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What's In The Bible

After reading Larry Shallenberger’s review here, I did a litttle research and I can’t wait to get my hands on Phil Vischer’s new project What’s in the Bible?. (Tyndale… will you send me a copy, too?)  This DVD series looks like it is going to meet a need to give kids the big picture of what the Bible is about.  So many times we just pull stories and lessons out to share with our kids.  It can be hard for them to see the many different ways the bigger Story connects together.

Watch the trailer…

My respect has grown for Phil Vischer after hearing more about his journey and listening to him here.  And the fact that this projects includes Rhett and Link has already sold it for me.

Although I haven’t viewed the DVD yet, from a ministry perspective I am probably going to agree with Larry when he says that these videos may need some adaptation for them to work effectivly in a class setting.  In my ministry we would only consider using something in a 10 min max. chunk each week to allow for interaction and discussion within our 30 minute window of class time.   However, it looks like a great resource to reccomend to families to view together and to create discussions at home.  I’ll let you know when I get to see it!


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10. The Miracle Maker – great movie!

9. Cadbury eggs – yum!

8. Palm Sunday Baptisms – our church has a traditions of doing baptisms on Palm Sunday.  It is one of the most powerful services we have every year.

7. Easter Baskets – my mom always used to hide our Easter baskets in the house and we would get up and search for them before church.

6. Easter Breakfast – another tradition our church has is a free community breakfast before our combinded Easter service at our local high school (we usually have 3 services every Sunday).  It is a great time for our entire church to come together once a year.

5. New Easter Outfit – I always get a new outfit for Easter Sunday… do you?

4. Easter Bunny cake – my mom has a great (easy) recipe/instructions for making an Easter Bunny cake… it looks something like this:

Bunny Cake

3.  Decorating eggs – its been a few years since I have done this but I know it will be something that I do again once I have kids that are older.

2. Family Dinner – always a big part of our Easter Sunday…

1. Experiencing Jesus Passion – this is an event that I am involved in on Thursday at our church that is an experiential journey through Christ’s last hours including worship, drama, and the creative arts.  It is incredibly powerful and for me it is a great way to get focused on the true meaning of Easter.

Want to see some more Top Ten Tuesday lists?  Hop over to ohamanda.com and visit the other Top Ten Tuesday links.  There are some great posts out there!

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Some friends of mine recently posted their video review of The Dark Knight on the blog Question Entertainment.  Check it out!


Question Entertainment is a great site to get an intellectual review of current media from people who have a Christian worldview and who put a lot of thought into what our children should be watching.

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One of my favorite children’s classics is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  I’m fairly certain that this is one of the books that my mom read to us (along with all the Little House books) when we were little and I remember reading again in school… and watching the cartoon movie… and always being moved emotionally by the story especially (spoiler alert) when Charlotte dies.  I always cry.

Last night we watched the new Charlotte’s Web movie, not the cartoon but the one with the real animals.  And of course I cried.  But I didn’t just cry at the end… I cried when Charlotte makes her ‘HUMBLE’ web, when she died, and when her spider babies were born.  It is such a great story…but I don’t know why I was so moved by it last night.

Which is ironic… because I don’t care for spiders.  Now, I’m not as bad as my mom, or my brother-in-law (sorry Dave), but I just don’t like them at all.  It’s not like I have been bitten by a brown recluse (like my sil… and yes, she lives in NH), and I haven’t come home from being away at Christmas to find my Christmas tree absolutely covered with baby spiders (like my sis and bil)… I really have no excuse.  It is probaby due to watching Arachnophobia when I was in jr. high. *shiver* 

Prior to watching Charlotte’s Web last night I found this beauty outside my living room window on Saturday.  It had made a nice big web across the window and you can’t tell by the photo but it is probably at least 2 inches long… it was huge.

Since Erik was away I left it alone… I wasn’t going to touch it and it was outside so I felt pretty safe.  But when I looked for it yesterday it seems the web got washed away by the rain from Hannah on Saturday night.  So this huge spider is probably wandering around right now looking for a new place to make his/her web.  I just hope it stays outside.

Any idea what kind of spider this is?  (It’s not a brown recluse because I already looked that up)

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