September 15, 2013 Sermon Recap "Blessing Your Children"

Q) If I were to ask your children the following two questions, what would be their response?

  • Do your dad and mom tell you that they love you?
  • How do they show you their love?

You yourself may want to ask these two questions - today!

Christ valued and blessed children:

"Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them." (Matt. 19:13)

September 8, 2013 Sermon Recap "Childlike - Value"

Introduction - A practical view of life: by Robert Fulghum

"All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"

Some of you have grown up with the adage "Children are to be seen and not heard." Basically saying that adults are the important ones and children are not. Christ takes a different view of and actually honors childlikeness.

August 11, 2013 Sermon Recap: "Contagious Faith of a Father and Son"

Q) How well are you passing on your faith?

Mark #1. Be available at any time for God.

When God calls, Abraham responds, "Here I am." (Gen. 22:1, 11)

Q) Am I available and willing for God to use me today?

Mark #2. Live immediate obedience toward God.

God gives a very tough command to Abraham, yet "early the next morning" Abraham was about the task. (Gen. 22:2-3)

All great ideas deteriorate to hard work - so take action!

Join the SLAMM Revolution

There is a new phrase rattling around the youth ministry world; it is new but it represents an age-old principle that has its roots in the beginnings of the church.  This new phrase is SLAMM, which stands for Student Led Adult Mentored Ministry.  It is  being championed by groups such as Youthmark, Youth Missions International, Christian Endeavor International, and others!  Frankly, it is a simple way of saying that adults mentoring and equipping students in ministry is a philosophy that works to produce students who are disciples that take an active part in the kingdom work of creating mor

Challenging Students to Excel No Matter the Setting

As a small city minister from central VT I am often asked why I spend so much time studying urban issues. I can totally understand this question because I must admit that I do spend an inordinate amount of time reading urban ministry books, blogs, and studies. This is a practice that started for me while at Moody Graduate School in Chicago and it is a direct result of my time studying theology, practice, and principles of urban ministry with my friend and mentor Dr. John Fuder.

Ministry Longevity

This year marks a milestone in my ministry that I frankly never thought I would see. When my church graduates our seniors this year, we will be graduating a class that I met as 1st graders.  As I finish my 11th year and enter my 12th here at Calvary Bible Church, I am astounded by how wonderfully blessed I have been to be a part of this family. I am also dreadfully aware that my tenure here is well outside the average for those of us in Student Ministry.  In my research I have seen the average tenure of student/youth pastors is 18 to 24 months.

Helping Students Avoid Baggage

One of the most heartbreaking parts of being a youth minister is watching students decide to walk away from the Lord to “live it up while I am young”.  Sure, sometimes students are going to make sinful decisions simply because they are human beings with a sin problem, and frankly that is something we all do.  But what I am talking about is the willful decisions to set aside their Christianity so that it ceases to be an impediment to fun.  It is a decision that in every case leads to consequences, baggage, and, in to many cases, a complete rejection of Christ.

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