Monday, April 14, 2014

Growing in Your Faith Together

Before our second Valentine’s Day after we started dating (see throwback photo on the left!), I (Jake) had purchased a present that I was ecstatic about. I couldn’t even contain my excitement enough to make it to February 14, so after some begging and my best impression of puppy dog eyes, Melissa gave in to getting her present a day early. I ran up to my dorm room, grabbed the carefully wrapped box and sprinted back down to Melissa so she could open it and I could await the praise I had coming…

“You got me a Bible Commentary for Valentine’s Day!? Did you not get any of the hints I had dropped about jewelry?”

This was not the reaction Jake had hoped for. His goal of the gift had been to encourage Melissa in her walk with God and give us a tool we could use to do devotional times together and have deeper conversations. A fight ensued about how insulted and offended Jake was versus how unromantic and stupid the gift was for Valentine’s Day. (Jake now can admit Melissa was right…) This then lead into a different debate about what spending time with God as a couple looked like.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sermon 4/6/2014 - Planning for the Future

What role should planning have in our lives as a Christ follower? And according to the Bible, is planning actually a bad thing?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's All About Semantics

A few months back, (before the Polar Vortex became a thing) Jake decided he would buzz his hair. It would be cool during the summer, easier to deal with on his upcoming missions trip, and it would avoid a trip to the barber, something Jake has always hated to pay for.

He shaved most of it himself and then asked Melissa to, “Come out and do the back.” Melissa quickly stuck the baby in a pack ‘n play, strapped our son into his high chair, and came out to help. She was hurried, but tried to do exactly as Jake asked. The resulting “do” ended up as the picture on your right. We very quickly realized we had two different definitions of the phrase “do the back”. Jake had meant the edge of the back, whereas Melissa thought he wanted her to buzz the entire back of his head on a lower setting.

Most marriage resources say that communication is a key component to all relationships, but not many deal with semantics.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Sermon 3/23/14 - Aiming for Success

What does it take to be successful? More so, does God view success in the same way that the world view success?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I Will Not Be Mastered

Compulsive behaviors that drive people to serious sexual addiction or substance abuse are often the death toll to a relationship. However, addiction plays more of a role in the everyday marriage than most of us realize...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sermon 3/9/14 - #denominations

Catholic? Baptist? Presbyterian? Why are there so many different kinds of churches and is one more right than another? Was joined by Raquel Welsh in this teaching.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sermon 3/2/14 - The Power of Words

Sticks and stones break my bones but words will never hurt a complete lie! Our words have power and James was going so much deeper than just our vocabulary when we talked about taming our tongue.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sermon 2/23/14 - Getting to Work

When it comes to a relationship with Jesus, what's more important: belief in Jesus or doing things for Jesus? James 2:14-26 answers this question with a resounding, "Yes!"

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Valentine's Day Problem

Here’s an important question to ask: Does your spouse know you love them more than your ministry?

The first year we were married, Jake was excited to do something special for Valentine’s Day. He’d been brainstorming ideas since the New Year about places we could go for dinner and things we could do to make the night memorable. However, there was one big glitch in his plans: that particular year, Valentine’s Day fell on youth group night. We’re sure you youth workers feel that nervous gut clench as you read this. You know the feeling. Choosing between work and spouse…what to do?!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sermon 2/2/2014 - Hello My Name is ?

How do you see yourself? Like, really, deep down, see yourself? What are the names you call yourself, the hurts you hold onto, the things other people have said that you cling to? And how does all that compare to the way that Jesus sees you?

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sermon 1/26/2014 - When Life Doesn't Go the Way You Want

We all have plans, goals or ideals for our lives yet life often has a habit of not going the exact way we planned. As Christ followers, how should we respond when life throws us a curveball and what is God's role in it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Summer Service: A Family Experience

Summer missions trips are exciting for us youth workers and for our students. They are great times away together to bond and serve the Lord. But, missions trips can also mean a week of stress for families back home who are trying to run normally without the help of the youth worker spouse. Here are a handful of tips to keep in mind as you plan your summer service opportunities that will help keep both your youth group and your family happy about these experiences...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monadnock Sexuality Workshop

I had a blast with my students this weekend at Monadnock Bible Conference for their first Encounter Retreat of the 2014 season. As part of that weekend, I was asked to give my workshop on sexuality for the students and leaders in attendance. I recorded it so those who missed it still had a chance to catch the workshop so if you'd like to check it out, click here.

We ask what God think's about sex, how and why He wants us to have it, we ask if God's desire is really for us to be virgins until we're married, what God thinks about masturbation, and more...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sermon 1/5/14 - Science Versus Creation (Think)

The age old debate between Science and creation is a hot one among teens. This week, we open up a debate and ask students to share their views on wether both of these issues should be discussed in schools equally, if evolution and intelligent design can co-exist, if the big bang theory and genesis 1 can co-exist and if the "days" in Genesis one are literally 24-days or figurative.

Sermon 12/22/2013 - The First Christmas

What would it have been like to be either Joseph or Mary for the first Christmas and what can they tell us about how we should respond to stressful circumstances? My friend Raquel and I tackle this question, her from the perspective of Mary and myself from the perspective of Joseph.