Next Generation

Youth and Next Generation Leaders Take Center Stage at Church United

As Church United, we believe a mission to own the lostness, pain and brokenness of our community must include a mission for youth. Without a strong focus on reaching the next generation, we will miss perhaps what could be the greatest domestic missions opportunity in our nation’s history. Research points to the reality that over one million youth at least nominally in the church today will choose to leave each year for the next three decades. Thirty-five million youth raised in families that call themselves Christians will say they are not by 2050. However, we believe the story is far […]

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Storms Inside Me

  This winter break, I, along with 450 other student ambassadors, embarked on a ten-day expedition to Israel. It was an experience I will never forget, and even more importantly, it taught me just how important Israel is to God. In total, eleven buses were filled with college students from all over the U.S., who had applied through their schools to become student ambassadors with a program called Passages to Israel. Along with thirty new friends, who quickly became family, I was on bus #9, one of eight students brought by faculty member Dr. Andrea Hazim, representing the Elev8Life educational […]

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God Is Uniting The Church for The Sake of Mission

    As a result of research, prayer and the movement of the Holy Spirit, we believe that we are at a pivotal moment in the life of the Church in South Florida. By all accounts, the next 30 years will represent the largest missions opportunity in the history of not only America, but also our very own South Florida. We are witnessing the largest and fastest numerical shift in religious affiliation in the history of our communities. Pew, Barna and independent research all agree that even in the most optimistic scenarios, Christian affiliation in the U.S. will shrink dramatically […]

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Scotland and Marjory Stoneman Douglas

I recently invested a morning with middle school students in Dundee, Scotland. Having been welcomed into their new school, we discussed life, aspiration and faith. I told them that they could ask me any question and I would tell them the absolute truth. They wanted to know why we, in America, have school shootings. They wanted a discussion concerning the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They wanted real answers as to why we have guns in America. This reality does not compute in Scotland.   Wanting to give them an explanation, I discussed the reason why we […]

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Nick Vujicic Brings Hope and Healing

“As a kid, I never thought that anything good could ever come from my broken pieces….you know, I went to school and kids would look at me and be like ‘what happened,’ and I go ‘cigarettes’ (audience laughs),” Nick Vujicic, evangelist, author, speaker, and president of Life Without Limbs, said with comic relief. At the March 11 Church by the Glades “Hope & Healing” special event for the Parkland community of first responders, teachers and students, Vujicic used his life experience and humor to help heal the pain still felt in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman […]

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Is Bible Prophesy Being Fulfilled in Our Time?

There’s an item in the news that caught my attention and made me wonder if Bible prophesy is possibly being fulfilled in our time. Having written a book almost twenty years ago that compares the major views Christians hold on the return of Christ, I think we must be wary of “newspaper exegesis.” Don’t read into every current event some aspect of the return of Christ. Nonetheless, the book of Revelation says this about “the beast of the earth,” a major helper to the beast, who is the Antichrist to come: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich […]

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Celebrating 30 Years of Reaching Children

If you grew up in the church like I did, you’re familiar with the lyrics of a sweet song often played during the altar call, when people were invited to come forward and indicate their decision to follow Christ … “I have decided to follow Jesus / No turning back, no turning back.”   It’s a song for the beginning of your relationship with Jesus … but it’s also a song that carries you along the way. “The world behind me, the cross before me … No turning back, no turning back.”   As OneHope remembers and celebrates 30 years […]

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“The Scarlet Thread” — A Revival Experience!

The long-awaited Christian spectacular, “The Scarlet Thread,” an original musical using local talent right here in South Florida has finally arrived. And now, after months of intense rehearsals and working at a frantic pace to produce a brand new, full-scale production, “The Scarlet Thread” is ready for its premiere curtain call on Thursday, April 6. There will be a total of four performances April 6 – 9 at Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center. The term “scarlet thread” is the redemptive blood of God’s son, Jesus Christ, which runs throughout the Old and New Testaments. Each of us is separated from […]

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Rachel’s Challenge Brings Message of Kindness Around the World

On April 20, 1999, two teenagers walked into their own high school in Littleton, Colorado and went on a shooting rampage that ultimately killed thirteen people. The two shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, then turned the gun on themselves. The Columbine school shootings were the worst in United States history and prompted discussions and outcries across the country. Although many debated the issue of gun control, the central focus of discussions across the country amongst parents, children and educators was on bullying. The two young gunmen had extensive histories of being bullied at school and were perceived as social […]

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Scout Brings Solar to Haitian Community

Zak Myers is a typical young man from Central Florida, relocated to South Florida, and is a Boy Scout, which is not remarkable in itself. But Zak is also an Eagle Scout, which puts him in a more restricted and elite group of scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, one must do a project of lasting significance to demonstrate initiative and ingenuity. Zak chose one of the more unique and challenging projects ever undertaken by a prospective Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He and his family have been members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood for […]

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