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The Biggest Hope Ever Rejected

Week 2 of Advent: Hope

Who would reject hope?

What normal person would reject hope? Or who would reject a messenger bringing news of hope? It sounds like a silly question, but it happens all the time. In fact, Dr. J. Gregory Mantle tells a story about a minister friend whose congregation always refused to accept his messages which were Biblically sound. [Sounds to me like they didn’t want to be confronted and convicted of their sin!] The choir made things worse, stirring up the discontent in the church, so he asked the choir to resign. The choir did resign, but then they persuaded the congregation to not take part in the congregational singing on the following Sunday. This continued for many Sundays.

One day, feeling dejected, he went for a walk and sat on a park bench. As he looked down, the pastor saw a torn newspaper flapping on the ground. These words on that page caught his eye: “No man is ever fully accepted until he has first of all been utterly rejected.” The pastor found comfort in the statement because it reminded him that Jesus too was rejected and His message of hope was rejected. Like many other pastors, prophets, and other messengers of Christ, this pastor was rejected for Christ’s sake. But this truth, became the beginning of a most fruitful ministry. (Encyclopedia of Illustrations – #4249)

Rejection hurts

Rejection – no matter who you are – hurts. Maybe you experienced rejection in school when your class was picking teams and you were always picked last. Or maybe your rejection was a promotion or a new job. Perhaps it was a boy or girl you had your eye on and hoped they would ask you out. Maybe it was a loan application. Maybe it isn’t you that was rejected – maybe it was your creative, out-of-the-box idea that you know could solve a problem if someone would just listen to you. Or maybe it was a special gift you had picked out for someone and they treated it like it was a total disappointment.

Regardless of how you have experienced rejection, we can find comfort knowing that there is Someone who has experienced an even great rejection. John 10:31-39, tells us about a time that Jesus was rejected – so much so the people wanted to stone Him to death.

John 10:31-39

Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone Him. Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good words from the Father. Which of these works are you stoning Me for?”

“We aren’t stoning You for a good work,” the Jews answered, “but for blasphemy, because You — being a man — make Yourself God.”

Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your scripture, I said, you are gods? If He called those whom the word of God came to ‘gods’ — and the Scripture cannot be broken — do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ to the One the Father set apart and sent into the world, because I said: I am the Son of God? If I am not doing My Father’s works, don’t believe Me. But if I am doing them and you don’t believe Me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand that the Father is in Me and I in the Father.”

They they were trying again to seize Him, yet He eluded their grasp. 

Jesus offered hope to humanity and humanity rejected Him

Jesus willingly came to earth just for the reason of saving humanity from their sin. It is man’s fault that sin entered the world, and when we needed a Savior, Jesus stepped up and left Heaven to come to earth and pay God’s price in our place. Since that price was dying on the cross, you’d think that all of humanity would be grateful. But no. The majority of the people rejected him.

4000 years after God’s promise of hope – hope arrived

Since the time of Adam until the birth of Jesus, approximately 4000 years had passed. As God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden, He also told them that through the Seed (descendant) of a woman (Eve) would come one who would crush the head of Satan. That one is our Hope for redemption and restoration. From that time until Jesus lived on earth, the Jewish people had been waiting for their promised Messiah. And when the Messiah stood right in front of them, they didn’t even realize the Messiah was there.

Jesus didn’t fit the mold of the Messiah and Hope of the World

Granted, they had an opinion about what their Messiah was supposed to be. In their mind, they saw Jesus as a royal person who would come in and conquer and throw off the yoke of the Romans, restoring their land and making them a nation again. Jesus didn’t fit the molded view they had created for the Messiah.

Instead of being a royal commander coming to their rescue that they expected, the Jesus that they saw before them was just an ordinary Jewish man who’s father was a carpenter and his mother was that teenage girl that got pregnant before she was married. In fact, when Jesus told Philip to “Follow Me,” Philip went to get Nathanael  and said, “Come see. We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law (and so did the prophets): Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!” (John 1:45). Philip responded, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael did end up following Jesus and became one of the 12 disciples. But over and over again Jesus was rejected.

Jesus was often rejected

  • On the night of his birth the innkeeper rejected him because there was no room in his inn for Him. Instead Jesus was born in the stable and laid in a manger.
  • In Matthew 8 – a whole city asked Jesus to leave
  • In Mark 6 – Jesus’ home town of Nazareth were offended by him when he taught in the synagogue. According to Luke, they were “enraged.” So much so that they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the edge of a hill, in order to throw Him down the cliff.
  • In Matthew 21, Jesus is the “cornerstone” that is rejected by the builders.
  • Both Matthew and Luke record that the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum, and Decapolis did not repent when Jesus preached there.
  • In Luke 9, a Samaritan village would not accept him.
  • John 6: many who were following Him, left Him
  • John 10:31-39: they attempted to stone Him because they think He is blaspheming.
  • The people had him arrested, tortured, beaten, ridiculed, and crucified because they rejected Him.

Their rejection became our hope

Yes, Jesus was rejected by His own people. And He’s been rejected time and time again since then and continues to be rejected today. And yet, Jesus is our hope. The greatest gift God could have given was the gift of His Son who would save us from our sins. But that gift was rejected by the very people who had been looking for Him for 4000 years.

Because they rejected Him and sent Him to the cross to pay the penalty for our sin, we have hope. Hope for a restored relationship with God. Hope for forgiveness of sin. And hope for eternal life. However, every soul that has ever live must decide for themselves if they will accept this free and gracious gift of God by faith or if they, too, will reject Jesus. If you accept Him then Jesus is our hope. If you reject Him, He will be your judge.

What’s your choice? Hope or Judge?


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1 Kings 18:21. Whom Will You Follow?

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We all know people who claim to be Christian, but if you look at how they live their lives you can’t tell much difference between them and the rest of the world. They dress like the world, talk like the world, and eat and drink like the world. They might show up for church on Sunday, wearing their best clothes and best smile. They lift their hands in the praise songs and as soon as church is over and they are back in the car, they look just like the world again.

In 1 Kings 18, we find Elijah who challenges the Israelites to decide what God they are going to follow. Throughout Israel’s history, they had a tendency of worshipping false gods. At this particular time, the false god was Baal. Elijah tells Ahab to gather all of Israel to Mount Carmel along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah and he then issues his challenge. He pits himself as the loan prophet of God against all the prophets of Baal. He tells the people two built two altars and bring two bulls – one for him and one for all the prophets of Baal. They each prepare the bull for sacrifice and lay the wood on the altar – but Elijah tells them to not put any fire on the sacrifice. Instead the prophets of Baal would call on their God to send down fire and Elijah would call on his God for fire. The God that answered by sending fire to consume the sacrifice would be identified as the one true God. The people all agreed that this was a good solution. They prepared their altar and bull and laid the wood on it. Elijah then let the prophets of Baal go first. They called on Baal from morning till noon – but there was no answer and no fire. They began leaping around the altar – still no answer. Then around noon Elijah calls out, mocking them, telling them to cry louder because maybe he is meditating or busy or away on a journey or sleeping. So they cry out to Baal louder and begin cutting themselves until blood gushed out on them – but no answer from Baal and no fire. 

Now it’s Elijah’s turn. He calls all the people near him. He takes 12 stones and rebuild theMay 8 ctt altar of the Lord and dug a trench around it. He put the wood on the altar, but the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he told the people to fill four waterpots with water and pour it on the sacrifice and wood. They did this three times, filling the trench around the altar in the process. Then Elijah steps up and prays: “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and dust. It licked up all the water that was in the trench. Only one prayer. God answered.

Today, we still must decide if we will follow God – or someone/something else. You can’t travel down both paths. You are either all in or all out. Which are you?

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John 1:14. When the Word Dwelt Among Us

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on earth at the same time Jesus did? I’ve heard people talk about going over to the Holy Land and walking in the same traditional spots that Jesus would have walked, seeing the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed, seeing the traditional place people believe he was buried and rose again. Even seeing those things and walking in the same area He walked has to be thrilling for any believer. I mean, Jesus was God in the flesh and came to dwelt among the very people He created. What’s not exciting about that?

In the opening of the book of John, John presents Jesus as the eternal “Word-become-flesh” Son of God that was pre-existent before the creation of the world. The very “word” of God was spoken and everything about our universe came into being. Then, God’s only begotten Son stepped out of the splendor and glory of heaven and took on flesh so that He could live among us, die for us, and rise again so that we could have eternal life.

The word “dwelt” literally means “pitched His tent.” If you remember, God “dwelt” among the Israelites after they left Egypt in the tabernacle, which was a tent. That was then followed by the temple after Solomon built it. At best, God’s voice was heard or he was seen as a cloud or pillar of fire. But with his birth, Jesus took on flesh and lived, breathed, talked, and walked among the people of His day. He felt hunger, pain, cold, hurt, disappointment, anger – everything we do. He was both 100% human and 100% God.

Today, as Christians, we say that Jesus lives in our heart. The idea of Jesus living in our hearts comes from Ephesians 3:17, which says, “and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love.” In Romans 5:5, Paul wrote that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” So for those who have recognized they are sinners and have a need for a Savior, have repented of their sins, and place their faith and trust in His death and resurrection become children of God (John 1:12-13). As a result, Galatians 4:6 says “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!'” The word “Abba” is much like our word for daddy – it’s personal. There are only three people in this world who get to call my Dad, “Daddy” and that’s me and my two sisters. We have that privilege because we are his daughters. But when Jesus became my Savior, I also was “born again” into the family of God – and now I have the privilege of calling Elohiem – the God who created the heavens and the earth with just His spoken word – Daddy. The Great “I AM” is my spiritual daddy. As His child, I can call out to Him, “Abba! Father!” No matter what I face in life, Elohiem is my Abba. 

Just as my actions, words, and behavior reflect on my parents, because I am a child of God, my actions, words, and behaviors reflect on my spiritual Father. Because He lives in us, we should live in a Christ-like way that honors and glorifies who our Father is. Our words and behaviors should honor Him. What we do when we think no one sees should honor God. What we say when no one is around to hear it, should honor God. Our thoughts should honor Him. The places we go should honor Him. How we treat others should honor Him. I’m reminded of a song we used to sing as children:

Oh be careful little mouth what you say
Oh be careful little mouth what you say
For the Father up above Is looking down in love
Oh be careful little mouth what you say.

Then we’d go on to sing the other verses that were Oh be careful little hands what do, Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little ears what you hear, and Oh be careful little feet where you go. When they do, His glory is seen by everyone. Does your life demonstrate that Jesus – the Word who became Flesh and dwelt among us –  is living in you?

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Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
  • Endearing sentiment I love you mom
  • Create a mix of her favorites to surprise her on her day
  • Rounded coffee mug in white ceramic is lined with pretty pastel florals
  • 14 fl ounces; not for mw/dw/freezer
  • Boxed for giving
914086: Mom, Thank You Ceramic MugMom, Thank You Ceramic Mug
By Dicksons

  • Ceramic gift mug
  • Features floral design with heartfelt sentiment
  • 11 ounce capacity
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Boxed
Mom, I’ve learned so many things from you, what to say and what to do, but most of all you taught me who loves me even more than you. -Robin Fogle
13570X: Love You Mom Glass Water BottleLove You Mom Glass Water Bottle
By Christian Art Gifts

Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
  • Endearing sentiment I love you mom
  • Create a mix of her favorites to surprise her on her day
  • Clear glass water bottle with carry handle lid
  • Holds 20 fl ounces
  • Not for mw/dw/freezer
  • Gift boxed
  • Ringed in a wreath design of pink roses
228462: Power Prayers for MomsPower Prayers for Moms
By Rachel Quillin / Barbour Publishing

Struggling to talk with God? In this concise yet spiritually powerful guide, Quillin offers solid biblical foundations, powerful prayer starters, Scripture verses, and the life experiences of historic and contemporary mothers. In 21 chapters, she covers key areas of life including children, home, church, career, marriage, goals, and more. An ideal gift for Mother’s Day! 192 pages, 4.25″ x 6.75″ softcover from Barbour.
301331: Mom, Written on My Heart Photo FrameMom, Written on My Heart Photo Frame
By Grandparent Company

Written on my Heart memorial gift brings comfort to those who lost someone special. Black frame with heart shaped photo opening, features heartfelt sentiment for Mom written in white. 8″ x 10″ frame for wall or tabletop display; holds 4″ x 6″.

Mom… written on my heart
She was the sculptor of my heart and the song beneath my wings. She moved mountains with an unbreakable spirit and undeniable love… She treasured our time, and cherished my soul. Her smiles brightened my days, and her hugs made everything right. Her legacy is the beautiful memories she composed and the love she left written on my heart.

9542661: Dear Mom PlaqueDear Mom Plaque
By Dicksons

Heartwarming gift for mom, perfect for birthdays, mother’s day, or special occasion.

Plaque in vintage postcard design with colorful flowers and heartfelt sentiment. 8″ x 10″.

Dear Mom, You mean so much to me, more than words could ever say. No one else could take your place for even a single day. From my earliest memories your love has always been there. Even when you scolded me, you were really saying “I care”. You’ve helped through the bad times and shared my joy in the good. You have given so much for me as only a mother could. It’s a precious gift from God to have a mother like you, because in your special love I can see His love shine through.

543044: God"s Wisdom for a Mother"s Heart: A Bible Study for MomsGod’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart: A Bible Study for Moms
By Bobbie Wolgemuth / Thomas Nelson

Formatted to suit a mom’s busy schedule, God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart provides mothers at any stage of life with thoughtful, biblical encouragement for each and every day.

63762: Creative Counterpart:  Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You"ve Longed to BeCreative Counterpart: Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You’ve Longed to Be
By Linda Dillow / Thomas Nelson

Scripture says a good wife is trustworthy, industrious, faithful, charitable, wise, kind . . . much more than just a helper! In this biblical and entertaining bestseller, Dillow shows you how to grow in all the areas of your chosen vocation as partner and parent. Includes study and project guide for individuals or small groups. 262 pages, softcover from Nelson.
467850: Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a MotherMary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother
By Eugene H. Peterson & The Navigators / NavPress

Get to know Mary, a modest young woman in a forgotten town under the shadow of empire, who mothered Jesus from childhood to crucifixion. Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother is a four-session coloring Bible study for adults. It incorporates beautiful illustrations, coloring, the text of The Message, and a mix of study and reflection questions to help you understand both the text of the Bible and your own connection to Mary’s story.

623772: The Busy Mom"s Guide to Bible StudyThe Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study
By Lisa Whelchel / Howard Books

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study is a 3-month guide to help frazzled moms interact with God’s Word in just 15 minutes a day! During the first month (each week is five days), Lisa teaches twenty fun Bible-study methods which you’ll take turns applying to Scripture passages. Months two and three contain less and less teaching as you learn to mine the gems hidden in Scripture and apply them on your own. Scripture reading and space for journaling your insights and prayers are included so you won’t require extra materials or resources. Paperback.
12453X: Building Circles of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls & Their MomsBuilding Circles of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls & Their Moms
By Catherine Bird / Leafwood Publishing

In Building Circles of Grace, moms and daughters will explore what it means to build and sustain Christ-centered relationships that we develop beyond our relationship with God. Some of the toughest experiences we encounter as young girls (and moms, too) are a result of the people we choose as friends.

How do you respond with grace to a bully? How do you cope with the loss of a friendship? Can you really make a difference by putting Jesus first when it is not the cool thing to do? Building Circles of Grace invites moms and daughters to discuss all of these questions and more.

80419EB: Hoodwinked Study Guide: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off - eBookHoodwinked Study Guide: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off – eBook
By Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk / Zondervan

This six-session video-based study from Karen Ehman, author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Ruth Schwenk, of http://www.thebettermom.com, will encourage and inspire women to embrace their roles as mothers wholeheartedly yet realistically, whether they work outside the home, have a home business, or are stay-at-home moms. Study Guide Only.

25716EB: Unlocking the Treasure: A Bible Study for Moms Entrusted with Special-Needs Children - eBookUnlocking the Treasure: A Bible Study for Moms Entrusted with Special-Needs Children – eBook
By Bev Roozeboom / WestBow Press
0773114: Rest: Finding Stillness in the Midst of BusyRest: Finding Stillness in the Midst of Busy
By Kara-Kae James / David C Cook

 

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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1 Kings 12:8. Seeking Godly Advice

may 5 1 Kings 12 8 NKJV

Advice can be a wonderful thing — or it can lead to a disaster! Can you think of a time that someone older and wiser offered you some advice and your rejected it over the counsel of your friends? King Rehoboam did the same thing. He started off well in seeking the counsel of the elders who had been part of his father’s Solomon, advisors, but he didn’t like their advice. So, he went to his friends and sought their counsel. Let’s find out what happened as a result.

At the end of Chapter 11, Solomon has died. With the opening of Chapter 12, Rehoboam is at Schechem and Israel is going to make him king. However, the traditional elders needed to be satisfied first before they would crown him. So the whole assembly of Israel gathered and they said to Rehoboam: “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke, which he put on us, and we will serve you.” In this conversation, the Bible does not record exactly what “yoke” was so heavy for the people. However, if we go back to chapter 4, we find that Solomon had appointed 12 governors who were responsible for providing food for the royal household for one month out of the year. The regions these governors oversaw were not of equal size or wealth and therefore created an unfair burden to them. A large quantity of food was required for each area regardless of their size or ability. In Chapter 4, verse 22, we find the extreme requirements just for one day: it included an estimated 150 bushels of flour and 300 bushels of meal which would have fed more than 20,000 people. For meat, they were required to supply 10 fatted oxen and another 20 from the pastures, 100 sheep, plus deer, gazelles, roebuck, and fatted fowl. So this could be the “heavy yoke” the people were complaining about – or at least part of it. 

Rehoboam, growing up in Solomon’s household, was more than likely used to the lavish lifestyle that Solomon had so he needed some time to think about their request. he told them to come back in three days. Rehoboam then consulted with the elders. Their advice was: “If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, then they will be your servants forever.” I can almost see Rehoboam’s face – can you? In his mind he’s thinking, “me!? Their servants? But I will be king! I think not!” Now the Bible doesn’t say this is his reaction, but he doesn’t think too highly of the elder’s advice. So, he chooses to reject it and instead turns to the “young men who had grown up with him” and asked for their advice. These were most likely his friends. They probably also lived lavish lifestyles if they grew up close enough to be the prince’s friends. They probably didn’t want their easy life to end. Their advice to Rehoboam was to tell the people: “My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” So who’s advice does Rehoboam listen to? We find in verse 13 that he favored the advice of his friends over the elders. As king of the nation, his decision would have an affect on every single person in the nation – and he chose to listen to the bad advice.

What was the result of Rehoboam’s decision? Verse 20 tells us that when Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back they sent for him and made him king over Israel and that only the tribe of Judah, along with remnants of the tribes of Simeon, Levi, and some of the northern people followed Rehoboam. His decision split the nation and as a result we see the beginning of recurrent boarder warfare between Israel and Judah. Just a few verses later in verse 28 we find that Jeroboam also seeks advice and the result of listening to that advice is that he makes two golden calves and claims: “Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!” He also made shrines on the high places and made priests from every class of people who were not the sons of Levi. Verse 30 tells us, “Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.”

We may not rule an entire nation, but the decisions we make each day have an affect on the people around us – our spouse, children, friends, family, staff, co-workers. So we need to be sure our decisions have been bathed in prayer and that when we need advice we both listen and consider what is said. Does the advice align with God’s Word? Does the person offering advice have experience in the area they they are advising us? Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” While we can seek the advice of other Godly people who may have walked a similar path we are facing, ultimately we should turn to God when we need direction in our lives. Sometimes, God uses others to point us in the right direction. But Satan can also use others as a stumbling block to keep us off the path God has for us. He can use our Christian friends and family to give us well-intended advice, but it can still be wrong advice when measured up against God’s will for our lives. In Acts 21, Paul has to make a decision. The elders of the church urged him not to go to Jerusalem where bonds and affliction awaited him. However, the bonds and afflictions which awaited Paul at Jerusalem, along with his subsequent appeal to Caesar, were God’s means of proclaiming the gospel to “Gentiles and kings,” just as God had said in Acts 9:15. So when we are considering the advice of others, how should we know when to accept the advice and when to reject it?

First, you need to clearly define the decision you are trying to make. Once defined, it will be the compass that guides the rest of the decision making process. Write the exact decision down to refer back to as needed. Proverbs 18:13 tells us that if we give an answer before hearing, then nothing but folly and shame await us. You can’t gain an answer to your decision if you are not clear on what the decision actually is. Proverbs 18:17 says, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” If you have not clearly defined the decision you are trying to make, then when others speak up to offer their advice, you’ll have no solid ground to stand on and no real way to sort all the advice, which will just leave you more confused than ever. By clearly defining the decision, you’ll be better able to politely refuse advice that doesn’t answer your well defined decision.

Once you have defined the decision you need to make, seek the wisdom of God’s Word. This should be your first place to go for every decision you need to make – not friends, family – or even your pastor. They generally have good intentions, but if their advice doesn’t match God’s will for your life, then it is still wrong advice. Seeking God’s will isn’t always easy. It required much Bible study, prayer, seeking the council of Godly and trusted people. So, start with seeing what the Bible has to say. God’s will for you will never go against what the Bible teaches. So when others offer you advice, if it doesn’t line up with God’s Word, then you can be sure that advice is wrong advice and you can politely discard it. 

As you are seeking wisdom from God’s Word, take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to know God’s will. Jeremiah 33:3 says: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” James 1:5 tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” So make sure you are including time alone with God, praying over the decision you must make.

Now that you are armed with Bible study and prayer, lay out all the choices you have in the decision you are making. From what the Holy Spirit has shown you, do any of your choices go against what He has shown you? If so, discard those. Now from the choices that are left, look at the ones that align with what you’ve read in God’s Word and what the Holy Spirit has been leading you toward as you pray. If there is still not one clear decision, then it’s time to seek some Godly wisdom and counsel. Seek out people who demonstrate a close relationship with God and understand the importance of being in God’s will. Also seek out people who are older than you and could have possible already walked the path you are on now. Someone who has yet to experience what you are going through will have less knowledge about the situation you are facing. Once God leads you to a person to seek advice from, tell them precisely what decision you need to make and the choices you have identified. They may help you see some things about the choices you have that you have not yet considered and that could narrow your choices down more. At the end of the day, there may or may not be only one right choice. Sometimes God gives us choices and either one of them could be acceptable to Him and both would lead to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. When that seems to be the case, you simply just have to make a choice and then trust God with it. 

When considering the advice of others, never do so without first taking time to study your Bible and pray about God’s will. Even when Listening to the advice of others, make sure you hold their advice up to the scrutiny of God’s Word and be sure that it does not go against any part of His teachings. Similarly, if someone is asking you for your advice, be slow to give it. Ask them for a few days to think on it and then follow the same steps of studying God’s Word and praying, asking the Holy Spirit to show you the very best advice that He would want you to share with the person who has asked for it. You can only avoid disastrous advice if you are earnestly seeking God’s plan and purpose for you. Ask Him to show you the advice you should reject and the advice you should accept. 

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186442: God Has More In Store MugGod Has More In Store Mug
By Carpentree, Inc

Gift mug with uplifting words and upscale design
  • Ceramic, with accent color inside
  • Graduation Collection
  • 3″ x 4″ x 4″; rounded style
  • God has more in store for you than you can even imagine. Ephesians 3:20
  • 12 ounce capacity
14735X: Mother"s Day, Mug and Journal Gift SetMother’s Day, Mug and Journal Gift Set
By Christian Art Gifts

Boxed gift set for mom, makes gift-giving so easy
  • Two-piece set includes mug, and faux leather legacy journal, where Mom can follow the prompts and share her story
  • Beautifully packaged in floral gift box, cover design Mom, you are loved; lavish florals
  • Box is 9″ x 7″ x 4.5″
  • Mug, ceramic 14 ounces; white with pink interior and sentiment:Monm, you are loved
  • Faux leather journal is 192 pages, gilt edging; 8.75″ x 5.75″ approx
  • Ready to give
0134782: Mug Ceramic Love You MomMug Ceramic Love You Mom
By Christian Art Gifts

Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
  • Endearing sentiment I love you mom
  • Create a mix of her favorites to surprise her on her day
  • Rounded coffee mug in white ceramic is lined with pretty pastel florals
  • 14 fl ounces; not for mw/dw/freezer
  • Boxed for giving
914086: Mom, Thank You Ceramic MugMom, Thank You Ceramic Mug
By Dicksons

  • Ceramic gift mug
  • Features floral design with heartfelt sentiment
  • 11 ounce capacity
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Boxed
Mom, I’ve learned so many things from you, what to say and what to do, but most of all you taught me who loves me even more than you. -Robin Fogle
13570X: Love You Mom Glass Water BottleLove You Mom Glass Water Bottle
By Christian Art Gifts

Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
  • Endearing sentiment I love you mom
  • Create a mix of her favorites to surprise her on her day
  • Clear glass water bottle with carry handle lid
  • Holds 20 fl ounces
  • Not for mw/dw/freezer
  • Gift boxed
  • Ringed in a wreath design of pink roses
228462: Power Prayers for MomsPower Prayers for Moms
By Rachel Quillin / Barbour Publishing

Struggling to talk with God? In this concise yet spiritually powerful guide, Quillin offers solid biblical foundations, powerful prayer starters, Scripture verses, and the life experiences of historic and contemporary mothers. In 21 chapters, she covers key areas of life including children, home, church, career, marriage, goals, and more. An ideal gift for Mother’s Day! 192 pages, 4.25″ x 6.75″ softcover from Barbour.
301331: Mom, Written on My Heart Photo FrameMom, Written on My Heart Photo Frame
By Grandparent Company

Written on my Heart memorial gift brings comfort to those who lost someone special. Black frame with heart shaped photo opening, features heartfelt sentiment for Mom written in white. 8″ x 10″ frame for wall or tabletop display; holds 4″ x 6″.

Mom… written on my heart
She was the sculptor of my heart and the song beneath my wings. She moved mountains with an unbreakable spirit and undeniable love… She treasured our time, and cherished my soul. Her smiles brightened my days, and her hugs made everything right. Her legacy is the beautiful memories she composed and the love she left written on my heart.

9542661: Dear Mom PlaqueDear Mom Plaque
By Dicksons

Heartwarming gift for mom, perfect for birthdays, mother’s day, or special occasion.

Plaque in vintage postcard design with colorful flowers and heartfelt sentiment. 8″ x 10″.

Dear Mom, You mean so much to me, more than words could ever say. No one else could take your place for even a single day. From my earliest memories your love has always been there. Even when you scolded me, you were really saying “I care”. You’ve helped through the bad times and shared my joy in the good. You have given so much for me as only a mother could. It’s a precious gift from God to have a mother like you, because in your special love I can see His love shine through.

543044: God"s Wisdom for a Mother"s Heart: A Bible Study for MomsGod’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart: A Bible Study for Moms
By Bobbie Wolgemuth / Thomas Nelson

Formatted to suit a mom’s busy schedule, God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart provides mothers at any stage of life with thoughtful, biblical encouragement for each and every day.

63762: Creative Counterpart:  Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You"ve Longed to BeCreative Counterpart: Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You’ve Longed to Be
By Linda Dillow / Thomas Nelson

Scripture says a good wife is trustworthy, industrious, faithful, charitable, wise, kind . . . much more than just a helper! In this biblical and entertaining bestseller, Dillow shows you how to grow in all the areas of your chosen vocation as partner and parent. Includes study and project guide for individuals or small groups. 262 pages, softcover from Nelson.
467850: Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a MotherMary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother
By Eugene H. Peterson & The Navigators / NavPress

Get to know Mary, a modest young woman in a forgotten town under the shadow of empire, who mothered Jesus from childhood to crucifixion. Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother is a four-session coloring Bible study for adults. It incorporates beautiful illustrations, coloring, the text of The Message, and a mix of study and reflection questions to help you understand both the text of the Bible and your own connection to Mary’s story.

623772: The Busy Mom"s Guide to Bible StudyThe Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study
By Lisa Whelchel / Howard Books

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study is a 3-month guide to help frazzled moms interact with God’s Word in just 15 minutes a day! During the first month (each week is five days), Lisa teaches twenty fun Bible-study methods which you’ll take turns applying to Scripture passages. Months two and three contain less and less teaching as you learn to mine the gems hidden in Scripture and apply them on your own. Scripture reading and space for journaling your insights and prayers are included so you won’t require extra materials or resources. Paperback.
12453X: Building Circles of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls & Their MomsBuilding Circles of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls & Their Moms
By Catherine Bird / Leafwood Publishing

In Building Circles of Grace, moms and daughters will explore what it means to build and sustain Christ-centered relationships that we develop beyond our relationship with God. Some of the toughest experiences we encounter as young girls (and moms, too) are a result of the people we choose as friends.

How do you respond with grace to a bully? How do you cope with the loss of a friendship? Can you really make a difference by putting Jesus first when it is not the cool thing to do? Building Circles of Grace invites moms and daughters to discuss all of these questions and more.

80419EB: Hoodwinked Study Guide: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off - eBookHoodwinked Study Guide: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off – eBook
By Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk / Zondervan

This six-session video-based study from Karen Ehman, author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Ruth Schwenk, of http://www.thebettermom.com, will encourage and inspire women to embrace their roles as mothers wholeheartedly yet realistically, whether they work outside the home, have a home business, or are stay-at-home moms. Study Guide Only.

25716EB: Unlocking the Treasure: A Bible Study for Moms Entrusted with Special-Needs Children - eBookUnlocking the Treasure: A Bible Study for Moms Entrusted with Special-Needs Children – eBook
By Bev Roozeboom / WestBow Press
0773114: Rest: Finding Stillness in the Midst of BusyRest: Finding Stillness in the Midst of Busy
By Kara-Kae James / David C Cook

 

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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Luke 20:17. Our Cornerstone

April 25 Luke 20 17 NKJV

When a building is being built the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation is called the cornerstone. It is the most important stone of the entire construction because once it was set, the rest of the building would conform to the angles and size of the cornerstone. This principle cornerstone was placed at the corner of the edifice and was usually one of the largest, most solid, and most carefully constructed stones for the whole building. If one were to remove this stone from the construction, the entire building would collapse. Because of the importance of this stone, if it was not just right the builder would reject it.

In Luke 20:17, Jesus was quoting from Psalm 118:22 and He identified Himself as the Cornerstone on which His church would be built. The prophet, Isaiah foretold this about Jesus. In Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah said: “So this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’” For Christians and the Church, Christ is the Cornerstone who provides the firm foundation for our lives. However, for those who do not believe and place their trust in Him, they are like the Pharisees who rejected Him. In Acts 4:11, Peter uses this same passage from Luke 20:17 to condemn the Jewish religious leaders. Peter said, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.” The religious leaders should have been the ones building the church. But they chose to reject Jesus as the Messiah. By doing so, and discarding Him as the cornerstone, their lives collapsed around them just as a building would if the cornerstone was removed from the structure.

The same is true for us today. We each must choose either a firm foundation with Christ as the cornerstone, or to reject Him. In Isaiah 8:14-15, the prophet describes Jesus as a sanctuary for those who trust in him but a stumbling block to those who reject Him as the foundation for their life.  There are three things we can learn about Jesus being the cornerstone of our lives:

If Jesus is our Cornerstone, then we take our shape from Him. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked. If Jesus is the true cornerstone of your life than everything else in your life will take its shape from Him. Your words and actions would be like Him. The places you go would be places Jesus would go. Your eyes would only look at things Jesus would look at. Your attitudes would mirror His. And your heart would be like His: humble, servant, kind, generous, merciful, forgiving. Ephesians 5:1 says that we should be imitators of Christ. If He is the cornerstone of our lives, then everything about Christ should bubble up from our foundation and reflect Christ in every part of our lives.

If Jesus is our Cornerstone, then we take our instructions from Him. Luke 6:46 says, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say?” If we profess Jesus as Lord, then the logical thing to do is to obey His commandments and do what He tells us to do. John 14:15 says, ““If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” A solider demonstrates his loyalty and faithfulness to his commanding officer and his platoon by following the orders of the officer. To do so, he must also trust his commanding officer as well as the other soldiers in his platoon. As a Christian, we demonstrate our love and trust in Christ, as well as our loyalty and faithfulness, by obeying God’s commandments and doing His will for our lives.

Lastly, if Jesus is our cornerstone, then we can take shelter in Him. If Jesus is our cornerstone, then we have a sure foundation for when the storms of life come. Jesus put it this way in Luke 6:46-49: “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed. And the destruction of that house was great!” As we are in a worldwide pandemic, those who have their firm foundation built on the solid rock of Christ can live without fear and panic. But if our faith is as fragile as sinking sand, then a pandemic becomes panic and one lives with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. How you feel in these days could be a clue to whether your faith is built on the solid rock or sinking sand.  April 25 ctt cornerstone

If you examine your own life, what have your built your eternal life on? Is Christ the cornerstone that lays a firm foundation? Are you more like the house on the rock or the house on the sand? Does the shape of your life mirror the shape of Christ? Are you following His instructions? Do you take shelter in Him when the storms of life come, trusting Him to be a firm and sure cornerstone?

Jesus, thank you for showing us how we should live and defining the shape that honors and glorifies you. Thank you for giving us instructing us in the way we should go. Thank you for providing a shelter to which we can run – even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. 

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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.

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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 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 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"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’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:  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 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.  This Unshakable Hope Study Pack contains one study guide and one DVD.  The Unshakable Hope book is required for this study and is not included.

Sessions include:

  1. You Are Stamped with God’s Image (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"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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