Sep 02 2014

YouthWorker Movement: 3 Killer Back to School Icebreakers

Students are heading back to school which mean’s its time for a new set of themed ice breakers! 1. Making the Grade People Scavenger Hunt:  The goal of this is to be the first student get a “100.”  Each student must go around filling in each of the number questions and writing the name of […]

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Sep 02 2014

Crossfusion: Why Don’t We Baptize Older Children?

Original post at http://pastorjohnpartridge.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-dont-we-baptize-older-children.html Note: I asked our youth to write down any questions that they had about faith, the church, or life in general.  This is a part of that series.Question: Why don’t we baptize older children?     The original question I received from our youth was why it seems like older children are required …

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Sep 02 2014

YouthWorker Movement: Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder

So last spring I led a breakout session titled “Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder” at Faith Forward, a terrific new children & youth ministry conference in Nashville, TN. There are great, great minds from ministry and all things spiritual involved and I’m excited to be a part of it. The outline for my talk got […]

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Sep 02 2014

The Inside Out Life: August 31 Sermon

 Matthew
16:21-28

From that time on,
Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo
great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and on the third day be raised.And Peter took him aside and began to
rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to
you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me,

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Sep 02 2014

SOUND BITES: Something to chew on that is good for the soul™: LIVING BY GRACE

At the beginning of our life with God, we are aware of a gap between God and us, separation from God because of sin.

We come to understand that we cannot bridge this gap by our efforts or good behavior.  We cannot earn God’s love and forgiveness; it comes only by God’s grace.  Salvation is given by the grace of God, achieved through the power of God, offered through the Spirit of God, and made secure by the promise of God.  And so we commit our life to God.

But there is still a gap.

Now the gap is between the me I am right now and the me I’m meant to be — “current me” and “sanctified me.”  But here’s the problem:  People think it is our job to bridge that gap by our effort.  But we can’t.  This gap, too, can only be bridged by grace.  Self-improvement is no more God’s plan than self-salvation.  God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace — it is for us to live by grace.  God’s plan is for my daily life to be given, guided, guarded, and energized by the grace of God.  To live in grace is to flow in the Spirit.

John Ortberg in The Me I Want To Be


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Sep 02 2014

Laurie Haller: When the Rip is Long Enough

It’s the day before an ironman distance triathlon in Grand Rapids: 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles cycling and 26.2 miles running.   Gary and I arrive at Versluis Lake in the morning so I can take a quick trial swim.  I … Continue reading

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