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Minecraft Bible Study Update

I am re-teaching Faithcraft at our church so while I am doing that I am redoing the videos and such and making them a little more useful for you guys. I am adding 2 more weeks and changing the order of the weeks a bit. I am also making 3 video devotions for each week […]

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Make Your Own Foam Party

Over the years I have come up with many different youth ideas. Most of them are epic, I mean, epic ideas, but when I start to think about all of the stuff that it takes to make them come to reality I realize that they probably aren’t the best use of my time. At my […]

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Youth Group Lesson Plan: Gross, Weird, True

Download Gross, Weird, True Complete (ZIP) Download Gross, Weird, True Non-Editable (ZIP) (Does not include Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign files) Download Gross, Weird, True Lessons (PDF)  Gross, Weird, True is a 4-week youth group Bible study that looks at some of the strange stories and commands in the Bible. It includes instructions on how to incorporate […]



Music Before My Time

OK, there are three things that all came together to create this idea in my head and they are: I bought Rocksmith to help me learn to play some lead guitar (it is wicked fun btw) My son wanted to break the Lego Rock Band drums ...
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Homemade Heroes

Teaching Service

I am switching from Evernote to Onenote (the reasons for the switch are myriad and complicated, but if you know what either of these programs are and want to discuss them that would make me happy). The switch means that I am fi...
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Rock Music Moves Me

I miss rock music. It really doesn’t exist much anymore. I guess if I am being honest I really miss alternative grunge rock music. Well, that and southern rock and if I am really honest some hair metal stuff too, well tha...
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Mistaken Identity

How is is that Christians have the message of the greatest love ever and what most people in this country think of when they think of Christians is of a close-minded bigot spouting hate? We have the greatest love ever and we wo...
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Lazy Day Jitters

I am currently enrolled in Seminary (online) and have been pushing hard to get to spring break (which starts on Monday officially). We were scheduled to have a youth retreat this weekend and I am teaching Children’s Churc...
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