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Luke 24:6 He is Risen!

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So, my son asked me what the craft was going to be one Sunday and I said I wasn’t sure yet. He then wanted to know what the story was about. Well, we are going through the Story of Hope for kids and were at the resurrection of Jesus. Good stuff! Well, he is familiar with that and says he will do the craft. Ok, so off he goes. A little bit later he comes back with this.

20160228_072030A pop up card activity! Who doesn’t like a good pop up book or card? So, we polished it up. I did the writing, he did the drawing and I think it turned out well. The kids had fun putting them together. And although many had heard the story, this craft just gives them another way to remember it.

20160228_072047“He is not here, he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee.” Luke 24:6. This is the good news and I’m so glad my son wants to help share it!

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For this craft you will need:

  • one paper per child Luke 24 6
  • crayons, scissors, tape or glue
  • hole punch
  • something to tie it together (my son got out twisty ties for his class to use…he is thrifty!)
  • something to cover the table

20160228_073109Have the kids color everything first, then cut out Jesus and the cross. Kids might need help accordion folding, but they’ll get it. Fold your paper into a book and glue the pop ups down. Then you just need to punch and hole and tie it together. There you have it a great craft by an eight year old, sure to please and be understood by other kids! Have fun.

If you are looking for other Easter time ideas, check out: A Heart Cross, Matthew 26 Events,  or an Easy Last Minute Easter Craft.

Matthew 7:24-27 Build Your House on the Rock

IMG_4636If you’ve been to the beach, I’m sure you and your kids have built a sandcastle near the water’s edge, only to have it destroyed by the tide. That can be a great opportunity to slip in a little of the story from Matthew 7:24-27. The house on the sand falls, but the house on the rock stands strong.

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Jesus is the rock. He can withstand anything and will be with you as you go through life. Remember that Footprints in the Sand poem? When there was only one set was when He was carrying you. There isn’t anything too big for God to handle. We just have to be sure that our foundation is on God and the Bible.

Again, this craft is low budget and I’m sure you have things around the house you can use. For this craft you will need:

  • IMG_4634an egg carton, cut into pieces to be the rock
  • one index card per child
  • glue (I used a hot glue gun for quick drying when I did it)

Cut one end of the index card into a point and write on one side. Let the kids decorate their house. Then fold up a lip and glue it to the ‘rock’.

Remember, kids don’t always need to be wowed and dazzled with a store bought craft. Let’s face it, a lot of times the craft goes in the garbage when it gets home. But, you can’t trash memories and I bet one day they will see an egg carton or be playing in the sand and they will think of this story.

 

Help Me See You Jesus!

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Sometimes we are so blinded by everyday living that we forget to see Jesus in all we do. We never know what blessing he will give us or what disaster he will keep us safe from. Have you ever seen a picture of someone using one round eyepiece squished in their eye? This craft is just a quick reminder, silly though it looks, that we need to see Jesus all around us. Bring Him into focus.

The kids got a kick out of putting as many eyeballs as they could on their eyes and making it look crazy. They turned to me and said, “I’ve got my eyes on you”. Gotta love ’em. You can see what I used to decorate, but really, use up anything you have on hand. No foam? Don’t worry, cut up a cereal box. No googly eyes? Don’t worry, draw them on. The point is we need to teach our children that God is in everything we do and we need to thank Him for that.

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  • foam or cardboard for the circle and cut out an eye hole
  • pipe cleaner taped on to hold the binocular
  • glue or tape and things to decorate with
  • a tablecloth

Go ahead, have some fun and pray that you will see Jesus in all you do!

What is Your Gift to Jesus This Year?

What is Your GiftHave you been frantically searching to find the perfect gifts for everyone you know, overspending and charging it all? Or have you peacefully bought things throughout the year and spent a calm evening wrapping gifts with soft music playing in the background? Either way, I don’t care, my real question for you is: What is your gift for Jesus this year?

That’s right, for Jesus. After all, without His birth, what would we have to celebrate? The blessings and horrors of the world would just be the way it is. But with His birth, comes His death, and the knowledge and assurance we can have that with faith in Jesus we will live forever in a much better place.

So I ask you again: What is your gift for Jesus this year?

Take a look at this picture, do you see something?

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Let’s zoom in.

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Now do you see it? A stocking for Jesus. Do you have one for Him? We have been putting Jesus’ stocking out for years. Inside it you will find birthday cards and little notes telling Jesus what we are doing for Him to honor Him on His birthday. It’s our gift for Jesus.

I am not talking about serving in a soup kitchen or helping someone across the street. This gift isn’t really a gift for yourself, like a trip or new electronic toy. It’s a gift for Jesus. You need to kick it up 1,000% and it will still pale in comparison to what He can do.

A gift like this will pinch your pocketbook or put a kink in your perfect schedule. It requires you to give without strings, without reservations, and without expecting anything in return.

This gift needs to be done in secret. If you go out and share it on facebook, twitter, or whatever, you aren’t doing it for Jesus, you’re doing it for your own glory, so don’t even bother. Decide what you will give and do it in secret and anonymously. That warm glow in your heart will keep you going for a while and you will want to duplicate it again.

Need some suggestions? Here you go:

  • Buy all the food needed to serve meals in a soup kitchen or shelter for a day or a week.
  • Love a family in your school district. Ask your local school if there is a family they know who needs help. (And there will be.)Then send the school gas and food store gift cards for that family. They’ll see that it gets there. I challenge you to give them as much for food as you would spend on your family, plus some.
  • Commit to giving your time to a project or service you believe in and make it a regular part of your life. Then, never find an excuse to say you can’t make it because something else ‘better’ came along.
  • Find a missionary to support. Decide how much you can give them each month above and beyond your regular tithe. Then jump start your giving by sending in a support check that will cover an entire month.

These are just some suggestions. Look around your community and you will find a need that is waiting to be filled by you. It’s not too late, Christmas is still a few days away. Take the focus away from your needs and wants and turn it to others.

In fact, if you really want a challenge, I dare you to add up your total receipts and then give that amount (in secret) as your present to Jesus. After all, why wouldn’t you give a present to the one who’s birth we are celebrating? Merry Christmas!

Avoiding the Thorns

May 2013 001In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. Proverbs 22:5

Back in Proverbs 1:7, I wrote about the definition for the word discipline. One definition is a behavior which follows rules. So, today I ask, how many of you are disciplined? Are you disciplined enough to show up to work on time, get to sports practice promptly, or meet friends for dinner at the designated time? Now, I ask again, how many of you are disciplined? Are you disciplined enough to stop what you are doing and really listen to someone who is talking to you, to watch the words you say, or to show up on time to church for worship?

The Proverb for today says, “In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.” Recently I was cutting back my rose bushes. I don’t know whether it is the season for that or not, but they were kind of scraggly looking so I decided to do it. To get to a couple of branches for the best cut, I had to stick my arm into the bush. What’s on the stems of roses? Thorns. So, as I went for the cut, I tried to maneuver my arm through the stems without catching my gloves and arms on the thorns. I wasn’t very successful. I could feel the thorns snagging my gloves and could definitely feel the thorns scratching my skin. After, I cut and carefully pulled my arm back out, I had to pull some thorns from my gloves.

Life and being disciplined for things in life is full of thorns, or traps, and snares that want to keep you away from Jesus. It’s kind of like cutting back a rosebush and trying to avoid the thorns. Life is hard. There is bad stuff that the world wants to catch you in. You want to try to avoid those thorns. What can help? Well, be disciplined. And by that I mean for the things that Jesus and the Bible say are important, like loving your neighbor, guarding your mouth, and worshipping with others and telling others about Jesus. Praying, spending time with Jesus, and making Him a priority are going to help you avoid traps. Is it easy? No. Does it take work? Yes. Will you fail and be snared? Yes. Will your journey with Jesus by your side be easier? Yes.

I encourage you today, to watch out for thorns. Whether it is negative people, overscheduling, or sleep which makes you late, try to avoid them. Bob and weave your way through life, keeping your eyes focused on Jesus. He wants to guide you. You need to let Him.

In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. Proverbs 22:5

How to Get Out of the Pit You Dug

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If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him. Proverbs 26:27

I had to smile as I read the Proverb for today. Can’t you just see a stick figure cartoon drawing out the scenario? You might think that the person dug a pit or rolled the stone and then after some silly antics ended up falling into the pit or having the stone roll back on him. It’s not really meant to be funny. The pit and the stone are actually not good things that you have created and brought on yourself.

“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it…” What do you find at the bottom of a pit? Nothing. (Or maybe snakes if you are Indiana Jones!) If you are at the bottom of a pit, you are probably trying to figure out how to get out of it. As you scramble to try to climb up the walls, the dirt will just crumble in your hands or you can’t get a grip on the stone to pull yourself up. The dirt cakes under your fingernails and sifts into your eyes. You just keep looking up, shouting for help, begging for someone to find you and wondering how you fell so far.

“…if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” Imagine the biggest stone or boulder you have seen. You are using all of your strength to push it forward to get it from point A to point B. You have it rolling and things are going good when all of a sudden you feel a shift in the weight and you realize that it is harder to push this stone. You start to panic and sweat. You call for help in the hopes that someone is close by and can come and help you. You want to escape from behind the stone to get out of the way, but it is so wide you know you won’t be able to move fast enough out of the way if you let go. And you wonder why you ever thought you could roll this stone.

What did you do to get to this place of desperation? That’s right. What did YOU do? It’s time to take ownership and responsibility for your actions. It is time to stop shifting the blame and pulling others unwillingly into your web of thoughtlessness. If you dug the pit, you need to take action to get out. If you rolled the stone and it has rolled back on you, you need to figure out how to get out.

But, do you need to go at it alone? Do you need to claw your way out or twist and squirm under the stone? Do you realize that your cries for help are always heard? All you have to do is ask for help. Ask God for help. He is the only one who can help you get out from the trouble you have gotten yourself into. This doesn’t mean He is going to swoop in and save you right away or in the way you think He should. It does mean He is going help you figure out a solution or He is going to send help your way. You just need to be humble enough to accept this help. Sometimes you need to admit defeat, swallow your pride and embrace the help that is given. You never know when this might turn itself into another opportunity that you never imagined! Pray about your situation and be ready to be open to the help God sends.

This reminds me of a joke that goes something like this: A man was in his house and as the rain poured down the neighbors drove up in their car and came and told him to come with them. He said, “No, my Jesus will save me”. The flood waters rose and some people came by on a boat and asked him to get in the boat with them. The man replied, “No, my Jesus will save me”. The flood waters came in quickly and forced the man to his roof. A helicopter hovered overhead and let down a ladder and they hollered for him to climb up with them. He replied again, “No, my Jesus will save me”. Unfortunately the man perished in the flood. When he got to heaven and saw Jesus, he said, “Why didn’t you save me?” Jesus replied, “What do you mean? I sent you a car, a boat, and a helicopter”.

Friends, don’t miss the people Jesus sends to help you in the car, the boat, or the helicopter. Look for them in the smiles and the helping hand of people around you. There is no pit too deep or stone too big that Jesus can’t help you with.

If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him. Proverbs 26:27