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Making Meaningful Resolutions

We start the year off with good intentions, but our follow through stinks… It's the dawn of a New Year, a time when many of us plot to do some internal remodeling in the form of some New Year's resolutions. S...
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New Year – New Creation

There is something refreshing about the month of January, specifically the date of Jan. 1. The New Year is like a built-in do-over that we get to enjoy annually. It's also a fitting analogy for the spiritua...
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Digging in to Christmas

It can be difficult to engage teens in a conversation about Christmas. Here's a Bible study that will help you get them talking, and digging into scripture. We've also created a downloadable powerpoint and pdf ...
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Take the Advent Adventure

Quick Backdrop Advent. Some church traditions observe an Advent season while others do not. Regardless of your tradition, the season of Advent is an opportunity to filter out the busyness and distractions of t...
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Youth Lessons: Advent Vignettes

Steve Case has written five vignettes designed to involve youth in the church's Advent candle lighting services. Each vignette contains a creative "e-mail" representing a real or imaginary character from the Ch...
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Youth Lesson: Advent – First Sunday

DISCLAIMER: Yes, we know there was no such thing as e-mail back then. It's unlikely that Mary called Elizabeth "Girl," and who even knows the name of Herod's guard? Certain aspects of this wonderful and beautif...
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Youth Lesson: Advent – Second Sunday

DISCLAIMER: Yes, we know there was no such thing as e-mail back then. It's unlikely that Mary called Elizabeth "Girl," and who even knows the name of Herod's guard? Certain aspects of this wonderful and beauti...
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Same Team

Somewhere along the way, lines of demarcation developed between parental spiritual guidance and youth ministry discipleship. Parents would subconsciously think, or even overtly say, “You’re the profession...
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Youth Group Devo: Living an Authentic Life

Quick Backdrop Most of us don't set out to be liars; we don't wake up and ask, "How am I going to lie today?" We are much more subtle and nuanced. Sometimes lying just sort of creeps into our decisions. ...
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Make the Most of the Present

Have you ever noticed how we're constantly looking toward the next stage of life? It seems to start about fifth or sixth grade, because it's then when we start to notice middle school. Of course, as soon as we ...