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Ski Club

All Articles, Discipleship, Sports|

Topic: Making Disciples

Author: Larry Ely

 

My dad taught me how to snow ski at a young age. We went to Seven Springs ski resort in Pennsylvania as a family. I started on the bunny slope and progressed to the green hills. I learned how to do the snowplow (make a “pizza” shape with my ski tips […]

Bread

All Articles, Loving People|

Topic: Love People

Author: Larry Ely

 

Hungry person after hungry person entered the community center today hoping for food. They came for free groceries. A man came alone carrying an empty box to put food in. A woman came with her kids and put food in her stroller. An older lady in a wheelchair came by and needed some […]

The Zip-Line

All Articles, Equipped|

Topic: Equipped

Author: Larry Ely

 

The first time I rode a zip-line, I screamed as I flew though the forest and then started to enjoy the amazing ride. As I emerged from the trees, I became nervous again as the zip-line screamed over Lake Champion and quickly descended to a stop in the water. What a rush! It was […]

Pets: Good vs. Evil

All Articles, Devotion|

Topic: Devotion

Author: Larry Ely

 

Growing up, my favorite pet was my cat “Blacky”.  At the age of 5 or 6, my cat quickly became my best friend. He played with me, slept with me, and followed me around the house. He came in from outside when I whistled for him. He would find me and comfort […]

Epic Fail

All Articles, Failure|

Topic: Failure

Author: Larry Ely (Youth Pastor)

 

The Set Up:

Usually, I am pretty good at video games. I can hold my own playing Call of Duty, Halo, Destiny, Battlefront, Madden, and most racing games. On this particular day, my kids talked me into playing a new game they have been enjoying called Fortnite. It is a third […]

Soccer & Faith

All Articles, Sports, Teamwork|

Topic: Teamwork

Author: Tony Giovarelli (Youth Leader)

 

As a soccer goalie, I had four defensemen in front of me with the job of setting the line and preventing any offensive player from getting through to attempt to score. Constant communication between myself and the defensemen, allowed us to defend as one cohesive unit. If one person made a mistake, it […]

Dancing for the Lord

All Articles, Fear, Sports|

Topic: Fear & Freedom

Author: Sydney Francis (Donelson M.S.)

 

Since I was three, I have been dancing. Dancing is not only my hobby, but it’s also my passion. I have enjoyed and performed many different kinds of dance including: ballet, lyrical, acro, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, & point. My favorite type of dance is contemporary & jazz. My […]

Football & Faith

All Articles, Discipline, Sports|

Topic: Discipline & Honor

Author: Tyler Francis (Donelson H.S.)

 

I have played football since I was six years old. This upcoming season will be will be my senior year of high school football where I play Tight End and Defensive End for the DCA Wildcats. I love football because of the brotherhood, the physical freedom, and intense […]

Fishing & Faith

All Articles, Faith, Sports|

Topic: Faith & Action

Author: Dan Ely (Biologist & Fish Whisperer)

 

I was so excited to go on the long awaited deep sea fishing trip to Acapulco, Mexico. I could hardly sleep as I lay in bed waiting to get up with the sun and board our charter fishing boat with my best friend from high school. The […]

Surfing & Faith

All Articles, Perseverance, Sports|

Topic: Perseverance & Patience

Author: Dan Ely (Mentor & Friend)

 

When I was 10 years old my family moved from Dayton, Ohio to Redondo Beach, California. Our house was on a hill and from the living room window I could see the Pacific Ocean about a mile away. I was so excited to try out the beach […]

Faith & the Force

All Articles, Faith|

Topic: Faith

Author: Ian Miller (Youth Leader)

 

In the ‘70s, American film-goers were introduced to Luke Skywalker, a teenaged moisture farmer living on a desert planet and dreaming of getting away to see the galaxy and fight the Galactic Empire. His story doesn’t go the way he expects, but he ends up getting his wish and he […]

Happily Ever After

All Articles, Dating, Relationships|

Topic: Relationships/Dating

Author: Keilah Tawney (Bradley H.S.)

 

Movies upon movies are filled with the perfect couples. The Prince (who happens to be perfect) always finds his true love, his Princess (who is always very beautiful). It is easy for me to watch these relationships and hope for my Prince to come. It is easy to hope that […]