapeze, but the real star is Joe, my catcher. He has to be there for me with

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In his allegory “The Singer”, Calvin Miller gives insight into the supernatural war that was waged in those days from the cross to the empty tomb. The Troubadour (Christ) brings a song of love to the world ruled by World Hater (Satan).

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crucifixion.jpgI posted this last year, but it is worth the reminder. This article was originally printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and is a medically and historically accurate account of the physical death of Jesus Christ. It contains illustrations and walks through the events of the crucifixion from a medical perspective. Its very enlightening especially this

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There was some dice-throwing that went on at the foot of the cross…I’ve wondered what the scene must have looked like to Jesus…

‘All right, all right–this throw is for the sandals.’

Casting lots for the possessions of Christ. Heads ducked. Eyes downward. Cross forgotten…

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“To make the value of obedience just as practical as possible let’s play ‘Let’s Pretend”.

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“We who read the Gospels from the other side of Easter, who have the day printed on our calendars, forget how hard it was for the disciples to believe. In itself the empty tomb did not convince them: that fact only demonstrated ‘He is not here,’ not ‘He is risen.’ Convincing these skeptics would require intimate, personal encounters with the

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A Spiritual Leader compassionately guides others

  • ‘He should be sympathic with the weak and erring. “He was to ‘specialize’ in mending bruised reeds and fanning the smoking into flame” (29)

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A Spiritual Leader is a good steward of his time.

  • “We have each been entrusted with sufficient time to do the whole will of God and to fill out His perfect plan for our lives.” (136) “The problem is not that of needing more time, but of making

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“I don’t understand the reasons for suffering and persecution. I don’t know why the churches in one part of the world bear terrible pain and deprivation while other churches are fat and rich and almost pain free. I don’t know why some of the young evangelists who gathered in Amsterdam in 1983 carry scars from where they have been beaten

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Leaders must be men and women who can delegate. Sometimes it seems easier to do things yourself. Yet no one can be the best at everything. If you do things alone, you are limited by you. But when you learn to delegate you efforts and strengths are multiplied by the efforts and strengths of others. Here are some of the

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Leaders must be men and women of vision. They must not only see the vision but be able to take whatever action is necessary to make that vision a reality. J.Oswald Sanders, in his book “Spiritual Leadership” puts it this way:

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One distinguishing characteristic of a spiritual leader as compared to an ordinary leader is the discipline of prayer. J.Oswald Sanders, in his book “Spiritual Leadership” puts it this way:

  1. Set an example in Prayer – “In nothing should the leader be ahead of his followers more than in

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If you are looking for supplies, decorations and ideas for your Christmas Celebration, then check out Kid’s Party Paradise

At this wonderful site you can find:

  • Christmas Party Invitations
  • Holiday themed cakes for your party
  • Christmas Party Decorations
  • Party Costumes to make those Christmas Photos even more fun!

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A miserable looking woman recognized F.B. Meyer of the train and ventured to share her burden with him. For years she had cared for a crippled daughter who brought great joy to her life. She made tea for her each morning, then left for work, knowing that in the evening the daughter would be there when she arrived home. But

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tendertouch.gifOnce we have identified our problem and have stopped the bleeding, it is necessary to move to the next step of the healing process: dressing the wound. Above all, the wound must be dressed correctly so infection doesn’t set in…

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“Of all the seasons, autumn is my favorite. There’s a feel about it, a distinct and undeniable aura that surrounds it. Being a football freak, I naturally would favor autumn. But of course it’s much deeper than that.

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“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
-Special Olympics Oath-

Champions are not those who never fail, they are those who never quit…Men love winners. They want to be identified with winners. Men open a newspaper and turn directly to the sports page because it features winners, while the front page usually

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In the shop of a blacksmith, there are three types of tools.

There are tools on the junkpile: outdated, broken, dull, rusty.
They sit in the cobwebbed corner, useless to their master, oblivious to their calling.

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I found an interesting site for those of you more focused on children.

It called the Kid’s Sunday School Place and has fresh, creative Children’s Ministry resources, Sunday school lessons, Bible crafts, activities, object lessons, stories, skits, games, songs & much more. Looks like a lot of fun for children. Check out the site at http://www.kidssundayschool.com

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“All of us at times find ourselves and our futures seemingly in the hands of other people.  Their decisions or their actions determine whether we get a good grade or a poor one, whether we arepromoted or fired, whether our careers blossom or fold.  I am not overlooking our own responsibility in these situations, but all of us know that

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spiritual_leadership.jpg“A Spirit-filled leader will not shrink from facing up to difficult situations or persons, or from grasping the nettle when that is necessary. He will kindly and courageously administer rebuke when that is called for; or he will exercize necessary discipline when the interests of the Lord’s work demand it.” (73)

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gods_psychiatry.jpg“One morning as I was hurriedly dressing to begin a full and thrilling day I felt pain in my back. I mentioned it to my wife but was sure it would soon pass away. However, she insisted I see a physician, and he put me in a hospital.

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spiritual_leadership.jpgDecision making…

  1. “…must be based on sound premises.” (83)
  2. “Procrastination and vacillation are fatal to leadership. A sincere though faulty decision is better than no decision. Indeed the latter is really a decision, and often a wrong one. It is a decision that the status quo is acceptable.”

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spiritual_leadership.jpgThe Lord seeks out men for spiritual leadership.  When God finds a man who fits His spiritual requirements, and is willing to pay the full price of discipleship, He uses him to the limit despite his patent shortcomings.(18) “Service to which God calls must not be refused because of a sense of unworthiness or inadequacy.” (65)

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  1. spiritual_leadership.jpg“Spirit leadership is a blending of natural and spiritual qualities. Even the natural qualities are not self produced, but God-given, and therefore reach their highest effectiveness when employed in the service of God  and for His glory.”(32)

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  • spiritual_leadership.jpg“Leadership is influence, the ability of one person to influence others. One man can lead others only to the extent that he can influence them to follow his lead.”(31)

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I. Reasons to Read

 

 

  • “The man who desires to grow spiritually and intellectually will be constantly at his books.”(148)
  • “the spiritual leader must master God’s Word and its principles and know as well what is going on in the minds of those who look to him

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“To find me, look in the corner of the shop, over here, behind the cobwebs, beneath the dust, in the darkness. There are scores of us, broken handles, dulled blades, cracked iron. Some of us were useful once, and then… many of us never were. But, listen, don’t feel sorry for me. Life ain’t so bad here in the pile…

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Servanthood– “greatness comes only by way of servanthood”(26)

  • “Jesus did not have in mind mere ‘acts of service,’ for those can be performed from very dubious motives. He meant the *spirit of servanthood*  “(27)
  • “He will without reluctance undertake the unpleasant task that others avoid or the

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  1. Sacrificial– “true leadership, is achieved not be reducing men to one’s service but in giving one’s selfless service to them.  And that is never done without cost.”(15)
    • “True leadership always exacts a heavy toll on the whole man, and the more effective the leadership is, the higher the price to be paid.” (169)

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“Cheese” is a metaphor for what we want in life. We each define our own cheese, and pursue it because we believe it will make us happy. When we do find it, we often become attached to it and complacent.

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Q5M@tAoKClAAAGHLxVA1.jpg Yes it’s a book about building a lasting organization. Don’t be too quick to discard it, it’s got gems that will help you build yourself as a leader. So whether you’re a cell leader, team leader, manager, CEO, pastoral staff, ministry head or Pastor read this book to find our how you can leave behind a legacy.

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This book is wonderful. It’s a biography of how James Frey was saved from the deepest pit of addiction. Read it if you’re in need of inspiration to carry on with the call that God has placed in your life.

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I. Reasons to Read

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