Blog

Our blog is a place where students and missionary members alike post frequently about all of the things that are happening here on campus and throughout the world. We post outreach updates, testimonies, devotionals, and encouragements that cover a multitude of themes and subjects. Our desire is that these posts will give you a better idea of what we are doing here at YWAM Montana | Lakeside and that this blog will be an encouragement for you in your walk with Christ.

Be Counter-cultural

“…this Western Culture that we are a part of, no longer believes that there is any such thing as an absolute truth.” You and I live in a world which stresses the idea that “truth” is a relative term. The vast majority of people we interact with on a daily basis believe, with ever growing […]

Posted: March 7, 2018 By: Jason Sheneman
Do you Filter who God is?

It feels like now, perhaps more than any other time in history, we are a culture devoted to self. In the age of limitless information, how we relate to a God we can’t limit, matters. “…in the onslaught of information that comes at us every day we need to be able to filter it somehow…” […]

Posted: February 28, 2018 By: Melanie Morel
Crying In Airport Bathrooms

There’s a first time for everything, they say. On a trip last summer I experienced a first. I do a lot of traveling being a missionary — checking into flights, dealing with ticket agents, going through security screenings, answering customs questions, etc. It is all very normal and causes very little anxiety nowadays. However, I […]

Posted: February 21, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Overcoming Shame

Shame. The word itself causes a physical reaction. The cringing feeling of discomfort. The instant pain of embarrassment.  The, “Oh no! Don’t get too close!”, feeling. It is a silent enemy because there is no clear ability to tell who is struggling with shame from the outside. It is the internal battle between who we […]

Posted: February 14, 2018 By: Leesha Stoner
Embracing Silence

“In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.”  — C. S. Lewis If I am being honest, I don’t always desire time with God as much as I think I should. If I am being honest, I don’t always desire time […]

Christians Struggle with Depression Too

I have wrestled with depression for nearly twenty years. It has been a part of my life since I was a boy, and, as far as I can tell, it shall be with me in the years to come. I have passed through many different seasons and trials; suffering through panic attacks, which then progressed […]

Posted: January 31, 2018 By: Jason Sheneman
Are Your Friends Good for You?

I read something on social media the other day and it said, “Surround yourself with people who make you happy.” Although I can appreciate the sentiment and heart of the statement, I actually found myself slightly grieved. When did we become a culture that lives to make ourselves happy? Maybe this is always the way it has been. […]

Posted: January 24, 2018 By: Erika Haveman
Making Your Reading Count When You Don’t Read Enough

I was recently asked the following question by a former DTS Equip student of mine (DTS Equip is a leadership development school/seminar that is offered at a variety of YWAM locations): “When you finish reading a book, what questions do you ask yourself? Or, what’s a way that you reflect on what you read to help […]

You’re an Extra

No one is going to remember you when you die. This isn’t just an opinion of mine, it’s a statement backed up by statistics. According to Ancestry.com, half of Americans know the name of only one or neither of their great-grandparents. 22% of Americans don’t even know what their grandfathers do or did for a […]

Posted: January 10, 2018 By: Greg Burgers
Look Up

A spoken word by Mandie Messerschmidt I’m Drowning. Where am I? I look around and I am drowning in a pool of fear and doubt. I look to my left and I see the dollar signs that are so closely following me. I panic. How did they find me even here? Trying to find relief… […]

Posted: December 11, 2017 By: Mandie Messerschmidt