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I love Easter!

It is one of my favorite times of year. Springtime, flowers, and Easter candy (which is the best candy of the year)  makes me happy.

Every year I pull out some of my family’s traditional Easter things that we use every year. Yes, we dye eggs.  We also do our own version of an Easter egg hunt which has now grown into a scavenger hunt with clues, now that my kids are getting older. But my favorite things are those tangible pieces that remind us of why we celebrate. So here are my top three things that help us remember that Easter is about the death and resurrection of our Lord. He is Risen!

 

My favorite book I pull out every year is The Tale of Three Trees.  There is something powerful about this tale of three trees and how they are used in powerful ways to fulfill the promise of our Savior from his birth to His death and resurrection. I have used this book in the classroom, in the sunday school room, and with my own children through the years.

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Whoever invented Resurrection Eggs is brilliant. We have used these in my family since my kids were very little and have even made our own version. When my kids were younger it helped them to have a concrete item to understand the Easter story but now it helps them retell the story in their own words. A great resource for teacher and student too.

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The Easter Cross Witness is new to my family this year.  I found out about this yard cross through a Facebook friend who started selling these in 2005. There is a wonderful little story for why he felt led to make these. Please go here and learn about The Easter Cross Witness and understand why I immediately went out and bought one. There is a great story and a great truth to this cross.  My kids and I put it out in our front yard and we will turn it around on Easter Sunday so the words “He is Risen” will be displayed on the front for all to see.

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These are a few of my favorite things. Feel free to share yours in the comments section.

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

 

The C & E Club

December 17, 2013 — 3 Comments

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My son told me that a friend of his said his church was only open on Christmas and Easter. I immediately laughed. My son was a bit perplexed at my reaction and I explained to him that his friend’s church was open all year round but that his classmate probably only went to church on Christmas and Easter.

That family, obviously, is part of the C & E club. Church attendance only warrants going on Christmas and Easter for them. They’re not the only ones in that club. In fact, at my church there is hardly a seat to be found around those holidays whereas on other days I can have a pick of rows of where we want to sit.

The C & E club is a tough crowd. I am sure that as a pastor it is hard to gauge what message is important knowing that you only have the C & E club specifically at those times. How do you reach the people who only think church is important on Christmas and Easter? More importantly why do people, who fail to acknowledge Sunday Sabbath throughout the year, even feel compelled to attend church on the most religious holidays of the year?

Now this post is not about church attendance and conviction. If going to church made a person more spiritual or an award-winning Christian then hallelujah there are millions of saints “in the house”. However, no matter what faith denomination a person attends, I do know one thing – attending church will never guarantee your safe passage to the pearly gates.

So I don’t admonish the C & E attendees. I think the fact that they are acknowledging their faith and belief in both the birth and death of Christ, even on just two times of the year, says something about their pursuit for faith and belief. I think my question is more for the church. Why does the church fail to reach these club members to have them pursue a more regular attendance? Does the church soften the message of salvation and the need for Christ specifically on these days or is this the only time that the church truly speaks the message of the cross?

I am not a pastor or even in any kind of church role leadership so I have no idea of the magnitude and responsibility in trying to reach the C & E members or even ministering to the regular attendees. They truly are two different clubs. However, perhaps that’s the crux of this dilemma. The church of Christ was never intended to be a club. The church is an extension of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. It’s not about attending every time the doors open and it’s not about going at just significant times. The church was not built to need club members. It was built so that we would find spiritual refuge among the body of Christ.

There are specifically two times throughout the year that the church celebrates the birth and death of our Savior; Christmas and Easter. The C & E club arrives for the message of salvation and the cross. Maybe the church should stop trying so hard to attract the C & E members with their latest programs or new wave evangelism but instead learn a lesson from the C & E club. After all, scriptures have already shown us that the simplicity of the message of the cross is what always attracts the greatest crowds.