Here at the Haines House, we’re good and ready for this week because this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, beginning The Lenten season. Our season of mourning, our season of focus, and our season to give up caffeine and chocolate, so when the urges hit, we go humbly to Father in acknowledged neediness.

We’ll begin the march to the cross, to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  We’ll dig our focus deeper, longing for Christ’s ultimate glorification, and our ultimate glorification in Him.

Beginning the process of preparation this year in this house has somehow involved delving into Ephesians and asking a few of our friends to join us in the reading. Verses were divided between friends and this is what a group reading from folks across the country and globe sounds like so far:

Ephesians places us directly in the narrative, explaining that the redemptive work of Christ made way for our adoption and provided for our inheritance in Him.  Ephesians explains the richness of life in Christ.

Now that the project has already started, we couldn’t stop at chapter one, and we want your help to complete the video.

Are you interested in celebrating your redemption and adoption with the Haines house, this (in)courage community, and the body of Christ by giving your voice to His words in Ephesians?

If so, this is what you can do:

  • Link up below, indicating the verse you will read (i.e., Seth, 1:1).  We will start with Chapter 2, verse 4. Each person linking up will take the next verse in succession.
  • We would like to keep this representative of the entire church (including women, men, and kids), so if you have a friend, husband, older child, etc., that would read, we welcome you to please sign up for one additional spot.
  • The video clips will need to be in .mov file format or any format that can be viewed in QuickTime (iPhone videos work well).  When you read, do not read the reference.
  • If you read from an iPhone or portable device, make sure you shoot the video lengthwise (turn the phone sideways).  That way, the video will take up the entirety of the screen.
  • When you email your video to, make the subject line be the chapter and verse.
  • All submissions need to be in by March 31, 2011 (sooner if possible).  Feel free to be creative in your presentation.

The final version of the video will be posted here at (in)courage at the beginning of Holy Week.

We are so excited that you have chosen to share this experience with us.  Let us prepare our hearts this Lenten season by meditating on the mission of Christ.

Please join us!

By Seth and Amber Haines

  • oh amanda

    I think there is supposed to be a video in there which I can’t see, but I’ll sign up anyway b/c it sounds AWESOME!

    • Amber Haines

      Thank you, Amanda! I think I have it up now. I’m so excited you’re doing this with us.

      • oh amanda

        I see it now! LOVE IT! I’m going to sign up my 5yo daughter, too! Yay!!

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  • Lynn

    Ephesians 2:9

    • Amber Haines

      Lynn! Make sure to add your name to McLinky! If I can, I’ll do it for you.

  • Amber Haines

    If you don’t have a website to link within McLinky, go ahead and just link using as your address, and then leave us a comment with your verse, so we have a contact email!

    Thank you.

  • Sami Cone

    What are the chances of me coming back at the right time to get Eph 4:32 – kids love that one!
    We’ve actually memorized chapters 4-6 of Ephesians, so now I need to go back and start from the beginning!

  • Erin

    It looks like the list is getting a little mixed up– people posting at the same time– will you let us know for sure which verse we’re supposed to do?

    • Amber Haines

      Erin, you’re signed up for verse 17, and that’s perfect. I think we did get two signed up for v 15, and I’ll send emails to take care of it.

      Thank you for this!

  • Mel

    I think this is so cool :) Little question…and maybe I missed something? That does happen to me often. :) Does it matter what version we use?

    • Amber Haines

      Mel, that’s a great question! I actually think it’d be pretty cool to have many versions.

      • Mel

        I think so too. :) Thanks!

  • Megan at SortaCrunchy

    This is GORGEOUS! I cannot wait for the finished video. Here’s to the unity we have in Him and His Word!!

    • Megan at SortaCrunchy

      I forgot to say Ephesians is such a meaningful book to me. I kind of just want to roll around in this project. I LOVE IT.

    • lbaker

      I know, right? It’s gonna be SUCH fun!

  • Dawn

    wow- this really is amazing. i’m excited to be a part of it! is my flip video thing-y going to work for this though?

  • Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience

    Hey Haines!

    Can the Voskamp family take Ephesians 4: 8

    8 This is why it says:

    “When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives
    and gave gifts to his people.”

    Thank you, Amber!

    • Amber@theRunaMuck

      I love that verse, Ann. Beautiful.

      I keep watching the line-up, so I can fill you in for that one.

      So so so glad you’re in.

      (in) he he.

  • in wonder

    I am so sorry, i left a first comment w/out a verse and the 2nd (4:22-24) i skipped verses… not sure how to delete them? …our family would like to join in in proper order :). blessings.