4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints
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Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. ….they’re an essential part of the body of Christ

4 Ways To Partner With Parents
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on September 19, 2018
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… (even when you aren’t one)

Blind High School Football Player Scores Two Touchdowns
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on September 19, 2018
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Says he relies on instinct and guts — as well as his ears, to hear defenders coming

Raising Kids With Religion Protects Their Mental Health
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on September 18, 2018
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Kids and teens who are raised with religious or spiritual practices tend to have better health and mental health as they age.

Divorce Is Hard Enough On Children
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on September 18, 2018
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Why are our courts making it worse?

A Guide For Teachers On Helping Kids Adjust To Divorce
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on September 18, 2018
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This resource covers four key elements which drive a successful family-school relationship

Mother Of MS-13 Victim Killed At Daughter’s Memorial Site
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Evelyn Rodriguez was the outspoken mother of a daughter killed by alleged MS-13 gang members

Book: she 'broke free' of Evangelical 'purity' movement
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“I want to draw attention to the dangers of sexual shaming and purity teachings.”

Seniors Sport Costumes For Hilarious ID Photos
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Dressing up as famous cinematic characters and celebrities for their student ID photos, in a series of images that have since gone viral online.

Teens Are Over Face-To-Face Communication
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Teens now say their favorite mode of communication is texting (35%), surpassing face-to-face communication (32%).

FDA Gets Tough On Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers
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Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors.

What’s Hot?
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on September 16, 2018
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A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

Family As A Picture Of The Gospel
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on September 15, 2018
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Scariness that comes with being part of a family in a fallen world?

Generation Atheism?
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on September 15, 2018
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How parents act on their religious beliefs linked to the onset of atheism in their children

Fruit Connection
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Fruit Connection

George Lockhart

A Christian is meant to stay connected to Christ just as a branch is connected to the vine. There is much fruit to having such a connection with Christ. Take a moment and consider your connection with Christ…how much fruit is your life bearing?

Upon further reflection in John 15:1-11 it is easy to see some of…

Where Do Millennials And Gen Z Want To Work
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on September 15, 2018
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23,000 Millennial and Gen Z workers listed their dream employers and there’s 1 key difference

Every Day Worship
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George  Lockhart

Lil Wayne Tried To Commit Suicide At 12-Years-Old
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on September 14, 2018
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In a new cover story with Billboard, Weezy talks more about the forthcoming album

Video Game Loss Caused Boy To Commit Suicide
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on September 14, 2018
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Boy, 15, beheaded himself with chainsaw after losing computer game

Why Americans Go (And Don’t Go) To Religious Services
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SECOND HIGHEST reason US adults attend church is because they want their children to have a moral foundation

Everyday Worship
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Everyday Worship

By George Lockhart
God sees us all the time and everywhere we are is training ground for the work of The Lord. Don’t be lazy or slack in your training; for your everyday life is full of opportunities to not only learn but serve. It’s easy to think that just because we are not “at church” that what…

Movie: ‘Eighth Grade’ And The Horror Of Being Unknown
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For anyone seeking to understand and disciple today’s youth, Eighth Grade provides an insightful glimpse into their world

Kids Game Apps Have Been Collecting Their Data
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How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

How To Talk To Teens About Online Predators
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on September 13, 2018
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Use this script to kick off a conversation with your kid

Internet Safety: Should I Spy On My Kids?
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on September 12, 2018
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but I’ve noticed these filters and monitoring software solutions also tend to build an “over-confidence” with parents who use them

Internet Safety: Manage Your Kid's Google Activity
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on September 12, 2018
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Sign in to review and manage your activity, including things you’ve searched for, websites you’ve visited, and videos you’ve watched.

Infographic: Teens Social Media Life
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on September 12, 2018
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Teens with low social emotional well being experience more of the negative effects of social media and kids with high social emotional well-being

 

 

What’s Hot?
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on September 10, 2018
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A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies

In Teen Friendships, Misery Does Love Company
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on September 10, 2018
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A new study finds teens with similar levels of anxiety and depression are more likely to remain friends.

Religious Folks And Happiness
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on September 10, 2018
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New research suggests that people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events

Advice For Teens Starting High School
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Lastly, look to the church for friendships. Sometimes, we think that with entering school, that’s where we need to find all of our friends

Will You Lose Your Faith In College?
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Three Ways Not to Wander

How To Engage Culture With Your Kids”
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on September 8, 2018
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When Jesus saw our earthly culture he neither rubber stamped nor kept his distance. He entered our culture to challenge it

Declining Attendance And 7 Preaching Shifts
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on September 7, 2018
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In the past, people brought themselves to the message. Today, you bring the message to people

Flashback: 7 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2018
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Churches who only think Sunday and who only think building will continue to shrink.

When A Gay Girl Meets A Good God
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on September 7, 2018
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Perry’s journey of faith isn’t your typical teenage coming-of-age story. Instead, hers is one that requires courage and conviction to speak and share

Can Your Soul Really Survive Social Media?
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Those who fall repeatedly for self-evidently absurd concepts on the internet are looking for a place to belong, and that’s the price

Truly Partnering With Parents
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on September 6, 2018
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Raising kids isn’t easy today. Most parents realize they can’t do it alone. And most will welcome help from caring people in the church who humbly offers resources and care

Why I Wouldn't Go To Your Parent Meeting
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on September 6, 2018
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Remember, if you want parents involved in your ministry, focus on their needs. Make parent meetings about the parents

10 Must Haves For Your Parent Meeting
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on September 6, 2018
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Are you really taking advantage of your Parent Meetings?

8 Steps To Planning A Good Parent Meeting
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on September 6, 2018
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How do we connect, engage and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers

Parent Meeting Agenda
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on September 6, 2018
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We typically do these short meetings after church in our youth area, which allows families to stay after church instead of making a special trip

Keep Reading
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on September 5, 2018
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Here are some great books to help you in your leadership development

Questions To Ask Yourself
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on September 5, 2018
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How are you preparing yourself for the upcoming year? Take some time to ask questions of yourself

Spiritually Impacting Your Teens This School Year
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on September 5, 2018
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5 surprisingly simple ways to have a great big spiritual impact on your teens this school year

Effective Youth Ministry
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10 Keys to Effective Youth Ministry

Flashback: 3 Reminders For Our College Bound Kids
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By God’s grace, knowing the true condition of their hearts and the reality of the world around them will help point them live in greater dependence on Jesus.

Impacting Middle Schoolers Faith
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3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

Kickstarting Student Leadership
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“When starting student leadership it’s important to get the right students and avoid the wrong ones.”

Helping Parents Prioritize Faith
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on September 3, 2018
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If we’re not careful, the school year will come and go so fast that we might get to June and realize we’ve pushed aside or even forgotten that our primary calling as Christian parents is not to serve our kids, but to serve our Lord by making the spiritual nurture of our kids our first priority.

5 Books Every Youth Worker Should Read
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I REALLY believe they will be a help to every Youth Pastor and Youth Worker.

5 Forgotten Skills Kids Should Learn From Grandparents
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on September 3, 2018
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With today’s technology overload, kids may benefit from embracing a few old ways

Navigating Screen Time
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on September 2, 2018
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Amid roiling debates about the impact of screen time on teenagers, roughly half of those ages 13 to 17 are themselves worried they spend too much time on their cellphones

Teens Too Busy Texting And Online To Read Books
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on September 2, 2018
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One of every three American teens has not read a book just for the fun of it in a year

A Love-Hate Relationship Teenagers And Smartphones
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on September 2, 2018
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Feelings of pressure to respond immediately to notifications, to a sense of being overwhelmed by the flow of messages and information they receive.

 

Transition From Children’s Ministry To Youth Group
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Make sure the rising tweens have seen your face, know your name, and know details about your youth ministry

Before They Leave
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on September 1, 2018
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Our youth ministry is not the students’ church for the rest of their lives

4 Ways To Keep Up With Student Culture
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on September 1, 2018
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In other words, a teenager’s beliefs and values will be shaped by who or what they’re listening to

Helping Kids And Students Belong Before They Believe
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on August 31, 2018
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In this episode, Eric Bryant, author of Not Like Me, talks about how we can help kids and students belong before they believe

5 Fall Events Student Ministries Can Do
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on August 31, 2018
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Not only engage the students you have but also reach new students and introduce them to what your ministry is all about

Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging
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on August 31, 2018
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Melissa started using Xanax when she was in high school. they’re seeing a surge among adolescents and young adults

Orange Tour: A Huge Gift To Parents
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on August 30, 2018
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Orange Tour is a one-day event in 17 cities…Parent Cue Live is a two-hour experience help parents become more connected to your community of faith

 

When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often
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on August 30, 2018
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Many times Youth Pastors leave too often. The damage left behind as a result can be devastating

10 Slang Terms Teens Use That Adults Should Know
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on August 30, 2018
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Why Do Students Invent and Use Different Terms?

20 Youth Pastor Expectations On Day 1
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on August 29, 2018
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Youth Pastors tend to burn out so quickly are the expectations that are present from day one

Why Youth Pastors Leave
in Post, Youth
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on August 29, 2018
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Planning a lot of events and playing a lot of games is not the same as intentionally building relationships

Beyond The Honeymoon In Youth Ministry
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on August 29, 2018
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3 Reasons You Should Stay in Your Current Youth Ministry Position

"The Rock" Sends Video To Teen Who Lost His Mom
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on August 28, 2018
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The other driver who was also killed. Was a YouTube star known online by his nickname, McSkillet.

How Do You Read the Bible? Infographic
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on August 28, 2018
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We recently surveyed over 6,000 people to learn about Bible study habits. In some cases, the results were quite convicting

Teaching Kids Theology
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on August 28, 2018
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8 Things to Remember When Teaching Kids Theology

So You Got A Parental Control … Now What?
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on August 27, 2018
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A step-by-step plan for getting the most out of your parental controls, from installation to the day your kids can reliably manage themselves.

Helping Relieve The Stress Of Back To School For Students
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on August 27, 2018
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So how can we help relieve the (back to school) stress students and families might be experiencing?

Back To School Prep For Youth Workers
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on August 27, 2018
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Here is a quick look at some of the things that you should consider as you get ready to start your fall programming and ministry.

4 Back To School Basics Sermon
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on August 27, 2018
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George Lockhart

Better Planning For A Better Fall
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on August 27, 2018
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Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the fall

Belong: Parents’ Religious Beliefs Affects Kids’ Suicide Risk
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Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion themselves

Beloit College Mindset List For The Class Of 2022
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For this year’s entering college class of 2022, human beings have…

Dickies Are On Top of the World....Again
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on August 26, 2018
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How the brand worn by generations of construction workers, coal miners, soldiers, and skaters became the coolest pants you can own

5 Ways To Follow Up After Camp
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on August 25, 2018
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Use camp to push students to regular programming

Beyond The Screen
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on August 25, 2018
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Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation

Hope And Healing For Kids Who Cut
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on August 25, 2018
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Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure by Marv Penner

Youth Ministry On A Prayer
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on August 24, 2018
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We will fail to teach with the kind of passion that comes when our own discovery of the riches of God’s Word creates

Youth Ministry Entering The Fall
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on August 24, 2018
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4 Questions to Ask

Post Summer Camp Follow Up
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on August 24, 2018
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Summer camp the most important things we think about but not only the camp itself, but what happens after the camp.

Leading A Special Needs Ministry
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on August 23, 2018
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Special needs ministry is no longer a niche topic, but at the heart of serving communities

How To Embrace Families With Special Needs Kids
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on August 23, 2018
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In theory, everyone is welcome at church. In practice, that’s not always true for some children

Few Churches Are Autism Friendly
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on August 23, 2018
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Children with autism are almost twice as likely to never attend church. And children with other disabilities are often missing from the pews as well.

VMAs: Ariana Grande 'The Last Supper' Performance
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on August 21, 2018
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‘The Last Supper’ For Epic Performance Of ‘God Is a Woman’

MTV VMAs 2018
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on August 21, 2018
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Complete Winners List

Flashback Study: Don’t Forget The Families
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on August 20, 2018
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Family Relationships are Key to Kids’ Character Strengths

Engaging Parents
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on August 20, 2018
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The reality is that families wield influence over a child all through adolescence—in nearly every realm of their lives

Flashback: Working With Parents In Your Youth Ministry
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on August 20, 2018
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Parents have the strongest influence over a child all through all aspects and seasons of a child’s life, including adolescence

Christian Ethics
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on August 19, 2018
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An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning

Generation To Generation
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on August 19, 2018
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Family Process in Church and Synagogue (The Guilford Family Therapy Series

How We Read The Bible
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on August 19, 2018
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8 Ways to Engage the Bible with Our Students

Even Walt Failed
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on August 17, 2018
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As we create environments and experiences for students, may we hold to the truth that we’re never done

The Storms Of Teenage Social Media Never Ends It's 24/7
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on August 17, 2018
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A moment of peace takes intentionality-something teenagers often lack.

A Snapchat Snapshot
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on August 17, 2018
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Behind the app

More than 70 people overdose on K2
in Media Entertainment, Post 4
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on August 16, 2018
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‘It is taking people out’: More than 70 people overdose on K2 in a single day in New Haven

Prosecutor: Priests 'Weaponized' The Taith To Abuse Kids
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on August 16, 2018
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“Predators in every diocese weaponized the Catholic faith and used it as a tool of their abuse,”