A brilliant tool for studying the Bible: OneNote

This last year I’ve been doing all my Bible reading and study in Microsoft’s OneNote. It’s one of the best tools I’ve found to help me read the Bible and engage with it in a dynamic and creative way. You can download OneNote here: https://www.onenote.com and the resource I mentioned for getting the Bible into one note can be found here: http://biblenote.pro

Palm Sunday: Lion & Lamb

Matthew 21:1-18
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

5 “Say to Daughter Zion,

    ‘See, your king comes to you,

humble and riding on a donkey,

    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. 

 

15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,”they were indignant.

16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

“‘From the lips of children and infants

    you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry.19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.

 

Kingdom Come: Promise Cannon

Kingdom Come is our quarterly prayer gathering at HTBB Church. Each time we include a creative and active element within the service. 

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.

This Kingdom Come was on Easter Sunday and the question for the evening was: 'What difference does the resurrection make to the way we pray?" Looking at 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 we focused on the promises of God and the need to take hold of them in prayer on behalf of others.

Give your best prayers away.

As a physical symbol of what we were encouraging people to do in prayer we fired large confetti strips each with a promise of God printed on them out of three makeshift cannons above the gathering. People had to catch the promises whilst they were in the air, a sign of what we do in prayer with God's promises. We then encouraged people to take these strips home and stick them up and use to pray in the week following. 

We borrowed a floor dryer from the gym next door which blew air into three pipes attached with paper and gaffer tape. We cut slot holes in the base of each pipe through which to push the large confetti strips. 

For the confetti we printed this template out on A4 and cut them up, we kept them in ordered bundles of around 10-20 to slot in in one go. 

And here was our setup in the balcony:

Here it is in action: 

And it's always great to get feedback:

Yes & amen #christian #easter ##NGAM

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Surprise!

An hidden elastic action to propel polystyrene balls out of a coffee bean box. They go everywhere! (And still leaves space for the coffee...)

You will need...

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How it works...

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We had to add a plastic strip to reinforce the butterfly pins inane hold them in place. 

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A cardboard panel to push the polystyrene balls out.

 
 
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Tightly bound string to hold everything in place until it's opened! 


The Result...

Psalm 23: Evergreen

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Psalm 23: Soundtracks

PSALM 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.