Middle School Parent Cue: Made Series

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WEEK ONE:

PSALM 139:13-16

Because God made you, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Your middle schooler receives mixed messages related to sex all the time. In the movies they watch, the songs they listen to, the things their friends talk about, the social media they see, and even the education they get at school, the messages on sex are both constant and inconsistent, making it difficult for them to know what to really think about the subject.

WEEK TWO:

MATTHEW 5:27-28;
PSALM 139:14a

Because God made us all,
all of us are valuable.

Though your middle schooler may or may not yet be engaging in sexual activity, they’re definitely growing more curious about sex. But don’t worry! Curiosity is a natural part of growing and maturing—something your middle schooler is doing a lot of in this phase. Understanding their curiosity and not totally shutting it down is key to keeping the conversation about sex open between you and your kid.

WEEK THREE:

1 CORINTHIANS 6:18

Because God made sex,
sexual things matter.

Control can be a sensitive subject for many middle schoolers. They long for more authority in most parts of their lives, leading them to act out of frustration over what they perceive as a lack of control. They also struggle with self-regulation in this phase, making boundaries difficult to set and maintain.

WEEK FOUR:


1 THESSALONIANS 4:3-4;
PSALM 139:14a

Because God made you,
you are in control of your own body.

Understanding both their value and the value of others may be hard for your student at times. As middle schoolers, value is often based on immediate feelings. If your student doesn’t feel valued by others, it will make valuing that person (and even themselves) difficult to do.

The importance of the Virginity of Mary

Hey Middle School Parents, have you talked to your son or daughter about the importance of the Virginity of Mary?

This is the Christmas season, why is Pastor Brandon posting something like this to make my life as a parent EVEN MORE AWKWARD?

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1. Here’s the deal, we are saturated with a culture that speaks out against this train of thought. If the issue of purity is not brought to the attention of your middle schooler, they may not consider how important it is to God.

2. God’s word points this out, so we should as well.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
Luke 1:32‭-‬34 ESV
http://bible.com/59/luk.1.32-34.ESV

Consider John Piper’s words on The Virginity of Mary

 Full Sermon by John Piper here

The virginity of Mary is important for two reasons.

1. She Is Sexually Pure

a) It means that she’s sexually pure. She has not slept with her fiancé, or any other man. That would have been fornication, and God abominates fornication.

Of course, not every woman in Jesus’ lineage is so clean. There was Bathsheba the adulteress and Tamar who seduced her father-in-law. These things can be forgiven, as many of you have discovered. But don’t overlook the importance of Mary. When God chose a mother for his Son, he chose a virgin. Virginity before marriage is important because the recipient of God’s best gifts ought to be pure.

2. She Wasn’t Pregnant Already

Mary’s virginity is also important because it meant she wasn’t pregnant. God aimed to make known that the conception of Jesus in the womb of a woman was owing to no man. So he chose a virgin. And a virgin conceived a child whose Father was God and not man.

In a world of sexting, sexual promiscuity, and curiosity, God’s Word points to a different standard. A standard that allowed Jesus Christ to enter as the greatest gift to humanity.

Purity is the perfect package for the gift of our Savior to our world.

Okay parents, AWKWARD Christmas Challenge: Talk about the importance of the virginity of Mary.

(Go ahead and catch them off guard with it like they spring crazy, awkward questions on you!)

Merry Christmas!

Pastor Brandon.

 

Fusion Thx – Bless the Lord Devo

 

 

 Bless the Lord Devo Download

 

 BLESS THE LORD

 Read It – Psalm 103 The Message

A David Psalm

   1-2

   O my soul, bless God.

From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!

   O my soul, bless God,

don’t forget a single blessing!

3-5

He forgives your sins—every one.

He heals your diseases—every one.

He redeems you from hell—saves your life!

He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.

He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.

He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.

 

  

 

LOOK

Number the 6 Blessings in the Psalm.

Draw a picture of yourself – beside the picture of YOURSELF, label how each Blessing would look on you.

 

  

 

 

 

LEARN

What do these 6 Blessings mean to you?

 

What do we learn about God?  

 

What do we learn about our relationship with God?

 

  

 

 

 

LIFE

How about you?  Think about what these 6 Blessings mean to you

 

Thank God for Forgiving YOUR sins, EVERY ONE.

Ask God to heal your diseases, EVERY ONE.

Thank God for redeeming and saving your life from hell.

Ask God to help you walk in His Love and Mercy.

Thank God for wrapping you up in His Goodness and Eternal Beauty.

Ask God to renew you in His Presence.

 

  

PRAY –  Think about what you just wrote down in each section.

 Ask God’s Spirit to help you live out His TRUTH in your life.

Trending Parent Cue

WEEK 1


EPHESIANS 2:10;
EPHESIANS 4:29

God created us as His masterpiece.

WEEK 2


ROMANS 12:4-5;
JOHN 13:34b

God created us for connection.

THINK ABOUT THIS:

WEEK 1:


Your middle schooler may hesitate to speak up when it comes to bullying. In this phase, reporting bullying to an adult is viewed as a form of tattling rather than standing up for themselves or someone else.

WEEK 2:


When you approach conversations about bullying in less direct ways, your kid may be more willing to open up. Questions like, “Did you run into anyone who was hard to get along with today?” may give you the answers you’re looking for.

DO THIS:

 MORNING TIME


Reach out to your kid’s school to learn about the programs or policies they have related to bullying. Get involved in any anti-bullying initiatives in your community. Simple things like this let your kid see that you’re taking an interest in an important topic.

 DRIVE TIME


Take time to reach out to the important adults in your kid’s life—their teachers, coaches, Small Group Leaders, and more. Ask them how your kid is doing and how they’re interacting with others to get an idea of what’s happening in your student’s life when you’re not around.

 MEAL TIME


Share a story from your own life (preferably in middle school!) of a time you played a specific role in a bullying scenario. Whether you were the bully, the bullied, or the bystander, tell your kid how it made you feel and how you handled it. Don’t ask them to share their own story; just be open to the possibility of the conversation from there!

 BED TIME


If your student has social media accounts, make sure you’re following them. Pay attention to the comments made on their pages and read the comments they’re making on the pages of others. This will give you a glimpse into how they’re interacting with the people around them.

For more parenting resources visit www.ParentCue.org

Rooted Series: Parent Cue

Hey parents! This week we’re starting a new series called Rooted. In this three-week series, we’ll talk about how we can stand firm and welcome whatever change life brings us when we’re rooted in an unchanging God.

 MORNING TIME


This week, leave your kid a note somewhere they’ll see it (on the bathroom mirror, in their lunch, in a text message, etc.) reminding them that God is with them. He never changes.

 DRIVE TIME


Share with your student a time you went through a challenging change in your own life. Tell them how your perspective on change was different after that experience.

 MEAL TIME


This week, as you gather around the table for a meal together, ask your kids this question: If you could change our meal into anything you wanted to eat, what would it be?

 BED TIME


It’s movie night! Pick an evening to watch the film Inside Out together as a family this week. Talk with your kids about the different emotions the characters experience when they face big changes in their lives.

 

For more parenting resources visit www.ParentCue.org

Zaxby’s at Believe Launch Party THIS WEDNESDAY

FIND THE FOOD TRUCK IN THE STUDENT PAVILION PARKING LOT!!!!!
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHEAPEST PRICING!!!

MS and HS students are invited to a fun night of  Zaxby’s, worship, games, and the CHEAPEST PRICING for Believe Weekend!

Believe Weekend SUPER DISCOUNT REGISTRATION will be open from 5:30pm- 9pm in the Pavilion.  PRICE GOES UP @ 9:01PM

This SUPER DISCOUNTED PRICE will only be available during this event!

Joshua Luke Smith – From Interlinc Blog

”No White Rappers For Me” But Joshua Luke Smith Changed Everything

By Mary Wilson Peed • marybakerwilson@gmail.com • Fort Valley, GA

I have only one rule as a writer for interlinc-online.com—NO white rappers. I mean no disrespect. I gave birth to a son who loves rap music of every ilk. Seriously, he taught his daughter to beat box before she could speak. Rap is just not my genre of choice.

Enter Joshua Luke Smith. I broke my own rule. To be honest, I had no clue who he was until I googled him. And, as providence would have it, I came upon his Ted x Talk, The World Within: Healing Matters of the Heart. I listened. I was moved. I fell in love with his heart. Joshua speaks out and works against the modern day slavery of human trafficking. Slavery and objectification that exists because there is a demand for it. He makes the accurately haunting connection between the driving hunger in a man’s heart to the table that is laid on the back of slaves, admitting to the appetite in his own belly and the need to starve that appetite.

Having three sons, I immediately resonated with this truth and the courage to speak into the chaos so personally.

My middle son, Jonathan Joshua, works for Garmin – he is a lead engineer. His work is global. He has partners and true friends in Russia and Thailand. He is grieved by a world that paints entire people groups with derision, hate, and suspicion. Joshua Luke Smith, although British born, was raised in impoverished northern Pakistan, he understands ethnicity, bias, and diversity. He’s lived it. He speaks not to people groups or prejudice, but to the human condition and changing the world by changing the world in our own hearts.

The heart of the matter is truly a matter of the heart, and Joshua Luke Smith nails it in lyric after lyric.

What’s on my playlist next to “Grace Got You: Mercy Me,” “Water and Dust: Cory Asbury,” and “Known: Tauren Wells?” Joshua Luke Smith’s “All My Friends,” and “Headlights.” Regardless of how you feel about the genre, Joshua Luke Smith is an important voice for this generation. His music is as profound as his Ted X Talk, resonating with his millennial culture as well as the unsettling times we find ourselves in.

Back To School Bash Wednesday, Aug 29

Back To School Bash Tonight @ STUDENT PAVILION

  • 5:30pm Hang Out
  • 6pm Pizza Served
  • 6:45 OSM Worship and B2SB Challenge
  • 8pm Dismiss

September 5 Begins our Regular Fusion Wednesday Format:

Q What is Fusion?  Fusion offers a loving and accepting environment geared for Middle School Students Grades 6-8.  We have events, weekly meetings, and exist to Intentionally Engage Middle School Students by leading them to the heart of the Father.
Q What happens on Fusion Wednesdays?  5:30 is hang out and Pizza, 6:00pm Bible Study Begins in the STUDENT PAVILION.  We begin with Worship, move to Talk Time, then Students move to break out rooms for real life discussion. 7:30pm is dismissal time

Lockapalooza Schedule – Opening with Brian Vickers

Click here for the Lockapalooza schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STILL TAKING SIGN UPS ONLINE!!!!!!!!!!

Brian Vickers is a man with many talents and experiences.

Here is his list from his bio – 

Follower of God/ Prov. 27:17
Pro Strongman
Team Labrada
Shields of Strength
Police Officer
Celebrity Bodyguard
WABDL 14x World Champion

With all he sees and experiences, he is unashamed of his faith in God and has even traveled with Team Impact, sharing the Gospel in partnership with Local Churches across the Nation.  On top of that, Brian still finds time to attend Oakwood here in New Braunfels, TX with his family.  We are excited to have him Kick-Off the night at LOCKAPALOOZA as a friend and Passionate Follower of Jesus Christ!