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Motion – Week of December 24 #Motion

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JOY: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.
MAIN POINT: I can have joy because God’s story is for everyone.
BIBLE STORY: Shepherds and Angels | Luke 2:8-20
MEMORY VERSE: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Even though we try to find joy through our stuff, or our vacations, or our relationships, joy isn’t dependent upon any of those things. Joy is about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God. And Jesus is the reason we can find joy! The story of His birth can remind us through every season, regardless of our situation, there’s a reason to celebrate what it means to have a relationship with God.

We finish up the month in Luke 2:8-20. God wanted to announce to the world that His son Jesus was born and He chose to do that through some shepherds. Now, shepherds were not that important, they weren’t famous, and they weren’t royalty. It was as if God was saying, “You can have joy because the gift of Jesus is for everyone—regardless of who you are.”

We can have joy because God’s story is for everyone. The birth of Jesus was good news for every person of every social class and nationality, regardless of their mess, regardless of their circumstances, regardless of their status. We want everyone to know that Jesus came for them!

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eKidz At Home Activities

Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner, ASK: what can you do to choose joy when you’ve had a bad day?
  • At bedtime, read Luke 2:8-20. Pray together and ask God to help you have joy in sharing God’s story with others.
  • Can you find a way to be happy even when things aren’t going your way? Discover joy.

Motion – Week of December 17 #Motion

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JOY: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.
MAIN POINT: I can have joy because God sent His Son.
BIBLE STORY: Jesus is Born | Luke 2:1-7
MEMORY VERSE: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Even though we try to find joy through our stuff, or our vacations, or our relationships, joy isn’t dependent upon any of those things. Joy is about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God. And Jesus is the reason we can find joy! The story of His birth can remind us through every season, regardless of our situation, there’s a reason to celebrate what it means to have a relationship with God.

In Luke 2:1-7, we read Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth. Jesus was God’s Son, yet God chose to have Him born in a place where they kept the animals. It was dirty and smelly, but that didn’t matter. Mary and Joseph were thrilled because they had a Son, Jesus. And Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to rescue the world.

We can have joy because God sent His Son. Christmas lights and presents are fun and can bring joy during the Christmas season, but none of that compares to the joy we experience when we believe that Jesus is God’s Son.

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eKidz At Home Activities

Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner, ASK: what is something that happened this week that gave you joy?
  • At bedtime, read Luke 2:1-7. Thank God for the gift of Jesus and ask Him to remind you of the joy of the season no matter what’s going on in your life.
  • Thanks to God, you never have to lose your joy!

Motion – Week of December 10 #Motion

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JOY: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.
MAIN POINT: I can have joy because anything is possible with God.
BIBLE STORY: Zechariah and Elizabeth | Luke 1:5-25, 57-79
MEMORY VERSE: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Even though we try to find joy through our stuff, or our vacations, or our relationships, joy isn’t dependent upon any of those things. Joy is about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God. And Jesus is the reason we can find joy! The story of His birth can remind us through every season, regardless of our situation, there’s a reason to celebrate what it means to have a relationship with God.

We continue our look at joy in Luke 1:5-25; 57-79. After God had been silent for about four hundred years, an angel suddenly showed up and made a promise to Zechariah and Elizabeth.  The angel told Zechariah that they would have a son, even though they were well past the age of having children. The day John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus, was born to them the Christmas story was set in motion. Zechariah broke into a song and his house celebrated. They realized firsthand that they could have joy because anything is possible with God.

We can have joy because anything is possible with God. Knowing God can do the impossible has the possibility to fuel our joy. God may not always choose to do the impossible right away or at all, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t faithful. God can give us joy as we learn and grow during those impossible seasons of life.

DON’T MISS MOTION’S UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY NEXT WEEK!

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eKidz At Home Activities

 Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner tonight, ASK: how can being joyful make things better? How does your joy affect other people?
  • At bedtime, read Luke 1:5-25. Pray together & ask God to help you to trust Him in situations that feel impossible.
  • How can you not feel a little joy when you’re spending time with MC Haggis?

Motion – Week of December 3 #Motion

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JOY: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.
MAIN POINT: I can have joy because God keeps His promises.
BIBLE STORY: God Promises a Savior | Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:6-11
MEMORY VERSE: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Even though we try to find joy through our stuff, or our vacations, or our relationships, joy isn’t dependent upon any of those things. Joy is about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God. And Jesus is the reason we can find joy! The story of His birth can remind us through every season, regardless of our situation, there’s a reason to celebrate what it means to have a relationship with God.

In Isaiah 9:6-7, the prophet Isaiah wrote:

A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (NIrV)

He wrote this hundreds of years before Mary or Joseph or any of the shepherds came on the scene. But this piece of history is significant to the Christmas story because it tells us something incredible about God. It reminds us that God made a promise to send a Savior. A promise He made at a time when things looked dark—during a period when the tribes of Israel were lost and scattered and hopeless. And then finally, hundreds of years later, God kept His promise on that first Christmas.

We can have joy because God keeps His promises. We don’t always see the bigger story God is telling through our lives, but when we remember how God has kept His promise to us in the past, we realize we can trust God with our future.

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eKidz At Home Activities

Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner, ASK: How can you choose to be joyful even when you don’t get something you want?
  • At bedtime, read Isaiah 9:6-7. Pray together and ask God to help you find joy in the middle of things that aren’t going your way.
  • The story of Christmas can remind us in any season—no matter your circumstances—there’s always a reason for joy. Watch this telling of the story of Christmas and celebrate that God kept His promise to send a Savior.

Spotlight – Week 4 #Motion

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HONOR: Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.
MAIN POINT: Honor God by giving Him credit.
BIBLE STORY: David Dances Before God | 2 Samuel 6:12-22a
MEMORY VERSE: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another more above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

People should not just be honored because of what they do; they should primarily be honored because of who they are. Stuff will lose value over time, but not people. At its core, honor is seeing people the way God sees people. We’re naturally wired to put ourselves first, but honor is the opposite of self-centeredness. It is something that flows from your relationship with God. In a sense, one of the best ways we can HONOR God, is by honoring those who reflect the image of God.

In 2 Samuel 6:12-22a, David is so excited that they are bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem that he starts a party in the middle of the streets. He dances to God in front of all the people in Jerusalem. When his wife is upset with him, he defends his action as a way to honor God. David doesn’t care what people think, he wants to worship God.

We can honor God by giving Him credit. The secret to showing honor to others is to understand that it begins with honoring God and giving Him the credit for everything we have. We should make it a point to honor God with every aspect of our lives.