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He is Risen: Celebrate with the Easter Bunny!

Easter is the greatest news from God for He is Risen!

Easter marks the end of the 40-day period of fasting and repentance.  But for children, it’s the time for cute EASTER BUNNIES, EGG HUNTING, JELLY BEANS, MARSHMALLOW CHICKS, and CHOCOLATE EGGS! Yum yum!  I’m sure your sweet tooth won’t mind sharing the extra calories these candies bring.  It is after all a time for celebration and rejoicing.

But that’s where the difficulty arises.  Despite the many cute bunnies and all the candies from all the picnics, the message of Easter Sunday sadly gets drowned by its commercialism.  It actually makes other Christians resort to calling this occasion as Resurrection Day instead.

As a parent, how can you celebrate a FUN Easter and help your children understand the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ?

  • Resurrection Eggs.  Use the cute Easter Bunny to teach about how Christ has risen!  Instead of eggs containing only candies, include memory-grabbing objects telling the story of Christ’s journey in Earth.  You can focus on his resurrection and his ascension to Heaven.  These Resurrection Eggs from Nest Learning are cute and perfect for a Sunday Egg Hunting activity after church! Make sure you order them early as these sell like hotcakes! Also to make sure it arrives in time for Easter!
  • Easter Decorations.  Make meaningful Easter decorations that don’t entirely revolve around Easter Bunnies and colorful eggs.  You can decorate a table setting reminiscent of spring or the olden days.  Make a Piñata filled with Resurrection Eggs if you don’t have a large backyard for Egg Hunting.
  • Film Showing.  What better way to spend a quiet Easter Day with the family! After attending Church service, you can watch animated films about Jesus and his life on Earth.  Just pop in that DVD. Eazy Peezy! A great way to help your children learn about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.  You can even get an interactive DVD like “He is Risen” which includes activity books containing puzzles and coloring pages.
  • Create a Special Easter Meal and Role Play.  You can try to recreate a meal that consists of traditional food that Jesus and his Apostles may have had during Passover.  Unleavened bread. Spring Vegetables.  If your kids are picky eaters, try making pancakes shaped likes donkeys or maybe just get them to dress up like Roman Guards and tell them stories while you are all at it. Kids LOOOVE role playing. It’ll make it fun and easy for them to retain what they learn.

There are a lot of other FUN ways you can think of to help your young children learn about Jesus and his resurrection and ascension.  The Easter Bunny doesn’t have to be a bad thing either.  Easter also marks spring season and bunnies come out on spring.  The eggs also symbolize new life and it makes it more enjoyable for kids, whether you’re all from the same church or not.  Just be ready to explain to your children the difference between the two symbols of Easter.  Besides, it’s a happy time for Christians and a great time to be Christian-like.

He is Risen after all.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Black History IN FOCUS: Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks

What do these three remarkable Black African American figures have in common besides their courage fight for their rights?  According to USA Today, Tubman, King and Parks are the most famous Black Americans that children know.  Dennis Denenberg, author of 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet, was quoted why their popularity is astonishing, he thinks “educators feel it’s truly a story young people need to know about because we’re still struggling with it…The Cold War is over and gone. The civil rights movement is ongoing.”

Interestingly enough, in a Stanford University news release, a study also showed that both adults and teenagers list King, Tubman and Parks as the top choices when asked about greatest American heroes.  Professor Sam Wineburg and Monte Sano attributed these as effect of “multicultural education” occurring in the changes in “history curricula and textbooks, as well as the effects of news media, public discourse, the people we name our streets after—even on our coins.”  Professor Wineburg and Monte Sano particularly attributed this to the annual February’s Black History Month that effectively brought awareness about these Black American heroes.The Wave film download

The Professors came to a conclusion that “there is a very different national story that is being told right now, in terms of what it means to be an American,” he said. “We are at a moment in our history where the national story is not one that is symbolized by Paul Revere and Betsy Ross, but rather by Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks—people who selflessly gave of themselves to bring about betterment for all.

It’s no surprise the immense effect Black History Month have had among young and adults alike.  Black History Month has helped educate people of every race or nationality about African Americans.  Even more than that, Black History Month has also educated people about diversity, tolerance and equality.

If you or you’d like your children to learn more about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, Nest Learning has a wide range of resources you can look into.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

John the Baptist Remains Found

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Purchase John The Baptist Interactive DVD

John the Baptist, a major religious figure who baptized Jesus Christ and led a movement of baptism at the Jordan River was claimed to be found last week after the monastery’s basilica was opened on Sunday, August 1, 2010 in Bulgaria. Archaeologists  claim they have found the remains of John the Baptist while excavating the site of a 5th century monastery on the Black Sea island of Sveti Ivan. A reliquary – a container for holy relics and made of alabaster, contained fragments of a skull, a hand, and a tooth.

Further tests on the fragments are still to be performed, but Archaeologists are lead to believe the remains are in deed John the Baptist‘s because of a Greek inscription on the reliquary referring to June 24, the date when Christians celebrate John the Baptist’s birth and the proven reliquary 5th century dating.

The monastery on the island where the remains were found was dedicated to John the Baptist.  The relics are believed to have been donated to the monastery by the Byzantine Church.

Source: CNN

Does U.S. Immigration Debate Have Room For Religious Ethics?

Scriptures from the Bible were exchanged to shed light on religious ethics at a congressional hearing in Washington, as lawmakers and religious leaders debated whether there is an ethical need to reform immigration laws.

Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, argued that a policy overhaul is necessary, and that a comprehensive immigration package with a guest-worker program can help solve the issue.  He cited biblical passages from the books of Matthew, Leviticus and Micah, in crusading religious ethics and the government’s need to take action on the growing number of illegal immigrants in the US.  Southern Baptists believe in upholding the law, he said, but they “also recognize a biblical mandate to care ‘for the least of these among us’ (Matthew 25:34-40), to care for the ‘strangers’ who reside in our lands (Leviticus 19:34), and to act justly and mercifully (Micah 6:8).”

The opposition, led by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, didn’t come to the hearing without his Bible passages either.  It seemed immigration politics required they come with their own.  In calling for enhanced border security and strict enforcing of existing federal immigration laws, Smith quoted Romans 13:17, “Let every person be subject to governing authorities.”   “For those who say that it is immoral or unethical to enforce our nation’s laws, there is [but] one problem: the Bible contains numerous passages that support the rule of law.”

Q:

There are approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the US, but is America morally and spiritually obliged to help them?  Should we allow our decisions to be guided by religious ethics, our moral compass?  Are there times when it is just to break the law, such as smuggling Bibles into a country or holding Bible Studies or Church meetings in countries where it is illegal to do so?  Tell us your thoughts!

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