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A Season of Presence

A Season of Presence

An Environment for Presence A new season is upon us in Pennsylvania. Spring has sprung, life is reemerging after an especially harsh winter, and if you’re anything like most people, you’ve probably eager to get outside and breath it all in (unless you have allergies). In our family, one of the highlights of spring is […]

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Personal Proverbs

Personal Proverbs

A proverb is “a brief popular saying that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true” (source). I first discovered the power of simple proverbs when I was getting my feet wet in youth ministry. To help our small group leaders remember and live […]

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Project Renovation’s Newest Retreat Adventure

Project Renovation’s Newest Retreat Adventure

Project Renovation is pleased to announce the destination of their next Soul Thirst Retreat: Antarctica. Entitled, “Soul Thaw” this new retreat experience promises to be a memorable and transformative experience for the dozen or so youth pastors planning to attend. Departing this August, the trip will last twelve days and cover nearly 16,000 miles. Participating […]

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Learning to Live Values

Learning to Live Values

Giving Core Values More than Lip Service Many ministries, businesses and non-profits have core values for their organizations/companies. You might find them posted on the wall when you walk into their facilities or discover them buried in a dusty manual somewhere. People may not think too much about them during the daily routine of life. […]

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How not to Respond to Uncomfortable Questions

How not to Respond to Uncomfortable Questions

From Good to Bad I recently sat down for lunch with a few friends and a new acquaintance.  For me, lunch was the first of a few meetings in the midst of a full day and a few hours of travel time.  Despite feeling a little rushed I was thoroughly looking forward to catching up […]

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Looking for God

Looking for God

This was a big deal. Nate and I were making the 45 minute drive for one reason only, we wanted to see a snowy owl in Pennsylvania. Seriously, this was historic! It’s not unusual for one or two snowy owls to stray into Pennsylvania each winter. But no one has ever seen anything like this. […]

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Worry and Presence

Worry and Presence

A Series of Unfortunate Events Several years ago, what should have been an awesome time with my adult children turned into moments of panic and fear.  We had given them tickets to a Broadway show for Christmas.  The day before we were to go to New York, I looked for the tickets and guess what?  […]

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Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse

Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of February, we’ve been focusing on the theme of caring for the spouses in the midst of ministry, and tonight we cap off the month with an equipping event entitled, “Caring for the Soul of Your Spouse.” Today, we thought we’d share a post originally shared a few months ago […]

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When Ministry feels like a Mistress

When Ministry feels like a Mistress

Dinner and a Conversation Have you ever had one of “those” conversations with your spouse? The kind which leaves you numb and wondering how on earth you arrived at this place? The night was to be a celebration.   Naomi and I decided to go out for dinner marking the end to a long season of […]

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The Best, Dangerous Question You can Ask Your Spouse

The Best, Dangerous Question You can Ask Your Spouse

Ministry Relationships in All Shapes and Sizes Ministry relationships come in all shapes and sizes – everything from working with volunteers to paid staff, from students to adult leaders and more.  It seems like new relationships are being formed all the time, while others have lasted for decades.  There are seasons marked by productivity and […]

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