“Start children off on the way they should go,

and even when they are old they will not turn from it”

– Proverbs 22: 6 –

 Welcome to Youth Blog for the MMOTC Youth Group. Here, we are committed to providing enriching and thought-provoking content to help today’s young people through their spiritual journey in these modern times.

As leaders of the group who are only in our early twenties ourselves, we understand the difficulties this generation faces in regards to their faith. With technology in addition to the busyness of our lives, we may find it challenging to find time to devote to our own spiritual development. There is also – undoubtedly – questions that you may want answered, or issues that you may need guidance on. And for those, we have these posts.

Every post on this blog serves a purpose – whether it is to uplift, to enlighten, to praise, or to give thanks. Our hope is that in times when they feel alone, our youth can find something here which they can meditate on to help them through the darkness and closer to our God.

Holy Week Devotionals: Easter Sunday

Holy Week Devotionals: Easter Sunday

“My two-year old doesn’t understand death,” my friend told me. “Should she?” I laughed. “We’ve been reading through her children’s Bible, and it is not the best place to learn about death. Jesus dies, and comes back to life. Lazarus dies, and Jesus...

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Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Saturday

Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Saturday

It feels wrong to say that Saturday is my favorite day of Holy Week, but it’s true. It is a day that feels sacred to me, sitting in the gap of tragedy and triumph, resting between death and victory. Perhaps it is my favorite because it feels so...

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Holy Week Devotionals: Good Friday

Holy Week Devotionals: Good Friday

Sometimes I wonder about who had the audacity to name today “Good Friday.” “Good” is four out of five stars on Yelp. “Good” is what you say when you don’t want any more questions after “How are you?” “Good” is an adjective too easily given....

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Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Thursday

Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Thursday

When I told my non-Christian father my plans to be a missionary, he laughed in disbelief. “How are you going to have enough money to live? Is God going to just ‘provide money’?” “Yes, that’s kind of the plan.” I told him sheepishly. But even to my...

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Holy Week Devotionals: Spy Wednesday

Holy Week Devotionals: Spy Wednesday

“Chink.” It wasn’t even muttered under his breath. The word carried over the sound of a busy Berkeley street, broke through the jackhammers of construction and the noise of commute, and hit me squarely between the eyes. My stereotypically-small,...

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Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Tuesday

Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Tuesday

The key to taking a multiple-choice test is knowing what the test maker wants to accomplish. Are they checking for basic comprehension? Are they trying to see if you can pick out a subtle difference between answers? Are they trying to trick you? In...

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Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Monday

Holy Week Devotionals: Holy Monday

On the Monday after His entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus curses a fig tree for not bearing fruit and drives those who were buying and selling out of the temple, overturning tables and benches. John’s account even describes Jesus braiding a whip out of cords to cleanse the temple. This is not the Jesus we often depict. We are terrified of strong emotion. Because somewhere along the way, we were taught that emotions may be less than holy. And yet our God and His Son are described as deeply emotional.

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Holy Week Devotionals: Palm Sunday

Holy Week Devotionals: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. On this day, Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a king. Surrounded by followers who glorify God for “all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19: 37). This day was the climax of His ministry that had been building since He had first begun. On this day, Jesus was welcomed with praises as the King of Jews, but how quickly will those who praise him turn away from Him. Before we embark on the rest of the week and follow the way of the cross, let us revisit the notion of the name – more specifically, His name. “Who is this?” they ask. But Jesus asks, “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16: 15).

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