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Parent Connection - 9.19.21

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    Your Mind’s Utility Belt Objective:  Students will learn how memorizing Scripture will help them grow spiritually and will be challenged to make Scripture memory a personal spiritual discipline. Key Scripture:   Psalm 119:11 - Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Key Thought:  What we put into our minds matters.   Lesson Summary:  This week’s lesson was the fourth of a four-part series called “Roots: Growing Your Faith.” The four lessons in this series are core essentials in the life of a believer covering the topics of salvation, Quiet Time, spiritual growth, and Scripture memory. Sunday’s lesson focused on Scripture memory.   Your student was challenged to begin memorizing Scripture. This discipline is important as it allows us to have truth with us at all times, like adding tools to a “mental” utility belt, of sorts. Your student was challenged to memorize a Bible verse that is relevant to their lives this week.   Consider ho

Parent Connection - 9.12.21

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  Grow on Purpose Objective:  Students will understand how biblical disciplines grow and deepen their Christian faith and will be challenged to apply these disciplines through Word of Life Creative Discipleship. Key Scripture:   Colossians 2:6-7 - As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Key Thought:  Grow on purpose . Lesson Summary:  This week’s lesson was the third in a four-part series called “Roots: Growing Your Faith.” Tonight’s lesson focused on personal, spiritual growth. The students were encouraged to develop a plan for spiritual growth and to use the Creative Discipleship Program to help with that plan. The Creative Discipleship Program highlights eight different areas that should be part of the spiritual growth plan of every follower of Jesus. They are: Attendance to a local church (Hebrews 10:24-25), Quiet Time (1 Peter 2:2-3), S

Parent Connection 9.5.21

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  Eat Up! Objective: Students will learn the importance of a daily quiet time and will be encouraged to utilize the truth they are learning from engaging in a daily quiet time . Key Scripture: Job 23:12 - I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Key Thought: Quiet Time is the most important meal of the day. Lesson Summary:  This week’s lesson was the second in a four-part series called “Roots: Growing Your Faith.” The four lessons in this series are core essentials in the life of a believer covering the topics of salvation, quiet time, spiritual growth, and Scripture memory. Tonight’s lesson focused on personal quiet time. When we say, “Quiet Time,” we are talking about “time alone with God praying, reading His Word, and applying its truth to one’s life.” Just like our bodies need food, so do our souls. Our souls are fed through the most important meal of the day, our quiet time. In this lesson, your

Parent Connection 8.1.21

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  Finding Joy In The Valley Objective:  Students will discover the comfort in God’s promises when facing the death of a loved one and build confidence in helping others who are dealing with death. Key Scripture:  Psalm 23:4 Key Thought: Death is not an end, but a beginning Lesson Summary:  Tonight’s lesson was part of a four-part series called, “Deal With It: A Biblical Approach to Tough Topics.” In each of the four parts of this series, we will discover the biblical approach to some rather difficult topics. In tonight’s lesson, we took the principles from Scripture and applied them to the difficult topic of death. We introduced the students to the Great Shepherd who walks through the valley of the shadow of death with them (Psalm 23). We challenged the students to help others who experience the death of a loved one by doing something practical, by being sensitive, and, when needed, being quiet.  We challenged the students to look at death from their own perspective. Are they ready to

Parent Connection 7.25.21

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  May Divorce Never Be With You Objective: Stu dents will learn a biblical approach to divorce and be challenged to respond appropriately to those who have been impacted by divorce. Key Scripture: Matthew 19:6 Key Thought: Be the force against divorce Lesson Summary: Ton ight’s lesson was part of a four-part series called “Deal With It: A Biblical Approach to Tough Topics.” In each of the four parts of this series, we will discover the biblical approach to some rather difficult topics. In tonight’s lesson, we took the principles from Scripture and applied them to the topic of divorce.  Before a discussion of divorce, we discussed God’s view of marriage. Not only did the students learn how God instituted marriage, but how God feels about divorce. It is very likely your student has experience with divorce, either in their own family or a friend’s family. With that being said, your student learned how to help others going through a divorce. Finally, we stressed the importance of building

Parent Connection 7.18.21

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  How Can I Know That My Sins Are Forgiven? Objective:   Students will understand that forgiveness of sin is available and will be equipped to discuss this truth with others. Key Scripture: Colossians 2:13-14 Key Thought: Freely forgiven and fully alive Lesson Summary: Tonight’s lesson was the final lesson in a four-part series on apologetics called, “Asking for a Friend: Questions You are Allowed to Ask in Church.” We have communicated to your teen that the church is a safe place to ask hard questions. The lessons are designed to help your teen apologetically. The word “apologetics” simply means “a defense for the Christian faith using reason and evidence.” Over the course of this study, we will be answering tough questions that people have been asking for centuries.  Tonight, we tackled the question: “How can I know that my sins are forgiven?” In this lesson, your teen learned that he/she can be freely forgiven by trusting in the death and resurrection of Jesus. We walked throu

Parent Connection 7.11.21

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How Do I know The Resurrection Actually Happened? Objective:  Students will understand the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus and will be challenged to share this evidence with unbelievers. Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Key Thought: The evidence shows that Christ arose! Lesson Summary: T onight’s lesson was the third lesson in a four-part series on apologetics called, “Asking for a Friend: Questions You are Allowed to Ask in Church.” We have communicated to your teen that the church is a safe place to ask hard questions. The lessons are designed to help your teen apologetically. The word “apologetics” simply means “a defense for the Christian faith using reason and evidence.” Over the course of this study, we will be answering tough questions that people have been asking for centuries. Tonight, we tackled the question, “How Do I Know the Resurrection Actually Happened?” We began by examining the evidence for the resurrection found in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. These verses teach