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It’s true, fasting isn’t necessary. But it can be good. This article helps us to think about the value of fasting as we approach Lent and how we can do it as a spiritual practice for our benefit.
As you think back on your life, maybe there are things you regret having done…ways in which your words or actions have hurt others. In the last devotion in this series, Ben Meyer talks about how Christians can face regret with the comfort of Jesus.
The story of Ahithophel is a cautionary tale, and maybe the sin of someone else has cause you to become bitter and resentful. In the third in this devotional series, Ben Meyer talks about how we can be faithful to God when we are burdened by bitterness.
When we are in turmoil, when we are under spiritual attacks, we need the words of Jesus; we need Jesus. In the second devotion in this series, Ben Meyer talks about how we approach the difficult feeling of turmoil as Christians.
There are times in life in which we feel as if God has forgotten us and that he’s just not there. In the first of four devotions in this series, Ben Meyer talks about how we approach the difficult feeling of abandonment as Christians.
We have many amazing Christians who can help guide us and answers our questions. But first generation Christians like the Colossians struggled. This devotion looks at the questions they had and the answers God gave through Paul.
Paul reminded the Colossians that they needed to be deeply rooted in Jesus, not moved beyond Him to something else. This devotion reminds us that what God did our Baptism is our solid foundation.
How does our Baptism and being raised in Christ change us? In this final devotion on Colossians, we are reminded of just how powerfully God works through our Baptism everyday.
The topics for these studies are spiritual practices which are important for Christians, regardless of age. As an intergenerational study, supportive adults and parents can regularly serve as examples in these practices and young people who are learning to incorporate them in their everyday life. This is a four part study that can be used in a variety of settings.
The gathering and sharing of life together of young and old is one of the blessings and beauties of the church. But are there ways in which life together can extend beyond being together for worship? And why is it important that young and old share life together?
Finding ways to incorporate youth into the larger ministry of a congregation isn’t difficult, but it does take intentionality to make it happen. In the second part of this article, we talk about specific ways that you can help youth connect intergenerationally in your congregation.
In this short Bible study, we think about Christmas from the perspective of the angels. Angels are fascinating creatures give us a new perspective of the God's story of salvation as we approach the birth of Jesus.
In the first of four devotions in this series on love, we think about different types of love. More than that, we will explore the way in which we see God love us. We want to see the many ways in which God pours out His love on us so that we can recognize it, give thanks for it, and treasure it.
In the second devotion in this series, We hear that God so loved the world so that He gave His Only Son to die for us. But again, we might ask, is this love for me? Yes!
In this third devotion on God's Love, we are reminded of the loving work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts called sanctification.
In this final devotion in this series, we are reminded that our triune God created, redeemed, and restored the world and everything in it, including you and me, out of love.
In the first of our devotions looking at the people in the Easter story, we look at the women who come to the tomb mourning Jesus' death and found that everything had been changed.
In John we see our human need to seek power. Yet in Jesus we see true power in serving us through His death on the cross.
In this third devotion on the people of the Easter story, we see shame and regret felt by Peter after denying Jesus three times. Yet, Jesus restores and grants forgiveness to Peter as he does for us.
In this final devotion in the Easter series, we see how a nickname like doubting Thomas doesn't have to stop Thomas or us from sharing the Gospel.
We want our young people engaged in prayer, reading Scripture, confession and absolution, worship, and service. This study is designed to help teens to deeply understand these practices and discover how God desires to serve each of us through them. It should also give language, modeling, and ideas for practice so that as the Holy Spirit empowers them, they may regularly engage God’s gifts in these practices.
In the midst of such strife sometimes it can feel as if there will be no end to the strife. But God has not forgotten us.
"Most of my youth group kids won’t return home after college, and even though I love them and would love for them to return, I’m okay with them not returning."
A glossary of end times terminology to aid in conversations and studies with youth.
On this, the first Sunday of Advent, we begin a season of anticipation, waiting for the celebration of the birth of the Savior and looking forward also to His return. But in the midst of that anticipation, may we not forget that Jesus comes to us even now! Therefore, “Let us go to the house of the Lord” with joy!
Hallelujah is a perfect word for the first Sunday after Christmas.
During the season of Epiphany, the one Isaiah was waiting for is revealed as the one who has come, and His name is Jesus.
This week we celebrate Transfiguration Sunday and on this day the words of Psalm 2 are heard as a new King is upon a hill. That this King is different than those kings who had come before Him is obvious. No other king before had shined with the glory of God.
I’ve got a lot to learn about prayer, and the Psalms can teach me. When we pray Psalm 142 we learn that it’s not only okay to cry out to the Lord and pour out our complaints to Him, but that we ought to do so because our Father has taught us so to pray by His Word.
After a 40 day fast from Hallelujahs/Alleluias, the word is back! Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
As we contemplate the vastness of God, as we meditate on the mystery of the Trinity, our Psalm reminds us that even though God is transcendent, He is also a real and present hope.
Psalm 62 communicates a special care that God has for His creation. God settles, softens, blesses, crowns, prepares, establishes, and stills. God is tender, attentive, and loving with His creation.
God’s Word is filled with word pictures that should stir our imaginations and cause us to wonder. Psalm 18 is a great example of a text that is best read with the imagination engaged.
Is there something that you have done that is particularly bothering you? David experienced the joy and peace of sins forgiven, and the Lord has made that available to you as well.
Circumstances around us can wake us up to realities of problems in our own lives that we might have previously ignored or to which we had previously been blind. God is the one who turns us back to Him and God is the one who turns to us in order to rescue us!
It’s okay, when you don’t understand why God is allowing something to happen, to speak to God about it: after all, we’re His children and Fathers want to hear from their children! From the saints and from Psalm 43 we learn that even when God feels distant, He is not distant.
As we look at the letter to the Colossians, we can see how they set their minds on things above and as a result, they were living and active in faith and love! In this first in a series, we look at how the physical condition of a church doesn't always show us how beautiful the Gospel truly is.
The Colossians had heard and received the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they were also impacted to false teachers. These false teachers had a message that was not the true Christian gospel message. This devotion reminds us of our certainty in Jesus.
It can be tempting to start to think that the gospel just isn’t quite enough and we need something more…something different. In this devotion we see, just like the Colossians did, that we don't need more than Jesus and His gospel.
Take advantage of these resources as you plan events and Bible studies for the Advent season.
Christmas resources for use with youth.
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