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LBS Graduation!

Last night was a wonderful family memory—watching Lance graduate from High School. Other than gratitude to God for the way Lance has honored the Lord and his parents, the overwhelming emotion of the day was thankfulness to all the people who have labored along with us and invested into his life over the years! I…

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A Glimpse Back at Spring Banquet

A Special Memory for the Senior Class of 2009 Last Monday we had the privilege of hosting our Senior High teens and many of their parents at Spring Banquet 2009. It was an amazing evening, featuring a delightfully decorated “Grand Ballroom” at the Disneyland Hotel. The students arrived at church at about noon, dressed their…

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My Favorite Moment of WCBC Commencement 09

Praying with the “LBC Brats” that Graduated Today! Today was a special commencement for West Coast Baptist College! For Dana and me it had a special significance as 20 graduates of the Lancaster Baptist Church youth group were graduating from Bible College. This was a special class! They have always had a fantastic, encouraging spirit…

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Book Review—A Glorious Church

A New Book about the Biblical and Historical Integrity of the New Testament Church Evangelist Mike Gass has written a fantastic new book now available from Striving Together Publications. “A Glorious Church” is a study of the origin, identity, heritage, and integrity of the New Testament Church. It is a fantastic read filled with historical…

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Helping Graduates Prepare for the Future

A Tool to Help High School Grads Understand Their Own Hearts and Direction I’ve not been able to write a blog post for a while due to year-end events with our graduating seniors—which leads me to thinking this might be a helpful subject. I want to encourage pastors, youth pastors, principals, and those who work…

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Three More Huge Principles for Personal Productivity

Do you like to live “to the hilt”? Do you like to pillow your head at night exhausted, spent, but fulfilled? Do you find great enjoyment in doing the best you can with the resources and opportunities God has given you? I sure do. In a recent post we looked at three HUGE principles of…

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10 Marks of a Mature Dating Relationship

This post is originally found at www.paulchappell.com posted by Paul Chappell—Pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College. It’s a fantastic list of mature qualities found in a godly dating relationship—well worth teaching and developing for older teens or single adults. Since I’m always looking for teaching ideas like this,…

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Three Huge Principles for Personal Productivity

  A few weeks ago a pastor asked me if he could look through my leather binder. I happily sat down and showed him page by page through this veritable extension of my arm—for it pretty much goes wherever I go all the time. Thinking back, I get asked about organization, personal productivity, and balance…

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Life After the Youth Group

Part Three in a Series on Sustaining Spiritual Momentum After High School In the previous two articles (part one, part two) we’ve been visiting the subject of supporting our graduates after high school. The years of 18-24 are filled with much spiritual battle and faith-testing temptations. And we are wise to understand this group and…

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Life After the Youth Group

Part Two of a Series—Sustaining Spiritual Momentum After High School In the first article we discussed a trend that is fairly common among young adults after high school. If you are in the ministry then you are passionate about seeing people “make it” for God. Over the years, we haven’t been 100% successful, but we’ve…

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18 and On Your Own—What Happens to Our Graduates?

Part One of a Series—Sustaining Spiritual Momentum After High School What happens to our graduates after high school? Have you ever seriously considered this question when it comes to their life direction, their relationship to the pastor and church, and their spiritual support? We live in a culture that has verifiably extended the “teen years”…

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The Best Investments We Can Make

Two Decisions You Will Never Regret It seems like all we hear in today’s media is about the terrible economy and the tough times. And while I don’t minimize the struggles of many Americans, I do place my confidence in something far greater! Amid times like these God repeatedly reminds me of a foundational value…

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Just Friends—A New Book with Mike Ray

Guarding Your Heart for a Wonderful Someday! People have asked for years if we would do a book to teenagers and college students about guy/girl relationships. It wasn’t until Pastor Chappell approached me about working on this project with Pastor Mike Ray that I really thought seriously about it. What a privilege to work with…

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Twitter—90 Days Later

The Blessings and Benefits of Learning the Art of Microblogging! A little over 90 days ago, I began using Twitter. Eight months ago I was sure it was the dumbest thing I had ever seen. But after a little examination and consideration, I decided to give it a try with my family and friends. It’s…

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The Top Ten Dating Mistakes Parents Make (Part 3)

How Parents Let Their Kids Go Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon This is the final article in a series about the mistakes that parents often make in allowing their children to date too seriously too soon. We’ve seen the first seven, so let’s wrap it up… 8. They push their kids into dating out…

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Sweet Revenge on My 17 Year Old!

Stuff I’m Planning to Do to My Son’s Car—Now that He Has One! Well, I’m officially old! My seventeen-year-old son now has a car and this post is strictly for your comic relief! Lance worked hard and saved, and it was a joy to help get a car for him as a graduation gift. It’s a…

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The Top Ten Dating Mistakes Parents Make (Part 2)

How Parents Let Their Kids Go Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon This is part two in a series of articles that flow from years of dealing with situations that arose out of well-meaning but short-sighted parental decisions. We all have blind spots, so these things are shared with a spirit of sincerity and humility…

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The Top Ten Dating Mistakes Parents Make (Part 1)

How Parents Let Their Kids Go Too Far, Too Fast, Too Soon This is the first in a series of three articles. Over the years, the Lord has allowed me the privilege to serve families and students in their journey together. Hundreds of teens have graduated from our student ministry, and the vast majority of…

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Book Review-What’s On Your Mind

Discover the Power of Biblical Thinking A New Book by Dr. John Goestch Do you desire to grow in your understanding of how your brain assimilates information, and how God’s Word can transform your thinking and renew your mind? The pages of this book are a MUST READ for every Christian who is desiring to…

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Embracing the Seasons of Life (2)

Things I Don’t Regret When Looking Back Ten Years All of this started with a project to review and organize our family photos over the Christmas break. 15,600 photos later, I sat back in awe of God’s goodness and the fast passing of time. I was overwhelmed by two thoughts. The first had to do…

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