Recommended Parent Resource: Passport2Purity

As a parent of a Middle Schooler myself, I was pleasantly surprised with the result of the Passport2Purity setup. Laura and Katie spent a weekend in San Antonio talking through each session and spending quality time together the Summer before her 6th grade year. I am so thankful for Family Life and one resource that has set our continuing conversations in this stage of life up for success!

With Passport2Purity® you don’t have to be an expert!The getaway kit equips you to cover what can seem like awkward topics in a fun and engaging way.

GETAWAY KIT INCLUDES:

1 Tour Guide for the Parent

1 Travel Journal for the preteen
including 25 follow-up devotions

8 CDs containing 5 sessions, memory songs, and downloadable MP3s.

SESSIONS INCLUDE:

BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
Challenges, Traps, and Choices

RUNNING WITH THE HERD
Friendships and Peer Pressure

READY FOR AN UPGRADE?
Changes in Him, Changes in Her

DESTINATION: LÉ PURE
Setting Boundaries

CROSSING THE DATE LINE
Seeing Dating DifferentlyPassport2Purity® Travel Journal
Replacement Kit

Our children’s innocence is under attack, and parents cannot win the battle with a single awkward “birds and the bees” talk or a strict set of rules.

-Dennis Rainey

The reward a Texas couple found in a bottle from 1962

By Dr. Jim Denison

Reading Time: 4 minutes

While walking on the Gulf Shore near Corpus Christi, Jim and Candy Duke found an unusual bottle. It contained a note explaining that the bottle had been released in 1962 by scientists studying the role of water currents on the movement of shrimp.

Here’s the good news: if the person finding the bottle completed and mailed the enclosed postcard, they would receive “a fifty cent reward.”

The current lab director offered to pay the Dukes as promised, though it would cost the agency fifty-five cents for a stamp and three dollars to print the check.

What was the most powerful computer in 1962?

I’ve been thinking about some of the changes to our culture since 1962.

Technological advances are an obvious example. In 1962, the most powerful computer in the world was the Ferranti Atlas. It filled a room, took six months to assemble, and was difficult to keep running for ten minutes at a time.

Technology has revolutionized our lives, but its advances are a double-edged sword: they have put mobile computing in our pockets but also fueled the plague of pornography and provided a platform for terrorist recruiting.

In 1962, the Civil Rights Act was still two years away. Governmental legislation soon advanced the biblical mandate to reject racism (cf. Galatians 3:28), but other legislation has overturned centuries of biblical morality regarding marriage, gender, and the sanctity of life.

The Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1962 celebrated groundbreaking discoveries“concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.” This work was foundational to genetic advances that are revolutionizing medicine today. However, these advances could also enable eugenic alterations that would redefine and threaten the future of our species.

In 1962, President Kennedy announced the goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Thomas Kuhn’s book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, was a landmark event in science, history, sociology, and philosophy. Global travel was making the world smaller for cultural exchange and educational advancement.

However, the academic rejection of absolute truth and objective morality was also gaining momentum. The “sexual revolution” was one manifestation of such relativism. As Mary Eberstadt has documented, this “massive experiment in chaos and confusion” has radically and negatively impacted our culture.

What problem is the root of our problems?

Many of the technological, legislative, medical, and academic achievements of the last fifty-seven years have clearly improved our lives. But have they improved our souls?

Are humans more moral as a species today? Would you say that the overall moral trajectory of our culture is positive or negative?

What is the problem at the root of our problems?

The answer is a reality our culture considers so outdated and Puritanical that we seldom discuss it. But ignoring something makes it no less real and can make its consequences even worse.

The Bible diagnoses our root issue: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The problem of sin cannot be solved by technology, legislation, medicine, or scholarship. We can regulate it through laws and meliorate some of its effects through education, medicine, and technology.

But we cannot change the underlying human condition: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a). The consequences of our sin nature are spiritual, emotional, relational, and–eventually–eternal death.

Here’s the solution: “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23b).

How can temporal work bear eternal fruit?

If healing bodies could save souls, the apostles with their miraculous healing ministries would have gone into health care (cf. Acts 3:1-105:15-1620:9-10). If technology could save souls, Jesus would have used his divine omniscience to revolutionize carpentry and other industries (cf. Mark 6:3).

If scholarship could save souls, Saul of Tarsus would have continued with his remarkable academic career (Acts 22:3). If laws could save souls, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus would have sought political leadership through their roles in the Sanhedrin (Mark 15:43John 3:1).

Let me be clear: God calls his people into medicine, technology, academics, and legislative service today. These are vital and valuable roles in our society. But they cannot save souls. Nor can the sentences I’m typing right now or the words I spoke in church last Sunday.

Only the Holy Spirit can convict of sin and save sinners (John 16:8). Only God has the miraculous power to make us a “new creation” so that “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As a result, the most valuable way to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) is to share Jesus with them. The greatest gift you can give is the good news of God’s saving grace and transforming love. You’re not forcing your beliefs on others–you are offering them the only antidote to the deadly poison of sin, the only chemotherapy that cures spiritual cancer, the only path that leads to eternal life.

If you and I see our vocations as opportunities to model and share Jesus’ transforming love, our temporal work will bear eternal fruit. But only then.

When will the moon be destroyed?

The largest “supermoon” of the year was visible last night. At 221,734 miles from earth, it is closer to us right now than it will be at any other time this year.

However, our relationship with our closest celestial companion is not permanent. According to one scientist, the earth and moon will be destroyed in about five billion years when the sun swells enough to incinerate them both.

When (or if) that happens, eternity will only have begun. 

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2019

BELIEVE WEEKEND 2019

Believe Weekend 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00 PM – Sunday, January 27, 2019, 12:00 PM

Location: Oakwood Baptist Church | TX , 2154 Loop 337, New Braunfels, TX US 78130

An exciting event where students spend the weekend in trusted host homes, worship with a dynamic band, hear from an outstanding speaker, have spiritual discussions in small groups, and of course enjoy tons of food and fun with their friends all weekend long! 

SCHEDULE
Friday: Arrive @ 7pm for Pizza and Session 1
Saturday: Session 2 & 3 and SPECIAL EVENT
Sunday: Session 4 during 10:45 Main Service – Pick up at NOON from Oakwood Church

BELIEVE DETAILS           VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTIONS

STUDENT REGISTRATION  VOLUNTEER SIGNUP

Believe Weekend Jan 25-27

Our Speaker – Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He’s the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and been in 300+ episodes of the DYM Podcast with Doug Fields. He’s created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books including 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids, which now includes 2 teenagers of their own!

Vacatoin Bible School – Middle School Serve

Are you ready to venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive? Come join us at Oakwood Church | New Braunfels July 16-20 from 9:00 am to Noon and get started on a VBS experience where kids are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries us through life’s storms.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL @ OAKWOOD 9AM to 12PM JULY 16-20

With over 1,000 children attending the OAKWOOD VBS this year, we have already been super busy around here!

It is amazing to see Oakwood come together and transform the Church into a FUN ENVIRONMENT geared for KIDS for a whole week!

Pray for God to continue to do a work during VBS, especially THURSDAY MORNING as we share the Gospel in a creative way.

WHAT DO MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS DO THIS WEEK?

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LEAD RECREATION GAMES WITH PASTOR BRANDON!

There may be opportunity for your student to be a Crew Leader during the week as well.

WE are ALL IN for VBS and have LUNCH HANGOUTS each day for Middle School Students.

 

 

Here are the main Bible Thoughts for each day:

Day 1 – When you’re lonely… Jesus Rescues

Day 2 – When you worry… Jesus Rescues

Day 3 – When you struggle… Jesus Rescues

Day 4 – When you do wrong… Jesus Rescues

Day 5 – When you’re powerless… Jesus Rescues

 

For kids entering Kindergarten thru kids that just completed 5th grade

PARTICIPANT & VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION