Prophecy Path to Calvary: A Lenten Devotional

Preparing Our Family’s Hearts for Easter!

Crown of Thorns Centerpiece

Crown of Thorns Centerpiece

There is no better way to reinforce our trust in who God is, then to review the prophecies God made in the Old Testament and the fulfillment of them in the New Testament as it pertains to Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Great preparation for Easter!  My pastor wrote the devotionals and I drew the pictures.  (He is so gifted at writing in layman’s terms.)  I used the Lenten calendar as the bases for the time table.  The first 40 days (including Sundays) review a prophecy (Bible and Devotional), the last 6 days (Easter Week) include a hands-on object lesson that will help the children have fun while learning, along with the Bible reading.  This is a great way to bring in excitement and learning to our family devotional time(no matter the family size).  I have just completed  the Devotional Book.  If you would like to purchase this great resource for 7.00 (includes shipping),  just press the “Buy Now” below.  Lent starts next week!

Lenten Devotional front of book Lenten Devotional book open

Prophecy Path to Calvary Book $7.00 (includes shipping in USA)

Directions for Crown of Thorns Centerpiece: A great interactive center piece!  Using a grapevine wreath, stick 46 toothpicks into it.  Each devotional time of Lent, light the candle and remove one of the toothpicks.  Easter day they will be all gone…He has Risen! (The centerpiece is not included in the price.)

Jesse Tree Daily Advent Devotional

Jesse Tree Kit with Devotional $15

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The Jesse Tree Devotional

What is a Jesse Tree?
The name “Jesse Tree,” comes form a passage in Isaiah (Isaiah 11:1-2) that tells of the Messiah coming form the family of Jesse. God’s plan to save his people was to come through Jesse and King David. The Jesse tree is God’s plan of redemption from creation to Jesus’ birth. This Jesse tree is a family-advent-Daily Devotional to help prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, “Christmas.”

My Jesse Tree Story:
Years ago I found a great Advent Daily Devotional from Focus on the Family. We did it as a family for many years. But I always longed for something a little more hands-on. It took me two years to create, but I am so excited about my new Jesse Tree Daily Advent Devotional! It has ornaments the kids help create, a devotional for each day of Advent with verse references, and it is convenient to display and store.

The Jesse Tree was a collaborative effort. I am so blessed to have a pastor that would do homework for me. My pastor wrote the devotionals and I can’t wait to read them to the children. I drew the illustrations and the children colored the pictures before I laminated them. You too could have your children’s art as a keepsake to enjoy for many years to come.

The Jesse Tree Devotional kit includes:

  • Two sheets of double-sided ornaments printed on card stock paper
  • File folder and pocket
  • Tree supplies on card stock
  • Daily Devotional Book.

In addition to the Kit you will need to have a few more things available:

  • Velcro strips or 1/2 inch dots (56 soft side, 28 hard side)
  • 7 inches of adhesive magnet
  • 1 Brad Fastener (or wing-tip fastener)
  • 6 inches of decorative ribbon

Supplies to have on hand: a stapler, a glue stick, scissors, and a black sharpie marker

Jesse Tree Kit with Devotional $15 plus $5 Shipping

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Underground Church Service

Sunday, November 14, 2010 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  We are holding an Underground Church Service at our church to remember and pray for our bothers and sisters around the world that are persecuted for their faith in Jesus.  Right now there are people being imprisoned, beaten or even killed because they will not deny Jesus’ name.  It is hard for us here in cozy America to understand.  I wanted to use just a few hours to give the children and our congregation a little taste of the hardship that many Christians face when they go to church in these restrictive countries.  So on midnight at Saturday, November 13th we will hold an underground church service.  Complete with passwords, flashlights and coded Bible verses.  That Sunday we will be showing The Voice of the Martyr children’s movie and talking about the persecuted church.  The Underground Church service message, which may seem fun to the children who are up past their bed times, will hopefully stick into their little hearts.

IDPPCundergroundChurch (Click to download Advertisement, Time sheep/instruction handouts, and what to do..pdf)

Creation Day 1-6

God’s Creation

Creation: God Created the Heavens and the Earth
Location: Garden of Eden near the mouth of the Euphrates River

Bible: Genesis 1 NIrV

Lesson: 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth didn’t have any shape. And it was empty. Darkness was over the surface of the ocean. At that time, the ocean covered the earth. The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  3 God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day.” He called the darkness “night.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day one.
Day 1 God said, “Let there be light.” And he saw that the light was good.
Day 2 Water was all over the place and God separated the water from the sky
Day 3 The earth was covered in water and God separated the dry land and the sea.  Every sort of plant, tree and grass grew; gave fruit and had its own seeds to make more plants, trees and grasses.  God saw that it was good.
Day 4 God said, “Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky.”  He made the sun for the day and the stars and moon at night.  God saw that it was good.
Day 5 God filled the waters with fish and the sky with birds of every kind and he saw that it was good.
Day 6 God created every animal that moves on the earth.  God saw that it was good.  Then God created man in his own image.
“So God created man in his own likeness.  He created him in the likeness of God.  He created them as male and female.”  God blesses them and placed them over all the birds, fish and animals. 31God saw everything he had made. And it was very good.
Day 7 God rested

Important Point: God created everything in heaven and on earth.

Direction: Print out the black and white God’s Creation and God’s Creation (back).  One for each child.  Cut the pie shaped lines of the globe on the Creation sheet and cut the dotted line below on day 7.  Have the children color the sheets with markers, crayons or pencils.  Glue the God’s Creation sheet to the top of the God’s Creation (back) sheet with the Creation side facing up towards you.  Be sure not to glue the globe or the day 7 flap.  Use this as a teaching tool to help the kids remember the days of creation.
Materials: scissors, glue sticks, and colors

Directions Week Two: Chocolate Clay people:  2 cups warm water, 1/2 cup salt, 2 Tbls. vegetable oil, 2 Tbls. cream of tartar, 1/4 cup cocoa, 3 cups flour.  Mix all dry ingredients and add oil and water slowly.  Mix well.  Give each child a tin foil square and clump of clay.  Allow the children to form Adam and Eve.  Place them on a cookie sheet with their names on the tin foil.
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour if desired.  If not let them dry by themselves.
Materials: 10 cups white flour, ½ cup cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp cream of tartar, 1 cup salt, 4 cups warm water, ¼ cup vegetable oil, Large bowl, 2-3 baking sheets, tin foil, permanent marker.
(Small batch: 1 ¼ cup flour, 1Tbsp cocoa powder, ¾  tsp cream of tartar, 2Tbsp salt, ½ cup water, 11/2   tsp oil)

Creation 1-6ssp (Click to download pdf)