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He is risen! Easter gives us reason to celebrate and remember what Jesus has done for us. We hope your faith has deepened and your love for our Savior is overflowing. If you're yearning for more, please check out these resources and stretch your understanding even further.

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Easter Uncut takes readers to one man's account of a week of his life: a week of great plans, shattered dreams, nightmare scenes and renewed hope. It's what we call Easter, without any of the fluffy bits.

This accessible, faithful book will engage, inform and excite non-Christians by taking them to the uncut Easter story, and to the wonder of the message of the cross and empty tomb.

Everyone has a vague image of Jesus. For some, he's a good teacher--for others, a children's story, or a religious rule-keeper. Original Jesus brings readers face to face with the real Jesus, showing how he is more compassionate, unpredictable and wonderful than any other version. And it explains how he can change lives, hopes and futures. Short, fresh, funny and faithful, it's perfect for giving to anyone you'd love to meet Original Jesus.

Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history doesn't connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name. And yet . . .you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. 

What happens when a respected Christian journalist decides to put his preconceptions aside and take a long look at the Jesus described in the Gospels? How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the ''new, rediscovered' Jesus -- or even the Jesus we think we know so well? Best-selling author Phillip Yancey says, 'The Jesus I got to know in writing this book is very different from the Jesus I learned about in Sunday school. In some ways he is more comforting; in some ways more terrifying.' Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work -- his teaching, his miracles, his death and resurrection -- and ultimately, who he was and why he came.

In our shallow, self-centered age, things like truth and reverence might seem outdated, lost. Yet we’re restless. And our failed attempts to ease our unrest point to an ancient ache for an experience of the holy. Drew Dyck makes a compelling case that what we seek awaits us in the untamed God of Scripture—a God who is dangerous yet accessible, mysterious yet powerfully present. He is a God who beckons us to see him with a fresh, unfiltered gaze.

On March 29, AD 33, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem and boldly predicted that he would soon be put to death—executed on a cross, like a common criminal. So began the most important week of the most important person who ever lived. Nearly 2,000 years later, the events that took place during Jesus’s last days still reverberate through the ages. Designed as a day-by-day guide to Passion Week, The Final Days of Jesus leads us to reexamine and meditate on the history-making, earth-shaking significance of Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb.

A devotional study of the events and teaching of the night most discussed in the Bible--the night before the Crucifixion.

Resources for Families

As Easter approaches, check out these great family resources that equip parents to facilitate meaningful Biblical conversation with children of all ages.

For the last three decades, the idea of the traditional family has been under cultural assault. Every movement from the so-called sexual revolution to same-sex parenting has taken it’s toll on the foundational building blocks of our society. How do parents navigate these challenges? God, the perfect Father, provides the answers. In this short, but wisdom-rich booklet, Alistair Begg, gives practical, biblical instruction on what it looks like to be a father and to be a mother . . . God’s way.

In his book, Tough Questions about the Bible, Beeke leaves no stone unturned by tackling real-life, weighty questions posed to him by students. Tough Questions speaks in language teens will understand, covering topics that include salvation, prayer, eternity, and how Christianity is different from other religions.

 

Designed to be read independently by your teen, Tough Questions is presented in an easy-to-read, Q&A format so that young readers can gain a clear understanding of core Christian beliefs at their own pace.

A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional

Starting on Palm Sunday, your family will spend two weeks (fourteen devotions) walking in time with Jesus as he finished the work his Father had given him. Extending your devotional time into the week beyond Easter Sunday will encourage your family to follow the risen Jesus as he calls his disciples on a Spirit-filled mission to spread the good news to all nations.

 

Great for busy parents and families, each day's core devotion can be completed in just ten minutes. Family activities are included and can be completed in an additional ten minutes. Full text of classic hymns for your family to sing in worship.

How Not to Teach Your Kids the Bible

Article by John Wells

 

As Christian parents we’re responsible for raising our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). It’s our responsibility to teach them how to study his Word. We want them to see the Bible not as a collection of moral fables, but as the epic story of redemption. In this article, John Wells gives tips for accomplishing this goal.

5 Tips for Establishing a Devotional Routine with Your Toddler

Article by Jared Kennedy

 

I believe God is aware of our seasons of life, and I’m thankful he doesn’t give us a family devotions model that’s overly formal. Moses told Israel to teach their kids during the regular rhythms of life—mealtime, bedtime, drive time, and so on (Deut. 6:7).

 

With that guilt-free vision in mind, here are five quick tips for establishing a regular devotional routine with your toddler.

Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God's plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.

 

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