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Rise Above – Week 1 #Motion

Rise Above

RISE ABOVE: Doing what God says, even when it’s tough.
BIBLE STORY: God Appoints Gideon | Judges 6:3-16a

This week we kicked off Rise Above, a two week series where we hope to send kids into a new school year ready to rise above the fear and negative voices that can try to drown out God’s truth in their minds.

During this series, we’ll be following a pretty average kid named Daniel as he encounters various voices in his life and see how he learns to rise above them.

To Rise Above means “doing what God says, even when it’s tough.” This week we learned that God’s people, the Israelites, faced a lot of enemies. God always had a plan to rescue and protect them, but sometimes His plan didn’t make much sense to His people, like when He called Gideon, a man hiding from his enemy because he felt weak and small, to defeat the Midianites all by himself. But if we trust God and do what He says even when it’s tough, we can rise above our fear and win, just like Gideon rose above and defeated the Midianites!

See you next week for the last week of Rise Above!

 


Finders V – Week 5 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Main Point: My friends are my choice.
Bible Story: Joseph is Reconciled with his Brothers, Genesis 42-45

Here it is, the conclusion to Finders V!

Zack returns and Less is reunited with his parents! All ends well. During the episode, however, Less had to make a choice – would he choose to go through with the destruction of the computer for Goldman or would he help The Finders? He had the choice of which side would be his friends, and fortunately, he chose The Finders.

Joseph had the same choice – would he reconcile with his brothers or use his power to get revenge on them. He chose to forgive his brothers and reunite his family.

We also have that choice. We can choose our friends, and what an important decision that is. Very few things have a greater impact on our lives than our friend group. Talk with your family about their circle of friends, evaluate the impact they’re having on your lives, and talk about what adjustments may be necessary.  


Finders V – Week 4 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Main Point: My leadership is my choice.
Bible Story: Joseph in Charge of Egypt, Genesis 41:41-57

The Finders continue their search for Less’ parents and Goldman in episode four of Finders V! Watch it here:

With Zack missing, The Finders had to scramble to try to put all the pieces together. Many of them, including their normal leader, Charlie, were too shocked by the turn of events to be able to think clearly. Less, on the other hand, stepped up into a leadership role and helped keep everyone focused. He made a choice to be a strong leader in the midst of chaos.

We read in the Bible how Joseph faced a different kind of chaos – a coming famine that would ravage the land. He also chose to be a strong leader in that scenario. He used discipline, order, and strategy to store food and his leadership helped save millions of people.

Not everyone may think of themselves as a leader, but we all have a leadership role to play. We can make the choice to step up and be a leader in the scenarios we go through. Talk with your family about different opportunities they have to lead and how their leadership can honor God.

Make sure to come back next week for the exciting final episode of Finders V


Finders V – Week 3 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Main Point: My attitude is my choice.
Bible Story: Joseph in Prison, Genesis 40, 41:1-40

This week we saw the third episode of Finders V. Check it out here:

In this episode, we saw Zack explain to Less that even though things were looking less than favorable for The Finders, he was choosing to stay optimistic. We learned that our attitude is our choice, and saw in the Bible how Joseph, even though he had so many things go against him, also chose to keep a positive attitude and maintain his faith in God.

Talk with your family this week about times when your attitude has been challenged by circumstances. Ask God for the strength to keep a right attitude in the midst of difficult situations. Come back next week to see what happens next in Finders V


Finders V – Week 2 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Main Point: My behavior is my choice.
Bible Story: Joseph in Potiphar’s Household, Genesis 39

Check out the second week of Finders V:

This week we heard Charlie explain to Zack that even though Less’ family is tied up with Goldman somehow, that doesn’t necessarily mean Less is evil. He, and everyone, gets to choose how they will live. Our behavior is our choice.

It’s easy in our lives to look at circumstances surrounding us and create excuses for our behavior. It takes maturity to own up to the fact that our behavior is truly our choice. Even for us as adults. Talk with your family about cases where they have been tempted to blame their behavior on outside circumstances. Commit to holding each other accountable to always taking responsibility for your own behavior. And come back next week for the next exciting episode of Finders V!