Fun Video Opening for an Easter Lesson

Note: This is an opener that we’re going to use as an introduction to our Easter message in our student ministry this week (we’ll be teaching out of 1 Corinthians 15). Feel free to use it if you like it!

What would you do with $500,000? Buy a new house? Cruise around town in your dream car? Give it to someone or a cause that you know could use the money more than you? Whatever you would do with that money, I think it’s safe that things would be different–whether for you or whoever you share the money with–in some way, right?

With that in mind, watch this video:
Warning: there is a muffled but somewhat recognizable swear word at 0:15 of the video, but it’s during the introduction, which isn’t really crucial to the video itself. You’ll want to queue the video up the video at 0 minutes, 18 seconds, or edit the word out yourself. You can use this link to start the video right at 0:18 if you like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI7AUgp5fPI&t=0m18s

Question: Is that guy going to get the half million dollars? Of course not! Why? Because he didn’t actually make the shot. Now, he thought he made the shot. He was ecstatic! Of course, if there was a real contest and he had really made the blindfolded half court shot, his life would very likely change, depending on what he would do with the money. But he didn’t really make the shot, no matter how sincerely he thought he did.

Here’s the point: Easter Sunday is the day that Christians around the world celebrate the fact that Jesus rose again from the dead after dying on the cross a few days earlier. But here’s what we are going to focus on today: Either the event really happened, or it didn’t. If it didn’t happen, this whole Jesus thing is no more than a sham, right? But if it did happen–if Jesus really DID rise from the dead–it changes EVERYTHING.

Video of the Week: Student Life Camp Promo Video

I saw this cool promo for Student Life Camp earlier this week called Jeremiah 29:11. Check it out:

Jeremiah 29:11 from Student Life on Vimeo.

Video of the Week: Youth Ministry Epic #FAIL SYMC 2013

I caught this on Josh Griffin’s blog earlier this week from the Simply Youth Ministry Conference…definitely good for a few laughs. My favorite by far starts at 1:04. Check it out:

Video of the Week: Disabled Basketball Player Scores With Help From Opposing Team

I loved this CBS News story about a Coronado High School basketball player in El Paso, Texas. Take a look:

Video of the Week: The Drop Box

This is a trailer for a documentary about Pastor Lee Jong-rak, who came up with an incredible way to care for Korean orphans who would otherwise be abandoned. The documentary’s website states, “In December 2009, a Korean pastor named Lee Jong-rak built a wooden “drop box” on the outer wall of his home. But the box wasn’t intended for clothing, food, or school supplies, it was meant to collect unwanted babies.”

I can’t wait to see the entire film.

“The Drop Box” – Documentary PROMO from Brian Ivie on Vimeo.

Video of the Week: First World Problems (Spoken by Third World People)

This is a really clever video that reveals that most of the problems we complain about are anything but:

Hat Tip: Allison Martin

Video of the Week: Falling Plates

This is a really creative video about how Jesus came to save us from The Rock in Littleton, CO. It’s definitely a great conversation starter for a lesson or small group. Check it out:

Video of the Week: Waiter stands up for special needs child

I caught this on CNN.com this week, and I love how the waiter stood up for a child with Down syndrome. It’s a great example of someone having the courage to say that something isn’t right. It might make a great illustration when talking about standing up for others and doing the right thing, even when it’s hard. Check it out:

Video of the Week: Shoot Christians Say

I saw this video last week from Tripp and Tyler, and I had to share it. Enjoy!