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Your Spiritual Family Tree – A message for young people

Nothing will help you, destroy you, love you, hurt you, carry you, or hinder you like your family. Your personal experience may have been wonderful but there is also the possibility it was not. When it comes to faith, there are extremes created because of our own family experiences. Many...

Why Can’t Church be like my Youth or Young Adult Ministry?

Have you ever been really, really .... really bored attending a church service? I think everyone has had this kind of experience more than once. Perhaps this is why some churches use uncomfortable pews - it makes it pretty hard to take a good nap. Honestly, there are times when...

What about my Questions and Doubts about Faith?

There was a night I was sitting in a church event when I was a teenager. As usual I had taken a seat in the back with a few friends and really wasn't paying attention. Well, until I heard someone say 'Doreen' (my mother) was being taken to the hospital...

Trying to be Good Enough? Don’t Bother.

I remember going to the altar at my church. Actually, I remember going many times to give my life to God or to rededicate my life to Him after some wayward living. It became quite a routine. When I was a teen at some point at every camp, convention, or...

How Do You Get to the Top of an Upside Down Kingdom?

There are different ways to get to a vacation destination. First, you could fly there. This as an option is certainly the fastest, and sometimes the easiest way depending on where you are going. You are in one place and you sit down in a chair in a giant metal...

What Happens When Your Shadow Breaks? When Faith Feels Empty

While you may not have tried this before you should test it out. You will need to wait until there is a sunny day, or perhaps purchase a really bright light. Then when the conditions are right go find someone who has some physical problem. Walk past them and see...

Identify Who and What are the Constants – They are what we hold on to.

Ever wonder when churches, youth groups, or most organizations lose the most people? It is during times of transition. In Canada, the largest drop of in church attendance comes between Children's ministry and Jr High. Then there seems to be some significant drops later on, as well, like when students...

Does Church Attendance Affect Faith? Yes it does.

Does attending a church, or not, affect your faith? According to our Canadian stats the answer is definitely yes. Over 60% of young adults who stop attending their faith groups (Church, Home groups, Etc) will drop their faith affiliation within one year of leaving. Another truth worth looking at is...

Religion and Your Evil Grandmother

There are people who have very strong anti-religious and anti-faith messages. Not only are they questioning aspects of religion or faith, they are also saying even the idea, or practice, of a religion is in fact, dangerous and the cause of evil.   Let me be the first person to...