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Undercover Kindness – Week 4 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Bible Story: Barnabas and Saul, Acts 9:26-30
Main Point: Be kind to people who aren’t kind to you.

What do you normally do when someone isn’t kind to you? Do you compliment them or help them in some way? For most of us that’s not our first reaction, but God wants us to be kind to everyone, including those who aren’t kind to us.  Because Barnabas and Ananias chose kindness, Saul went on to become the Apostle Paul. God used Paul to change the world by spreading the good news about Jesus. When we are kind, we show others they are valuable to God. It won’t always be easy but with God’s help, we can do it!

Prayer Time: When your child is treated unkindly, have him or her pray about the situation. Your child can ask God for peace and understanding and help to react in a kind way. Use this prayer as a guide: “Dear Jesus, thank you for always loving us and showing us how important we are to You. Help us to be kind to people who aren’t kind to us and help us to show others they are valuable by how we treat them. Give us the words to say and the strength to act in a way that is kind. We love you. Amen.”

Kindness in Action: When your child has been treated unkindly, teach him or her to show kindness by being patient instead of being easily angered. When your child gets in one of these difficult situations, remind him or her of our memory verse, Luke 6:31, and God’s command to love others, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Encourage your child by explaining when he or she responds with kindness in these situations, they demonstrate God’s love.

Join us next week for the start of our new series, Eliminator!


Undercover Kindness – Week 3 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Bible Story: The Least of These, Matthew 25:35-40
Main Point: Be kind to people who are overlooked.

This weekend in Motion your child learned the importance of being kind to those who are overlooked. Jesus said when we show kindness to those who are hungry, thirsty, cold or lonely, we show kindness to Him. Showing kindness to those who usually go unnoticed is something Jesus has instructed us to do. Use this month’s Motion Your Time Card to start a discussion with your family about showing kindness.

Prayer Time: Pray with your child and ask God to give you opportunities to help those who are overlooked. Here is a prayer you can use to guide you in prayer time this week: “Dear Jesus, thank You for loving us and not overlooking us when You died on the cross for us. Help us this week to show kindness to everyone. Help us to focus on those who usually get overlooked. We love you. Amen.”

Kindness in Action: When you are kind to those who are overlooked you are showing them the kindness of Jesus. Encourage your child to pray for those who are overlooked. Another way to show kindness to those who are overlooked is by serving. Visit the Elevation Outreach website to sign up for an event! Be sure to click on the family friendly outreach opportunities option on the left hand side of the page.


Undercover Kindness – Week 2 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Bible Story: Ruth and Boaz, Ruth 1-2
Main Point: Be kind to your family and friends.

Our family and friends take great care of us and show us more kindness than anyone else. A lot of times we forget to show those closest to us kindness. It’s easy to take them for granted, but we should show them kindness in return. God wants us to treat others the way we want to be treated, and that means treating our family and friends with kindness.

This month we are partnering with our friends at Orange and using their series Undercover Kindness. This weekend your child learned the importance of being kind to their family and friends. Your child heard the story of Ruth and Boaz. It’s such an amazing story! Take time to read it again this week with your child. Use this month’s Motion Your Time Card to start a discussion with your family about kindness.

Prayer Time: Pray with your child and ask God to help each of you to be kind to your family and friends. Here is a prayer you can use to guide you in prayer time this week: “Dear God, please show us how to love our family and friends with kindness that honors You. Teach us how to show others they are valuable by how we treat them, especially as we choose to be kind to our families and friends. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Kindness in Action: When you are kind to your family and friends, you show them how valuable they are and how you love them no matter what. God has called us to kindness. It’s one way we can be more like Him. Encourage your child to do one thing every day to show kindness to a family member and friend.

Kindness Cube

Kindness Cube: If your child has attended Motion during this series, he or she received a “Kindness Cube.” If you are checking things out from far away, any box will do. You can decorate an old shoe box or tissue box to act as your Kindness Cube. Throughout the month, as you see your family members committing acts of kindness, write them on a slip of paper and put them in the Kindness Cube. Then, at the end of the month, take some time to open the cube and review all of your family’s amazing stories of kindness.


Undercover Kindness – Week 1 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Bible Story: Jesus and the Children, Mark 10:13-16
Main Point: There’s always time to be kind.

This month we are partnering with our friends at Orange and using their series Undercover Kindness. It got off to a great start this week as we learned that there’s always time to be kind. We read how Jesus took the time to be kind to the children around him, even though he was very busy.

In our lives, it’s unfortunately true that kindness is often one of the first things to be discarded when we get busy. We can learn a lot from Jesus’ example of how he always took time to show kindness and compassion to those he encountered. Pastor Steven says that our greatest opportunities for ministry are often disguised as inconveniences.

Talk with your family about ways that you can remind yourselves to be kind to those around you and pray that God would give you his eyes to opportunities to share his love.

If your child attended Motion this past weekend, he or she received a “Kindness Cube.” Throughout the month, as you see people committing acts of kindness, write them on a slip of paper and put them in the Kindness Cube. Then, at the end of the month, take some time to open the cube and review all the amazing stories of kindness from the month.

Kindness Cube


The Power of Same – Week 5 #Motion

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Series Memory Verse: Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Bible Story: The Big Picnic, Mark 6:3-44
Main Point: I can love Jesus by being healthy.

This week we wrapped up our series The Power of Same. See the final installment here:

During this series, we’ve looked at lots of ways to love God, all stemming from the verse Mark 12:30. This week we focused on loving God with “all our strength” and talked about how healthy habits honor God.

Talk with your family this week about your health habits – specifically around eating and exercising. What are some steps you can take to improve in this area? For some ideas, visit beginagainchallenge.com and look under the “Resources” tab.