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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jesus Died on the Cross....

Many of you have seen, have used, or do own Resurrection Eggs -- by Family Life...and organization I just happened also mention in my PREVIOUS POST.

Resurrection Eggs is a set of 12 plastic eggs. Each egg contains a small object which represents part of the Easter story. The eggs are placed in order of the story. One can use each egg and the respective object in each egg to tell the Easter story to children.

Examples: One egg contains 3 coins. The 3 coins remind us of the 30 pieces of silver Judas received for betrayin Jesus into the hands of the Jewish leaders.

Another egg contains a small leather strip -- which reminds us of teh whip used to give Jesus 39 lashes after His trial by Pilate.

My experience with Resurrection Eggs begins roughly 10 years ago.

I spent 7-8 years in my 20s teaching 3rd grade Sunday School with a delightful older woman named Sondra. Sondra was retired and had grown kids, and she absolutely ADORED her grandchildren. She has such a LOVE for the Lord and was very passionate in sharing that with children.

Sondra introduced me to Resurrection Eggs. She wanted to use them on Easter Sunday in our Sunday School class. Her passion for teaching children about Christ as well as her stage in life allowed her to purchase a set of Resurrection Eggs for each child in our Sunday School class. The kids were to receive them on Easter Sunday.

Knowing there would be visitors and a fairly large class that day, I think I recall her purchasing 25 sets or so.


My Resurrection Eggs have been in my closet(s) since that time. Honestly, I think I've looked at them once since that time.

Well....this year, I KNEW I needed to pull them out since Luke is now to an age where he can start understanding important truths -- namely, why we celebrate Easter....NOT for the Easter bunny (though it's a fun part) BUT for the absolute truth that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), that God sent His only Son to save us from those sins (John 3:16), that Jesus saved us from our sins by dying on the cross (Matthew 27), and that Jesus CONQUERED the GRAVE by rising on the 3rd day (Matthew 28).

Soooooo, here are my 10-year old (or so) Resurrection Eggs -- complete with a booklet, describing the contents of each egg.

Because Luke is young yet for these eggs, this has been a VERY SUPERVISED activity. I have merely been letting him explore each egg and the object inside.

Each time he opens an egg, I've been explaining, to the best of my ability in 2 year-old terms, what the object represents.

And, though I KNOW Luke doesn't understand nor can he repeat the entire story, I did learn this afternoon, before his nap, that he did indeed pick up on the KEY MESSAGE of Easter -- (and I quote Luke)...."Jesus died on the cross."

He said this after going through eggs several times. It's amazing what kids do pick up on, and for right now, that's the message I want him to get.

However, just before he made that statement, I asked him who rode on a donkey.

Luke simply replied, "Papa."

I'm thinking that Papa (my dad) didn't ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.

1 comment:

The Koehns said...

The girls got a set of Resurrection Eggs in Sunday School last week. And, your dad may be aging, but I don't think he dates back to Biblical times. :o)

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