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

Author: Walt Mueller

Stay-At-Home. . . Nurture-The-Kids. . . A FREE Resource For Parents. . .

The Stay-at-home-order can and should be embraced by parents as a spiritual-nurture-opportunity! Families are rediscovering each other, Sabbath rest, and family meal-times! This has created a wide-open window for parents to step in and nurture their kids in the faith. To help parents take advantage of this time we’ve launched a 28-day-initiative we’re calling Family...
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Youth workers. . . A “Must-Listen”. . .

Over the course of the last couple of weeks my buddy John Perritt has been asking, pushing, and reminding me to listen to a podcast interview he did with Joe Novenson. The tyranny of the urgent that was playing out in my life kept me from responding to John’s tyranny of the urgent for my life....
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Music For Today. . .

Today we celebrate the turning point in all of history.  . . “And we are raised with Him, Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered; And we shall reign with Him, For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!”
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Music For The In-Between Day. . .

Yesterday we commemorated His death for us. Tomorrow we celebrate the amazing fact of the Resurrection and the victory of Jesus over the grave. Today is that “in-between” day. Here’s something to ponder from Charles Wesley. . .  
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Good Friday Music. . .

Over the years I’ve developed a love for a variety of music that reflects on the events of Good Friday and The Cross. . . which is the turning point in all history. I pray that these few songs would be an encouragement to you as they are to me. . .
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Pandemic Blessings? . . .

Is this happening to anyone else? . . Last night I came in the house from being outside. Cool evening air. Sun going down. Full moon out. Birds saying goodnight. Stars in the sky. Campfire in the backyard. As I looked up in the sky I didn’t see the blinking lights of an airplane anywhere....
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Pandemic Parenting. . . It’s A Gift! . . .

Editor’s Note: This blog post is also the lead article in our April 2020 CPYU Parent Page. In an effort to serve you well during the Coronavirus, we are waiving our normal subscription fees. You can download a free copy of the April 2020 CPYU Parent Page here. Feel free to distribute hard and/or digital...
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Youth Ministry’s Golden Opportunity. . .

Over the course of the last couple of weeks I’ve continued to engage in what John Stott called “dual listening.” It’s that task of the parent, youth worker, preacher, teacher, and anyone else who cares about ministering to and leading kids. It’s that task of listening to both Word and world in order to bring...
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In This World You Will Have Trouble. . . And We Do. . .

My head is spinning. This morning, my father went to be with Jesus. I am a bit numb. Two days ago, a life-long college friend died from the Covid-19 virus. Yesterday, an early-in-my-ministry mentor passed away. Add to that the fact Covid-19 is causing fear and anxiety just about everywhere. My head is cloudy right...
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A Prayer For Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines. . .

Thinking tonight about our hospital and healthcare workers. I know many and have watched some up close over the past couple of weeks. They are having to navigate so many challenges. God bless them. Here is a prayer I wrote to pray for them as they are stretched to their limits. . . Great Physician,...
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Crisis And Providence. . . A Time For Growth. . .

“What is the Lord doing?” That might be the most-asked question followers of Jesus have been voicing over the last couple of weeks. It’s a good question to ask for several reasons. For one, it recognizes that God is, in fact, in control and at work. We must never forget that reality. And second, it...
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I Think This Will Sooth Your Soul Today. . .

I woke up this morning to a text message from my buddy Rich Van Pelt. It was a link to a YouTube video (embedded below). I went there to watch and listen. . . and was greatly blessed. Rich had linked to Bob Kauflin’s (Sovereign Grace and GLAD) just-recorded duet with his daughter of the...
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Youth Workers: Embrace The Pandemic For Viral Ministry To Parents. . .

In times like these, we are given the gift of coming to terms with what really matters. I know that’s happening for me. My habitual daily diversions and idols are getting exposed. . . and that’s a good thing. And when God in His mercy and grace exposes and removes our idols, He also exposes...
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Wise Words To Share With Kids On Fear. . . From Paul Tripp. . .

Our friend Paul Tripp has ministered to me and so many other youth workers and parents over the years. . . always pointing us to Gospel-truth. . . especially in those moments when we are prone to go elsewhere. My wife Lisa subscribes to Paul’s “Wednesday Word” and just pointed me to today’s entry. It...
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Thoughts About The Coming Days and Weeks. . .

With many of our regular diversions shut down, the temptation will be to spend the next few weeks running to our other diversions. . . specifically, the triple screens (smartphones, tv, computers) and social media. . . thereby only increasing our growing addiction to each. That’s not a good thing. Is it possible that what...
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A Little Letter To Parents On Youth Sports. . .

The sun is going down later. Spring is springing. Athletic fields are filled with kids gearing up for participation in a variety of spring sports. Sadly, when the games begin, some of the most discouraging activity will be taking place in the stands and on the sidelines. Perhaps the decline of civility in our culture...
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Kids, Smartphones, and Pornography. . .

“At what age should I allow my son to have his own smartphone?” Without a doubt, that’s the question I get asked by parents of pre-teen boys and girls more than any other. The question is asked because wise parents who have a clue are aware of two conflicting matters. First, their children are sure...
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The TikTok Skull-Breaker Challenge. . . What Parents Need To Know. . .

The advent of social media and video-sharing platforms have given kids a new playground on which to engage in risky and impulsive behaviors. Because of where they’re at in the developmental process, kids are prone to act in the now with little or no regard to the possibility of dangerous immediate or long-term consequences. For...
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Teen Hearing Loss. . . A Helpful Infographic. . .

A few weeks ago I raised a growing concern about our children and teens regarding the dangers of hearing loss. I actually contemplated whether youth ministry is at times complicit in undermining the health of our kids when we pump up the volume at our events and gatherings. I sounded (no pun intended) like an...
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Youth Ministry & No-Phone-Freedom. . . or. . . What Happens When We Shut Down For A Week?. . .

“How do I get my students to put their phones down?” That question started coming from a growing army of youth workers several years ago as I would engage them on the great blessings and difficulties of doing youth ministry in the new and fast-emerging digital age. Since that time, we’ve all become more dependent...
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