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Navigator

Posted by on 9:38 am in Young Adult | 0 comments

The squad leader stopped hiking up the embankment and took a second to scan the area. Once positive they were alone and not followed or spotted, he swung his .50 over his shoulder and motioned for the man behind him to step up. He clapped a hand on the man’s shoulder and encouraged him to remove his pack. Lifting out a pair of binoculars and a laminated map, the man sprawled the paper out over a rock. The leader handed the binoculars to another man who scanned the horizon. He knelt beside his navigation officer and listened as the man...

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Fundamentalism and Insanity

Posted by on 8:51 am in Church, Parents, Young Adult | 0 comments

When I was nine years old, I was sitting in a Sunday school class where my teacher had begun teaching lessons about the book of Revelation. One day he made a statement that God was going to create a man who was going to persecute and kill Christians. His name was the Anti-Christ. The Anti-Christ was going to persecute Christians on earth and rule over it until the world was so bad that God would have to come back and destroy it. Revelation came across as a parallel to Noah. He said to the class, “God wants to bring peace on earth, so he has...

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Cliffhanger

Posted by on 9:22 am in Young Adult | 0 comments

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. –Psalm 46:1 He was hanging by a thread—literally. Climbing ropes unable to withstand the freezing temperatures of high altitudes, they’d began to unthread in protest to the conditions. He’d looked up at his lines to have his stomach make the 14,000 foot drop for him: he was dangling by what was left of a red climbing rope. Suddenly, climbing alone wasn’t such a good idea. Any sudden movements, and he’d be toast. Squashed toast.  Any cries for help, and he chanced an icy...

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Becoming Spiritually Adult

Posted by on 10:07 am in Church, Parents, Young Adult | 0 comments

One of my favorite people in this world is my Mom. She is a very generous, kind-hearted, hospitable, servant. As a kid, one of my favorite memories was when she would come into my morning before school and wake me up by singing, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You will never know dear, how much I love you. Please do not take my sunshine away.” In the hands of my mother, I felt safe, nurtured, cared for, and attended for. As I get older, that feeling has slowly gone away. Not because my Mom is not...

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Destination: Unknown

Posted by on 9:09 am in Young Adult | 0 comments

There was a blare of horns on the air for a lightning moment. I vaguely remember seeing a flash of white before I slammed on my brakes hard. Then, before I knew what happened, there was a crash of metal, a gigantic tug on my seatbelt, and the heat of an explosion in my face. I felt the contents of my car hit the dash and then thunk to the floor, and the sweet, perfect hum of my engine suddenly stopped. Particles of glass rained down around me, and stars flashed before my eyes. It was a moment before I realized what had happened. Pain shot...

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No Man’s Land 3: Preparing For Battle

Posted by on 9:32 am in Young Adult | 0 comments

Well, since superheroes seems to be the theme of our contamination topic, why not? As you can see from the above clip, Ironman is preparing himself for “battle”. Today I want to close our contamination talk with two thoughts: How we can fight contaminates, and Gearing up to fight them. We’ve already talked about the types of contaminates; physical, emotion, and spiritual. Then we covered how we are exposed to contaminates; through Facebook, the internet, etc., followed by what contaminates do to us. You might be asking: “So, how do you ‘gear...

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No Man’s Land 2: Contaminates

Posted by on 9:38 am in Young Adult | 0 comments

You stare at the huge, thick, black gloves I extend to you. To you, I sound like Darth Vader, breathing through a huge ventilation mask. As of this moment you would rather call me Big Bird than anything else, because I’m plastic looking and larger-than-life yellow. You swallow, grip your clip-board, and sort of slink back a millimeter of a step. “But…what for?” You squeak. I look at you through my suit and jerk my gloved thumb behind me. “You signed up for this, right? We’re working with some bio-chemical toxins today. If you’d rather your...

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Video: Characteristics of Emerging Adulthood

Posted by on 12:58 pm in Church, Parents | 0 comments

In this video, Launch Ministry executive director Corey Magstadt talks about some of the characteristics of emerging adulthood and offers some perspectives on how to approach the young adults that we interact with. Corey Magstadt is the founder and Executive Director of Launch Ministry. He is the author of the You Are Not Alone small group curriculum for parents of struggling young adults.. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter. Tweet Pin...

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Iron Sharpening Iron

Posted by on 11:59 am in Young Adult | 0 comments

A message to new believers: Deciding to begin this journey was probably not easy, though hopefully with a joy-filled heart you made the decision to have a relationship with Jesus. Welcome! You will experience a lot of criticism on this new journey from non-believers as well as believers (unfortunately), but the criticism that will hurt the most will come from the people you call friends. It hurts when the people you love and care the most about just don’t get it and don’t try to understand. Hopefully in time most will learn to accept it and...

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A New Believer’s Understanding of Sin

Posted by on 12:50 pm in Young Adult | 0 comments

I don’t know if I really know what sin is or looks like having not grown up in the church. Having grown up in the “World” I was subconsciously raised with the idea that as long as I didn’t kill, rape, steal, or harm anyone in any real way that I was “all good.” So when I came across 1 John 1:9-10 I was a little baffled on what exactly is sin and what I should be confessing to Jesus. 1 John 1:9-10 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not...

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