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SepOct 2018

  • Speak, Lord
  • Welcome the Strange
  • Gimme a Break
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Self-Compassion

Francesca Baker

We all know people we think are great because of their quick mind, kind demeanour, or creativity. But all too often, we take…

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Is My Youth Group Hospitable?

Do We . . .

Know everyone’s name?     Yes___ No___ Assign people to greet visitors and regulars?     Yes___…

10/14/18 at 02:10 PM

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Cliques at Church

Tracy Tracy

I don’t know when or how it started; but over the years, several cliques have formed within my youth group. The people in one of these groups have…

10/13/18 at 02:50 PM

 FEAR IN THE HILLS

Richard Lawton

When was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?

Matthew 25:38a (NRSV)

Ghoulam and his family escaped the Taliban in Afghanistan and made their way to Australia via a people-smuggler and a leaky boat. They seek asylum in Australia, but room…

10/12/18 at 11:56 AM

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Without a Word

Savannah Wood, 20

Silence was awkward for me. As an outgoing and talkative person, silence made me feel uneasy. Silence meant that something was wrong and needed to be fixed—sometimes by…

10/11/18 at 08:06 AM

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Beyond the Begats

Will Penner

My absolute least favorite sections of scripture are what I refer to as “The Begats.” Begat is an antiquated term we don’t really use anymore, but basically it…

10/01/18 at 07:59 AM

Normal, Abnormal, Me

Joanna Shindler

Psalm 139:13-14 proclaims that you are God's creation.

I was tall and clumsy, I had a weird laugh, and I was interested in things that other people thought were dorky. I tried to be like everybody else,…

09/26/18 at 07:59 AM

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Are You for Real?

Katrina Cassel

 Are you genuine, or are you a fake? Take this quiz to find out!

1. My friends’ opinions differ from mine; I . . .

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09/25/18 at 11:47 AM

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Self-Compassion

Francesca Baker

We all know people we think are great because of their quick mind, kind demeanour, or creativity. But all too often, we take their strengths as an automatic…

09/24/18 at 02:59 PM

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Being Ordinary

Andrew Garland Breeden

For a long time, I was afraid to admit it: I was trying to fool the world into thinking I was someone I was not. I saw myself…

09/24/18 at 07:58 AM

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Respect Yourself

Jim and Kathy McGinnis

“I can’t get no respect.” This over-used phrase from a comedian was his signature one-liner, but it raises a lot of interesting questions: What is respect? How do…

09/23/18 at 01:52 PM

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