The Story of King Jesus from David C. Cook

The Story of King Jesus from David C. Cook

I love children’s picture books when they are well-designed, visually engaging, and tell a fantastic story. I’ve seen some great picture books from David C. Cook, but when they sent me this one, I had a feeling that it would be good. A book about The Story of King Jesus has to be good, right?

This book is pretty sweet. Take a look at the book description:

Awana Gets Digital with Mozo

Awana Gets Digital with Mozo

Awana has just entered the 21st century. Is your Awana club ready?

Awana is about to launch a new web-based software/app called Mozo. The purpose of Mozo is to make being an Awana leader a whole lot easier!

Awana Gets Digital with Mozo

Mozo will contain leadership development tools for Awana leaders around the world that can be accessed by computer, tablet, and phone. Here are a few key Mozo features:

Free Easter Bible Lessons for Kids

Free Easter Bible Lessons for KidsWait, Easter is coming up! If you are looking for some free Easter Bible lessons for kids, then take a look at these great resources:

Are you looking for something to supplement your Easter lesson? Try one of these Easter Object Lessons, each of which are exciting illustrations that can be incorporated into your lesson!

Insurgent Movie Review for Kids

Insurgent Movie Review for Kids

Is the second installment of the Divergent series, Insurgent, an appropriate movie for kids?

Insurgent is the continued story of Tris, Four, and the entire city of a futuristic Chicago that has been divided into five factions according to the personalities of the people.

In the first movie of the series, we see a violent power struggle take place for rulership of the factions. Because Tris is a Divergent (one of the people who don’t fit into just one faction) the Erudite rulers try to kill her and others like her. Long story short, she saves many people from killing others while having their minds controlled, then she leaves the city with several loved ones.

In this second installment of the Divergent series, Tris and company are figuring out how to fight against Jeanine (the president) and the Erudite rulers in order to stop the continued tyranny and murder being committed. Jeanine has found a Box that she needs open with a message from the Founders, which can only be opened by a Divergent. She believes this will restore order and publicly justify the need to eliminate all Divergents.

Sounds like a fight scene or two might be in order, right?

How to Explain Communion to Children

How to Explain Communion to Children

Have you ever wondered how to explain communion to your children? The fact that a big plate passes in front of them with small amounts of food that they aren’t allowed to eat can be very confusing.

While we can all recognize that 1) there are minor variances in beliefs about communion among similar denominations, and 2) no one truly comprehends the full meaning of communion, explaining the basic reasons why Christians take communion to children can be very simple.

Here are 5 things you need to know about how to explain communion to children:

When to Change Your Children’s Ministry Curriculum

When to Change Your Children's Ministry Curriculum

How do you know when you should change your children’s ministry curriculum? Changing curriculum can be good from time to time, especially if there is a better option available to meet your church’s needs.

Here are some questions you can use to evaluate when you should change your children’s ministry curriculum:

Easter Object Lessons

Easter Object Lessons

Looking for some great children’s object lessons for Easter? When you are teaching your kids about Easter, there are some pretty big topics that you will need to explain to them. One of the best ways to help them learn about these topics in a concrete way is through the use of object lessons. Here are three Easter object lessons that are engaging and easy to do, along with some of my favorite Easter resources!

1. The Egg is Gone. For this object lesson, you will need two eggs and a bowl. Take an egg and gently poke a few holes in the side of it, so that the yoke can come out of the egg (you may need to blow it out). Just make sure the egg doesn’t crack. When presenting this egg to the kids, make sure they can’t see any holes in the egg. Tell your kids the story about Jesus and His resurrection from the tomb. When explaining how Jesus wasn’t found in the grave, pull out the eggs for the object lesson. As you crack the whole egg, explain how May and Mary Magdalene thought they were going to find Jesus in the tomb. Then, crack the empty egg, sharing how they were surprised that Jesus wasn’t there, because He has risen! If timed well, your kids will be amazed that you cracked open an “empty” egg.

Jupiter Ascending Movie Review for Kids

Jupiter Ascending Movie Review for Kids

Is Jupiter Ascending an appropriate movie for kids? If you’re not sure whether or not to take your children to Jupiter Ascending, then hopefully this movie review will help.

Jupiter Ascending is a sci-fi movie revolving around two main characters, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) and Caine (Channing Tatum). Jupiter has grown up cleaning bathrooms for a living, but finds out suddenly that she is the sole heir to the territories of Queen Abrasax (one of the most powerful rulers in the universe), including the earth. Now, Jupiter has three of the queen’s children out to get her, each vying for her territories. The story revolves around her dangerous interactions with the three rulers and how Caine fights through various battles in order to keep Jupiter safe.

The story naturally creates an exciting, action-packed movie. But should you take your kids to see Jupiter Ascending?

5 Essential Skills for Ministry Leaders

5 Essential Skills for Ministry Leaders
What are the most essential skills for ministry leaders to have?

Regarding leadership in the business world, Harold Geneen said, “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.”

Not only are these skills important for the business world, but ministry leaders should be first and foremost in the conversation of displaying these skills in their leadership positions. By the way, there is a sixth skill every ministry leader needs to have mastered! (see below)

With these things in mind, we look at the 5 essential skills for ministry leaders: