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A Weekend to Remember

Apr 9/2020

Wade
Gardiner

Hi Parents,

I am sure you are like me and have had lots of emails filling your inbox this week with stuff for school, news, economy and even Easter. It can be hard to push past all the noise or know where to dedicate your time. I will often open up a news link that looks interesting and just leave it for later (I never actually get to it) or I will get an email with a great Easter resource for my kids and make great plans to use it (I usually don’t get back to it). Time is precious and we only have so much time to commit to discerning through all the different threads of great information that come our way.

So, please make sure you only take time to read this blog and use Heartland Kids online resources.

Just kidding!

All the resources we put on the website for your family are there for you. Use them as you can. Use them to fit your family.

We recognize the information overload that can come at you.

But here is what I do know when it comes to this week and specifically this weekend. Through the noise and through all the information that is trying to get your attention, this is one of those moments when you need to put a big pause on all of it.

Why?

Because this weekend marks the most significant weekend in the history of our world …

Isaiah 53:5-8a

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away…

John 3:16

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 10:9-10

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

This weekend we celebrate the life, death by cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is an opportunity to mark the most significant moment in Christianity. It demands that we pause all else that takes our attention away from Jesus, the Saviour of the world.

2 Timothy 3:14-15

14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

As parents, we also have the awesome opportunity to help direct our kids towards knowing Jesus and understanding how important the events of Easter truly are.

To close, here is a great C.S. Lewis quote …

Christ, God from God, true God from true God, begotten not made, at one with the Father, physically died and mightily–bodily–resurrected. In both acts, in the span of three days, in the small city of Jerusalem, under Roman authority, in the same dirt, under the same sun and sky some two thousand years ago, he completed and crashed in all the myths–all the longings of all the myths–about the heavens, and a God who just might drop down and care enough about our own carelessness to do something about it.”

God bless you and your family this weekend as you remember!

Pastor Wade

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