Category Archives: personal


5 Ways to Grow at SYMC

The following is an adaptation from my book 99 Thoughts on Caring for Your Youth Group .  While here at SYMC, these are some ideas for you to grow and get some breathing room.   Who we are is most … Continue reading

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Ugly Prayer

I had the privilege of attending three baptisms this weekend.  During these the people getting baptized testified of their faith in Christ and someone prayed for them.  One thought I had as I listened was the sincerity of those who … Continue reading

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32nd Trip Around the Sun! A Year in Review

Year in Review: Today caps off another 365 days of the life of Matt Murphy.  Wanted to spend today’s blog just thinking and reflecting on this past year.  Much has happened. November 2010: Busy working Hospice and going to Seminary.  … Continue reading

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Sabbath and Youth Ministry

Be careful to observe the Sabbath day just as the Lord your God has commanded you.  You are to work and do all your tasks in six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. … Continue reading

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Take a Hike!

south_valley_color5_2007 – South Valley Trails One of the big pluses of Denver is the number of multi-use trails in the area.  Many are located in the cities of the metropolitan area, others are located in open space parks in the … Continue reading

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It don’t matter where you bury me!!!

Don’t matter where you bury me When I go, don’t cry for me In my Father’s arms I’ll be The wounds this world left on my soul Will all be healed and I’ll be whole. Sun and moon will be … Continue reading

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Being a Professional Youth Worker

1) Don’t demand it I’ve heard a saying, “If you have to run around telling everyone how much of a lady you are, you probably aren’t.”  Essentially, the more you run around and tell everyone how professional you are and … Continue reading

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My 9-11

Beginning The day began like many other.  I was a student in my last semester during my time at Gordon College, and I was walking down to Lane to grab breakfast.  I walked downstairs past a pillar to the mailroom … Continue reading

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Weight Loss, Loseit and Language

Weight Loss Many of those who know me, know that for many parts of my life I have been “Big Boned” or had a “Healthy Appetite.”  So dealing with weight loss has always been one of those points of contention … Continue reading

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