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For the Sake of Your Child’s Soul

Dear young parent, I am your child’s future youth minister. Your beautiful elementary school child is not yet in our church youth group, but I am hoping he or she will be one day. You see, I watch you...

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Ten Tips for Sending Your First Kid to College

“At some point, you have to learn how to grow up alongside them.” I remember sitting at the end of a Life Night, where parents were socializing, and teens were snacking. We were wrapping up our “College Bound” Senior...

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He Had Been Bullied for Nine Years

My oldest son, Robert, has given me the gift of two beautiful granddaughters. He loves to create, like me but has a gift for painting that I do not have. He works in sales in the Houston area and...

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Swimming Upstream Against A Strong Current of Junk

When my kids were preparing to enter high school, I felt a strong and urgent need to protect them by locking them in a closet under the stairs, at least until they were 25. Seriously. As loving parents, we...

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In A Story With Jesus

I see the struggle of confidence in young girls firsthand, especially with my freshman students. They struggle with friends, body image, boys, grades, and so much more. I see them measure themselves based on these standards. We have to...

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Lock it Down!

If someone asks me, “what’s your best advice for marriage, parenting and developing your faith life?” I would give them the same answer for all three…listening. It’s the one thing we can all do better, it doesn’t cost, it...

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“I Think I Will Thank My Parents Tonight For That Rule”

I taught Confirmation for over a decade. One of my favorite classes was the class to teach the 4th commandment, honor your father and mother. I loved it because I would ask the teens their parents worst and best...

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A Different Kind of “Talk”

I know what most of you are already thinking…another one of those commentaries on “how to have the sex talk” with your children. Well, in my family “The Talk” has come to represent something totally different and one that...

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How Do I Make Friends When I Don’t Know Who I Am?

The most common question my middle school youth group members ask is “how do I make good friends?” and “how do I know who is a good friend?” Wow! You could write volumes on either subject, but it seems...

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Cupid’s Arrow

Contraception is a hot topic these days, especially for parents with adolescent children. While some parents think their children will wait to engage in sexual intercourse until marriage, they still fear that they will fall prey to their raging...

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