Loving Life In The Rut

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This year has been good, but–and this is a big BUT–it’s also been incredibly difficult and unbelievably challenging. For much of this fall season, we’ve felt like we’re stuck in a rut.

Setbacks, financial struggles, and disappointment. These and more describe what the past few months have been like. In the turmoil, though, we’ve been reminded of something lately–the rut, as tough as it is at times, is life. And life is good. And we’re trying to love it.

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Settling Is Not Always Settling

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I’ve been thinking lately how life is fluid and change is often sudden. Isn’t it interesting how our plans can change in an instant? We’ve all been there, right?

One moment you’re working, dreaming, planning, and striving for something, and then in the blink of an eye, everything has changed. Perhaps you’ve had an experience like that before. I’m convinced that what happens next, after the change, matters. And it matters a lot.

Some may say when something doesn’t work out, we do the natural thing. We choose the next best option. Instead of getting what we wanted, we choose to settle. But I’m convinced that settling doesn’t always mean something negative. At times, settling is not always settling.

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Remembering Our Purpose

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The church is God’s vehicle to change the world. It’s His vehicle to stand up to the evils that enslave and enforce others, and its members are those who are called to lay down their lives for the Kingdom of God.

In all the political and emotional turmoil as of late, it’s important to be reminded of what our mission as the church truly is. It’s easy to lose sight of the purpose Jesus gave us and the work He’s invited us to partner in.

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The Sweet Spot in Youth Ministry: Students Leading Students

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Something special happens when students are given leadership opportunities. I’ve been a big believer in this for many years, seeking out ways to equip and empower students.

Like many things in life and ministry, good thoughts are not enough to make it happen. It takes an intentionality to make it work. Here are some thoughts on working with student leaders.

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