Justin Graves Band Provides Fun Music For The Whole Family

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I am so excited to introduce you to some friends of mine!  I met Justin, Michelle, and Gabi at a Kidmin Conference in Tennessee several years ago.  I was instantly drawn in by their infectious personalities, melodies, and love for the Lord!

Several months ago, Justin showed me some of the music they had been working on.  He also let me know that his family was expanding their ministry and had made a HUGE move recently.  As we talked, I felt strongly that I should share with my “blog family” all about Justin Graves Band and how YOU can be blessed by their ministry.

The Justin Graves band has a way of connecting with kids through fun, energetic music that teaches God’s Word.  When the JGB leads kids the first thing you MUST know about them is that is is NOT a performance.  They are interactive and intentional in the way they lead.  There is no show, nothing fancy…just true, honest praise and worship from the heart.  It is fun, real and filled with JOY!  Their hope is to encourage kids and families to be Strong and Courageous, always Trust in the Lord and tell them that they are a unique creation created by God for a purpose!

Check out this video below.  It will help you see the heart behind the ministry!  Then, head over to their website www.justingravesband.com and check out their music!  It’s perfect for church, home, or rides in the mini-van!  I hope you love JGB as much as I do.

“Time Change Funk” (Parody of “Uptown Funk”)

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Every year, our church does a great job at poking fun of Time Change Sunday (the day that clocks Spring an hour forward and for some reason people freak out because they are losing an hour of sleep).  To keep people from forgetting and ultimately being late for church that day, we create crazy videos to remind everyone.

The last few years, we have done parody songs and videos of the hottest pop songs of the day.  Well, this year is no different.  For your entertainment, here is a parody of “Uptown Funk” (Grammy award winner for Song of the Year 2015).  You’re gonna love it!

 

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I am honored to have been invited by Barnes & Noble in West Little Rock to host a book signing for my latest book, “Talk Now and Later: How To Lead Kids Through Life’s Tough Topics” (which releases September 1st).  I would LOVE to have all of my local friends and family come out to support the book, purchase a signed copy, and enjoy a night of fun and fellowship.  Help give this book a STRONG start!  I fully believe it is going to be a blessing to many Christian parents as they seek to have lasting and impacting relationships with their kids! Hope to see you there!  CLICK HERE for more info!

Date: September 3, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Event: BOOK SIGNING - "Talk Now And Later" (Barnes & Noble, Little Rock - Sept. 3, 2015)
Venue: Barnes & Noble; 11500 Financial Centre Pkwy, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Public: Public

My Blog Turns 4 Years Old TODAY!

happy birthday brianWell, it was four years ago TODAY that I launched “Brian’s Blog.”  It has been a wild ride, and I have loved every minute of it.  This blog has grown from ZERO to over 25,000 monthly readers.  I could never have imagined that.  It’s by GOD’S grace that any of this has happened.  I am so honored to be a part of the lives of so many Kids Ministry Leaders and Parents who read my articles.

Would you help me celebrate my four year birthday?  In return, I will give YOU a birthday present!  Can’t beat that!

When I launched this blog, I was answering a weekly question from one of my readers.  We have gotten away from that in the last year or so.  I want to return to my roots!  That’s where YOU come in!

Please leave a comment telling me either a specific SUBJECT you would like me to write about (either Kids Ministry or Parenting) OR a specific question you would like to ask me.  I will choose several over the next several weeks to answer.  If I choose your question or suggested subject, you just might win an autographed copy of my upcoming book, “Talk Now And Later:  How To Lead Kids Through Life’s Tough Topics.”   Winners will be announced next week!

Thanks for helping build “Brian’s Blog” into a wonderful community of Kidmin Leaders and Parents who are committed to raising the next generation into life-long followers of Jesus Christ!  Leave a comment in the Comments section with your specific question or suggested subject for my next blog post!  God bless!

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Most Popular Posts Of 2014

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It’s hard to believe, but 2014 is almost over.  What a year it has been.  I am so honored that you choose to share some of your precious time with me as we journey together.  Each person who reads this blog is committed to reaching the next generation with the message of Jesus in the most powerful and effective way we can.

I took some time to check out which of my posts were the most popular in 2014.  It was a banner year for this blog as we added thousands of new followers.  Here are the TOP FIVE posts from 2014.

#1 Post of 2014:  “Should Kids Ministry Leaders Drink Alcohol?”

#2 Post of 2014:  “Disney Channel Introduces First Lesbian Couple On A Kids Show”

#3 Post of 2014:  “Are Church Fall Festivals Actually Counter-Productive”

#4 Post of 2014:  “Talking To Kids About SEX”

#5 Post of 2014:  “3 Reasons You Need To Stop Telling Everyone You Need Help”

Thanks to YOU!  You are the ones who “voted” by visiting and sharing these posts.  Continue to help spread the word.  Feel free to share on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere you can!  God bless, and Happy New Year!  I can’t wait to see what God does in 2015!

I would love to hear from you!  What topics would YOU like me to cover in 2015?  Leave a comment here!  I will choose one comment at random to win a $100 Shopping Spree on our High Voltage Kids Ministry store!

WINNER of the “God Created” book giveaway is…

Congratulations to Susan Cantrell!  She won the FREE copy of “God Created” by Sarah Evelyn Hodson.  A special “THANK YOU” to Sarah Hodson for providing the book for the giveaway!  Remember, you can grab your copy at this link!  If you want to read the review I gave for this book, you can find it HERE!

A Helpful Resource To Help Teach Young Children About Creation

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Throughout their academic life, children will have to face the onslaught of scientific theories, teachers, professors, and peers who will pressure them into leaving behind the “primitive and uneducated” belief that Earth was created by Almighty God.  A recent Gallup poll reveals that over 60% of Americans believe in the theory of evolution – many of them believing that it is the PRIMARY explanation for where life on Earth comes from.  

Earlier this year, Ken Ham, a well-known Christian apologist debated the outspoken evolutionist, Bill Nye (the Science Guy).  It was a classic  (and public) Creation-versus-Evolution debate.  Nye is more than just a former TV personality.  He was also featured in a YouTube video last year titled “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children.”  Click this link to watch the video.

Nye says, “in another couple centuries,” the creationist worldview “just won’t exist,” saying “there’s no evidence for it.”

The battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation begins long before kids enter a high school or college biology class.

Remember the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes?  It was a small child who saw and pointed out that the king had no clothes on at all.   Kids are not dumb.  Even if parents choose not to discuss it, children will soon recognize that the theory of evolution does contradict the Bible.  So, what can Christian parents do to counteract the push and pull of society to walk away from the Bible and embrace something else as the ultimate authority on the origin of life?

I don’t think it is a simple answer.  It all starts with teaching your children clearly what the Bible says about Creation.  Every once in a while, a tool comes along that helps to aid in that pursuit.  I came across such a tool recently, and wanted to share it with you.

God Created is a short picture book that is aimed at ages 3-8 years old.  It is well done with incredibly vivid illustrations.  It is written by Sarah Evelyn Hodson and illustrated by Jason Platt.  Sarah works as an early intervention speech-language pathologist in addition to writing children’s books.  She is a mom of two children.

You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking here!   Also, Sarah was kind enough to send me a copy to GIVE AWAY for free!  If you would like to be entered into the drawing, please email me at brian@highvoltage-kids.com.  I will announce the winner next week!

Get A FREE Copy Of My New E-Book, “Kidminnovation”

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I have been waiting on this day for a long time!  Today, I release my brand new e-book, “Kidminnovation.”  (#Kidmin + Innovation = Kidminnovation)  The message of this book has been building in me for many years.  I had the opportunity to speak at INCM’s “CM Leaders” event two years ago on this subject.  Ever since, I have had many Kidmin Leaders asking me to write more about it and help them unlock the creativity inside of them.

The premise of the book is that EVERYONE has creative potential.

 In Kidmin today, I see so many people falling short of their creative potential.  Innovation is happening in some churches, ministries, and pockets of the Kidmin universe.  But, as a whole, we have been reluctant to embrace the idea of every Kidmin leader as an innovator.

A large part of the problem is that there is an air of mystery and mysticism around the creative process. Because people assume and reinforce the idea that some have creative potential and others don’t, those who do harness their potential and work through the creative process become all the more “different.”  I believe the time is coming when every Kidmin Leader will believe in themselves – AND the God who created them – enough to be able to tap into the innovator that lives in each of them. When that happens, we will change the world!

In this book, I share the “10 Characteristics of a Kidminnovator.”  I also talk about the “Three Creativity Killers” that we should ALL avoid.  In the second half of the e-book, I give “Five Keys To Instantly Improve Your Creative Output.”  Then, I close the book by sharing “The Key To Limitless Creativity.”  If any of these subjects appeal to you, then you should read “Kidminnovation.”

The best part is, for a limited time I am offering this e-Book for FREE!  All you have to do is subscribe to this blog – CLICK HERE to sign up for my weekly e-mail updates!  Not only will you get this book, but you will stay up-to-date with all of the resources I share on this blog AND a couple of bonus surprises!

So, sign up and spread the word!  If you are already an email subscriber to this blog, then you will receive a copy of the e-book in your inbox shortly.  If you don’t, just contact me via the contact page on this blog.  I will make sure it gets to you!

ALSO, you can help me by SPREADING THE WORD!  Would you Tweet and Post on Facebook the following:

Hey  friends!   is giving away FREE copies of his new e-book “Kidminnovation” on his blog 

My team and I will be watching the internet this week!  We will be randomly giving away some incredible prizes to some lucky people who post about it on Social Media (like FREE resources, coupon codes, etc.)  To help us make sure we know about your posts, come back to this blog post and leave a comment telling us that you posted about it!  This is going to be a fun week!