Our high school students spent a week at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN for CIY Move. 150 students went accompanied by 34 adult leaders and experienced worship, growth, learning about Christ, and fun in the context of a community of fellow believers.
What is it about spring holidays that are so much fun? Is it the flowers with their beautiful colors…the warm sun…the changing seasons? It’s a breath of fresh air.
Easter is an important spring holiday to celebrate with kids. Easter eggs, jelly beans, and even spring gifts from a bunny can be entertaining. There are so many ways to have all this fun while teaching any kid in your life about Jesus. It may seem scary or uncertain to tell a child about someone dying; especially if that someone is supposed to be their best friend.
However, this is the good news! God let Jesus take the punishment for our sin by dying on the cross and then brought Jesus back to life! So as we get ready for Easter, let’s think about preparing our hearts for celebrating Jesus. Let’s make sure that the kids in our lives know that Easter is so much bigger than the season of spring, colorful Easter eggs, and baskets of candy. Focus on Jesus being alive—not just three days after His death—but the fact that He is alive today.
Last week, out of the blue, my son asked me two big questions that sent me scrambling: “Why did people fly planes full of people into buildings on September 11?” and “Is the hurricane Florence going to kill people this week?”
At least he gave me a day or two to recover between interrogations!
He is being exposed to—and attempting to cope with—information with which all of us are all too aware: we live in a world in which it’s difficult to make sense of sin and its effects. My job is to help him think about and respond to the effects of sin that he’s going to witness in a distinctly Christian way.
I really enjoy reading the news! It is not just part of my daily routine; I am constantly online reading articles and watching videos from many different sources to learn about what is happening. However, like most of us, I am often bothered by the news. I do not enjoy hearing stories about all of the bad things that are happening in our nation or around the world. Having said that, I am even more bothered by some of the stories that do not make news.