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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

the star movie dvd




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“Full of humor and heart” – Huffington Post

The Star is destined to become a classic!” – The Dove Foundation

Golden Globe® Nominated for Best Original Song by Mariah Carey & Marc Shaiman

THE STAR

The Tale of Faith and Friendship Includes Six Sing-Along Videos from Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini,
A Great Big World, and Kirk Franklin

Includes a Dance Along, “How-to” Crafts Video and Much More

Available on Digital February 6 and 
On Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20


CULVER CITY, Calif. (January XX, 2018) – From the studio that brought you
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself.
AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The heartwarming animated comedy follows a
small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by
Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.

Rounding out the all-star voice cast including Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames  (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (Coco, Ferdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton
(“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.

THE STAR is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including the “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends,” a dance along to “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World, plus a collection of fun lyric videos that will have you singing along to the inspiring music from
THE STAR.  Families can enjoy crafting and baking with “how-to” videos “Star Mason Jar Votives” and “Sweet and Sparkly Stars,” and they also can go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life.  In “Faith All Year Round,”
renowned pastor and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin delivers a fun and engaging children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and keeping the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day.

THE STAR is directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart, screenplay by Carlos Kotkin, and story by Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin. The film is executive produced by DeVon Franklin, Brian Henson and Lisa Henson, and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook. The Star is presented by AFFIRM films and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Walden Media, Franklin Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. The uplifting theme song, “The Star” by Mariah Carey and veteran songwriter Marc Shaiman was also nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. “The Star” song is now available on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which assembles new music from a bevy of powerhouse superstars.
Bonus Materials Include: 

  • Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels 
  • "Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance along
  • Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of THE STAR with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists
    • “The Star” by Mariah Carey
    • “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony
    • “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini
    • “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin
    • “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round 
  • Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of THE STAR shine with this simple yet stunning craft
  • Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day
  • An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life

THE STAR has a run time of approximately 86 minutes and is rated PG: for some thematic elements

GOLDEN GLOBE® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 

ABOUT SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the record-breaking monster comedies Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies—with the fully animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village available on digital and Blu-ray now; a surprising and comic take at the secret world inside our phones with The Emoji Movie now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD; the inspirational The Star currently in theaters.  Next will be Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation from director Genndy Tartakovsky in July 2018; and the groundbreaking animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from the minds of Chris Miller and Phil Lord in December 2018.  The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  In 2007, Surf's Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film; a sequel entitled Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania is now available on digital and DVD.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise including the brand new Open Season: Scared Silly now available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, was founded in 2002.  Sony Pictures Animation is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.
ABOUT AFFIRM FILMS
AFFIRM Films produces, acquires and markets films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences around the world. Since releasing its first theatrical film-The Kendrick Brothers’ drama, Facing the Giants in 2007, AFFIRM Films has released numerous quality faith-based films including Soul Surfer, based on the inspirational true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton; When the Game Stands Tall, the sports drama inspired by the story of the De La Salle Spartans; War Room, which hit #1 on the domestic box office chart; Risen, which followed the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer; and was the faith-based marketing partner with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures for their films Miracles from Heaven and the #2 faith-based film of all time, Heaven Is for Real. AFFIRM Films also released All Saints in August of 2017. In partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures AFFIRM Films released the animated film The Star on November 17, 2017, the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of the animals in the stable. AFFIRM will next release Paul, Apostle of Christ on March 28, 2018. AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. AFFIRMFilms.com


CONTACTS:
Staci Griesbach Jamie Falkowitz-Tancredi
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Falkowitz PR
(310) 244-6903 (818) 606-2652
Staci_Griesbach@spe.sony.com Jamie@FalkowitzPR.com

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

thoughts on God as father


For D-Group last week we started reading Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves. Even the introduction was great. In the first chapter there was a bit about Arius being a dummy. Do you remember Arius? He's the same man that jolly ol' St. Nicholas slapped (punched?) for being heretical at the Council of Nicaea. Hashtag Fun Fact.

But the real fun facts I thought during the reading was the following section about God as The Loving Father. God refers to himself as Father since forever. What was he the Father of though? Israel is the Lord's firstborn son. So then is God dependent on Israel? That seems like God needs Israel to be a Father. Unless he was Father before Israel. Maybe Isaac? So God is dependent on Isaac? Abraham? Noah? Adam? Did God create Adam because he wanted to be a dad? Does God need us?

We know that God does not need us. God must have another child that is not one of us. Those of us in the A.D. know that our time is even named after him. Jesus is the Son of God. Begotten, not made. He is part of the mystery of God. God is the Father and Jesus is the Son. Before time began there they were.

I wonder how Jews reconcile this idea. I will probably look into it. But I imagine if they take "Elohim" (plural) from Genesis 1:26 and "Father" from Deuteronomy 32:6 with the revelation that God chose them because he is awesome and not them, they would eventually realize their Messiah has come.

One other thought I had was how we use nature to help us understand God. Like fatherhood: we think that God is trying to explain how he feels about us and thinks, "oh they have fathers, I'll tell them I'm like a father to them." When really what happened is that God is the Father and thought, "I will create fatherhood in them to mirror what I am." He created us in his image. He didn't create himself in our image.

Realizing that God is first will help a lot of our attempts at understanding him. Realizing that we will always be tempted to put ourselves first will help us realize how selfish and depraved we are. Even as saints we still have sin that we must overcome with fear and trembling. #FunFact

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ambassadors movement

Have you ever considered how as Christians we are called to be ambassadors for Christ? Have you ever wondered what it means that this Earth is not our home? That we belong to a Godly Kingdom and we don't have a president? or a constitution? We have a King and we are supposed to represent him while we sojourn through this world. 

Recently this idea of being His ambassador has implanted itself inside me. Since I am a Christian, I am an ambassador. Once I started addressing myself that way I noticed a difference inside me. 

I am an ambassador of Christ. I know that that means I represent him. I've started thinking, "Is this action representative of Christ?" and, "Is this thought representative of Christ?" I've put myself under a microscope. I'm not ashamed of what I've found, although it's been quite shameful, because Christ's already forgiven me of all those thoughts and motives and actions that were not representative of him. I no longer represent me. I am a foreigner in a foreign land representing him. 
representing Christ in dance

So the first thing one must do in order to be God's representative is to find out who they are representing and how his representatives have succeeded and failed in the past. ie, read and study the Bible.

Second, for me specifically, I've found a bit of a discipline test that I've shared here before that builds up godly character. It starts with worship (which I accidentally just spelt "warship" and sometimes worship is like a battle, so that's interesting) and includes prayer, accountability, and service. (and more)


That last bit is my main focus actually today. How can I serve as an ambassador?


There's the normal moral aspects. And there's the whole, "whatever you do, do it for Christ." As well as the, "Whatever you do, do it well." For me that would mean like motherhood or wife-ing. You don't do it for your own glory, but rather that others would look at you and glorify the Father. 


I started to think, "What if there was a huge movement where Christians started thinking of their salvation as an initiation into ambassadorship?"


For me, this started a couple of years ago. This past year the dream has felt like a fire in my mind and soul. I had this idea that I'm not representing God enough. I need to go out of my way to make sure others know there's another option than these Earthly countries. We don't need to align our allegiance to flags and what countries they represent. We can choose a better way - a way whose only banner is Love. I want to pledge my allegiance to the flag of love and the Kingdom that it represents and the King who rules it.


Then it happened-
Ambassadors Movement - is a group of people dedicated to advancing the cause of Christ through artistic talents. It made sense to me since I am an ambassador for my King.
I first started AM in 2015 through dance with the hopes that others would eventually join me. (Maybe that day will be in 20 years; that’s fine. I will wait on the King’s timing.) The group remained nameless until November of 2017 (when I was listening to #RendCollective 's newly released Nailed to the Cross). As I was listening and worshipping, the name came to me and it stuck. 


How do I represent Him? How is he representable?

First, I think you need to get to know him. I once had a girl tell me she doesn't read the Bible because she's not a reader. But at the same time she thinks she has a closer, somehow "more", relationship with God. She's wrong. If reading about God and what he has done, kills your love for Him, then I postulate that it's not really him you're loving. If you don't desire to read more about him and what he's done, then I wonder how you can love someone and trust someone who you do not know. I'm not saying it's not possible just that it doesn't make sense to me. 

I developed a logo for us this past December using an A over an M and to my surprise it came out looking like an incomplete Star of David which is quite pleasant to me since I love Israel. And then another happy happenstance, I noticed that the image flipped looks like a person “en pointe” (on the tips of her toes) with a tutu (a dress) and her arms raised as if in worship.

And then(!) I thought, “She’s headless.” And the perfect head for this not-quite-star-of-David is the Arabic letter N that has been used to label Christians in the Middle East by ISIS for death. N as in the Nazarene, Jesus Christ (from whom Christians get their name). That N makes the perfect ballerina head for my logo. 
I especially love that its initials are “AM” - which often denotes morning. When studying Joshua recently, it was noted that Joshua would rise early to do what God commanded. He was eager and excited to do what God wanted. That’s how I want to be. Thus, AM’s verse motto became Psalm 59:16, “I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.” My troupe visits the dead and dying in hopes to share the gospel message with them: Christ came to bridge the gap between man and God. (*spiritually dead and *physically dying)

I have 4 points to this vision that are incomplete:
1- more Christian adults of any talent to come along side of me
2- have street evangelism by using those talents to engage pedestrians 
3- visit a women's prison with a show
4- have after school classes at a local impoverished high school

I do not have a timeline nor do I have much else as far as a plan. There are so many missing pieces. But I'm excited to see what develops. If you want to join me, let me know. Maybe you "only" have your testimony and no "talent" - I can still use you. And more importantly, God wants to still use you. If you have something that you want to donate, you should know that I have no official 501c3 status and have no idea how (even after reading how) to set that up. This is very long term vision and I won't be surprised if the next step isn't for another decade. If you want to contribute something now, that's fine; I'll accept anything. I've already accepted things and have (obviously) donated plenty of my own items and money. 


Things we might need one day would include:
funds for a babysitter
a babysitter
sound mixing software/equipment or service 
electronic piano/keyboard and equipment
portable dance floor
ballet barres (diy options are inexpensive)
ballet outfits for the high schoolers -tights, leotards, shoes, sweatpants/jackets. skirts, bags, water bottles (it'd be cool if they had the logo on them)
weekly healthy dinners if we held classes after school at an impoverished high school
and snack to send home with the girls (and guys?)
devotional journals and pens
Bibles

Maybe it's all a dream. Maybe I'm dreaming too big. I'm trying to be faithful to my King whose throne is established on righteousness and justice. I'm trying to represent him by being righteous (through Christ) and doing justice (through AM). I love God and I love his creation. I've not been called to be successful, only faithful. Everything else is up to the Spirit to accomplish (thank God). 

I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. Psalm 59:16

Sunday, December 10, 2017

does god give up on people

Recently I was asked about Romans 1:24, 26, 28 where Paul writes, "God gave them up." The asker said that they see how, "God gives them over to their own idolatry and wickedness. The longer they are without Him, the worse their heart condition gets. Without the Holy Spirit this heart condition will lead to spiritual death." Their question was, "is this a complete abandonment? Is He forever done with them or is there still a chance for mercy?"

I was thrilled to answer this for them. I told my husband via text that searching the Scriptures is fun for me and that more than anything in life I feel the most alive when searching the Scriptures. I feel like I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

My response:
I agree with what you have found and the natural question that stems from that, “Can they ever be saved if God has abandoned them?”


The Bible Project guys hint at the idea that is shared by Albert Mohler that these verses are speaking to humanity as a whole when sin entered the world in Genesis 3. If this is Paul’s intention, then certainly yes, we can be saved post fall since all sin happened post-fall.


On a slight side-note and desire for clarity, our sins do not lead us to spiritual death. We are all already spiritually dead. Ephesians 2:5 says that we were all dead in our sins. Adam’s sin lead to spiritual death that we all now begin physical life as spiritually dead. Without the Holy Spirit we are still spiritually dead. The act of salvation includes the indwelling of the Spirit and once he is with you he will not leave you (Romans 8:35). If a person appears to be saved and then appears to be unregenerate, he was either never saved and only had the appearance of holiness or he will be brought again to repentance. Therefore I would revise, if I may be permitted by the reader, that the final conclusion of, “Without the Holy Spirit this heart condition will lead to spiritual death,” to “Without the Holy Spirit’s intervention this heart condition will lead to a continued and irrevocable spiritual death,” which is what I suspect was the intended meaning of the question.


I see a couple of concerns behind the question though. Without knowing the heart of the one asking, I say usually the reason for asking is either because they know someone who seems too far gone for saving grace or they themselves have some desire and want to know, “how far is too far? Will God completely abandon me or can I go have fun and come back?” And a final common reason is the concern that one is currently too far gone despite a desire to repent.


For the first instance, I refer to the many gospel passages where Jesus says, “WHOEVER believes” will be saved (Mark 16:16, John 3:15, 16, 18, John 6:47 and more). In Romans 6:23, we see that confession and belief are needed and that no amount of sin is too much to be covered. For by grace we have been saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8) even if by human accounts that sin is great. The sermon on the mount (Matthew 5) lists many sins that start in the heart and the intention of that sermon is to show that from great to little all sin separates us from God. Further into Romans, in chapter 3, Paul addresses people’s faithlessness by asking if that nullifies the faithfulness of God, “By no means!” he says in verse 4. There is still hope that these faithless people will be saved. God is not condemning them, as John 3:17 says, they are already condemned, but through Jesus whoever believes will not perish.


This includes even you if you think you’ve gone too far. There is no amount of sin that the blood of Jesus cannot wash clean. You are included in “whoever” and the fact that you desire to return to God indicates his Spirit is at work within you.


For the people being addressed in the original question, they were given over to their desires but for what purpose?  If such acts are done within the Body of Believers, 1 Corinthians 5:5, says that by the destruction of the flesh his spirit might be saved. This is encouraging, then, that when we see people willfully turning from God and God allows them to fall, it is for the hope of repentance. We should pray for them and attempt to draw them back to God as the Spirit directs.


For the second concern, if you or someone you know is desiring to walk the line and make a deathbed confession, or foolishly think that “once saved always saved” means you can now behave anyway you wish, maybe they want to “see what the world has to offer”, I’d refer them to John 7:38, that says those who believe “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” and in no way can a desire to turn from God and follow sin willfully be considered “living water”. John 12:46 says he will not remain in darkness, and all sin is in darkness. First John 4:16, says that he will abide in love; God is love and in Him is no sin. Second Peter 2:20f speaks to people who have heard and known the word and turned from it. It says it would be better for him to never have known the gospel in the first place. Matthew 24:12-13 speaks to people whose love grows cold but the one who endures to the end will be saved. The desire to sin and forsake God reveals a reprobate mind, not a sanctified one.


It is important to note that this willfully leaving the gospel and embracing their sinful flesh is different from making mistakes or having a moment of weakness or stumbling that leads to contrition.


I want to emphasize that God never turns anyone away who desires a relationship with him. As said previously, WHOEVER desires to come to the Father will be received. There is no sin too dirty for God. From the beginning all sin was too unholy to allow us near him. His cure for us was sending Jesus who died for all sinners and all their sin. Every sin that you commit has been committed after the penalty had been paid. God wants a faithful heart, a contrite heart, a repentant heart, and a humble heart. Christ came to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) and it is the tactic of the enemy to deceive God’s chosen into thinking otherwise. Those who are well have no need of a physician, Jesus said. (Matthew 9:12) If you are a sinner, Christ came for you.


And finally, check out these quotes from some of my favorites on sanctification that may be helpful.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

let the little children come gospel tracts

I don't know where to start. In a nutshell, this stuff is so cool. If you know me, you know I love evangelism despite not being very gifted. These are awesome tools to help even me present the gospel. Below are various Christian tracts that are included in the sampler pack that was sent to me to review. And I love it.

For by grace they will be saved by faith. Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. And these tracks help provide the presenter an easy memory tool to present the words of Christ as well as engage the listener in a way that will capture their attention long enough to hear the words of Christ. These are great for sharing the gospel with children. These are also great for teaching children to share the gospel with others. High schoolers can even benefit from these.

My favorite is the wordless bracelets. It's an oldie but I love them. (I love the wordless evangelism books et al and have written about them before HERE.) The silicone bracelets come 20 in a pack for $16 with discounts for more than 10 packs. What's nice about the silicone bracelets is that they do not require any assembly and each one comes with a gospel presentation. They are easy to hand out as gifts at Christmas or Halloween or as party favors or "just because".

The other bracelet is beaded. I've seen varying descriptions for the beads, and this is just as good as any. The point is to present the gospel and this does that. You could have a Sunday School teacher read the presentation as the students assemble the bracelets. The downside is that I couldn't get the knots to stay knotted until I used a dot of school glue. Then it was perfect. I am still wearing my bracelets. Both of them. I always wanted a wordless bracelet. I hope that it will spark some discussion.

My next favorite tract is called Gospel Buttons FlipAbout.
The paper is folded in such a way that as the gospel is being presented the speaker folds the pages in a mesmerizing manner. I'm going to go try it on my kids...um, ok, maybe practice first. It was still cool.

The next style of tract has a plastic piece in it that allows an optical illusion to take place on each page; that's pretty cool.

The wordless book is pretty nice. It fits in a wallet or pocket or could be used as a bookmark at school to talk with a fellow student.

The last style of tract is pop-up as pictured below.

You can find all these fun items at www.LetTheLittleChildrenCome.com

The sampler pack is HERE.

From the company:
Let The Little Children Come aims to provide effective gospel tracts and evangelism tools and resources for children.
It is the hope that these tools and resources will help you in conveying the powerful gospel message to children.
the gospel tracts are all specially designed to capture and hold the attention of children, while not distracting them from the core message of salvation through Jesus Christ.











Wednesday, November 1, 2017

thankful leaves

I didn't know what this would look like before today otherwise I would have written about it before now. I don't have much to say about it. I drew trees with white crayon (did you know white crayons could be useful?). I printed and cut out leaves. I chose Oak Leaves because we are supposed to be Oaks of Righteousness (Isaiah 61:3). I printed my kids heads and drew bodies of them next to the trees. I used sandwich bags to hold all the leaves and made it look like the kids were playing in a pile of leaves. Each day leading to Thanksgiving we will read a Bible verse and think of something we are grateful for. Today we read Colossians 3:17 and we were grateful for iPads, snails, hugs, and kisses. I'm curious how this will turn out. tbd....

I let the kids help me cut the leaves. They did a terrible job and took forever but we had fun anyway. 

Before our November 1 leaves...


jesse tree 2017

( I feel like this is an appropriate day to start writing this entry. It's October as I write this and we are finally having some snow/hail. I'm not sure what to call it. Hailflakes maybe?)

We've never done a Jesse Tree. Do you know who Jesse is?

Ruth married Boaz and they had a son named Obed. Obed's son is Jesse. Jesse is Ruth's grandson.

Why is he important?

Meanwhile, Eli was a priest with two worthless men for sons. He saw a gal named Hannah praying for a son. She had Samuel and gave him to Eli to raise as a priest in service to God. Samuel was godly.

Samuel went to Jesse's house as God told him to do. Jesse had eight sons. Samuel thought one of the older seven might be the next king. But God does not look at the outward appearance as even a mighty prophet of God might do and as Samuel did, God looks at the heart. And God had chosen a man after his own heart, Jesse's 8th son, David. Read the story in 1 Samuel 16:7.

Jesse and David are used to prophesy the coming Messiah:
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, Isaiah 11:1
Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, Jeremiah 23:5
And we see their names in Jesus's lineage:

Since Jesse is supposed to have a branch come out of him, I'm guessing that someone decided a tree was appropriate. Jesse's branch leads to Jesus and advent leads to Christmas, and thus someone came up with the advent calendar known as a Jesse Tree. (I'm guessing here. I've never done a history of the Jesse Tree.)

Last year after Christmas I found some clearance items and got everything for my Jesse Tree for like less than $5. My raw materials are a light-up "tree", some advent ornaments, and Jesus storybook Bible printables. I downloaded my printables a long time ago from THIS site.

If I hadn't found this tree, I might have used a piece of green construction paper cut in a triangle and taped to the wall. How "pinterest" a thing doesn't matter. I like this tree that I found because it reminds me of Charlie Brown. Cheapest is best in my mind. 


Here is at least the reading plan via FaithGateway:

My ornaments from Target are 3" circles. Whatever you get can be altered to work. Let me see what you come up with! You could very easily print or write the corresponding date on the back of each picture. Or glue it to card stock, or old Christmas cards, or laminate them. Here's one I did previously...it was fun!

I printed my Jesus Storybook Bible pictures at FedEx because I only have a black and white printer. It cost $3.25 to print 4 colored pages. I glued the advent numbers to the back of each corresponding advent picture and then attached each to the true with the included mini clothespins. 

Starting December 1, we will read the corresponding story out of Jesus Storybook Bible and put the ornament on the tree. Christmas Eve, our tree should look something like this:
Final Tree