No Help To Anyone – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Mass is always a struggle for us. It’s just the phase of life we are in right now. With four little ones ages 6 and under who have been over-exposed to screens and live in an instant gratification world, asking them to participate in Mass for one hour each week seems an insurmountable task. We have tried everything – something to draw on, quiet toys to play with, Mass books to follow along – but to no avail. Nonetheless, we…

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Responding to Nudges From the Spirit – Youth Ministry Christian Article

You know that feeling when your workday is complete? It’s time to relax, hang with friends, or just grab some “me” time. My day was over, and I wanted to go home and unwind. The Spirit had other plans for me… But as I drove home, I felt a burden to go visit Amy, a teenager in our ministry who was living in a crisis-pregnancy care center. Beth, the director, encouraged the girls to attend a local church, and several…

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Following Jesus Will Cost More Than You Think But It’s Worth It – Christian Article

I was 18 and at a young life summer staff camp when I first thought about the cost of following Jesus. I was a leader at this three-week camp. During this time, I was confronted with some hard questions while living among other Christians. It was the first time I realized that to follow Jesus; there would be some sacrifices. I realized at this moment that following Jesus will cost more than you think. Although at the time I didn’t…

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6 Ways to Help Your Kids Love Reading the Bible – Christian Article

Growing Good Habits What could be more important than teaching your kids to read the Bible? What better habit would you want them to have? But it’s hard to do. Bad habits are like weeds. You have to do nothing to cultivate them. Good habits, like growing flowers or plants, need time, care, and attention. With time, care, and attention, we can help our kids cultivate the habit that will keep them close to God, keep them believing the gospel…

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Encourage Your Volunteers: One-Minute Motivators – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile. Though preparation and planning are valuable aspects of leading a ministry, you cannot afford to neglect the health and welfare of your volunteer team. Taking time to connect with teachers and staff leaders is an…

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Transformational Discipleship | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Many churches equate discipleship with knowledge … but the essence of discipleship is transformational not informational. Jesus did not merely ask us to teach everything He commanded. He asked us to teach people to obey everything He commanded, and the difference is massive (Matthew 28:19). The end result of discipleship is not merely the knowledge of all Jesus commanded but the obedience to all Jesus commanded.” 1 Greg Baird poses this pivotal question regarding children: “Are you practicing informational discipleship…

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Who are the Disciples of Christ? – Christian Article

Tweet Who are the Disciples of Christ? What do they believe? A Disciple Before we look into who or what a disciple of Christ believes, we must understand what a disciple is. The word comes from the Old English discipul (fem. discipula) which comes from the Latin discipulus, meaning, “pupil, student, follower,” and said to be from discere, meaning “to learn” from which we get the word “discern,” but a disciple is someone who…

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I Think Meeting Jesus is Like Getting Hit by A Semi-Truck – Christian Article

I’ve never met anyone who was hit by a semi-truck and lived to tell about it. I don’t mean getting sideswiped on the interstate in your car kind of accident. Nothing involving your car and a semi-truck. What I mean is, I’ve never met someone who stood toe to toe with a semi-truck and lived. Can you imagine the insanity of someone trying to convince you they were hit by a semi-truck as they stand in front of you a…

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How Do I Define the Win in Ministry? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let’s dive right into Mark chapter 4, right in the middle of the story. Jesus has spent the day teaching the crowds in parables. He hit some of his more famous one: The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Lamp, and The Parable of the Mustard Seed. It’s been a good day. It’s been a busy day. Crowds and crowds of people heard Jesus preach that day. His message had reached multitudes. And as the day comes to…

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: An Interview with Matthew Sleeth, MD – Christian Article

The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest…and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD (@MatthewSleeth) about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us (WaterBrook, 2019). Describe how you…

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What Kids REALLY Need | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Where are today’s Christian kids? Once upon a time, Christian parents asked their children after church, “What did you learn about God?” Today, the question is often, “Did you have fun?” Not too long ago, churches offered Bible training for all ages—wanting to fully equip children to serve Christ. Today, many churches offer high-energy, entertainment-based programs—wanting to keep kids happy and to make recruiting easy. Children rarely use their Bibles. As a result, children today: know more about video games…

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Sharing the Gospel with Students – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The gospel is not merely a formula for salvation. We need to see our mission as more than merely getting students to understand and believe the gospel. Creation → Fall → Redemption →  Restoration. The gospel is not a ticket out of this world but an invitation to start engaging the world in a meaningful and purposeful way. Through the gospel, God invites students to participate in His plan for the world. What is the gospel? Do your students see the…

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The whole counsel of God – Christian Article

In Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian church elders, he says, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27, ESV). Other versions note that Paul did not hesitate to proclaim to them the whole will of God (NIV), or the whole purpose of God (NAS). In June 2001, John MacArthur accomplished something that is extremely rare in Christendom. He finished preaching through the entire New Testament, verse by verse. To his church’s…

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Help! My Teenager Won’t Open Up to Me – Christian Article

This article is part of the Help! series. The Sound of Silence “How was your day?” I ask my teenage daughter after school. “Fine.” She responds. “Anything interesting or noteworthy to report?” “Nope.” Silence. I know Proverbs says the heart is like deep waters (Prov. 20:5), but surely there are more than single syllable grunts inside her. How can I draw out thoughts and feelings? I want to become a woman of understanding, but my teenager is not doing much…

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Why Your Parents’ Limitations Aren’t Limiting – Christian Article

What Are Limits and Why Don’t You Love Them? Limitations, by definition, are restrictions; they will follow you through your teen years and into adulthood. Your alarm clock limits the amount of sleep you get each morning. Your pantry offers a limited supply of breakfast items. After breakfast you have a limited amount of time to put your dishes in the sink before your mom reminds you. You are limited, and in many ways you are used to limits. You…

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Five Faith-Building Tips for Children – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen… And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:1, 6, ESV). How Kids Think “Can you prove it?“ Some kids are taught to believe that the scientific method is the ultimate test of validity. That worldview belittles people who believe in miraculous…

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8 Traits of a Mature Disciple – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin June 5, 2019 Discipleship is a lifelong journey. When we hear Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19), we can be tempted to think Jesus is only talking about evangelism. But Jesus doesn’t stop there; he continues, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (v. 20). Not only are we called…

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Discipleship ≠ Following Christ Your Way – Christian Article

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy.  Sam Allberry: Our theme is “Rediscovering Discipleship, the Forgotten Cost, and Blessing of Following Jesus his way,” which I think is the longest title I’ve ever had for anything I’ve spoken on. And I figured if I just read out the title, that will probably take up most of the breakout time anyway. What I plan to do is…

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How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything: An Interview with Jeremy R. Treat – Christian Article

What does the phrase “kingdom of God” really mean? How does it bring profound and practical clarity and coherence to living all of life—identity, work, play, relationships, justice, and character—in this age of distraction? Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy R. Treat (@JeremyTreat5) about his book, Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything (Zondervan, 2019). Why did you write this book? Jeremy R. Treat: I’ll never forget the first time I heard that the kingdom of God was the number…

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Resisting the Desire to Simply Follow the Rules – Christian Article

As a police officer, I recognize the fact that the world is a dangerous place. All around us are a variety of people and situations ready to hurt or take advantage of us. I bet you take steps in your daily life to protect yourself from danger. It may be as simple as wearing your seatbelt or washing your hands. The good and bad experiences we go through influence the way we act. We all develop “defense tactics” or ways…

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Walk With God on the Path of Life: An Interview with Lisa Robertson – Christian Article

The path of life is similar to natural paths: it leads to a destination, someone has gone before to create it, and it’s time-tested and established. What does it mean to find God’s path for you? Bible Gateway interviewed Lisa Robertson (@lisanrobertson_) about her book, The Path of Life: Walking in the Loving Presence of God (Thomas Nelson, 2019). Why is Psalm 16:11 special to you? Lisa Robertson: In a wedding present, this verse was included with the card. The…

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A Classic Devotional Adapted Just for Kids – Christian Article

Marketing manager for Bible Gateway. Parents, are you looking for a devotional you can read with your children? Whether you have their attention at the dinner table or just before bed, the free weekly email Streams in the Desert for Kids is a classic devotional (and a Bible Gateway favorite) that you’ll want to sit them down for each weekend. Brimming with inspiring stories, sports info, scientific facts, and timeless wisdom, this year-long devotional shares all the amazing… This is…

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What Do You Believe? Part 2 – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); In the first part of this series, we looked at the part trust plays in helping led someone to Christ. In this post, we’ll look at the part faith play in the process. Faith Believing involves faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” The Greek word for faith is pistis, which means to be persuaded or come to trust. Faith is…

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How Discipling and Church Planting Catalyze Each Other – Christian Article

According to Scripture, the priority of disciple-making is undeniable. Jesus himself made it abundantly clear: We’re to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19). This lies at the heart of the church’s mandate: To make disciples who make disciples. And church planting is a catalyst for this very endeavor. Church planters, then, must be those who are able to develop a culture of biblical discipleship in their churches. If we want to see God glorified in the world through the…

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What Do You Believe? Part 3 – Christian Article

As we have looked at the things that bring others to a belief in Christ, we have seen the importance that building a relationship has in the process. In this final part, we will look at the part love plays in this. Love Let’s look at the last part of this, which is love. In an earlier post, I related this step of the salvation plan to marriage. A friend has introduced you to someone. You have developed such a…

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