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Passover and Easter Recap

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God invented holidays as a way to remember, teach, and pause.  Easter is the richest week of the year, and we have compiled all of our posts that discuss how you can make this season come alive for you and your family.

Don’t try to do all of these things this year (goodness knows we don’t have time to do that either!), but let God lead you to pick one or two that are just exactly what you need.

Remember – He is Risen! 

Palm Sunday – Mighty and Meek

Palm Sunday – The revelation of our humble king, full of power and peace.  Mighty, yet meek.

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Holiest Week With Your Kids

When you talk about Who He is, what He has done for you, who we are in Him, and what we can do as a response, that makes it holy. Every week is holy, if you are purposeful.  Here are some ideas for celebrating the Holiest Week with your family.

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Passover With Your Kids – Simplified

Passover can be confusing if you aren’t familiar with it.  Here is a straightforward way to understand the deep roots of the Easter season.

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Passover and Easter Fun

Calling all parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, boys, and girls!  Here are some fun Easter activities that we’ve found, but we want to know what cool ideas you’ve had.  Please share these with your friends, and share your ideas with all of us.

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Passover:  Deep Meaning and Tradition

Passover:  Deep meaning behind the tradition.  Click here to learn about the Yeast, the Lamb, and the Cup.

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Passover Meal How-To: How-To Guide for having your own Passover celebration.

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Passover: The 4 Cups

For thousands of years before the tiny Communion cup there were the 4 #Passover cups!

The key symbolic pieces of the Passover meal are eating of the Matzah bread, the Seder plate and the drinking of four glasses of wine. Today we are going to talk about the four glasses of wine. These are drank throughout the meal and each has a specific and deep meaning.

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Countdown to Passover

Easter and Passover are coming up soon, so it’s time to begin preparing ourselves for this meaningful time.

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Passover:  From Moses to Me

Countdown to Easter/Passover…

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Passover:  The Seder Plate

Do you know what the Seder Plate is?  Do you know what it means and what it can teach you and your kids?  Find out here:

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Uncomfortable, Stinky, Beautiful, Servant Leadership

In between the triumph of Palm Sunday and the tragedy of Good Friday, we find a perfect example of servant leadership in action.

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Good Friday:  Not Fair

As we approach Passover/Easter, we want to highlight some of the lessons from Jesus’ last week.

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Good Friday:  I Thirst

The thirst we feel is a spiritual thirst!  This thirst is no less real than our physical thirst.

God put a thirst for Himself inside every heart – a longing that has been unquenched since Eden.

The next time you are thirsty or hungry or lustful or restless, don’t turn to Facebook or calories.  Turn your face to heaven and say “Abba, I thirst! I am thirsty, and only you can satisfy me!”  God has not forsaken you, and in him you will find the comfort that you seek.

Remember friends, your suffering is real.  Your longing is real.  Your thirst is real.  Without your spiritual thirst, you would be as good as dead!  But do not be deceived – you thirst for God!  Reach out to Him, and in Him you will find what you need.

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Countdown to Pentecost:

Whew, Lent, Passover, Last Supper, Good Friday, Bad Saturday, Easter Sunday are past.  Not it’s 7 weeks until Pentecost.  Let the countdown begin!

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Passover With Your Kids – Simplified

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The Jewish Passover is tomorrow, Tuesday March 31st.

This is an important holiday in Jewish history and it is important for Christianity too. We typically celebrate Passover the Thursday before Easter since that is when Jesus would have celebrated it with the disciples for the last time. That was the year He gave us an amazing gift.

The whole Passover meal and celebration can be very overwhelming, especially if you are not Jewish and don’t know all the rules. This however shouldn’t stop you from talking about this important event in history with your kids. My goal today is to place in your hands a simplified version of the Passover meal, one that you can experience with your children. My prayer is that you begin to instill in your children the depth of meaning this holiday brings and help them realize that God really did have a plan all along! Continue reading

Lent: A Family Tradition

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Lent has been a tradition for many members of our church family as far back as records are kept.  The early church leaders drew on the symbolism of the number 40 to create an annual time of preparation for the most important observances of their new Christian faith.  Like all traditions, some people have forgotten its original intent or simply go through the motions.  But like all traditions, it can add deeper meaning and rhythm to our busy and chaotic lives.

Last year I pointed out that I want to come to a full and complete stop this Easter season, so I need to start braking early.  (Why do I always use car analogies?)  The annual liturgical wheel has made yet another turn, and so it is time to think about it again.  This year I want to emphasize the way that we can help our kids prepare for Good Friday and Easter through the season of Lent.

As a parent, I set the cadence or the rhythm for the children in my home.  I like spending Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve preparing for Christmas, and I like to spend the 44 days before Good Friday preparing our family for Easter.  During this preparation, there are a lot of important lessons we can gather from Lent:  Continue reading

Wait For It, Wait For It…

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The Day of Ascension is one of the lesser known observances (unless you are Mennonite, evidently*), but it is a pretty amazing day.  Let me tell you about it.

As you may recall, God instituted the 50 Day Countdown after Passover to lead up to one of the main feasts where the Jews were to head to Jerusalem and celebrate.  So, after Jesus rose from the dead on Easter, He and the disciples would presumably have been counting the 50 days to Pentecost.  He spent 39 days with them, teaching them, reassuring them, encouraging them.  It must have been an amazing time!  But then on Day 40, it came to an end.  Abruptly. Continue reading

That’s Not Fair

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Bad Friday. Worse Saturday.  Glorious Sunday!

One night this week my kids and I read the beautifully written stories from the foot-washing through Resurrection Sunday in The Jesus Storybook Bible.  As we reached the part about the crucifixion, my 4-year old Luke summed it up best.  He looked at me with a concerned and indignant expression in his eyes, and said “That’s not fair!”

And he’s right.  It was horrifically, tragically unfair.  And that is the point. Continue reading

Passover and Easter Fun

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Here is a list of fun Passover and Easter Activities for kids.

 

Please let us know what you guys do to help celebrate this beautiful season!!

 

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Passover Meal – How To

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We have given you a lot of information over the last week about Passover. All this information can become overwhelming, so today we are going to try to tie it all together.  Hopefully it will help you plan your own complete Passover Meal.  If this seems too much or if your kids are too little, feel free to shorten it or just do the parts that you think the kids will understand. Each year you can add a new element. The making of the Matzah bread and the explanation of the Seder plate is a fun place to start.

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Passover: The 4 Cups

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**Disclaimer: We have done a lot of research about Passover and Jewish Holidays but we are no experts. Our goal is to expose you to the deeper meanings behind the celebrations that God told the Jews to participate in every year. These are perfect opportunities to teach your children about God’s faithfulness and provision. It is also a great opportunity to remind your children that the God of the Old Testament is still alive and active in the world today. The Bible is full of knowledge and guidance to help us make wise decisions and show us the way to go. All we have to do is open it up read it. Our favorite resource on Jewish Holidays is www.jewsforjesus.org (They believe Jesus is the Messiah and explain His role in the Jewish traditions) and www.jewfaq.org (A Jewish website that goes in depth to each celebration.) **

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Uncomfortable, Humble, Stinky, Beautiful Servant Leadership

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During Passover, Jesus gave His followers an incredible object lesson in Servant Leadership.  He stooped down, took off his outer clothes, and thus looking the part of a slave, he proceeded to wash their feet.  His actions and words revealed a type of leadership that was uncomfortable, humble, stinky…and beautiful. Continue reading

Palm Sunday: Powerful and Peaceful, Mighty and Meek

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For years Jesus had stealthily revealed His identity, quietly, to a few people.  He spoke in riddles, making sure that He got His message across without making it obvious.  Even when He healed people or otherwise gave a glimpse of his divinity He often asked them to keep His identity quiet.  “It isn’t the time yet,” He kept telling them.

Now the time had come!

Jesus was riding a wave of momentum into the holy Passover week.  He had just raised Lazarus from the dead before an amazed crowd of witnesses.  His ministry had reached a crescendo, just as the roads to Jerusalem swelled with 100,000 pilgrims, many of them from His home area where He had been ministering and teaching.  These were His people, and they were filled with pent up excitement.  Could this be the year?!?  Would this be the year that the new Moses led them out of their Roman slavery?  When the new Elijah overthrew the prophets of evil?  When the new David took possession of Israel’s throne? Continue reading