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    I Can’t Do This!

    Some of the best moments in my ministry have come when I have come to the end of my own capabilities and was forced to rely on God. I remember on more than one occasion getting up to preach and really feeling like I wasn’t prepared. Sure I had studied and had an outline, but I just didn’t feel like I was ready to stand up in front of those people. In that brief moment I did not know what I was going to say. In those moments I pray; “God, I have done all I can. Now I need you to do the rest.” Have you ever gotten to…

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    The Holy Spirit In Children’s Ministry

    As I have mentioned before I am a nurse in my “other job”. Over the course of 16 years of working in the ER I have learned the value of following my instincts, of “going with my gut”. Well, I have also learned the value of this in my ministry. If you are anything like me, Sunday mornings are hard work. There is a lot to get done, and it seems like no matter how prepared you are, there’s always more to be done. Don’t misunderstand me, I LOVE Sunday mornings! For me that is what the rest of the week is all about. Sunday is game day, and I’m…

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    JFK: Garbage In, Garbage Out

    I am a really big believer in the idea of “garbage in, garbage out.” This means that whatever you put into your brain or your heart is what will come out of it. Turns out that Jesus also believed this. How do I know? Well, because He said so: “The good man brings good things out of the good stored in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks”  Luke 6:45 That’s great! What does it mean? Well, it means that the things we store in our mind and heart will…

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    Helping Your Preteen Adjust to Middleschool

    The jump from 5th to 6th grade is huge. Many adults will tell you that middle school was some of the worst/hardest years of their lives. These brand new middle schoolers find themselves stranded somewhere between childhood and their teen years. They are not teenagers, but their not really children any more either. Most boys have yet to hit their growth spurt, while many girls have. This means that many girls are taller than their male classmates. And we won’t even talk about puberty. All of these things work together to make 6th grade a really tough year. This means that our kids can really use our help adjusting to…

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    Waiting on God

    There come times in the lives of believers when we find ourselves waiting on God. Sometimes this can be waiting on God to rescue us. Other times it is waiting on God to lead us to the next season of our lives. In either case there are two postures that we chose from when we approach a time of waiting. The Bus Stop: This approach to waiting on God leaves us sitting and waiting, as one waits for a bus. It involves no action or work. This approach assumes that the work will begin once we have heard from God, when the bus arrives. Much like a person in a…