About Branda Yeargan

Branda is the youth pastor at Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown, Maryland. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is an Ordained Minister through Alliance International Ministries. When she isn't here sharing her thoughts, you can find her playing outside with her husband and her boxer pooch!
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“I Scream, You Scream!”

“I scream, you scream! We all scream for ICE CREAM!” Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?! Did you also know that there is an actual National Ice Cream Day?! Yeah, no joke! Just recently, I stumbled upon this gem of a fact: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National […]

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A Youth Pastor’s Perspective on Teen Suicide

In light of a recent teen suicide tragedy, one of my students said, “I don’t understand how someone could be so upset to do that to themselves.” Sometimes, no matter how together a person may seem on the outside, the inside may be full of hurt and pain. This pain can be completely consuming, overwhelming. […]

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100 Best Communities for Young People

100 Best Communities: A Faith Perspective

“He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.” Ephesians […]

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Is there such a thing as a knight in shining armor?

Chivalry or Trickery?

Pre-emptive disclaimer: this post is not intended for the female reader only. Gentlemen, read on! Merriam-Webster defines a chivalrous man as follows: 1: valiant (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valiant) 2: of, relating to, or characteristic of chivalry and knight-errantry 3a: marked by honor, generosity, and courtesy   b: marked by gracious courtesy and high-minded consideration especially to women Of […]

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God is the author of life.

A Faith Perspective: Why would God take away teens?

In the last month, two teens from our region have been tragically taken from us. We have also reached the 3 year anniversary of the tragic losses of Nick Adenhart, Ben Burger and Ryan Myers. Unfortunately, I have seen many of my friends and classmates experience tragic loss up close and personal too many times. […]

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You’re “Crushin’!” (And We aren’t Talking about Recycling Cans!)

“Okay, so there’s this guy…” “Okay, so there’s this girl…” I’m sure you’ve all had a conversation that has started with these words. We all know where the rest of this conversation leads, don’t we? This is the part where you tell your best friend about the guy or girl you’ve been crushing on. After […]

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“Breaking Up is Hard to Do-oo” (part two)

Okay, so last week we talked about how to survive a breakup as the “dumper,” but what happens when you are the one who is dumped?! The dumpers have it soooo much easier! Right?! Well, I wouldn’t say that. They are two completely different situations. No matter how you slice it, breaking up SUCKS! But, […]

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“Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do-ooo” (part one)

Have you ever heard that song??? Breakups are definitely hard. Whether you are the dump-er or dump-ee. This week we will focus on being the dump-er. My last post may have gotten some of you thinking about an impending breakup, which in and of itself is hard enough to do. Now that you have thought things […]

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