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Posted by SKA on April 13, 2011

Mark & Teri's children, Chris & Chantel, explore the tulip gardens with Teri's parents.

Everywhere we turned, we observed tulips bursting with color.  We stood astonished at all the beautiful shades of color that God chose when He created them.  We felt as if the tulips were welcoming us with all their glorious splendor. What an array of beauty was displayed as we watched their colorful heads gently bending towards us. This spectacular day, we were visiting Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. 

Chris and Chantel discover some very large Dutch shoes!

The tulip actually has an origin from Central and Western Asia, and it is the national flower of Turkey. As we discovered, God actually created over 3000 different varieties of this particular flower. Tulips are supposed to signify a declaration of love. It was very interesting to see all the different types. Some were even rough-shaped blossoms simply swinging in the wind. It would be so easy to spend hours amongst these beauties and get lost, while being caught up in their magnificence. And…we did! Even though we had a map, we still couldn’t seem to find where we were going…the quantities of tulips were unbelievable! We were lost, but what a place to be lost within!

A tulip is the world’s third most popular flower. Photographs of our own North Carolina tulips were used for the April Welcome banner.  Welcome is defined as “a kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure”.  This welcome banner will provide a month or more of beauty to greet your congregation and visitors in any location where you want to add color and a feeling of hospitality. And, while we’ve identified this banner for the month of April, it does not contain the name of the month on the banner, making it versatile for use at more variable times.

We have designed welcome banners for each month, and each banner has a specific theme and usually a “behind the scenes story” that goes along with it. Our banners are designed for you to hang on the wall or to display on a banner stand. We want to give God the glory for all He has created. The April Welcome banner was designed using His beautiful creation, the tulip.

Victory Church Products desires nothing more than to partner with you in meeting your church supply needs. In addition to over 250 banners, we also have other products that would be useful for welcoming new visitors and members, including welcome packets, welcome badges, welcome pew cards, and a variety of other merchandise. You can view our full product line at www.victorychurchproducts.com.

Blessings,

Teri

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And the winner is …

Posted by SKA on April 11, 2011

We had such a great time with our first ever Victory Church Products blog giveaway! Thanks to each of you that participated. We hope to offer another one in the near future!

And now to announce the randomly chosen winner:

Emily Freeman – time stamped entry 11:15 am on 4/6

Congratulations Emily! Please send your mailing address to us at salewine@victorychurchproducts.com, and we’ll get the winning prize pack sent out to you right away!

Thank you for sharing all of your Easter memories – we loved reading them!  We pray each of you have a most blessed Easter, as we celebrate the Resurrection Day of our Lord and Savior!

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FIRST-EVER BLOG GIVEAWAY!!

Posted by SKA on April 4, 2011

We are so excited to announce our first ever Victory Church Products blog giveaway!!!! As the stewardship partner to many churches, we are in the business of routinely searching for church supplies, resources, gifts, and many other products to assist the ministry of our partnering churches and individuals. Today, we have the privilege of sharing a sampling of those products with you!  Before we reveal how one person will be able to win all three products in our giveaway, we want to give you a closer look at what you’ll be receiving:

You can win all three items!!

Bible Cover – Paisley, purse-style handles, large size, reddish/burgundy, decorative silver cross on the front with the words “Amazing Grace”

Journal – Burgundy flexcover, 5 x 7 handy-sized with ribbon marker, scripture on the bottom of each page

Water Bottle – Large, stainless steel, 25 oz capacity, BPA-free, burgundy with 1 Corinthians 13 scripture

All three of these items will be given away to one blessed winner! You may choose to use them as ministry tools, gifts, or simply as a pick-me-up for yourself!

Now, you’ve got to be wondering…what do I need to do to win?  So glad you asked!

The contest will run from today, Monday, April 4 through this Friday, April 8! You have five days to enter!   We are new in the blogging world, and we would love to have you help us get the word out that we are here!

 
 
 

The randomly chosen winner will be announced on Monday, April 11!

 

You have up to four ways to enter.  You may choose just one of the ways, or if you’d like to statistically increase your chances of winning, then feel free to enter using all four ways.  Here’s how:

1)      Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Easter memory – either as an individual or corporately, as a church.

2)      Follow us on Twitter at @VictoryChProds and then tweet about this giveaway providing a link to this post.  IMPORTANT:  Come back here to this post and let us know in a NEW comment that you’ve done so.

3)      “Like” us on our Facebook fan page and come back to this post and let us know in a NEW comment that you’ve done so.

4)      Lastly, subscribe to our blog – see how by simply entering your email address under the “Follow Our Blog!” link

in the upper right column. After doing so, leave a NEW comment on this post stating that you’ve done so.

In order for your entries to be valid…be sure to leave a comment after completing each one, as the winner will be randomly selected from the time-stamped comments.

We are so excited about getting to know our blog readers a little more!  Please share the word!  Have a blessed week!

Front of Water Bottle

Back of Water Bottle

 

Bible Cover - Detail

 

Close Up of Journal Cover

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I Scream For Ice Cream – Understanding Languages

Posted by SKA on April 1, 2011

Chantel enjoys her ice cream!

Excitement and energy were very high as we made the big move from living right along the Pacific Ocean of southern California, with a 4 and 5-year-old and our “citified” pet cat, to the East coast! By this point in their young lives, the kids had already experienced many travel adventures and had lived in different places throughout the world because of their father’s employment. As a result, they had learned to say “ice cream” and “thank you” in several different languages:  Dutch, French, Italian, German, Polish, Austrian, Czech, Mexican, Fijian, and several African languages. 

We had always reassured them that it was okay not to understand what people were saying. If someone asked them a question or tried to make conversation, just say “Thank you”, and if that didn’t work, say “ice cream!” Often they would ask, “What are they saying?” If the body language of the other person indicated rudeness or anger, the children often became scared, because they simply didn’t understand the context of what was being said. Thank you, in the native language, became a standard response and ice cream – a regular request for two small children!

Christopher enjoys his treat as well!

Traveling in a car to North Carolina took four days, and we were thankful to arrive safely. After stopping to eat, our 5-year-old son became restless and disturbed as we entered a restaurant. Asking him what was bothering him, he bolted out with “WHAT COUNTRY are we in and WHAT LANGUAGE are they speaking?” 

Pentecost, the 50th and final day of the Easter Season, celebrates the outpouring of the Hoy Spirit upon the Apostles. On the original day of Pentecost, the apostles were all gathered together in one place. Suddenly, there came from the sky a noise like a mighty rushing wind that filled the whole house, and what appeared to be tongues of fire rested upon the apostles, and they were able to speak in different languages or tongues. They left that room filled with the power of God Himself. Three thousand people were baptized that very day!

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

Before His Ascension, Jesus commanded His apostles to wait for “the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5

This bold banner design includes the Holy Spirit represented by the dove, and the flaming tongues of fire resulting in the name of Christ proclaimed in many languages!

With our Pentecost banner, an artist drew the tongues coming out of the fire. If you look carefully, the tongues of fire are touching languages around the world that speak the name, Jesus Christ. Some of the names had to actually be drawn, because the language characters do not even exist in computer fonts.

While traveling In the Ukraine, on a mission trip, we needed our words translated. Can you imagine the translations of our English as they went from American to Ukrainian then to Romanian and finally to the Gypsy language. It was similar to playing that old game of “telephone” as kids! I would love to have known how each person translated what I spoke.  Imagine the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit filled the room. It must have been a glorious experience to witness all the different languages being understood. The Pentecost banner provides a beautifully graphic picture in celebration of this special day in the church year.

Victory Church Products is thrilled to make available the Pentecost banner, the ever popular Mission banner, and many other banners and various supplies for your church. Choose from several bulletins that coordinate with our banners. We want to be your stewardship partner and provide for your church needs. Whether it is for communion, classes, or cards, check out all of our product offerings on our company website at www.victorychurchproducts.com.

Ice cream…gelato…eiskrem…glace…ijs…helado…zmzlina…lody pl…ys…sorbet …I think it is a good time to get some!

The Muir family enjoys some ice cream in the Netherlands - many years ago!

We’d love to hear from you! How do you explain Pentecost to children? How is Pentecost celebrated in your congregation? Please leave a comment and share your experiences with us! 

Blessings,

Teri

 
 

 

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Nature’s Palate

Posted by SKA on March 29, 2011

Bursts of color flashed before my eyes as I drove through the countryside. There were bright yellows, pinks, oranges, purples, reds, and all shades of green welcoming me on a sunny day. It appeared that winter had released its icy cold and snowy grip and allowed spring to emerge. The crocus that had just recently been covered by snow now strutted its stuff.  The array of colors reminded me of an artist’s palate. In many ways, all of creation is like God’s active painting, and we are just a small dot on His canvas.

March is a word that can be used in different contexts. 

As a command in the band it is, “March two…three…four! March…two…three…four!” Or, as a title used when someone doesn’t quite fit in, “He marches to the beat of a different drummer.” March is also the word used to describe the month that occurs during the seasonal time of the year immediately following winter. Spring is the season that ushers in new life for many living things. In our March welcome banner, we have tried to display a glimpse of that new life of spring with the blooming crocus.

The "Welcome March" banner is just one in a series of 12 banners!

The definition of welcome is “to greet upon arrival, to greet in a friendly way, to receive with gladness and happiness, a kindly greeting”. Each place of worship strives to make every guest or newcomer that enters feel welcome. Church members will enjoy the colorful options provided in our Welcome Banner Series to brighten up their place of worship for each of the twelve months of the year. Stop by the Victory Church Products website and view the monthly welcome banner offerings for January through December. All images have been selected to coordinate with the season. You may also choose to place the bright and cheery banners in the foyer to welcome guests as they arrive. Or perhaps…decorate a wall area that needs a little change of scenery. Use several banner seasons together to show the progression and changing of the seasons.

Victory Church Product designers wanted a banner for each month of the year but also a smaller set of banners that would show the seasons.  A set of four seasonal banners are available for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The themes developed quite easily: winter was obvious—snow.  The spring and summer banners would display flowers, and the fall banner demonstrates a scenic autumn picture in nature. These four seasonal banners will also coordinate with the appropriate monthly banners.

There are many holidays that we celebrate throughout the year. After designing the twelve monthly welcome banners and the four seasonal banners, we were having so much fun that we started a Celebrate Thanksgiving banner, which led to a Celebrate banner series for most other holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Graduation, New Year’s, and 4th of July. Some of the banner images consist of original art or photography. The banners may be displayed on banner stands or hangars.

What holidays (not including Easter or Christmas) or celebrations do you like to celebrate with the most fanfare? Do you have any unusual traditions with your celebrations? Are there holidays we missed in this particular banner design portfolio? To see our full line of banners, visit our website. We’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to have a copy of our full-color banner or sale catalog: customerservice@victorychurchproducts.com or 888-267-1557 to reach our Customer Care Center!

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Not Just Playing Possum!

Posted by SKA on March 23, 2011

I remember fondly as a child how much my family enjoyed playing Bible Charades, commonly taught at church. There were certain stories that we acted out again and again.  A particular story that we really loved was the 7th miracle of Jesus. We learned in church that Jesus had performed the miracle with a dead man and then told gathered around Him, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

My younger brother always got to play the best part. My younger sister and I would get the “sister roles”, which always included finding and utilizing several rolls of toilet paper. We would begin the job by wrapping his body foot first and wrap all the way around his head until this mummy appeared dead! We would then hoist up the heavy body and lug it into the make-shift tomb (a bunch of furniture that we could shape into a tomb and then place a pillow in front of it to shut it). As long as we didn’t wait too long, he remained in a pretend-dead-like state. What fun we had commanding him, “Lazarus! You come out”! We tried to sound just like Jesus did. My brother tried to stand and get out of the mummy roll, but without being able to see anything he would sway, swagger and fall. Then we would start it out all over again.

I Am The Resurrection & The Life Banner

When touring Israel with a church group, we stood on the Mount of Olives and scanned the city imagining the route Jesus used to take on His way into the gates of Jerusalem. Jesus’ friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived in Bethany, which was on the slope of the Mount of Olives. We stopped at the Gate to Lazarus home and imagined how it must have been with Mary and Martha distraught over their brother being near death. The messenger they had sent Jesus was too late. Four days after Lazarus’ death and burial, Jesus arrived.  Martha, who was in charge of things, began questioning Jesus and why he hadn’t come sooner. Jesus explains to her that Lazarus, her brother, will rise up. She misinterpreted it to be at the Resurrection day. Martha gets Mary, who is grieving inside the house, and follows Jesus to the tomb. Jesus, Himself, shares the grief of His friends as He weeps. But then…He asked the stone to be removed from the tomb. With confidence he commanded, “Lazarus, come out!”

And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.  John 11:43-44

Jesus said unto her, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25-26

Lazarus and his sisters had faith in Jesus. Jesus did not call Lazarus out and raise him up just to be with his family again, but He raised Lazarus to show all who saw this miracle that death was powerless. All who die, in Christ, will live again by His power.

“I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6. Lazarus was raised from the dead for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it (John 11:14).

We wanted to design the banner, I am the Resurrection and the Life, so it would enhance and provide a visual reminder of Who gave us this life. Our banners, I Am the Way, I Am the Truth, and I Am the Life, go nicely with the I am the Resurrection and the Life banner and reminds us of that. Victory Church Products has custom designed bulletins for some of these banners, as well as other banners from the popular I Am Banner series. Also check out our selection of church supplies including, communion ware, copy paper, communion cups, church record books, certificates, and children’s curriculum.  

Blessings!

Teri

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He’s Gone! It’s Empty! Easter Morning and Life Eternal

Posted by SKA on March 21, 2011

This "Risen" Banner is the third in the series.

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 1 John 2:25

The story began just before dawn, with three women going to the tomb to tend to the broken, wounded, and now deceased body. Thirty-six hours had passed, and they were hurrying to get to the tomb where Jesus was laid after being crucified. The typical rites of washing and anointing the body would be done in preparation for burial. There was one problem though…the women would not be able to move the stone, which covered the opening of the tomb. Totally surprised to discover when they arrived…the stone had already been removed!  They began to worry that Jesus’ body might have being stolen, but the most beautiful words were soon heard:

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay”.  Matthew 28:5-6 

The Resurrection removes the fear of death, because it removes death’s power (Hebrews 2:14-15). Satan is defeated. Jesus has been the sacrifice, and we are promised life forever. His resurrection verifies what He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6  The way to the Father is through the sacrifice of His son. The truth is just as He foretold. He is life and salvation to all creation. 

Martin Luther states, “Our Lord’s resurrection, therefore, is the guarantee of our own resurrection…take hope in the victory over death that Jesus gives you…In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain; But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah!”

In the previous post, I shared about time spent in Jerusalem and about how we relived many of the Stations of the Cross that Jesus traveled. We focused on Christ’s crucifixion in that post, and the Crucified banner story revealed more about the olive wood statue that was used in the design. The photographed carved cross in the Crucified banner is the same one used in the Risen banner but now only a cloth remains. Jesus has risen indeed! It is the Risen banner that completes this set. 

The hymn written by Lyra Davidica in 1749 is one of my favorites of the Easter Season:

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross Alleluia! 
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King Alleluia! 
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

Shown is the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion - Golgotha

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia! 
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia! 
Now above the sky he’s King Alleluia! 
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

The tomb is empty and He is gone. What must it have been like then? In continuation of our Jerusalem adventure…we bumped our way through the narrow “cave” at the Garden of Calvary, and we wandered through the garden thinking about what the women must have thought when they came upon the stone, which had been moved away. 

Quietly gathering together, we shared communion with juice and bread (His body, His blood). It was mindboggling that we were celebrating His resurrection in the spot where He might have been. Leaving the beautiful garden you could hear the exclamations, “He’s Alive!”, “He is Risen!” and “Alleluia”.

As you display this banner set in your church, you might choose to display Hosanna, Crucified, or Risen individually over time with the three banners displayed together on Easter Sunday.  Members and guests will be able to actually visualize what went on that Holy Week. 

The tomb is empty!!

The banners depict the praise, the trauma, and the most blessed Resurrection. “This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)  Celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord. 

Check out our website where you can purchase the banners in this set individually or as a collection of three. We also provide a selection of Easter bulletins that would coordinate nicely with these banners. Be sure to check out the other Easter products that are unique to Victory Church Products!

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It’s Heavy On My Heart

Posted by SKA on March 18, 2011

Crucified - the second banner in the Easter II Set

So much change can take place within a week. Jesus had finished His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Sunday. The people have long since dropped their palm branches and stopped their shouts of “Hosanna”.  Thursday evening ushered in Jesus’ final meal with the disciples, and then comes Friday, accompanied by shouts of “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” throughout the streets. Memories of those same streets flood my mind as well… 

Pushing and shoving with shouts in various languages created an environment in which it seemed like there was nowhere to turn! It reminded me of a gigantic flea market or garage sale. It was quite chaotic and a bit uncontrolled. We definitively felt an urge to get out of there quickly! We were experiencing the city markets in Jerusalem.

Victory Church Product’s Crucified banner was created with an image of Jesus carrying a cross. This particular statue was actually purchased in the old city market in Jerusalem. Goods coming from all over the world can be found along the winding alleys, among the hidden corners, and within the carts pulled by strong men!
A merchant from a tiny stall motioned for me to come over and take a look at his statues that were hand-carved from olive wood. One statue of Jesus caught my attention, and I went over to look at it. Here was Jesus, doubled over, with the cross in his arms. The woodcarver had done an excellent job of depicting the weight that Jesus’ must have carried upon His shoulders by the carved look on His face. We purchased the statue, wrapped it up and wiggled our way through the crowd.

Actual thorn bush found in Israel

 As we passed a table near the exit gate a dried crown of thorns caught my eye. We had seen live thorny bushes, but not a replica of the crown of thorns Jesus wore. After paying for it as well, we moved quickly through the crowds. We could hardly wait to get out of the market and find some peace and quiet.

The next day allowed us time to walk the route of the traditional path Jesus took on his journey to the Crucifixion at Calvary, the Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows. The various “Stations of the Cross” help to define the journey Jesus took to the cross that unforgettable day. At Station #2, Jesus took up the cross and began to carry it. The wooden carved statue depicted in the Crucified banner simply gives us a visual glimpse of what that scene might have looked like.  Additionally, in designing this banner, we used dark red on the banner to signify the blood that was shed when he was crucified. We wanted a sharp contrast between the first banner in this set, Hosanna, and the Crucified banner.

To experience the power of the risen Savior we must develop the mind of Christ as we experience the death of the cross.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:20-21

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17-18

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.   John 3:16-17

Our John 3:16 extra-large banner is also available and can be used throughout the year as a reminder of what Jesus did for all of mankind on the cross over two thousand years ago. The large format can be displayed on one of our double stands.

The third banner in set, Risen, will complete the Easter set (Hosanna, Crucified, and Risen). We will journey from Christ’s Crucifixion to the Resurrection where we can celebrate that He has risen! Check out our other Easter supplies, including additional Easter banners on our website.  We also feature many Easter bulletins that will coordinate with any of our Easter banners.

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Palms Blowing In Belize

Posted by SKA on March 16, 2011

Hosanna is the first banner in the Easter Set II!

While staring at the underside of a palm tree, we were able to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation by the clear blue sea, giving our minds a chance to wander. That’s what vacations are for anyway…aren’t they? However, thinking about making banners for Victory Church Products really doesn’t count as work. The closer to the water I am, the louder and clearer God speaks to me, or so it seems. Many inspirational moments have taken place by the water.

While enjoying a small island off the coastline of Belize, thoughts of bulletins, baptismal robes, boxed cards, gifts, communion supplies, and a host of other products (except banners) were temporarily put aside, out of our minds for the week. Victory Church Products would still be there when we returned home. 

The breeze gently blew throughout each palm tree. When we looked closer, each palm frond had been meticulously folded into a fan, with the ends meeting together at the top of the tree. Large and sturdy, these fronds could withstand heavy rain and wind. They were strong and often times quite coarse. Razor cuts could result simply by moving your hand too quickly along the edge of the green frond.

It was absolutely calming to just lie there and watch the fronds sway back and forth. The green color of the leaves against the dark brown of the trunk was quite a contrast. As we watched, we spied a boy playing chase and then Kung Fu with a frond. It was quite entertaining. We also observed an old woman, with a face that looked as if she had lived a hard life, using the palm branch as a broom to sweep away the brush on the beach.

Belize is a beautiful country with lots of palm trees. As we enjoyed time in prayer and reflection under this particular palm tree, we knew one day, Victory Church Products would design a banner featuring this special tree.

Belize was certainly a place of contrasts with the rich, the poor, and the very poor.  But…oh how they loved to worship! We enjoyed visiting the local church and witnessed their delight when we gave them several banners to hang on their bare, gray concrete walls. 

In Israel, palm trees were plentiful. However, they were not used for Kung Fu or sweeping the beach. The palm branches in Israel were used as a symbol of victory and joy. Oftentimes people would wave the branches and cheer when a king or other very important person would visit the city.

Jesus left the Mount of Olives, where He frequently took time to pray and rest to then enter the city of Jerusalem.  He sent his disciples to get a donkey. Riding into the city on a donkey signified Jesus was not just any King, but He was the Messiah!

Zechariah 9:9 – Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, humble, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

The people believed that Jesus, their King, would conqueror their enemies. They spread their clothes and palm branches onto the pathway. Crowds of people came.  As Jesus approached they began waving their branches. Running out to Him they cried “Hosanna!” 

John 12:12-13  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Many people think of the word Hosanna as meaning praise, but the literal translation in Hebrew is “save now.” It is the same word found in this verse from the Psalms:

Psalm 118:25 – Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

It was the people’s plea for deliverance. The people believed Jesus was coming to save them. Just a few days later, Jesus would not be celebrated as King but arrested, tried and crucified as a common criminal.  The celebration at the beginning of the week had turned into crucifixion by the end of the week. 

Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna! Because He died for us, we too can choose Him and ask Him to “save (us) now”.

Our Hosanna banner was designed using a photo of that palm tree in Belize to represent the triumphal entry that Jesus made into the city of Jerusalem. Hosanna is the first in a set of three banners. Begin the Holy Week by displaying this Hosanna banner, containing the green palm with a royal purple background, on Sunday. Add the Crucified banner on Good Friday, and celebrate with the Risen banner on Easter Sunday.  We have several bulletin selections that coordinate with the Hosanna banner. Additional reference books, drama/skits, offering envelopes, and ancillary Easter supplies can be found on our website. Check out our other Easter banners and banner sets.  We pray that our banners will provide a blessing to you and your congregation this Easter season!

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LOST…But Banner Flower Found

Posted by SKA on March 14, 2011

The designers at Victory Church Products sometime have unusual ways of finding images for our banner creations. Having designed and produced over 200 banners, there are so many stories we could share about their origin, and many of those stories include a travel experience. Take a moment to check out www.victorychurchproducts.com, and you will find banners that contain images from all over the world. Our very popular Missions banner was developed after several trips to countries in the Far East. The picturesque Grand Canyon was used as a backdrop for our Trust banner trio: Trust in the Lord, Lean On Him, and Guide You. Israel has also been highlighted in many of our Easter banners. 

A few years ago a quick trip to Maine ended up with the image that would be used for the production of an Easter banner. Traveling with two teenagers for a long weekend, we set out to enjoy time on an island off the coast of Maine. We drove late into the night after a long flight and found our way to the ferry port where we would catch an early morning boat. Tired and exhausted, we checked into a hotel, and we only had time for a short sleep before boarding the ferry at 5 am.

While on the ferry, it started to rain. It was a very cold rain! After an hour or so it suddenly appeared that the island the ferry was heading towards was a different one from the one we expected. Simply put, we were lost! As the boat turned around to return to the original place we boarded the ferry, the long, wet trip began to cause discouragement, fatigue, and irritability in everyone. By the time we arrived at the ferry port once again, our unpleasant attitudes were quite apparent, but we still had to wait for the correct boat.

A few hours later, we finally arrived on the right island and then had to pull our luggage up the hill to reach our accommodations. It can easily be said that things had not gone like they were supposed to, and it even left us wondering if this trip might not have been a mistake. But after a good night’s sleep, the rain was replaced by the most brilliant sunshine. And we were in for a pleasant surprise.

It wasn’t until looking outside the window that we saw them…huge lilies! They were larger than anything we had ever seen. They were absolutely beautiful. This was the crowning glory of a trip gone badly…the Easter lily. As a result, the lilies on the He is Risen banner are from that trip.

He is risen indeed! We read in Matthew 28:1-10…

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”

The lily represents purity, rebirth, and eternal life. At Victory Church Products, we also carry numerous “lily” bulletins that will coordinate beautifully with the He is Risen banner. This banner is part of a set of three, two of which we’ve already shared about in previous posts: Behold the Lamb and It is Finished. When displaying banners, it is a powerful visual image for church members to see two He is Risen banners on Sunday morning framing the front of the church, surrounded by Easter lilies at the stand base. Stands, banner hanging kits, and many other Easter supplies are available on our website at victorychurchproducts.com. There are several other Easter banners and sets that will be highlighted before Easter. The Hosanna banner begins a new set of Easter banners and will be featured next.

Victory Church Products desires to partner with churches to meet supply needs through the products that we offer. Whether it is Bibles, communion ware, offering envelopes, or banners, please know that Victory Church Products is here for you!

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