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Where Do I Begin? When A Hug Is Not Enough (Part 2 of 3)

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For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11, 12 NIV)

As I mentioned in the first post of this series, we are to encourage our children.  Today, I would like to discuss with you what it looks like to comfort our kids.

When we comfort, we are giving strength and easing trouble.  I love the image of giving our kids strength. We all know the value of this. There have been times in each of our lives where we can’t imagine making it through without the comfort of a spouse, a friend or a family member.

It’s no different for our kids. They need our comfort.  But please understand this: You cannot effectively comfort your child by minimizing their hurts. It may be a small issue to you but it’s huge to them. It’s through these moments that your kids have an opportunity to discover how much you and Jesus care for them.

What are your actions toward your child’s hurts teaching them? Have you been downplaying what is happening in their lives?

How you help them through these difficult situations in life now is teaching them how to deal with them in the future.

For some of you, comforting is just a hug.  What happens when you aren’t there? Make sure that you are talking with your child when they get hurt. Talk to them about what happened, how they feel, and what God has to say about it (if you don’t know this last one, that’s okay, find out together).

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)

Where Do I Begin? (Part 1 of 3)

For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11, 12 NIV)

I came across this passage the other day and was drawn to how Paul states that a father ‘deals with his own children.’ I guess it stood out because I’m always on the lookout for parenting tips. After all, I need all the help I can get.

What God has been teaching me through this passage is directly impacting how I approach time with my 3 kids. Over the next few days, we will unpack the three aspects of this passage.


By definition, encourage means to literally put in courage, to inspire, to spur. Pastor Steven has taught us how important it is to encourage our kids as we believe greater things for them and speak to their potential.

Often times, we will ask our kids what they want to be when they grow up.  While it’s a fine question, as parents we must take time to share what we are believing for them.

Take some time today to speak words of encouragement into your child’s life. It means more than you will ever know.

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)


A GREATER Firefighter?

This is the fourth week of our Greater series. We have been learning from our very own Bible scholar, Dr. Barry Oldman, as he dives into Pastor Steven’s newest book, Greater.

For the past month, Dr. O and the guys in his fantasti-group have been studying God’s Word and Greater in order to discover God’s plan for each of their lives. One of the guys, Alex, has really been searching for God’s purpose for his life and Dr. O has been helping him. Let’s see what they learn this week!


It looks like Alex won’t be fighting fires any time soon, but he did learn something about finding God’s purpose for his life: you have to be humble enough to start small.

Naaman’s pride kept him from following Elisha’s instructions immediately. He thought he was above washing in a dirty, smelly river. His pride almost kept him from being healed. Just because something may seem small or silly, like taking a bath in a dirty river, or doing your best on your homework, or cleaning your room everyday because your mom asked you to, doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Dream big. Start small.

Weekend Wrap-Up

1st – 5th Grade

Monthly Virtue: Faith – believing in what you cannot see.
Monthly Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have your for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11
Bible Story: Naaman :: 2 Kings 5:8-13
Lesson Overview: 

Don’t let pride keep you from doing what God has called you to do!  Naaman wanted to be healed by God, but when Elijah told him to dip himself in the river, he was too proud.  Until Naaman learned to obey God in the little things, he could not be healed.

In the same way, obeying God’s “big” commands isn’t the only thing we need to do – we need to obey God in the little things too.


During our Greater series, Alex has been learning about God’s greater plan for his life.  What does a firehouse have to do with Alex and God’s plan for his life?

Find out tomorrow on the eKidz site!

WEEKEND RESOURCE:  Greater – Week 4 GodTime Card

3 years – Kindergarten

Bible Story: Daniel 1:1-21, Daniel Eats Good Food
Main Point: “I Will Take Care of My Body!”
Memory Verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23a
Lesson Overview:  

We had lots of fun learning “I Will Take Care of My Body!” this weekend at the dojo! Before warm-ups began, Sensei Bob told Kimmy and Kora that they could get a healthy snack. Kora didn’t want to eat a healthy snack, so she decided to eat yummy cake and ice cream. When Sensei Bob came back and found Kora eating lots of unhealthy snacks, he shared the Bible story about Daniel eating good food from Daniel 1:1-21.
While Daniel was working for the king, the king’s kitchen served very unhealthy food. Daniel kindly asked the king if he could serve better food for the men, and that they would do better work if they were eating healthier. The king agreed and all of the men grew strong from eating the good food.

Keep practicing our memory verse, Galatians 5:22-23a, with your child because any child who can recite the memory verse this weekend (September 29/30) will get their very own Elevation orange karate belt!  Here are some resources you can use to help review Galatians 5:22-23a with your child this week:

Galatians 5:22-23a Hand Motions (scroll to the “Quest” section)

Fruit of the Spirit Song (scroll to the “Quest” section)

6 wks – 2 years old

Monthly Focus: God wants me to care for others!
Bible Story:  2 Kings 5:1-13
Weekend Activity: Seven Count song

Practice counting with your toddler.  Stand with your toddler and count and stomp your feet as you count each number:  one time, two times, three times, four times, five times, six times, seven times.  Say, “Naaman washed his body seven times in the river and was healed! Naaman’s servant girl cared for him and helped him get healed!  God wants us to care for others too!”  Repeat a few times, each time doing a different motion (hop, clap hands, etc.).

I’ve Got the Joy

God has a great plan for your child’s life! He wants to use them in greater ways that you could ever imagine, just like he used Elisha (1 Kings 19:19-21.) In September, Quest kids have been participating in The Greater Challenge, learning how to have a greater faith.

Each day in September, kids are challenged to eat one serving of fruit and learn about a fruit of the Spirit. We are also challenging kids to learn Galatians 5:22-23a.

Any child who recites Galatians 5:22-23a on the weekend of September 29/30 will receive their very own Elevation orange karate belt!

Today’s fruit in The Greater Challenge is JOY! We learned that joy is choosing to be happy no matter what. The challenge today was to sing a joyful song. Sing “I’ve Got the Joy” with your child today!

If you did not receive The Greater Challenge packet, you can download the Challenge Calendar to get started today and can pick up The Greater Challenge kit this weekend at any of our 7 locations when your child attends Quest.