Easter Wings

Easter Wings

George Herbert (1593-1633), a 17th century Welsh-born Anglican priest and poet, is believed by many to be the greatest religious poet in the English language.

This famous pattern poem (see how the words appear as wings especially if you turn it sideways as the poem was originally published), “Easter Wings,” allows the reader see the hope and reality of our shared resurrection in Jesus Christ.

A beautiful and insightful commentary on this poem can be found on ChristianityToday.com, where we found this beautiful design of Herbert’s poem.

He is Risen!

Paradox

par·a·dox

[par-uh-doks]

noun

1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
–from dictionary.com

The Christian life is full of paradoxes.  Consider a few of the paradoxes about believers presented in scripture:

Wicked lawbreakers, yet blessed (Psalm 32)

Crucified with Christ, yet we live (Galatians 2:20)

Lose our life, yet find it (Matthew 10:39)

Humble ourselves, yet are exalted (Matthew 23:12)

Give, yet receive in greater abundance (Luke 6:38)

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing (2 Corinthians 6:10)

Having nothing, yet possessing everything (2 Corinthians 6:10)

Weak, yet strong (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Outwardly wasting away, yet inwardly being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16)

This reality of the Christian life is seen most clearly in Easter…when Christ dies to bring life.  Evil thought it had won, but it was actually Satan, sin, and death that were defeated by the cross.  These truths are beautifully presented in this video:

All is well,

Lisa

Insights Into Church

Chad HarmsChad Harms is the senior pastor of Creekside Bible Church in Oregon.  We became friends after he contacted me about my book The Gift of Church.  Since then, God has blessed me with the opportunity of interacting with Chad in a mentoring relationship.

Chad has some great insights into the importance of church that he wrote on his blog so I thought I would link you to his posts.  I am excited for what God is doing through Chad at his church, as well as for the way God is helping others think about church through Chad.

Blessings,

Jim

Praying With Kids

childlikefaithThis week, I am teaching at MOPS on praying with your kids.  I am excited both for the opportunity to speak to this beautiful group of women but especially to be able to talk on the topic of prayer.

The disciples spent three years with Jesus.  They saw him do amazing miracles, they heard him preach life-changing sermons and they observed him care for the hurting.  But, the Bible records that the disciples only asked Jesus to teach them one thing, and it had nothing to do with the public aspects of ministry.  The one thing that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them was how to pray.

As parents, it is a helpful reminder that prayer is actually something that can, and needs, to be taught.

Since we are still helping our children learn to pray and I am always looking for good ideas, I thought I would ask for your suggestions.  Do you have any ideas for praying with young kids that have been helpful?  Are there things you are doing (or did) that really helped your children learn to pray?  Or, was there something your parents did that really helped you learn to pray?

Lisa