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Parent Connection - 4.11.21

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                           #Rejected Students will understand why Jesus was rejected and will choose to trust in Him alone for salvation.   John 12:37       Your good is not good enough.     Tonight’s lesson was the third lesson in a four-week series called “His Story.” This series highlights passages from the Gospel of John. Tonight, we focused on the fact that Jesus was rejected.   We learned that having a relationship with God is not about making sure our good works outweigh our bad works. In fact, we discovered that our “good” is not good enough to get us to Heaven. Our good will never be enough to outweigh our bad.   We discovered that Jesus was rejected so that we don’t ever have to be rejected by God. He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again. He defeated sin and death and wants us to stop trusting in our own righteousness and simply receive His righteousness by trusting in Him as Savior.   Your teen was given the opportunity to reject the idea that his/her good deeds co

Parent Connection - 3.14.2021

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  The Holy Spirit Changes Everything Objective: Students will discover that attempting to serve God in self-confidence is ineffective and will be challenged to witness for God in the boldness given by the power of the Holy Spirit.   Key Scripture:   Acts 4:13     Key Thought:   Confidence in the Spirit is better than confidence in self.       Lesson Summary: Tonight’s lesson was the fourth lesson of a four-week series called “Empowered by the Spirit.” Throughout this series, your teen has been learning about the Holy Spirit. Tonight, he/she learned that the Holy Spirit provides power for us to boldly share our faith with others. Your teen was challenged not to rely on self-confidence, but to be confident in the Holy Spirit.   We used the Apostle Peter as our example throughout the lesson. When he relied on his own strength and confidence to follow God, it resulted in disaster. He made arrogant comments, failed to pray, fought the wrong battles, and denied even knowing Jesus!   Self-co

Article Recommendation - 4 Mistakes Parents Make with Technology

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4 MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE WITH TECHNOLOGY I am normally slow to recommend articles, but here is one from Carey Nieuwhof with some practical advice, in an area where I think we all feel out of our depths in – technology and teens. -   http://bit.ly/4TechMistakesWithTeens

Parent Connection - 3.7.2021

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  The Gift Objective: Students will understa nd that th e Holy Spirit gives gifts to believers to accomplish His will and they will be challenged to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit by serving others.   Key Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10     Key Thought:   We are Spirit-gifted to graciously serve.     Lesson Summary: Tonight’s lesson was the third lesson in a four-part series called “Empowered by the Spirit.” During this series, your teen will be introduced to the Holy Spirit, Who He is, what He does, and how He provides the power for a Christian to live a godly life.    In tonight’s lesson, we discussed spiritual gifts. We defined them as “God-given abilities, received at salvation, for the purpose of service in the church.” We recognized the differences between a spiritual gift and natural talents. We reminded the students that every believer has a spiritual gift and that they are given so God can be glorified, the saints can be equipped, and the church can be edified. We highlighted t

Parent Connection - 1.31.2021

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Objective:  S tudents will learn the dangers of self-righteousness and will choose to turn away from the desire to impress God with their religious performance. Key Scripture: Luke 18:14b Key Thought:  The way up is down. Summary: Sunday's lesson is the second of a four-part series on the topic of sin. Our series is called “Nailed: The Death of Sin.” We talked about how self-righteousness is an offensive stench and if we are not careful our lives can reek with pride.  Just as your teen may go “nose blind” (become desensitized) to the odors of their gym clothes or armpits, so any sinner can go “nose blind” to the spiritual odors of pride. The Bible calls this smell “self-righteousness.” Interestingly, those who struggle with it the most are usually the last to realize it.  We made it our aim today to recognize the terrible smells of self-righteous pride and how to get rid of it. We also sought to create a desire for heart-level change (humility). As you follow up with your student,

Parent Connection - 1.24.2021

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Objective: Students will learn the true nature of the human condition and be challenged to humbly repent. Key Scripture: Romans 5:12     Key Thought: We are all bad to the bone .   Lesson Summary: Tonight’s lesson is the first of a four-part series on the topic of sin. Our series is called “Nailed: The Death of Sin.” We talked about how we are all “bad to the bone.”    Grave Digger is the name of a monster truck with a reputation of being “bad to the bone.” But we have the same reputation; we all have a sinful nature and commit sin in our words, thoughts, and actions. Every infant, every teen, and every parent is bad to the bone, totally depraved. This doesn’t mean that we could never do any good thing. It simply means that every part of us is corrupted by sin - our wills, our minds, and our bodies. The bottom line is that we are not basically good people who occasionally do bad things. God helps us see that we are basically bad (evil) people - totally depraved.    That was the bad new

Parent Connection - 1.10.2021

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Objective -  Students will understand that Jesus is superior to all others and will be challenged to stand in awe of Him and express appreciation for Him daily. Key Scripture- Colossians 1:18 Key Thought - There ain’t nobody like Him! Lesson Summary- The lesson tonight was the fourth lesson in a four-part series called “Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King, Intercessor, Mediator, Man, Eternal God, Unchanging King, and So Much More Than You Ever Thought.” Throughout this series, we have been exploring who Jesus is. This week, your teen learned several truths about Jesus.   Jesus is…   God – He is the eternal God. The Firstborn of Creation – Not “born first” but the preeminent One. The Creator – Not a created being but the Creator of all. The Sustainer – Not only the Creator but the One Who holds creation together. The Head of the Church – He is the top rank. The Firstborn from the Dead – The ruler over our greatest enemies: sin and death. The Fullness of God – He is 100% God (and 100% Man