How Important Is Homework?

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

Homework wOur teenagers live in a demanding world, and one of the greatest demands that are placed upon them comes in the form of homework.

A 2014 survey discovered that high school teachers, on average, assigned approximately 3.5 hours of homework each week. If a typical high school student has five classes with five different teachers, this could theoretically add up to 17.5 hours of homework every week! This would dwarf the amount of time that most teens spend in Bible study, prayer, or other spiritual activities, and would most likely compromise other important areas of life (family, friends, recreation, etc.).

BE A BARNABAS

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

Encourage wWilliam Arthur Ward once wrote, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” I believe that sentiment embodies the example of a man named Joseph who was integral to the growth of the church during its infancy.

THE FEAR FACTOR – PART THREE

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

FearFactor3As we wrap up this study on our response towards fear, let’s take a look at one final approach:

THE “FEAR OF GOD” APPROACH:

What does this approach towards fear look like? Imagine the following scenario:

Something happens in our life that causes us to be afraid, but instead of doing nothing or reacting to the cause/source of that fear, we remind ourselves of whom we fear most: God. As a result of this foundational “fear” of God, we make very different decisions in the midst of this scary situation. With this approach, we have a singular, overriding goal: to please Him above all else.

A SIGN FROM GOD

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

trafficsignsHave you ever noticed the abundance of traffic signs around you? Everywhere you look there are traffic signs. Some signs regulate the flow of traffic like speed limit signs and stop signs. Other signs tell you what to expect ahead such as construction signs, speed bump signs, and curvy road signs. Then there are signs that indicate your location or provide directions such as street names, mile markers, and exit signs. The most important thing about traffic signs is that every sign serves a purpose. Some provide drivers with useful information, some keep drivers safe during their travels, and some direct drivers toward their destination. Without traffic signs driving would be a chaotic, frustrating, and dangerous endeavor.