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First of March – Free Library of TDRs

Here at Precept Ministries International we strive for the Scriptures to be at the center of everything we do. That is why Transform Student Ministries has been investing time over the past two years (+) in developing what we now call Transform Discipleship Resources.  If you have not heard about them before, TDRs are short more »

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First of January – New, Free Study

New years somehow brings up the same old questions about fresh resolve for new behaviors, habits, or outlooks. Everything around us seems to suggest a new wardrobe, diet, workout plan, GPA, or relationship goal to freshen up where we fell short in 2016. Believers often make spiritual goals for the new year – a consistent time in more »

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David – Not Just for Me

This month we’re wrapping up an encouraging blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We are still praising God for what He did in the hearts of those on the Precept campus this summer. The ENGAGE interns are such a gift from the Lord; we just want to keep praising Him for working in and through their stories! Our desire more »

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EQUIP Boot Camp 2: Day 8

We know we’ve already said this, but it felt like camp ended too soon. The Precept campus is too quiet, the rooms and chairs too empty and the last of the staff just drove up and out of our little valley.  But we know that this is an opportunity to trust the sovereignty of our more »

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2016 ENGAGE Interns – GABBY

In case you haven’t heard, we’re so excited for our ENGAGE summer interns, and are enjoying introducing you to them individually! The biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages each summer for the EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. Investing in young men and women, seeing their hearts more »

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Praying for Transformation 3/30

How often do we forfeit something that already belongs to us when we choose not to pray? Do we recognize that prayer is a unique opportunity to commune with the heavenly Father and be intimately involved in others’ lives? What if we viewed prayer as an essential (first, fundamental, important) discipline? An offensive weapon in more »

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REASON #2 (why students should come to EQUIP Boot Camp)

#2: They don’t shy away from the hard things.   (They talk about them appropriately, openly, and with grace) Students have questions. It’s a fact of life. From the “why” stage of a small child, our desire to ask questions doesn’t ever fade. Whether we have the ability to ask them or not is another issue altogether. There are more »

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Christmas: Surrounded but Alone?

I was sixteen when I spent my first Christmas away from my parents. I was back in America for high school, so I spent Christmas with the host family that I was living with at the time. It was more difficult than I was ever going to admit, and I just swept the whole notion more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

Have you ever found yourself wondering what gives some people an unshakeable faith? You know, the ones who walk through the hard life stuff, yet continue to have joy? I mean, even in the midst of uncertainty, they are unwavering…  Where does this kind of stability and direction come from? It really can only come more »

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Transform Announcement: Changing Seasons

One thing I have learned over the years is that life flows in and out of seasons. There are seasons we love, and never want to end. Yet, there are others that feel like one last snow storm in March…the winter that will never end, making you wonder if God forgot spring should have sprung. more »

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First Friday: New Transform Discipleship Resource

If you don’t have time to read this blog, here is what you want to know: — where to download this free study (God our Yearning)    (once you log in, you can find the study in the “Resources” tab) — more about Lightning studies — how to download them free by creating a POC account Friends, more »

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Third Friday: Praying for Transformation

In the midst of full schedules and syllabi, it’s good to stop and pray – to widen our perspective from what’s going on in our small world to the full body of believers in Christ’s church. Over the past few months, several of you have asked how you can be praying for us. We want more »

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When Waiting is Hard

  Whether big or small, it seems like we are constantly waiting on things. We wait to grow up. We wait for someone to open our texts. We wait to meet the person we might marry. We wait in line at the store. We wait for: motivation, healing, reconciliation, money, and lots of other things, more »

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Be a Part of the Change

I could feel the frustration in the air. I’ve seen it many times: the disgruntled spirit of someone who has learned the Word of God. Their eyes, ears and heart have been awakened to Truth and they just can’t go back and un-know what they know now. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you have returned from more »

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Note to Self

If you are like me, you’re prone to forgetfulness. Just the other day, my wife asked me to get something for her from the other room, and when I got there, I had already forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. So instead of getting her what she needed, I picked up a book more »

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August: battleground of reality

Another year. Another August. The same me. The same questions. The same struggles. The same doubts. The same fears. Same old. Same old. Nothing has changed. I think that somehow I used to think that I would magically change after Boot Camp. Somehow all the knowledge I had stored up in my brain, all those more »

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Reflections on EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015: Carlotta

As I think back on this year’s camp, I stand in awe of God and the work He did in my heart and the hearts of those who were here!  It was truly amazing to see how praying, planning and the preparation paid off as God through His Holy Spirit put the pieces together for more »

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Reflections on EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015: Ryan

Love your brother. That is what I think of when I think about these past camps. I see faces. Most of them are smiling faces that are living in the joy of communion with their brother/sister. Camp is about growing together. We grow in our knowledge of Scripture. We grow in our understanding of how more »

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Reflections on EQUIP-Boot Camp 2015: Brooke

“So, how was camp?” is a question I get A LOT once Boot Camp ends. I’m never quite sure how to answer it. It almost doesn’t feel like enough to say “good, it was really great.” Each day at camp is packed with so much….and not just activity…but LIFE. Spending 4-5 hours a day in more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 6

What an amazing day! It was all about love! We love because He first loved us. What an amazing truth to dwell in after a day of looking at sin. We are thankful that perfect love casts out fear for the day of judgment. God is love and in His love He sent His Son more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 5

As students have headed to class at the moment, rain is pouring profusely. However, it’s not dreaded but welcomed as a great reminder of God’s majesty. Day 5 was hard because they focused on chapter 3 of 1 John which deals with those who practice righteousness and those who practice sin. It reveals those who more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 4

So thankful for your prayers, again. We had a wonderful day of reading through cross references and seeing how Jesus is our Advocate. He is our propitiation.   Pray that the students grasp the reality of what this means in their lives. Sometimes, when you hear the same thing over and over it becomes…well…dull or more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 3

Wow! What a great day! We started off the morning worshiping Jesus and taking time to prepare our hearts before we headed into class. Thankful for His Spirit which leads us daily. Pray that these mornings will be fruitful!   Students jumped into chapter studies for Day 3. They studied chapter 1 and chapter 2 more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 2

Day 2 of camp is always a little rough. This is not because we are fighting the enemy, lack of sleep, or bad tempers. Day 2 of camp always kicks off the study with the OVERVIEW. When you read a book that has multiple chapters in it over and over and over…it…can…be…a little…tiring. I think more »

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EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 Day 1

EQUIP-Boot Camp 2 has begun and we couldn’t be more excited! We praise God that all the campers arrived here on time and safely! We come expecting the Lord to work in everybody’s lives this week. We pray that His will be done and that we can be instruments in His hands. Will you pray more »

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5 Ways to Walk In Wisdom

No one wants to be a fool. At least most of us don’t. Ephesians 5:15-16 reminds us, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” But the question persists, how do I walk in wisdom? What does it look more »

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Wisdom and Fear

Wisdom is one of those slippery words. Some people use it as a synonym for “smart.” But we know it’s more than that. For me when I’m alone and thinking, or in a group and feeling small, wisdom can easily seem like this unattainable thing only superior humans achieve. Whether you think of “wisdom” as more »

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Will You Embrace the Cross

Is there any chance for change? For letting go of the bitterness, of a wounded relationship, a disappointing past? For changing the drudgery you face each day as you go to work? For changing the morals of our decadent society? Is there any chance of turning around a marriage that’s become nothing more than a more »

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Wisdom and Counting It All Joy

For the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of leading a class through the study of James. Possibly the first New Testament book to be written, James echoes and builds on Jesus’ teachings in beautiful, simple, and potent ways. Covering such topics as trials, partiality, taming the tongue, friendship with the world, prayer, and more »

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The Way of Wisdom

“But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? “Man does not know its value, Nor is it found in the land of the living. “The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ “Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, more »

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