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I’m sorry friends, but I’ve been at the Kansas West Annual Conference and will be leaving for a junior high leadership camp (LEAD Camp). I’ll get back to this as soon as possible. Thanks.

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Here is an interview on adolescent brain development with Kelly Schwartz from Fuller Theological Seminary. It’s about 20 minutes, but fascinating information helping us understand what’s really happening in the teenage mind.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Interview courtesy of www.cpyu.org.

I received an e-mail with a bunch of fun pictures cut from food. Here are the few that I that were excellent. Enjoy!





You’ve probably heard of him or listened to his music. Well, Catalyst recently interviewed David Crowder and I thought you might be interested in hearing it. If you would like to hear it, click here to get to the page.

Catalyst has a goal of impacting the next generation by creating “change agents” in the church. For more information about Catalyst, check out their website by clicking below.

Going to an interview any time soon? Here’s a video that offers some “top shelf” advice… for ninjas.

Click here to watch the video.

I saw Prince Caspian this weekend. It was an excellent follow up to the first film (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe). As a youth worker, I thought there were many things that could be discussed if you brought a group to see it.

Synopsis: An uncle tries to kill his nephew (Caspian) and become king. Hidden in the forest, Caspian connects with the Narnians and (eventually) Aslan to battle back in order to regain the kingdom and freedom for all. It is the classic “good versus evil” story.

Great Quote: While waiting for Aslan, Lucy says, “You’re all acting like there are only two options: dying here or dying there … or have you forgotten who really defeated the White Witch, Peter?” Peter responds, “I think we’ve waited for Aslan long enough.”

Follow-up Quote: During what seems to be a dream, Lucy asks Aslan, “Where have you been? Why haven’t you come to help us?” Aslan says, “Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.” Something he repeats later in the film.

Rating: B+ Because of the battle scenes, it worth seeing in the theater. And, yes, I would pay to see it again.

Comment: Don’t mention this to my wife, but there were times where I almost started having a salty discharge from my eyes. I got caught up in the honor and integrity that was displayed on the screen and, it moved me, Bob.

For more resources connecting Prince Caspian and youth ministry, click here.

I receive an e-newsletter every week from an organization called: Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU). It is one of the best tools out there that can help people keep up with the fast-changing cultural trends.

CPYU also has a website (www.cpyu.org) that they update daily (that’s right, daily) with what’s going on. It is loaded with information and resources. Check it out! (No, I don’t get a commission. I just think it’s that good.) Invite parents to check it out as well. Sign up for the newsletter. I’m convinced that it can have an impact on how we look at teenagers and how to effectively minister to them.

I was reading from a familiar passage this morning: Deuteronomy 6. It’s a great passage. Love God with all you have (v. 5). Commit to God’s commands (v. 6). Share them with others (v. 7). Develop ways to remember them (v. 8-9). Good stuff, right?

It was something later that caught my eye. In verse 20, God warns us of a question we will have to answer. And you know what? I’ve heard this question. Here it is:

“In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?'”

So, what do you tell someone who asks (or complains) about the expectations that God has for them? The good news is that this passage answers that for us. Are you ready to learn?

Tell them about God’s work in salvation (v. 21) and all the amazing and miraculous things He has done (v. 22). Then, remind them that God commands us to obey “so He can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as He has done to this day” (v. 24).

If people aren’t impressed with what God has done in the past, let them know that it also affects what God will do in their lives in the future.

God, thanks for what You have done for us. Please help us to seek You and live how You desire us to live all of our days. We want to be counted as righteous (v. 25). Amen.

Another great idea from Stephanie Caro, St. Petersburg, FL!

 

Here’s special event #2 in our series: GRADUATION! No more boring Graduation Sunday services! (No wonder many grads leave the church never to return!) Instead, try one of these:

  1. GRAD PAMPER DAY: Mani-pedis, massages, hair cuts, makeup tips, free robe-ironing service, grad pictures (with the group of course!), cappuccinos, etc. Setup stations around the room to pamper grads and get youth and church members involved in serving.
  2. GRAD TAILGATE PARTY: Setup snacks and sodas in the school parking lot before and after the ceremony for all the grads. Have your college ministry people available to staff the event with info from about your church and ministries at area colleges.
  3. GRAD-BREAKFAST-IN-BED: Make their special day really something by sending youth teams around to serve breakfast in bed to each grad. Make sure to take a camera!
  4. GRAD ROAST: Morph a luau décor with an old-fashioned “roast” (Ask somebody old what a “roast” is or just google a guy named Dean Martin). In keeping with the “roast” theme, your luau meal could include a pig roast, roasted potatoes, marshmallows, etc. Decorate with fire—tiki torches, fire pits and candles. After the meal, have a time where folks tell funny stories about the grads. (That’s where the “Dean Martin Roast” part comes in.)

In today’s passage (Zechariah 4) the angel of the Lord asks Zechariah what he sees. Zechariah answers, but then asks two questions we should consider asking ourselves: “What are these, my lord? What do they mean” (verse 4)? The angel asks, “Don’t you know?” and Zechariah honestly answers, “No, my lord” (verse 5).

You know what? We don’t have to have everything figured out. As a matter of fact, we won’t. We’re not in control of the universe. We don’t determine the future of the world.

But God does. He has a plan He’s going to accomplish, and He wants us to know about it. That’s why it’s okay to ask God when you don’t understand something. He wants us to know about His plan. He wants us to be included in it.

So, go ahead and ask. If this passage is any indication of the God we know, He will answer us. It may not be an audible voice, but He will answer. Look for it. Listen for it. And when you see God accomplish what He’s doing, bless Him for it (verse 7).

God, we obviously don’t know everything, but You do. Would you please remind us to be asking You, the One who knows, what You are doing in the situations we find ourselves in? Then help us to do what You want so that You may be blessed. Amen.