Philemon 1:6; Recognizing Leadership in Ministry

Logan Pyron

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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This is the hardest part of the year for me- graduation. As a youth minister, I can tell you (and if you are one, you know exactly what I'm talking about) that letting go of your graduating seniors is one of the hardest things that you'll do in this job. For me, it's especially hard because we're losing 6. That's the highest amount we've had so far, but I can tell you that there is a
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