Easter Ideas!

Easter Basket for Coffee-Loving Teens
by Rachel Paxton
You may think that your kids have outgrown Easter baskets by the time they're teens, but Easter is a fun time to show your teen how much you care about them and that you're thinking of them.  <more...>

The Central Fact
by Ted Schroder
The reason Easter Sunday is celebrated is because of the belief that Jesus Christ, after his death and burial in the tomb, rose from the dead, bodily, on the third day. Christianity is completely dependent on that being the central fact of history. Easter is not based on a nature myth of rebirth after the death of winter. The world celebrated that cycle of nature before Christ. Easter celebrates something quite different. The desire for new life, the hope for eternal life, the longing for immortality, which filled every human heart, was finally fulfilled in the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. <more...>

The History of the Easter Lily
by Aurelia Fleur
Easter is associated with memories of parades, family gatherings, church services, chocolate bunnies, gift baskets, egg decorating, and the famous Easter Lily. They are very popular for Easter gifts, and their unique trumpet shaped blossoms symbolize life, purity, hope, and the spiritual meaning of Easter along with the promise of Spring.  <more...>

Easter Celebration Ideas
By Carol Eiseman
Easter is a celebration of rebirth both spiritually and physically. It is a spring holiday that welcomes in new growth and flowering. Trees are budding, flowers are slowly blooming, lawns are greening and the days grow longer. The dark and cold of winter give way to a new optimism filled with sun, warmth and cheer. The religious origins of Easter are an integral part of the Christian holiday but do not preclude people of all  <more...>

Easter Traditions: Seven ways to add meaning to your family celebration
by Susie Michelle Cortright
Family traditions connect us to past and future generations. They provide meaning and connection, as well as a sense of ritual and comfort. And they can create - and help to preserve - some of life's most moving moments. <more...>

Ash Wednesday - The First Day of Lent
by Linda Riddle
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent. Lent begins 40 days prior to Easter, not including Sundays. As the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday comes the day after Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the last day of the Carnival season. Many churches hold services on Ash Wednesday early in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. <more...>

Easter Eggs: Tiny Works of Heart
by Kandi Traxel
I never could understand why people would pay so much money for those expensive egg decorating kits when most people have all the tools they need lying around the house! And, oh, the fun that can be created when you allow your kids to use their imaginations!  <more...>

Adding Meaning to Your Easter Celebration 
by Nancy Twigg
Making Jesus the center of your family’s celebration can present a challenge when images of the Easter Bunny are so prevalent. Parents must take special measures to help kids understand that Jesus is the giver of Easter gifts—His love, His sacrificial death, the salvation we have through Him—not a big rabbit who hands out candy and colored eggs. Here are some ideas for putting the spiritual significance back into your Easter celebration. <more...>

by Ted Schroder
On Maundy Thursday we celebrate the institution of the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. When he inaugurated it Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the English Reformation under King Henry VIII, wrote in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer that Jesus, at the supper in the upper room, on the night before he died, “did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death and sacrifice, until his coming again.”

Take the Expense out of Your Easter Celebration
by Nancy Twigg
The Easter celebration can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ideas to help you simplify and replace the commercial aspects of the holiday with activities that are more in keeping with the spirit of the season. <more...>

A Most Peculiar Shade of Green (An Easter Story)
by LeAnn R. Ralph
It was a Sunday afternoon one year when I was a kid — the week before Easter, in fact — and I was "bored."  Of course I knew better than to say I was bored, because then my mother would find something for me to do. 

by Ted Schroder
The image of ashes is a moving reminder of the human position before God. Job’s initial cry of mourning, “I have become like dust and ashes,” later becomes a prayer of confession, “I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 30:19;42:6) When Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah he prefaced his prayer: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes.” (Genesis 18:27) Ash Wednesday and the forty days of Lent remind us of our human condition: that we are sinners in need of redemption. What does that mean? 

The True Meaning of Easter - an Easter in Cyprus 
by Jane Sheppard
For many of us, thoughts of Easter conjure up the same horrors we increasingly feel about Christmas - shelves stacked high with Easter eggs since the beginning of January, children anxious to outdo their friends with more chocolate than they can possibly enjoy and Hot Cross buns being consumed by the dozen, although nobody can actually remember why more...>



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