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Motion :: Week of October 13

CONTENTMENT: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Series Memory Verse: “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of  greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Main Point: Stuff can’t keep you happy.
Bible Story: Don’t Be Controlled By Money | Hebrews 13:5

Everything we have comes from God. He is faithful to provide what we need. And even more than things we can own, God also provides what we need to face whatever happens in our lives. God has proven time and again, that we can trust Him no matter what. So we could choose to complain or become jealous of what others have, or we can choose to respond with contentment, knowing God has a plan for our lives.

In Hebrews 13:5, the writer of Hebrews wrote about contentment and warned the Hebrews not to love, or be controlled by, money. The writer reminds us that nothing we own can ever make us happy. Our focus should be on our relationship with God.

MoreOrLess_October_Episode2 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Stuff can’t keep you happy. Getting something new can be exciting, and even make you happy for some time. But as we know, that feeling of happiness doesn’t last forever because what we own was never meant to fulfill us. We hope that kids leave with the idea that only God can satisfy their needs and give them joy no matter what they do or don’t own.

At bedtime, read Hebrews 13:5. Pray that you will grow closer to God and not depend on the things you own to make you happy.


Motion :: Week of October 6

CONTENTMENT: Deciding to be okay with what you have.
Series Memory Verse: “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of  greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 (NIV)
Main Point: God can help you be okay no matter what.
Bible Story: Be Content | Philippians 4:11b-13

Everything we have comes from God. He is faithful to provide what we need. And even more than things we can own, God also provides what we need to face whatever happens in our lives. God has proven time and again, that we can trust Him no matter what. So we could choose to complain or become jealous of what others have, or we can choose to respond with contentment, knowing God has a plan for our lives.

In Philippians 4:11b-13, Paul wrote to the church at Philippi to help them understand more about what it means to follow Jesus. Paul shared how they can be content and even have joy regardless of their situation in life, which is something he had to learn from experience. We can all learn from his example and be content, even when we’re in a difficult situation.

MoreOrLess_October_Episode1 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

God can help you be ok no matter what. We can’t promise kids that when they follow Jesus that everything in their life will work out just the way they want it to. However, we can promise them that even if life isn’t okay, God can help them be okay with their circumstances. We pray that no matter what kids are facing, they’ll learn to trust that God will give them what they need to get through it.

At bedtime, read Philippians 4:11-13. Pray for each other, that God would help you to be happy with what you have instead of spending lots of time and energy worrying about getting more.


Motion :: Week of September 29

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.
Bible Story: The Wall is Rebuilt | Nehemiah 3-4, 6:15-16, 8:1-17 

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15- 16, and 8:1-17,  Nehemiah and the people who helped build the wall had a lot to be thankful for and they celebrated all that God had done. God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! Not only did they celebrate during those 52 days, but also throughout their history as His people as they heard God’s word and remembered how God had been faithful to them. 

DirtyJobs_September_Episode5 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. When we realize that God is doing amazing things in our lives, we can’t help but give Him thanks. We pray that throughout this month looking at Nehemiah’s story, kids will see how God helps them each and every day. We hope they learn to celebrate God’s continued work in their lives.

At dinner tonight, ask: What is something you can do around the house to make “your world” a better place?


Motion :: Week of September 22

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
Bible Story: Nehemiah and Sanballat | Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, 6

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, and 6, Nehemiah dealt with some distractions. Not everyone liked what Nehemiah was doing. He had enemies who tried to distract the people from finishing the wall. But he saw through their plan and stayed focused on the job God gave him to finish.

DirtyJobs_September_Episode4 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Stay focused on what needs to be done. From cleaning their rooms to finishing their homework, kids have all sorts of things that need to be done. But it often doesn’t take long for cleaning a room to become playing with the toys you’re supposed to be picking up. We hope kids will see that focusing on the task at hand is important. God has all sorts of jobs for us to do. We can trust Him to give us the focus we need to finish them.

At bedtime, read Nehemiah 2:19-20; 4–6. Pray for each other, asking God to help you to focus so you can finish the work that He calls you to do.


Motion :: Week of September 15

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Series Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a (NIV)
Main Point: Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need.
Bible Story: Nehemiah Helps the Poor | Nehemiah 5:1-12

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them. All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to.

In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severely mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to help them figure out a solution.

DirtyJobs_September_Episode3 from Elevation Church eKidz on Vimeo.

Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need. When kids see people in need, we pray that they take initiative to help instead of thinking it is someone else’s problem. God can use them along with the trusted adults in their life to make an impact in the lives of others.

Sing a song about initiative with. Visit http://studio252.tv/fun2watch and click 252 Music to sing along!