Author Archives: Art Pulis

New Children’s Leaders

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Jeff Young and Sarah Flynn have recently accepted leadership of The Place for Kids.

 

Sarah graduated from Wickenburg High School in 2004 and said that she has always been drawn to young children.  While she is working experience in the recovery field, she is presently pursuing her teaching degree at Rio Salado College.

“I’ve always been drawn to kids ever since I was a frequent baby sitter for my older sister,” said Flynn.  “I started volunteering at The Place a couple of years ago, and am excited to be a part of leading this new and exciting effort.”

Young has more of an administrative background having a bachelor degree in psychology from Grand Canyon University and now administrating an outpatient recover program in Prescott.

“We both are totally excited about the opportunity to work with such wonderful children as we have in this program,” said Jeff.  “What we do today shows up in our adults tomorrow.  If we teach them how to live Christ-centered lives at a young age, they will follow those directions all their lives.”

“I experienced a lot of pain in my younger life that I believe I might have avoided if I had experienced good Christian training,” continued Young.  “Consequently, if I can help a child make better choices in the future and avoid some of that pain, I have accomplished something important.”

The Place is known for effectively using the Internet and social media in its ministry.  Consequently, this is carried into the children’s ministry using a website, video, a Facebook page, and other creative ways to connect with both the children and their parents.

“We know that we only have the children for an hour or so a week,” said Flynn.  “But, with this program we have unique ways to support the parents by connecting with them and helping them reinforce the lessons through prayers, discussion questions, and other aids that can be used during the week.”

Case Study on Bitterness and Forgiveness

Tim Herald is the owner of a tire store located in a small town.  About six months ago, he had a customer, Steve Smith, purchase a set of tires.  Apparently, while the tires were being installed, one of the wheel lug nuts wasn’t properly tightened, and the wheel came loose.  Fortunately, there was no accident, no one was hurt, and Steve noticed that the loose wheel and returned to the shop for repair.  Tim replaced both the tire and wheel, and profusely apologized to Steve for the problem.  Tim believed that the incident was over.

During the past several months, Tim has learned that Steve has been badmouthing him and his store around town.  Tim understands that Steve has talked about the incident with the tires, and has recommended that people not trade with Tim.  Because Steve is well known in town, Tim believes that it has cost him business.

Because of this, Tim has become quite bitter about the whole incident, and especially toward Steve.  While Steve and Tim have never been particularly close, they both go to the same church.  In fact, Tim has talked about the problem with the men’s group.  Several of other men know Steve, but he is not a member of the group.

Stories, A Great Way to Learn

One of the best ways to apply a biblical concept to everyday life is through case studies. Consequently, by reading, thinking about how we would apply the concept, and commenting about a case; we engage our brain and learn.  Then, when we read how someone might apply the same question, we may have another thought about how the idea might apply to our lives.

Clearly 2000 years ago, Christ used case studies often when he taught.  The Bible calls them parables, but we can call them stories or case studies.

For this reason, we are going to introduce this way of life exploration as part of The Place, and as part of this blog.  I continuously use the case-study method in training, and will head up the project and be writing many of the cases.  But, please feel free to venture a case also.  If you would like to submit a case, just write it up and e-mail it to artpulis@aol.com.  We want everyone’s input.

Obviously, we want you to read the cases and comments, but the project will be much more interesting if you are willing to make comments on how you would react to the situations.  In many cases, there are no rights and wrongs involved, but rather how a person might react to a particular situation.  By commenting and giving your opinion, you might be helping someone else to see a different view.

We hope that you enjoy the cases, learn, and help other people grow in Christ.