Links of the Month (April 2017)

For Your Worship – Why I Didn’t Sing When I Visited by Tim Challies

For the Next Generation – 3 Reasons Young People Leave the Church by Jason K Allen

For Staff Culture – 7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit by INC

For Getting on the Same Page – Pastors, Parents Differ on Youth Ministry Goals by Barna

For Developing Trust – 5 Ways to Grow a Culture of Trust by JD Greear

For the Mission – Framework for Missional Christianity (11 Part Series) by Saturate & Alan Hirsch

For Guest Services – How to Lose a First Time Guest in 10 Minutes of Less by Carey Nieuwhof

Links of the Month (March 2017)

For Evangelism – Tim Keller Speaks at Google on The Gospel Coalition
 
For Understanding LGBT Issues – Mark Yarhouse’s Blog
 
For Leading Your Staff – 4x4x4 Coaching Process by Brian Jones
 
For the Next Generation – Time to Start Thinking about Gen Z? by Kindred Youth Ministry
 
For Your Library – Outreach’s Resources of the Year by Outreach Magazine
 
For Winning Over Parents – Top Five Ways to Win Over Parents by Youth Specialties
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CP Parents Taking Home the Word (10/4)

 The GATHERING

This week we continued our series called, “Lies We Believe.” This series is based out of a resource that has impacted my walk with God called The Gospel Primer by Caesar Kalinowski. Throughout this series we will be working from the perspective that every sin in our lives comes from disbelief in the character of God (Romans 14:23). When we cease to believe God is who He says He is we rebel in our depravity. We exchange the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25).

When we cease to believe that God is good…we think we can find satisfaction in other things or people. Hence, why we try to fill that God sized hole with awards, food, alcohol, sex, approval, lack of stress. Ultimately, we try to seek comfortable stress free easy lives, which proves our satisfaction and happiness is rooted in stuff other than God. We make choices that make life easier, rather than involve God in the choice process. We become selfish and self-absorbed when we believe the lie that God is not good. However, when we realize that God is good…we don’t have to seek comfort, but pleasure that truly comes from Him

We challenged your students not seek postures of influence of comfort, rather surrender their life over to a God who loves us for exactly who He created us to be. He is good, so we can live lives of faith that reflect His goodness in our priorities and character. In order to do this, we must abide in Him to discover that He is the only one who sustains us and fulfills us. Because, once again, if we truly believe that God is good, that He is more important and we find true satisfaction in Him, then we can rest and repent of stressing out over people, circumstances or your future. We must walk by faith that God is good even in the midst of pain, suffering, and brokenness.

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” — C.S. Lewis

Parents, does your child fear stress or demands? Or, do they constantly want for life to be easier?  Do you sense that your child seek comfort in the midst of tough situations? Do they desire to quit when things get tough or stress gets high? I’d encourage you this week to lift God up as good.

The good news is that we can live a free life because a good God exists. We can let our redeemed and rescued lives reflect that God’s story is bigger than our own.

KEY TEXTS: John 6

CRITICAL QUESTIONS: What does it look like to believe God is good? Do the conversations about whats important reflect God’s goodness, or satisfaction in something else?

CP Parents Taking Home the Word (9/27)

 The GATHERING

This week we continued our series called, “Lies We Believe.” This series is based out of a resource that has impacted my walk with God called The Gospel Primer by Caesar Kalinowski. Throughout this series we will be working from the perspective that every sin in our lives comes from disbelief in the character of God (Romans 14:23). When we cease to believe God is who He says He is we rebel in our depravity. We exchange the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25).

When we cease to believe that God is gracious…we think we have to prove ourselves (to ourself, to others, to God). Hence, why we check Instagram or Facebook to see how many likes we are up to. Ultimately, we try to impress God with our lives so that he will bless us or be happy with us. We think the same way with other people. We even seek positions or postures of power over others in potentially destructive ways. However, when we realize that God is gracious…we don’t have to strive, we can simply respond in gratitude.

We challenged your students not seek postures of influence or power over others, rather surrender their life over to a God who loves us for exactly who He created us to be. He extended us grace, while we were still living wrongly. We must live lives of gratitude and grace where we don’t pressure ourselves to earn respect or fear humiliation. Because, once again, if we truly believe that God is gracious, that He is more important and His grace-filled relationship to us carries the utmost importance in our life, then we can rest and repent of stressing out over people, circumstances or your future. We must walk by faith that God is the most gracious not what we can see with our own eyes.

Parents, does your child fear humiliation or a lack of respect? Or, do they constantly argue for control over situations?  Do you sense that your child seek approval from others to be accepted, or fears rejection from friends? Do they struggle with jealousy and envy? I’d encourage you this week to lift God up as gracious. As a parent you don’t have to prove yourself, stop trying to prove yourself and your value through the success of your students. Make a conscious effort to encourage your student to follow God in such a way that Jesus’ name is made famous, more than your family name & more than their name. If you struggle with validating your parenting through the success of your children, check out Trophy Child.

Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God in response to our sin by sending Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin. We didn’t earn our salvation, God gracious extends it to us. Let’s let grace characterize our relationships, attitudes, and posture.

The good news is that we can live a free life because a gracious God exists. We can let our redeemed and rescued lives reflect that God’s story is bigger than our own.

KEY TEXTS: Matthew 6:25-34

CRITICAL QUESTIONS: What does it look like to believe God is gracious? Do the conversations about whats important reflect God’s glory or proving oneself?

CP Parents Taking Home the Word (9/20)

 The GATHERING

This week we continued our series called, “Lies We Believe.” This series is based out of a resource that has impacted my walk with God called The Gospel Primer by Caesar Kalinowski. Throughout this series we will be working from the perspective that every sin in our lives comes from disbelief in the character of God (Romans 14:23). When we cease to believe God is who He says He is we rebel in our depravity. We exchange the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25).

When we cease to believe that God is glorious…we think we have to fear people. Thus, we have to keep up an image or put on a good face for people because we fear disapproval. We even seek affirmation from others in potentially destructive ways. However, when we realize that God is glorious…we don’t have to fear what others think.

We challenged your students not seek affirmation or affection from others, rather surrender their attention and their life over to a God who loves us for exactly who He created us to be. We must live courageous lives and fear only God. Because, once again, if we truly believe that God is glorious, that He is more important and His relationship to us carries the utmost importance in our life, then we can rest and repent of stressing out over people, circumstances or my future. We must walk by faith that God is the most glorious, not what we can see with our own eyes.

Parents, does your child fear your disapproval? Or, do they look for affirmation from you? Maybe your opinions and your standards have been held up as more desirable that God’s? DO you sense that your child seek approval from others to be accepted, or fears rejection from friends? I’d encourage you this week to life God up as glorious. Make a conscious effort to encourage your student to follow God in such a way that Jesus’ name is made famous, more than your family name & more than their name.

The word glory means “weighty,” as in “a person of importance, a weighty person.” Who do you seek to bring glory to?

The good news is that we can live a free life because a  glorious God exists. We can let our redeemed and rescued lives reflect that God’s story is bigger than our own.

KEY TEXTS: Matthew 6:22-24, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

CRITICAL QUESTIONS: What does it look like to believe God is glorious? Do the conversations about whats important reflect God’s glory or fear of man?