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JulAug 2016

  • compassion
  • addiction
  • blame game
  • and more!


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Robert Baker

If we follow Jesus Christ, what guides our decision-making? How do we decide what classes to take, what job to apply for, whom…

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The Plastics

Youth Workers, for “The Plastics” theme next week, you have a choice between three “In the Habit” sessions:


+  Two-Faced

+  So Fake

Decide which one best fits…

08/24/16 at 10:30 AM

Friend of the Outcasts

Shelby Hill

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NRSV)

You may think that in a Christian school everyone would accept one another and there would be no cliques. Wrong! In my Lutheran junior high, there were two cliques—the…

08/24/16 at 08:00 AM


Anna Solomon & Samantha McCrabb

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples.

Mark 2:15a (NIV)

In middle school, I was comfortable in my girl group and oblivious to anyone else. I spent a lot of time cultivating friendships. I’m a senior now, and I…

08/23/16 at 11:49 AM

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Vongai Nyikayaramba

Teen Advisory Board Member

If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Why?

“I would go back to the time when Jesus…

08/23/16 at 08:03 AM

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Prayer of Commitment

Will Penner

“Lord, we know you have called us to be more than we are now. We also…

08/21/16 at 06:36 PM

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Pray for God’s World

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

In the week ahead, offer prayers for the people of Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau,…

08/21/16 at 03:47 PM


Douglas Gamble

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27a (NIV)

Playing or watching sports consumes more and more of our lives, but it doesn’t have to squeeze our time with God. God wants to be involved in every part…

08/21/16 at 01:44 PM


Can God Speak Sports?

Wendy LeBolt

On any given Sunday morning in my town, more folks are on the soccer fields than in the sanctuaries. Kids in brightly colored jerseys dash to and fro;…

08/20/16 at 09:45 AM

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My Rival, My Friend

Jeff Rasche

In Decatur, Illinois, where I grew up, the MacArthur Generals and the Eisenhower Panthers were high school sports rivals…

08/19/16 at 11:29 AM

Competitors and Friends

Hillary Jenny, 14

Is this the love you show your friend?

2 Samuel 16:17a (NIV)

Tennis is my favorite sport. It incorporates a variety of fitness components; it’s a lifelong sport; and most of all, tennis is fun to play. in the three years…

08/18/16 at 11:38 AM

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