January 2-8, 2021

Dear Parents,

We’re launching a new series with our 5th-8th graders, titled HABITS.

Every person in this world has a mix of good habits and bad habits. Our good habits might help us stay healthy, make wise choices, or be a trustworthy friend. And our bad habits might take us down roads that lead to unwise choices, dangerous addictions, or broken friendships.

I’m convinced Jesus cares about our habits because he cares about every area of our lives.

In this first conversation, we’re looking at Acts 4 and discovering how spending time with Jesus had changed Peter and John.

Spending time with Jesus can help his priorities become our priorities, too. Spending time with Jesus can help us become bolder about our faith. Spending time with Jesus can help us become more patient and kind and compassionate.

The change might not happen immediately, but when we center our lives on Jesus, we’ll be able to look back and see evidence that we’re changing.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your preteen/teen about our conversation. Here are some questions that might help:

• What is one way you’re already spending time with Jesus, and how is that helping you become better friends with him?

• Where’s your favorite place to hang out with Jesus? What’s your favorite time of day to hang out with him?

• How are you becoming bolder or more confident in your faith because of spending time with Jesus?

And we’re challenging the students to participate in a Bible reading plan that will take them through one or all four biographies of Jesus. This could be a great opportunity for you to participate as parents or as a family. Check out the options and suggestions on our HABITS page for Hanging Out with Jesus.

Thanks for all your prayers for our ministry. Have an amazing week!

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