Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:25

HABIT BUILDING | Week 6: Studying Scripture

Dear parents,

We’ve finished our six-week series on developing HABITS for spiritual growth. Here in our final week, we talked about studying Scripture and how this discipline affects our lives, with a focus on Psalm 119:25-32. This passage, part of the longest chapter in the Bible, reminds us of several ways God’s Word is useful and beneficial to our lives. We read about being revived, gaining understanding, experiencing encouragement, and living faithfully.

God gave us his Word to meet our deepest needs, connect us to him, and reveal his wonders. When we consider his teachings, we are strengthened from the inside out and can stand against the pressures of our world.

Take time this week to talk with your teenager about the message. Perhaps you could read Psalm 119:25-32 and talk about a few of the questions below:

  • What is one strategy that would help you become hungrier for God’s Word in your life?
  • If a friend wanted to start reading the Bible for direction in life, what suggestions would you offer?
  • Based on all you’ve learned and discussed in this series, how will you be able to grow spiritually on your own?

Thanks for praying for our youth ministry. It’s a blessing to work with your child each week and see God’s plans unfold! Have a great week!

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:21

HABIT BUILDING | Week 5: Tithing

Dear parents,

This week at Encounter, we are discussing the fifth part of our HABITS series: Tithing. We will talk about Psalm 24:1, which reads, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” God has given us everything and we are then called to give back to God a portion. This is called a “tithe,” or 10 percent.

We'll talk about how God gives us all we have and then asks us to give back a portion to help serve people and share the good news of Jesus’ love.

This week, I’d encourage you to find time to talk with your teenager about this important aspect of HABITS. Here are some suggested questions that may help generate dialogue:

  • How can you give God back a portion of your time, talent, and money?
  • Are you being a good steward of all the things that God has given you to use?
  • What is your view of how our family uses money?

Thanks for praying for our ministry!

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Dear parents,

This week we are talking about being involved in and serving within the church body. Using Psalm 78:70-72, we discussed how God has given each Christian skills to serve, how we must be ready for opportunities to serve, and how a lifestyle of service can create an example for others to follow.

We want teenagers to see church as a place of excitement—a place where they can own their faith by getting involved and serving. We want teenagers to see themselves the way God sees them—people who have lots to offer, right now. They don’t have to wait until tomorrow to develop the habit of getting involved and serving at church.

Here are some questions you could ask your teenager this week to start some good dialogue:

  • Are you afraid of the future? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel qualified enough for God to use you to minister to other people?
  • What would it be like to get involved in a ministry at church and serve other people?

Thanks for your spiritual investment in your child. We get to see the results every week!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:13

HABIT BUILDING | Week 1: Hanging Out With God

Dear parents,

This week we started a new series that can help teenagers develop “HABITS” for personal spiritual growth. Each week, we focus on a different letter from the acronym HABITS. Our focus this week was “H,” which stands for “Hanging Out With God.”

In Psalm 1, the psalmist contrasts the way of the wicked with the way of the righteous. The wicked person progressively falls into deeper and deeper sin, while the righteous one enjoys a blessed life. The righteous person is like a tree planted by a stream of water that doesn’t wither and produces fruit. Fruit is the result or byproduct of reading, meditating, and applying God’s truths to our lives.

We believe in the value of parents and teenagers having conversations about spiritual topics. So each week I’ll be posting some questions that can help generate healthy dialogue with your child. Here are some questions based on our small group meeting this week:

  • What are some examples of spiritual fruit that you have seen in your life?
  • Have you ever felt like you were “walking,” “standing,” or “sitting” with people who were leading you away from God’s path for your life? What did you do to overcome it?
  • What did you learn from meditating on Psalm 5 this week?

I hope this will be an awesome series that will help your teenager get closer to God.

As I mentioned, each week I will be posting a letter like this to update you on what your student is learning and questions to help you be a part of their proccessing of that week's topic. If you would like to receive this letter as an email each week, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll put you on the parent email list!

For His glory,


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