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Luke 9:35. Listen Up!

April 4 Luke 9 35 NKJV

At the transfiguration of Jesus, He took with Him, Peter, John, and James on a mountain to pray. As Jesus prayed, the Bible tells us that the appearance of His face changed, His robe became white and glistening. Additionally, Moses and Elijah appeared in glory and spoke to Jesus. While this was going on, the disciples were deeply asleep but woke up to this scene of Jesus, Moses and Elijah. Peter spoke up as Moses and Elijah were leaving and suggested they make three tabernacles. However, doing so would place Moses and Elijah on equal levels with Jesus and not to worship Jesus exclusively. To Peter’s suggestion, a voice comes out of the clouds saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Have you ever had something to say to a child, spouse, sibling, or parent and you keep trying, but they keep going and going in their own conversation and you can’t get in a single word? Perhaps you’ve had some valuable advice to give a friend, but they refuse to take it to heart and then when they are hurt they can’t understand why. Inside we might say, “If only they had listened.”

How often are we hasty in making a suggestion to God, trying to offer Him our way of doing something and all God wants us to do is listen to Him? How often do we ask God to show us His will and we keep asking and keep asking and God just wants us to listen. How often does God give us an answer, but we don’t like and go ahead and do it the way we think it should be done then get upset with God when it all falls apart? How much of our prayer time is spent talking to God rather than listening to what He wants to say to us? How often do we get so caught up in what’s going on in our lives that it drowns out the still small voice of God?

Sometimes God has to do something drastic to get our attention. Kind of like when you’re talking to you child or spouse who is engrossed in a video game or something on TV. Peter, James, and John got the spectacular experience of the transfiguration of Jesus. But God’s attention getters aren’t always grand and spectacular. Sometimes its something like a pandemic. What if COVID-19 is (at least in part) God’s ways of saying to us: “Wake Up! Listen Up! Hear what I have to say!”

For communication to occur, there has to be both a speaker and listener…the kind of listening that deeply considers what is being said and takes it in. It’s not the kind of listening that hears but just keeps on going your own way and doing your own thing.

Today, God still says to us, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” What is it that God has been trying to say to you lately and you’ve not really stopped to listen – or maybe you have but you’re finding all kinds of excuses to not do what He says?

So many of us now find ourselves quarantined and forced to a slower pace in life. What if we spent this time just listening to our heavenly Father and what he wants to say to us?

God, give us ears to hear you and heart to follow after you, seeking you with all our heart, mind, and soul. Help us to be obedient to what you say. Help us to just sit still in your presence and listen.click to tweet daily Bible reading

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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:

Memorize and hide in your heart one memory verse each week in 2020. If you didn’t start the challenge at the beginning of the year, just jump in now and be sure to sign up to get our weekly Memory verse in your email so you don’t miss a week.

memory verse logoIn 2020 our emphasis is on revival for America with three key words: revive, renew, and redeem. You will begin to see the elements of our website and posts reflect this emphasis. We hope you’ll join us in praying for God to pour out the Holy Spirit with a mighty rushing wind of revival for our nation and around the world.

 

Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  For the past few  weeks, we have been focusing on repentance. This week, we look at the spiritual transformation that takes place when we surrender our heart to God.

This week’s memory verse:

Exodus 14:13-14

“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” 

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This week’s featured proclaims Christ as the overcomer. Satan is like a lion roaming to and fro seeking whom he may devour, but Jesus is the Lion of Judah that overcame Satan.

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Trending words of inspiration on glass soap dispenser for kitchen, bath, or powder room; clear glass with typography design screened on; pump top. Fill with your favorite detergent, soap, or lotion. 8 ounce capacity.Wash your hands and say your prayers because Jesus and germs are everywhere.

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Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

By Adam Hamilton / Convergent Books

Learn how to flourish as a beacon of hope and serenity in an anxious age! Drawing on the latest research, therapeutic insights, biblical principles, and his personal experiences, Hamilton helps you untangle the knots of fear and worry—and embrace Jesus’ recurring advice: “Do not be afraid.” Full of practical solutions to help you live courageously! 176 pages, hardcover.

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Ultimate hope for Changing Times – eBook

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010972X: The Book of Signs Study Guide

The Book of Signs Study Guide

By David Jeremiah / Zondervan

In this 31-lesson The Book of Signs Study Guide which accompanies David Jeremiah’s book, The Book of Signs, he examines the prophetic writings from the Old and New Testaments to help you cut through the confusion and give you insights about God’s plan for humankind as the end times draw near. You will explore what God’s Word says about…

  • International Signs: the nations and regions that will play important roles as the final events of the age emerge
  • Cultural Signs: what will occur in societies and cultures around the world as we approach the end times
  • Heavenly Signs: what will happen to believers during this tumultuous time
  • Tribulation Signs: what will transpire during this seven-year period, when Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet unleash unspeakable horrors on the world
  • End Signs: what believers can look forward to experiencing when Jesus returns and God establishes His everlasting kingdom on earth
087342: Anxious for Nothing Study Guide with DVD: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

Anxious for Nothing Study Guide with DVD: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

In this five-session Anxious for Nothing DVD Study by Max Lucado, he examines Philippians 4:4–8 to show how we can be anxious for nothing and discover true peace from God that surpasses human understanding.

Sessions:

  1. Rejoice in the Lord Always (21:00)
  2. Let Your Gentleness Be Evident to All (20:00)
  3. Present Your Requests to God (21:00)
  4. The Peace of God Will Guard Your Heart (21:30)
  5. Meditate on These Things (21:30)

This pack contains one softcover study guide and one DVD. 

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092131: Unshakable Hope, Study Guide with DVD

Unshakable Hope, Study Guide with DVD

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

The Unshakable Hope study provides groups of all sizes the opportunity to discuss and apply what they experience during the twelve-week Unshakable Hope church campaign. This study will open participants’ eyes as to how they can view their problems in light of God’s many promises in Scripture.  This Unshakable Hope Study Pack contains one study guide and one DVD.  The Unshakable Hope book is required for this study and is not included.

Sessions include:

  1. You Are Stamped with God’s Image (14:00)
  2. God Will Win the Victory (13:00)
  3. You Are an Heir of God (13:00)
  4. Your Prayers Have Power (12:00)
  5. God Gives Grace to the Humble (12:00)
  6. God Gets You (13:00)
  7. Jesus Is Praying for You (13:00)
  8. Death Has Been Defeated (12:00)
  9. Joy Is Coming Soon (12:30)
  10. You Will Have Power (12:00)
  11. There Is No Condemnation in Christ (12:00)
  12. Justice Will Prevail (13:30)

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089191: When God Doesn"t Fix It Study Guide with DVD

When God Doesn’t Fix It Study Guide with DVD

By Thomas Nelson

Is it possible that good things can come out of our broken dreams? Building upon her book, When God Doesn’t Fix It, this Bible Study examines what the Bible says about God and why our lives often don’t turn out the way we like. She looks at the brokenness of some of our biblical heroes of faith – Abraham, Joseph, David, Paul – and shows how despite their flawed stories, God used them. God may not fix everything. In fact, our situation might never change or get better. But..we can. Study pack includes one Study Guide and one DVD.

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5. A Better Broken (13:00)

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When God is for us, no person, and no challenge, can stop us in our tracks. Because of our faith, we don’t have to give in to fear — it’s that simple. Wear this stylish Christian cap from Kerusso’s grace & truth® collection to share this brave message with those who don’t yet know the Lord.

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Cover_mGod, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press
There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

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Quotes from the Self Care Blog Series

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Today’s quote from the Self-Care Blog Series:

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Practicing Spiritual Self Care: Practice Forgiveness

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15

Today’s quote:

“As chosen ones, holy and beloved, of God, Colossians 3:12-13 tells us that we are to put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave us.” — Julia Bruce

Excerpted from part 22 of the Self Care Blog series.  Read the full article here.

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The quote above is from Part 22 of a blog series by Julia Bruce on Self-Care for people in ministry. Read the blogs here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22.

Part 23 coming soon where author, Julia M. Bruce, will break down physical self care and provide practical ways to implement physical self care in your life.

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memory verse logoDon’t forget to memorize this week’s memory verse:

In 2020 our emphasis is on revival for America with three key words: revive, renew, and redeem. You will begin to see the elements of our website and posts reflect this emphasis. We hope you’ll join us in praying for God to pour out the Holy Spirit with a mighty rushing wind of revival for our nation and around the world.

 

Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  Our verse last week focused on humbling ourselves. This week, we’ll focus on praying.

This week’s memory verse:

Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call upon me and come and
pray to me, and I will hear you.

Meditate and apply:

Will you commit to praying with us in 2020 that God will revive His people, renew our faith, and redeem our land? We feel such an urgency and desperation for revival. If God is moving your heart for revival, write your revival prayer in the comments along with your state or country. 

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Cover_mBOOKING NOW! Be a host site for the NEW God, Love & Marshmallow Wars Book Tour & Couples Conference:

This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

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We are praying and seeking God for Revival in America in 2020. The path to revival can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Watch the video on this verse created by our CEO.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves….” This week we have featured several resources on prayer. We hope you’ll choose one for your own personal Bible study and join us in seeking God with a heart of humility and pray with us for God to send a revival to America in 2020.

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091365: Seek: 28 Days to Extraordinary Prayer Seek: 28 Days to Extraordinary Prayer

By Jennifer Kennedy Dean / New Hope Publishers

Experience the peace that comes from yielding to God and the intimacy of worship and adoration! In daily and weekly entries, Dean encourages you to Surrender, Exalt, Expose, and Knock. Written to be used individually, as a family, or corporately, her brief 4-week guide will help you make prayer a life-altering habit. 156 pages, 5″ x 7″ softcover from New Hope.

26734X: When God"s People Pray - Participant"s Guide: Six Sessions on the Transforming Power of Prayer When God’s People Pray – Participant’s Guide: Six Sessions on the Transforming Power of Prayer

By Zondervan

When God’s People Pray, Participant’s Guide is the companion book for group members. The DVD curriculum is sold separately and by Jim Cymbala, best-selling author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. You and your church will learn transforming prayer through the Holy Spirit. Discover the power of God to restore hope, ignite faith, work miracles, and change lives…through prayer.

653052: Prayer: Forty Days of Practice Prayer: Forty Days of Practice

By Justin McRoberts & Scott Erickson / WaterBrook

Something in us searches for communion and communication with God. Although connection with the Creator is an innate desire, the effective practice of that connection can feel contrived or unnatural.

Prayer: Forty Days of Practice invites you to pray in more authentic and untethered ways. These prayers and images, along with contemplative reflections and suggested practices, are designed to stir and clarify what God is doing in you, which is the heart of prayer.

983362: Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle

By Alistair Begg / Good Book Company

So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been written on the subject and there’s a reason for that. Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don’t know what to say. What is it that my Father loves to hear about? What are the best things I could pray for my family, my church, and myself?

This short book by renowned Bible teacher Alistair Begg combines warmth, clarity, humor, and practicality as he examines Paul’s prayers for his friends in the church in Ephesus. Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people’s lives accordingly. The truths that underpin and shape his prayers will motivate us to pray and set us an example.

So be inspired by the Apostle Paul to pray bigger and better prayers as we look to our heavenly Father to do more than all we ask or imagine!

75279: Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Participant"s Guide Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Participant’s Guide

By Philip Yancey / Zondervan

If God knows everything, why pray? Why do answers seem inconsistent and unpredictable? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Explore the most mysterious aspect of our relationship with God! Based on Yancey’s best-selling Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? this 6-session study illuminates a sometimes confusing yet infinitely rewarding activity. Companion DVD sold separately (SKU: 275251).

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Encouraging words are displayed on our woven tapestry prayer pillow Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything, and thank Him for His answers. Philippians 4:6
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Inspiring and colorful Truth Tag set is a wonderful way to carry a Scripture verse with you. Bold contemporary graphic design and high glossy finish. An affordable Christian encouragement or appreciation gift! Attach this patriotic Truth Tag to your key chain, luggage, purse, or backpack; keep the bookmark in your current favorite read.

Featured Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…

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032502: If My People: A Prayer Guide for our Nation If My People: A Prayer Guide for our Nation

By Thomas Nelson

Embark on a 40-day prayer journey for America during a time of political division and transition! In the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14, this helpful guide provides devotional thoughts to inspire you to lift up our nation’s leaders, and includes seven meditations from past presidents that were inspired during our country’s darkest days. 128 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

032502: If My People: A Prayer Guide for our Nation If My People: A Prayer Guide for our Nation

By Thomas Nelson

Embark on a 40-day prayer journey for America during a time of political division and transition! In the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14, this helpful guide provides devotional thoughts to inspire you to lift up our nation’s leaders, and includes seven meditations from past presidents that were inspired during our country’s darkest days. 128 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

Before Amen Paperback

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Do you wish you prayed more—with more fire, faith, and fervency? Embarking on a journey to the very heart of biblical petition, Lucado explores the quotable, repeatable, portable prayer that Jesus gave his first followers when they struggled with this spiritual discipline. Discover how to have a heartfelt dialogue with God—and let the conversation begin! 192 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Before Amen Paperback

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Do you wish you prayed more—with more fire, faith, and fervency? Embarking on a journey to the very heart of biblical petition, Lucado explores the quotable, repeatable, portable prayer that Jesus gave his first followers when they struggled with this spiritual discipline. Discover how to have a heartfelt dialogue with God—and let the conversation begin! 192 pages, softcover from Nelson.

885970: Developing a Powerful Praying Church Developing a Powerful Praying Church

By Richard Blackaby / Blackaby Ministries International

327127: Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

By Mark Batterson / Zondervan

Since The Circle Maker‘s release in 2011, inspiring stories of God’s answers to prayer have poured in to Mark Batterson’s inbox. In Draw the Circle he shares 40 of those faith-building stories through devotional readings that will encourage you to keep praying like never before.The 40-day prayer plan outlined in Draw the Circle will give you the insight and motivation you need to develop a deeper, more passionate prayer life. And as you take on the prayer challenge Batterson lays out, you’ll be sowing seeds that will bear a lifetime of faith as you watch God work in your life and in the world.

346913: The Circle Maker The Circle Maker

By Mark Batterson / Zondervan

Updated and revised! When his land was drought-stricken in ancient times, Honi ha-M’agel drew a circle in the sand, stepped inside it, and wouldn’t budge until God answered his petition for rain. What impossible dream are you praying about? Sharing new insights and personal stories, Batterson’s bestseller will help you achieve your desires through audacious prayer. 240 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

 

970111: Overcomer DVD Bible Study Kit

Overcomer DVD Bible Study Kit

By Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick / B&H Books

Many people feel they are less than who God says they are. We get our identity from our careers, our political positions, family roles in the family, and other things. This small group study uses clips from the film Overcomer to examine how we determine our identity and how we can find our true identity in Christ.

The Bible study is geared for adult groups to use prior to the movie or just after seeing the movie. The study includes clips from the movie.

The Overcomer Bible Study Kit has five sessions and includes:

  • one Bible Study Book
  • one DVD with a promotional video and five 2-4 minute video sessions

Session Topics:

  1. Who Are You?
  2. You Are Broken
  3. You Are Chosen
  4. You Surrender
  5. You Declare
224984: Overcomer, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Overcomer, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital

By Provident Films

From the creators of War Room, Courageous and Fireproof. Basketball coach John Harrison’s high school team is crushed by the closing of the town’s largest employer. Hundreds of families move, leaving him running a struggling cross-country program. But then he meets Hannah and begins helping this unlikely runner attempt the impossible in the year’s biggest race. Starring Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, and Aryn Wright-Thompson. Rated PG. Dove approved (12+). Approx. 119 minutes.

Blu-ray Exclusives:

  • The Heart of Overcomer
  • Creating the Opening Drone Shot
  • Working with the Kendricks
  • Post-Production Behind-the-Scenes: Editing, Scoring, Coloring, and Sound Design
  • “Enough” (Lyric Video) Featuring Koryn Hawthorne
  • Don’t Mess with the Editors

Special Features:

  • The Making of Overcomer
  • Bloopers
  • 10 Minutes of Additional Scenes
  • Commentary with Director Alex Kendrick and Producer Stephen Kendrick
  • Overcomer in 60 Seconds
  • The Theme of Identity
  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • “Overcomer” (Lip Sync Music Video) Featuring Mandisa and More!

Other Features:

  • Audio: English, French (PAR), Spanish, Thai
  • Subtitles: English, English (SDH), Spanish, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Tagalog, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese

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Isaiah 2:8 – Some Unlikely Idols

by Julia Bruce

Isaiah 2 8

Israel seemed stuck in an endless cycle of having peace in the land while serving God, doing evil in the eyes of the Lord when they begin to worship false gods, followed by God punishing Israel through another nation conquering them and enslaving them, which causes Israel to finally figures things out and cry out to God. God hears them and He raises up a judge and Israel is delivered. We see this pattern over and over again – all because of idols.

It’s no wonder then that our omnipotent God provided a warning to them and to us. He knows that we allow idols of all kinds into our country, our homes, and our individual lives. They take over and permeate our lives. We crave them – can’t live without them. We spend our last dollar on them – and the majority of our time. That’s how they become an idol. Idols don’t always come in the form of a golden calf or a planet or a weather phenomenon. Sometimes idols come in some very unlikely forms because anything that becomes more important to us than God, is an idol. (click to tweet) When we spend all of our time, effort, energy, and money on something to the point that we don’t have time for church or prayer or reading God’s word and there’s no money left to give God a tithe and we are so tired we can’t get up on Sundays to go to church, then you can bet you’ve let an idol creep in.

God knows just how deceitful the heart is. In Jeremiah 17:9, the prophet wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Solomon advised in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.The heart is a big problem and Satan knows our weakest spots and that’s where he chooses to tempt us. (click to tweet) For Israel, it worshiping false gods. Yet we all have “gods” of some kind that we struggle with. Unlikely idols are idols that creep 09 24 cttinto our lives in such a way that we have not even realized we’ve made them an idol. It’s easy to spot the golden calf. It’s easy to understand how things like alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, gambling, pornography, and sex can become an idol. But are you able to spot unlikely idols such as money, food, power, position, hobbies, children, careers, possessions, social media, video games, education, or health? We can make sleep an unlikely idol when we choose to sleep in late on Sunday instead of going to church. Even the ministry you do at church that consumes all your time and energy can become an idol. Our “unlikely idols” deceive us into thinking they will make us happy. So we crave them, covet them – worship them – give them our all – even if it means our relationships, finances, and lives are destroyed. (click to tweet)

True joy is only found in a right relationship with God and worshiping only Him. In Exodus 20:5, God said, “You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God am a jealous God.” He wants our time and attention. In our world when we thing of jealousy, it’s a negative concept, such as being jealous that your neighbor has Tesla in the garage while you’re driving a dinged up car with over 200,000 miles that you have to pray gets you from point A to point B and back again without leaving you stranded on the highway in rush hours traffic. Or we think of the jealous spouse who think their husband/wife is cheating on them. Most often, our jealousy is unrighteous, weak and insecure. But that’s not what God’s jealousy is like. God’s jealousy is righteous and holy. As our creator and because of God’s love for us that send Jesus to the cross for our sake, God deserves our deepest and strongest affections and admiration.

God created us to find our greatest joy and satisfaction when we make God our greatest treasure. However, when we turn to idols to find joy and satisfaction, God is offended and His wrath is coming.  (click to tweet)  When we cast Him aside and replace Him with other things, giving those things our greatest attention, than those things have become and idol. In Colossians 3:5-6, it says, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”

Take some moments to consider the unlikely idols in your life. What do you need to do so that God is returned to the place of honor in your life? Jesus said that the greatest commandment was that we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. (Matthew 22:37) If you love Him any less, then what do you love more? Confess your idols and restore God to the honored position He deserves.

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growing into our futureBe a part of our future and join Phase 1 of our land & building campaign through buymeacoffee.com. For the cost of a coffee, your tax-deductible gift can help make an eternal impact to the kingdom of God as we lead the lost to Christ, help Christians develop passionate relationships with God, and help couples reignite their marriages. Give either a one time contribution today or set up a reoccurring monthly gift.

  • Every gift will be acknowledged on our “Donor Wall” on our website. Just  leave your name the way you wish it to appear in the message box as you make your gift.
  • Every $50 gift will receive a free signed copy of Julia’s book, “God, Love & Marshmallow Wars”
  • Every $500 or more gift will receive the “God, Love & Marshmallow Wars” Couple Event for their church with Julia’s speaker fees waived (host site is still responsible for travel expense and other costs of the event).

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We have a new product line of Christian apparel and gifts available in our Teespring Store and our new Spreadshop Store. You’ll find tee shirts, hoodies, tanks, socks, leggings, tote bags, mugs, iphone cases and more. All proceeds will make an eternal impact through the expanding ministries of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store which has a 15% discount through August 9, 2019

Cover_m God, Love and Marshmallow Wars: This book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel

 

book now summer and fall

Looking for a speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.

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Song of Solomon 6:3

by Julia Bruce

Song of Solomon 6 3

The book of Song of Solomon in the Bible celebrates the love of King Solomon and his bride who is referred to as the “Shulamite.” In this book, we find the excitement of courtship, the beauty of the wedding night, the sexuality of the first night, as well as a tender friendship and romance as God intended marriage to be. We get a picture of devoted love, learn that love is choice, the importance of forgiveness, and a glimpse at “oneness.”

In Song of Solomon 2:16, the Shulamite says, “My beloved is mine and I am his.” In 6:3, She says, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Then in 7:10, she says, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.” In these three verses we find a progression in her security within the relationship with Solomon. She begins with her possession of him as the primary of her focus. Then the phrase is turned around  so that her possession of him is secondary. Finally, her possession of him is totally omitted as her security switches from her possession of him to his devoted love of her. The more secure the Shulamite became in Solomon’s love for her, she discovered it was far more wonderful for her to belong to him than for her to “have” him. (Click to tweet)

In every marriage, there are times where we need to come back to a place of remembering so that we can renew our sense of connection and oneness with each other (Click to tweet). Feelings are fickle, and thanks to Hollywood, most of us view love as an emotion or feeling, but love isn’t about “butterflies in your stomach.” In reality, love is choice (click to tweet). We make a choice in every moment to love or not to love. It’s easy to choose love when he brings flowers home or when she gives up shopping with friends to go fishing with her husband. But when one says something hurtful or when our expectations are not met or when we don’t get our way – it might be a little harder to choose love. When these negative experiences happen over and over again, eventually most couple will choose divorce rather than love. 

When disagreements arise, each begin focusing on their own feelings and trying to “win” the argument. Choosing love in these moments will help the husband and wife think about the other person rather than self and begin to understand the other person’s point of view. Instead of being caught up in “winning” the argument, seek to understand the other person’s thoughts and feelings. In 1 Corinthians 13, we find that love is patient and kind. It does not envy, nor does it boast. It doesn’t act improperly and it isn’t selfish. Nor does it keep a record of wrongs. All of these are choices (Click to tweet). We can choose to patient and kind – regardless of how the other person is acting. We can choose to be jealous. We can choose to boast about how we are right and they are wrong. We choose how we act in every situation and how we react. We choose to think only about our self and our needs or we can choose to their needs first. We can choose to keep a record of every wrong and rehash them in every argument or we can choose to forgive and throw those wrongs into the “sea of forgetfulness.” Love is a choice…and so is forgiveness. Thankfully God chooses to forgive. (Click to tweet) 

09 23 cttNot only does this verse show us that love is a choice, but it is also a description of God’s idea of oneness. The Shulamite both sensed and valued her relationship with King Solomon. A relationship that held spiritual, emotional, physical, and life connection. For her, these connections made in marriage are an instinctive need that God created within women and husbands need to understand how important these connections are to their wives. If you want her to feel loved by you and believe in your love, then these connections are vital to accomplishing that.

So on the days when your spouse is getting on your last and very thin and stretched tight nerve or he/she is hurtful in their words, or is having a moment of selfishness, or whatever might be tearing you apart, remember that love is choice and take some time to remember that Jesus chose to love and forgive you, even while you were still a sinner. Choose love.

 

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#verseoftheday #SongofSolomon #loveisachoice #marriage #WCM

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growing into our futureBe a part of our future and join Phase 1 of our land & building campaign through buymeacoffee.com. For the cost of a coffee, your tax-deductible gift can help make an eternal impact to the kingdom of God as we lead the lost to Christ, help Christians develop passionate relationships with God, and help couples reignite their marriages. Give either a one time contribution today or set up a reoccurring monthly gift.

  • Every gift will be acknowledged on our “Donor Wall” on our website. Just  leave your name the way you wish it to appear in the message box as you make your gift.
  • Every $50 gift will receive a free signed copy of Julia’s book, “God, Love & Marshmallow Wars”
  • Every $500 or more gift will receive the “God, Love & Marshmallow Wars” Couple Event for their church with Julia’s speaker fees waived (host site is still responsible for travel expense and other costs of the event).

give now

Wellspring Christian Ministries is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.

 

spreadshop logo teespring logo

We have a new product line of Christian apparel and gifts available in our Teespring Store and our new Spreadshop Store. You’ll find tee shirts, hoodies, tanks, socks, leggings, tote bags, mugs, iphone cases and more. All proceeds will make an eternal impact through the expanding ministries of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store which has a 15% discount through August 9, 2019

Cover_m God, Love and Marshmallow Wars: This book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel

 

book now summer and fall

Looking for a speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.

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One Year Bible Challenge: September 23

Bible reading challenge

September 23

Song of Solomon 6-8

Galatians 1

Clicking on these links will open a new widow where you can
read the scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible at
Biblegateway.com or choose the Bible version you prefer to read.

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growing into our futureBe a part of our future and join Phase 1 of our land & building campaign through buymeacoffee.com. For the cost of a coffee, your tax-deductible gift can help make an eternal impact to the kingdom of God as we lead the lost to Christ, help Christians develop passionate relationships with God, and help couples reignite their marriages. Give either a one time contribution today or set up a reoccurring monthly gift.

  • Every gift will be acknowledged on our “Donor Wall” on our website. Just  leave your name the way you wish it to appear in the message box as you make your gift.
  • Every $50 gift will receive a free signed copy of Julia’s book, “God, Love & Marshmallow Wars”
  • Every $500 or more gift will receive the “God, Love & Marshmallow Wars” Couple Event for their church with Julia’s speaker fees waived (host site is still responsible for travel expense and other costs of the event).

give now

teespring spreadshop logosWe have a new product line of Christian apparel and gifts available in our Teespring Store and our new Spreadshop Store. You’ll find tee shirts, hoodies, tanks, socks, leggings, tote bags, mugs, iphone cases and more. All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries. Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store which has a 15% discount through August 9, 2019

Cover_m God, Love and Marshmallow Wars: This book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel

 

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Looking for a speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.

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fill out the online form here.

 

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