Word Sharpener Week – March 30, 2015

Word Sharpener News: This week is Holy Week. It’s also the last week Pelican Book Group Site is giving away all of their e-books for free. It ends Easter Day. One of the books available is my e-book, A Christmas Promise. Although A Christmas Promise is technically a Christmas story, it is about a missionary couple in Ohio ministering to Lenape Native Americans and would be a great read for Easter also. Here’s a little more about it.

AChristmasPromise_medA Christmas Promise

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

A Moravian Holiday Story, circa 1773

During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away two days before Christmas to help at another settlement, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.

When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.

Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.

This week, I’ve been editing my novel, Lost in the Storm, about a journalist who must get an interview with an illusive Civil War captain or her career is over. But the hero captain won’t budge because he has something to hide. I’m also working on a children’s church curriculum called Building Foundations.

I’m going to church on Saturday night, this Easter. Our church is having this special time to make room for visitors on Easter Sunday. My family is having our Easter meal at my mom’s house. I hope you all have a blessed Holy Week.

Holidays This Week: This week is Holy Week. Here are some of the things we can celebrate this week in the life of Jesus.

Monday: This is the day Jesus cleared the temple. Matthew 21:12–22, Mark 11:15–19, Luke 19:45-48

Tuesday: After challenging the Pharisees, Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives with His disciples and taught them about faith. Matthew 21:23–24:51, Mark 11:20–13:37, Luke 20:1–21:36, and John 12:20–38

Spy or Silent Wednesday: Jesus and His disciples rested in Bethany, probably with Lazarus’ family. Meanwhile Judas negotiated with religious leaders for a price to betray Jesus. Luke 21:37 – 22:6, Zechariah 11:12;  Lazarus being raised from the dead – John 11:1-57

Maundy Thursday: Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples in the Last Supper where He instructed them in Communion and washing each other’s feet. Then they went to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed in anguish and was betrayed by Judas. Matthew 26:17–75, Mark 14:12-72, Luke 22:7-62, and John 13:1-38

Good Friday: Jesus was tried, beaten, and crucified for our sins. Afterwards He was buried in a borrowed tomb. Matthew 27:1-62, Mark 15:1-47, Luke 22:63-23:56, and John 18:28-19:37, Isaiah 53, Isaiah 50:6, Psalm 22:1-5, Psalm 69:21

Saturday: Jesus spent Saturday in the borrowed tomb. Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1, Luke 23:56, and John 19:40

Easter or Resurrection Sunday: He is Risen. He is Risen indeed. Matthew 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-49, and John 20:1-23, Matthew 16:21, John 2:19, Matthew 17:22,23, 20:17-1, 26:32, John 10:17,18, Romans 10:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Other Holidays This Week:

Sunset Friday until Sunset Saturday: Passover

Saturday, April 4: Blood Moon

Quote of the Week: At the heart of Christian faith is the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. — John Ortberg

Verse of the Week: Luke 24:1-7 (NIV)  On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
Song of the Week: In Christ Alone  Newsboys

Hymn of the Week: The Old Rugged Cross by George Bennard (1913)


Video of the Week: Following Jesus

Life Sharpening Tip: If your Christian walk is not centered on the cross and the resurrection, you don’t have a Christian walk.

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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