Jesus Party

Jesus Party
As a dad, I know that one of the best gifts I can give my kids is to show them how to love others. But that’s not always easy.  That’s why I’m sharing a free resource with you today called Jesus Party.

Jesus Party is a devotional for kids and families based on the book Jesus Prom by Jon Weece.  In Jesus Prom, Jon writes, “Life gets fun when you love people like God does.” But those of us with kids know that it’s even more fun when we include our whole family.

There’s nothing like serving with our kids to remind us of what really matters in life. Not only does it touch our hearts as parents to see our kids loving others, but it sets them up for a life of purpose and joy.

That’s why I wrote Jesus Party. Jesus Party takes the ideas of Jesus Prom and explains them in a way that children can understand and put into action.

Though Jesus Party works as a stand alone resource, it’s even more powerful when parents are reading Jesus Prom along with it.

Jesus Party would make a great family devotional or could be read by older elementary kids all by themselves.  Either way you use it, Jesus Party will inspire families to have great conversations about loving God and loving people.

So, what are you waiting for? Download a free copy of Jesus Party and let the celebration begin!

Just Dance

Just when I thought I’d run out of ways to sacrifice my dignity in the name of parenthood, my daughters got a game called Just Dance Kids for their Nintendo Wii.  This has opened up a whole new world of humiliation.

I figured since it had the word “kids” on the cover it couldn’t be that hard.  Besides, I was raised on Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.  How tough could it be?

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With Me


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Scripture: Luke 23:39-43

Verse:  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:3 (NIV)

Nobody knows what he stole.  Probably not a loaf of bread.  A loaf of bread usually doesn’t get you killed.

Some think he was an insurrectionist.  A rebel.  A guerrilla.  Maybe even one of Barabbas’ boys.

Did they heist tax money?  Knock over a weapons’ depot?  Doesn’t matter.

One thing’s for sure.  He crossed the Romans so the Romans crossed him.

Savage spikes pinning him to the wood.  His body stretched across rough timber.  A grotesque billboard of brutality and pain.  

Whatever he’d done, he knew he deserved it.  But the other guy?  The one the Sanhedrin hated so much?  He didn’t belong here.

He belonged somewhere else, and wherever that somewhere else was, the thief wanted to be there with him.

“Remember me when you come into you kingdom.”

Had anyone ever remembered this guy, included him, invited him?  Had he ever been shown kindness or generosity or was he the kind of man who had to take what he wanted?

There was no taking anymore.  Just a desperate plea.

And a promise.

“Today you will be with me in paradise.”

With me.  Not just in paradise, but with me in paradise.  Included, invited, remembered.  With me.

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Nobody knows for sure what the thief on the cross had stolen, but we be can certain of what he was given.  The promise of the presence of Jesus.

When we feel excluded, forgotten and hopeless, when we feel like there is no second chance, when it looks like it’s just too late, we can remember that the same promise applies to us.

Today, you will be with me.   

Prayer: God, thank you for the promise of your presence.  Thank you that I always have a place with you no matter where I’ve been, what I’ve done or what I’m going through.  Amen.  

Question: Where do you need Jesus’ presence in your life today?

 Note: This post is excerpted from Everyday Easter Devotions.