Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patricks Day and Easter

What a blessed week we have this week. I hope you enjoyed the wonder of Palm Sunday yesterday, and then today we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A quick study on the life of St. Patrick reveals a wonderful man who was a hero in the Christian faith. He endured opposition and hardships to bring the gospel message to Ireland. Through his devoted faith and godly perseverance the gospel spread throughout all of island of Ireland. God used Patrick’s diligent spirit and willing heart to transform a culture, and so we must ask, “How does God want to use us?” As we progress through Holy Week let us live with prayerful expectancy for what God can do through the power of His gospel message. Let’s seek His face and ask Him how He wants to use us. The message of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection transforms us from hopeless sinners to redeemed children of God. What great joy there is in knowing Him!

May this be a glorious week for you and your family as each day you celebrate the truth which transforms our lives; the truth that God loves us and sent His son to redeem us from sin and death.

Rejoice! Christ is Risen!

Family Fun: Allow this week to be an entire week of joyful celebration. Celebrate the life of St. Patrick by telling your kids about his devotion to spread the gospel in Ireland, and the powerful transformation in the lives of the people there. Use green food coloring to make a green dinner tonight with green biscuits or mashed potatoes or you can put it in a light colored soft drink. Have fun celebrating the life of a man who was a hero in the faith. The rest of the week enjoy a egg-cellent celebration as you approach Easter Sunday. Talk to your kids about the joy we experience through what Christ did for us. We are forgiven through faith in Him. Christ’s resurrection gives us the promise and hope of eternal life in Heaven with Him.

Easter rolls: In my family we have a tradition of making Easter Rolls. Here’s how. All you need is 2 cups vanilla ice cream and 2 cups self-rising flower. Allow the ice cream to soften, then mix the two ingredients together. Put about 2 Tablespoons in each muffin cup and bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until firm. Serve with butter. These delicious little goodies can also be an illustration of Jesus. Just as there are two ingredients for our rolls, so Jesus was both God and man. The white, bright flour and ice cream reminds us of his purity. He was self-rising. He is the bread of life.

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