Blessings for Life was founded in 2000,
after the birth of our 4th child. In 2001, we began another amazing
journey at Better
Budgeting, helping families around the world, of all faiths, save money and live a better life.
In 2006, my mother was set
to take over as editor for Blessings for Life to help with my crazy
schedule. God had other plans. Within
just a few short months she got a promotion.
No more tears, no more
We could not have done this without her help and endless
encouragement. And, we must carry on.
Never Give Up...
God Always Has a Plan!
a new twist on the Resurrection Cookie idea for Easter, both are recipes you can
do with your kids/grand kids in order for them to understand the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ. This fun recipe uses Crescent rolls and a
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the
cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Read Matthew 27:57-61
1. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils
3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents
the spices used to anoint the body.
4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a
typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow
inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.
5. Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. (The oven represents the tomb -
pretend like it was three days!)
6. Let the rolls cool slightly. The children can open their rolls (cloth) and
discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts
and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)
Now read Matthew 28:5-8
Explain: At the tomb, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw an angel, who told
them not to be afraid. No one had taken Jesus' body, but He Had risen from the
dead! The angel told the women to go and tell the disciples what they had seen,
that Jesus had risen from the dead. They were so excited, they ran all the way
home to tell the disciples the good news! He is risen from the dead! Alleluia!
After that Jesus appeared in person to Peter, then to the 12 disciples and after
that, to more than 500 people. Jesus' appearance to eyewitnesses, those who saw
Him with their own eyes, would give support and prove that Jesus rose from the
dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
By rising from the dead, Jesus proved once and for all that He was the Messiah,
the Savior of the World, the Chosen One, and the Lamb of God. By dying on the
cross and rising from the dead, Jesus did what no other had ever done before. As
both God and man, He overcame sin, death, and hell. And now because of what
Jesus has done, these things no longer have any power over those who believe in
Jesus and allow His Spirit to lead and direct them. Rather than being slaves to
sin and death, Christians ( those who love and believe in Jesus) are free to
obey God and do good ( Romans 6:17-18). The Bible says in John 8:36, "If
therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."
However, we will only obey God if we listen to the Holy Spirit our helper. He
enables believers in Jesus to do the right thing. It is important that we read
the Bible (God's Word) because one of the ways the Holy Spirit helps us obey God
is by reminding us of what He says to us in His Word. God's Spirit will never go
against his Word. In fact, when we read God's Word, we are listening to the Holy
Spirit. Of course, you won't always do the right thing; the Bible says this ) 1
John 1:5-10). But that is why we need to continue to confess our sins knowing
that God forgives us, based on what Jesus did on the cross. This is also a
reason we need to spend time with other believers in Christ so they can
encourage us in our faith.
May you have a blessed and meaningful Easter!
- Author Unknown -
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Submitted by Sandy Tabor
"Christ is the unseen head of every house,
the unseen guest at every meal,
and the silent listener to every conversation"
Enjoy ~ The Gospel