As you celebrate Easter, may this prayer be encouraging in shaping your personal prayers of praise and in serving you in opportunities you might have to pray with your family and others.
This Sunday, we celebrate the historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Most children in our homes and churches are already acquainted with the stunning narratives of the resurrection as recorded in the Gospels. Many can even recite the angel’s words to the women at the empty tomb: “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” However, it’s also paramount that we teach them the glorious significance of Jesus’ resurrection—what it accomplished, what it guarantees for the future, and how we obtain these promises.
The resurrection of Jesus is God's gift and proof that his death was completely successful in blotting out the sins of his people and removing the wrath of God...From the cross the Son of God cried, "It is finished" (John 19:30). And by means of the resurrection, God the Father cries, "It was finished indeed!" The great work of paying for our sin and providing our righteousness and satisfying God's justice was finished in the death of Jesus. Then, in the grave, he had the right and the power to take the keys of death and open the door for all who come to him by faith.—John Piper (from The Passion of Jesus Christ, copyright ©2004, pages 100-101)
Take time on Good Friday to read and talk about these words with your children:
And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.—Matthew 27:28-31
Among all the resources that Truth78 has developed over the years and all the ones we are planning for in the future, I don’t think there is one that I am more excited about than More Than a Story, a new resource to introduce children to the whole counsel of God.
Spring is in the air and, for many churches, it’s time to look ahead to the fall season and make decisions about curriculum. Should you stay the course, or try something new? Here are two testimonials from churches using Truth78 curricula.
Can I just tell you how REFRESHING it has been since we switched to using your curriculum last year? My 4 year olds through second graders are getting incredible theology and a high view of God and His gospel through your ABCs of God curriculum.—Emily
The teachers at our church are so impressed with the systematic plan for teaching rich theological truths to children in a way that they can understand and in a way that brings about heart transformation. We can see a definite difference in the lives of our families and in the hearts of our children, including a greater knowledge of the Bible and also a greater desire for in-depth learning.
Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Both lend themselves to all sorts of exciting possibilities for the Sunday school classroom — special colorful crafts and activities, joyful and boisterous songs, and an enthusiastic presentation of the biblical narratives. Children love it and churches often go to great lengths to highlight these celebrations in the classroom.
But what about the biblical narrative of the cross? Where does it fit in between these back-to-back Sunday celebrations?
It can creep into our classrooms and parenting in seemingly harmless ways. It’s often well-intentioned and, in the short-term at least, gives children a warm sense of well-being. It just feels right. What is it? Encouraging self-esteem. Consider how important, biblical truths can become skewed if we put the emphasis in the wrong place…
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I have to confess that, over the years, my prayers on behalf of my children and students have often been smaller in scope and weaker in depth than they should be. In part, this is the failure of my mind to more intentionally ground prayer in the powerful truths of Scripture, and the failure of my heart to truly and fully love and embrace these truths—eternal truths, such as the immeasurable greatness and worth of God. Truths that clearly communicate God’s purposes and promises for His people, enjoyed through Christ alone. Truths regarding the almighty power of the Holy Spirit to bring life, growth, and maturity in our children.
I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King where Frodo and Sam are making their last, desperate effort to destroy the one ring in the depths of Mt. Doom. What makes the final destruction of the ring so incredibly magnificent and satisfying is the context. Before that, we have been taken on a long journey that has introduced us to the magnitude of evil, despair, and ruin brought about by the ring and its influence. You don’t simply go from a peaceful, idealistic life in the Shire to the triumphant destruction of the ring. The story would have lost its grandeur and appeal if author J.R.R. Tolkien had not shown us the evil and despair.
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