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Star Search – Week 3 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
Main Point: When you stand for what’s right, you can stand up for others.
Bible Story: Daniel Interprets a Dream, Daniel 2

This was the third week of our Star Search series, check out what happened here:

Rosie is becoming friends with Tiffany and her group. Initially they just challenged her to change her look, but now they’re causing her to act in ways contradictory to what she believes – being unkind to others, covering up wrongs, and even stealing.

In particular, Tiffany treated Ethan unkindly. Tyson stood up for Ethan but Rosie was sort of stuck in the middle, unsure what to do. It’s important to stand up for others, especially those who can’t stand up for themselves. That’s a big part of conviction.

Talk with your family about instances you have stood up for others or had the opportunity to. Encourage each other to have the courage to stand up for others. And come back next week to see what happens next in Star Search


Star Search – Week 2 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
Main Point: You can stand for what’s right, even when it’s not popular.
Bible Story: The Fiery Furnace, Daniel 3

We headed into the second week of our Star Search series, where Rosie from The Finders is struggling to know where to take a stand for what’s right. Check out episode two here:

Rosie is developing a friendship with Tiffany and her squad, but it seems that a different look isn’t all that Tiffany wants from Rosie. Some of their behavior is starting to conflict with things that Rosie previously believed. Rosie, in an effort to increase her popularity with Tiffany, is struggling with compromising her beliefs.

Popularity is a tricky thing. It can feel very attractive but the pursuit of it is also powerful enough to cause you to do things you never would have considered before. God, however, calls us to stand for what’s right even if it’s not popular. We saw a great example of this in the book of Daniel, where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose not to bow down to the statue of King Nebuchadnezzar, even though it almost cost them their lives. Talk with your family about peer pressures that you feel. Encourage each other to continue standing for what’s right and pray for God’s strength as you choose to do so.

Come back next week to see the next installment of Star Search


Star Search – Week 1 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: James 4:17, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
Main Point: If you want to stand up for what’s right, listen to someone who listens to God.
Bible Story: Daniel is Trained in Babylon, Daniel 1

This week we began a brand new series called Star Search. We followed Rosie of The Finders and saw that the rec center where she has an after school job is hosting auditions for the TV talent show Star Search. Check out the first episode here:

Rosie is considering trying out for Star Search but has two different voices in her life. Her friend Tyson seems encouraging but Tiffany, the girl she met at the dance studio, seems to think some significant changes are needed if Rosie wants to have a chance at the audition.

In our lives, we have a lot of different voices speaking to us too. We have to choose who we listen to. Some will help us grow in our relationship with God, others will hurt us. In Star Search, we’ll have to see which voices Rosie listens to the most. Talk with your family about the voices in their lives and pray for the wisdom to discern God’s truth in every scenario.

Come back next week to see the next episode of Rosie’s adventure in Star Search


Star Search Memory Verse Backgrounds #Motion

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Conviction means to stand up for what’s right, even when others don’t. The best place to find out how to show conviction is God’s Word. Showing conviction might be difficult at times, but James 4:17 encourages us to keep going even when we’re tired of standing up and doing what is right.

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
James 4:17

When you know what God says, it makes it easier to figure out when and how you should stand for what’s right. During the Star Search Bring It! Challenge kids have an opportunity to be rewarded for practicing standing for what is right. Kids can earn stars by learning about what the Bible says about conviction and applying it to their lives.  Use the smart phone or computer memory verse backgrounds and join us to help your family learn James 4:17.


Pit Stop – Week 5 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Main Point: Stop to celebrate.
Bible Story: Israelite Feast Days, Exodus 23:14-19

Our friend Ben took his last visit to Ganassi Racing this week. Check out episode five of Pit Stop here:

Whether it’s as small as incremental progress or as huge as a Nascar Sprint Cup Series victory, the Ganassi Racing team takes time to celebrate. It’s an important part of encouraging each other, staying motivated, and continuing to improve.

It’s the same in our lives. We read in Exodus all the days that God had His people set aside to celebrate different things. God knows celebration is important in our lives for maintaining gratitude and He instituted it from the beginning. There are certain celebrations already established in our culture, and you as a family may have other traditions and celebrations. Talk through these and other opportunities you could take to celebrate accomplishments and all that God has done for you.

Speaking of celebration, in eKidz this weekend, we were celebrating the release of our second worship album, One in a Million! Check it out here: elevationchurchkids.com