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Spilled Salt: How About Some Pepper?

All I can think about is if you sniff in a little bit of pepper - you sneeze. Pepper is used in conjunction with salt - well, most often. When I order a sub from Subway - I only get pepper on it - no salt. I just find that they put on too much salt and it ruins the sub. So I stick with the pepper.

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Spilled Salt: Still Reflections

Its 9:58 pm on Saturday night, the church is quiet – although filled with 17 youth and 4 adults, a little contrary to the level of noise the previous night delivered. This quietness is not because of the amount of work we did today, but because of one woman who listened to the voice of God.  Her name is Mother Hasting.  

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Spilled Salt: Still

When I think of the word still, I think of that time between gusts of wind, you know when there’s this big gust, a pause, then another big gust. It’s that pause between gusts that give me a sense of calmness. It’s almost like nature takes a time out from its busyness...

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Spilled Salt: Fail

Often times we are so afraid of failure. I guess what I’ve found out over time is that failure is almost a necessary step to success. When I worked in framing, I always said, “If you don’t bleed at least once during the day, you’re not working hard enough.” When I am skiing, I have said, “If you’re not falling, you’re not pushing yourself enough...

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Parents Involved in Youth Ministry

I just returned from a Youth Unlimited Youth Workers Retreat in Rockford, IL and one of the discussions focused around ‘Parental involvement in Youth Ministry’. It produced a very active discussion as most people around the table had varying view points on the subject. So, join in on the conversation!

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Spilled Salt: Thoughts from Van Dop

The other day, while I was playing with my daughter, the news was on. There was a story of a couple in South Korea who had 3 month old daughter, who was born prematurely. This couple also had an internet addiction. Put the two together, and the end result was the death of their daughter – due to malnutrition and neglect, a terribly sad ending.

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Top 2 Youth Websites of All Times

Hi everyone, I am on a hunt to find the top 2 websites for youth leaders . It should be informative, interactive and all-around fun to look at and page through. It could be a website for a church, music group, youth ministry, summer camp etc. Once a list has been compiled, the top two will be posted. Thanks for you website recommendations.
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Spilled Salt: Storm

When it comes to being true Spilled Salt in our world – it is our actions and words that are seen by those who do not believe (as well as those who believe).

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Bent but Not Broken

Passages like Eccl. 4:9-12 ends the teaching about the values of working together by stating that “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Yet, youth ministry tends to be both independent and in-the-moment in its daily operations. How to break this cycle? 

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Spilled Salt: Breathing

My daughter has a cold. My wife has a cold. I have a cold. In our house, we are all learning the valuable lesson of the importance of breathing. Through out the night, my daughter (almost 6 months old) coughs and coughs as she struggles to get the mucous out of her system so she can breathe as she needs. The bug is going around, I hope that you escape it.

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Reading the Bible – Holding the Hand

It’s time to make Bible reading a priority in your day-to-day schedule. Drop some of the stuff that you deem as valuable in your schedule, or give the important items to your Father to hold, and reach out and open God’s Word for your life today!

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A FEAST for Young and Old

From my own faith journey and from reflections of the last decade of youth ministry at New Life CRC I am persuaded that connection with older generations is vital in transferring faith from childhood to adulthood.

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Spilled Salt: Living in Community

One of my favorite aspects about being a Christian is living in community, being constantly surrounded by people who support me as a whole person – not necessarily because of my position, but because I am a fellow believer (I hope that’s what it is anyways …), and vice versa.

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Spilled Salt: A Little About Me

In 2007, I was coming to the end of my bible college existence. I was coming close to putting almost 7 years of study behind me, and was going to receive that piece of paper that says I hold a degree. In my quest of searching for what was to come next, I came upon a little CRC church in a small town. Their youth pastor position had just become vacant...

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Say NO to Food

Over the past number of weeks as I was considering what to add to this webpage that would be beneficial to you, the youth worker, I came across a list of 8 fun filled games that revolved around food.

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Youth Ministers: Elders in Disguise?

Each church within the CRC denomination has a different approach on how a Youth Worker/Pastor/Director reports to his or her superior. Take a look at this insightful article by Dr. Syd Hielema as he shares his experience when he was a Youth Pastor at Newmarket CRC.

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