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Hip-Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad
Theme: Hip-hop culture is global! Surprisingly, its original goal was “Love, Peace, Unity and Having Fun!” Hip-Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad offers Jesus as the ultimate DJ who scratches out new songs of hope.
ANSWERS IN GENESIS
The Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth
Theme: With The Kingdom Chronicles VBS, brave knights and fair maidens will be equipped to put on the full armor of God so they can stand strong in the battle for truth.
The Mighty God: God Leads Moses and Me
Theme: This study from the book of Exodus explores how God led Moses through the perils of his life and remained faithful to him in extreme circumstances. Children will learn the ways that God loves us, calls us, saves us guides us and cares for us.
Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together
Theme: Everywhere Fun Fair is a global celebration with the look and feel of a world's fair. Children will discover that God’s love can be found everywhere—even in their own neighborhoods.
CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE
Tell It on the Mountain: Where Jesus Christ Is Lord
Theme: Get ready for a mountaintop experience! At Tell It on the Mountain, children will learn about the one true God through five mountaintop Bible accounts. This VBS features active Bible storytelling, energetic songs and Peak Performance videos for opening and closing.
(CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE)
Aventuras Glaciales (Cool Adventures)
Theme: Five children receive a surprise trip and receive great gifts from God: forgiveness, salvation, joy, life and hope.
SonWest Roundup: A Rip-Roarin’ Good Time With Jesus!
Theme: This comprehensive VBS package uses a Wild West backdrop to help kids discover Jesus in the stories of Moses.
GOSPEL PUBLISHING HOUSE
MEGA Sports Camp: Breaking Free
Theme: Teaching kids biblical principles and builds character through their favorite sports activities, this church-led program is fully adaptable to suit any church’s size, volunteers and facilities.
Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth
Theme: Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the apostle Paul—straight from Paul himself!
Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God
Theme: Enter the epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong. At Kingdom Rock VBS, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Backyard Kids Club
Theme: Take VBS outside the church and into your community with Backyard Kids Club.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Club VBS: Jungle Jaunt
Theme: Based on Psalm 145:1-2, kids will learn to praise, trust and follow the one true God through the wild.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God
Theme: Using 2 Timothy 1:7, Colossal Coaster World VBS will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God as they zip along the roller coaster of life.
Breathe It In: God Gives Life
Theme: Children are invited to discover the life-giving breath of God. Through Bible stories on breath and wind, children will explore how God’s own breath was used to create people, and how the wind of the Spirit helped the young church grow.
REGULAR BAPTIST PRESS
Investigation Destination: Follow Clues to the King of Kings
Theme: Investigation Destination turns VBS students into secret agents—investigators on a special mission to discover clues about a special person, the King of Kings. The objective: Prepare students for the return of the King, challenging them to believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior and then to choose to trust, follow, love, obey and serve Him. Those who know the Savior will want to tell others about Jesus, our wonderful King.
God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars
Theme: Get ready for outdoor adventure under the shimmer of starlight that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger each day as kids take the love of Jesus into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.
God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Sun
Theme: Get ready for a sunny outdoor adventure that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger each day as kids take the love of Jesus into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.
URBAN MINISTRIES, INC.
Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix
Theme: Encouraging stronger relationships in spiritual and natural families through Jesus Christ. This program introduces family time for all 10 lessons, including We Believe!
We Encourage! We Forgive! We Protect! and We Give! Each lesson highlights a family from the Bible that dealt with the same struggles as families today.
Three times more Protestant pastors plan to vote for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election. Romney's Mormon beliefs are a factor for only a small number of pastors who plan to cast their ballot for another candidate.
A survey conducted by LifeWay Research Sept. 26-Oct. 3 found that 57 percent of Protestant pastors plan to vote for Romney compared with 17 percent for Obama. Twenty-two percent are still undecided.
The breakdown is similar to what it was in 2008 when John McCain challenged Obama for the presidency. A survey conducted by LifeWay Research in October 2008 found that 55 percent of Protestant pastors planned to vote for McCain compared with 20 percent for Obama and 22 percent undecided.
The list of ways to bless others is endless. Be open to God and ask Him to show you how you and your church can help people. Your radical acts of generosity may be just the key to unlock the door of someone’s heart to hear and receive the gospel.
The eternal impact of radically serving the community around you
I can remember being 20 years old, coming to Los Angeles with the goal of having a 24/7 church that would serve the local community’s needs. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. But I had no idea of the challenges ahead.
Coming from such a large church—Phoenix First Assembly of God, led by my father, Tommy Barnett—it was a bit of an adjustment to have just a few people show up to some of our earliest servicesv. Feeling defeated after an especially difficult night, I walked through the neighborhood, listening for the voice of God.
That night, I saw people caught up in drug addiction, homelessness, prostitution. Just walking around, I could sense the turmoil and oppression. In that moment, God told me these broken people were my congregation, that my ministry was and would not be confined to a church building. Instead, this ministry would reach beyond walls and throughout the neighborhood.
That night—and finding that calling—was a life-defining moment for me.