Learning my lines . . .
. . . discovering what it means to follow Jesus, seeing my story swept up into his . . .

Author: Walt Mueller

A Prayer For Ourselves And Our Kids In These Confusing Times. . .

Lord, keep us from sliding with or without thought into the path of spiritual suicide. . . the easy contemporary path where we deconstruct your timeless and unchanging Word. . . both your Word Incarnate and written. . . through any human-made theory. Foster in us a keen awareness of our own bent to wander....
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Youth Workers Weigh In On Celebrity Culture. . . Some Excellent Thoughts! . . .

Wisdom. More wisdom. That’s what I’ve been reading from a group of youth workers who have joined together to form our first-ever CPYU Faith and Culture Learning Cohort. Our little band of 16 from across North America began meeting virtually two weeks ago to talk about things that matter. . . and how to make...
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A Prayer For The President Of The United States. . .

On this Inauguration Day, I thought I would share this prayer from Peter Marshall. First prayed in 1947, this prayer from the late Chaplain of the U.S. Senate has been prayed over the years for multiple Presidents. Today, we pray it for our new President during the transition of power. We Pray, Lord Jesus, for...
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Helping Kids Navigate The Identity Issue. . .

Do you know what the gnawing questions are that your students are asking about their identity? And, if you know the questions, are you equipped to guide them into understanding biblically-based answers to those questions? Two of the most pressing questions kids are asking from birth up until adulthood are these. . . 1) Who...
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Navigating This Confusing and Broken World. . .

If you’ve ever broken down on a boat, it can be terrifying. I have. A few times. With the power gone and the rudder rendered helpless you, your vessel, and any passengers on board are now at the mercy of the current and the wind. You are no longer steering safely. Rather, the environment is...
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New Year, New Body. . . Encouragement For Parents. . .

Editor’s note: This post is reprinted from the lead article in our January 2021 CPYU Parent Page. . . a monthly subscription resource available for youth workers to distribute to parents. To learn more about the CPYU Parent Page and to subscribe, click here. Don’t like what you see in the mirror? You’re not alone....
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What In The World Is Going On? . . .

    Until last night, I hadn’t watched the news since the end of October. The bickering, bantering, posturing, and lack-of-truth-telling on both sides had worn me out. The unwillingness of folks. . . even people of faith. . . to pursue clarity and understanding by taking a compassionate pause was getting to be too...
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A New Year Thought and Prayer. . .

What a great prayer to pray as we stand on the threshold of a New Year. . . a New Year that will be lived and navigated in the midst of just as much sin and brokenness as every year prior. . . including 2020. . . a New Year where being tethered to the...
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The Abusive Wolves In Our Midst. . . Sexual Abuse In The Church. . .

There’s a curtain of silence which sits in both the church and the culture-at-large. It is a curtain that shields horrifying realities which I have not experienced personally, but which over time I have been invited into by a growing number of people I know who have and are experiencing the horror and its fallout...
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The Lie Of Christmas. . .

I believed it would change my life. Even though I began my impatient wait for its arrival sometime in September, it usually arrived in our mailbox at 1162 Beverly Road a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Its shiny full-color pages consumed my thoughts and attention for weeks. I ignored the first two-thirds of the book. Those...
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A Special Invitation For 2021. . .

A special invitation to all. . . Over the course of 2020, more than 100 of my Facebook friends have joined me in a little private group – CPYU Together In The Word – to read together through Tim Keller’s daily devotional on the Psalms, “The Songs Of Jesus.” It has been a most helpful...
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Pursuing Ministry Celebrity. . . A Recipe For Disaster. . .

This morning I read good and difficult words that reminded me just how apt we are to quickly come undone through the pursuit of all the wrong things. It’s a difficult proposition to live faithfully in today’s world when there are compelling, attractive, and persuasive voices that continually bombard us around-the-clock in ways that convince...
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Sickness, Salem, Satan, and a Prayer. . .

I think a lot about Satan. This morning was no exception. I’ve been rattled by the recent news of a discouraging medical diagnosis that’s changing the lives of some dear friends. Disease and everything else destructive in this world can be traced back to originating in that moment in time when Satan posed that question...
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The Word Of The Year Is Not The Final Word! . . .

Each and every year, the folks at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary choose a “Word Of The Year.” I am always interested to see what word is chosen as it typically reflects a significant cultural development from the prior 12 months. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the 2020 Word Of The Year is “pandemic.”...
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Thanks In The Midst Of A Difficult Year. . .

I’m guessing that most of us have ever experienced anything like 2020. Just over the course of the last few days I have heard of more sickness, death, brokenness, pain, and heartache visiting friends near and far. Sin’s wake continues its furious cascade. But we are not the only ones who have ever experienced this....
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My Idiotic Parental Example. . .

One day. . . a day back when kids didn’t have to be in car booster seats until they were-8-years old. . .  my then four-year-old son Josh and I were coming home from a trip to the mall. The kid hated how confining seat belts were and we were constantly telling him to buckle...
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You Can Help Us Today. . .

Friends. . . today we are participating in an annual online giving event here in Lancaster County known as The Extra Ordinary Give. We’d love to have you participate by making a tax-deductible donation to CPYU to further our work during a year that’s been a bit lean thanks to you-know-what! Since we are a...
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Bring CPYU To Your Church. . . Virtually! . . .

The Covid-induced life adjustments continue. Can you imagine if one year ago today you had been able to look into a crystal ball and see what has become “normal life” for us in November of 2020? Now, I look around and find it unusual if someone isn’t wearing a mask! The Covid-induced ministry adjustments continue as...
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Celebrity Pastors. . . The Dangers Lurking In The Spotlight. . .

I’ve been around long enough to know this little “proverb” to be true: Seek the spotlight, and it will blind you. I’ve been saying it for years. For a long time is was a truth I simply preached to myself as a personal reminder. It was necessary. Over the years, I started sharing it with younger...
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Social Media, Divisiveness, And A Decline In Civility. . .

Is anyone else tempted to scream “Enough already!!”? The back and forth on social media, much of it between acquaintances and friends, seems to have become more volatile in recent days. Conversations that should be had face-to-face and one-on-one are taking place online. And where two or three are gathered together and locked in escalating...
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