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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Where the Bible meets life…Being responsible for what God has entrusted us with isn’t always easy and spending money wisely can be a challenge. But God’s purpose for our finances is greater than just meeting our needs. How we spend what we have can speak volumes about our relationship with Jesus. The Bible calls us into a wise plan for giving, a course of action that can make us all better stewards of our money. The point, be ready to give as the need arises.

Discuss budgeting with your student. Talk about your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to budgeting and finances.

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James

Fun things coming up:
Romania Mission Trip Meeting – Sunday, March 30 at 4:30pm in Rousseau Hall
8th grade paintball – Saturday, April 12
$100 deposit Deadline for FUGE and SIFAT - Sunday, April 27

– Chris

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In 2011, Americans spent $10.7 trillion on shopping. Despite that figure, the world economy has challenged our circumstances and our spending. God has given us work and income to take care of our needs, but He doesn’t intend for us to use them only for ourselves. God has a greater purpose for our time, talents and resources. In Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, we discover how God has given us these things to help support His work in the world today. The point: We need to give to advance God’s kingdom.

Great question to ask:
What is the best way to give your time, talents, and resources for God’s purpose?…then list some things that you can do this week.

Great quote to discuss:
It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

– Chris

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We’ve all had a leader, teacher, or boss we loved and respected, but we’ve also had at least one we struggle with. Maybe it was their leadership style or their method of motivation. How do you respond to those leaders? In the sixth chapter of Ephesians, God tells us how to handle situations like this. The truth is, as a Christian, everything you do should be done as if it is for the Lord. We shouldn’t be working for the approval of man. And, how we work and relate to others certainly reflects our attitude toward Christ.

Questions to ponder:
How do you deal with frustrating circumstances at school? (Teachers or classmates)
How do you (as the parent) personally deal with difficult issues at work?

Quote of the day:
“The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, ‘Father, Your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust You to be God. You lead me today and I will follow.’” Kay Arthur

– Chris

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Bible is the Word of God. Trusting what it says is critical for faith and life. While there are those who argue it is a flawed document, the Bible continually shows us its trustworthiness and reliability. Beyond strong historical and archeological evidence, the Bible speaks of its own reliability and truthfulness and we can trust it in all matters. The point, you can trust God’s Word as the foundation for your life.

How has the Bible helped you in your faith and life?

Important things coming up:
Reverb –Dnow!! Our deadline is past and now we must wait until next weekend for pure awesomeness!. Our opening ceremony (Olympic terminology) is Wednesday, Feb. 19 in Passmore Hall. That’s when you meet your host home and leaders. Parents, we need you to come and sign a release form that night. Then on Friday the 21st, we are meeting in Passmore Hall for a worship rally, going to our homes and beginning our weekend of discipleship! I look forward to it!

– Chris

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are some lives more important than others? Our culture talks about valuing life, but the way unborn, disabled, and elderly are treated by society sends a different message. Our worth is in Christ and every life is sacred. Psalm 139 points us to an all-knowing, all-loving God who values each one of us. The point here is: God values life and so should we.

How have you been impacted by sanctity of life issues?
Why are these issues so difficult to discuss sometimes?

Great quote to discuss: “Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.” G.K. Chesterton

Important things coming up:
Evangelism Conference - January 24-26. On Saturday, the 25th, we are having a special evangelism training for students at 3:45pm in Passmore. Special guest, Scott Dawson will teach us important evangelism methods. After the training we’ll have dinner at 5:00pm and worship at 6:30pm.

Parent Night – Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:00pm. Dinner will be provided and families are invited! Our special guest is Chris Wilkinson from the Pensacola Police department to discuss both the opportunities and dangers of social media with teenagers.

REVERB – our theme for DNow (Disciple Now). February 21-23. Cost is $40. Register by February 9th!

– Chris

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Just as we cannot save ourselves, we cannot live the Christian life by ourselves. Left alone, we would face continual defeat. But we are not alone; Jesus Christ comes to live in us through the presence and power of His Holy Spirit. He is the One who empowers us to stand against sin, to walk righteously, and to live every aspect of life for His glory.

Questions to ask and things to ponder:
When was the last time you really needed someone’s help? What was it for?
Why do you think it’s difficult to ask others for help?

“If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory.” – Henry Blackaby

Important things coming up:
Evangelism Conference - January 24-26. On Saturday, the 25th, we are having a special evangelism training for students at 3:45pm in Passmore. Special guest, Scott Dawson will teach us important evangelism methods. After the training we’ll have dinner at 5:00pm and worship at 6:30pm.

Parent Night – Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:00pm. Dinner will be provided and families are invited!

REVERB – our theme for DNow (Disciple Now). February 21-23. Cost is $40. Register by February 9th!

– Chris

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Let’s be honest. We all struggle with sin. Regardless of how mature we are in Christ, our struggle with sin can frustrate and discourage us. But if Christ has set us free from the power of sin, why do we still struggle with it? For Christians, our sin nature may be powerless, but it doesn’t want to admit defeat. We do not face this struggle alone; Jesus Christ is with us to give us victory. Jesus is with us in our battle against sin... and Satan. Read Romans 7:14-8:2 together.

Some things to discuss:
What may be ongoing sins you struggle with?
How do you deal with those struggles?
What are some small steps to overcome sin? (use scripture)

Fun things coming up:
Evangelism Conference - January 23-26. On Saturday, the 25th, we are having a special evangelism training for students. After the training we’ll have dinner and worship.

REVERB – our theme for DNow (Disciple Now). February 21-23. Cost is $40. Register by February 9th!

– Chris

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