Standing in Darkness Seeing the Light

Standing in Darkness Seeing the Light

Devotional Thoughts, Spiritual Ideas
There is a "rails to trails" bike trail called Tunnel Hill Trail. It gets it name from a tunnel that runs through a bit of a hill along the trail. Once trains ran through the tunnel, but now it is a trail for bikes and hikers and such. As you can see from the picture above it doesn't really look like much of a tunnel.  The first time my wife and I went to ride through it we were both scoffing at it as we approached. We could see the light at the other end, so really how hard could it be. We had brought flashlights because we had read that it was dark on the inside, but looking at this tunnel and seeing the light at the end we…
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Sometimes I Forget

Sometimes I Forget

Devotional Thoughts, Youth Pastoring
There are 2 big truths about student ministry (or ministry in general for that matter) that I often forget. It isn't that I mean to forget them, but in the hustle and bustle of the day. In the midst of all the planning and preparing and praying and studying and doing it is sometimes easier to focus on that stuff and sort of get lost in the doing and the actions and forget about what is really going on. So here are 2 big truths that I often forget. (This isn't an exhaustive list btw) 1) What I am Teaching is a Matter of Life and Death This whole Christian walk thing isn't just trying to help them be better people. It isn't just trying to shape them into their…
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A Dad Teaches Substitutional Atonement

A Dad Teaches Substitutional Atonement

Devotional Thoughts
Way back when Nathan (my this month turning 8-year-old) was a toddler (and I was till new enough to the dad game that I was trying to parent by principles and not just by whatever would keep me sane until they go to bed) I was trying to get Nathan to eat something. I don’t remember what it was, but it was some sort of food that he had liked in the past and that he had suddenly on that night decided that he didn’t like and he refused to eat it. I being the dad told him that he would have to eat it or he couldn’t get up from the table. Some of you with a little more dad experience know that this was a rookie mistake. This…
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Quick Thought

Quick Thought

Devotional Thoughts
Integrity is rarely easy,  but is almost always simple. Doing the right thing can be the harder potion,  but if you commit to doing the right thing before you are faced with the choice then you don't have to worry over what you will do. It is simple you follow the path of integrity. It also makes the gas simple later because you don't have to keep your lies straight.  You just always tell the truth.
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The Heat, Language, and Evangelism (or lack thereof)

The Heat, Language, and Evangelism (or lack thereof)

Devotional Thoughts
Last weekend my wife and I went to see The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Sooki (I always think of her as her character on Gilmore Girls, but I guess her real name is Melissa McCarthy). It was a funny movie in a messing with the buddy cop convention sort of way. But when I walked out I told my wife. "I don't know anyone who talks like that." I wasn't talking about accents or slang, I was specifically talking about swear words, cussing, cursing, or whatever else non-cool sounding word you want to use to talk about words my dad would tell me not to say when there were ladies present. Now I am an English major, I love words, and I believe that well chosen words are powerful,…
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