Personal Growth

(Podcast) Foundations: A Big Problem to Solve – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they did it because they were deceived. Let’s slow down and revisit how every problem we have faced is rooted in this virus or “the work of the devil.” Join Rick as we continue a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s take a closer look at examples in the Bible of Jesus destroying the works of the devil. LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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(Podcast) Foundations: A Big Problem to Solve – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Stress is a big part of our life, and people who are skilled problem-solvers have learned how to surf the waves of stress instead of letting it crash down on them. What would it look like to start problem-solving in a Jesus-centered way? Join Rick and guest Stephanie Hillberry as we start a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s take a closer look at the role problem-solving plays in the story…

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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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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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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Be a Holiday “Apprecianado” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

During the holidays, we have lots of opportunities to engage others beyond the surface conversations we normally have with them. So what would it look like to fearlessly engage them, paying ridiculous attention to their nuances and calling out their story? 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 examples in the Gospels where Jesus digs past the surface with others. LISTEN…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Where Would Jesus Be? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jesus has a transformational presence that can radiate healing and salvation. Instead of wondering what Jesus would do, let’s try to understand the importance behind where would Jesus be. What would it look like for us to start carrying the presence of Jesus with us? 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 Luke 8:40-56 to explore the way Jesus offers his…

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(Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Christmas is supposed to be a season full of peace and goodwill as we celebrate the Savior’s physical arrival into this world. So why are we often bombarded with feelings of pressure and extreme stress? We know Advent’s not supposed to be this way, but how do we change it?… The post (Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: No More Autopilot – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When something is beyond our control, our initial reaction to this is one filled with fear. Yet, during these times, our dependence on Jesus is what helps us through. What would it look like to start “scaring” ourselves in a good way, so that we can grow closer to Jesus? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Diving into the Gospels, we’ll look at examples of how…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: No More Autopilot – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It can be easy for us to go on “autopilot” mode when it comes to our relationship with Jesus. What would it look like to stop automating our relationship and start experiencing Jesus on a deeper level? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Diving into the Gospels, we’ll look at examples of Jesus helping his disciples experience him. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you…

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10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader Should Read – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Reading. Most of us have every intention to read more, but few of us actually read much. But reading is one of the easiest and best ways to grow ourselves. And as leaders, we have a responsibility to grow ourselves in order to lead well. Statistics show that reading by leaders is in decline. In fact, the lack of reading on the leadership level has declined to the point that some might consider it a crisis. Michael Hyatt, in his article…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Wallowing in Mud Puddles – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When a child comes to a mud puddle, they jump right in and splash around, while an adult either jumps over or goes around the mud puddle. Why do adults react this way? Jesus said you won’t understand or appreciate the kingdom of God unless you become like little children. What would it look like to take that invitation and wallow in mud puddles with Jesus? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us…

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(Podcast) Essential Questions—Is This All There Is? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In our physical lives, there can be a tendency to base our happiness and freedom on the materialism in front of us. But what if there is something more permanent, beyond this world and everything in it, that we can experience by investing in a relationship with Jesus and the kingdom of heaven?  Join Rick for a series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them. Diving into the Gospel of Matthew, we will look at how Jesus treats our “life after life.”   LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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(Podcast) Essential Questions—What Is the Meaning of Life? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

People can spend their whole lives searching for meaning in their lives. Although we all have different answers to what matters to us, what would it look like to look to Jesus to help us feel truly alive?   Join Rick and Becky for a series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them. Diving into the Gospel of Matthew, we will look at how Jesus framed the meaning of life to those he encountered.   LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you joined…

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5 resolutions for Worship Pastors in the Valley

Everyone in ministry faces times of trouble – their own “Dark Night of the Soul”. How do we continue to serve when walking through the valley of the shadow of death? Much like Jonathan Edwards, I have made a list of resolutions to strengthen my walk during the hard times: ▪ I resolve to build my faith by reading some simple Apologetics, and reminding myself regularly of the Gospel. I can’t lead other effectively if I don’t believe it, and I…

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