This past weekend MPCYouth went on a summer retreat up to the Poconos. We had a fantastic time together we swam, boated, tubed, made s’mores, shared meals, and spent some time talking about what it means to create a culture. Over the past six months, with lots of help and input, we created a mission statement that we are excited about. Our mission statement is, “An open door to faith, friends, and fun.” We want to be a place where any and all teenagers will always be accepted; where they'll have a space to ask the hard questions about faith, have the freedom to be themselves and make lasting and encouraging friendships, and ample opportunity to enjoy being a kid and having fun together, expe
In Max Lucado’s book, “When God Whispers Your Name,” he includes a list of Maxims that I keep on hand at all times. These short sayings have blessed and edified me over the years, and continue to do so. In his words, "Keep the ones you like. Forgive the ones you don’t. Share them when you can."
"Pray all the time. If necessary, use words."
"Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins forgiven."
"God forgets the past. Imitate Him."
"Greed I’ve often regretted. Generosity – never."
"Never miss a chance to read a child a story."
"Pursue forgiveness, not innocence."
"Be doubly kind to the people who bring your food or park your car."
"In buying a gift for your spouse, practica