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Darkness at the Cross

A Full Solar Eclipse

Have you ever experienced a full solar eclipse? In such an eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, blocking out all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, with the moon completely blocking the sun creating total darkness for about two minutes and forty seconds (nasa.gov). The last time the U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 2017 and the one before was in 1979.

Darkness at Noon

The Bible tells us about another day where it was about noon and darkness covered the land until three in the afternoon because the sun stopped shining. (Luke 23:44-45a) On that day, Jesus Christ hung on a cross, bearing the sins of every person throughout all time. As he bore our sin, God could not look upon his own son as he suffered for you and for me. In that moment, God turned his back on his son.

As a mother with a 25 year old son, there is no way I could ever turn my back on my child and certainly not in his biggest moment of pain and suffering. Yet, God did because he loves you and me enough that no matter what sin we may have committed or currently are involved in, He wanted to have a relationship with us. Our sin, however, keeps us separated from Him because He is Holy. Jesus willingly endured the torture of the cross and willingly gave His life to pay the penalty for our sin.

The wages of sin is death and eternal darkness

Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Our sin has consequences and there is a price to be paid for it. Just as you are paid a wage for the work you do each week, God has a paycheck to give you for the sins you commit and that paycheck is…death.

Before sin entered the world, people would not have died. Death is the consequence of sin. But not just physical death. There is also spiritual death in that when you physically die without accepting Jesus a your Savior, you experience eternal darkness, torment, and separation from God in Hell. God never sends a person to hell. Every person that ends up in hell chooses hell by rejecting Jesus. So, if you have not placed your faith in trust in Jesus – you are on your to hell. But don’t panic yet!

Good News! There is an alternative to death and eternal darkness

There is good news! Jesus took payment we earned on himself in our place. Jesus’s death on the cross covered our sin debt and because he died in our place, he is able to offer us the gift of eternal life. If I hold in my hand a beautifully wrapped present and extend my hand to you, how does the gift become yours? It is a gift, because you did nothing to earn it. And if you pay me for it, it ceases to become a gift. There is only one way the gift can become yours. You must reach out and accept it.

It’s your choice as to what you will do with the gift of eternal life and only you can make that choice. Infant baptism or any other kind of baptism can’t save you. Having a father who is preacher won’t get you out of going to hell. You can’t do enough good works to earn your want into heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) He is the way into heaven as we accept the truth about who He is and the truth of our sinfulness. When we accept His free gift, we then experience an abundant and eternal life in His presence in Heaven.

How do you receive the free gift of eternal life and escape death and eternal darkness?

How do you accept the free gift of eternal life? You must receive it by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and it’s not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: not of works, so nobody can boast.”

You begin by acknowledging that you have a sin problem. Romans 3:23 say, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That little word “all, “means you. It means me. It means every single person that has ever lived with the exception of Christ. Because Jesus lived a sinless life, He was able to offer His life in place of ours.  

Ephesians 2:1-3 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” Deserving of God’s wrath. Our problem is sin.

Our problem is sin, but there is an answer

Like any other problem, there is an answer. Ephesians 2:4-10 gives the answer. “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The Answer to our Sin Problem is Jesus

The answer to our sin problem is God’s grace extended to us through the death, burial and resurrection of his only son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16 tells why God allowed Jesus to die for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves all of us. It doesn’t matter what color skin we have, what our past looks like or what our present life looks like. It doesn’t matter how “big” your sin is because we are the only ones that puts value on sin. To God, a little small sin as just as big as the worst sin you can think of.

Sin is sin and only one sin will keep you from eternal life. But because of his love and grace, he allowed his Son to take the punishment we deserve. The Bible says, “Christ died for our sins…and rose (from the dead) on the third day” (1 Corinthian 15:3,4). “But God showed His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) It also tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us so that we can be made righteous in the sight of God and this is what makes eternal life possible.

God’s Extravagant Gift Requires a Response

Just as the only way you could possess a wrapped present from me is to reach out and take it, there also has to be a response from you towards the gift that God offers you. You reach out and accept His gift of eternal life by acknowledging your sin, asking him to forgive you of your sin and placing your faith and trust in Christ alone. Acts16:31 tells us, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” In John 6:47, Jesus said, “Truthfully I say unto you, He that believes on Me has everlasting life.

For Christians, I hope the next time you experience an eclipse it will serve as a reminder to you of what it cost Christ for your gift of eternal life. For non-Christians, I hope you will think of this moment in time when the sun did not shine as Jesus hung on a cross in payment for your sin. As he hung in total darkness, separated from God, so you too are in spiritual darkness and separated from God. Jesus went to the cross so that you could have eternal life with God rather than everlasting separation from God.

You Can Receive God’s Free Gift Right Now

If you wish to accept the free gift of eternal life right now, you can simply pray the prayer below with a sincere heart and God will hear you.

“Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. Right now, in this moment, I trust you as my Savior. I believe that you died for me and rose from the dead as payment for my sins. I accept your free gift of eternal life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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The Most Deadliest Virus

Did you know there is a much more deadlier virus than COVID-19 on the loose – One with 100% mortality rate? While the variants of COVID-19 is once again in the spotlight, acting the lead role of a villain in a horror movie, there is a more deadlier and contagious problem than Covid-19 on the loose. It has stolen, destroyed and killed so many lives and devastated families since the dawn of man kind. It started in the Garden of Eden and continues to today. No one is exempt. Every single person has it.

What is this deadly virus?

It is the SIN of mankind which eventually results in DEATH. The ever increasing COVID-19 death totals truly scares us. Little do we realize that worldwide, aside from these virus-related deaths, even in normal times 3 people die every second, 180 die every minute, almost 11,000 die every hour, and more than 250,000 perish every day. These statistics are shocking, aren’t they?

We are all living in a fallen, infectious, contaminated world dominated by SIN and all it’s ramifications which ultimately results in DEATH.

Symptoms of the SIN virus

Similar to cancer, the SIN virus spreads silently. Many people lead normal lives with cancer, without seeking treatment, because they don’t know they’re carrying a root of death within themselves. Those who live in sin often lead normal lives as well, without seeking reconciliation with God, because they don’t know they’re also carrying a root within that will lead them to hell.

But, just as cancer and other fatal diseases display symptoms, sin also has its symptoms. And the symptom of sin is disobedience.

A sin can be very well hidden, but the actions and reactions of a disobedient person show that sin is in their heart. The same way an internal disease manifests itself externally, in a visible form, through strange signs in the body, sin will also manifest itself externally through rebellious attitudes, in such a way that, what was invisible becomes visible.

Disobedience may be the tip of the iceberg of pride, malice, envy, racism, arrogance, lack of fear, being apart from God, selfishness, spiritual weakness, greed, sexual immorality, idolatry, and all other sins. 

Who has contracted the SIN virus?

The symptoms of SIN may or may not be visible on the outside, but the Bible tells us that every single person on the earth has tested positive for the SIN. There’s traces of it in our head, heart, and hands, and its effects cut across our body, soul and spirit. Globally, as of July 30, 2021, there have been 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,200,412 deaths, reported to WHO. That means that of those who contracted the COVID-19 virus, 2.14% died from the virus world wide. Here in the U.S. the CDC reports a total of 34,926,462 confirmed cases with 610,873 deaths. So, for the U.S 1.75% of those who contracted COVID-19 died from the virus.

But the Bible tells us that every single person that has lived, other than Jesus, has contracted the SIN virus. Romans 3:23 says, “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In fact, Adam and Eve were the first to contract the SIN virus and then they passed the virus down to every other person. One could say it’s in our DNA. Each one of us were born with it.

What is Sin?

Sin is described in the Bible as transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Genesis 3 describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and His command. Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin has been an “inheritance” for all of their descendants. Romans 5:12 tells us that, through Adam, sin entered the world and so death was passed on to all men because all have sinned. This passed-on sin is known as inherited sin. Just as we inherit physical characteristics from our parents, we inherit our sinful nature from Adam.

So, 100% of the world population is infected with the SIN virus. Not only does 100% of the population have the SIN virus, 100% of the world-wide population will eventually die because of SIN. No one is immune and no one can escape the plague of SIN and DEATH.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”

The Origin of the SIN Virus

Since Covid 19 was discovered, there has been much research into where and how the virus started. But the Bible is very clear about the origin of SIN and DEATH. In the beginning God created a beautiful home full of potential for His creation of mankind and He placed the very first family in the Garden of Eden. Looking at everything God created, God Himself declared it all “GOOD.” It was all pure without any contamination. So what happened?

God didn’t create Adam and Eve as puppets on a string, they had A CHOICE, either they could trust and obey God to rule the world according to God’s standard OR they could eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil and rule the world according to their own standards. Using their free will they decided to cease living God’s way and chose to live their own way. As a result SIN, and consequently DEATH, starts leaking out into the world. Apostle Paul summarizes it in Romans 5:12. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”

Notice the progression in Romans 5:12: sin entered the world through Adam, death follows sin, death comes to all people, all people sin because they inherit sin from Adam.

The SIN Virus is a weapon against humanity

Satan is God’s enemy – but he is also our enemy. In the Garden of Eden, man was deceived to unleash a weapon against himself using his free will by disobeying God. And Satan has dedicated himself to continue deceiving mankind so that we will remove God from our lives. But the result is always the same – death. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Consequences of the SIN Virus

Every choice comes with a consequence. But when we choose to live our way, instead of God’s way, things start falling apart and we begin falling into a downward spiral of moral corruption and rebellion. Generation after generation the intensity and the magnitude of human rebellion increases until it reaches its the results that we see in our world today. The whole world is drowning again in a vicious cycle of Sin and death. It all started with a single act of disobedience and multiplied over the generations to a more destructive and resistant variants. Now what is the status of the good, perfect and uncontaminated world God created. It is all infected with the SIN virus and moving towards eternal DEATH.

God’s plan to rescue humanity

As hard as people have worked to find a vaccine effective against COVID-29, there is no one who can create a cure for the SIN Virus. Nor is there any person who save himself from it. So who is going to bring salvation to mankind? What kind of cure is powerful enough to neutralize the adverse effects of the poison released by the Sin virus? Who is the virologist who can calculate the correct genetic code for the right antivenom to confront and neutralize Sin and cure humanity of its effects? Thankfully, God had a plan to rescue humanity.

Who is capable to save humanity from the SIN Virus?

Even after repeated failures on the part of man, God is faithful to keep His promises. The moment the Sin birus entered into humanity in the Garden of Eden, God promised man that He himself will solve this problem, that God himself will provide THE WAY out for man. Through a promise which will never change God shows mankind a great light at the end of the dark tunnel of sin. God promised to raise THE SEED OF THE WOMAN who will put an end to the SIN and DEATH.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

No matter how hopeless the situation seems our God can deliver us. A deadly contagious virus has invaded the whole worth but we still have hope. No matter how messed up humanity may seem God is able to bring the answer. And that answer demonstrates the total reckless and extravagant love of God for all mankind. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” That’s right! His Only Son – Jesus – was sent into the world to save humanity from the SIN Virus.

The Antidote to Sin and Death

Yes, Jesus is God’s antidote to the Sin Virus and the death it brings. To understand this, let us refresh our memory on what we learned about producing antibodies for a venom in our science class. For example let’s consider how the antigen is produced to fight snake venom. The venom from the snake is obtained and injected to the host animal. When the uninfected host is injected the venom it’s pure blood forms the antivenom to fight the snake’s venom. The blood from the animal is drawn out the produced antibodies separated then concentrated and injected into the infected person.

Let’s unlock the principle here. An uninfected, pure host has to be injected with the venom of sin and the host’s blood which contains the antidote needs to be drawn out. What do you think would be the status of the host when all this happens?

2 Corinthians 5:11 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

The Antidote was made on the Cross

This is what happened on the cross. Jesus lived a perfectly holy life in obedience to God and all His commandments. He never sinned. If He had sinned even once, then He could not have paid the penalty for our sin and become the sacrifice for us. He died as God’s chosen sacrifice to take away the sins of mankind. Our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to counteract the deadly poison of sin.

The only antidote for sin and death is God’s gift of eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus our Lord. Because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), we need a perfect, sinless sacrifice to wash away our sin, something we are powerless to do on our own. Thankfully, Jesus Christ is the Savior from sin! Our sin has been crucified on the cross of Jesus, and now “in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). God, in His infinite wisdom, has provided the remedy for the sin we inherit, and that remedy is available to everyone: “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” (Acts 13:38).

The Antidote is sufficient

He rose from the grave and proved that His sacrifice alone was sufficient. He ascended to the Father’s right hand and He freely gives the VACCINE, eternal life, to all who repent of their sins and trust Him as Lord and Savior and receive Him by faith. It’s all provided freely, we don’t have to be in the waiting list, stand in line, make an appointment, bribe someone to get it, be scared of the side effects or worry about a second dose. It’s all given to humanity free of charge because Jesus paid the price for us.

So this is it. God provided the WAY, the cure, Jesus the Messiah. God provided the spotless lamb to die on our behalf. He died and His sacrifice gave us life. Humanity is no longer doomed to eternal destruction but we have a WAY out.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Our only hope against the SIN Virus

It is obvious the whole world is drowning in a sea of SIN virus. Humanity, along with the whole of creation, is groaning for salvation. I’m afraid the COVID 19 vaccine can’t fix this problem. The only hope for this dying world is to receive salvation, the cure provided by God Himself. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other way.

The only question is, have you received the free gift Jesus offers to you that will save your from the SIN virus? There’s no time to waste, now is time to receive Jesus into your heart and give your life to Him. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” It is a decision and step of faith that you take in this life. Once you die, it will be too late to decide then. Romans 10:9-19 says, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

What will you do with the free antidote for the SIN Virus?

Remember earlier we said that every choice has a consequence? What you chose to do with the free antidote to the SIN Virus that God has provide has eternal consequences. When you accept by faith that Jesus is God’s antidote and that Jesus paid the price of death for you because of your sin, you will have the victorious consequence of eternal life. But if you chose to reject Jesus as the antidote that saves your from your SIN virus, your consequence is eternal separation from God in Hell. God has graciously provided the antidote. It is His give to us. You only have to reach out and accept it by faith. What will you do with the free antidote for the SIN Virus?

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John 8:42. Do you love Jesus?

Can you, for a moment, think about a memorable occasion when someone did something sacrificially nice for you for no other reason than because they care about you and expected nothing in return? How did that make you feel about the person? Did it make them more dear to you?

We’ve all known people who profess to be a Christian, but they live like the world. Whether they truly are a child of God or not, is between them and God. However, in John 8:42, Jesus said that if God is our Father, then we would love Jesus. In John 14:15, Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. Because we are sinful, willful humans, there will be times that we sin, but our lifestyle should not be one of sin. The world should be able to see the light of Jesus in us. If we look more like the world in how we live, then we might need to double check who our spiritual father is – God, or Satan.

It is very difficult to both fully understand just how sinful we are and what that sin cost Jesus and not truly love Him. What He endured before and on the cross was because of my sin – and yours. He didn’t have to go to the cross. He could have called all the angels of heaven and they would have come to his defense instantly. It was His love for you and me and that held him there. In fact, it bothers me to see movies that portray Christ’s crucifixion or pictures of him on the cross because I know He had to go through that because of me. I matter so much to Him that He willingly chose the path that led to the cross so that I could become a child of God. Just as the person you thought about earlier became more dear to you because of their thoughtful actions towards you, Jesus should become more dear to us as we realize just what He did for us. How could we not love Him when He gave His own life for us?

What about you? Do you love Jesus?

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This week’s memory verse:

Micah 7:7

But I will look to the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.

The prophet Micah knew what it was like to live in hopeless times, but from Micah 7:7 we can learn for ways to keep our hope in hopeless moments.

 #hope #waitingonGod #revival #WCM

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30825: Hope. LifeGuide Topical Bible StudiesHope. LifeGuide Topical Bible Studies

By Jack Kuhatschek / InterVarsity Press

Sometimes hope becomes so real that it’s almost tangible. But other times–especially when tragedy or hardship crashes down on us–we wonder whether our hopes will break down apart and leave us exposed, vulnerable and overwhelmed. These studies explore both sides of hope–confronting doubts and fears, but reminding us of the great joy that awaits us in Jesus Christ. 8 studies for individuals or groups with notes for leaders.
532200: Finding God in the Broken Places, Women of Faith Study Guide Series532200: Finding God in the Broken Places, Women of Faith Study Guide SeriesFinding God in the Broken Places, Women of Faith Study Guide Series

By Patsy Clairmont / Thomas Nelson

Adapted from Patsy’s book All Cracked Up!, Finding God in the Broken Places helps women see that even in the midst of pain, a fractured life can be a happy life. Using her characteristic humor, she shares how we can move from broken to bedazzled by embracing our fragments and resting in the assurance that we have a Savior who knows how to piece them back together again. Includes 12 weeks of study, discussion/reflection questions, and a facilitator’s guide.
656629: Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope, and TrustWaiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope, and Trust

By Sharla Fritz / Concordia Publishing House

694620: Everyday Hope: Holding Fast to His Promise694620: Everyday Hope: Holding Fast to His PromiseEveryday Hope: Holding Fast to His Promise

By Katie Orr / New Hope Publishers

Are you desperate to experience the hope of Christ in the everyday? Everyday Hope – an easy-to-use, four-week study – will help you discover how to hold fast to God’s promises amidst feelings of hopelessness. Exploring God’s Word in as few as 15 minutes a day, you’ll learn more about His promises as they apply to you now and in the everyday moments to come.
93331EB: Unafraid Leader Guide: Living with Courage and Hope - eBookUnafraid Leader Guide: Living with Courage and Hope – eBook

By Adam Hamilton / Abingdon Press

93352EB: The Joy Stealers Leader Guide: 5 Obstacles to Hope and Happiness - eBookThe Joy Stealers Leader Guide: 5 Obstacles to Hope and Happiness – eBook

By Rob Renfroe / Abingdon Press

937185: When The Going Gets Tough - Study GuideWhen The Going Gets Tough – Study Guide

By Discovery House

When your journey through life comes to a series of ups and downs, holding on and sustaining the ride can be tough. This study, excerpted from Joe Stowell’s book The Upside of Down, offers you hope and encouragement. You’ll explore the seven different types of trials and gain a better understanding of why God allows them. Discover how you can stay the course and respond to challenges through the confidence of God’s Word. Six Studies for Groups or Individuals.
918256: Finding Hope When Life Seems Dark: Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah918256: Finding Hope When Life Seems Dark: Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and ZephaniahFinding Hope When Life Seems Dark: Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

By Kay Arthur / Harvest House Publishers

In this booklet you’ll study five of the prophets who ministered to both the northern and southern kingdoms before the exile of the southern kingdom to Babylon. Though God commissioned His prophets to preach unique messages to different audiences, He gave them a common theme&#8212;hope when life seems dark. As you study these, you too will find hope. Group or individual study includes a daily guide to help you discover truth for yourself, questions for discussion, a thought for the week, and a memory challenge.

937863: How to Get Past Disappointment: Finding HopeHow to Get Past Disappointment: Finding Hope

By Michelle McKinney Hammond / Harvest House Publishers

In How to Get Past Disappointment Michelle McKinney Hammond explores the biblical story of the woman at the well. Hope awaits those who are willing to open their hearts to Jesus during disappointments in life. Jesus is merciful and his blessings are attainable. This book has study questions pertinent to the 6-session DVD study that encourages women to assess where they are in their relationship with Christ.

5300889: 2020 Graduation Keyring2020 Graduation Keyring

By Cathedral Art Metal Co

Class of 2020 diploma keyring in graduation cap gift box;inspiring, practical, affordable.
Diploma shaped keyring; Class of 2019 with Scripture quote
“Show me your ways, O Lord, Teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4 (NIV)
Lead free pewter keyring; 2″ x 1.5″.
Packaged in mortarboard graduation cap gift box with tassel.
For guys or girls.
Bestselling grad gift
712542: Jeremiah 29:11 Graduation Frame
Jeremiah 29:11 Graduation Frame

By Heartfelt

A unique gift to honor the Christian graduate, and a handsome diploma frame; space for photograph, tassel and your diploma in classic dark frame 25″ wide x 14.75″ high.Double matting with gold; space for 4″ x 6″ photo; Scripture verse quote “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

Suitable for high school, college graduation, or graduate degree; a lifetime milestone keepsake.

Classic dark frame with glass; ready to hang on the wall.
300898: 2020 The Places You&quot;ll Go Graduation Bracelet, Silver
2020 The Places You’ll Go Graduation Bracelet, Silver

By Cathedral Art Metal Co

Graduation bangle bracelet, trending style with charms for the class of 2020.Adjustable silver-tone bracelet with charms: 2020 medallion, Pray tag, crystal bead, and hammered charm engraved – Oh, the places you’ll go!. Gift boxed in mortarboard graduation cap with tassel.

Quote from Dr. Seuss; bestselling grad bracelet.

Bestselling grad gift.
651810: CSB Nurse&amp;quot;s Bible, Navy LeatherTouch651810: CSB Nurse&quot;s Bible, Navy LeatherTouch
CSB Nurse’s Bible, Navy LeatherTouch

By Holman Bible Publishers

The CSB Nurse’s Bible features 7-point type in a convenient, easy-to-carry compact size, in addition to an extended devotional section containing 60 pages of information and inspiration for those medical professionals who form the frontline of healthcare around the world. The extended devotional section includes articles, prayers, and spiritual guidance provided by the Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA and edited by Judith Allen Shelly, R.N. B.S.N., M.A., D.Min, who has won numerous awards from the Evangelical Press Association. The CSB Nurse’s Bible is a special gift for nurses that they will be sure to treasure for years to come.

Other features include:

Presentation page
Words of Christ in red
Two-piece gift box

The CSB Nurse’s Bible features the highly reliable, highly readable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity. The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes Scripture more moving, more memorable, and more motivating to read and share with others.

464337: Praying God&quot;s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, Paperback Edition
Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, Paperback Edition

By Beth Moore / B&H Books

Beth Moore’s #1 perennial best-selling book Praying God’s Word is now available in paperback. In this book, Beth encourages everyone to overcome the spiritual strongholds in their lives by incorporating Scripture into their daily prayer. No matter how overwhelmed you may feel today, Moore boldly reminds us that nothing is bigger or more powerful than the Lord. With this landmark book we learn to wield the sword of the Spirit, praying God’s Word to break free from anything that has a hold on us until the joy and authority of Christ rules in our lives. Paperback.
20200L: 2020 Graduate Tee Shirt, Large (42-44)
2020 Graduate Tee Shirt, Large (42-44)

By Red Letter 9 Inc

Class of 2020 Graduation t-shirt, with bold collegiate design and Scripture quote from Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Heather gray shirt with gold details; Trust in God banner design; machine washable; cotton/polyester blend.

Order early for senior photos, trips, and celebrations!
5120025: 2020 Graduation Throw
2020 Graduation Throw

By Simply Home

Graduation throw blanket, Class of 2020, with ivy design, cap and diploma, and Scripture verse. “For I know plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

Tapestry weave throw with fringed border; for guys or girls. Made in the USA. 50″ x 60″.
A keepsake 2020 graduation gift.
Use as a blanket, a throw on chair or couch, a cozy wrap
070609: God Has Great Plans For You Journal, Faux Leather, Gray
God Has Great Plans For You Journal, Faux Leather, Gray

By Brownlow Gifts

Journal with satin ribbon marker
240 pages featuring Scripture
Pocket size; 4.75″ x 7″
God has great plans for you. Jeremiah 29:11
13194X: 101 Blessings for a #1 Teacher
101 Blessings for a #1 Teacher

By Christian Art Gifts

Box of 50 Scripture cards and encouraging quotes, a box of blessings for teachers. Inspirational gift of 50 double-sided cards attractively packaged in a box to keep in a pocket, purse, or desk. Box is 2.5″ x 3.75″ x 1″; each card is 2.25″ x 3.25″.
144040: Teach Inspire Motivate Tumbler with Straw
Teach Inspire Motivate Tumbler with Straw

By Christian Art Gifts

Gift idea to inspire and thank that very special teacher: trending artisan design and words of encouragement and appreciation in fresh new design elements.Plastic tumbler with straw holds 16 ounces; double-walled; tested for lead/BPA free. Not for mw/dw.

Teach, Inspire, Dream

970329: The Influence of a Teacher Can Never Be Erased Framed Art
The Influence of a Teacher Can Never Be Erased Framed Art

By P Graham Dunn Inc

Light as a Feather Collection

Simple wood frame
Handcrafted in the heart of Amish country USA
Teacher gift
Artisan lettering
Subtle and small, easy to display on wall, desk, counter or nightstand
7.5″ wide x 5″ high
The influence of a teacher can never be erased
0100806: Best Teacher Ever Glass Water Bottle
Best Teacher Ever Glass Water Bottle

By Christian Art Gifts

Water bottle designed with a great teacher in min

Teachers who love to teach inspire children who love to learn
Teacher Gifts Collection
Generous 20 ounce capacity
Leak-proof twist on cap
Flip top lid; wide-mouth bottle
Dishwasher safe but handwash recommended
Not for freezer or microwave
Not for hot beverages
9.25″ tall
Eco-friendly; boxed
6564L: In God We Trust, Flag, Shirt, Navy Blue, Large
In God We Trust, Flag, Shirt, Navy Blue, Large

By Kerusso

We are so blessed to live in America, and enjoy the privilege of sharing our faith out loud. We can worship God, meet together at church, pray anywhere, and any way we want to. Share your heart for the Lord and our great nation in this &ldquo;In God We Trust&rdquo; witness tee from Kerusso&reg;

Details:

Unisex Christian t-shirt in navy blue
Distressed American Flag on front
Scripture from Psalm 56:4
100% preshrunk cotton, 5.3 oz
Standard fit
Taped shoulders and neck
Double-needle stitched hems
Machine washable
Adult size

Front: In God We Trust
In God whose word I praise in God I trust and am not afraid. &ndash; Psalm 56:4

6509XL: Stand Strong, Soldiers, Shirt, Black, X-Large
Stand Strong, Soldiers, Shirt, Black, X-Large

By Kerusso

A cool, inspirational T-shirt is an easy way to open the door to casual conversations about faith. Introduce everyone you meet to His Word when you wear this&nbsp;&ldquo;Stand Soldiers&rdquo; shirt from Kerusso&reg;!

This awesome tee will remind you, and those around you, that fighting the good fight is a lifelong gig, and God puts us in certain places, at certain times, to lend love, strength, and courage to those around us who also seek God&rsquo;s face.

Details:
Black with silhouetted soldiers and Scripture from Thessalonians 5:11
Distressed graphic design
100% preshrunk cotton, 5.3 oz.
Standard fit
Taped neck and shoulders
Double-needle stitched hems
Machine washable
Christian shirt in adult sizes; unisex design

Message:
Stand Strong
Therefore Encourage One Another &amp; Build Each Other Up, Just As In Fact You Are Doing. Thessalonians 5:11
6537L: Be the Warrior God Called You to Be Shirt, Black, Large
Be the Warrior God Called You to Be Shirt, Black, Large

By Kerusso Hold Fast

When you give your life to Jesus, you need not walk in the shadow of fear, or worry about defeat. Not one of us has to do battle alone. Because of faith, we can claim victory in the name of Jesus. Lend courage to others and share this Good News by wearing this Christian “Warrior” t-shirt.

Front: Be The Warrior God Called You To Be 1 JN. 5:4

Left sleeve: Hold Fast

Details:

Men’s Christian t-shirt in Classic black
Faded graphic on front
Small American flag printed on left sleeve
100% preshrunk cotton
Short sleeve; standard fit
Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
Double-needle stitched he
Machine washable
Adult size

Celebrating American heritage, patriotism, and faith in God, Kerusso&rsquo;s Hold Fast&trade; Christian apparel line is designed for individuals who follow has faith in God, his country, and in his family, and isn’t afraid to show it!&nbsp;All items in this fearless line are pro-military, pro-veteran, pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-freedom!

And of course we’ve included our CEO’s book:

God, 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:

• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

We’re booking for church and ministry events. (Due to COVID-19, we are only tentatively booking for events after September 2020 based on the recommendations as issued by the CDC and our government officials.)

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Julia Bruce is an engaging speaker, CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, and author of God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars. This book is for Christian couples who seek a closer relationship with each other and with God. With 365 activities, couples intentionally grow their relationship. The activities include scripture memory, conversation starters, personal reflections, guided Bible studies, romance builders, relationship builders and date night ideas.

The God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars Event:

The contents of the book started out as daily posts on Wellspring’s website to encourage couples to develop Godly marriages. However, they quickly became the most viewed pages of the site. God then led her to organize the collection of posts into a book format that couples would be able to work through year after year. She enjoys going to churches and ministry events to talk about how the activities in the book will develop stronger marriages that are centered in Christ, which will then create stronger families. The GLMW event is a fun and interactive event for couples where participants experience some of the activities in book as part of the event. For more information about the GLMW event, complete the form below.

Coming Soon:

Currently, Julia is finishing her second book, entitled: Help! No one said ministry was about spiritual battles and difficult people! In this book Julia uses her studies in psychology and professional counseling to take a Biblical approach to self-care to help people serving in the ministry not burn-out, give-up, and walk away from the call God placed on their lives. Whether your ministry position is volunteer or the senior pastor, this book will help you recognize the areas in your life that are depleted and need a little TLC so you can keep doing what God has called you to. You’re assignment in the Kingdom of God is vitally important!

Keep an eye out for this book when it is released and see how Biblical self-care can keep you serving God. Julia can bring these concepts to your next ministry staff retreat to help your ministry team refill, recharge, and renew their heart for their area of ministry.

What is Wellspring Christian Ministries?

After years of envisioning the idea and concept of Wellspring Christian Ministries, Julia decided to take a leap of faith and merge her vocational, collegiate, and life experiences and make the dream God put on her heart a reality.  We are a non-profit organization with a vision of partnering with churches to equip them to revive, renew, and redeem the ministry of the church so that our nation will experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Today we reach people world-wide through blog posts, speaking events, and devotionals. With a strong burden for our nation, Julia has a passion to see a revival sweep across our land and many of her writings and speaking events have a theme of calling God’s people to humble themselves and pray, and seek God’s face as they repent of sin and tune their hearts to following God’s will and His commandments.

Request Julia to speak at your next event

Julia’s message will engage individuals, inspire teams and transform the heart that is prayerfully seeking to live a God-first life. As the Holy Spirit speaks through her messages, He will work in every willing heart to create a life that is wholly sold out to God. We can bring our ministry programs to your congregation, worship teams, leadership or staff. Additionally, we can customize a message to fit your event theme and purpose. We are available to speak at any evangelical church or ministry. Contact us today.

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Luke 23:42: Grace Changes Everything

May 3 Luke 23 42 NKJV

As Jesus hung on the cross, we find four different groups of people who were there to see the Son of God die. The religious leaders, who were quite satisfied in getting their way, sneered at him. The people, probably some of them had just days earlier cried “Hosana!”, stood there as spectators. The soldiers mocked him, divided his clothes and cast lots for them. And then there were two criminals crucified with Him, one on each side. They all challenged Him to demonstrate that if He was God to save Himself and come down from the cross — but if He had, we’d have no hope for salvation. None of them believed that Jesus was Christ, the Messiah. In fact, when a person was crucified, they nailed a sign over their head that stated what their crime was. Jesus’ crime was being exactly who He said He was – “King of the Jews.” They simply didn’t get it. But in the midst of all the people jeering, staring, sneering, and mocking, there was one who did it. Only one figured out the Jesus was who He said He was.

Of the two criminal crucified with Jesus, two very different things happen with these two men. One of them only thought of himself and how to get out of the situation he was in. He called out to Jesus saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” He really didn’t care if Jesus saved Himself or not. What he really wanted was for Jesus to get him out of his own predicament. In the end, this criminal died and then realized the truth of who Jesus really is when he found himself in Hell for all of eternity – just one breath too late.

However, hanging on Jesus’ other side, is a story of redemption. The other criminal came to realize and understand the difference between his own guilt and Jesus’ innocence. At some point, he made the realization that Jesus is the Messiah and He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom. Jesus’ response was to promise that on that very day, he would join Jesus in Paradise.

Everyone of us must choose for ourselves who Jesus is. In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” And He’s asking you the same question today. How will you answer? The redemption story of the criminal who chose to believe that Jesus is Christ, shows us that even in the last moments of life we can still choose to believe and accept Jesus as our Savior. However, we don’t always know when that last moment will come and you may not have the chance to decide then. Now is the day the salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” There is no sin too big that God can’t forgive. His salvation is a gift that you only need reach out accept. What will you do Jesus?

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Download the full 52-Day prayer guide by clicking here.

As of May 2, there have been 65,841 deaths in the U.S. and 243,151 have died world-wide. For the must current data regarding the virus, visit the John Hopkins University website.

The prayer guide is available for free download to individuals and churches and may be reproduced in any quantity both printed and electronically through websites, email, social media, apps, or any other method. 

Today, pray for Idaho:

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#Chronovirus #fastandpray #judgement #repentance #revivalin2020 #WCM

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Matthew 27:22. What will you do with Jesus

Feb 13 Matthew 27 22 NKJV

When the Jewish religious leaders brought Jesus before Pilate, demanding that Jesus be executed, Pilate found no fault in Him. Not one sin. Not one wrong doing. Not one law broken. In that moment, Jesus’ earthly life was in Pilate’s hands. Pilate tried to weasel his way out of the situation through an annual custom where he would release a prisoner. He asked the crowd if they wanted him to release Jesus who was innocent of any wrong or Barabbas, a hardened criminal. The same crowd who just days before were laying palm branches and crying, “HOSANNA!” now cried out for the release of Barabbas. Pilate then asked, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?

Every single one of us must answer this all important question. The answer we choose will determine our eternity. We can reject Him and live our own way or we can choose to surrender our lives to Him as our Savior. The time to answer the question for yourself is now. It’s a decision that must be made in this life. You can’t wait until after you die and then decide. None of know how long we have on this earth. Tomorrow could be too late. You are not even guaranteed the next breath. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” If you haven’t answered question, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” for yourself yet, then let me ask you…what are you waiting for? What will you do with Jesus, who is called Christ?

For those of us who have chosen salvation, we too much answer the same question every day. As temptations come our way or when we feel God tugging at our heart to do something He’s calling us to do, we must answer the question – What will I do with Jesus right now in this moment? Will you seek Him to help overcome the temptation? Will you obey Him and answer the call?

Pilate, who was governor, should have done the right thing at the beginning and released Jesus. Instead, he persistently pleaded with the crowd who just kept getting louder and louder to the point that Pilate was afraid of a riot starting. At that point it was too late for him to do the right thing. He chose to appease the crowd and handed Jesus over to be crucified. The crowd intended a very big evil against Jesus who was without any sin or wrong, but what they intended for evil, God used for the good of all people everywhere for without the cross and death of Jesus, there could be no resurrection and salvation. We would have no hope of redemption and fellowship with God. There would be no eternal life in heaven. We’d all be doomed to eternity in hell. Pilate may have thought he was appeasing an angry crowd, but in reality he was setting into motion God’s plan of salvation for you and for me. He sent Jesus to cross – but Jesus willingly went to the cross. Why? Because, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish by have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

So let me ask you today – What will you do with Jesus, who is called the Christ?

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

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James 4:7-8

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

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. 

#revive #renew #redeem #revivalinAmerica #revivalin2020 #WCM

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This week’s featured design is taken from our memory verse – James 4:7-8. 

You’ll find the design in tees for men, women, kids, mugs, bags, and other products. Check them out in the Spreadshirt  shop.

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.

Thank you for helping us grow!

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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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Looking for a keynote 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. 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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445756: Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life, Exclusive Edition Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life, Exclusive Edition

By Beth Moore / Tyndale Momentum

Does the field of your life feel like rocky soil? Beloved Bible teacher Moore explores what it means to abide in the vine of Christ—and bear abundant fruit! Loaded with just-for-you extras, this special edition features insightful discussion questions and life application takeaways so you can dig deeper into God’s plan for human flourishing. Includes a Study Guide for group or individual reflection. 336 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

723831: I Wish He Had Come with Instructions: The Woman&amp;quot;s Guide to a Man&amp;quot;s Brain I Wish He Had Come with Instructions: The Woman’s Guide to a Man’s Brain

By Mike Bechtle / Revell

Discover what he is REALLY thinking! In I Wish He Had Come with Instructions, relationship expert Mike Bechtle offers you an insider’s guide to the sometimes puzzling male brain. He explains how men think, act, communicate, and grow in relationships. Simple and practical, this book is a road map for better conversations and improved relationships.

971490: Experience the Power of God&amp;quot;s Names: A Life-Giving Devotional Experience the Power of God’s Names: A Life-Giving Devotional

By Tony Evans / Harvest House Publishers

“Elohim,” the strong Creator; “Jehovah,” the relational God; “Adonai,” Master over all. . . . The many names of our Lord reveal his characteristics and contain powerful promises to you as a believer! In each of these 85 life application devotions, Evans introduces you to one of God’s unique names and reveals its spiritual significance. 176 pages, hardcover from Harvest.

094341: It&amp;quot;s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Study Guide It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Study Guide

By Lysa TerKeurst / Thomas Nelson

What do you do when your reality is so different from the vision you had for yourself. In the 6-session video Bible study with Lysa TerKeurst, she offers fresh biblical insight to get you through painful situations, and life-giving perspectives for living in between Eden and eternity. In the&nbsp;It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way Study Guide, you will dig a little deeper and apply the teaching to your individual circumstances.

Session Titles:

  1. The Birthplace of Disappointment
  2. Living Between Two Gardens
  3. Problems Placed On Us and Problems Within Us
  4. The Four Steps of Restoration
  5. When the Enemy Comes Against Us
  6. Kingdom Minded, Eternally Focused

Designed to be used in conjunction with the It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way DVD and the It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way Book.

088264: Twelve Women of the Bible: Life-Changing Stories for Women  Today, Study Guide Twelve Women of the Bible: Life-Changing Stories for Women Today, Study Guide

By Lysa TerKeurst, Elisa Morgan & Amena Brown / Zondervan

In this 12-session small group Bible study, Twelve Women of the Bible, Lysa TerKuerst, Elisa Morgan, Jeanne Stevens and others look at the spiritual lessons learned from twelve biblical women and their implications in life today. Now revised and expanded in a larger format from the original for easier note taking and deeper study of the Bible’s most empowered and iconic women.

The Participant Guide features discussion questions, background information on each character, space to write down thoughts, and a helpful Leader’s Guide. Revised and expanded in a larger format from the original for easier note taking and deeper study of the Bible’s most empowered and icononc women.

First Lesson Free! PDF Study Guide

080916: Ten Women of the Bible, Study Guide Ten Women of the Bible, Study Guide

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Their actions stood out to the writers of Scripture, even though society overlooked their contributions. In Ten Women of the Bible, a 10-session workbook, Lucado tells the stories of 10 pivotal biblical women, including Sarah, Rahab, Abigail, Esther, Sapphira, Mary Magdalene, and others. Each session features insights and study questions that explore their lives – and help you apply the lessons to yours.

147047: The Woman God Sees Mug, ESV The Woman God Sees Mug, ESV

By Christ to All

Reflections: The Woman God Sees, 11 ounce ceramic gift mug in white and purple with swirl design and features Bible reference to Isaiah 62:4, The Lord delights in you. Dishwasher and microwave safe; packaged in sturdy matching gift box.

669925: Embroidered Scripture Quilt, Pink Embroidered Scripture Quilt, Pink

By Comfort in The Word

Unique Baby Gift Bible verse quilt with nine squares embroidered with words of Scripture.All cotton quilt is 40″ x 45″ in an array of pretty pink colors and patterns. For baby gift, baby shower, baptism, christening, or dedication. A beautiful quilt for baby’s nursery. Topselling baby gift.

The verses chosen are meant to encourage mom and dad, as well as teach to your children as they are growing up.

Quilt is packaged in reusable zipper case; it’s hypoallergenic; easy care machine wash and dry.

Verses included:

  • Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
  • With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
  • Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
  • For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not: I will help thee. Isaiah 41:13
  • If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7
  • Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
  • As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 66:13
  • In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
  • Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

Personalization is available!
To order with embroidered personalization, just add to your cart and follow the prompts.
All personalization is done on the premises at Christianbook.com.
Please Note: Font and thread colors cannot be changed.

052903: Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Soap Dispenser Wash Your Hands and Say Your Prayers Soap Dispenser

By Dexsa-the Giving Company

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.

036973: When God Doesn&amp;quot;t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can&amp;quot;t Live Without When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without

By Laura Story with Jennifer Schuchmann / W Publishing

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Story had a fairy-tale life—until her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Can blessings arise from broken dreams? Tackling common myths about God and hardship, she examines what happens when life doesn’t turn out as we expect—and offers assurance that although our situation may never get better, we can grow because of it. 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.

214695: Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Come and meet the One at the center of the greatest story ever told! Inviting you to reflect on the heart of Christ, this updated edition of Lucado’s best-selling work introduces you to Jesus as Immanuel, friend, teacher, miracle worker, Lamb of God, returning king, and the God who knows and loves you. Includes never-before-published material. 230 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce

God, 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:
• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

95962: Musician&amp;quot;s Mug Musician’s Mug

12 ounce ceramic mug features lines of music and Scripture verse; Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Psalm 100:1. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Perfect gift for any musician. Boxed.

 

 

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