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Take a Page from Linus’ Playbook this Christmas

by Leo Barnes

In the famous Peanuts Christmas film, Linus confronts his best friend with the following words, “Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.” It’s safe to say that I am not the only person to disagree with Linus’ conclusion.  Charlie Brown […]

Youth Ministry Philosophy: Serving Together

by Ken Langley

Perhaps you have heard the statistics regarding the number of young adults who leave the church after they graduate from high school.  Depending on the study you read, there are anywhere from 40 -90% of churched teens in this category. Suggested solutions to this concern include catering to youth culture, increasing the use of current […]

Forget Yourself

by Leo Barnes

In many cultures of the past, and some cultures still today, all of the world’s problems were traced back to hubris, extreme pride.  According to these cultures, men and women think too highly of themselves as individuals and their high self-esteem leads to greed, hoarding of wealth, an entitlement attitude and many other social ills […]

The Mystery of the Missing Owner

by Ken Langley

My friend Lee Eclov wrote the following piece, which I thought tailor made for our study of Ephesians 1.  Do you know, child of God, that in Christ God has given you every spriritual blessing?  You’re rich? “The Mystery of the Missing Owner” read the headline on an unusual section of the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, February […]

Throwing Some Cold Water on the Ice Bucket Challenge

by Ken Langley

by Ken Langley I can’t remember when a social media craze took off like the ALS ice bucket challenge.  (For those of you who’ve spent the last few months on Neptune, the ice bucket challenge features people on video having ice cold water dumped on their heads to raise money for research on amyotrophic lateral […]

A Word from a Student…

by Leo Barnes

Sophomore Blake Woods gave the following testimony at the end of senior high summer camp on August 1st.  When I heard it, I felt compelled to share it with all of you for a few reasons: 1)    It gives you a break from hearing my thoughts 2)    It gives you insight into what our students […]

Youth Ministry: A Peek Behind the Scenes

by Leo Barnes

Here’s a small sneak peek behind the scenes of youth ministry.  For the past few months our senior high small groups have been studying through the book of Ephesians.  The following are some of the highlights that one group of high school guys identified at the end of the study: 2:18-20 – It’s amazing that […]

Don’t Believe Heaven is for Real

by Ken Langley

Every now and then someone says it better than I can.  So why reinvent or paraphrase?  Let me urge you to listen to David Platt’s fervent plea that Christians stop buying and reading fictional accounts of heaven and hell and read instead the Word of God on these matters.  Click Here to check out this five-minute clip. […]

Ananias, Boris, and Mordecai

by Leo Barnes

Ananias, Boris, and Mordecai have had a profound impact on the world.  Largely forgotten by history, the faithfulness of these men has led to tremendous fruit for the Kingdom of God through the men whom they led to Christ: St. Paul, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Billy Graham.  Some men and women are called to public ministries […]

Children of Satan

by Eliel Rojas

We live in a tolerant society that doesn’t tolerate “offensive” language against people who believe and practice things that once were cataloged as wrong. We are told not to say anything negative to these behaviors people practice because it is offensive.  Reading a book this week I saw the offensiveness of the gospel once again, […]