March 14, 2018

Dear Otterbein Parents, youth, and friends (this is a long note, take some time to read it. Information about the summer is at the end).

To everyone involved with our Youth Group in a variety of capacities: I’d first off like to say THANK YOU. The few years I have spent...

October 2, 2017


1 John 3:16


Take some time to reflect on 1 John 3:16. Write down the name (or a few names) of someone who you want to show Christ-like love to this week. Ask the Lord to reveal to you this week how you can be a Jesus-like-friend to them.

Reread 1 John...

May 24, 2017

it's been awhile. spring is here. 

Let's begin with something from the words of Jesus. This is something we likely heard as a child in Sunday School...or if you're like me, you know this story because of the musical (drum roll, please) Godspell... {young Victor Garbor h...

February 2, 2017

Our group....excuse me, our #otterbratz had a terrific adventure this past weekend. We went to Altoona, PA and experienced the annual "Zeteo" conference. It was a wonderful weekend that focused on a drama which took place over three days. Additionally, we heard a speak...

October 26, 2016

This year we are talking ALLLLL about Identity. So many things make up our Identity and influence the kind of people we are. Our identities are always growing, changing, developing. However--as followers of Christ, one thing is SET IN STONE. We belong to Him.We are son...

October 5, 2016

My, my how the summer has rushed by! I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that it is October! But, isn't that this the same shock we experience every year! 

Since our last devotional in the summer, much has happened. Our youth group went to the IMPACT Festival...

June 28, 2016

“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God;I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” Psalm 52:8-9


June 16, 2016

Have you ever owned something? Can you think of something that you really wanted, and paid for with your own money, and now it is ALL YOURS! (?). Owning something can be a very special experience. It means that you treasure something, protect it, and earned it. 

The Bib...

June 9, 2016

Summer is here! Which means that we get to see beautiful, unique things that only come out during the summer. No, I am not talking about Hawaiian shirts, sunburns, and way too many backyard barbeques to keep up with! What I am thinking of is small, lovely, and starts o...

June 1, 2016



Have you ever been afraid?

Have you ever been in a scary situation?

Has your heart ever dropped as every frightening possibility raced through your mind in a moment of fear? 

What do you do in those moments? What do you do in those moments where you realize:

"Oh heaven's...

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