Archive for April, 2011

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Like mother, like daughter

Our small group women met at Caryn’s house recently. Here’s what I saw on a handy shelf in Caryn’s kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess what was on Carysse’s kitchen shelf?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That little green book is a New Testament.

My mother used to tell me that actions speak louder than words. That may be an overstatement, but actions–examples–do indeed shout.

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Sunday, April 24th, 2011

The end is the beginning

Birth — She gave birth to her firstborn son . . .
Death —  Jesus cried out with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit

Wrapped — . . . and wrapped him in swaddling cloths . . .
Wrapped —  And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud . . .

Where no one had lain – . . . and laid him in a manger  . . .
Where no one had lain —  . . . and laid it in his own new tomb

He is King — Wise men came . . . saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?”
He is King
— Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Light — The glory of the Lord shone around them.
Darkness — There was darkness over all the land.

Angels announce – “Unto you is born a Savior . . . ”
Angels announce — “He is not here, but has risen.”

He is God – “. . . A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
He is God – The centurion and those who were with him . . . said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Spreading the Good News – All who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
Spreading the Good News – They departed quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell . . .

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Holy Week: Friday

Justin Taylor, with the help of the ESV Study Bible, is blessing us by dividing up Holy Week according to what might have happened each day.

Here’s Friday–Good Friday.

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Holy Week: Thursday

Justin Taylor, with the help of the ESV Study Bible, is blessing us by dividing up Holy Week according to what might have happened each day. Here’s Thursday

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Half-day retreat for adoptive moms

There are lots of good reasons for lots of different kinds of people to attend Summit VII, sponsored by the Christian Alliance for Orphans, May 12-13, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Here’s one more reason. On Wednesday, May 11, the day before the conference begins there are several pre-conference events, including a half-day retreat for adoptive moms:
For those women who feel they need a retreat for rest and restoration to complement the conference, this half-day pre-Summit retreat is for you. During our adoption journeys, we are often bombarded with statistics, overwhelmed with hoops to jump through and deadlines to meet.  It also often seems there are few people around who truly understand the roller coaster we climbed into beforehand, never realizing it would not stop.  Before, during and after our adoption we often realize that what we most need is a retreat:  but not just any retreat…a retreat with other women who have been there, who can understood and encourage us in the journey ahead that fulfills God’s dreams!  We invite you to join us for a time of refuge! A time of rest! A time of restoration!  We will reflect on living at the well, finding strength in the Lord as a busy mother, and walking in the Lord’s presence.  We will leave renewed, entering Summit with a fresh energy for the call of God on our lives. Come enjoy refreshment in the Lord’s presence, encouragement from women who have been walking this adoption road in the Lord for 15+ years, and fellowship with other mothers who will understand your heart at the level of your deepest joys and tears.  We invite you, come to the well of living water;  you’ll be glad you did.
I’m planning to be there.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Holy Week: Wednesday

Justin Taylor, with the help of the ESV Study Bible, is blessing us by dividing up Holy Week according to what might have happened each day. Here’s Wednesday.

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Before the KJV

A few days ago, when I recommended a dvd about the KJV Bible , some of you reminded us about the work of John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. I thought you might be interested in films about their lives too.

John Wycliffe lived 200 years before the Reformation. In 1382, he completed a translation of the Bible into English.This was the first European translation of the Bible. John Wycliffe: Morning Star is a DVD about him.

In the 1500s, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for his heretical (Reformed) views. But at least 80% of the KJV is the same wording as his translation. God’s Outlaw is his story. Also, my husband writes about Tyndale and the impact of his work in Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ.

 

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Holy Week: Tuesday

Justin Taylor, with the help of the ESV Study Bible, is blessing us by dividing up Holy Week according to what might have happened each day. Here’s Tuesday.

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Wednesday

Thursday

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

Holy Week: What happened today?

The Gospels are not specific about what happened on each day of Holy Week. But I’ve found it helpful to divide the events of the week over the days–for my own meditation and for telling each story to young children in the family. If you and your children made an Easter Mountain, it’s a good backdrop for playing out the story with pipe cleaner people.

Anyway, I was going to write up that list of days for you. Instead, looks like Justin Taylor has done it for us. Here’s Monday.

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011

The center of the center

Our sermon this weekend was from John 8:31: “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him,  ’If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples. . .’”

Since Jesus said, “my word” instead of “my words,” he’s talking about his whole teaching. And his whole teaching is pointing to himself as the way, the truth, the life. . . the living water . . . the bread of life. So “my word,” means Jesus. Abide in Jesus.

Ending the service, my husband said this week leading up to Easter would be the perfect time to spend time in each of the Gospels, reading about the final days before Jesus’ death.

Jesus is the center. And the cross is the center of the center.

At the Desiring God website, he has listed particular passages that can help us make Holy Week holy to the Lord.

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Easter Mountain

 

Several years ago, our son Abraham gave instructions for making an Easter Mountain to use with his family during Holy Week.

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Our babies at church

A few days ago I asked: What would make church work better for parents with young children?

Today I want to pay tribute to one of the greatest ways a church can minister to families with babies and toddlers. That’s providing nursery care so that parents can worship undistractedly.

Good nursery care doesn’t just happen. I’ve watched one of my sisters develop a nursery program at her church, and I’m friends with women who are responsible for nursery ministries at Bethlehem. It comes by much prayer, planning, time, and the shedding of someone’s blood, sweat, and tears–literally, literally, and literally.

Thank you, Lord, for the brothers and sisters who give themselves for our babies.

 

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