Dear parents,

We’re continuing our “FIVE” series on the Pentateuch, exploring the first five books of the Bible. In the third lesson, we discussed Leviticus 23:26-32.

The book of Leviticus has earned a bad rap because it contains many laws, rules, and regulations. Yet its central message is about grace, so we discussed how Leviticus reminds us of the cost of sin—and our need for redemption.

Spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our discussion this week. Here are some questions to fuel your dialogue:

  • How do you stay focused on your friendship with Jesus even when you don’t “feel” forgiven or redeemed?
  • When does God’s holiness seem most appealing? When does it seem most intimidating?
  • When it comes to having faith in Jesus, what questions do you wrestle with? How can I help you in your faith walk?

It’s such an honor to work with this amazing group of teenagers. Thanks for all your prayers for our ministry. Have a great week!

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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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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:11

HABIT BUILDING | Week 3: Bible Memorization

Dear parents,

We’re continuing our series on HABITS for spiritual growth by talking about Bible memorization. Psalm 119:11 tells us, “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Bible memorization helps us become more familiar with who God is and how God wants us to live. Even Jesus used Bible memorization as a weapon for fighting off Satan’s temptation.

This week, we challenged our students to memorize Psalm 119:11. Perhaps your whole family could memorize this verse—or pick another! Here are some that may help kick start a family discussion about memorizing Scripture:

  • Why should Christians memorize Bible verses? What are some ways it might help your spiritual life?
  • What is the best way for you to memorize Scripture?
  • If you decided you wanted to value the Bible more, how would you make this happen? What changes or decisions would you make to make the Bible a greater treasure to you?

Have a blessed day!

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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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