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|Jennifer Shaw Ministries ||April, 2014 || |
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How in the world did it get to be just a few days until Easter? This has been one of the busiest seasons we've ever had for ministry, and it's been a long time since I've sent an update. There has been so much going on, and you can check it all out on my blog - we've been all over the place this winter.
I wanted to let you know a couple of the big things we've had going on, and some ideas we were thinking about, and see what you all are thinking.
One neat thing that just happened this week is that we're excited to announce our new partnership with Compassion International! Our family has been sponsoring a child through Compassion for many years, and it seemed like a natural fit for us. We are looking forward to seeing how God will work through this! And if you are interested in sponsoring a child through Compassion, we'd love to connect you with a child in need.
We have been praying a lot about what our next project will be, and we have so many ideas! I've been thinking about making a new music project, either a full album or possibly a hymns or Christmas specific CD. I've also been praying about some new book ideas, perhaps a Bible study based on one of the women's retreats I teach such as the life of Peter or Esther. These would all be big undertakings, and we would absolutely love your feedback! What would you most like to see?
Finally, I just wanted to leave you with an Easter thought on this Holy Week. I've put it below. We would love to hear from you, and always read every email and pray for the things you send. You are precious to us! Let us know if we can serve you in any way, and we are praying that this Easter weekend, you know the love of the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us, and then defeated death for all time. Praise God! He is risen, He is risen indeed!
P.S. In case you missed it, we recently published a short video of my telling the famous Kenyan baby clothes stories at an event - you can check it out here.
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He is (Still) Alive!
2000 Years and Counting
I was helping out in my son's Sunday School class last Sunday. I came as a volunteer, so they just ask you to show up and be an extra pair of hands and play with the kids - I didn't have to prep or teach anything. As a consequence, I had no idea what the story was going to be that day, and I assumed it would be something about Palm Sunday because it was, well, Palm Sunday. But actually, they were already teaching about when Jesus had risen and was appearing to His disciples.
The teacher asked, "How did they know Jesus was really alive and not just a ghost or something?" and one of the boys said, "Because He could eat and had a body and stuff." She said, "Right! So they knew He was alive. Is Hestill alive today?" and the kids all answered with that kind of blase assurance that Sunday School can give, "Yes."
Pretty straightforward Sunday School lesson, right? But wait, it blew my mind. I was sitting there thinking, kids, have you really thought about that? Because Jesus died 2000 years ago. Two thousand years. No one lives two thousand years. No one live two hundred years! And yet He is still alive. Why? Because He beat death. He defeated it! Death no longer exists for Him - He will live forever.
It made me want to jump up and shout it - Jesus is still alive! This is not some trite answer we learn about something that happened thousands of years ago. It's still relevant today, and why? Because Jesus didn't defeat death so Hecould live forever - He already had that right. He defeated death so that wecould live forever.
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." - Jesus (John 5:24).
This Holy Week, the time when we look at what Christ did on the cross, when we mourn His death, and praise Him for His humility and love and suffering on our behalf, and when we jump for joy on Easter Sunday because we know that death could not hold him, but He is risen from the dead, let's not make this some historic thing that's nice to remember. This is for now, this is for today. This is for you, and your life and your future, and He has defeated death forever!
That should never stop blowing our minds. Because Jesus is STILL alive!
| |About Jennifer Shaw Music
Jennifer Shaw is an award winning speaker, author, singer, songwriter and worship leader. Her ministry has been featured by Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, FamilyLife Today, Autism Speaks, Joni and Friends, and many more. Her new book, Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song, has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. After being classically-trained as an opera singer at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Jennifer became a professor of music at Cedarville University before she felt led into her current role as a contemporary worship leader. Her testimony includes tragedy and triumph, being the parent of a special needs child, and losing her father to Lou Gehrig's disease. With the release of her fourth album, Someday, her songs, including five singles on Billboard's Top 40, offer hope in any circumstance and also reflect her recent experiences on the mission field in Asia, Africa, Central America and the UK.
Jennifer Shaw Music
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