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Seeking Sinners

Jesus calls Matthew to be a disciple

Everywhere Jesus went, he encounters sinners who needed a Savior. When Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector, to be a disciple, the Pharisees and scribes were totally upset. They saw tax collectors as ritually unclean and therefore socially “off-limits” to devout Jews. Matthew (also known as Levi) was a Jew, but he was also a hated outcast. According to the religious leaders he was “unclean” because he worked for the Roman government. Also, the tax collectors also made “extra” money by charging the people more than the tax required. Needless to say, tax collectors were despised, rejected, hated. Like every other person ever created, Matthew was a sinner, yet, Jesus called Matthew to follow him and be His disciple.

“Those kinds of people — sinners”

The scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus, “Why are you eating with those kinds of people – the tax collectors and sinners? Jesus’ response was, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” The very people Jesus came to Earth for was for sinners.

Other sinners Jesus came in contact with

Matthew wasn’t the only one. We can also see Jesus sitting by a well because He had a divine appointment with the Woman at the Well. Or, the woman who was caught in adultery and shoved at the feet of Jesus. The religious leaders wanted to stone her. Did you ever notice it was just her? Where was the man she was caught in adultery with? No one brought him for stoning. But Jesus quietly begins to write in the sand and those with stone in their hands began to walk away. When the last one as gone, he asked the woman, “Where are your accusers?” She looks around realizing they were all gone and says, “No where.” Jesus lovingly says, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

And then there’s the thieves crucified with Jesus. One died lost and went to hell. But the other one, recognized Jesus as His Savior and cried out, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

The King of kings came seeking sinners – like you and me

The King of kings came to seeking sinners. Sinners like me and like you. The Pharisees thought so highly of themselves that they saw no need for Jesus as a Savior. They were content with the ritual cleaning. They didn’t want to be confronted with their need for a Savior. The Pharisees believed they became righteous through the rituals that had been handed down since the days of Moses. For someone to know and recognize their need for a Savior, they must first see themselves as sinners who were spiritually sick and in desperate need for a spiritual physician who could introduce them to grace, forgiveness, and repentance. That is why He came – he came seeking sinners to call them to repentance.

Jesus, thank you for calling us to repentance. Thank you for sitting with sinners so that we can know of your love, grace, and forgiveness. Thank you for coming to earth so that we can see our need for You. 


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Let’s start a pandemic of blessings by praying a blessing over everyone you meet. Our “Blessings” design is meant to do just that. We’ve created this design in four different choices.

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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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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
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14735X: Mother"s Day, Mug and Journal Gift SetMother’s Day, Mug and Journal Gift Set
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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
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Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
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  • Ceramic gift mug
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  • 11 ounce capacity
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228462: Power Prayers for MomsPower Prayers for Moms
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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.
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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″.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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John 1:14. When the Word Dwelt Among Us

may 5 1 Kings 12 8 KJV

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?

Because Jesus lives in us, we should live in a Christ-like way. Our words, thoughts and behaviors should honor Him. When they do, His glory is seen by everyone. –click to tweet

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Download the full 52-Day prayer guide by clicking here.

As of May 5, there have been 70,588 deaths in the U.S. and 256,485 have died world-wide. For the most current data regarding the virus, visit the John Hopkins University website.

The prayer guide is available for free download to individuals and churches and may be reproduced in any quantity both printed and electronically through websites, email, social media, apps, or any other method. 

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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.

 

This week’s memory verse:

1 John 3:4

“Everyone who practices sin 
also practices lawlessness;
and sin is lawlessness

 

 #sin #COVID19 #prayer #revival #WCM

 

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No prob-Llama too big for Jesus. Nothing is impossible for God. He wants us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us. This adorable llama helps you remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.

 

No prob Llama Is too Big for JesusNo prob Llama Is too Big for Jesus
 

Available in tees for women and girls, 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. Also available in the Teespring shop

 

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.

Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view this design in the Teespring store. 

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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
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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

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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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1 John 3:4

“Everyone who practices sin 
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and sin is lawlessness

 

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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
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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
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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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The quote above is from Part 21 of a blog series by Julia Bruce on Self-Care for people in ministry. Read the blogs here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22.

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Cover_mHave you seen Julie’s new book: God, Love and Marshmallow Wars? This book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel

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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.

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