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Stiff-necked and Resistant People

When I was in my mid-twenties, I was the passenger in an auto accident that resulted in my neck and back being broke. I still have days of my back and neck hurting. A couple of years ago I discovered I had two herniated discs in my neck for which I have had a series of shots for. But this is not what the Bible is talking about when it refers to a person being stiff-necked.

Stephen’s address to stiff-necked people

At the end of Acts 6, we find that Stephen is accused of blasphemy even though the wonders and signs he did pointed to the work of God. In Acts 7, we find Stephen’s address to the high priest in which he emphasizes Israel’s stiff-necked disobedience throughout the Old Testament. He told of how God had been at work from the beginning of time and made Israel His chosen people with the calling of Abraham. Then, he then went through the time they spent in Egypt, Moses delivering them through the miracles of God, and the years of Israel’s rebellion against God. He sums up his sermon by saying, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.”

Stephen made four observations about his audience: they were stiff-necked, had uncircumcised hearts, uncircumcised ears, and they always resist the Holy Spirit.

What does it mean to be stiff-necked?

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To say they were stiff-necked was saying they were stubborn, hard-headed, and unyielding to God’s commandments and His way of living. Israel’s history proved this to be true. They were so stubborn and unyielding that finally God said, “Enough!” and the nation of Israel was conquered and the people were carried off to spend then next 70 years in captivity.

Today, we are stiff-necked people when we are stubborn, hard-hearted, and unyielding when the Holy Spirit is speaking to us. We refuse to obey his promptings and choose to live the way we want without any regards to what God says in His Word.

Being necked is to have uncircumcised heart

An uncircumcised heart is one that is closed and impervious to God’s attempts to affect it.  In Deuteronomy 30:6, it says, “The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love Him with all your heart and all your soul that you will live.” Circumcision of the heart, then, goes clear down to a person’s soul, the very essence of who he or she is and is expressed through his or her attitudes and relationship with God. An uncircumcised heart does not love God with all its soul and does not have a relationship with God. For many in Israel (and in our world today), they had a head-knowledge of who they thought God was but they never had the heart-experience of who God is.

For many in Israel (and in our world today), they had a head-knowledge of who they thought God was but they never had the heart-experience of who God is. — click to tweet

Being stiff-necked is to have uncircumcised ears

To have uncircumcised ears means they heard what they wanted to in regards to God’s Word or that they had such a strong prejudice to how they interpreted it that it was impossible for them to ever change their way of thinking even when the truth was right in front of them with the signs and wonders that Stephen had been doing.

Being stiff-necked is to resist the Holy Spirit

Resisting the Holy Spirit was to ignore what the Spirit was saying. Throughout Israel’s history, God would send a prophet with a message and the prophet would be rejected. Now that Jesus had returned to heaven and the Holy Spirit has come to indwell the believer, when we ignore what the Spirit is saying to us, we are resisting and rejecting Him.

As Stephen spoke to the crowd, the Holy Spirit was speaking to them through Stephen. It was if the Holy Spirit had a personal message for them and they rejected it. We know they rejected the Holy Spirit because in verses 54-47 we find the people were so furious that they gnashed their teeth at Stephen, covered their ears, and yelled at the top of their voice. They rushed at Stephen, dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. Any time we reject what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, we are resisting Him and the work He is trying to do in our lives. It is as if we stand guard at the door to our heart and refuse to surrender our will to God.

Any time we reject what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, we are resisting Him and the work He is trying to do in our lives. It is as if we stand guard at the door of our heart and refuse to surrender our will to God. — click to tweet

Would God say you are stiff-necked?

What about you? Would God say you are stiff-necked, stubborn and unyielding person? Are you closed and impervious to God’s attempts to change your heart? Do you hear what you want to hear from God’s Word and ignore the rest or twist it to mean what you want it to mean? Do you resist the Holy Spirit when He is trying teach you something or correct something in your life? Would the Holy Spirit say you resist Him when he prompts you to witness to someone? Its really all about control. Are you willing to surrender and give total control of your life to the God who created you and loves you?

Israel had a problem in that they could not learn from the mistakes of their ancestors. Stephen told them that just as their fathers had been stiff-necked, uncircumcised in heart and ears, and resisted the Holy Spirit, they were doing so now too. But we can learn what they did not and yield ourselves to God and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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Can We Understand the Ways of God?

The Bible is our source for understanding the Ways of God

From the Bible we can learn many things about God. For example, God is love, He is merciful, faithful, and forgiving. He extends grace. He is our helper and provider. God is a fortress and stronghold. He is the source of wisdom and light for our path. And He is so much more. Yet there are also so many things that we could never understand about God.

If you find it difficult to understand the ways of God, so did Job

For Job, he truly did not understand how God could allow all the suffering that he was facing. Job knew that he was innocent. How do we reconcile our minds that God allows bad things to happen to good people? For many people, this question stands in the way of them having a relationship with Christ. For other people, they have abandoned their faith when they couldn’t find a way to understand.

The World we live in can make it difficult to understand the ways of God

The world we live in is filled with violence, disaster, disease, and pain and it affects all of us at one point or another. We may ask how God could allow the young woman who desires to be a mother to go childless or experience miscarriage after miscarriage. Or why does the pastor who is diligently serving God end up with cancer and dies? Or how does someone you once called friend betray you?

The simple truth is we live in a fallen world that is slowly decaying from sin. The world is spiritually and morally decaying, and not from any fault of God. When He created the world, it was perfect. But it began decaying at the moment of the first sin and as a result, all of creation groans under the consequences of our sin. (Romans 8:22)

When we can’t understand why God allows suffering, we can know: 1) nothing will ever separate us from His love, 2) we don’t have to understand to trust Him, 3) He holds us in the palm of His hand. — Julia M. Bruce, CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

Three truths to hang on to when we can’t understand the ways of God

Regardless of what happens there are some truths that we can hang on to.

First, we can know that God loves us and nothing can separate from His love.

Romans 8:35-39 says, “Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?….No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”

He loves you in the middle of whatever suffering you may go through. He loves you even when you don’t love him. God loves you when you feel completely alone. He loves you with an everlasting love.

Second, we do not always have to understand in order to trust Him.

Isaiah 55:8 says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” We will never be able to fully understand God and why He allows some things to happen.

2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us to walk by faith and not by sight. 

We can’t understand what God is doing, but we can have faith to claim His promises and when we reach heaven and see things the way God sees them, they will make more sense to us then. 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.”

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on our own understanding.” When there are no answers, we simply have to trust Him.

Third, we can know that He hold us in the palm of His hand. 

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” And in verse 13 it says, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 49:16 says that God has engraved us on the palm of his hands.

In John 10:29, Jesus said that no one can snatch us out of His Father’s hand.

God’s got us and He will never let us go.

We can be encouraged when we don’t understand the ways of God

Even when we can’t understand why God would allow something bad too happen, as a child of God, we can be encouraged. This world can take many things away from us — our health, happiness, prosperity, popularity, worldly possessions, and loved ones. But it can never take away the love of God and it can never remove us from the palm of God’s hand. He is with us through every moment of life and we can trust Him.

There is coming a day when we will stand in His presence, redeemed and glorified. In that moment the suffering and losses of this world will be a dim memory but until then we can say with the psalmist, “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 36:7)

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This is Different

Have you ever read stories in the Bible about people who questioned God and who He is and what He can do? The disciples left all they had and followed Jesus. They were with Him night and day, watching Him do miracle after miracle. Yet, when something scary and different blew their way, where was their faith?

While in a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and the disciples ran into a fierce windstorm out on the water. Now remember that some of these disciples had been fishermen by trade. They knew the water and they knew how to handle a boat. They had likely been on the water before in a storm. But this is different. Luke 8 tells us the winds were so fierce that they were taking on water and “they were in jeopardy” and they were afraid – even though the creator of the winds and sea was in the boat with them. They had yet to fully grasp that the Son of God was in their boat.

Coronavirus is different

We have all been through storms in our life. An unexpected death of a loved one. An unexpected job loss. Maybe, an unexpected rebellious child. An unexpected divorce. An unexpected betrayal of trust. Or an unexpected illness. Whatever storm you’ve been through before, I’m sure you can join me in saying that this Coronavirus is different. We’ve never seen our government issue “Safer at Home Act” before. We’ve never been asked to “social distance” before. We have never had to go around wearing masks to protect ourselves and others.

In fact, our generation has probably not seen and personally experienced a pandemic virus. I mean – this is stuff you read about in history books before there was penicillin. This is stuff where you go through ancient cemeteries and read the tombstones were people died from typhoid and stuff. Can you honestly say that you would ever think that in our day with all the medical knowledge that we have that we would ever see a national outbreak of a virus? This is different.

Those of us able to work – work from home (except for essential professions). If someone coughs or even clears their throat, everyone moves as far away as they can. This is different. Kids are all doing school online – and the parents are groaning that we have at least another 30 days of “social distancing,” “safer at home” orders, and online school. This is different.  Did you ever think we would live through a shortage of toilet paper? This is different. 

In the “different” do we ask “Where is Jesus?”

In the different, will we be like the disciples in the midst of the storm? They looked around and said – “Where is Jesus?” Remember – they had seen him do all these miracles of healing people, casting out demons, raising the dead. But where was Jesus in their storm? Well – they found Him. He was sleeping. They wake Him up and said, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” They we’re not just informing Him the boat was going down. I can almost hear them saying, “Don’t you care about us? We’re in a pickle here. Why are you just sleeping?” Their tone, almost accusatory. They were scared and their faith went MIA. 

What about us? Are we searching for where Jesus is in the midst of the storm? Do you feel like He’s asleep somewhere and totally unaware of the storm? 

In the “different” where is your faith?

Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and the waves and there was immediate calm. Then He said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?” They were in a boat with the creator of the universe – the one who made the wind and waves – and still they said to each other: “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” They still didn’t get it. If they had gotten it, then they would have known that the safest place to be in the entire universe was right where Jesus was – regardless of the storm raging around them.

Master, we are perishing!

Our nation is at a place of crying out to Jesus and saying, “Master, we are perishing.” The more the number of positive cases and deaths we see with COVID-19, the more likely you will either know someone who has the virus or be a victim yourself. Jesus says, “My child, where is your faith?” If we genuinely trust Him, then we do not need to fear when the storms of life crash in on us. God is not taken by surprise by any storm we face. Certainly, if He chose he could rebuke COVID-19 and wipe it off the face of the earth. But when that doesn’t happen and we see friends and family suffering with the virus or even dying, where is our faith? Does it go MIA like the disciple’s faith did?

The fiercer the storm, the harder it is to see God, but my friend, we can stand on the promises of God like Deuteronomy 31:6 that says, “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Or Exodus 15:26 that says, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you… For I am Yahweh who heals you.”

Promises from God’s Word:

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Exodus 33:14 My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 145:18-19 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

When we don’t understand the “different”

We also know that God tell us, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” (Isaiah 55:8) We may not understand what is going on or why someone is healed and others are not. And that is where faith comes in. Trusting God when we can’t understand the why. But knowing that loves us with an everlasting love and continues to extend his faithful love to us (Jeremiah 31:3), means we can trust Him even in the storms. 

Jesus is asking, “Where is your faith?”

It can be easy to criticize the disciples for not knowing who Jesus was despite all the miracles and listening to His teaching every single day. But do we not do the same? When the storms come and life gets threatening, all the things that God has done for us in the past races right out of our memory as we become focused only on the storm we are going through right now. But today, Jesus is quietly whispering across our hearts and asking, “Where is your faith?” Stand on the firm foundation of Jesus. Trust in His unfailing, everlasting love and know that He is at work. Look for how He is deepening your faith and trust in Him and know that He only has your very best in mind for everything you face. He loves you and He’s there in the storm with us. Where is your faith?

God, it becomes so easy to forget all the times in the past where you held us in the palm of your hand and brought us through the storms of life. Thank you that you never leave us or forsake us. Thank you that you are always in the midst of life’s storms with us, working out your divine plan for each one us. Help us to stand strong in your faith and fully trust You, even when we don’t understand Your plan.


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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided 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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Last Chance to memorize this week’s Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10

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

 

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

This week’s memory verse:

Isaiah 41:10 

Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.

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Have you memorized this week’s Bible verse yet? Isaiah 41:10

Take the Memory Verse Challenge: 

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

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

 

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

This week’s memory verse:

Isaiah 41:10 

Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.

 #nofear #COVID19 #coronavirus #heldbyGod #donotfear #WCM

 

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99925EB: The God of Comfort: 100 Bible Verses to Soothe Your Spirit - eBook

The God of Comfort: 100 Bible Verses to Soothe Your Spirit – eBook

By Zondervan

Does anxiety interfere with your joy? God knew His people would suffer from anxiety even though He warned us not to worry about our lives. But He didn’t leave us alone to suffer from the worry that life brings.

In Calming Scriptures, you’ll find Scripture and reflections that will guide, support, and assure you that God is with you through every trial. God’s Word is chock-full of rich insight on everything from trusting the Lord, to bringing your troubles to Him in prayer, to finding refreshment for your soul. This beautiful book is perfect for your own bedside table or as gift for a friend who is going through a particularly worrying time.

008758: Fearless DVD Study: Imagine Your Life Without Fear

Fearless DVD Study: Imagine Your Life Without Fear

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Can you imagine your life without fear? In Fearless: A DVD Study, Max Lucado invites you to envision a day in which you could trust more and fear less. Through six compelling sessions, he addresses some of your greatest fears, shows how the resolution to those fears might be simpler than you think, and outlines a spiritual solution to the growing minefield of fears prevalent in the world today.

Sessions:

  • Why Are&nbsp;We Afraid?
  • Fear of Not Mattering
  • Fear of Disappointing God
  • Fear of Life’s Final Moments
  • Fear of Global Calamity
  • Fear of God Getting Out of&nbsp;My Box
533915: H2O DVD Small Group Study Kit

H2O DVD Small Group Study Kit

By City on a Hill

H2O is a DVD-based, seven-week experience designed to create a safe atmosphere where people are comfortable considering the person of Jesus Christ. This creative newly re-released tool meets an ancient need: sharing the truth of Jesus Christ through relationships and community. H2O transforms lives by feeding the mind, moving the heart, and stimulating the senses.

  • This H2O library includes:
  • Six dramatic episodes plus an introduction video on (2) DVDs
  • Three invite discs with introduction video to give to family/friends
  • Leader Training Video
  • Printed Leader’s Guide
681912: God is Able

God is Able

By Priscilla Shirer / B&H Books

Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing.Not even that thing. Your thing. The one thing that seems to defy all attempts to defeat it, restore it, heal it, change it, overcome it, undo it, or just to get through it.

If you’ve lost even an ounce of confidence in the power and loving attention of God–if experience has told you that faith must simply acquiesce to impossibility–it’s time somebody told you different.

Bible teacher and best-selling author Priscilla Shirer explores two power-packed verses of Scripture, displacing your doubts and rebuilding your assurance–not in a blind attempt to deny life’s adversities and troubles, but to show you that God is always up to great things. Amazing things. He’s a God who cares, and a God who CAN!

796766: The Prince Warriors--Deluxe Boxed Set

The Prince Warriors–Deluxe Boxed Set

By Priscilla Shirer with Gina Detwiler / B&H Kids

Get your tweens and teens thinking about the reality of spiritual warfare as they follow brothers Xavier and Evan into the mysterious—and dangerous—world of Ahoratos! Includes The Prince Warriors, The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion, The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema, and The Winter War. 888 pages total, four slipcased hardcovers from B&H.

949871: Radiant: His Light, Your Life

Radiant: His Light, Your Life

By Priscilla Shirer / B&H Kids

Radiant by Priscilla Shirer is an invitation for teen girls and young women to enjoy a candid conversation on identity. Readers will hear reflections on life lessons that Shirer has gathered from her teen years until now. She’ll show you how the light of God’s Word shaped her identity and she’ll teach you how it can change and shape your life as well. The culture will try to define you, but this world is starving for something different that comes only from the creative genius of your God. Recommended for ages 13 years and older.

819935: Resolution for Women unabridged audio CD

Resolution for Women unabridged audio CD

By Priscilla Shirer / Brilliance Audio

Whether you realize it or not, you are already a woman of resolutions. Whenever you decide to treat people a certain way or participate in particular activities, you are resolving to live life in a way that will impact your future. Since you are already making resolutions, why not be intentional about the ones you make? Written in partnership with the film, COURAGEOUS, The Resolution for Women focuses on joyfully honoring God as a wife, mother, and family member while resolving to live with the grace that leaves a godly legacy.Unabridged audio CD; approximately 7 hours 24 minutes; 6 CDs; performed by Priscilla Shirer.

985691: Where is God in a Coronavirus World?

Where is God in a Coronavirus World?

By John Lennox / Good Book Company

We are living through a unique, era-defining period. Many of our old certainties have gone, whatever our view of the world and whatever our beliefs. The coronavirus pandemic and its effects are perplexing and unsettling for all of us. How do we begin to think it through and cope with it?

In this short yet profound book, Oxford mathematics professor John Lennox examines the coronavirus in light of various belief systems and shows how the Christian worldview not only helps us to make sense of it but also offers us a sure and certain hope to cling to.

202400: The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception

The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

Learn from John MacArthur why the emergent church movement is missing the mark with their message. He carefully explains the difference between modernity and post-modernism, and how the emergent movement has assimilated a post-modern spin into the gospel message.

202970: The Jesus You Can&amp;quot;t Ignore: What You Must Learn From the Bold Confrontations of Christ

The Jesus You Can’t Ignore: What You Must Learn From the Bold Confrontations of Christ

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

It’s often easy to portray Christ as a meek and mild teacher. MacArthur introduces you to a different side of Jesus! Revealing the unsettling passion of Jesus’ ministry, MacArthur brings you face to face with a fierce Savior who sometimes raised his voice—and wielded a whip—so God’s truth could be made manifest. 288 pages, softcover from Nelson.

081251: The Prodigal Son: A DVD Study

The Prodigal Son: A DVD Study

By John F. MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

John MacArthur explores the parable of the prodigal son, revealing insights into the culture of Jesus’ day, the two kinds of sinners, and the depths of God&rsquo;s grace and mercy. This five-session video-based study includes re-enacted vignettes from the parable with accompanying teaching from John MacArthur.

First Lesson Free! PDF Study Guide

Sessions include:

  1. Parables: Unveiling God’s Truth through Stories (9:30)
  2. Repentance: Facing the Agony of Being Lost (11:00)
  3. Forgiveness: Experiencing Our Father’s Love (9:00)
  4. Pretense: Looking Good Isn’t Good Enough (10:00)
  5. Grace: Receiving Our Most Amazing Gift (11:00)

Approximate runtime:&nbsp; 49 minutes

543037: FamilyLife Bible Study for Couples

FamilyLife Bible Study for Couples

By Dennis & Barbara Rainey / Thomas Nelson

Create a blessed life together with this 7-week Bible study for couples! Addressing the big issues couples face – resolving conflict, communicating effectively, raising godly children, rekindling romance, and loving difficult family members – Barbara and Dennis Rainey offer reflections, discussion questions, and practical applications to help you grow together and in God. Study questions and group application exercises drawn from the FamilyLife Marriage Bible. Paperback.

1000: Build Your House on the Lord: A Firm Foundation for Family Life, Fisherman Bible Studyguides

Build Your House on the Lord: A Firm Foundation for Family Life, Fisherman Bible Studyguides

By Steve Brestin / Shaw Books

Does a Christian marriage mean dictator husbands and uninvolved, silent wives? Not at all! This inductive Bible study will help you understand God’s design for marriage, as you rely upon the Creator to enrich your relationship and strengthen your home.

735552: The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions: 52 Activities Your Kids Will Never Forget

The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions: 52 Activities Your Kids Will Never Forget

By Tim Shoemaker / Revell

Regular family devotions are important. Unfortunately, they’re often…boring. But what if devotions looked less like sitting still and listening to someone read and more like, say, eletrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire?

These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions–they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for you kids. So put away the flannelgraph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.

092131: Unshakable Hope, Study Guide with DVD

Unshakable Hope, Study Guide with DVD

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

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

Sessions include:

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

Approximate runtime: 108 minutes

019421: Don&amp;quot;t Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going

Don’t Give Up: Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going

By Kyle Idleman / Baker Books

There are times in life when the giants seem too big and the game gets too intense. We want to throw in the towel, preserve ourselves, and hide. But we are called to more!

In Don’t Give Up, Kyle Idleman explores the seasons of life where we feel as if we are hanging by a thread. Through relatable stories and Biblical encouragement, he encourages us to cast our concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

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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