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"Above The Clouds" 7 Day Devotional

Dylan Harreld

Above The Clouds is a devotional intended for those whose life is going well right now. While we celebrate our victories on the mountain top we can lose sight of our neighbors in the valley.  I pray this devotional encourages you to refocus your eyes, even when life is good, so that we may continue to love people the way Jesus does—even if that means coming down from above the clouds.

Start it now for FREE on the YouVersion bible app!
https://www.bible.com/es/reading-plans/12770-above-the-clouds

Varsity Shades 2nd Annual Pool Party/Go Skateboarding Day 2018 Recap

Dylan Harreld

 Thank you SSP!

Thank you SSP!

 #VarsityFamily Dylan Harreld holding down the booth. Literally. But the wind/rain didn't stop us from having fun!

#VarsityFamily Dylan Harreld holding down the booth. Literally. But the wind/rain didn't stop us from having fun!

 Tanner Armstrong killing everyone at Cornole!

Tanner Armstrong killing everyone at Cornole!

 Playing Cornhole in between runs in the pool!

Playing Cornhole in between runs in the pool!

 #VarsityFamily Lucas Myers in the highest ollie contest!

#VarsityFamily Lucas Myers in the highest ollie contest!

 Chance Cline, first place Intermediate.

Chance Cline, first place Intermediate.

 2017 Pool Party winner Gage Farley took home 2nd place and a few sunglasses this year.

2017 Pool Party winner Gage Farley took home 2nd place and a few sunglasses this year.

 You're 2018 Pool Party winner, Danny Underwood! Congrats Danny!

You're 2018 Pool Party winner, Danny Underwood! Congrats Danny!

 Dom Rushing won a board, for $1.00!

Dom Rushing won a board, for $1.00!

 Thank you CatSpray for donating some sheets of griptape to keep the kids hyped!

Thank you CatSpray for donating some sheets of griptape to keep the kids hyped!

 Thank you to all of our judges! Lurker John, Tanman, and Lucas. (If you didn't win, you can blame them)

Thank you to all of our judges!
Lurker John, Tanman, and Lucas. (If you didn't win, you can blame them)

 Kids were running wild.. literally.

Kids were running wild.. literally.

 Very thankful for the extra help in our booth! (Thanks, Liv!)

Very thankful for the extra help in our booth! (Thanks, Liv!)

 John kickin' back in between runs.

John kickin' back in between runs.

 Danny with a front rock on the center piece!

Danny with a front rock on the center piece!

 Thank you, Jason for helping cover the event! Were stoked for everyone to see his coverage of the event soon.

Thank you, Jason for helping cover the event! Were stoked for everyone to see his coverage of the event soon.

 A big, thank you to the boss man Daniel for bringing us out. See you next year, SSP!

A big, thank you to the boss man Daniel for bringing us out.
See you next year, SSP!

"Overcoming Timidity" A New Devotional by Varsity Ministries

Dylan Harreld

Happy Go Skateboarding Day!

We released our newest devotional "Overcoming Timidity" as a gift for you all to stay encouraged and become courageous. 

Introduction:
"Has anyone ever called you timid? Timidity is defined as having a lack of courage or confidence. The Lord has recently given me a realization that I was being overcome by timidity and was completely unaware of it. Jesus wasn’t timid with his purpose when he took our sin and shame to the cross. Therefore I refuse to be timid in my faith for a God that courageously chases after me. This devotional will help you reflect on seven different areas of your faith where timidity may be trying to set in. I pray the Lord will give you an awareness of timidity in your life and will guide you as you overcome it." -Dylan Harreld

Start the devotional now and share it with your friends and family! 
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Stay blessed and stay stoked!
-Dylan Harreld
Varsity Action Sports Ministries

"Trophies and Tools" A New Varsity Ministries Devotional!

Dylan Harreld

Trophies&Tools

Trophies and Tools!

Our newest devotional is now available for FREE on the YouVersion Bible app! (Also FREE!!)
Start it today and invite your friends to read the plan with you!

(Trophies and Tools Introduction)
"As Christians we are often blessed with undeserving gifts from The Lord. I’ve always been a believer in hard-work and think we should enjoy the blessings that our Father gives us. When we are given a blessing we have the choice to either put our blessing on a shelf and display it as a trophy for all to see or we have an opportunity to use it as a tool and continue to share His love, forgiveness, and sovereignty." -Dylan Harreld

 

An Open Letter to Action Sports Evangelists and Ministries

Dylan Harreld

Dear Outsider, 

I know exactly where you’ve been. I know what’s like to feel like an outsider. I’ve sat in church pews and have been judged by my appearance. I’ve sat on my skateboard and have been mocked because of my beliefs. I’ve tried to hold conversations with church-goers who see no value in a ‘radical ministry’ outside of the church. I’ve held conversations with strongly opinionated skateboarders who think that I am ignorant because I believe in a God who created me. 

The tattoos I bare on my arms that are often stared at while I’m in church are the same ones that are made fun of because they contain a verse from Romans. I’ve been told numerous times (even by people I love) that maybe it’s time to give up skateboarding. I’ve also been told numerous times by skateboarders to give up ministry, quit believing in a ‘fairy tale’, and live life on my own terms. 

The inspiration for this blog comes from a realization I had. Recently I had traveled to one of the fastest growing and most influential churches in the United States. During my time spent there I met many very talented individuals who work in full time ministry. When I was asked the question (numerous times) “What do you do in ministry?” I noticed I was given two different responses from most people. It was either “Cool!...” Which I assume by the same look on everyone’s face that means I don’t know what that is or I received a “Is that kind of like (insert random evangelistic niche here)? The take away here was that some of the biggest names and most influential people in ministry have no idea what we do or can even see the value in it. 

There are close to 10 million skateboarders in the United States. Skateboarding is the fastest growing sport in the United States, according to research published in the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics (2017). If people cannot see value in that, they’re completely oblivious. When Jesus said “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” He was talking about opportunities exactly like this. 

We are given such a large platform to reach individuals who are broken, struggling with depression, anxiety, loneliness, emptiness, and have been left hurt (maybe even from the church.) Sadly, there are only a small handful of individuals who are investing in the action sports community. Even that number is declining due to the enticing worldly desires and outside influences demeaning our worth. 

Take heart, leaders! You have more value and worth than what others see. There are literally millions of people counting on you to bring light into a community that society has deemed as outsiders. Let us continue to build each other up, push our pride aside from us, and leave fear far behind us. We have an opportunity to reach those in places that churches are overlooking. We have an opportunity to step outside of four walls and speak life into the world. Keep pressing on! You were created to be a difference maker, a truth speaker, and a world changer!

-Dylan Harreld // Founder - Varsity Ministries
WWW.VARSITYSHADES.US