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The Key to Winning

Rob Chagdes, Prairie Lakes Church, Cedar Rapids, IA I had only been a varsity softball coach for two weeks when I learned I was lacking a key element of a coach.  I didn’t know how to make them better softball…

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The Tulip Time Volunteer

A story on NBC’s Nightly News tonight highlighted the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. Lester Holt referred to the festival as “one of America’s most breathtaking celebrations of the season”. This small town expands from its 33,000 residents to…

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Advice from a Winning Coach

Jay Hostetler, April 19, 2017 The UCONN Huskies’ ladies’ basketball team performance has been unprecedented. They have experienced historical winning streaks spanning seasons of competition. They have had the good fortune to acquire top talent to the program for many…

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Children’s Ministry–Fired Up or Worn Out?

Is your children’s ministry dynamic, fired up and getting ready for a new summer thrust and guests and engaging with volunteers to recruit for the fall team?  Or is everyone on the team worn out and exhausted? Has your children’s…

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The Impact of Kids

Jay Hostetler, February 14 For four decades, I have had the amazing experience of spending much time in ministry with kids. My memories run deep with observing kids react to one another and with adults. I remember a flight where…

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Ministry Halftime

Jay Hostetler, February 3 As another football season ends, I have been reflecting on the many amazing games I witnessed. The most interesting occurrence for me is the way that teams make a second half comeback. These comebacks are often…

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January Thaw

Jay Hostetler, January 23 This winter in West Michigan has been a little on the unique side as far as weather goes. We have been warmer than normal, leading to unusual conditions. More rain and fog, and less snow has…

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It’s a New Year and Time to Exfoliate

Donna Hostetler It’s winter in the Midwest and many people are prone to dry skin. A couple of years ago, I heard that the best approach to dry skin is to exfoliate. Initially it didn't make sense to me. The…

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The Gold Medal Coach

Donna Hostetler, August 8, 2016 Last night Jay and I watched the Olympics 4x100 men’s freestyle relay swimming event with the team of Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held and Caleb Dressel. It was an exciting event watching them swim,…

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Passion

Donna Hostetler, June 21, 2016 Jay and I are getting ready to celebrate our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Woohoo! Passion is what brought us together (and keeps our marriage strong). Please read on! The dictionary describes “passion” as: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.…

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