Category: Thoughts

A Day in the Life of a Chaplain

The job of a YMCA chaplain is somewhat unique. There are no real set hours or a specific list of daily responsibilities. Rather, the Chaplain is there to serve both the members and staff as a living demonstration of God’s love. 

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New YMCAs Connecting with the Network

It’s exciting to see how God is growing the impact of the US Mission Network across the country as new YMCA’s learn about this collaborative effort. While connection with our movement is purely voluntary, we grateful for those associations that have welcomed our message and begun to implement a stronger Christian mission emphasis in their own local associations. Here are a couple of encouraging stories about some YMCAs that have recently connected with the US Mission Network.

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His Word, Not Ours

Earlier this fall, the Lutheran Church celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Legend has it that on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, in Germany. Over time we may have made this act more dramatic than it was intended. Luther did not seek to be revolutionary. What he nailed on the door of the church was a list of questions and propositions for debate, not a declaration of war.

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To God be the Glory

Anyone who has met Joy Poteet, Chaplain at the West Central Florida YMCA, realizes something almost immediately … this woman is passionate about serving God through her YMCA.

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The River and the YMCA

It has been hot, really hot.

I came home from the YMCA and the river was calling my name. I am blessed to live by a river. In the mornings I sit out by it and drink my coffee. This is the time that God and I have our best conversations.

As I looked at the river, I had a hard time seeing anything in it. The water is crystal clear and the bottom is rocky, a typical mountain river. I can see the bottom clearly, but unless the salmon are running I don’t see any fish. I always knew they were there, but just couldn’t see them.

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Chasing Godliness

Just outside of my office, our Wellness Center is full of cardio machines, free motion weights and just about every type of exercise apparatus you could imagine. And every day they are put through their paces by trainers, members, and community participants who seek a healthier lifestyle. But what about our spiritual journey?

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There are Shepherds Everywhere

Silence. For four hundred years, there was nothing. No prophets calling out. No visions from God to His people. No voices crying out to the people saying ‘thus says the Lord.’ Nothing! For four hundred years! That’s more than four generations of people with no word from God. I would tend to think that hope had to be almost non-existent…

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A Baby’s Cry

Silence. For four hundred years, there was nothing. No prophets calling out. No visions from God to His people. No voices crying out to the people saying ‘thus says the Lord.’ Nothing! For four hundred years! That’s more than four generations of people with no word from God. I would tend to think that hope had to be almost non-existent…

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Peace

What’s your idea of a peaceful day? Is it a day of solitude in the mountains or beside the still...

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