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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 […]

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 […]

Double-Booked for Life

All Articles, Over Commitment|

Topic: Over Commitment

Author: Alyssa Masula (Jonathan Alder H.S.)

 

I have to keep busy. I can’t survive without somewhere to be, something to do, something to devote myself to. I don’t know what to do with free time in my life. I thrive in times of stress and I feed on the pressure of perfection. I multitask […]

Perfectly Impossible

All Articles, Perfection|

Topic: Perfection

Author: Keilah Tawney (Bradley H.S.)

 

“Do your best”. Many people in my life tell me this and that my effort is what is most important. I believe my “best” should be 100 percent, but why don’t I achieve perfection in everything? Am I not trying hard enough? Not putting in enough time? Not capable? I […]

Rollercoaster

All Articles, Pain|

Topic: Pain

Author: Larry Ely (Youth Pastor)

 

A few summers ago, I was at Kings Island amusement park with some students. We were totally pumped to ride one of the newer rollercoasters called the Banshee. We got in line and watched the people scream as the rollercoaster twisted, turned, and flipped around the track. “That looks sooooo […]

Parasailing Morons

All Articles, Stupidity|

Topic: Stupidity (Knowledge vs. Understanding)

Author: Larry Ely (Youth Pastor)

 

I like watching extreme sports and a while back I was watching this old show called “Max X” where they basically show clips of people doing insanely sick & crazy stunts and then totally mock them & make fun of their stupidity. So on this episode these crazy […]

Be Happy!

All Articles, Joy|

Topic: Joy

Author: Caleb Masula (Jonathan Alder H.S.)

 

I used to hate Saturdays. Every Saturday, (after I watched my morning cartoons, of course,) my dad would make me help him out with projects around the house. I thought that it was very unfair! I thought, “Why should I have to help fix the sink when I could be having […]