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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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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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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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The Greatest Student Ministry Strategy

Reaching Students, Nurturing Life Change, and Seeing Them Stay Faithful for Life If we were sitting at a coffee shop and you asked me, “If you could give one practical word of advice to a youth pastor regarding reaching students, seeing their lives changed, and watching them grow up faithful to God—what would it be?”…

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Does God Care What We Wear? (Part 3)

Why Have a Student Ministry Dress Standard In our last two articles we began considering the question, “Does God care what we wear?” Again, so many responded positively to these articles! In a day when sloppier and sleezier is finding its way into the church and the Christian home, may we reconsider clear biblical principles…

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Does God Care What We Wear? (Part 2)

Why Have a Student Ministry Dress Standard In our last issue we began briefly considering the question, “Does God care what we wear?” So many of you responded positively to this series of articles and I appreciate your feedback! In a day when sloppier and sleezier is finding its way into the church and the…

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Does God Care What We Wear?

Why Have a Student Ministry Dress Standard As a youth pastor I am often asked about dress standards—from teens, from parents, and from other youth leaders. Do we have a dress standard? What is it? How do we enforce it? Why do we have one? What about visitors? The questions and the reasonings sometimes seem…

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Mutations, Confusions, and Transitions Part Four

Helping Your Teen through Some of Life’s Toughest Years In the past few articles we have been considering the radical physical changes that all teenagers experience between the ages of twelve and twenty. In this article, I want to turn your attention to the emotional changes. First let’s discuss the symptoms. Have you seen your teenager…

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Mutations, Confusion, and Transitions Part Three

Helping Your Teen Through Some of Life’s Toughest Years In the past two articles we have begun discussing the radical changes that teenagers experience, and how parents and spiritual leaders should respond to those changes. In the last edition, we focused primarily on external physical changes—which are many. In these next few paragraphs we will…

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Mutations, Confusion, and Transitions Part Two

Helping Your Teen Through Some of Life’s Toughest Years In the last issue I introduced a series of articles that will highlight the changes that a teenager faces between the ages of 12 and 20, and how we as adults, youth workers, and parents should understand and respond to those changes. I want to reiterate,…

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Mutations, Confusion, and Transitions Part One

Helping Your Teen Through Some of Life’s Toughest Years “Who rode their bicycle through your mouth?!” It was during my seventh grade year, and those were the first rather hurtful words I heard at Wednesday night Bible study when I arrived at church with my new “headgear!” As if braces and a retainer weren’t enough…

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Dealing with Dating Part 2

Helping Your Young Adult Prepare for the Future In our last post we started talking about how to deal with dating as our children grow. In the midst of a culture that is awakening sexual desires at younger and younger ages, how do we as Christian parents find the right biblical balance on this issue?…

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Dealing with Dating Part 1

Helping Your Young Adult Prepare for the Future Have you noticed that our culture is trying to awaken and enlarge the desires of our young people at younger and younger ages? And it seems that parents often find themselves caught between the better judgment of their conscience and the pressure of a corrupt culture. We…

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More Father-Time

What Quality Time Together Looks Like Last month we began talking about the importance of father time—the vital heart connection that our teenagers need with Dad.  We saw that it was part of John the Baptist’s life mission— Luke 1:17, “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn…

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Father-Time

Turning Your Heart Back to Your Teen As our kids become teenagers in today’s society, there is no doubt that our lives become busier on every level. The busyness impacts everyone in the family. For dad, it hits with bigger bills, more financial stress, more work responsibilities, and a more demanding schedule (especially for commuters)….

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Overcoming the Vacuum Effect

Making a Desperate Heart a Healthy Heart I’m not sure I can do this in one article, but I’ll try! I really need you to focus for a moment—this is a really big truth for one short article. Have you ever noticed how some teenagers (or adults for that matter) seem so passionately drawn into…

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Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 4

A Four Part Series for Discerning Parents In this final segment, I want to touch on an area that I would call “passive behavioral dangers.” Perhaps these things are more warning signs of deeper dangers than dangers themselves, but either way, these things deserve our parental awareness and attention. These dangers or warning signs are…

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Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 3

A Four Part Series of Articles for Discerning Parents Through our last two articles we have been seeking to see what others do not or choose not to see. We’re asking the Lord to give us spiritual discernment and to enlighten the eyes of our understanding with regards to the hidden dangers our teenagers face….

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Understanding Hidden Dangers Part 2

A Four Part Series of Articles for Discerning Parents In last months article we began a four-part series on the hidden dangers that Satan uses to drive a wedge between a teenager’s heart and spiritual things. These are the things that sometimes appear innocent or faddish on the surface, but in reality they are “back-doors”…

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