Dear Parents of Teenagers, Here are 5 reasons you should keep your teens involved in youth group...

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Dear Parents of Teenagers,

Thanks for all you do to invest in the life of your teenager(s). You probably feel like an uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off when they call), coach (helping them perfect their sport), tutor (working with them on homework), guidance counsellor (preparing them for the future) and, sometimes, a jockey (pushing them to cross the finish line...without a whip of course!)...all wrapped up in one!

That's why, with all the insane busyness of parenting a teen, it's easy to let youth group attendance slide off the grid. It's tempting to think, "My kid's just too busy for a night of hanging out with other teenagers, playing some goofy games and hearing another Bible lesson."

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Thirteen Reasons Why...suicide is the worst option

Over three million copies of the novel Thirteen Reasons Why have been sold and the Netflix series is a runaway hit. It's the story of a shy high school student named Clay Jensen, who comes home from school to find a package containing seven cassette tapes. On these tapes, another high schooler named Hannah Baker, details thirteen reasons why she chose to kill herself.

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Take the first step!

 "Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”  Joshua 3:12,13

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Microwaves, Crockpots and Waiting on God

'Wait on the LordBe of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!"  Psalm 27:14

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How to be a Starter on "Team Jesus"

Getting on Team Jesus is simple. We put our faith in him and we are on the team!

Jesus put it this way in John 6:28,29, "Then they asked him, 'What must we do to do the works God requires?' Jesus answered, 'The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent”   John 6:28-29.

Salvation is a matter of trusting, not trying, believing, not achieving, and relying, not resolving. When we trust in Jesus, based on his finished work on the cross, we are signed up on his team...never to be kicked off by the Coach.

Yes, getting on Team Jesus is easy. But being a starter on his team takes 100% commitment. And, sadly, not every Christian is willing to pay that high price. And, if we're honest, there are times even the most committed of us have fallen grossly short of starting team requirements.

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25 milestones during 25 years of Dare 2 Share

On September 1st, 1991 Dare 2 Share officially began in the office of my spiritual mentor and theology teacher, Jonathan Smith. Originally, the overall ministry was called "Tandem Ministries" which was comprised of two branches, Tandem Bible College (now called Rocky Mountain Bible College) and "Warriors for Christ" (now called Dare 2 Share!)

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My 10 worst ministry mistakes

We all make mistakes. And God can use all of our mistakes, missteps and mess ups as essential ingredients in transforming us into his masterpieces!

Over the last 27 years of full-time professional ministry here are my ten worst ministry mistakes:

1. Not prioritizing prayer

Up until 2008 prayer was the caboose, not the engine, of my ministry efforts. Sadly, it took The Great Recession to see true progression in my prayer life. Now prayer, specifically intercessory prayer, is driving my ministry efforts forward in ways I never could have imagined. Learn from my mistake in this area and let prayer propel your life and ministry efforts forward (1 Timothy 2:1-8.) You will not regret it because God will do "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine...." 

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7 disciplines that help me survive the daily grind of ministry

NEWSFLASH: Ministry can be extremely stressful (And all God's people said, "No duh!") From relentless meetings to the unmet expectations of pastors, peers and parishioners, the daily grind of day in and day out ministry feels like it may crush you at times.

The same is true of me and the ministry I help lead, Dare 2 Share. I'm on the road a lot, preaching across the country in various venues. When I'm back in the office, there are meetings to participate in, books to write and money to raise. All of this, combined with leading and loving my own family, can create quite a bit of stress that can wake me up in the middle of the night with those various "Oh no!" moments of realization.

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Practicing narrow-minded, open-hearted, love-drenched intolerance

We live in a society where tolerance is elevated to a high virtue and theological certainty is viewed as angry, narrow-minded dogmatism. This reality can bring Christians into sharp dispute with the world because, according to God's Word, the very essence of faith is "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1.)

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5 simple ways to improve your prayer life

1.  Find a prayer "hot spot" and use it.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16

We all know about wireless hot spots…you go into a coffee shop and want to know the wireless code for the hotspot so you can get online. Well, I believe that Jesus had prayer hot spots. Sure, he could pray anywhere but I believe there were places he especially liked to connect with God through prayer.

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Hi, I'm Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries. On this blog I share personal experiences about life, ministry, and how we are mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. I would love to connect with you. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook or join a move of God at Dare 2 Share.

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