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24August 2013

by: Joel Shorey

Godly speech in an ungodly world

Some Secrets to a Tamed Tongue There really is a way to tame the tongue, though none but those who really want it and are willing to go after it in the grace and power of God will make any progress. Are you up for it? On Sunday, August 18, Joel Shorey offered an exposition of Scripture that climaxed with the following seven keys to a tamed tongue. Pursue these as a way of life (not just a quick ...

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24April 2013

by: Joel Shorey

Cross Culture: Parent-Youth Ministry part 2

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is the third of a few-part post on CFC’s Parent/Youth youth ministry, which is appearing on a monthly basis.) Why Do We Do What We Do? Since I have the joy of leading CFC’s youth ministry, I thought it would be good to highlight the philosophical values we are clinging to as a youth ministry.  Why do we do youth ministry the way we do?  ...

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23March 2013

by: Joel Shorey

"I Thirst" - John 19:28-29

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is part of a Lenten series being offered by the pastors of CFC. Also we encourage our readers to check out the following link for further reflection on the Holy Season in which we find ourselves. http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/blogs/sgm/post/Walt-Alexander-What-in-the-World-is-Holy-Week.aspx ) What Kind of Thirst? John 19:28, 29—“After ...

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6March 2013

by: Joel Shorey

Looking at the Parent in our Parent/Youth Model of Ministry part 2

(Blog Manager’s Note: this is the second of a few-part post on CFC’s Parent/Youth youth ministry, which is appearing on the first Wednesday of each month.) In our first post we started looking at some ways that we need parents to parent in our youth ministry—starting with the thought that we need our parents to love Jesus (see the February 6 post).  We need our parents ...

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6February 2013

by: Joel Shorey

Looking at the Parent in our Parent/Youth Model of Ministry

(Blog Manager’s Note: this starts a several part post on CFC’s Parent/Youth youth ministry, to appear on the first Wednesday of each month.) Why We Do What We Do Since I have the joy of leading CFC’s youth ministry, I thought it would be good to highlight the philosophical values we are clinging to as a youth ministry.  Why do we do youth ministry the way we do?  ...

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22October 2012

by: Joel Shorey

Thrive Retreat 2012 – The Love of God

The Thrive Retreat for the singles and college students of our church has been a highlight of my calendar in recent years.  When I first started serving as singles’ pastor, I wanted to create an opportunity for us to be together as a larger community, to enjoy fellowship, make memories, and be able to hear the Word of God preached.  By God’s grace, we have enjoyed these ...

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5September 2012

by: Joel Shorey

Youth Ministry

When we consider ministering to a generation of youth, passages like Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 78, and Ephesians 6:1-4 remind us that youth ministry happens first in the home.  The glorious responsibility of raising the next generation and transferring the gospel to our kids and to their kids, falls primarily to us parents.  This is what God has called us to.  Gospel transfer does ...

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26July 2012

by: Joel Shorey

Haiti Missions Trip

Recently I had the joy of leading a group of 19 youth, two college students, and four dads to serve in Haiti. I cannot say how thankful I am for this group and for how selflessly they served all week long. Our time in Haiti was filled with navigating the streets to buy supplies, building a small shelter that would be used as a school, picking up trash in the tent city at Grace Village, feeding ...

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15June 2012

by: Joel Shorey

NEXT 2012 Recap

Last week, along with about 60 others from Covenant, Ashley and I attended the very last Next conference. There were many good things about the conference, like its being in Orlando Perhaps the greatest was that it ended exactly where it began over a decade ago – with its focus on Jesus and his Bride, the Church. The biggest benefit to my soul was that the seven excellent messages on ...

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