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Eliminating “I Told You So”

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet

I like being right…I mean I really enjoy it. There is a satisfaction that I get when I am right about something and someone else is wrong. Which is why what I am about to suggest is difficult even for me… It’s time for parents to eliminate the phrase “I told you so,” from our… Read More »

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3 Tips on Having a Solid Relationship With Your Disabled Teen

April 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

  Guest post by Sarah Turner No one walks through the valley of dealing with a disability more than a parent who watches his or her child struggle. Having dealt with Cerebral Palsy all of my life my parents and I have had a long journey to get to the relationship we have now, My… Read More »

Honoring Your Parents Ten Commandments

Honoring Your Parents

March 19, 2014 | No comments yet

It is always incredible to see a student who understands that importance of their relationship with their parents. This guest post is from Landon Turner a High School Junior who understands and appreciates the relationship he has with his parents So for a long, LONG time people have heard the saying “Honor your father and… Read More »

powerofapology

The Power of Apology

November 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

I know that most parents don’t make mistakes. When confronted with issues from their teenagers they always respond lovingly, full of grace, and exuding kindness. Their teenager comes home two hours late and their excuse is “My phone died,” and they respond with, “what can I do to help you achieve the curfew goal next… Read More »

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Follow the Leader

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet

Jesus was not your conventional dude, and he certainly wasn’t the religious poster child.  He healed people on the Sabbath, hung out with the worst of sinners, and performed miracles, one of which I wish he would have performed at my wedding. What I’ve always liked about Jesus is that he’s not flashy.  I bet… Read More »

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Facing Fear

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet

Regardless of your stance on Halloween, your children will be surrounded by the holiday. Most kids love to dress up, go door to door to get Snickers and Starbursts and have fun. Apart from fun, the feeling most associated with Halloween is “FEAR.” Haunted attractions in the United States bring in an estimated $300–500 million each year,… Read More »

TBDE2 (#3)

Teenage Boys Don’t Exist #3 – Let’s Get Practical

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet

This is the third post in the Teenage Boys Don’t Exist series. Check out the first two here: Teenage Boys Don’t Exist #1 and Teenage Boys Don’t Exist #2 – “Expectations.” At 14 years old, I began my first job. I spent an entire summer roofing in temperatures so hot that my shoes would melt… Read More »

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Manage the Busy

October 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

I love my job, but it is one that demands a lot of my time and for most youth pastors, summer is the busiest. This summer I planned and led more trips than I ever have, hosted more activities than I ever have, and prepared fall semester programs for adults, students, and children. It was… Read More »

TBDE2 (#2)

Teenage Boys Don’t Exist – “Expectations”

August 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

“Mom, can I borrow $65? I need to buy a new video game for my Xbox.” While this conversation wouldn’t be so bad for a 12 year to have with his mother, far too often this conversation is being had by 18 year olds who should have jobs where they earn enough money to buy… Read More »

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Teenage Boys Don’t Exist

May 16, 2013 | 6 Comments

November 6th, 2012 was a momentous day in our country. Wait, was there an election that day? I was of course talking about the release of Halo 4. The sixth first-person shooter game in the insanely successful Halo franchise. I wonder why they would have chosen to have an election on Halo release day 2012.… Read More »