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Practicing Gratitude | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach “The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”― Brother David Steindl-Rast C.S. Lewis writes, “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” Wouldn’t we all like to have more joy in our lives?  Or how about more joy in the lives of our children and family?   According to verifiable data and research, there is a clear pathway to more joy. Author Brené Brown often talks and…

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50% Off Everything! – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Mark Harper Pastor, Filmmaker and Coach, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church 2.0 Curriculum, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. The focus of Mark’s ministry is helping leaders build strong churches and helping parents build strong families.Not only has Mark served in the local church as pastor, associate pastor, and family ministry pastor but he is also a certified coach with the John Maxwell……

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Jesus Heals Father Wounds | Pastor Mark Driscoll – Christian Article

25 Nov Jesus Heals Father Wounds LINK TO SERMON Jesus Heals Father Wounds Luke 3:22 a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. Worked FROM not for identity Tested – Luke 4:3,9 “If you are the Son of God” Romans 8:14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons,…

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Q&A with Nate | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Nate Gillilan is no stranger when it comes to participating in Youthfront’s programs. As a former camper, Teen Staffer, and Summer Staffer, it’s safe to say that Nate has a heart for youth ministry and serving others. He is currently a cabin leader at both Camp LaCygne and Camp West this summer. How did you first hear about Youthfront? My church was involved with Youthfront and I camped as a kid. What motivates you to keep coming back to Youthfront,…

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I Was Wrong About 6th Grade – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I feel like I’ve been training for 6th grade since my daughter was born. I’ve researched, studied, witnessed middle school through the eyes of parents and students in our youth ministries. I’ve been hoarding a stack of ideas, stockpiling what I’ve learned for the inevitable day our first born would walk through the halls of middle school.  I was multi-tasking, getting ready, preparing myself for our own kids journey to adulthood. Secretly I poured my life into books and other peoples…

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Why did YouthWorkHacks take three weeks off?!? – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Hi folks – we’re back – after a mammoth three-and-a-bit-week break! I’ve been blogging since my very first year at Bible College, which was back in 2004. Since then I’ve managed blogs for clients, churches, charities, poets, photographers – and of course, myself. I know about the importance of consistency in the blog world, and I know how regular posting funnel-feeds hits into engaged readers. I get it! So why take a significant chunk of time off? Because, simply put,…

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Is Jesus the only way to Heaven? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I have a couple of questions for you: Do your kids know the difference between Christianity and other religions? Do your kids know how to defend their faith? Are you preparing your kids for the battle for their soul? The enemy doesn’t really have any new tactics. He is going to challenge the Biblical account of creation with the theory of evolution. He is going to make fun of our kids if they believe in a God they cannot see. …

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75 Weeks and 75 Years: Mac Maser’s Story – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This summer, we discovered an amazing story about one of our long-time staffers. After the last week of camp, Mac Maser finished his 75th week at Youthfront during our 75th anniversary year. Pretty cool, huh? As the Teen Staff Director at Camp West, Mac has a passion for serving youth. So why is this 24-year-old drawn to a 75-year-old organization? A Place of Restoration “This year as we celebrate 75 years of ministry as an organization, I personally got to…

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ADVENT WITH AN ELF – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ADVENT WITH AN ELF Hi. I’m Brooklyn. I’m a mom of two kids (three if you count our goldendoodle Marley). I’m a writer and a pastor and I love everything there is to love about Christmas. When The Elf On A Shelf tradition came about I jumped on board. Fun always draws our family closer and it was a lot of fun moving the elf, causing mischief, and even texting the kids as “Christmas Tree” our elf. What I learned…

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McKayla’s Story | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As Youthfront is gearing up for the 2019 summer camp season, Emporia State University student McKayla Brady has been reflecting on her time as a cabin leader at Youthfront Camp LaCygne last summer. Already committed to returning to Summer Staff for 2019, McKayla is excited to come alongside her future campers in spiritual growth and friendship.   What motivates you to keep coming back to Youthfront? The spiritual growth and community that I found [last] summer was amazing. What are…

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Is Amazon Bringing Back The Holiday Catalog? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last week, I received in the mail, at my home, a catalog from Amazon.  It included stickers and a special page for kids to write down what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes, Amazon has brought back the “Holiday Catalog.” If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that receiving gifts is a lot of fun. When Christmas rolls around, usually Mom and Dad will ask their kids what kind of gifts they would like for Christmas.…

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What’s Your Plan? – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

What’s your plan for 2019? Love is my plan this year. In every circumstance, relationship, and decision, I truly want to know what love would do. Because I’ve not always used love as my compass. Honestly, I’d say fear has allowed to lead for too long.  Even though I share glimpses of my life on social media, the majority of the last two years of my life has been relatively hidden. And it’s been in those hidden spaces where I’m…

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Unlocking Secrets of the Teenage Brain – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Jamie Roach   Does it ever feel like your adolescent isn’t thinking, doesn’t know how to act around your friends, is always arguing or takes too many risks? Do you ever feel like they are pushing you away or wonder if they really do hate you? Why is it when teenage youth are not with friends that they are absorbed in their phones?   As parents, we are often left feeling confused and at a loss when it comes to…

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The Prophetic Significance of Turkey’s Invasion of Syria – End Times Christian Article

Middle East Mayhem is nothing new! The fast-deteriorating situation was set in motion last week, when President Trump ordered U.S. troops in northern Syria to step aside, clearing the way for an attack by Turkey, which regards the Kurds as terrorists. Should we blame President Trump or is there a bigger perspective here? Chaos in Syria:  Paving the Way For a Turkish-Led Caliphate The rumblings stirred by Turkey’s Operation Spring of Peace into Syria this week are triggering alarm bells…

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Somos Church Series – How To Be A Better Human – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Church planting wasn’t on my list of things I hoped to do someday. But it has helped me to become a better human. It’s helped me get up and get moving because if we’re being real (p.s. there’s no other way to be unless we want to be boring and horrible pretenders) there are days when I want to be in my bed for all of it, or maybe buy an actual cave and live there because it’s easier than…

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Are You Using A Thermometer When You Teach? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Thermometer: is a device that measures temperature or temperature gradient using a variety of different principles. Several years ago, I had to fill in on my Wednesday night Kinder Church Class.  Something came up at the last minute and the lead teacher couldn’t be there. So I grabbed the lesson (at about 3pm in the afternoon).  When I saw the lesson, I breathed a big sigh. The Helmet of Salvation, this will go fine, I thought. So when church started, I grabbed my…

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Clashes Between IDF and Syrian Army – End Times Christian Article

New realities are emerging in the Middle East Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, Israel has been the only military force able to oppose Iran. Overnight, Israel finds itself in a new season in which the Iranians are free to attack the Saudi oil infrastructure and the Turks are free to invade Syria. How is all of this effecting Israel! Israeli soldiers stand guard near the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria Trump’s Syria Pullout…

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A Youthfront Legacy: Alex Francis – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Alex Francis has a unique history with Youthfront. Not only has she grown up with the organization as a camper and two-year Summer Staffer, but her family also has a connection. Her great uncle is Lou Francis, chair of the Youthfront board of directors. Some of her cousins have also been on staff. We asked Alex to share her Youthfront story with us. How do you feel knowing that your family has been a part of Youthfront’s story? Youthfront has always…

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Somos Church – Human Series – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I can’t believe we are already heading into week four of the HUMAN series at SOMOS! All of us are humans. We’ve got one wild life and it’s time we took at look at some of the ways we can grow! We are- studying 9 complex personalities of the Bible exploring the 9 personality types of the enneagram sharing resoruces, songs, art, and ideas for people who want to wake up to who they were created to be If you’d…

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1st Step To Grow Spiritually – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The first step in growing up spiritually is to be born again.  It is never to early to start teaching kids this important first step in spiritual growth. You can’t grow spiritually until you have been born spiritually.  Once you are born again, you are what the Bible calls a baby Christian.  It’s good that you are born again, but that is not the end.   It is just the beginning of an exciting new life in Christ. How do you…

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Q&A with Sarah Day | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Baker University student Sarah Day joined Summer Staff last year wanting to fulfill internship requirements and gain experience in her major. What she additionally gained was a community of people that surrounded her in love, support, and authenticity. Sarah enjoyed staffing so much that she will be returning this summer as the Wellness Director at Youthfront Camp West. What motivates you to keep coming back to Youthfront, even if you’ve participated in YF activities many times before? I was supposed to…

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Show Me Your Friends – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My grandma and childhood best friend died before Christmas. Just a few months ago we were still chatting nightly on Facebook messenger. I knew that the cancer she was fighting was real, but it didn’t seem real when we were telling each other stories. Some of the more recent exchanges were about friendship. She told me about her best friend, someone she called a “soul sister”. I asked her what made her worthy of the title? She responded by quickly…

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God and Satan Are Both Seeking to Define You (Win Your War) – Christian Article

13 Oct God and Satan Are Both Seeking to Define You (Win Your War) Posted at 11:29h in Blog, Sermon Notes by Mollie H LINK TO SERMON God and Satan Are Both Seeking to Define You John Gladys –like grandpa, bfast, visit, forgot 1). Who loved her 2). Who she was God likely often feels like Uncle John we forget 1). Who loves us 2). Who we are Identity – culture self/image/love/esteem – self not God is our reference point…

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