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Devotional: I’m Not Too Important To Help Others!

"If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important." Galatians 6:3 NLT

Something is important because of its purpose. No purpose? No importance. Think of a battery. It is small and not very flashy or attractive. But its purpose makes it important. You can’t use a mobile phone, channel surf with a remote control, see in the dark with a flashlight, or start your car without a battery. Batteries are important because their purpose is to make it possible for those devices to reach their potential.

We are designed by God and commanded by God to help others. Helping others is part of our purpose, and when we help others it is like plugging a fully charged battery into our life. Just like a mobile phone without a battery is a purposeless paper-weight, a person who does not help others is purposeless, just taking up space. You are not too important to help others; you find your importance and your purpose by helping others.

Watch for the chance to help someone this week. Try to find at least one person to help everyday. It might be a person you see in your regular routine, or a random person on the street. Remember, when you help them, you are fulfilling your purpose. Trust me…you’ll get a charge out of it.

 

“Share your food with the hungry,and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” Isaiah 58:7 NLT

“‘He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 22:16  NLT

 

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Devotional: I Will Accept Help From Others!

Read the story of Naaman and the search for a cure in 2 Kings 5.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed." Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT

“I can do it myself!” You hear it all around you. In the checkout lines. From kids in schoolyards and in playgrounds. Even in your own family. Maybe especially in your own family. But there is one place you might not notice it. In your own heart. We all still have that inner four-year-old hanging around and we want to do things ourselves. When someone asks, “Need help with that?” the four-year-old instinctively says, “No, thanks. I got it.” What we are really saying is, “I can do it myself.”

There are lots of reasons not to want help. We want the credit. We don’t want to explain how to do something. We don’t want to risk them messing it up. We don’t want to owe someone. The problem however is that when we keep saying, “I can do it myself” we end up BY OURSELVES.

We are not created to do life on our own. God designed us to help others and to need help from others. When we turn down help we are turning away from the possibilities that God might be opening up in our lives. Who knows if the person who offers to help you carry groceries to your car might be someone who would come to church if you asked?

If we follow the words of our inner four-year-old we’ll never find out the miracles God can do when we accept help from others. But if we open ourselves up to accept help, like Naaman did, amazing things can happen in our lives.

Listen carefully this week for times when others offer to help you. Then, don’t let yourself say, “No, thanks” or “I got it”. After all, those are just grown up versions of  “I can do it myself.”

 

“May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.” Psalm 20:2 NLT

“If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecclesiastes 4:10 NLT

"The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death." Proverbs 13:14 NLT

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Behind the Scenes: Elevate Jr. Wonder & Palette Voiceover Recording

Have you ever watched an animated character and wondered what the actor attached to that voice looked like when they were recording it? Check out this video of the voice talent behind Wonder and Palette, our wonderful hosts of Elevate Jr. They’re recording some special Christmas content for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders! You’ll also see some of the early animations that go along with this voiceover.

 

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Teachings From Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop Of Wonders

Curious about what our new Christmas series will be teaching? Below is the scope and sequence for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders as well as for the Elevate Jr. series of the same name. Each week is a stand alone Christmas lesson, so you can do as many as you’d like and in any order you would like!

 

Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders

Lesson 1

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that even though we will face difficulties, we can still have courage because God has a plan for us.
  • Main Point: I Can Have Courage Because God Has A Plan!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Mary. (Luke 1:26 – 38)
  • Bible Verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Lesson 2

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should encourage other people with our words and actions.
  • Main Point: I Will Encourage Others!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-56)
  • Bible Verse: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

Lesson 3

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should stick with and help people who are following God’s plan.
  • Main Point: I Will Be Loyal To People Who Are Loyal To God!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. (Matthew 1:18-25)
  • Bible Verse: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 NLT

Lesson 4

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that Christmas is a time for joy and that the good news of Jesus’ birth should be shared with other people.
  • Main Point: I Can Have Joy And Share It With Others!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of the shepherds. (Luke 2:8-20)
  • Bible Verse: “Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.” Psalm 145:7 (NLT)

Lesson 5

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that when we wait, we should do so patiently.
  • Main Point: I Will Be Patient!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Simeon. (Luke 2:25–35)
  • Bible Verse: “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)

Lesson 6

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should focus on Jesus instead of ourselves. Selfishness only causes problems.
  • Main Point: Christmas is About Jesus; It Is Not About Me!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Herod. (Matthew 2:1–18)
  • Bible Verse: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NLT)

Lesson 7

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should honor Jesus by always giving our best.
  • Main Point: I Will Honor Jesus By Giving My Best!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of the Wise Men. (Matthew 2:1–18)
  • Bible Verse: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” Proverbs 3:9 (NLT)

Lesson 8

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that the reason Jesus was born was so He could take the punishment for our sins so we could be forgiven.
  • Main Point: Jesus Is The Greatest Gift!
  • Bible Story: Jesus’ gift to us is Salvation. God’s promise of Salvation and the Gospel story (Various parts of the Gospels)
  • Bible Verse: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)

 

Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders Jr.

Series Verse: “… the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14b (NLT)

Lesson 1

  • Main Point – I Will Be Brave
  • Bible Story – Mary (Luke 1:26 – 38)

Lesson 2

  • Main Point – I Will Say Kind Words
  • Bible Story – Elizabeth (Luke 1:39 – 56)

Lesson 3

  • Main Point – I Will Obey
  • Bible Story – Joseph (Matthew 1:18 – 25)

Lesson 4

  • Main Point – I Will Share Joy
  • Bible Story – Angels and Shepherds (Luke 2: 8 – 20)

Lesson 5

  • Main Point – I Will Be Patient
  • Bible Story – Simeon (Luke 2: 25 – 35)

Lesson 6

  • Main Point – I Will Share My Things
  • Bible Story – Wise Men (Matthew 2:1 – 12)

Lesson 7

  • Main Point – Jesus Is The Greatest Gift
  • Bible Story – Jesus (birth to resurrection)

Lesson 8

  • Main Point – I Will Tell Others About Jesus
  • Bible Story – Anna (Luke 2:36-38)
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How Is Fellowship Church Using Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop Of Wonders?

I am so looking forward to our first full Elevate Christmas series! We’ve had several questions about how we are going to use this eight week series here at FC. Since we don’t want the kids to get tired of Christmas before we ever get there (if that is even possible), we are going to start Professor Playtime the first weekend in December. We’ll use four weeks of the series this year and then the other four weeks of the series next year. If you would like to do the same, it will be helpful for you to know that all of the lessons stand alone (i.e. no lesson depends on another lesson to make sense) so you can pick any four you would like to show this year!

Keep your eyes on my blog for upcoming sneak peaks. I really think you are going to love this series! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

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Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop Of Wonders: The Making of Deck the Halls

Here at Elevate HQ we are immersed in Christmas! We have Christmas decor, Christmas stories, and lots of Christmas music as we prepare for our most ambitious series yet: Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders! Check out this behind the scenes video of one of the Christmas songs we’re working on, Deck the Halls.

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Meet Wonder and Palette!

Have you met Wonder and Palette yet? They are the two newest characters in Elevate Jr! Wonder and Palette will be a consistent part of each new Elevate Jr. series. They bring even more fun to the Biblical teaching your preschoolers get from Elevate Jr!

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Elevate: Roanoke Jones Logo Development Process

I thought you might like to see how we create the logos you see for each Elevate series. This is the development process we went through to get the Roanoke Jones logo.

Step 1 – Different logo concepts were sketched out and we chose the one that fit best.

Step 2 – The sketch was recreated digitally.

Step 3 – More detail was added to the logo and different variations were created.

Step 4 – The best attributes of each variation were merged into the final design.

Step 5 – Texture and shading were added to the design to arrive at the final logo.

I hope you enjoyed this look at our development process. I am very excited about the Roanoke Jones Series and can’t wait for you to see the rest of it!