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January 11, 2012

Zombie Attack Pt 1 // Unite

I'm prepared for whatever 2012 might bring even if it's a zombie apocalypse.  The more I research, the more I discover that a good portion of the population is ready for such a catastrophe.  I've found countless videos and books on weapon selection, outfitting vehicles, zombie-proof fortresses, and all kinds of survival techniques.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in…
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January 8, 2012

I Heart Haters

I haven't heard the word hater used as much as it has been since Tim Tebow started winning.  The fuel for contempt oscillates between his throwing arm and his faith, the latter of which seems to truly offend.  Through it all he's maintained his integrity, diverted praise to God and teammates, and has shown Christians that the proper way to…
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January 6, 2012

Fruitcheck

I imagine there was once a time when gas stations didn't have the Minnesota Department of Commerce regulating the accuracy of their pumps.  I'm also guessing that long ago the discovery of dishonest merchants prompted the formation of this regulatory agency though probably not as dramatically as Daniel Larusso breaking a clay weight in half.  To be honest I have…
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January 4, 2012

That’s Tempting

We are the suckers who are tapped on the left shoulder and look to the left.  We've sized our hands up to our face to see if we have cancer.  We've tried to find gullible written on the ceiling.  We've looked down to see if our shoelaces are untied.  They're the oldest tricks in the book, but we still get…
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January 1, 2012

First Steps Reading Plan

This past October we started a 28-day challenge in youth group featuring the First Steps Bible Reading Plan.  The challenge was to spend 28 minutes each day broken into 7 minute chunks of reading, praying, and journaling.  It went so well that I continue to send group texts and post the daily challenge on Twitter and Facebook and we just…
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July 28, 2011

God doesn’t have Grandchildren

I'm nearing the end of Senior High camp in Alexandria, MN and God has been doing some incredible things all week in the lives of teenagers.  Eric Samuel Timm (twitter/web) is speaking all week and shared a great message on Tuesday night.  The heart of the message was that God doesn't have grandchildren... only sons and daughters. The idea is…
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June 20, 2011

This is a Courtesy Honk

You're at a stop light while the light is red.  While you're waiting for it to turn green, you're buckled in, your car is running and you're anticipating the moment the light turns green. (more…)
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June 11, 2011

My Place in Space

I'm sitting on the roof looking at Saturn just to the right of the moon and to the left of the Big Dipper while waiting for the space station to make its fourth visible appearance of this day.   The Twin Cities are fighting for my attention but are beaten by the furious blinking of the two television towers Jill…
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June 7, 2011

Youth Group Games Pt 1

Finding games for youth group is usually more difficult than putting together a worship set, small group questions, or even a message.  We all know there's a ton of resources for great games, but so many of the games are a little lame.  Games that work for us are highly active, involve everyone, and have a false sense of danger.…
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June 1, 2011

Despicable Me

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Have you ever wondered what a wretch is?  I’ve always thought it sounded a little like a small bird or something in my toolbox. Doesn’t it seem strange to sing that?  The dictionary defines wretch as “a despicable, or vile person”.  Maybe for fun we should change it…
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May 14, 2011

Burnt Out on Burnout

When I was in high school, my dad overheard me telling someone that I got "yelled at".  He later corrected me, because, as he pointed out, he didn't actually raise his voice at me.  I explained to my dad, a school teacher, that being "yelled at" only meant I got in trouble.  The phrase had transitioned from the literal meaning…
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January 24, 2011

Schooled-2010

Schooled is a series we did for 10 weeks near the end of the school year.  We used the book Essential Theology by Andrew Hedges as the outline for discussion and speaking.  It offered some good questions and illustrations for small groups.  The Schooled graphics came from Stuff I Can Use, a website with a number of other graphic and…
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January 7, 2011

Primal

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor at a church in Washington DC.  He is best known for one of his other books, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.  The heart of Primal is exploring the "primal" form of Christianity summarized in the Great Commandment, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and…
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April 26, 2010

Faith the size of a flower seed

We're in a series in youth group called "Schooled".  The whole premise of these 10 weeks is that God is real and at work in His creation.  To prove the point, we had each of our small groups fill a 2 foot planter with flower (annuals) seeds.  Flowers springing up from seeds is a small reminder that God is still…
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April 11, 2010

Thank You Phil Mickelson

The devil is glorified when evil commands our attention.  We have endured months of Tiger Woods news... his affairs, rehab, the return to golf.  Thank you, Phil Mickelson, for making the world forget his story, even if it's just for a moment.  For now, we celebrate stars who quietly live decent and honorable lives.   For now, our fascination is on…
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