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Purity…Much Bigger Than Sex

Jeff  —  January 26, 2011 — 4 Comments

Next week we are starting our purity series in our student ministry.  I am calling this a purity series because purity is so much bigger than sex.  There is the mistaken notion that there is this line drawn somewhere, and when we cross it we have lost our purity. What a horrible view that we often pass down to our students.  Ironically, this view leads to both permissiveness and legalism. Both of which are prevalent among students, leaders, and parents.  Not only is this wrong but it is unbiblical. Continue Reading…

Do We Have Answers?

Jeff  —  January 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

“If parents are not intellectually engaged with their faith and do not have sound arguments for Christian theism and good answers to their children’s questions, then we are in real danger of losing our youth.”

-William Lane Craig

I came across this quote in a book called, “Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics,” which I am  reading for my apologetics course. Continue Reading…

A Challenge From 2010

Jeff  —  January 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

My pastor asked the whole staff to share with our congregation our biggest challenges in 2010 as it relates to something we did or taught in our area of ministry.  Here is what I shared.

The biggest thing that has challenged me over the course of this past year has to do with a series we did with our students as well as church-wide called, “Primal.”  The series was all about stripping Christianity down to its bare essence.  The theme verse for the entire series was the Great Commandment. Continue Reading…

The Best of 2010

Jeff  —  December 31, 2010 — 2 Comments

Here we go!  The following is a list of what I consider to be some highlights from this past year.

  • Rochelle and I celebrated five years of marriage!  It is so hard to believe that it has been five years already.  I love my wife just as much as when I saw her walking down the aisle almost five and half years ago.  I still say wow!
  • We celebrated Madelynn’s 1 year birthday party!  This year has been amazing as we have watched Madelynn grow up.  I love her so much! Continue Reading…

Day #2

How much money do I usually spend on one Christmas gift?  This is the question I asked our Jr. and Sr. High students the past couple of Wednesday nights. Continue Reading…

To Save A Life

Jeff  —  August 14, 2010 — Leave a comment

Last Wednesday night we watched the movie, “To Save A Life” in our student ministry.  What an awesome story of how one teenager steps outside of his circle of friends to impact other students who he would otherwise not associate with.  I would say this is probably the best Christian movie that I have ever seen.  It is an honest look into teenage culture and all of the harsh realities that exist.   Continue Reading…

How Not To Be A Fool

Jeff  —  June 9, 2010 — Leave a comment

I’m looking forward to starting our three week series tonight called, “How Not To Be A Fool.”  Sounds kind of tough, but if you were to go to the book of Proverbs you would find close to a hundred Bible verses that use the word “fool.”  Scripture takes wisdom and the lack of it very seriously.  There are tremendous consequences that result from lacking wisdom and being foolish. Here are a few verses that speak to this fact. Continue Reading…

Do Hard Things

Jeff  —  May 11, 2009 — Leave a comment

A book that I think should be on everyone’s shelf is, “Do Hard Things” by Alex and Brett Harris.  It’s been a few months since I have read it, and I do realize that I have posted on this book before.  But I keep coming back to it’s message.  The message is simple.  It challenges teenagers to rebel against the low expectations that are set for them.  Low expectations such as stay in school, don’t do drugs, don’t have sex until you’re married, and be a good student.  These things are good to be sure, but they often define us by what we don’t do as opposed to what we do. Continue Reading…