Make It Meaningful: Holy Week Resources

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Holy Week presents Christians with an opportunity to revisit and remember the depths of Jesus’ redeeming love.  Make this week meaningful by using one or some of the resources below.

Jouney with Jesus

Experience through scripture, activity and personal reflection the steps Jesus took towards the cross, never retreating, to redeem us from sin and death. This resource was a collaborative effort with two dear friends– such a sweet time of interaction for the three of us with the Holy Spirit guiding.

“Journey with Jesus” was created to be used in one sitting (for children’s ministry classroom on Palm Sunday and/or Good Friday), but it is easy to stretch out over several days.  Please consider downloading and using these materials to assist you creating a memorable Holy Week for you and your family, church, or small group.

Journey with Jesus Links

The Journey with Jesus experience is comprised of three parts: the lesson plan, the map, and the “destinations.”

Journey with Jesus Lesson Plan: You’ll need one lesson plan per teacher/family. Be sure to read through the lesson plan in its entirety to see how all of the parts work together and decide what adaptations you’d like to make so this plan works for your situation. This plan was originally written to work with The Story for Children: A Storybook Bible, by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee and Karen Davis Hill, and works well independently from The Story for Children.

Journey with Jesus Map: You’ll need one map per participant. Each participant will draw a predetermined, easy-to-draw symbol on the map as each “destination” is visited. When complete, participants will have a reusable Holy Week map and scripture guide.

Destination Resources: As you proceed on your journey you’ll make stops at various “destinations.” Each “destination” has a picture illustrating a particular scene, a scripture to read, and a symbol to copy onto the map. There are two downloads per “destination.” Resources for “destinations” 1-8 can be found in numerical order when you open the link.

Should you download these resources, will you please be sure to let me know and how you plan to use them?  I’d also love to hear how using these resources blessed your Holy Week experience.

A Christian Passover

In the Spring of 2014, I had the pleasure of leading women to see Christ in the Passover meal as we shared in that meal together.  As I prepared the order of worship (Haggadah), I was able to borrow words and perspective from Ann Voskamp who made her words available without copyright issues.  The result was really beautiful, and Ann shared it on her blog.  Click here to read why a Christian Passover might be just the thing you need to experience this Easter.

Other Links

A Sense of the Resurrection by Oh Amanda

Celebrate Easter in Orlando, FL.

May you experience the fullest blessings that we have in Christ this Easter.

–Cheli

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Sharpen to Soften

pexels-photo-371954.jpegAs a young teacher my verbalized desire for my students was, “As your minds sharpen, may your hearts soften.”  Expand your knowledge, grow in wisdom, and develop a larger understanding and openess to the world around you.

Transitioning to a new phase of life, I have been contemplating my purpose.  I have come to the conclusion that I am a teacher through and through, no matter who I am with or what I am doing– I am a teacher.

This site will be dedicated to sharing thoughts and tools designed for sharpening minds and softening hearts: Bible studies, Sunday School lesson plans, Social Studies lesson plans, and personal study tools.  As I work on content I hope to eventually transition this site to a self-hosted site, so I can expand my offerings.

Cheli

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My HelloMornings Journey

In April 2013, after chasing more hours in my day,  I decided to “maximize my morning” and focus on “God. Plan. Move.” with the international, online community called HelloMornings where like minded women gather to encourage each other as they pursue these goals.  In one of my first blog posts I shared my reasons for joining this organization: New Challenge, New Rainbow.

Four years later, I am a Facebook Group Leader (GL), Group leader Encourager and Mentor (GEM), and now, also, a writer.  My life is changed, prayers have been answered, and God has used me to minister to others, all because I said “yes” to HelloMornings.

A six week “God. Plan. Move.” focused challenge begins Monday, May 15.  We will be studying the parables of Jesus through a study called: At My Savior’s Feet: Life Changing Lessons from the Master Storyteller.

Blessed to have been asked to author lessons for week 4, I am humbled to have the opportunity to share what God taught and challenged me with through His Word.  To be honest, I am continuing to develop my writing.  Thankful and humbled by the opportunity, I am prayerful that God will use my words and thoughts to call hearts and minds to deeper discipleship.

I am giving away a copy of the e-book version of this study to readers of this blog.  Which of Jesus’ parables is most meaningful to you?  Leave your answer in the comments; one winner will be drawn from the responses on Sunday, May 14 at 4 p.m.  Interested in joining my Facebook group for the challenge?  Let me know, and give you additional information. You do not have to be a participant in HelloMornings to win the study.

Blessings,

Cheli

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Made in our Image

We the people find ourselves in a presidential election where the two major candidates are seriously flawed. We the people are angry and frustrated with the choice to be made.

Our government and politics are merely a reflection of us. These two candidates are our creation; they reflect who we are. Our response?  We point our fingers and hold our nose. 

This our problem. What are we going to do about it?  What are you going to do about it? What am I going to do about it? 

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Sunday meditation

I don’t want to rely on my own feeble ways.  God, be my strength!  In my heart may there be open pathways always connecting me to God.  

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Psalms 84 NASB

http://bible.com/100/psa.84.5.NASB

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I Just Have to Share

The following links have been meaningful to me this past week.  I would love to know what you think.

It is important to walk through the darkness of Passion Week so we can enjoy the light of Easter. Dr. David Swanson’s Palm Sunday sermon: The Darkness and the Light.

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Short on time? Here’s the crescendo ending of Dr. Swanson’s sermon: Sunday is Coming!

I just love Ann Voskamp, and this post about an unjust world moved me:

You can either ruminate like a beast over the injustice of it all, till you feel some literal heartburn and the scorch of the whole thing searing off real layers of your soul —  or you can plow the pain into purpose

Read the whole post here.  While you are there check out her posts from this week- they’re all good.

In Orlando and need a place to go to celebrate Jesus’ triumph over sin and death? Join me and the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando at the Dr. Philip’s Center of the Performing Arts at 9 and 11 a.m. Get all of the details at Easter in the City.

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Resurrection blessings,
Cheli

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Journey with Jesus

Resources for Passion Week 2016

Walk through the darkness of this week with Jesus, and embrace the light of His resurrection on Easter.

Blessings,
Cheli

Sharpen to Soften

Journey to Jesus

Know Jesus?  If so, you’re on a journey with Him- one marked by level plains, arduous hills, mountain tops, and dark valleys.  Jesus is our best traveling companion because He has experienced it all for us.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.          (Hebrews 12: 1b-2, NIV)

Holy Week presents Christians with an opportunity to revisit and remember the depths of Jesus’ redeeming love. This Holy Week or Passion Week is nearly upon us, and I’d like to share a resource written for a children’s ministries classroom; adaptable for family devotions, small groups, co-ops, or wherever your imagination takes you. Having seen this program in…

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