2019 Easter Stories 1-3

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Greetings beloved family and friends!

Our 2019 Easter celebrations are approaching soon, and our Blazing Trees resource development team has been working hard to create an innovative discipleship resource for telling Jesus’ stories to our family, friends, and those who have never heard. He is risen!

Over the next four weeks, I will send you the stories we chose for our “Jesus Saves” Passion week set. All of these resources along with prayer videos, storytelling videos, and prayer cards will be available for download on our new Easter page > blazingtrees.org/easter

I hope and pray that you will enjoy and spread the word about these Easter storytelling resources.

Much love and grace,

James Harvey, Founder/CEO, Blazing Trees

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World Savior – earth, cross, Jesus, crown, stars – Let me tell you a story about an ancient prophet who foresaw Jesus’ suffering 700 years before he was born.

Punished Prince – man, rod, servant – Isaiah prophesied that God’s Messiah would come to earth with humility. He would be rejected and punished by angry men.

Slaughtered Lamb – lamb, servant, knife – Jesus would be like a slain lamb sacrifice. He would endure great suffering and shed his blood to pay for our sins.

Exalted King – sword, king, humbled man – God’s will was to send Jesus to suffer and die, and then exalt him as a Righteous King worthy to rule in Heaven.

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David’s Descendant – king, road, city – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus came to Jerusalem celebrated by the people as king and descendant of King David.

Warm Welcome – man, woman, palm branches – A crowd met Jesus as he entered Jerusalem. They waved palm branches and welcomed him as Israel’s king.

Zechariah’s Prophecy – Jesus on donkey – Jesus fulfilled the prophet Zechariah’s prophecy that God’s Messiah would enter Jerusalem riding on a young donkey.

Messiah Signs – Jesus, Lazarus, empty tomb – The crowd celebrated Jesus because he raised Lazarus from the dead, and the religious leaders became jealous.

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Corrupted Temple – Jesus & temple – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus came to the Jerusalem temple and discovered spiritual sickness and financial corruption.

Financial Reform – Jesus, money table, coins – Jesus overturned the money exchange tables. He was angry that God’s people were charging visitors money to worship.

Spiritual Reform – caged dove, table, chair – The caged dove illustrates spiritual corruption, suppressing the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus wanted everyone to worship freely.

Prayer House – woman, temple, flame – Jesus wanted to lead God’s people back to the heart of worship: to praise God and to pray. Israel had lost her knowledge of God.

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2019 Easter Missions Offering

blazingtrees.org/easter

We are raising $100,000 to support missions.

What will this offering provide for?

  1. Monthly support for our full-time & part-time staff
  2. Development of a new discipleship book “Wild Frontier”
  3. Intercessory prayer for overseas missionaries
  4. Spiritual recovery counseling for discouraged leaders
  5. Encouragement for pastors and church planters
  6. Coaching on storytelling for disciple makers

Please join us in praying for this offering. Please spread the word along to others about this offering.

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Risen Jesus Prayer Video

Our prayer team has published an Easter missions prayer video entitled “Risen Jesus.” Please enjoy and share.

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Crucified Messiah Bible Story

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Easter Stories

Crucified Messiah Story 

Luke 23:26-43

Calvary Crosses – three crosses – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus was crucified on a cross to die between two convicted criminals on Calvary Hill.

Agonizing Pain – hammer, nail – Jesus was led by Roman soldiers to a place called “the Skull,” known as Calvary Hill. They nailed Jesus’ body to a cross with a hammer & nails.

Cursed King – crown – It is said that anyone who dies on a cross is cursed and abandoned by God. Jesus had the inscription “King of the Jews” written over his head.

Paradise Vision – vision, criminal – One criminal mocked Jesus; the other criminal repented of his sins and believed in the Messiah. Jesus took him to heaven that day.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Want to learn more Bible stories? Please visit our Storytellers page > blazingtrees.org/storytellers

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Falling Walls Mission News

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Falling Walls Mission News

A Month of Hills and Valleys

Hello family!

We are a little late on our newsletter this month as we get in the groove of sending out a monthly letter to all of you!  This month has been quite the roller coaster for us.  We began the month with a trip to Brandon MS to see our friends and ministry partners Kim and Dennis Rowlen.  We first met them in October of 2018 when they came out to Nashville to meet us and the Blazing Trees family.  Ever since we have been trying to plan a trip to go see them and their Life Group.

We were finally able to make that happen this month and connected with them on super bowl weekend.  They treated us to some of the best Catfish I have ever eaten, and introduced us to a wonderful group of people in their Lifegroup.  Their hearts for people, and for the gospel were so evident and we were blessed to meet and get to know their group.  We had a fantastic weekend with them and their group and visiting Crossgates Church.  We are currently planning a joint ministry event with them at The Vistas here in Nashville later this year.

Two weeks after we got back from Brandon on a Saturday morning we were waking up and getting ready for our Saturday morning prayer meeting in our home.  The power kicked off, so we began looking to see if a breaker had blown.  When we looked out our door to see if the whole building was without power we found that the power meter right outside of our door was on fire.  We set off the fire alarm and called the fire department.  We also began knocking on our neighbors doors and evacuating the building.

The fire department came very quickly and nobody was hurt.  The fire stayed contained to the electrical closet and didn’t damage any apartments.  However, for the next 12 days we remained without power.  No lights, no heat, no hot water, no power.  If I’m honest, at first we questioned what in the world god was doing.  We were grateful for the fire not being worse, if the fire would have happened just a few hours earlier it could have taken the entire building and even the lives held within.

But how were we supposed to minister to a community that we could barely live in?  Over those twelve days god introduced us to neighbors we had never to meet, beginning relationships that we believe god will work through.  He strengthened our relationship with those in the office at The Vistas and he provided for us in a way that only he could.  We are ever grateful to our church and Blazing trees family for their support and prayers through those twelve days.  Over that time we showered, and stayed warm at our church up the road, and piled on a few extra blankets at home where we slept at night, all the while remembering those sharing the gospel in far less hospitable places.

We continue to see god teach us in new ways who he is and what it means to follow him.  We have been surrounded by him and our kingdom family through both the highs and the lows.  God has proven himself faithful and has never left us alone.  We continue to share in both his suffering and his glory through this wonderful mission he has named Falling Walls.  We love you all and covet your prayers as god ministers to the Vistas, the Wallans included.

Grace and Peace,

The Wallans

john.wallan@blazingtrees.org

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Death Verdict Bible Story

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Easter Stories

Death Verdict Story 

Matthew 27:11-31

Chained Christ – king, crown, throne, Jesus, chains – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus went to public trial and sentenced to death by crucifixion.

Corrupted Justice – Jesus, chains, Barabbas, balance scale –  Jesus was brought before Pilate the Roman governor to be judged. The people chose a violent prisoner over Jesus.

Prophetic Dream – woman, tears, dream – Pilate’s wife had a dream that Jesus was innocent and told her husband. Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the people threatened to riot.

Death Verdict – soldier, Jesus, chains – The people called for Jesus’ blood to be shed by crucifixion. Pilate washed his hands and sentenced Jesus to death. Jesus was beaten.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Want to learn more stories? Please visit our Storytellers page > blazingtrees.org/storytellers

#Maranatha #Storytellers #Jesus

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Blasphemy Verdict Bible Story

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Easter Stories

Blasphemy Verdict Story 

Matthew 26:57-68

False Trial – soldier, Jesus, priest, chains – Let me tell you a story about Jesus being unfairly accused of blasphemy at a false trial at night by all the religious leaders who hated him.

Temple Destruction – temple, hammer – Many false witnesses accused Jesus of lies. Two witnesses said Jesus planned to destroy the Jerusalem temple and rebuild it.

Heaven Vision – vision, cloud, king – The high priest demanded that Jesus tell them his identity. Jesus shared a vision: they would see him at God’s right hand in heaven.

Blasphemy Verdict – torn robe – The high priest tore his robe and judged Jesus’ testimony as blasphemy. They said he was worthy of death. They spit on him and beat him.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Want to learn more stories? Please visit our Storytellers page > blazingtrees.org/storytellers

#Maranatha #Storytellers #Jesus

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Betrayal Garden Bible Story

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Easter Stories

Betrayal Garden Story 

Matthew 26:36-46

Gethsemane Grief – tree, Jesus praying – Let me tell you a story about Jesus visiting an olive tree garden called Gethsemane to pray before his crucifixion and death.

Sorrowful Soul – pouring cup, cross – Jesus was troubled in his spirit knowing he was about to face the cross. He asked the Father to take away the cup of suffering if it was his will.

Sleeping Watchmen – tree, sleeping disciple – Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake and keep watch while he prayed, but they kept falling asleep.

Approaching Betrayer – Jesus, path, soldier – After Jesus prayed three times, he woke up his disciples and resolved with surrendered courage to face his approaching enemies.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Want to learn more stories? Please visit our Storytellers page > blazingtrees.org/storytellers

#Maranatha #Storytellers #Jesus

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Death Conspiracy Bible Story

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Easter Stories

Death Conspiracy Story

Matthew 26:1-5

Passover Prophecy – pyramid, knife, angel, lamb – Let me tell you a story about Jesus prophesying to his disciples about how his death would follow Israel’s Passover festival.

Messiah’s Courage – Jesus, cross, cloud – Jesus was totally committed to God the Father’s plan to save the world by sending his only Son to die on the cross. Jesus is our hero.

Death Conspiracy – palace, high priest, serpent – Israel’s leaders were fed up with Jesus’ popularity. They gathered at the high priest’s house to figure out how to kill Jesus.

Passover Festival – table, people, cups, flag – The religious leaders decided to wait to capture Jesus until after the Passover festival was over. They feared a possible riot.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Want to learn more stories? Check out our storytellers page > blazingtrees.org/storytellers

#Maranatha #Storytellers

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Temple Cleansing Story

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Easter Story Series

Temple Cleansing Story

Matthew 21:12-13

Corrupted Temple – Jesus & temple – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus came to the Jerusalem temple and discovered spiritual sickness and financial corruption.

Financial Reform – Jesus, money table, coins – Jesus overturned the money exchange tables. He was angry that God’s people were charging visitors money to worship.

Spiritual Reform – caged dove, table, chair – The caged dove illustrates spiritual corruption, suppressing the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus wanted everyone to worship freely.

Prayer House – woman, temple, flame – Jesus wanted to lead God’s people back to the heart of worship: to praise God and to pray. Israel had lost her knowledge of God.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

Visit our Storytellers page for more resources > blazingtrees.org/storytellers

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Reignfall Letter

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Reignfall Letter

My brothers and sisters, teammates and companions, friends and fellow pilgrims on our adventurous journey to Zion City! I praise the Lord for your life, and our mission team is praying for you, that you will be filled to overflowing with the power and spiritual blessings of Jesus’ Holy Spirit. Let Jesus’ kingdom come and will be done through you.

Let us remember today in the context of adoption and sonship, that through Jesus Christ we have already been given every spiritual blessing in Christ flowing from God’s heavenly realms. (Ephesians 1:3-4) Our God is the Ancient of Days whose universal authority is established, his divine power has overcome the god of this age, and his victory in the worship wars of the nations has already been prophesied! (Daniel 7:13-14)

So let the reign of Jesus fall upon our generation. Thank you Father for giving every one of your sons and daughters the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16) Thank you for delivering slaves out of unseen prisons into favored seats at the Lamb’s wedding feast. (Galatians 4:5-7) Thank you Immanuel for never leaving or forsaking us, that nothing and no one can ever separate us from your presence or love after we decide to follow Jesus. (Psalm 139:1-12) We rest in you, and we pray for all peoples to receive Jesus’ salvation.

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Glory Transformation > While Jesus was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground. Jesus came to them and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid!” (Matthew 17:5-7 GNT)

Holy Vision > Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then the people screamed at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him [to stone him to death]. (Acts 7:55-57 HCSB)

True Faith > “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like  blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” (Revelation 19:11-13 NIV)

Prayer > Father, thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to help us perceive Jesus’ powerful reignfall in our lives every day. Maranatha!

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Our vision for the Barnabas Post project is to develop and send out waves of encouraging and comforting devotional letters and prophetic photo art to disciples of Jesus all over the world every month.

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