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Hopeless Sinner, or Saved by Grace?

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

Grace and Mercy over Justice

Richard J. Needham said, “Many of those who cry so loudly for justice would soon beg for mercy if justice were done to them.” When it comes to standing before God, I don’t know about you, but it’s mercy that I want – not justice. The Bible is clear that every one of us are sinners (Romans 3:23) and that the justice we deserve for our sins is death (Romans 6:23). If God were only a God of justice – none of us would have any hope. It is only by His grace and mercy that the invitation of salvation was given to us and Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us that we sinners are made acceptable by God’s grace and because of His love for us.

Our hopeless situation

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As sinners, we each find ourselves in a hopeless situation. One where we are spiritually dead and enslaved in our sin as we walk among the disobedient and under Satan’s dominion. As such, we are objects of God’ wrath and justice demands payment and the payment is a debt we are not able pay. It is impossible for us to do enough good works to change our hopeless situation. There is no amount of money large enough to donate to the church to buy you way into eternal life. There is absolutely nothing we sinful humans can do on our own to change the justice we deserve. On our own, our situation is hopeless.

But God is a God who turns hopelessness into abundant life. Here’s how…

God is Rich in Mercy and Grace

Mercy is simply God’s compassion for our hopeless and helpless situation and spares us from the justice we deserve. Instead, He shows pity, compassion, and kindness in that He made it possible for us to trade in our hopelessness for His abundant life. However, we must understand that God does not owe us mercy. In fact, mercy cannot be owed because it is given to someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Another aspect of God’s mercy, is that He is rich in mercy – or in other words, He is very patient with us. If God handed out justice immediately upon our first sin, none of us would every get passed our toddler years. Instead the holy and righteous God chooses to hold off pronouncing judgement to a later time to give us the chance to experience His mercy, repent of our sins, and accept Christ as our Savior. William Farley wrote in Outrageous Mercy: Rediscovering the Radical Nature of the Cross, “The cross displays God’s mercy and grace, and justice, and does so with startling clarity.” Because God’s wrath and mercy met at the cross of Christ who paid our sin debt for us, we can become a new creation and a child of God.

Mercy triumphs over justice, but if we choose to refuse God’s mercy, our hopelessness remains and instead of abundant life, we face eternal damnation. Rejecting God’s mercy is choosing justice and judgement instead. But if we reject what He freely offers, then we can expect to receive the justice and wages of our sin – eternal separation from God and an eternity in hell.

God’s Love is Great

To see the greatness of God’s love, we only need to look at the cross. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave is only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus, the sinless son of God, took our place. It should have been us on the cross – but Jesus bore all of our sins on himself and willingly went to the cross so that we could receive God’s forgiveness and accept His mercy. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made the One [Jesus] who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” As Jesus shed His blood for us, His blood covers all of our sins and God sees us as righteous.

God’s Love is Great, Even while we are still hopelessly lost sinners

Romans 5:8 says, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinner, Christ died for us.” We often hear stories but soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the platoon or a parent or spouse who steps in front of a bullet. But how often do you hear a story where someone sacrifices their life for their enemy? This is exactly what Jesus did for us. As a lost sinner, we are God’s enemy, but even then Christ loved us enough to die in our place.

Because of God’s rich mercy and great love, He extends grace rather than justice

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If mercy is God not giving us the punishment and justice we deserve, then grace is God giving us blessings we do not deserve. Instead of justice, God extends his favor towards us when we choose to accept his free gift of salvation by faith in Christ. It is only by His grace that we receive the blessing of salvation and eternal life. It is impossible to earn it.

If I should give you a gift, but you want to pay me for it, it ceases to be a gift. If you work for the gift’s value, it ceases to be a gift. And if you refuse and reject it, then it is no longer a gift. It is only a gift when you reach out and accept it. Christ already paid the price for the gift of salvation – with His life – so that once we accept the gift of salvation our sin debt is marked “paid in full” with the very blood that Jesus shed on the cross in our place. The grace God offers, is the unmerited gift of eternal life.

Justice = Dead in Sin or Grace = Alive in Christ

When we accept God’s generous and loving offer of mercy and grace, He makes us alive together with Christ and gives us abundant and eternal life. Instead of being spiritually dead in our sin, God’s grace and mercy makes us a new creation that is now spiritually alive and when we pass on into eternity, there is a place waiting for us in heaven where we will dwell with Christ.

The work of salvation cannot be accomplished by our works. We can’t earn it and we can’t buy it. The entire process of salvation is an act of God’s goodness and only by His unmerited favor and only for His glory. When we truly see ourselves as the sinners we are and the grace and love that God has for us despite our sinfulness, we must then choose to accept or reject His gift of salvation. Accepting it by faith leads to eternal life in heaven with Christ. Rejecting it leads to the justice we deserve – eternal separation from God in hell. What will you choose?

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We know that ministry is hard! When you serve in ministry as staff or volunteer, you are on a spiritual battlefield 24/7. As you serve God, you fight for the Kingdom of God and our adversary is constantly attacking. He wants you to either lose your effectiveness in your ministry role or get you to quit. We must be sure we are reconnecting to the Vine (Jesus) so that we can refill, renew, and recharge. Then we can keep on pouring into others.

If you are feeling like you are losing the fight or struggling to stay in the fight, Jesus says to you, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31) Self-care is both Biblical and necessary, if you are going to stay in the fight and be effective in the Kingdom of God. Stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue are real weapons that the adversary uses against us.

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In Part 1 of this video-based course, you will learn about the spiritual dangers in ministry, discover if God is testing you or is Satan attacking you, understand that ministry is battlefield and how to be steadfast, immovable on the battlefield, learn how the devil uses his wiles and schemes against us, and remember how to use your Spiritual Armor. We will also breakdown stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue.

Part 2 is all about Preventing and Recovering from Burnout and Compassion Fatigue as we go through six areas that need self-care. In this part of the course we will provide you with practical ways that you can immediately begin practicing self-care. As you continue to serve God in whatever way He has called you, self-care is vital if you are not going to grow weary in doing good so you can reap at the proper time (Galatians 6:9).

Additionally, this packaged deal will provide 10 group coaching session where we will discuss the weekly assigned videos and do check-ins on where you are in each of the six areas of self-care that include: Spiritual, Sensory, Emotional, Social, Physical, and Intellectual.

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Today’s Bible Reading: March 11

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Deuteronomy 14-16

Mark 13:14-37

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Why is daily Bible reading important?

Bible Reading is vitally important to growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual selves full. God wants us to hide His Word in our hearts, meditate on it and apply it to our lives. When we have a plan, we are more likely to follow through. Here are eight reasons you should have a daily Bible Reading plan:

  • We can find His will for our lives
  • Bible reading is our spiritual nourishment
  • It helps us be able to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart.
  • The Bible instructs us in righteousness
  • It gives us power to overcome trials, heartaches, and sin
  • God gives us many promises, but you won’t know them unless you read about them, memorize them, and know if it’s a promise intended for us today
  • God reveals Himself to us and we learn about Him which strengthens our relationship with Him
  • He also speaks to us through His Word.

Don’t miss what God has to say to you today.
It’s time to practice spiritual self-care and read your Bible!

Practice Spiritual Self care and dig into God’s Word today to be revived and renewed!

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We all fight battles–relationship, financial, cancer, COVID, professional, educational and more. But no matter what the battle, it belongs to God. So, fight on your knees with your hands lifted high. (Based on the song, Battle Belongs, by Phil Wickham.)

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What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book 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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Bible Reading for March 11

Today’s Bible Reading: March 11

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Deuteronomy 14-16

Mark 13:14-37

Clicking on the Scripture links above will open a new window where you can read the scripture from the English Standard Version at Biblegateway.com or choose the Bible version you prefer to read. Check back each day to get the Scripture to read in the One Year Bible Reading Plan.

Now you can enhance your Bible Reading with the Verse Mapping Template

Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

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Download our Free 2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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Why is daily Bible reading important?

Bible Reading is vitally important to growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual selves full. God wants us to hide His Word in our hearts, meditate on it and apply it to our lives. When we have a plan, we are more likely to follow through. Here are eight reasons you should have a daily Bible Reading plan:

  • We can find His will for our lives
  • Bible reading is our spiritual nourishment
  • It helps us be able to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart.
  • The Bible instructs us in righteousness
  • It gives us power to overcome trials, heartaches, and sin
  • God gives us many promises, but you won’t know them unless you read about them, memorize them, and know if it’s a promise intended for us today
  • God reveals Himself to us and we learn about Him which strengthens our relationship with Him
  • He also speaks to us through His Word.

Don’t miss what God has to say to you today.
It’s time to practice spiritual self-care and read your Bible!

Practice Spiritual Self care and dig into God’s Word today to be revived and renewed!

Fight on my Knees

We all fight battles–relationship, financial, cancer, COVID, professional, educational and more. But no matter what the battle, it belongs to God. So, fight on your knees with your hands lifted high. (Based on the song, Battle Belongs, by Phil Wickham.)

Fight on my Knees

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Graduating Seniors

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  • Revive Us Again, Lord

New in the Teespring Store: The Prayer of Blessing

We’ve added a new canvas print to the Teespring Store.

God instructed the Israelite priests to pray the prayer of blessing every day over the people. The prayer is found in Numbers 6:24-26. Hang the canvass in your home or carry the mug, tote bag, or water bottle and let the prayer of blessing impact all those who you meet throughout the day.

We’ve also put this design on a poster, coffee mug, a stainless steel water bottle, phone cases, and a few other products.


Enjoy one of our YouTube Playlists

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book 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

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.


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Luke 18:7-8. A Persistent Widow

April 21 Luke 18 7-8

In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tell the parable of the persistent widow. She is a poor, powerless widow up against a corrupt, powerful judge and she is seeking justice. While the Bible is clear on its teaching  that those in power and leadership roles are to work justly and stand up for the week and the poor, this is not Jesus’ point in this parable. There are three things Jesus wants us to get from this parable 1) pray and don’t give up; 2) keep the faith; 3) Justice in a corrupt world can only come from God. 

Pray and don’t give up. How many times to we pray and pray and pray for something and then give up? Do you ever think about when you get to heaven and ask God, “Why didn’t you answer this prayer?” and His reply will be “You were only one prayer away, but you gave up.” This parable of a nagging, persistent widow is a reminder to us to not give up. Chapter 18 opens with an explanation of why Jesus is telling this parable. Verse 1 says: “He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul wrote, “Pray without ceasing.”  In Isaiah 43:19, God says through the prophet, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Jesus uses an odd representation in this parable. The poor, widowed woman represent those listening to Jesus tell the story (or reading it from the Bible) – in other words, she represents us. The person to whom she is nagging and insisting on justice is a corrupt judge, which Jesus is using to represent God. This doesn’t mean that Jesus was saying God is corrupt. The point he was making is that if the nagging woman’s persistence paid off with a corrupt judge who is limited by the power he hold on earth within his office, then how much more will it pay off with a just God with eternally infinite power? Why should we not give up? Because you may be just one prayer away from an answered prayer. Keep praying. Don’t give up. 

Keep the Faith. Jesus knew that living for Him in a fallen, corrupt world would not be easy and through this parable he wanted to encourage us to keep our faith, even when the odds are stacked up against us. By using a juxtaposition of a corrupt judge with a just God implies that even in the midst of a corrupt, fallen, broken world, God’s will will be done. Perhaps the judge had no plans to give the woman justice, but God is a God who defends the widows (Psalm 68:5) and so even though the judge has no concern for her need and no plans to do the right thing, he will give in simply to get the woman to stop nagging him and in the end he will do the right thing because God wills it. We can find similar teaching in the Bible in verses such as John 19:11, Romans 13:1, and 1 Peter 2:13 where it is clear that those in government positions are placed there by God and they do what He will, whether they acknowledge it or not. We can keep the faith, even in a corrupt, broken world that justice will be done because ultimately, God is in control. Yet we also have a responsibility as citizens to pray for our government leaders – and to not give up praying.

Justice in a corrupt world can only come from God. There is an old commercial from many years ago that was used for eating healthy and as we moved into the computer age, it manifested itself again. The point of the commercial was “garbage in, garbage out.” In a world full of corruption, why do we expect any outcome except corruption? Corrupt people do corrupt things. The only way that justice occurs in a corrupt world is through the hand and work of God. This is why we must not give up praying and why we must keep the faith. Just as God can bring miraculous healing to those with COVID19, so He can bring miraculous justice in the world as the saint pray without ceasing. In the parable, Jesus does not ever say that God intervened but he does imply as he closes out the parable that God is an unseen actor in the story. In verses 7-8 he says: “Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?”

God, thank you that you hear our prayers. Help us to be persistent and to keep the faith. Help us to trust in You as You are working behind the scenes in ways we never know to bring about your perfect plan.

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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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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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Memory Verse for March 9-14. Jeremiah 9:24

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:

Jeremiah 9:24

But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me—
that I am Yahweh, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

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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.

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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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075800: Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible Made to Move Mountains: How God Uses Our Dreams and Disasters to Accomplish the Impossible

By Kristen Welch / Baker Books

923064: The Key to Living by Faith (Hebrews) The Key to Living by Faith (Hebrews)

By Harvest House Publishers

This powerful series is ideal for personal study, small groups, Sunday school classes, family devotions, and discipling others. Days One through Six provide approximately 15 minutes of guided lessons to help you discover God’s precepts, purposes and promises on your own. Questions for group discussion or individual study are provided on Day Seven along with commentary and a memory verse. Find the wisdom you need to address the issues of life and grow closer in your relationship with God.

868980: Faithful, Abundant, True - Member Book: Three Lives Going Deeper Still Faithful, Abundant, True – Member Book: Three Lives Going Deeper Still

By Beth Moore, Kay Arthur & Priscilla Shirer / Lifeway

The Faithful, Abundant, True: Three Lives Going Deeper Still Member Book is a versatile study guide that can be used in a retreat setting or for a seven-session study. Beth, Kay, and Priscilla each present two weeks of study in a brief format that will take most women 15 to 30 minutes daily. As a bonus, Faithful, Abundant, and True Member Book includes a partnership with HomeLife Magazine in which each of the three speakers’ section also includes an article from HomeLife that illustrates faithfulness, abundance, and truth. The Member Book includes 6 Weeks of Guided Study, a Retreat Plan (great for a Friday evening – Saturday evening schedule), and Group Leader Helps.

544201: Pursuing A Deeper Faith-Life Principles Study Series Vol 19 Pursuing A Deeper Faith-Life Principles Study Series Vol 19

By Charles F. Stanley / Thomas Nelson

Each workbook in Charles Stanley’s Life Principles Study Series features ten lessons that include Scripture study, questions for discussion or reflection, and application. In Develop a Closer Relationship with God, Stanley shares God’s invitation to grow in a heart relationship with Him, to hear His voice speaking to your spirit, and to feel a deep assurance that you are locked into a forever relationship that cannot be severed. Perfect for small group studies, a Sunday school class, or individual study.

671497: Everything is Possible Study Guide: Understanding the Six Phases of Faith Everything is Possible Study Guide: Understanding the Six Phases of Faith

By Rick Warren / Zondervan

How’s your faith? Is it strong or weak? Is it steady or stretched? It’s an important question, because there’s a lot riding on your answer. More importantly, would you like your faith to be stronger? That’s what this six-session video study from ‘America’s most influential spiritual leader’ is all about. Faith, according to Pastor Rick Warren, is like a muscle. It needs to be exercised and developed.

And God uses a predictable pattern and process to build your faith. It’s what Warren calls the Six Phases of Faith. Once you understand these six phases, you can cooperate with God in the process of strengthening your faith and building your character. The Six Phases of Faith is a groundbreaking small group video study with participant’s guide that will help you uncover and participate in God’s unique plan and purpose for your life.

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Mustard seed pendant features seed surrounded by clear acrylic. 1″ pendant on 18″ nickel free chain with 2″ extender.In the story of the Mustard seed, even with faith the size of this tiny seed, you can still move mountains. These real seeds are reminders that with just a little faith, anything is possible.

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Mustard seed pocket stone features Faith with seed surrounded by clear acrylic. 1.25″.In the story of the Mustard seed, even with faith the size of this tiny seed, you can still move mountains. These real seeds are reminders that with just a little faith, anything is possible.

251559: Fresh Faith Fresh Faith

By Jim Cymbala with Dean Merrill / Zondervan

Pastor Jim Cymbala calls us back to a fiery, passionate preoccupation with God that will restore what the enemy has stolen from us: our first love for Jesus, our zeal, our troubled children, our wounded marriages, our broken and divided churches.Born out of the heart and soul of Brooklyn Tabernacle, the message of Fresh Faith is illustrated by true stories of men and women whose lives have been changed through the power of faith.

The same faith that can transform your life – starting today, if you choose.

525706: Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus

By John Eldredge / FaithWords

Jesus was accused of breaking the law, keeping bad company, and drinking. He had a sense of humor; his generosity was scandalous; his anger was fearsome; and he said outrageous things. Eldredge replaces our 2-dimensional picture of the Savior with a brilliant portrait—and invites you to experience an intimate relationship with a colorful Christ! 240 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

230472: Faith Like a Mustard Seed, Matthew 17:20 Bracelet Faith Like a Mustard Seed, Matthew 17:20 Bracelet

By Finesta Corporation

Chunky fashion bracelet of purple and silvertone beads with mustard seed cross charm and engraved Scripture tag If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20.Textured and engraved beads add style on stretch bracelet with toggle clasp; 7″ stretch bracelet designed to fit the wrist of most women; A unique and beautiful Christian jewelry design to encourage you to trust God.

Please note: the faceted stones on this topselling bracelet may vary in shading depending on the light in which they are photographed.

935951: Finding God Faithful, Bible Study Book Finding God Faithful, Bible Study Book

By Kelly Minter / Lifeway

Trace the path of Joseph&rsquo;s life in the Book of Genesis to observe how God&rsquo;s sovereignty reigns, even in our darkest moments. Learn to recognize when God is working during periods of waiting, trust God&rsquo;s plan when life doesn&rsquo;t make sense, and rest in the sufficiency of His presence in every circumstance. His provision is enough, His presence is constant, and His purpose is unstoppable. (8 sessions)

Features:

  • Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groups
  • Personal study segments to complete between 8 weeks of group sessions
  • Interactive teaching videos, approximately 35 minutes per session

Benefits:

  • Place your hope in the God who is with you.
  • Learn to trust God&rsquo;s purposes when life doesn&rsquo;t make sense.
  • Recognize how God is working in your waiting.
  • Rest in the sufficiency of God&rsquo;s presence in every circumstance.
954114: Better: A Study of Hebrews, Bible Study Book Better: A Study of Hebrews, Bible Study Book

By Jen Wilkin / Lifeway

088811: Ever Faithful: 365-Day Devotional Ever Faithful: 365-Day Devotional

By David Jeremiah / Thomas Nelson

Embrace a stronger understanding of God’s nature—and transform your faith into a living, breathing relationship with him! Jeremiah’s daily devotions feature Scripture; a brief meditation on topics including trusting in God’s faithfulness, the Lord’s plans for his children, and how to live in his peace; and insightful questions for reflection. Includes a ribbon marker. 400 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

0108085: Follower: Becoming More than Just a Fan of Jesus Follower: Becoming More than Just a Fan of Jesus

By Kyle Idleman / Zondervan

Jesus calls us to chase after him—not cheer for his cause! Idleman invites you to take an honest look at your relationship with the Lord. He believes Christian faith isn’t about walking a comfortable and reassuring path, but stepping into a new identity as a follower of Christ. Based on his bestseller Not a Fan. 160 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.

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.

218125: Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads

By Suzanne Eller / Bethany House

It’s the ultimate invitation! Christ is calling you to a lifetime of unpredictable adventure. Now you must decide whether to accept. As you study the stories of Jesus’ disciples, you’ll be challenged to step back from your day-to-day worries and “to do” list; and move toward the One who promises to delight and surprise his people.

230755: Only Jesus: What It Really Means to Be Saved Only Jesus: What It Really Means to Be Saved

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

What does Jesus mean by “Follow me”? Your answer is crucial to your understanding of the Christian gospel! MacArthur explores what the Bible says about who this Galilean is, defines saving grace, clarifies why Christ must be savior and lord of your life, and more. An update and abridgment of The Gospel According to Jesus. 173 pages, 4.5″ x 7.25″ hardcover from Zondervan.

088590: Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority Moving Mountains: Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority

By John Eldredge / Thomas Nelson

Is there a right way to pray? Why doesn’t God always say yes? Is he listening? Countering the idea that prayer’s purpose is to seek divine intervention, Eldredge shows that it’s actually about partnering with God. Discover your role in breaking sin’s strongholds, bringing about healing, and more as you claim your authority as God’s child! 256 pages, softcover from Nelson.

202904: Walking With God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really. Walking With God: Talk to Him. Hear from Him. Really.

By John Eldredge / Thomas Nelson

Walking with God moves through a year in the life of John Eldredge, showing and teaching what an intimate relationship with God looks like day-to-day. Among other important points, it will teach you how to make decisions aligning with God’s will, understand barriers and “agreements” keeping you from the life God intends, and how to fight spiritual battles for yourself and others. Learn how walking with God intimately can be a normal part of the Christian life.

Experiencing the Power of Life-Changing Faith-Romans    -     By: Kay Arthur

Experiencing the Power of Life-Changing Faith-Romans

By Kay Arthur / Harvest House Publishers

* Discover the truth of God’s Word for yourself! The Book of Romans is Paul’s clearest presentation of the gospel—and includes answers to some of life’s most important questions. How can I have peace with God? How can I know God’s will? Does being religious make me a Christian? For personal or group study. 144 pages, softcover from Harvest.

350601: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

By Jim Cymbala with Dean Merrill / Zondervan

Every Tuesday night the Brooklyn Tabernacle is standing room only—for a prayer meeting! In this expanded edition, Pastor Cymbala shares updated stories of what God continues to do there. You’ll be led on your own journey to spiritual awakening; and be inspired to listen more closely for his voice and pray with utter dependence on him. 224 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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