My Treasure Hunt

My Treasure Hunt

My Life, Random Thoughts
Before my sister left to go off on the mission field she gave me a bunch of stuff from our grandmother's house that she had been keeping. It was like 3 boxes and a briefcase. The briefcase, this black thing with a 3 number lock had been around my family for years and I remember it holding everything from my mother's school stuff to my grandmothers most important papers. So when my sister gave it to me I was excited to open it and see what it contained. Turns out it was locked and neither of us knew the combination. Of course my mother and grandmother aren't with us anymore so we couldn't ask them, and M-Fuge and life sort of took over my brain and I put the briefcase…
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Nostalgic

Nostalgic

My Life, Youth Pastoring
I have been spending the past couple of nights going back through the "uncategorized" entries here at Nailscars.com. I have picked out a few observations. One of the biggest ones is that I have been in a very creative dry spell for the past couple of years. I don't know if it was the addition of another little boy to drain my attentions or just other hard life stuff, but there haven't been many new ideas around here. But I already sort of knew that. The hard part of looking back for me is when I find an entry that is basically just a meeting report. See for you guys it is just a couple of sentences about how a lesson worked or didn't work. For me it is a…
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Youth Group Lesson Plan: Gross, Weird, True

Youth Group Lesson Plan: Gross, Weird, True

Complete Series, Object Lessons, Slider, Youth Ministry Ideas
Download Gross, Weird, True Complete (ZIP) Download Gross, Weird, True Non-Editable (ZIP) (Does not include Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign files) Download Gross, Weird, True Lessons (PDF)  Gross, Weird, True is a 4-week youth group Bible study that looks at some of the strange stories and commands in the Bible. It includes instructions on how to incorporate the 60-second games from NBC's "Minute to Win It." Included in this download is the complete leader guide; small groups discussion questions for each session; a screen quiz about strange things in the Bible; series art; promotional material; student handouts; a 60-second countdown timer; the original Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign files; and pretty much anything I could think of having to do with this study. Session 1: Remove the Poop Deuteronomy 23:12-4; 1 Peter 1:13-16…
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Introducing the new Nailscars.com (sort of)

Introducing the new Nailscars.com (sort of)

Design
Nailscars.com is back up and running better than ever. Nearly every permanent page* has permanent text on it, and I think I finally have the layout, categories, and navigation all worked out. There are a few things from the old site that I will be adding in the next few weeks. There are several more outlines and prayer station entries that were part of the old site that I want to edit and make usable. I also need to add a section for the complete series stuff, but that will come in the next few weeks. Right now I am working to go back through the blog posts and categorize and tag them. There are over 1,300 posts up right now that have no category listing at all. I want…
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Back to School Prayer Stations

Back to School Prayer Stations

Creative Worship, Prayer Stations
This is a collection of seven prayer stations specifically designed for a back to school prayer service. Check out the general instructions below and if you have any questions let me know. How it Works Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient. Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them. Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate. Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily. Place the materials on each station.…
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