To Bear Fruit
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To Bear Fruit

My wife and I have a cherry tree in our backyard. It’s a nice enough tree, as trees go. It’s not too big, its roots aren’t intrusive, and it looks nice and creepy in the fall, as trees should. And yet, although the tree has several good things going for it, there is one flaw...

A Constant Example
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A Constant Example

I had an unexpected encounter recently. Friday mornings, my wife is in the office and my two older kids are at school, so my youngest (Charlotte) and I have that time with just the two of us. Well, a few weeks ago, I decided to take Charlotte out to breakfast, only the healthiest of meals,...

D-Camp 2017: >140
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D-Camp 2017: >140

We live in a very unique time. I remember being in high school and getting my first cell phone ever. It was literally about the size of half a brick, and came with a holster to sling it on to my belt. I kept it next to my pager. These days, students have the world...

A Summer Recap – Refuge Youth Ministry
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A Summer Recap – Refuge Youth Ministry

Summer!   There’s a reason students love summer so much. This summer was jam packed full of incredible moments and the building of relationships. We laughed, we played, we felt the Holy Spirit move. Whether it was just one of our weekly events, or one of our annual camps, God moved this summer in incredible...

UNITED!
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UNITED!

Something happened this past weekend. Something unexpected, but also something that was incredibly exciting to be a part of. This past weekend, a group of students came together out at Unite Winter Camp. Like so many other situations with teenagers, there was a group who knew each other well, and a group of newer students...

Marriage is an Example
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Marriage is an Example

For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about marriage and how to fight for your marriage and how to not fight for your marriage and how to keep ministry in your marriage and whatnot. As a husband, I’ve been loving it. Reminders on how to best love my wife are always welcome. But, as...

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Run the Race

I’m getting old. Not in the literal sense, I recognize that 32 is still relatively young, but in the mental sense. Really what I’m getting at here is that I’m starting to use the phrase “kids these days” and talk about how things were “when I was in school”. Maybe it’s better stated that I’m...