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Not So Fast – Easter Is Not Over

Well, in regards to family photos, easter baskets, peeps, and plastic eggs, yes, Easter is indeed over. And in a large part, thank goodness! But the celebration that Jesus is alive, that He conquered the grave, that He is alive and reigning is not even remotely close to being over. This is something that we, as believers in Jesus, get to celebrate every day of our lives. And why wouldn’t we? This good news changes everything. This good news gives us hope. This good news changes how we treat our families, friends, coworkers, and strangers. This good news changes the way we use our time, our money, our resources. This good news changes everything.

Here are two powerful mini movies that can help communicate this message with your congregation.


Need by Freebridge Media


Go After Easter Challenge by Hyper Pixels Media

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Top 10 Hymns You Should Sing This Easter

What are some words that come to mind when you hear the word “hymns?” Do you think of these words? Old. Boring. Stodgy. Irrelevant. If so, then I’d love to offer an additional perspective for you.

You see, I used to be there with these identical mindsets. I grew up going to church with my parents singing from hymn books, and wondering what in the world I was doing singing songs that were hundreds of years old. In college, I committed my life to Christ and I was a part of a tremendous church singing some hip, rockin’, relevant songs: not too many hymns (if any at all). So, what were those hip, rockin’, relevant songs we were singing? You know. The greats! Songs like, Shine, Jesus Shine, Victory Chant, It’s Amazing, and Lord I Lift Your Name on High. We were a rockin’ church! One thousand people doing the secret hand-clap at just the right moment on Shine, Jesus Shine was always an epic moment!

But, where are those songs today? I hate to say it, but they are gathering dust. Now, do not get me wrong. Those songs had a time and a place. They were fun, exciting songs…for the time. As hard as it is to hear, (trust me, I’ve been there), those hip, rockin’ relevant songs we’re singing today…likely won’t be around in five years. It’s just like culture: out with the old and in with the new.
But, hymns…hymns! They have stood the test of time and rooted themselves into our minds and our hearts as timeless songs that will likely be sung to the end of our lives and beyond. We don’t exactly drive down the road blasting 90.5 Hymn FM (that is a completely fictional radio station I just made up…if it’s actually real…sorry about that). So, why is it that hymns are still around, and should we be singing them?

My vote (a couple of years ago my vote would have been different) is that a great number of hymns are more relevant and impactful today than many of the songs we currently sing. Now, by all means, I love a lot of the worship, heart, and passion in the current worship music scene today. I’m not arguing against this. I’m arguing for us to also include more of the ancient. I am leaning this way because of where we are today as a culture. We are in an ever-changing, ever-growing, ever-developing culture that thrives on what is new. If it happened a year ago, that’s old news. If it happened five minutes ago and you didn’t catch the update on social media, then you are out of the loop and dated.

The hymns that have stood the test of time were written by men and women with a solid biblical theology that stood strong in the midst of the ever-changing currents of culture. The words are rich with meaning. They are dripping with Biblical references, if we take the time to look. Many are not mere opinions, but Biblical truths that are being expressed in song. If we naturally lean towards the thought that we only want to sing what top artists are singing, then I encourage us to see that some of our favorite artists, Chris Tomlin, Bethel Music, Hillsong Worship, Paul Baloche, Third Day, David Crowder, Israel Houghton, Passion Band, and Matt Redman, are ALL singing and have recorded hymns for the benefit of exalting the name of Jesus.

Let me encourage you this Easter season to slow down, focus your eyes on the cross and the empty tomb, and grab hold of a hymn that has been sang for hundreds and hundreds of years. Read the words and be captured by the depth, theology, and truth behind many of these ancient tunes. When our hearts are on God, and we sing these hymns to His glory, hands will be lifted high in surrender all around the sanctuary.

Here they are, in no particular order, the Top 10 Hymns You Should Be Singing This Easter.

1. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
2. Amazing Grace
3. It Is Well
4. How Great Thou Art
5. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
6. Blessed Assurance
7. I Surrender All
8. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
9. Nothing But the Blood
10. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Let me know what you think, and what songs you are singing this Easter!

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FREE Church Media this Month

Warmer weather. Longer days. Flowers blooming. Trees showing signs of life. I love this time of year! Even spring showers are not burdensome as they wash the pollen away…for a few minutes, at least. What else comes this time of year? It’s something that everyone will love. It’s free media! Who doesn’t love anything free? Especially when it comes to anything that can help honor and glorify Jesus! This month, we are featuring mini movies, a worship intro, a still, a video song track, and a free video clip. Check out these freebies and let us know how you plan on using them this month. Happy April, everyone!

Color Dynamics Still by Playback Media

The Word on Worship by Steelehouse Media Group

Psalm 103 (Worship Intro) by Freebridge Media

Jesus Loves Me by High Voltage Kids

Decisions and Doors by BeecherFeature Productions

Sing Praise to Him by Seeds Family Worship

Free Video Clip – Lightstock

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Share This Easter Invite with Everyone!

Okay, I’ve shared invite videos with you before. Most of them have been comical, making us all want to laugh. But this one… gets to the heart of the issue. This new Easter invite mini movie by Centerline New Media, An Invitation (Easter), is a solid mini movie to share with your church to show them the power of the personal invite. Check it out, see what you think, and then use it to encourage your congregation to fill up your church with friends, families, and neighbors this Easter Sunday.

An Invitation (Easter) by Centerline New Media

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Top 10 Easter Outreach Ideas (Some Good and Some Bad)

Easter! What a tremendous time to think about different outreach ideas for our friends, families, and communities. Easter, as you probably know, is one of the highest attended services you’ll have this year (Mother’s Day and Christmas are the other two big ones). Therefore, it’s well worth your time to devote energy to this topic. As a side note, my desire is that we love our friends, families, and neighbors throughout the week, throughout the year…not just during Easter. But, Easter is indeed the perfect time to brainstorm outreach ideas for how we can serve/love/share our faith with those around us.

Here is a list for you to present to your church as you consider the best approach for outreach this Easter season. I am, as you will see, opinionated on this matter. Forgive my leanings and see if you agree or disagree with me.

1. Throw an easter egg hunt at your church (Great)
2. Invite a friend (Best)
3. Throw a BBQ at your church the day before Easter (Good)
4. Invite a friend (Best…again)
5. Rent some llamas and have a petting zoo (not bad, but not great)
6. Invite a friend (Still the best)
7. Blindly copy what really big churches are doing and hope for the best (horrible idea)
8. Invite a friend (See what I’m doing?)
9. Cross your fingers and hope someone else invites your friends (Not even going to comment on this one.)
10. Invite a friend (Will always be the best outreach idea for any day of the year.)
There you have it: ten ideas to get you thinking about outreach as you consider what you and your church will do this Easter season.
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