What you should do with your Butt

What you should do with your Butt

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” ~ Pablo Picasso Put that in your back pocket and save it for later. You’ll thank me whenever later comes – which hopefully is this weekend. That’s right, this coming weekend is Labor Day. Labor Day, not to be confused with International Worker’s Day, is a celebration of the American Labor Movement began in the year 1887. The modern understanding of Labor Day is varied. For some it means the beginning of cooler weather and the closing of the... Read More
Get Creative with Operation Christmas Child

Get Creative with Operation Christmas Child

By Liz Hansen God gave us amazing imaginations, not just for our own expression but to help others, too! In fact, check out our Bottom Line for October, Week 4: “Use your imagination to do more good.” We think Operation Christmas Child (a program of Samaritan’s Purse) is one of the most creative organizations out there when it comes to doing this. Each year, they facilitate the packing and delivery of millions of shoebox gifts to children in crisis areas and third-world countries around the... Read More
Ministry for the Long Haul!

Ministry for the Long Haul!

By Ben Kerns Student ministry is a demanding job, and it seems the longer I do it, the bigger the demands.  Starting out, I couldn’t believe that I could actually get paid to spend time with students, take them out to lunch, play video games and help them experience the love and grace of God.  As I settled into the job of being a youth worker, this simple beginning has expanded exponentially. When you take the simple task of loving students and helping them explore their faith and then combine... Read More
Why You Need a Lawn Service

Why You Need a Lawn Service

This summer, my wife and I met one of our longstanding goals – we bought a house. Technically we were already homeowners since we owned a town-home. But our town-home lacked three basic things we really wanted. You can probably guess the three missing pieces, but if not, here you go: space, storage, and a yard. Space and storage are nice, but in this phase of our lives the most important consideration for us was to get a place with a yard. We have two kids under five and needed a place for... Read More
3 Great Games from XP3 Students

3 Great Games from XP3 Students

Here are 3 great games from XP3 Students: Game #1: Desire Here’s a simple way to prove that we all have wants and desires. You probably have quite a few trash cans lying around your church, so gather a few to use in this game. (If you don’t have trash cans or if the ones you have are not usable, you could also use buckets or any other container that you think might work.) Designate a starting point for the game, and from that line measure out five feet and place a trash can. From there,... Read More