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Mark 7:21-23. Sin is a heart problem

Feb 28 Mark 7 21-23

The background for these verses begin in verse 1 of Mark 7 where we find the disciples eating bread and the Pharisees notice they are eating with unwashed hands. In Jesus’ day there was an oral tradition that came out of the laws God gave the Israelites regarding clean and unclean. These traditions became the heart of rabbinic Judaism and in regards to hand washing, the Pharisees did more than just ritually wash their hands – they thoroughly purified themselves. So they asked Jesus, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

Jesus knew that this wasn’t a question of curiosity. Nor were they solely accusing the disciples. They were in reality accusing Jesus of not following the law himself and acting as if he believes himself to be above the law. In response, Jesus quotes Isaiah 7:6-7  and straight out calls the Pharisees hypocrites right to their face. He tells them that the prophet Isaiah accurately prophesied about them when he said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” So how does ritual hand washing make them hypocrites? Jesus gives the answer in verse 8: “For laying aside the commandment of God you hold the traditions of men.” In other words, the Pharisees twisted the commandment in order to side-step the law. Jesus was not rejecting the law. Instead he rebuked the Pharisees for not uphold it. The real issue here is not eating with unwashed hands, ritual purity, or oral traditions and who should or should not follow them. In quoting Isaiah, Jesus lets them know the real issue is a heart issue and their hearts are far from God. They were so caught up in keeping up with the traditions and rituals that there was no room for true worship.

So to the crowd that was around Jesus wanted them to understand that it is not what you take into your body that qualifies you as unclean or impure. Instead, it’s what comes out of us that defile us. (Mark 7:15) Traditions don’t gain us entrance into heaven. Whether we sing the old hymns or contemporary music in church won’t get us into heaven. Whether there is a pulpit on the stage or not won’t get us into heaven. Whether we sing the Doxology after the offering or not won’t get us into heaven. You can memorize the books of the Bible and all the best known Bible verses – but it won’t get you into heaven. You can memorize specific prayers and repeat them non-stop till you die, but it won’t get you into heaven. You can pray to Mary, John the Baptist, St Paul, St Andrew, St. Matthew and all the other apostles – but they can’t get you into heaven either. You can live a highly moral life, but it won’t get you into heaven. You can’t buy your way in and no traditions or rituals will get you in. What gets us into heaven is a pure heart that has been forgiven through the faith we place in Christ as our Savior – nothing more – nothing less.

Then as we come to verse 17, we find that the disciples didn’t get it and asked Him to explain what he had said. Jesus tells them that it is was is produced in the heart that affects the whole person. The heart is thought of the center of human will and rationality, as well as desire. It is the place from which all our intentions are birthed. Jesus lists 13 moral problems to illustrated what He was teaching them. The first seven are all plural, indicating repeating acts. However, it only takes one sin to make us a sinner. Fornication includes all illicit sexual practices outside of marriage. Wickedness is used for anything malicious. The last six sins listed are all singular and are sinful attitudes. Lewdness refers to promiscuity. An evil eye means jealousy, envy, covetousness, and a grudging attitude. Blasphemy includes not just blasphemy against God, but slander of other people. Pride is exalting oneself above others. Foolishness is lack of moral judgment. We can find similar lists in Romans 1:29-31, Galatians 5:19-21, and 2 Timothy 3:2-5.

When the desires of our heart are self-seeking, we become insatiable in pursing the things that please our self rather than pursing the things that please God. Ephesian 5:10 tells us that we need to discern the things that please God. So what pleases God?

  • Faith (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to God, which is true worship (Romans 12:1)
  • Not being conformed to this world but renew our minds and discern God’s will (Romans 12:2)
  • Good deeds and growing in the knowledge of God (Galatians 1:10)
  • speaking as God wants us to (1 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • doing the will of God (1 John 2:17)
  • loving others (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
  • Sharing with others (Hebrews 13:16)
  • humble and contrite heart (Isaiah 57:15)
  • the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in His sight (Psalm 19:14)
  • Working heartily, as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23)
  • Obeying God rather than men (Acts 5:29)
  • fearing (awe, respect of) Him and placing our hope in his steadfast love (Psalm 147:10-11)
  • Walking as children of Light (Ephesians 5:8-10)
  • doing everything to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Just as the list of 13 sins come from within, so does what pleases God. It all comes down to the condition of our heart. Do we have a heart black with sin or a heart that has been cleansed by Christ and living for Him?

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Ezekiel 36:26

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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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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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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Join Howard G. Hendricks live as he shows you how to understand and apply God’s Word for yourself. Millions around the world have been captivated by this brilliant teacher’s highly energetic style, friendly manner, unforgettable illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor. In these series of 25-minutes sessions, Dr. Hendricks will walk you step-by-step through his signature model for self-study: Observation, Interpretation, Application. Your experience in Scripture will never be the same. And your life will be transformed as you begin Living by the Book!

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Gifty mug with handtied grosgrain bow as the finishing touch, and a sweet and simple sentiment in black script on white.Ceramic bistro mug holds 12 ounces; heart shaped I love you tag. I love that you’re my mom with Scripture quote from Ephesians 1:16. Pink ribbon.

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  • Designed as a tool for praying methodically and tracing God’s faithful promises, with prompts for Date, Praises, Confessions, Requests, Answers
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Priced to give away, this “investigation” into Christ’s death answers three crucial questions seekers ask: Was Jesus’ death a sham? Was his tomb really empty? Was he seen alive after his death on the cross? Strobel’s award-winning skills as a legal journalist will persuade even the most hard-boiled skeptics to reconsider Jesus’ death and resurrection. 95 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Max Lucado invites you to examine the cross, contemplate its purpose, and celebrate its significance in He Chose the Nails. Go ahead and linger on the hill of Calvary and see just how much God did to win your heart. Paperback.

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Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. Have we taken time to open these? As we do, we find that Jesus did it all just for us. The He Chose Study Guide includes video discussion questions, Bible exploration, personal study and reflection materials for in-between sessions, and an additional session for churches and small groups using this study as part of Lent.

Note: Designed for use with the Because of Bethlehem/He Chose the Nails: A DVD Study (SKU: 687849) which is packaged together. It has two DVDS, one for each study.

659708: 24 Hours That Changed the World, DVD with on-line Leader"s  Guide 24 Hours That Changed the World, DVD with on-line Leader’s Guide

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One of the most innovative teaching pastors in the country, Adam Hamilton unpacks Jesus’ last days on earth and how they turn upside down the conventional ideas about good and evil, justice and history, life and death. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, it portrays the Last Supper to Christ’s victory over the grave.Segments include:

Introduction (1:23)
1. The Last Supper (11:25)
2. The Garden of Gethsemance (6:57)
3. Condemned by the Righteous (9:15)
4. Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate (9:10)
5. The Torture and Humiliation of the King (9:06)
6. The Crucifixion (12:54)
7. Christ the Victor (11:10)
Bonus: What If Judas Had Lived? (4:56)
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831160: The Risen Christ: LifeGuide Bible Studies, Jesus" Final  Words on Earth The Risen Christ: LifeGuide Bible Studies, Jesus’ Final Words on Earth

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Jesus, while dying on the cross, uttered several statements that are often called “The Last Words of Jesus,” but his words on the cross were not the last words he uttered while on earth. After his resurrection, he spoke many words of encouragement to his disciples and followers. His conversations with these men and women truly are Jesus’ last words.

In this eight-session LifeGuide Bible study, The Risen Christ, you will meet the risen Jesus Christ and hear his words. Each of the 8 sessions focuses on a specific dialogue and passage of Scripture from the books of John and Acts. Discussion Questions follow the teaching and a “Now or Later” section helps you integrate the teachings into your personal life. Leader’s Notes included.

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This bestselling 40-day devotional, based on The Jesus Creed (Jesus’ double commandment to love God and to love others), now comes with a Lenten study in the back of the book. Author Scot McKnight recites it throughout the day every day and challenges you to do the same. You may find that, if you do, you will learn to love God more creatively and passionately, and find new ways to love those around you.

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This powerful 9-session study from author Tim Keller focuses on the meaning and significance of Jesus’ life, based on the gospel of Mark. Is he the promised Messiah? Keller highlights the cosmic, historical, and personal dimensions of the story, encouraging everybody to re-examine their relationship with God.

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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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Mark 7:6. Lip-Service without Heart-Service

Feb 27 Mark 7 6 NKJV

I love the praise and worship songs Pastor Jonathan leads us in every Sunday. The lyrics, as I sing along, praise and magnify Jesus. Yet, if in my heart I’m angry, have unresolved conflict with another person, or have unconfessed sin that I hang on to, then I can sing the great praise words all day and still have a heart far from God. Or we could sing along, but not have yet accepted Christ as Savior, like the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. They practiced all the rituals, memorized the scripture,  and led pious lives but denied Jesus as the Messiah even though He stood right in front of them. Jesus called them hypocrites.

Anytime worship is merely outward and not from the heart, than it is nothing more thanFeb 27 ctt 1 a hypocritical worship. True purity and worship is a matter of inward love and a right attitude, not just outward actions and religious rituals. You can do all the right “things” and still not do them for the right reasons. True worship is always accompanied by a lifestyle of a heart committed to God.

If our heart is right than our words will follow and they will honor God. What words are said in rush hour traffic with the “road bully” that cuts you off? What words are said in an argument with your spouse. What words do you use when you talk about your spouse to others? Do you participate in the office gossip? Do you use cuss words? What do you words say about you? Are you offering God true worship – or just paying some lip-service?

When we make God Lord of our life, then we make Him Lord over all parts of us – whether that’s our lips and the words we say, our eyes and what we choose to view on the internet or TV, our ears in what we listen to, our feet in where we go, our minds and Feb 27 ctt 2the thoughts we dwell on, or our hands in the actions they do. You can’t have God be Lord of your life in the great praise and worship time on Sunday mornings and not Lord the rest of the week. Otherwise, we are just like the hypocritical religious leaders of Jesus’ day.

 

 

twitter birdLord, may our lips honor you from a heart of true worship. May they sing your praise and tell of your great love and grace with hearts that honor you. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

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

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Ezekiel 36:26

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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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This week’s featured design is taken from our memory verse – Ezekiel 36:26. 

You’ll find the design in tees for men, women, kids, mugs, bags, and other products. The design is also available in white print or black. Check them out in the Spreadshirt  shop.

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All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.

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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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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.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

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408321: Living By The Book, Book & Workbook Living By The Book, Book & Workbook

By Moody Publishers

How would you describe your personal Bible study? Mundane or motivational? Lackluster or lively? Redundant or reviving? In their bestselling book and workbook, Howard and Bill Hendricks offer a practical 3-step process that will help you master simple yet effective inductive methods of observation, interpretation, and application that will make all the difference in your time with God’s Word!Please note that the workbook contained in this set is intended to be used with the book Living by the Book, not the DVD Study.

575628: Living By the Book 7-Part Condensed Series DVD Living By the Book 7-Part Condensed Series DVD

By Howard G. Hendricks / Giftedness Center

Join Howard G. Hendricks live as he shows you how to understand and apply God’s Word for yourself. Millions around the world have been captivated by this brilliant teacher’s highly energetic style, friendly manner, unforgettable illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor. In these series of 25-minutes sessions, Dr. Hendricks will walk you step-by-step through his signature model for self-study: Observation, Interpretation, Application. Your experience in Scripture will never be the same. And your life will be transformed as you begin Living by the Book!

575604: Living By the Book 20-Part Extended Series Living By the Book 20-Part Extended Series

By Howard G. Hendricks / Giftedness Center

Join Howard G. Hendricks live as he shows you how to understand and apply God’s Word for yourself. Millions around the world have been captivated by this brilliant teacher’s highly energetic style, friendly manner, unforgettable illustrations, and laugh-out-loud humor.

In these series of 25-minutes sessions, Dr. Hendricks will walk you step-by-step through his signature model for self-study: Observation, Interpretation, Application. Your experience in Scripture will never be the same.

787847: Names of Jesus Boxed Mug Names of Jesus Boxed Mug

By Faithfully Yours

Ceramic bistro mug with the wonderful names of Jesus in vibrant color detail. A fantastic gift for anyone to celebrate their faith. 10 ounce capacity; microwave and dishwasher safe. Packaged in beautiful matching gift box.

040395: Coffee and Jesus Jumbo Mug Coffee and Jesus Jumbo Mug

By Glory Haus

Upscale jumbo mug with scripted sentiment

  • 16 ounce capacity
  • Bold brushstroke detail and artisan typography
  • All I need today is a little bit of coffee & a whole lot of Jesus.
  • Polka dot trim and coffee cup design.
  • By Laura Kirkland; handwash recommended; boxed.
8769675: I Love That You"re My Mom, Mug with Bow I Love That You’re My Mom, Mug with Bow

By Lighthouse Christian Products

Gifty mug with handtied grosgrain bow as the finishing touch, and a sweet and simple sentiment in black script on white.Ceramic bistro mug holds 12 ounces; heart shaped I love you tag. I love that you’re my mom with Scripture quote from Ephesians 1:16. Pink ribbon.

12 ounce size; safe for mw/dw. Boxed

407386: Heart Stone, 1 Peter 5:7 Heart Stone, 1 Peter 5:7

By Lighthouse Christian Products

Heart stone with the natural rustic feel of cement, for shelf, desk, or table display

  • 2.25″ x 2.25″ heart-shaped
  • Scripture verse engraved onto the heart
  • Cast stone
  • Give all your worries to Him because He cares for yo u. I Peter 5:7.
303496: A Heart of Flesh A Heart of Flesh

By Grace Patterson / Xulon Press

215104: Jesus Calling for Easter Jesus Calling for Easter

By Sarah Young / Thomas Nelson

Exquisite photography alongside the heartwarming, meaningful devotions you’ve come to expect from Young make this a stunning keepsake for family and friends or an inspirational gift to yourself! Fifty themed selections for Lent and Easter with accompanying Scriptures keep the focus on the deep significance of this most blessed time of the year. Features include a padded hardcover binding, color printing throughout, a presentation page, and a ribbon bookmark.

914689: Leave it all... Prayer Journal Leave it all… Prayer Journal

By B&H Books

Prayer journal with elastic band closure

  • Hardcover with gold foil imprint design Leave it all in the hands that were wounded for you. Elisabeth Elliot
  • Personal size journal is 7″ x 4.5″; presentation page
  • Designed as a tool for praying methodically and tracing God’s faithful promises, with prompts for Date, Praises, Confessions, Requests, Answers
5281781: Last Supper Tabletop Figure Last Supper Tabletop Figure

By Roman, Inc.

Tabletop figurine of the Last Supper created by Joseph Studio in fine detail, portraying Christ and his disciples all gathered around the table.Freestanding figurine is 11.25′ long x 4.5″ tall; realistic facial and garment detail. Crafted of resin with smooth finish; stone pattern rectangular base. Renaissance Collection.

355984: The Case for Easter The Case for Easter

By Lee Strobel / Zondervan

Priced to give away, this “investigation” into Christ’s death answers three crucial questions seekers ask: Was Jesus’ death a sham? Was his tomb really empty? Was he seen alive after his death on the cross? Strobel’s award-winning skills as a legal journalist will persuade even the most hard-boiled skeptics to reconsider Jesus’ death and resurrection. 95 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

085070: He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Max Lucado invites you to examine the cross, contemplate its purpose, and celebrate its significance in He Chose the Nails. Go ahead and linger on the hill of Calvary and see just how much God did to win your heart. Paperback.

687269: He Chose the Nails, Study Guide He Chose the Nails, Study Guide

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. Have we taken time to open these? As we do, we find that Jesus did it all just for us. The He Chose Study Guide includes video discussion questions, Bible exploration, personal study and reflection materials for in-between sessions, and an additional session for churches and small groups using this study as part of Lent.

Note: Designed for use with the Because of Bethlehem/He Chose the Nails: A DVD Study (SKU: 687849) which is packaged together. It has two DVDS, one for each study.

659708: 24 Hours That Changed the World, DVD with on-line Leader"s  Guide 24 Hours That Changed the World, DVD with on-line Leader’s Guide

By Abingdon Press

One of the most innovative teaching pastors in the country, Adam Hamilton unpacks Jesus’ last days on earth and how they turn upside down the conventional ideas about good and evil, justice and history, life and death. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, it portrays the Last Supper to Christ’s victory over the grave.Segments include:

Introduction (1:23)
1. The Last Supper (11:25)
2. The Garden of Gethsemance (6:57)
3. Condemned by the Righteous (9:15)
4. Jesus, Barabbas, and Pilate (9:10)
5. The Torture and Humiliation of the King (9:06)
6. The Crucifixion (12:54)
7. Christ the Victor (11:10)
Bonus: What If Judas Had Lived? (4:56)
Preview: 24 Hours That Changed the World (1:07)

831160: The Risen Christ: LifeGuide Bible Studies, Jesus" Final  Words on Earth The Risen Christ: LifeGuide Bible Studies, Jesus’ Final Words on Earth

By Bill Weimer / IVP Connect

Jesus, while dying on the cross, uttered several statements that are often called “The Last Words of Jesus,” but his words on the cross were not the last words he uttered while on earth. After his resurrection, he spoke many words of encouragement to his disciples and followers. His conversations with these men and women truly are Jesus’ last words.

In this eight-session LifeGuide Bible study, The Risen Christ, you will meet the risen Jesus Christ and hear his words. Each of the 8 sessions focuses on a specific dialogue and passage of Scripture from the books of John and Acts. Discussion Questions follow the teaching and a “Now or Later” section helps you integrate the teachings into your personal life. Leader’s Notes included.

615240: 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed

By Scot McKnight / Paraclete Press

This bestselling 40-day devotional, based on The Jesus Creed (Jesus’ double commandment to love God and to love others), now comes with a Lenten study in the back of the book. Author Scot McKnight recites it throughout the day every day and challenges you to do the same. You may find that, if you do, you will learn to love God more creatively and passionately, and find new ways to love those around you.

710041: Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back: A Lenten Study for Adults Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back: A Lenten Study for Adults

By Ray Buckley / Abingdon Press

Known for his stories, poetry, and art, Buckley—interim director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study—delineates the crescendo of events leading to the crucifixion so that all can learn how to cope with the stresses and strains of a crumbling world where light is dying out. 64 pages, softcover. Abingdon.

814442: Jesus the King, Study Guide Jesus the King, Study Guide

By Timothy Keller / Zondervan

This powerful 9-session study from author Tim Keller focuses on the meaning and significance of Jesus’ life, based on the gospel of Mark. Is he the promised Messiah? Keller highlights the cosmic, historical, and personal dimensions of the story, encouraging everybody to re-examine their relationship with God.

450146: Our Family Will Love    Wall Plaque Our Family Will Love Wall Plaque

By Lighthouse Christian Products

Rustic look wall plaque 16.5″ x 8.5″; distressed finish Family Scriptures. Our family will… live and accept one another, pray for one another, tell the truth to each other, be kind to one another, bring joy to each other, serve one another, be patient with each other, comfort one another, forgive one another, be generous with each other, honor each other. In a variety of artful typography styles, with Scripture references under each; mounted paper on laser cut MDF wood product. Faux distressed finish.

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:
• 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

 

 

 

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One Year Bible Reading Plan Challenge: November 26

Bible reading challenge

November 26

Ezekiel 36-37

1 Peter 3

Let’s start a discussion:

What instructions did Peter give to husbands and wives? 

Post your answer in the comments.
Clicking on the Scripture links above 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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Share today’s Daily Bible Reading to your social media accounts using the following hashtags: #readyourBible #Ezekiel #1Peter #WCM

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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

#GLMW #couplesevent #GLMWbook #intentionalmarriage #Godlymarriage

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T-shirt Fundraiser Event: We have a new product line of Christian apparel and accessories 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.

The designs below have been added to our Spreadshop Store for the Thanksgiving Holidays! Order today because it will be gone soon as we gear up for the upcoming Holidays. Christmas items available this Friday! 15% discount in the Spreadshop store from November 29-December 1.

Thanksgiving collection

Spreadshop promotion: 15% off everything from November 29-December 1

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 

#fundraiser #tshirt #WCM #teespring #spreadshop #Thanksgiving

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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.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

who doesn't love fall

Wellspring receives an 8% commission for any item purchased
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Stick Plaque Fall Thankful Blessed and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed Stick Plaque Special sentiment on skinny strip of pine wood
  • Weathered farmhouse appeal
  • For office, window sill, nightstand, shelf, or desk
  • 13.5″ x 1.5″ stick plaque
  • Pine is cut and printed in artisan font design
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • thankful, blessed and pumpkin spice obsessed
336223: Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor Add personality to any space you call your own with pine slat wood sign
  • Jute string is attached- so easy to hang on knob, handle or hook
  • 10″ wide x 0.375″ deep x 3.375″ high
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • Stylistic artisan lettering
  • Choose one for you and one to share!
  • harvest blessings
008445: Have A Blessed Day Candle Have A Blessed Day Candle Jar candle 26 ounce size
  • Clean burning wax>
  • Burns 120-140 hours
  • Lead-free wick
  • Premium fragrance
  • Scent-lock lid, matte black
  • Made in the USA
  • Artisan design with star
  • Have a blessed day
  • Scent: Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
  • Home decor fragrance
  • Gift you’ll love to give
1113106: Family Table Runner Family Table Runner Family Table Runner Poly linen table runner 72″ x 13″
  • Welcome Home Collection
  • Natural shades; leaf accent, bead leaves at each shaped end
  • A grateful family is a happy family; leaf motif and appliqued lettering
468055: Gather Together Table Runner Gather Together Table Runner Table runner adds the finishing touch to your dining room or eating area. Crafted of 100% cotton, it’s equally at home in country, cottage, or contemporary rooms.
  • Natural feel of high caliber craftsmanship
  • 16″ wide x 72″ long
  • Artisan font design
  • Gather Together
  • Trending design, yet warm and homey; not just for special occasions
  • Washing instructions included
96816: Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set White ceramic salt and pepper set with tray, right at home in your kitchen or on your dining table.Scripture verse quotes in uspcale font design.
  • Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8, Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8Shakers are 3″ x 1.75″; matching ceramic tray is 4.75″ x 2.75″.Kitchen or dining table
1113113: Gather Here Platter Gather Here Platter Oval ceramic platter
  • Welcome Home Collection
  • 17″ x 12″
  • Creamy white; leaf motif
  • Gather here with grateful hearts
  • Artisan script; farmhouse look
421509: Give Thanks Round Platter Give Thanks Round Platter Glass Fusion ® art platter designed by Lori Siebert in vibrant and artful style to your fall table. Give thanks in swirling font; 13″ round platter.Handwash only; not intended for microwave.Distinctive technique of colroed glass and iridescent metallic finish. For entertaining and celebrating all year round.
670352: Give Thanks Light Box Give Thanks Light Box Add warmth to your room decor with plug-in light box framed design
  • Box is 6″ x 7.5″ x 3″
  • Insert image is 5″ x 7″ approximately
  • Electrical cord with handy on/off switch; includes 7-watt bulb
  • Illuminated accent
  • Seasonal color for Fall
  • Give thanks with wheat motifmotif
941683: So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art Rustic wall decor made of natural pine slats; simple yet refined accent for your home.
  • Artisan lettering design
  • Constructed in similar fashion to an actual shipping pallet
  • Sawtooth hanger on the back, easy to hang
  • 17″ x 23.5″
  • So very thankful, incredibly grateful, and unbelievably blessed
660105: Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase Ceramic gift vase in creamy white
  • Harvest floral design and autumn sentiment
  • Harvest Blessings
  • 8″ high x 4″ wide; safe for dishwasher
  • Add your own bouquet of fall flowers or woodland greenery
  • Classic trending design
200859: Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle Ceramic crock in farmhouse style with pumpkin motif
  • Designed by Suzi Skoglund
  • Pumpkin spice candle
  • 4.75″ x 4.25″ large size; reusable crock with handle
  • Give Thanks
  • Autumn decor; hostess gift idea
928325: But First Coffee House Sign But First Coffee House Sign Shaped structures in wood with decorative architectural details and words of inspiration
  • Arrange on a shelf or desk for your own neighborhood grouping
  • Tuck into a spot on your desk or kitchen counter
  • Made in the USA in the heart of Amish country
  • Cut from pine, distressed accents; artistic embellishments
  • Will stand on shelf or sill
  • But first coffee
  • 6″ high x 5.25″ wide
  • Coffee shop with “open” sign; double doors
814721: Fall Wreath Door Hanger Fall Wreath Door Hanger Fall door decor creates a warm welcome to your home
  • Give Thanks turkey is fade and weather-resistant
  • Polyburlap, shaped fabric door decor
  • Attached grosgrain ribbon for hanging
  • 22″ x 25″
  • Thanksgiving Decor
698951: Thankful & Blessed Door Mat Thankful & Blessed Door Mat Seasonal doormat to welcome fall
  • Outdoor/indoor
  • Thick, non-slip rubber backing
  • 17″ x 29″
  • Polyester top; permanent print; fade and mildew-resistant
  • Printed in the USA
  • Pumpkins, plaid and autumn colors
  • Thankful & Blessed
049004: Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel Tea towel with appliqued stacked pumpkins
  • 17.25″ x 2.5″
  • thankful embroidered sentiment; stitched edging
  • Natural background in today’s trending look
  • Created by the Daughters of Hope, a fair trade, social enterprise based in Southern India that provides training and employment to impoverished women. Daughters of Hope provides much more than a healthy work environment, and is committed to giving dignity and freedom to those who have been caught up in the cycle of economic and social oppression.Your purchase helps to support this mission.
672131: God God’s Starting Point Mug True and Write Gift Collection in bold font design
  • Understated grey and white
  • Mug, 14 ounce capacity; ceramic
  • Message on both sides
  • Impossible is God’s starting point
  • Lettering created by artist Jon Huckeby
  • Boxed
0100554: Gather Here Pie Place Gather Here Pie Place Pie plate in black and white; Gather Here Collection
  • Gather here with a greatful heart
  • Fluted edge; glazed ceramic; 9.5″
  • 2″ x 11″ x 11″
  • Ceramic
  • Farmhouse look
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One Year Bible Reading Plan Challenge: November 26

Bible reading challenge

November 26

Ezekiel 36-37

1 Peter 3

Let’s start a discussion:

What instructions did Peter give to husbands and wives? 

Post your answer in the comments.
Clicking on the Scripture links above 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.

click to tweet daily Bible reading

Share today’s Daily Bible Reading to your social media accounts using the following hashtags: #readyourBible #Ezekiel #1Peter #WCM

Get your daily Bible Reading plan delivered to your email. Enter your name and email address in the boxes below to sign up:

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November divider

news and events

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

#GLMW #couplesevent #GLMWbook #intentionalmarriage #Godlymarriage

teespring spreadshop logos

T-shirt Fundraiser Event: We have a new product line of Christian apparel and accessories 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.

The designs below have been added to our Spreadshop Store for the Thanksgiving Holidays! Order today because it will be gone soon as we gear up for the upcoming Holidays. Christmas items available this Friday! 15% discount in the Spreadshop store from November 29-December 1.

Thanksgiving collection

Spreadshop promotion: 15% off everything from November 29-December 1

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 

#fundraiser #tshirt #WCM #teespring #spreadshop #Thanksgiving

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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.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

who doesn't love fall

Wellspring receives an 8% commission for any item purchased
at CBD through any of these links.

Stick Plaque Fall Thankful Blessed and Pumpkin Spice Obsessed Stick Plaque Special sentiment on skinny strip of pine wood
  • Weathered farmhouse appeal
  • For office, window sill, nightstand, shelf, or desk
  • 13.5″ x 1.5″ stick plaque
  • Pine is cut and printed in artisan font design
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • thankful, blessed and pumpkin spice obsessed
336223: Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor Harvest Blessings Jute Hanging Decor Add personality to any space you call your own with pine slat wood sign
  • Jute string is attached- so easy to hang on knob, handle or hook
  • 10″ wide x 0.375″ deep x 3.375″ high
  • Handcrafted in the heart of Amish Country USA
  • Stylistic artisan lettering
  • Choose one for you and one to share!
  • harvest blessings
008445: Have A Blessed Day Candle Have A Blessed Day Candle Jar candle 26 ounce size
  • Clean burning wax>
  • Burns 120-140 hours
  • Lead-free wick
  • Premium fragrance
  • Scent-lock lid, matte black
  • Made in the USA
  • Artisan design with star
  • Have a blessed day
  • Scent: Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
  • Home decor fragrance
  • Gift you’ll love to give
1113106: Family Table Runner Family Table Runner Family Table Runner Poly linen table runner 72″ x 13″
  • Welcome Home Collection
  • Natural shades; leaf accent, bead leaves at each shaped end
  • A grateful family is a happy family; leaf motif and appliqued lettering
468055: Gather Together Table Runner Gather Together Table Runner Table runner adds the finishing touch to your dining room or eating area. Crafted of 100% cotton, it’s equally at home in country, cottage, or contemporary rooms.
  • Natural feel of high caliber craftsmanship
  • 16″ wide x 72″ long
  • Artisan font design
  • Gather Together
  • Trending design, yet warm and homey; not just for special occasions
  • Washing instructions included
96816: Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set Taste And See, Salt And Pepper Shaker Set White ceramic salt and pepper set with tray, right at home in your kitchen or on your dining table.Scripture verse quotes in uspcale font design.
  • Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8, Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8Shakers are 3″ x 1.75″; matching ceramic tray is 4.75″ x 2.75″.Kitchen or dining table
1113113: Gather Here Platter Gather Here Platter Oval ceramic platter
  • Welcome Home Collection
  • 17″ x 12″
  • Creamy white; leaf motif
  • Gather here with grateful hearts
  • Artisan script; farmhouse look
421509: Give Thanks Round Platter Give Thanks Round Platter Glass Fusion ® art platter designed by Lori Siebert in vibrant and artful style to your fall table. Give thanks in swirling font; 13″ round platter.Handwash only; not intended for microwave.Distinctive technique of colroed glass and iridescent metallic finish. For entertaining and celebrating all year round.
670352: Give Thanks Light Box Give Thanks Light Box Add warmth to your room decor with plug-in light box framed design
  • Box is 6″ x 7.5″ x 3″
  • Insert image is 5″ x 7″ approximately
  • Electrical cord with handy on/off switch; includes 7-watt bulb
  • Illuminated accent
  • Seasonal color for Fall
  • Give thanks with wheat motifmotif
941683: So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art So Very Thankful Incredibly Grateful And Unbelievably Blessed, Pallet Art Rustic wall decor made of natural pine slats; simple yet refined accent for your home.
  • Artisan lettering design
  • Constructed in similar fashion to an actual shipping pallet
  • Sawtooth hanger on the back, easy to hang
  • 17″ x 23.5″
  • So very thankful, incredibly grateful, and unbelievably blessed
660105: Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase Harvest Blessings Ceramic Vase Ceramic gift vase in creamy white
  • Harvest floral design and autumn sentiment
  • Harvest Blessings
  • 8″ high x 4″ wide; safe for dishwasher
  • Add your own bouquet of fall flowers or woodland greenery
  • Classic trending design
200859: Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle Give Thanks Ceramic Crock with Candle Ceramic crock in farmhouse style with pumpkin motif
  • Designed by Suzi Skoglund
  • Pumpkin spice candle
  • 4.75″ x 4.25″ large size; reusable crock with handle
  • Give Thanks
  • Autumn decor; hostess gift idea
928325: But First Coffee House Sign But First Coffee House Sign Shaped structures in wood with decorative architectural details and words of inspiration
  • Arrange on a shelf or desk for your own neighborhood grouping
  • Tuck into a spot on your desk or kitchen counter
  • Made in the USA in the heart of Amish country
  • Cut from pine, distressed accents; artistic embellishments
  • Will stand on shelf or sill
  • But first coffee
  • 6″ high x 5.25″ wide
  • Coffee shop with “open” sign; double doors
814721: Fall Wreath Door Hanger Fall Wreath Door Hanger Fall door decor creates a warm welcome to your home
  • Give Thanks turkey is fade and weather-resistant
  • Polyburlap, shaped fabric door decor
  • Attached grosgrain ribbon for hanging
  • 22″ x 25″
  • Thanksgiving Decor
698951: Thankful & Blessed Door Mat Thankful & Blessed Door Mat Seasonal doormat to welcome fall
  • Outdoor/indoor
  • Thick, non-slip rubber backing
  • 17″ x 29″
  • Polyester top; permanent print; fade and mildew-resistant
  • Printed in the USA
  • Pumpkins, plaid and autumn colors
  • Thankful & Blessed
049004: Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel Thankful Pumpkins, Tea Towel Tea towel with appliqued stacked pumpkins
  • 17.25″ x 2.5″
  • thankful embroidered sentiment; stitched edging
  • Natural background in today’s trending look
  • Created by the Daughters of Hope, a fair trade, social enterprise based in Southern India that provides training and employment to impoverished women. Daughters of Hope provides much more than a healthy work environment, and is committed to giving dignity and freedom to those who have been caught up in the cycle of economic and social oppression.Your purchase helps to support this mission.
672131: God God’s Starting Point Mug True and Write Gift Collection in bold font design
  • Understated grey and white
  • Mug, 14 ounce capacity; ceramic
  • Message on both sides
  • Impossible is God’s starting point
  • Lettering created by artist Jon Huckeby
  • Boxed
0100554: Gather Here Pie Place Gather Here Pie Place Pie plate in black and white; Gather Here Collection
  • Gather here with a greatful heart
  • Fluted edge; glazed ceramic; 9.5″
  • 2″ x 11″ x 11″
  • Ceramic
  • Farmhouse look
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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 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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