family devotion

The triumphal entry

READ ABOUT IT: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19


SEEING THE BIG PICTURE:

It was time for the Passover. Many Israelites traveled to Jerusalem to remember how God had rescued His people from slavery in Egypt. Jesus and His disciples also traveled to Jerusalem. Before they reached the city, Jesus sent two of His disciples ahead into a village. He told them where they would find a young donkey, one that had never been ridden. They were to bring it to Him. 


Jesus rode that young donkey into Jerusalem. Crowds gathered around Him. They cut palm branches and laid them on the road before Him. Others laid down their robes before Him. They cheered and praised God for their new King as He rode by. Everything happened exactly as the prophets Isaiah and Zechariah had said it would--hundreds and hundreds of years before!


BIG QUESTION: 

Q: Who did the people say Jesus was?

A: They said He was the King who comes in the name of the Lord.


CHRIST CONNECTION: 

During Jesus' triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoke about by the prophet Zechariah: "Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" (Zechariah 9:9).


TODAY'S PRAYER: 

Jesus, you came to triumphantly defeat sin, death and the grave. Give us peace this week as we remember your last days that mean so much for us and our salvation. In Your name, amen.


This week's devotion is taken from the Big Picture Interactive Bible (p.1083).

sharefaith kids devotions

Studying God's Word is a lifelong endeavor as we learn more about the one who created, redeemed, and sanctifies us. We want to encourage families to grow together in their faith along this journey. 


Sharefaith Kids has some great resources that CC families are welcome to enjoy. Check out this week's story and the devotion that is available to you!


The Rich Man & Lazarus

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A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 


What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 


This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.