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Fill Up and Live Out

What does it mean to Fill Up and Live Out? If we are going to use this as our tag line for Student Ministry, then we should have a purpose for it. Better yet, how do we go about helping the students embody this statement, and why do we do it?  Ultimately, we are to…

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Criticism and Correction

When I was younger, I used to love watching American Idol with my parents. More specifically, I loved watching the first few episodes when it was just the preliminary tryouts. I always found it amusing to watch the people who came in, sung horribly, dressed funny, or said or did something weird, and then left…

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Contending for the Faith

Scripture warns us about this. “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation,…

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Prayer

Prayer  “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be  your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us  this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And  lead us not into temptation, but deliver us…

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True Hope

When I was five or six years old, I, like most kids, had fears to conquer. Mine was due to seeing a movie a little earlier than I should have. That movie was Stephen King’s “The IT.” It was a terrifying movie about a clown. After watching this movie, I had constant nightmares, and as…

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Reading That Transforms

The Psalmist David had no shortage of words in Psalm 119 that call our attention to an action on our part. Words such as: keep, delight in, seek after, speak of, fear (respect), trust, and choose, to name a few. So many more words speak to my heart of the active and living Word of God,…

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John: May He Be Known

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31 (ESV)  The Gospel of John is the most unique of the…

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Psalm 132: Faithful Promises

A lot can be said in regards to Psalm 132. However, the passage I want us to look at specifically is verses 11-12. They read:  The Lord swore to David a sure oath    from which he will not turn back:“One of the sons of your body    I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant    and my testimonies…

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Psalm 131: Humility

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;    my eyes are not raised too high;I do not occupy myself with things    too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul,    like a weaned child with its mother;    like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord    from this time forth and forevermore. – Psalm 131 (ESV)…

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Don’t Waste Your Suffering

You’ve likely heard the C.S. Lewis quote, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to a deaf world.” It’s impossible to mimic the acute focus that suffering provides. It quiets distractions, and quickly reveals who we functionally…

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