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Our Words Reveal What’s in our Heart

Almost every kids knows the saying, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” There is never a saying more untrue! In fact, words often hurt more than physical wounds. Why? Because we all know that if we say something, it comes from the heart. Our mouth reveals what’s in our heart. Have you ever said something hurtful and then try to smooth things over by saying, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that?” If you’re honest with yourself, yes you did.

Lingering Effects of hurtful words

Psychologists have found that the memories of hurtful words linger far longer than physical hurt. Guy Winch, Ph.D., listed five reasons that emotional pain is worse than physical:

  1. Memories Trigger Emotional Pain But Not Physical Pain. Recalling the time you broke your leg will not make your leg hurt but recalling the time you felt rejected by your high-school crush will cause you substantial emotional pain.
  2. We Use Physical Pain as Distraction from Emotional Pain Not Vice Versa. We rarely see a woman choosing to manage the pain of natural childbirth by rereading the rejection letter from her college of choice but teens will practice “cutting” as a way to relieve and distract themselves from deep emotional pain.
  3. Physical Pain Garners Far More Empathy from Others Than Emotional Pain. When we see a stranger get hit by a car we wince, gasp, or even scream and run to see if they’re OK. But when we see a stranger get bullied or taunted we are unlikely to do any of those things.
  4. Emotional Pain Echoes in Ways Physical Pain Does Not. If you got a call about your parent dying while you were having a romantic lobster meal with your partner on Valentine’s Day, it will probably be a few years before you can enjoy lobster or Valentine’s Day without becoming extremely sad. But if you broke your foot playing softball in an amateur league you will likely be back on the field as soon as you’re fully healed.
  5. Emotional Pain but Not Physical Pain Can Damage Our Self-Esteem and Long-Term Mental Health. Physical pain has to be quite extreme to affect our personalities and damage our mental health but even single episodes of emotional pain can damage our emotional health.

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Our words impact those around us

It’s true that our words impact those around us – both positively and negatively – and we can be both intentional and unintentional in hurting others with what we say. Sometimes our words don’t convey exactly what we’re intending to communicate. For example, here are a few announcements found in actual church bulletins:

  • This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Smith to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
  • The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind, and they may be seen in the church basement on Friday afternoon.
  • This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

While the above bulletin bloopers are simply poor grammar and word choices on the part of the writer and can be humorous, sometimes we say critical or unkind things as if they were a joke. However, if we are honest with ourselves, usually we feel there is some amount of truth to what we are saying when we are “just kidding”. We try to cleverly attempt to wrap up harsh words in a pun or some other attempt at humor, but such words still hurt.

From the abundance of the heart

Jesus taught that it is from the abundance of our heart that our mouth speaks. If it were not in our heart, it probably would not be coming out of our mouth. Our words shows our character and the character we should be showing is the glory of God in whom we are made in His image. Let’s make sure the words that are spoken come from a heart that is focused and in fellowship with our Savior. Make sure the words that spring forth from your heart and come out of your mouth build others up – not tear them down.


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Our nation and our world need to experience a revival. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.” Revival begins with the people of God. We invite you to join us in praying for revival for America and our world.

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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:

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Luke 2:30. Blessing or Missed Opportunity?

March 22 Luke 2 30 NKJV

The Bible tells us that Simeon was a just and devout man, filled with the Holy Spirit who revealed to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Christ, the promised Savior of the World. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord as commanded in the Law God gave to Moses, the Holy Spirit guided Simeon to be at the right place – the temple –  at the right time – the moment that Mary and Joseph brought the baby to the temple. The Holy Spirit showed him that the infant Jesus was the Christ and Simeon held the baby in His arms and blessed God saying, “Mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”

What if when the Holy Spirit prompted Simeon to go to the temple, Simeon said, “you know Holy Spirit, today’s not a good day. You know I’m old and my arthritis is acting up and my knees are hurting. I think I’ll just stay home today.” Simeon would have missed the opportunity to meet the Savior of the World. Instead, he obeyed the Holy Spirit and he was able to hold the Creator of the World, God’s only Son, in his arms.

March 22 cttWhat keeps you from obeying those quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit? Do you obey and receive the blessing or do you find an excuse and miss the opportunity?

God, help us to recognize the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit and help us to be obedient to whatever you want us to do – not just to receive a blessing – but to honor you so that you are glorified in our lives. 

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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:

Exodus 15:26

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.

Meditate and apply:

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

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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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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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Joshua 5:14. Commissioned for the Task

March 21 Joshua 5 15 NKJV

God had a God-sized task for Joshua. It would not be possible for Joshua to accomplish the mission God had for him on his own strength. What was the task? To lead the entire nation of Israel into the land that God had promised them. Moses, Joshua’s mentor, had just died and now Joshua was the leader for the nation – appointed by God. I’m sure as Joshua moved up from Moses’ apprentice to leader, he probably felt overwhelmed. Following in Moses’ footsteps probably looked like some mighty big shoes to fill. And there’s this nation – chosen by God – who kept complaining at everything. A group of people that were hard-headed and quick to forget in times of trouble how God had brought them through previous hard times. And now, Joshua’s first order of business was to seize Jericho. That land that 40 years earlier, Joshua had been on the 12-person committee to scout out the land where they saw the fortified cities with giants in the land. Joshua and Caleb were the only 2 men out of the 12 spies who came back saying, “Let’s take the land God has given us!” The other 12 brewed up fear in the heart of the people that caused them to not possess the land and grumble against God. So God sent them back into the wilderness to wander around for 40 years until every adult of that generations except for Joshua and Caleb had died off. Now it was their children that Joshua was tasked with leading into the promised land.

Now, Joshua stands near the city. The Bible tells us in verse 13, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho…” I have a very good imagination. Have you ever come to a verse like that and say, “Ok…but what was he doing there?” I can imagine as Joshua stood looking at the well fortified city, contemplating how to accomplish God’s plan, he felt like the task was impossible. As he looked at the walls surrounding the city – walls thick enough that people made their homes inside the walls – he might of prayed, “Yahweh, how am I supposed to accomplish this? It’s impenetrable!” Or maybe he asked, “God, are you sure you have the right man for this job?” Then maybe God recalled to Joshua’s mind how they had just crossed the Jordan river on dry ground, which recalled how the previous generation had crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. Maybe Joshua’s next thought was, “I’m not able to do this, Yahweh, but you are. Show me how I’m supposed to do this work for you.” As he stood there, he looked up and saw that a man with a sword stood there with him. Joshua asked, “Are you for us or against us?” As he asked, his hand might have been on the hilt of his sword ready to draw it as his eyes scanned the area around them to see if there was an entire army lurking nearby, maybe wishing he had brought a few of his own soldiers with him. The man’s response? “I am the commander of Yahweh’s army.” When I imagine that scene in my head I can see this commander’s eyebrow raised as if to say, “Did you call? Here I AM.” I can also imagine Joshua’s eyes growing as big as saucers as he realized just Who stood in front of him.

Joshua’s task was impossible for Joshua to accomplish. It was not impossible for God, because there is nothing impossible for God. But it was a God-sized task. Such tasks can only be accomplished when God steps in with His plan and clears the way. So God sent the Commander of His army to tell Joshua the battle plan as well as to encourage Joshua for the task ahead. So who is this Commander? Joshua’s response gives us the answer: Joshua “fell on his face to the earth and worshiped” Him. Further, the Commander then responded with “Take your sandal off your foot for the place where you stand is holy.” When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, Moses was also told to remove his sandals because he was on holy ground.  Joshua needed help. He needed wisdom. And God sent His commander – Jesus – to provide Joshua with the battle plan and to commission Him for the task. Joshua’s response was a true act of worship: “he fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him. ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?'”

God will never give us a God-sized task without showing us the plan for accomplishing the task. He will encourage us along the way. And when it’s time to advance, He will provide the plan of action. The question becomes: How will I respond? Will I whine and complain about the impossibility of the task? Will I argue with God about how it can’t be done? Will I pull my pockets inside out and say, “I don’t have the money and resources to accomplish this plan!” Or will I humbly bow before Him, ready to obey, and ask “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

God, whenever you have a God-sized task for us, you never leave us to complete it on our own. Instead you are there with wisdom, instruction, and encouragement along the way. Thank you for using imperfect people like me to accomplish your plan. Humbly, I bow before you and ask, what does my Lord say to His servant?”

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

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

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

 

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

This week’s memory verse:

Exodus 15:26

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.

Meditate and apply:

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

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

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This week’s featured design is based on Isaiah 43:19 which says: “I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” and taken from the Christian song entitled “Way Maker.” The memory verse this week focuses on knowing God through experiencing Him – not just knowing about Him.  Have you experienced God as your “way maker”, “miracle worker, promise keeper, or a light in a dark time in your life? If so, proclaim God for who He is in your life.

Available in tees for men, women, mugs, bags, and other products. Here’s a sample of a few of the products you can choose with this design. Check out all the available products 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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79778EB: Jehovah-Rapha: The God Who Heals: 72 Story-Based Meditations and Prayers - eBook Jehovah-Rapha: The God Who Heals: 72 Story-Based Meditations and Prayers – eBook

By Mary Nelson / Shiloh Run Press

948734: Scripture Confessions for Healing Scripture Confessions for Healing

By Keith & Megan Provance / Harrison House

God has left you many healing promises in His Word and His desire is for you to live in health and enjoy your life! All health challenges, large and small, can be overcome by putting your faith in God’s Word. The book of Proverbs states that life and death are in the power of the tongue. What you talk about, you bring to pass. As you begin to declare these powerful promises of health and healing over your life, faith will build in your heart for divine health to become your reality.

792583: Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God

By Jentezen Franklin / Charisma House

Are you seeking healing? Does a loved one need salvation? Is your faith community searching for direction? Tap into the power of fasting and present your requests to the Lord! Offering simple suggestions, Franklin shows how abstaining from food will leave your spirit uncluttered so you are free to seek God’s will in prayer and humility. 256 pages, hardcover from Charisma.

910212: The Power of a Praying Nation The Power of a Praying Nation

By Stormie Omartian / SAS & Associates

Rather than succumbing to helplessness and fear, Christians everywhere are interceding for their country. Find encouragement for today and hope for the future as Omartian reminds believers what it means to be “a nation whose God is the Lord.” Includes sample prayers for our leaders, military, police, and firefighters; national healing; and more. 128 pages, softcover from Harvest.

767813: Be Resolute (Daniel) Be Resolute (Daniel)

By David C Cook

Will your faith thrive in tough times? Do you desire a more resolute faith? How did Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego posses such a fearless faith that they never took the easy way out? Study this extraordinary Old Testament book with Bible teach Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe and learn how to be determined to go God’s direction.Questions for reflection or group discussion are included at the end of each chapter.

453014: Prayer That Sparks National Revival: An Essential Guide for Reclaiming America"s Destiny Prayer That Sparks National Revival: An Essential Guide for Reclaiming America’s Destiny

By Wanda Alger / Destiny Image

28604: A Call to United, Extraordinary Prayer...: for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ"s A Call to United, Extraordinary Prayer…: for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s

By Jonathan Edwards / Atlas Books

Introduced by David Bryant of Concerts of Prayer International, the American National Prayer Committee and Proclaim Hope.This classic book by Jonathan Edwards was first published under the title ‘An humble attempt to promote explicit agreement and visible union of God’s people in extraordinary prayer for the revival of religion and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom.’

Jonathan Edwards was the foremost leader of the Great Awakening in North America in the 18th Century.

012719: Asleep in the Land of Nod: 30 Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church Asleep in the Land of Nod: 30 Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church

By David Butts / Prayershop Publishing

Noting similarities to Cain’s leaving God’s presence to wander in the land of Nod, and the modern U.S. Church that has drifted away from Christ, David Butts, chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee offers hope-filled prayers and encouragement that God once again wants to revive His Bride. Your heart will burn with hunger as you seek after more of Jesus in your own life and the life of your church.

514931: The Genesis of Germs: The Origin of Diseases & the   Coming Plagues The Genesis of Germs: The Origin of Diseases & the Coming Plagues

By Alan L. Gillen / Master Books

AIDS, SARS, and now bird flu—each new deadly disease sends researchers scrambling for a cure. Where did these germs originate? How do they fit into a biblical worldview? Offering a detailed look at historic plagues, Gillen shows how mutating microbes prove devolution rather than evolution; examines the function of bacteria before and after the fall; reflects on modern diseases in light of Christ’s coming; and more. 176 pages, softcover from New Leaf.

488443: Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

By Thom & Joani Schultz / Group Publishing

Congregations in America are shrinking fast. Is there anything the church can do to turn the tide? Through startling statistics, compelling stories, and an often-overlooked Jesus-based approach, this insightful guide will help you redefine your approach. It all begins by incorporating four acts of love – radical hospitality, fearless conversation, genuine humility, and divine anticipation.

549373: What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

By Kevin DeYoung / Crossway

In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us – the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused – to take a humble look at God’s Word regarding the issue of homosexuality.

After examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike, making this an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.

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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Joshua 1:8. Meditate Day and Night to Achieve Good Success

March 20 Joshua 1 8 NKJV

It’s really difficult to know the way that God expects us to live if we are not reading the instructions He left for us. We can go to church every Sunday and listen to the sermon. We can be part of a small group too. But we also need to be reading the Bible everyday for ourselves. We need to hide it in our heart and meditate on it day and night. As we do, we need to consider what the Holy Spirit might be revealing to us through the Word. When we are wanting directions for life and we are considering the options, it’s important to remember that God would never lead us in a direction that goes against His Word. But how can you know if the path you are considering aligns with His Word, if you are not reading His Word?

God told Joshua that the Book of the Law should not depart from Joshua’s mouth. Moses had left Joshua the Books of the Law that he had received through the inspiration of God–Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Joshua was the first man to learn the about God through the Word of God in the same way that we learn: from the words of a book. Joshua was to keep it in his mouth and in his mind. The emphasis for Joshua–and for us—is upon making Bible study a constant practice. He was to study it and learn it so that it became a way of life for him and he was to fully obey it. He was to meditate on it – day and night. This doesn’t mean sitting cross-legged on a mat and chanting “ohmmmm.” Meditating on God’s Word is a practice that involves going over and over and over God’s truth in our minds to deepen its impression on us and to set it in our hearts. It includes asking the Holy Spirit to show us how God’s Word applies to our life, right now, in this moment. It involves prayerfully listening throughout the day for the Holy Spirit to show you what God is trying to say to you through His Word. The word meditate indicates that Scripture is to be like a tune that we cannot get out of our minds. It just permeates our thinking processes.

If you want God’s Word to be a way of life, it isn’t enough to just read it every day. We need to study it. Pray over it. Memorize it. Hide it in our heart. And apply it to our life. God doesn’t just expect us to read it. He expects us to observe and do what it says. The reason God had the various authors write these books of the Bible is so that we would know and understand the way God expects us to live. Just as a parent sets rules for the child he or she loves and wants to protect, God’s rules are designed out of His love for us and His desire to protect us. When we live according to His Word we can then experience peace and joy and fellowship with Him.

When we live according to God’s commands, we can be prosperous and have great success. This doesn’t mean we become rich and famous. God does not define success like it is defined in the world today. For the Christian, success can be defined as the ability to find the will of God for your life . . . and then do it! We don’t get the right to choose the parts of God’s Word that we want to obey or are convenient to obey. Joshua 1:8 says we are to “observe to do according to all that is written in it.” The biggest problem in our world to day is that people have tried to remove the parts of God’s Word that they don’t like. They want to remove the Ten Commandments from court rooms. They want to alter and “re-define” marriage. They want to say that abortion is ok – that it’s a woman’s right to choose to end a life that God created. And then when something like Coronavirus comes to the scene, everyone panics. Instead of panicking, we need to be returning to meditating day and night on God’s Word, repenting of sin, and asking God to forgive and heal our land. When we return to living by God’s standards, then we will have the prosperous nation and good success as we live according to His will for us.

If you are not already reading your Bible everyday, join us in our One Year Bible Challenge. Each day we post an Old Testament passage and a New Testament passage to read and meditate on so that in one year you will have read the entire Bible from cover to cover.

Father, thank you for giving us Your Word – the light for our path. Help us to hide it in our hearts and meditate on it. Speak to us and reveal to us what You want to say to us through Your Word. Just as you were with Joshua and enabled him to read and observe Your Word, help us be obey what you reveal to us.

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

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

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

 

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

This week’s memory verse:

Exodus 15:26

“If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.

Meditate and apply:

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

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

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This week’s featured design is based on Isaiah 43:19 which says: “I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” and taken from the Christian song entitled “Way Maker.” The memory verse this week focuses on knowing God through experiencing Him – not just knowing about Him.  Have you experienced God as your “way maker”, “miracle worker, promise keeper, or a light in a dark time in your life? If so, proclaim God for who He is in your life.

Available in tees for men, women, mugs, bags, and other products. Here’s a sample of a few of the products you can choose with this design. Check out all the available products in the Spreadshirt  shop.

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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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Our organization receives an 8% commission on any item you purchase through these links. However, the product price is the same for you. There is no increase in your cost for us to receive the commission. All commissions receive support the work and ministry of Wellspring Christian Ministries.
79778EB: Jehovah-Rapha: The God Who Heals: 72 Story-Based Meditations and Prayers - eBook Jehovah-Rapha: The God Who Heals: 72 Story-Based Meditations and Prayers – eBook

By Mary Nelson / Shiloh Run Press

948734: Scripture Confessions for Healing Scripture Confessions for Healing

By Keith & Megan Provance / Harrison House

God has left you many healing promises in His Word and His desire is for you to live in health and enjoy your life! All health challenges, large and small, can be overcome by putting your faith in God’s Word. The book of Proverbs states that life and death are in the power of the tongue. What you talk about, you bring to pass. As you begin to declare these powerful promises of health and healing over your life, faith will build in your heart for divine health to become your reality.

792583: Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God

By Jentezen Franklin / Charisma House

Are you seeking healing? Does a loved one need salvation? Is your faith community searching for direction? Tap into the power of fasting and present your requests to the Lord! Offering simple suggestions, Franklin shows how abstaining from food will leave your spirit uncluttered so you are free to seek God’s will in prayer and humility. 256 pages, hardcover from Charisma.

910212: The Power of a Praying Nation The Power of a Praying Nation

By Stormie Omartian / SAS & Associates

Rather than succumbing to helplessness and fear, Christians everywhere are interceding for their country. Find encouragement for today and hope for the future as Omartian reminds believers what it means to be “a nation whose God is the Lord.” Includes sample prayers for our leaders, military, police, and firefighters; national healing; and more. 128 pages, softcover from Harvest.

767813: Be Resolute (Daniel) Be Resolute (Daniel)

By David C Cook

Will your faith thrive in tough times? Do you desire a more resolute faith? How did Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego posses such a fearless faith that they never took the easy way out? Study this extraordinary Old Testament book with Bible teach Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe and learn how to be determined to go God’s direction.Questions for reflection or group discussion are included at the end of each chapter.

453014: Prayer That Sparks National Revival: An Essential Guide for Reclaiming America"s Destiny Prayer That Sparks National Revival: An Essential Guide for Reclaiming America’s Destiny

By Wanda Alger / Destiny Image

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By Jonathan Edwards / Atlas Books

Introduced by David Bryant of Concerts of Prayer International, the American National Prayer Committee and Proclaim Hope.This classic book by Jonathan Edwards was first published under the title ‘An humble attempt to promote explicit agreement and visible union of God’s people in extraordinary prayer for the revival of religion and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom.’

Jonathan Edwards was the foremost leader of the Great Awakening in North America in the 18th Century.

012719: Asleep in the Land of Nod: 30 Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church Asleep in the Land of Nod: 30 Days of Prayer Toward Awakening the Church

By David Butts / Prayershop Publishing

Noting similarities to Cain’s leaving God’s presence to wander in the land of Nod, and the modern U.S. Church that has drifted away from Christ, David Butts, chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee offers hope-filled prayers and encouragement that God once again wants to revive His Bride. Your heart will burn with hunger as you seek after more of Jesus in your own life and the life of your church.

514931: The Genesis of Germs: The Origin of Diseases & the   Coming Plagues The Genesis of Germs: The Origin of Diseases & the Coming Plagues

By Alan L. Gillen / Master Books

AIDS, SARS, and now bird flu—each new deadly disease sends researchers scrambling for a cure. Where did these germs originate? How do they fit into a biblical worldview? Offering a detailed look at historic plagues, Gillen shows how mutating microbes prove devolution rather than evolution; examines the function of bacteria before and after the fall; reflects on modern diseases in light of Christ’s coming; and more. 176 pages, softcover from New Leaf.

488443: Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore

By Thom & Joani Schultz / Group Publishing

Congregations in America are shrinking fast. Is there anything the church can do to turn the tide? Through startling statistics, compelling stories, and an often-overlooked Jesus-based approach, this insightful guide will help you redefine your approach. It all begins by incorporating four acts of love – radical hospitality, fearless conversation, genuine humility, and divine anticipation.

549373: What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

By Kevin DeYoung / Crossway

In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us – the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused – to take a humble look at God’s Word regarding the issue of homosexuality.

After examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike, making this an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.

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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Matthew 12:34 Our Mouth Reveals Our Heart

Jan 17 Matthew 12 34

Almost every kids knows the saying, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” There is never a saying more untrue! In fact, words often hurt more than physical wounds. Psychologists have found that the memories of hurtful words linger far longer than physical hurt. Guy Winch, Ph.D., listed five reasons that emotional pain is worse than physical:

  1. Memories Trigger Emotional Pain But Not Physical Pain. Recalling the time you broke your leg will not make your leg hurt but recalling the time you felt rejected by your high-school crush will cause you substantial emotional pain.
  2. We Use Physical Pain as Distraction from Emotional Pain Not Vice Versa. We rarely see a woman choosing to manage the pain of natural childbirth by rereading the rejection letter from her college of choice but teens will practice “cutting” as a way to relieve and distract themselves from deep emotional pain.
  3. Physical Pain Garners Far More Empathy from Others Than Emotional Pain. When we see a stranger get hit by a car we wince, gasp, or even scream and run to see if they’re OK. But when we see a stranger get bullied or taunted we are unlikely to do any of those things.
  4. Emotional Pain Echoes in Ways Physical Pain Does Not. If you got a call about your parent dying while you were having a romantic lobster meal with your partner on Valentine’s Day, it will probably be a few years before you can enjoy lobster or Valentine’s Day without becoming extremely sad. But if you broke your foot playing softball in an amateur league you will likely be back on the field as soon as you’re fully healed.
  5. Emotional Pain but Not Physical Pain Can Damage Our Self-Esteem and Long-Term Mental Health. Physical pain has to be quite extreme to affect our personalities and damage our mental health but even single episodes of emotional pain can damage our emotional health.

(you can read the complete article here)

It’s true that our words impact those around us – both positively and negatively – and we can be both intentional and unintentional in hurting others with what we say. Sometimes our words don’t convey exactly what we’re intending to communicate. For example, here are a few announcements found in actual church bulletins:

  • This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Smith to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
  • The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind, and they may be seen in the church basement on Friday afternoon.
  • This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

While the above bulletin bloopers are simply poor grammar and word choices on the part of the writer, sometimes we say critical or unkind things as if they were a joke. However, if we are honest with ourselves, usually we feel there is some amount of truth to what we are saying when we are “just kidding”. We try to cleverly attempt to wrap up harsh words in a pun or some other attempt at humor, but such words still hurt.

Jesus taught that it is from the abundance of our heart that our mouth speaks. If it were not in our heart, it probably would not be coming out of our mouth. Our words shows our character and the character we should be showing is the glory of God in whom we are made in His image. Let’s make sure the words that are spoken come from a heart that is focused and in fellowship with our Savior. Make sure the words that spring forth from your heart and come out of your mouth build others up – not tear them down.

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

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

 

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

This week’s memory verse:

Jeremiah 29:12

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

Meditate and apply:

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

click to tweet #revive #renew #redeem #revivalinAmerica #revivalin2020 #WCM

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In Jesus’s parable of the persistent widow, Jesus tells us to never stop praying and don’t lose heart. As we focus on Revival for America, 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.” This design was created as we focus this week on praying for revival. You’ll find the design in tees for men, women, kids, and babies, mugs, bags, and other products. Check them out on in the Spreadshirtand Teesprings shops.

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.

Thank you for helping us grow!

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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.

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

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

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

By Jennifer Kennedy Dean / New Hope Publishers

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

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

By Zondervan

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

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

By Justin McRoberts & Scott Erickson / WaterBrook

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

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

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

By Alistair Begg / Good Book Company

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

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

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

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

By Philip Yancey / Zondervan

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

First Lesson Free! PDF Study Guide

12793: Pray About Everything, Tapestry Word Pillow Pray About Everything, Tapestry Word Pillow

By Manual Woodworkers & Weavers

Encouraging words are displayed on our woven tapestry prayer pillow Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything, and thank Him for His answers. Philippians 4:6
Poly/cotton tapestry with floral lattice border design and back insert pocket in which to store your personal prayer reminders. Made in the U.S.A. 12″ x 8″ with piped edging.

136810: If My People (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV) Truth Tag If My People (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV) Truth Tag

By B&H Church Supply

Inspiring and colorful Truth Tag set is a wonderful way to carry a Scripture verse with you. Bold contemporary graphic design and high glossy finish. An affordable Christian encouragement or appreciation gift! Attach this patriotic Truth Tag to your key chain, luggage, purse, or backpack; keep the bookmark in your current favorite read.

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

  • Key Ring Tab: 2″ x 1″ I Will Heal Their Land
  • Bookmark: 2.5″ x 5″
032502: If My People: A Prayer Guide for our Nation If My People: A Prayer Guide for our Nation

By Thomas Nelson

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

Before Amen Paperback

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

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

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

By Richard Blackaby / Blackaby Ministries International

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

By Mark Batterson / Zondervan

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

346913: The Circle Maker The Circle Maker

By Mark Batterson / Zondervan

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

970111: Overcomer DVD Bible Study Kit

Overcomer DVD Bible Study Kit

By Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick / B&H Books

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

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

The Overcomer Bible Study Kit has five sessions and includes:

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

Session Topics:

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

By Provident Films

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

Blu-ray Exclusives:

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

Special Features:

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

Other Features:

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

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

By Julia M. Bruce/Westbow Press

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