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Morning Moments

Posted by Brian West on

I'm reading a book called The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell - it's outstanding!! She shares a story that struck me as poignant for those of us trying to parent well - for those of us trying to make the most of the weeks we have. "I don't remember the exact words I spoke as my children...

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Tags: nextgen, parenting, phase

Beyond the Mess

Posted by Brian West on

Have you ever made a mess of something? Whether it was intentional or not?  Yeah, me too.  This past weekend I was talking with middle school students about Abraham, one of the early pioneers of faith.  God called Abram out of his homeland, away from everything he knew, away from...

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Tags: grace, jesus, nextgen, parenting

Through the Darkness | When your kids needs the light...

Posted by Brian West on

The following was written by Kayla Lin, LAPC Parents are fixers. We straighten teeth with braces, intervene with coaches, and help with homework (or at least find someone who can). Naturally, when our kids go through grief, our instinctive problem-solving tendencies spring into...

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Tags: middle school, nextgen, parentcue

If/Then for Families

Posted by Brian West on

WE’RE TEACHING THIS How do you normally introduce yourself? Maybe you start with, “Hi. I’m (insert your name here).” But what comes after that? Sure, you can talk about where you go to school, or what hobbies you’re into, but that doesn’t really introduce...

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Escape Room | ParentCue

Posted by Brian West on

We’ve all been there. We’ve all encountered struggles that felt bigger than us. And we all develop our own ways of managing emotional pain, shame, and regret. When faced with difficult circumstances, it’s very normal to look for ways to cope. Over the years, parents have...

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Tags: jesus, middle school, students

252 New Series | Forgiveness

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Boy, oh, boy.  Do we love it when people get what they deserve.  Except us, of course, we just want more grace!  Well, this month in 252 we’ll be talking about grudges, revenge, bottled-up anger, and FORGIVENESS.  Being created in God’s image means we have the...

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Tags: 252, forgiveness, jesus

Road Trip | ParentCue

Posted by Brian West on

The Following Blog was written by Kara Powell (Director of the Fuller Youth Institute) “I just wish my parents would realize I’m not who I was in middle school. Their picture of me never changes—even though I’ve changed.” Without knowing it, this 17...

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Tags: change, jesus, middle school

Why the Bottom Line Matters...

Posted by Brian West on

I've had lots of conversations lately with parents who, frankly, are stressed out!  Like...crazy stressed out.  Panic attack stressed out.  I hear things like, "I've got one too many things to do." which is code for "I have 25 too many things to do."  Or, "I don't know...

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Tags: culture, jesus

LOVE | New Series in 252

Posted by Jeremy Ashley on

We all know February is the month of LOVE…so that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about in 252! Now, this isn’t the fleeting love of a young heart, we’re talking God’s love for us and how because we are created in God’s image, we have the...

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Road Trip | New Middle School Series

Posted by Brian West on

Road trips are awesome. Whether you’re heading to the mountains with your family or to the beach with your friends, the idea of packing up, grabbing your favorite snacks, planning the perfect playlist, and hitting the road just sounds like an adventure. And it is! Maybe that’s...

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Tags: faith, god, jesus, journey

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