2020

To the Class of 2020… – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Like many of you, we’ve been walking with this year’s senior class through the heartbreaking loss of their final high school semester. The conversations are raw, varied, and emotional. These teenagers are grieving, and their struggle is similar to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The things we say—even with good intentions—can be hurtful. So we asked our seniors what they need from us. Their insights were honest and touching… “We need grace and understanding.” Seniors…

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COVID-19 and Your Club – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is here. While it may not have directly impacted your club yet, we must all be thinking about, and planning for, how we will handle this pandemic. Our response will vary depending on the area we live, our club demographic, size of club, etc., but there are a few things that should be done by all. I do not profess to be an expert in this area, but some common sense should prevail. Here are some things…

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Today is The Day of Prayer – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Today, February 15, 2020 (2.15) is the International Day of Prayer for Awana. If you have not already done so, you can download a copy of the prayer guide here to help you focus on things to specifically pray for regarding Awana. God has used Awana around the world to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What began as a desire to reach the youth in the Chicago area is now reaching millions around the world! When a person…

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Will the U.S.A. be Destroyed in 2020? UPDATED – End Times Christian Article

There are two pieces of information, which if they are valid, lead to the conclusion that the USA will be destroyed in 2020. Here is the first piece of information—from The Dollar Code; …the U.S. must be destroyed so that American Jews, which comprise 40% of World Jewry, will be motivated to relocate to Israel. There in the land of Israel they will encounter a False Messiah who will be enthroned as the reincarnation of King Solomon in the Temple…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: The Sherlock Effect – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Our lives can boil down to two essential questions: Who do I say Jesus is? And who does Jesus say I am? How can discovering the answers to these questions help us discover our true purpose and identities? Join Rick in the last episode of a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at Matthew 16:13-20 and how this will help us find our true names. LISTEN TO…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Fighting Warped Mirrors – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Words and “mirrors” can have a major influence on our lives. What would it look like to rely on the voice of Jesus to shatter all the false beliefs we’ve embraced about ourselves? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at how our identity has been formed by the “mirrors” surrounding us and how Jesus can shatter them. LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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4 ‘Suggestions’ From Your Ministry Drill Sergeant – Youth Ministry Christian Article

For many years the longtime column I wrote for GROUP Magazine was titled “The Youth Ministry Drill Sergeant”—I guess I have the sort of opinions that fit best in a boot-camp setting. Translation: I’m very direct when I have something to say. I think it’s because I have a complete lack of empathy and I like to yell a lot… So here’s my drill-sergeant take on some youth ministry hot topics as we look over the horizon into a new…

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A Look Back on My Superhero Habits – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It has been about a year since I wrote “Sidekick Strategies That Lead to Superhero Habits.” It sounds suspiciously like a “New Year’s Resolutions” blog, but my goal was to kick start some healthy new practices in my life. You can that original post here. In it, I share five habits I intended to create or grow: 1. Date My Wife, 2. Journaling, 3. Praying, 4. Reading, and 5. Encouraging Others. Yes, it was ambitious—I’m grateful for small victories (and…

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Concrete And Cranes Bible Crafts « Crafting The Word Of God – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Concrete And Cranes Bible Crafts Posted on December 1, 2019 These are the crafts that can be used with the Lifeway’s Concrete And Cranes V.B.S. program.  Although most Vacation Bible School curriculum programs provide or sell their own Bible crafts, many times they have nothing to do with the Bible story of the day or not much thought went into designing them in the first place. My hope is that these crafts will help make planning your Vacation Bible School a…

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Has the Great End Times Aliyah Begun? Updated 2x – End Times Christian Article

Aliyah now! I believe one of the major prophetic occurrences that will precede major end times events is for the Jews to return home to Israel. This “returning home to Israel” is called an Aliyah. We all know that this began in 1948 and Jews are continuing to return to Israel to this day. Just recently major Rabbis are calling for Jews around the world to make their Aliyah now. Major Rabbis Unite in Decisive Call For All Jews To…

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VBS 2020 Winner « Crafting The Word Of God – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Update: VBS 2020 Winner Posted on October 20, 2019 The poll has now closed and the winner for VBS 2020 is Lifeways Concrete and Cranes. I will post the crafts that i already have on my site for this program this week. In the following weeks I will post new crafts. Like this: Like Loading… Related This entry was posted in Bible Crafts and tagged 2020, bible, bible crafts, concrete and cranes, God, Lifeway, VBS, winner. This is Only a Snippet…

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Vacation Bible School 2020 Poll « Crafting The Word Of God – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Vacation Bible School 2020 Poll Posted on October 14, 2019 Updated on October 14, 2019 Here is the official Vacation Bible School 2020 poll. Make sure to vote for your favorite or I won’t plan the crafts for your preferred V.B.S. provider. The poll will be open for a week and then the two top voted winners will be announced. Take Our Poll Like this: Like Loading… Related This entry was posted in Bible Crafts, V.B.S. 2020 and tagged 2020, Answers,…

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