Posts by Kevin Freeman, Associate Pastor

About Kevin Freeman, Associate Pastor

Rev. Kevin FreemanMy name is Kevin Freeman, and I am privileged to serve as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship, Youth, and Families here at Redland. Feel free to get in touch with me here if I can serve you. I would love to hear from you.

Discuss it – the freedom God brings

Have you ever considered that when God was freeing Israel from slavery, he was freeing them from another bondage?

This Sunday we’ll discuss the ten plagues against Egypt, which God used to bring his people out of captivity.  They had been held captive not merely physically but also spiritually, held in bondage to the spiritual beliefs of their day.  Are we in a similar bonage?

The ten plagues revealed God’s power over any other god or belief.  Take some time to talk about this freedom God brings.  Use this sheet as a guide.  Paper copies are available in the church foyer.

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Youth Fuel series in January

Starting Sunday, the youth will cover a series on spiritual beings!  This week’s topic is angels.  We will look at what the Bible says about angels.  We will also discuss how we can be more aware that there is a spiritual world around us.  Colossians tells us to “set our hearts on things above, not on earthly things.”  A lesson about angels helps remind us of the unseen world that is nevertheless very real.

Oh, and thank you to one of our youth for her original artwork for this series!

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Discuss it: Burning bushes and changed lives

Moses’ burning bush experience changed him forever.  
God used him for big things after that.
He can use you, too.

The youth cover Moses’ encounter with God this Sunday at 9:40 am.  God’s brightness burned brightly through Moses as Moses decided to be used for God’s purposes.  God’s plan to end human suffering among his people happened through people.  God still works through those who are willing to be used by him.  Your family can burn brightly for God in a dim world.

Join in what we are learning and use this discussion sheet to follow up with your teen.

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GOOOALS! Helping Your Tween/Teen Win in the New Year

Gifts are opened, and school is out.  The New Year is coming, and it’s a great time for setting goals.

I have a goal setting resource for you, and it contains practical advice for parents to help teens make good goals with ways to measure them.

But first, what does God’s Word say about setting goals?

 

 

 

 

 

Plan well.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

Commit your goals to God.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

Keep eternity in perspective.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14

I suggest asking this question about each goal we set: How will accomplishing this goal help me bring glory to God and have lasting impact for him?

 

Can the goal of a better math grade bring glory to God?  Yes.  A good student is doing “all to the glory of God,” and is preparing for future success.

With this eternal perspective in mind, download the Goals Resource so you can help your teen set effective goals for the New Year.

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

Discuss It: Christmas Edition

This Sunday we take a break from our normal study for a Christmas-themed lesson.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace, who brought salvation to the world.  That’s wonderful news, but how does it affect our day to day experiences?  Take some time to talk about the implications of the “wonderful Counselor,” and his coming to our world.

I like this question: What type of peace does our family most need from the Lord right now?

Here’s the whole sheet.  Merry Christmas!

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Upward Concessions Volunteer Opportunities

Hello friends,

If you haven’t already signed up to volunteer this year with Upward basketball ministry, here is a great opportunity to help out with Saturday game-day concessions!

Since we have worked together in the kitchen in the past, I thought you guys and gals would be great people to check with to see if you are available to volunteer (I am also open to suggestions if you feel I should forward this to additional people).  So basically we need, at minimum, help in the kitchen from 11:00 to 1:00 while lunch is served.  Optimally, that would be 10:00 to 2:00 for setup and cleanup, but not absolutely necessary.

We will probably stick with hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, and maybe one or two other prepared items, nothing hugely complicated, but fun and hopefully tasty!

If you are able to help, here is an online signup. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0848ABAC29A1FD0-weekly2

If you would prefer, you could alternatively check  the dates below and just reply back with any slots you would like to sign up for and I will update the online thing-a-ma-jig.   And please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested (including teens  16+ yo).

Thank you!

-Jay M.

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Christmas Day Family Activity

Set the tone for gift opening this year.  Take time this Christmas to remember Christ’s birth before you open presents.  This activity combines the Christmas story with personal family memories that will help your family count your blessings and better appreciate gifts.

Just download the sheet below.  Print it out and give family members different parts to read.  It will help if they know in advance.

Christmas Blessings Family Activity

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Empowering Your Teen to Say No (Controlling Schedules), Part 2

Hello Parents and Families:

We are following up on last week’s topic, “Empowering Your Teen to Say No.” It couldn’t come at a busier time!  As I was watching the video, some verses came to mind.  One that continues to stick with me is Proverbs 90:12. It says this,

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

This month’s online parent class is all about schedules and our teen’s time. It is about empowering your teen to say no to controlling schedules. As you watch it, hopefully it will help you do what the verse asks…for God to teach us how to gain wisdom by managing our time (days).

Isn’t that what we want from our pre-teen/teen…to gain wisdom and live a life that is intelligent? Busy schedules, crammed with too many things can quickly overwhelm the most important things and even the most important thoughts. Think about this for a minute…what are your thoughts and your teens thoughts overwhelmed with…wisdom or the next activity on the schedule?

While we feel like we are doing the best things for our child’s future and dreams, are we robbing them of enjoying the present moments?

Watch again and make a list of the helpful hints from the “too-busy” check list and then sit down as a family and pray over your day, weeks, and months. Don’t number them in a way that is packed, but go over your schedule with a red pen, ready to write “No!” on top of a few things.

You are in my heart and prayers!

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

Don’t forget. Youth Christmas Party is THIS Sunday!

Our annual youth Christmas party is December 9 during the Fuel program, 5:00-7:00 pm.

We’ll have a gift exchange – bring a wrapped gift, $5 or less

Meal – bring a dish to share

  • A-L bring dessert item
  • M-Z bring finger food

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Empowering Your Teen to Say No (Controlling Schedules)

Greetings Youth Parents:

This is the most wonderful time of year, and it also might be the busiest! The holiday season from Thanksgiving through to the New Year is supposed to be a time of “Peace on Earth,” but if we are honest, it is busyness at another level. At least it can be unless we learn to say “No!” and teach our children to say “No!” as well.

While we all seem to live with the new phobia, “FOMO”, the fear of missing out, it is time for us as parents to step back and realize we might be missing out on what matters most.

This month’s Online Parenting Class is all about “Empowering Your Teen to Say No to Controlling Schedules.”

As you process this video as parent,s and maybe even sit down and watch it as a family, remember a few key things:

  • We can’t do everything, but what we can do needs to matter for eternity.
  • If we teach our tween/teen to say “No” to busyness, we teach them to learn to say “No” more easily to other things in the future.
  • Saying “No” now will open opportunities to saying “Yes” to other things in the future you might have never known.

My heart and prayer is to help you and your family to “Seek First His Kingdom” and that means with your schedule, too!

Please check out this week’s online parenting class:

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/280521817/dc7eead16a

Your partner in ministry,

Kevin Freeman

Categories: for Parents, Parenting

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