The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!?

By Melissa Slocum
Thanksgiving is three days away. This annual celebration of turkey and football is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season—six weeks of shopping, baking, traveling… read more

Prayer in a Postmodern World

By Alex Joyner
Talking to "Houston in the Blind" In the recently released Hollywood movie Gravity, some of the most poignant moments are of people floating in space talking into the void in the… read more

Luke 2:1-20 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Birth of Jesus (2:1-21) Caesar Augustus was the Roman emperor from 26 B.C. to A.D. 14. Caesar was the title of the ruler and Augustus was the name given him by the Roman… read more

Titus 2:11-14 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
What God Expects from All Christians (2:11-15) With no further explanation, the preceding charges sound like little more than moralisms: You should do. Therefore, verses 11-14… read more

Psalm 96 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
Declare God's Glory (Psalm 96:1) This hymn was written for the annual festival of enthronement of the Lord. The rites are a magnificent drama complete with full splendor and… read more

Isaiah 9:1-21 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Messianic King (9:1-7) Verse 1 of chapter 9 indicates that the prophet is moving from judgment to promise in his message to his audience. In the original Hebrew text, this… read more

Teaching Youth—You Can Do It!

By Crys Zinkiewicz
You've agreed to teach the youth. You have a heart for young people, and you have hopes for your experience together. You want to: connect them with God help them grow spiritually … read more

Say Goodbye to the Lone Ranger!

By Mike Ratcliff
The days of the Lone Ranger are gone. Not only is the wild west a thing of the past, so are the days when the person doing youth ministry in a local congregation was the star of… read more

Burnout Road

By Jim Still-Pepper
The average tenure of an adult working with youth is only 18 months. Burnout takes its toll. Are you on the road to burnout? The Comparison Road Roger ran a nice youth group. He… read more

Dare to Dream!

By Mike Slaughter
How many times have you heard yourself saying, "Someday I'm going to…"? Fill in the blank. Sound familiar? I believe that "someday" is the enemy to the gift of today… read more

Lessons I've Learned from a Hospital Room

By David Dorn
I've been in hospitals a lot lately. I've learned some life changing lessons while there... read more

Disastrous Christmas

By Don Underwood
Forty years ago I was the youth minister at a church in a county seat town. There was a strong tradition in this church of providing a live nativity scene every year, and it was… read more
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