Psalm 119

Bible Stuff, Meeting Report
In all of the craziness of last week I forgot to talk about my lesson. I stumbled on Psalm 119 last week and it really struck me as a powerful message for teenagers, actually a powerful message for anyone in our "truth is relative" society. I have to admit that I knew that 119 was there and I knew it was the longest chapter. I even knew that the VBS pledge to the Bible came from there, but I can't remember ever reading it all the way through. So anyway I got to reading through this chapter and it is amazing. It really speaks to the heart of a Christian who is struggling with doing the right things. It has heartache and hardship and pain and joy and encouragement all…
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A Hunger for Stories

Devotional Thoughts, Meeting Report, Youth Ministry Ideas, Youth Pastoring
I am a person of stories. I think I always have been. That is part of the reason why I love this storytelling series (yes we are still in the same series) that we are going through right now with the youth. I love these stories and I love learning new stories so I figure that these students would love it too. Of course that isn't the case. Some of them love it, some of them don't, and some of them haven't heard a word I have said because they are always just paying attention to their girlfriend or boyfriend. But that is a common thing and as a youth pastor just a part of the fabric of our lives. The problem for me, the problem that has me awake…
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A Messed Up Night

Meeting Report
Getting some good feedback about the relook at salvation that I last posted about. Most of them sent me an email directly and I may if I get the time pull some ideas from them and make a new post about it. In the mean time let me hear from some more of you. Last night at church I had the opportunity to take the whole service. I got it in my head that I was going to do a worship service with all guitar music, some videos, some quite time, and a short sermon. As it turns out all of that required an awful lot of video and sound switching and no one who knew how to run any of that stuff was around so I was literally running…
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Dart Wars Revisited

Meeting Report
Wow! I am exhausted. It has been a long week. I have eaten more junk food than I have in the past few years put together. Tonight we played a collection of games with Nerf guns. Of course the problem is the same as always, "I shot you! No you didn't" played out about a thousand times.One of the things that I have found to be true about youth is that in one big way they are still like children. They don't understand when they are getting tired. My students always ask why we can't keep playing all night, but what they don't see is that after about 2 hours everyone is getting tired and cranky and there are more arguments than actual shots being fired. If you are doing…
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