Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spring cleaning for the heart?

I know that Lent officially began last Wednesday, but I'm just a little bit behind. All this germ fighting business has left little energy for thinking ahead more then ten minutes at a time.

Today, I did pull out some of resources that we enjoy using during the Lenten season to keep us mindful of the significance of Resurrection Sunday. We sometimes call this time our spiritual 'spring cleaning' - it's a great time for re-focusing our hearts and minds. Purposeful Christ- centered study in the form of preparing our hearts to celebrate the Passion of Jesus is just pure joy.

Our very best resource comes straight from the source, of course!

A. Features concerning Christ's resurrection:
1. Foretold in the Psalms (Psalm 16:10,11; Acts 13:34,35)
2. Presented in prophecy (Is. 53:10-12; 1 Cor. 15:4)
3. Announced by Christ (Mark 9:9,10; John 2:19-22)
4. Proclaimed by the Apostles (Acts 2:32; Acts 3:15)
B. Christ's resurrection accomplished by:
1. God's power (Acts 2:24)
2. Christ's power (John 10:18)
3. Spirit's power (Rom. 8:11)
C. Christ's resurrection proven by:
1. Empty tomb (John 20:1-9)
2. Angelic testimony (Mat. 28:5-7)
3. His enemies (Mat. 28:11-15)
4. Many infallible proofs (John 20:20, 27; Acts 1:3)
5. Apostolic preaching (Acts 1:22; Acts 4:33)
6. Lord's Day (John 20:1,19; 1 Cor. 16:2)
D. Purposes of Christ's resurrection:
1. Fulfill Scripture (Luke 24:45,46)
2. Forgive sins (1 Cor. 15:17)
3. Justify the sinner (Rom. 4:25; Rom. 8:34)
4. Give hope (1 Cor. 15:18, 19)
5. Make faith real (1 Cor. 15:14-17)
6. Prove His Sonship (Psalm 2:27; Rom 1:4)
7. Guarantee the coming judgment (Acts 17:31)
E. Christ's appearance to:
1. Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9)
2. Other women (Mat. 28:9)
3. Two disciples (Luke 24:13-15)
4. Simon Peter (Luke 24:34)
5. Ten apostles (John 20:19, 24)
6. Eleven apostles (John 20:26)
7. Apostles at Sea of Galilee (John 21:1)
8. Apostles in Galilee (Mat. 28:16,17)
9. 500 brethren (1 Cor. 15:6)
10. All the apostles (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9)
11. Paul (1 Cor. 15:8)
12. James (1 Cor. 15:7)

This helpful list is from Love to Learn Place.com a great homeschool resource!

I pulled out this great book last week. Journey to the Cross is designed for young readers, but that doesn't stop our 11 year old from enjoying the book right along with us.

This terrific book and CD always bless our hearts and teach us so much! Passion Hymns for a Kid's Heart certainly isn't just for kids, but they can relate to the stories of the young hymn writers in very real ways. I love that a non-musical person such as myself can teach the children great hymns filled with solid theology and timeless truths. They like to turn it up a bit to drown me out, but I don't mind! We have the whole series and haven't found a hymn that we didn't like yet!

I've mentioned The Luke Reports more than once, and with good reason. You would have to be made of stone to not be moved by this wonderful telling of the life of Christ and the sufferings of the early church as chronicled by Luke the Physician. Powerful, dramatic and eye opening. We allowed our Storyteller to listen to them for the first time when he was just 7, and it was dramatic and intense for him at times. You know your own children best - since ours have been sheltered to a large extent from mainstream media, but not sheltered from the realities of church history, we felt it was appropriate for him. We are just hoping that Focus on the Family Radio Theater decides to make the book of Acts into a second Luke Reports!

We have loved The Parable of the Lily since the children were just small, and it might be the last year for it, but I brought it out again anyway since I still love it!

The Legend of the Easter Egg is still a favorite,

along with Benjamin's Box.

I suspect that it is time to admit defeat and buy another copy of The Legend of the Sand Dollar, since ours really and truly has been lost.

We have a number of Arch Books that relate to the Resurrection - the children love them and the rhyming makes me smile!

I hope that this list is helpful to you! If you have any helpful resources that you enjoy during this Lenten season, please feel free to share them with me! We are always on the lookout for faith based resources that spur us on!

P.S. I know that I've mentioned our great affection for the writings of Arnold Ytreeide - author of our favorite Advent series - Jotham's Journey, Batholomew's Passage and Tabitha's Travels!
Well, guess what? There is a new book in the works - an Easter adventure entitled Mystery of the Temple Court!!!! It should be ready for Easter 2010 - so do be on the lookout!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your Lenten resources. I appreciate it so much.


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