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Teens and Dating: Develop Relationships

April 23, 2015 | No comments yet

One of the things I quickly learned about the professional world is that relationships are important. In most cases, knowing people helps you do your job better and for many people networking and relationship building is pivotal to their careers. The importance of relationships is one that extends outside of the business world. It is… Read More »

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The Changing Problem With Pornography

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet

Porn is everywhere. I recently had a conversation with a mother who has teenage sons that struggle with pornography. The parents have set up filters and blocked access to try to protect their sons, but they kept finding ways around the parameters. Each time they were caught looking at pornography the parents would try to… Read More »

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App Review : Spotify

March 10, 2015 | No comments yet

Definitions: Playlists – Spotify allows the user to create and share “playlists.” A Playlist is a list of songs that any user can create. Radio – Spotify Radio is feature that allows the user to listen to a specific genre of music.  It is similar to using XM radio. Top Lists – Spotify puts together… Read More »


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 »


Eating Disorders: No Laughing Matter

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet

Guest Post by Katie Gilgenbach – Director of Wellness for FDLIC Eating disorders whether Anorexia, Bulimia, or binge eating are not to be taken lightly. Most teen girls and some boys have thought about or actually struggled with one or all of these disorders. You may be blind to the fact your child may be dealing… Read More »


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 »

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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 »


Coach Shef’s Parenting Advice

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet

As a youth pastor, I am constantly asked by parents for advice for dealing with problems with their teenagers. From sex to social media to disrespect to laziness, I am often put in a position to help parents. While I usually attempt to give a sound and well thought out answer, I recently read an… Read More »


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 »


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 »