Next Generation

The Church in a Digital Revolution: Navigating Digital Missions

I was recently talking to a friend whose father pastors a megachurch in a majority world country. She and her husband had just left to plant a new church focused on the next generation. She explained, “We can’t lead the way my dad did. The very nature of the church has to change.”  She shared the story of a young lady named Camilla, who reached out to her through Instagram and expressed her suicidal thoughts. They met over coffee, and Camilla talked for over an hour about her struggles. Then, she asked if she could be prayed over. So there […]

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What You Should Know About Gen Alpha

As the world continues to advance technologically, the gap between generations is shrinking rapidly. This has a significant impact on how the Church and organizations reach and connect with the younger generations. Generation Alpha, the generation born between 2010 and 2024, is growing up in a world that is vastly different from the one most of the older Gen Z kids experienced. It’s exciting to see the next generation, Gen Alpha, growing up. While there’s still a lot of research to be done to understand them fully, we can approach this as an opportunity to learn and grow together. By […]

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Gala Recognizes Graduates

Alumni from three decades mingled with current students, staff, and faculty, during the InterVarsity South Florida 2023 Gala in April at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Seventeen students were recognized as graduating Christian leaders on campus with individual blessings and prayers during the alumni commissioning and cord ceremony that concluded the three-hour signature event. Barry University alumna and current Business faculty Clara Stroude Vazquez, as well as Chief of Culture and Inclusion at the Miami Heat, shared how to keep it real and contribute to Christian community to keep growing in love and godly character. InterVarsity Pastor InterVarsity-FIU alumnus and Calvary […]

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God’s Mandate to Teach Our Children

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9 God’s Mandate for Parent and Child It is difficult to imagine any […]

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Leadership

I am fascinated by leadership and always have been. It’s no wonder I seem to be asking with more and more frequency as my frustration mounts, who and how many are going to step up as Jesus Christ disciples and as boldly? Christ is certainly held up as a supreme example of leadership and exalted for the undeterred openness of righteousness, inspired by Father God. Remember, Jesus called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” (Matthew 12:34). Harsh words. The Pharisees had great religious influence — wouldn’t it have been a better strategy to tone it down a bit? But Jesus […]

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Tell the Whole Story of the Jewish People, Not Just That of Victimhood

The Jewish holiday of Purim recently concluded, and Passover is about to begin. Both holidays acknowledge that threats of annihilation of the Jewish people were stated goals. In Purim, a Persian minister issues an evil decree to murder every Jew. In Passover, the Jewish people were enslaved and later attacked by the Amalekite nation shortly after the exodus from Egypt. Today, when Purim and Passover are celebrated, we rejoice because yet again good triumphed over evil. This is our story.   The Holocaust, too, was a horrible episode in the history of the Jewish people, but there is more to […]

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Spontaneous Revival

Signs of revival are appearing across our land. It began with an outpouring at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, on February 8, 2023, when a regularly scheduled chapel service spontaneously transformed into 15 days of nonstop worship, confession, repentance and prayer, drawing tens of thousands of people from across the world to witness a move of the Holy Spirit. The sparks flew from there to more than 20 college campuses as the world witnessed Generation Z’s fervor for an authentic encounter with God. During this awakening, Jesus also showed up in the Super Bowl on February 12th. As millions of […]

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Students ‘Pouring into Others’ Can Impact Whole Families

Imagine yourself in the evening setting pictured here. The moonlight paints a glowing stream across the Intracoastal Waterway; you feel a gentle breeze, but more than that, you sense the touch of God’s Spirit. As the praise music fades, you join your friends in silent prayer. Master of Divinity student Isaac Sherry expressed it this way:“Worshiping God in an environment that’s so beautiful, you look up and see the stars. You think, ‘Wow, God! You really are so good. You made all this, and you still love us. Like, that’s wild.’” Believers of all kinds enjoy that precious service of […]

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A Message from the Front Lines of Child Welfare

As a part of the Christian community here in South Florida, I would imagine you’ve likely heard the name “4KIDS” over the years. Since 1997, 4KIDS has been changing the lives of kids and families in crisis. In fact, this year we’re celebrating 25 years and over 30,000 lives impacted!   God is at work for the vulnerable What I would also imagine is that you likely aren’t accustomed to hearing the latest stories and updates that come straight out of our community’s vulnerable population of children and families and how God is using His people to change those lives […]

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Living Legacies of Thankfulness and Faith

“Circle of Life” is a song from Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King. It’s the story of Mufasa, king of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba. During his reign, Mufasa was killed by his envious brother Scar. Mufasa taught his son Simba how past kings lived in the stars and would always be there to guide him in times of need. Despite his death, Mufasa endures in the memories of his loved ones. We can all see Mufasa sitting on the top of the mountain overlooking the kingdom as Elton John is singing the following lyrics.   […]

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