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Curl Up With: Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional
By Scott James

Nearly two thousand years ago, a wooden cross and an empty tomb served as the setting for the greatest rescue mission in history. Of course, the mission is none other than the gospel of Jesus Christ–the good news of a loving Father going to great lengths to save his broken children. Every year at Easter, with a joyful shout of “Christ is risen!” we declare again the climax of this great story–Jesus has conquered sin and death! Although Easter Sunday comes only once a year, these truths should shape our lives every day.

Rediscover the greatest rescue mission in history with your children. Spend the week before, beginning on Palm Sunday, through the week after Easter walking with Jesus through the suffering of the cross, the joy of resurrection, and the beginning of Christianity.

By going through the Easter story day-by-day, you and your children will be able to see how Jesus’ death and resurrection are not far-off events that have no meaning for us, but are the basis for our daily life of faith and our confidence that our sins are forgiven and eternal life is ours.

This book is designed to help you read, understand, discuss, and pray through God’s Word, so it should fit easily with a broad range of family worship formats. However you choose to do it, just keep it simple and engaging.

Each of the fourteen devotions takes just ten minutes and is suitable for children of all ages. Included are family activities and hymns to help your family remember and apply the truth that Christ is risen indeed!

Scott James, MD, is an elder at the The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL, where he also serves in the children’s and youth ministries. Professionally, he works as a pediatric physician and researcher. Scott and his wife Jamie have four children–Will, Kirstine, Benjamin, and Bethan.


Lent and Easter Readings Available in the Guest Center:

Journey to the Cross: Devotions for Lent
By Will Walker and Kendal Haug
Don’t just give up something for Lent! Move closer to the heart of Easter through 40 days of Scripture, prayers of confession and thanksgiving, and devotional readings focused on Lenten themes. This compact daily devotional will prepare your heart and rekindle your love for Christ this Easter.

Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
By John Piper
Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Who sent him to his death? The whole message of the Bible leads to this answer. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament 50 reasons in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: A Collection of Readings on the Cross and Resurrection
By Nancy Guthrie
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross is a collection of 25 short readings drawn from the works of classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers that will lead readers into thoughtful contemplation of the cross. Deeper than shallow “inspirational” thoughts, and more scripture-based and theologically sound than other “spiritual” guides available, each essay expounds on a particular aspect of the Cross and Resurrection.

My Easter Basket and the True Story of Easter
By Mary Manz Simon
Easter is about much more than yellow chicks and white bunnies. Young children can use the colors in this basket to discover the real meaning of this special day. As they walk through the Bible story, they will learn why we celebrate Easter—because Jesus is alive!