Posts by Marty Miller

Posts by Marty Miller

SHINE- Sharing the Light of the World

For the next six weeks on Wednesday nights (6:30pm-7:30pm), the students will be doing a study called, “Shine.” This is a study by Dare 2 Share ministries that will help equip us to better share our faith in Christ. Some of the topics will include facing fears, mastering their message, and sharing their story. Can you imagine how God will use this study and our students, as they go back to their mission field and share His light and love…

Parenting Post #6

A Post by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) Principle: You need to parent with a Process Mentality      When does parenting finish? Has a parent completed their God-given duty when their child graduates high school, college, or gets married? According to Paul David Tripp, a parent’s job is never finished. In fact, He labels this as having a Process Mentality. In his book on Parenting, Tripp defines parenting as “unfinished people being used by God as agents of transformation in the…

Graduate Milestones

It is graduation time! It’s a time to honor, celebrate, and reflect on your child’s successes. It is your child’s time to shine. They have completed a milestone for sure. They have worked hard, made grades, finished projects, played on multiple sports teams, served on academic clubs, been a part of school activities, and have made a ton of memories and experiences. Many of those experiences have taught them lessons, many they cherish and some they wish not to repeat.…

Principles of Giving

By Alex Gore (NGU Student) The Principles of Biblical Giving: Three Principles. In II Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul gives three principles of cheerful giving and lists the qualities of a good steward. Paul challenges the Church at Corinth to give generously like the churches did in Macedonia that gave out of their joy. Here are the three principles: Give first to God and then to others (2 Cor. 8:5 esv). When you observe both the Old and New Testament…

May Parenting Principle #5

Principle: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children.  Sometimes we may not think about it, but as Paul Tripp says, we “do it every single day.”  He further says, “Your parenting is always shaped by where you look for identity.” Our parenting will reveal where we find our identity. This post will highlight some of the struggles that we as parents go through as we seek…

6 Game-Changers for Small Group Leaders

A post by Alex Gore ( NGU Student) Taking Small Groups To another level Small Groups are essential to building the body of Christ up. Any church that runs small groups uses them as a way to connect people, build people up, or both. With the way churches use small groups in mind, there are some essential components to ensure your small group operates effectively and to ensure that you reach the potential that you would like for your specific…

Prepared For Battle

by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) In Ephesians 6, Paul implores the Ephesian Christians to “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” (6:11). Though spoken to the Ephesian church, Paul’s wisdom still applies to modern-day Christian as a call to arms against “the spiritual forces of evil” (6:12). The Belt of Truth: In John 14:6, Jesus states “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to…

Walking In The Spirit

  A Post By Emily Phillips, NGU Student. What does it mean to walk by the Spirit? In Galatians 5, Paul talks about what it means to keep in step with the Spirit. Paul tells us how to live by the Spirit: reject the desires of the flesh and practice the fruits of the Spirit. Paul says is in verse 16: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”. We are…

April Parenting Principle #4

Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. Many parents have been there before. Your child is acting up in the grocery store, and you feel the embarrassment of blood rush to your face. In an act of discipline and punishment, you either grab or yell at your child, probably not softly but maybe even harsh and angry. You retreat to thoughts of punishment, better discipline, and better parenting because we have to help them…

March Parenting Principle #3

Principle: Your children need God’s law, but you cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish. As Christian parents, many of us know that our children are born with a desperation for God’s law. They come into the world not knowing what is true or what is false. They cannot distinguish between good or bad, and right and wrong. Ted Tripp says, “they need the grace of wisdom that God’s law alone can give.” He further says,…

What are Epistles?

Have you ever wondered what the “epistles” are? We have heard people talk about them in church, but have we ever stopped to understand what they are?  Essentially, the epistles are personal letters written to churches and individuals. Elmer Towns says, “While they follow the typical form of first-century letters in the Roman world, they uniquely express Christian truth.”  These authors wrote to express great truths of the Christian faith. They also wrote to explain how a Christian should exhibit…

February Parenting Principle #2

February Parenting Principle Principle # 2:  God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you.  Parents often times feel discouraged, not equipped, and to be honest, unable to fulfill the task required of parenting.  This thinking will often times distract us to overlook things that are very important, namely that God gave us our particular children, and they are His gift to us on loan…

Reaching The Z’s (part 4 of 4)

REACHING THE Z’S ( Tips on Reaching them) Jim Burns from HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific university has some advice and ideas for us. Understand Them: As Burns notes, you can’t reach the Z’s unless you understand them and their world. He takes his cue from Paul in Acts 17:22-31, addressing the Greeks at Mars Hill. “He talked to them in their language,” says Burns. “We have to do the same with Generation Z. We’ve got to…

The Generation Z (part 3 of 4)

6-10 TRAITS OF Z NATION      What do we need to know about the kids in Generation Z?   They’re pretty independent.Gen Xers, repeatedly warned about “helicopter parenting,” have reacted by giving their kids—Z’s—plenty of space. This hands-off parenting has yielded both pros and cons. They’re aware of a troubled planet.Most Z’s have grown up since 9/11 and have only known a world where terrorist attacks are the norm. Additionally, they’ve lived through the Great Recession, and they’ve seen their parents,…

January Parenting Principle #1

January Parenting Principle    Principle #1: Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul. Many books and articles have been written about the subject of parenting. In fact, there are whole sections in bookstores focused solely on that topic.  Biblical parenting is much more than a topic, book, tips, and even strategies. We use those things to help us, but its more than that. Biblical parenting is a calling. God…

The Generation Z (part 2 of 4)

1-5 TRAITS OF Z NATION      What do we need to know about the kids in Generation Z? They’re everywhere.Gen Z—those born between 1996 and 2014—makes up 24.3 percent of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Census estimates for 2016. That’s more than millennials (22.1 percent), more than Gen X (19 percent), and more than baby boomers (22.9 percent). By 2020, The Washington Postsays, Z’s will have about $3 trillion in purchasing power. They’ve always been wired.They’ve never known a world without…

The Generation Z (part 1 of 4)

The Z’s….. It’s not a Sleeping Giant. Who are the Z’s and how can the church reach this distracted generation? Each new generation of people gains a new name and exhibits certain characteristics. For instance, the Baby-Boomer generation is named after the group of people who was born between 1946-1964. They received this name because birth rates spiked after WWII, therefore their generation was deemed that title by sociologists. They also have certain characteristics that represent them, though not everyone…

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…The Gift Of Sanctification

Every Christmas people spend a lot of time and frustration trying to find that “perfect” gift. Many find this experience to be a hard feat.  Can someone really find the “perfect” gift? A gift that will never wear out, not break, not fade, not rust, not need fixing, not tear up, not have to be returned, or re-gifted? Just thinking about finding that perfect gift can bring anxiousness. In keeping true to the reason for the season, we do have a…

Are Cell Phones Changing Us?

“Students are always on their cell phones.” As a student pastor I hear that comment all the time. As I was reading about cell phone use in culture, I came across this article by Tony Reinke of Desiring God Ministries. He gives us six ways that our cell phones are changing us. I found it interesting and insightful. Click the link to read the article: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/six-ways-your-phone-is-changing-you

10 Reflections of High School Students

Check out this article by Chuck Lawless about High School Students.  I find it to be very interesting and insightful. Click the link below to read the article. 10 Reflections on High School Students in Your Church
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