Follow the Leader

This is part one of a new beach-themed series called Cowabunga. You can also listen to this devotion on the Family Jetpack Podcast.

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Verse: He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. – 1 Peter 2:21b (NLT)

Big Idea: Following Jesus is the best way to live.

Have you ever played a game in the swimming pool called Marco Polo? Whoever is “it” has to close their eyes and try to find their friends just by listening to the sound of their voice. You yell, “Marco” and your friends have to say, “Polo.”  

If your friends are tricky, they’ll hide under the water, duck behind other kids or just try to swim away as fast as they can.  By following the sound of your friends’ voice, you can end up crashing into other people, get tangled up in water toys or stub your toe on the edge of the pool.  

Marco Polo teaches us we have to be careful whose voice we follow because sometimes following the wrong voice can lead to all kinds of trouble.  

Even when we’re not playing Marco Polo, we follow people in all kinds of ways Sometimes we do things, like play a sport or wear certain clothes or laugh at a joke, just because our friends are doing it. We’re following their example.  

Sometimes we follow people we don’t even know. We see someone on a movie or in a video game or hear them in a song and we try to copy what that person says or how they think. We think they’re cool so we try to be like them. Continue reading “Follow the Leader”

Cowabunga!

Cowabungalogo.pngWe’re kicking off a new family devotional series for the spring break season called Cowabunga.  Cowabunga is a word associated with old surfer movies (or the Ninja Turtles for all of us 80’s kids), and it’s really just a fun expression of enthusiasm for riding a wave or jumping into an adventure.

In this series, we’re going to help kids take a look at what means to follow Jesus and jump into an adventure with him. Just in time for spring break, we’ll explore several beach-themed stories about Jesus and his friend Pete, who went surfing with Jesus without even using a board!

So whether you’re going to the beach soon or just like to think about it, stick around for the Cowabunga series to help kids discover how to catch the wave of God’s love and follow Jesus wherever he goes.

You can check out Cowabunga Part One here or listen to it on the Family Jetpack podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

Worth the Wait

You can also listen to this devotion on the Family Jetpack Podcast.

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This is Part Two of a three-part series.  You can catch up with Part One here

Verse: Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 (NIrV)

Big Idea: God’s plans take time.  

Have you ever had to wait on something good? Whether you’re waiting for cookies to bake in the oven or waiting for a special day like Christmas, waiting is never easy. But the best things in life often take time.  

The same thing is true for God’s plans. Remember Joseph? He was only seventeen years-old when God told him he had big plans for his life, but none of those dreams would come true for another thirteen years. Thirteen years! That’s a long wait.  

Imagine waiting thirteen years for cookies to bake or thirteen years for your next birthday. Joseph had to wait thirteen years before God’s plan became reality.  

In the meantime, Joseph went through some hard times. After his brothers sold him as a slave, the slave traders took him to the land of Egypt, where he didn’t have any friends. Continue reading “Worth the Wait”

God’s Big Plan

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Verse: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Eph 2:10 (NIrV)

Big Idea: God has big plans for your life.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor? A teacher? A mom or dad? Maybe a scientist or writer or a famous basketball player? Or how about an actor or a superhero or President of the United States?  

You may have big plans for your future, but guess what? God has even bigger plans for your life than you do. He wants you to be a part of his mission to save the world. That’s more awesome than any job you could ever have.

Just ask a guy named Joseph. Joseph was one of twelve brothers. Can you imagine that? A house with twelve brothers? That would be one wild house. But in Joseph’s case, it was also a dangerous house.

That’s because Joseph’s brothers hated him.  They were jealous that their dad liked Joseph the best and gave Joseph cool presents like a fancy coat. The more Joseph’s dad played favorites, the worse it got.

Even though things weren’t great at home, though, God loved Joseph and had a big plan for his life. God told Joseph all about it through some crazy dreams. In the dreams he ruled over his brothers and even his mom and dad.   Continue reading “God’s Big Plan”