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Upon This Rock

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One day a wife said to her husband: “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” When we read the word in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock”, I wonder if God sometimes says the same thing. Is Peter the rock on which God would build His church?

Peter’s name means “stone”

Certainly God used Peter to build the church. We don’t want to make light of how God worked through Peter to accomplish His plan for the church. In Matthew 16:17-18, Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter. The name “Peter” is derived from Greek Πέτρος (Petros) meaning “stone”. Many times in the Bible, God changed someone’s name because He was calling them to live out a new mission or identify with a new identity that God was giving them. This is exactly what Jesus was doing with Simon, seeing in him some great potential that no one else saw. Everyone else saw Simon, Jesus saw Peter.

Simon’s Character

Simon was anything but a rock. He wasn’t dependable the way a Christian leader needs to be. Without God’s Spirit, he often spoke or acted in a way that would be inappropriate for a Christian. His actions belied an underlying insecurity in spite of his outward confidence. Some of his impulsive actions included:

  • He invited Jesus and the disciples to his house even though his mother-in-law was sick (Mark 1:29-30)
  • When he saw Jesus walking on the water, He said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” But then allowed his fear to be stronger than his faith and he began to sink. (Matthew 14:28)
  • He attempted to kill the servant of the high priest when they came to arrest Jesus, not understanding that the events about to happen was God’s plan for salvation of all mankind. (John 18:10)
  • When Jesus appeared to Peter and some of the other disciple while they were fishing, he plunges into the sea to swim back to shore where Jesus was. (John 21:7)
  • Peter denies Jesus (just as Jesus predicted) three times showing his fear, cowardice, and lack of commitment. He even curses and swears. (Matthew 26:73-74)
  • When Jesus predicts his own death, Peter pulls him aside and attempts to correct him. (Matthew 16:22)
  • At the transfiguration of Jesus, Peter interrupts the discussion between Jesus, Moses and Elijah and “answered”—even though no one had asked him anything or invited him to speak! (Matthew 17:3-4)

Peter’s characteristics

In spite of Simon’s impulsiveness and inconsistencies, Jesus prophetically Changed his name to Peter for what, by God’s grace, he would become: a rock-solid pillar in the Church and part of its foundation. We find in Acts 2, Peter is a strong preacher of the gospel that results in 3000 being saved. In Acts 4, Peter and John were arrested and the Peter that was fearful, cowardly, and uncommitted at Jesus trial is now fearless and inspired by the Holy Spirit. After Pentecost, Peter was no longer self-centered and vain. He sought to do all to the glory of God. 

Who do you say I am?

It’s easy for us to assume that Peter is the rock Jesus was talking about. However, the “rock” that Jesus was referring to was the truth of what Peter had said just before Jesus changed his name. In Matthew 16:13, Jesus had asked the disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” The disciples give various answer and then Jesus asked the disciples, “Whom do you say I am?” In verse 16, Peter answers, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is this truth on which God built and established the church. It the most basic foundational truth about which we build our spiritual beliefs as Christians. In fact, you cannot be a Christian until you first settle and answer Jesus’ question for yourself: “Who do you say I am?”

Peter didn’t build the church

Peter understood Jesus’ true identity as God had revealed it to him. It was this foundational truth that Peter took with him as he preached and played an important role in the spread of Christianity. However, it’s also important to note that Jesus said, I will build my church. It wasn’t Peter’s responsibility to build the church. Peter’s job was to tell others about Jesus and then Jesus alone holds the responsibility for the growth and expansion of the church. Peter’s job was to “go and tell.” Jesus’ job is to build the church.

Who do you say that I am? What is your answer?

As followers of Christ, We have the same job today that Peter had – to go and tell. Then we leave the rest up to God and allow Christ to build His church. We are all responsible for telling others about our Savior. But first we must settle in our hearts the answer to the question that Jesus asked the disciples. If Jesus asked you today: “Who do you say that I am?” What would be your answer?

Would Jesus’ response to your answer be “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard it not what I meant” or would He say to you, like Peter: “Blessed are you, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that on this rock I will build My church.”


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John 16:33. The Overcomer

John 16:33 Overcomer

When God first created the earth and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the world was a perfect place. But the moment Eve sinned, the world became a broken place and has, over time, become more and more broken then ever. Jesus never promised that following Him would make life easy. In fact, He told His disciples that they would have tribulation as long as they were in the world. We definitely see tribulations in our world every day, but thankfully, we have an overcomer.

Jesus never promised that following Him would make life easy. In fact, He told His disciples that they would have tribulation as long as they were in the world.

If we were to define “tribulation, ” it would be “a state of great trouble or suffering. Yes, the Bible talks about the great tribulation that is associated with the rapture of all the Christians from this world, but in this verse, Jesus was telling his disciples to expect trouble – even then in their day.

Today’s Tribulations

Today, one only has to turn the news on to hear countless stories of great trouble or suffering. We experience it when the news from the doctor isn’t what we wanted to hear. We experience it when we lose a job or a loved one. Or we experience it when we don’t get the promotion. We experience it through an unexpected and very expensive car repair. We experience it through divorce. It occurs when there is a miscarriage. From domestic violence to mass shootings, from pandemics to racial issues, tribulations are everywhere we turn. As long as Satan and his demons have free reign in this world, there will be tribulations. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10 that we can expect weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.

The disciples all definitely experienced tribulation. While the Bible only tells how two of them died, but there are reports from history and legends that tell us what happened to them.

What happened to the disciples? The following disciples were crucified:

  • Peter was martyred in Rome about 66 AD  – crucified, upside down at his request
  • Andrew went to the “land of the man-eaters” (now known as the Soviet Union) where he is claimed to be the first to bring the gospel to that area. He also preached in Asia Minor, modern-day Tureky, and in Greece, where he is said to have been crucified.
  • Philip is said to have preached in North Africa and then Asia Minor where he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul. In retaliation the proconsul had Philip arrested. Some accounts indicate he was stoned to death and others indicate he was crucified upside down while still continuing to preach the gospel.
  • Bartholomew preached in India with Thomas, as well as Armenia, Ethiopia, and Southern Arabia. There are various accounts of his death, but they all agree that he was martyred by crucifixion, also upside down.

The other martyred disciples:

  • Thomas appears to have been most active east of Syria and traditions have him going as far as east India to spread the gospel. It is claimed that he died there when he was pierced through with the spears of four soldiers.
  • Matthew (the tax collector and author of the Gospel of Matthew) preached in Persia and Ethiopia. Some reports say he was not martyred while others indicate he was stabbed to death in Ethiopia.
  • James, the son of Alpheus is believed to have preached in Syria. The Jewish historian Josephus reports that he was stoned and then clubbed to death.
  • Simon the Zealot may have ministered in Persia where he was killed because he refused to sacrifice to the sun god. No documentation could be found regarding how he was killed.

Only One Disciples Died a Natural Death

John is the only one believed to have died a natural death from old age – but they did try to kill him. It is believed that he was the leader of the church in Ephesus and that he took Mary, Jesus’ mother, into his home when Jesus was crucified. When Christians were being persecuted under Domitian rule, he was cast into boiling oil at Rome and survived. He was then exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation.

Two identified Disciples after Jesus’ Death

After Jesus death, two additional disciples are identified in the Bible. The disciples chose to replace Judas who had betrayed Jesus. Matthais became the 12 disciple. Then on the Road to Damascus, Jesus Himself confronted Saul, commissioned him and changed his name to Paul. What does history tell us about these two disciples?

  • Matthais took the place of Judas, the betrayer of Jesus. Traditionally, it is believed that he preached in Syria with Andrew and was put to death by burning.
  • Paul, while not a disciple until after Jesus ascended into heaven, was responsible for the writing of many of the New Testament books of the Bible. He was a missionary and traveled to several countries to spread the gospel. Eventually, he was imprisoned and martyred in Rome about 66 AD under Emperor Nero who had him beheaded.

Man of Sorrows

If these disciples who followed Jesus experienced tribulation, why do people today think that the Christian life is rosy and sunshine? While Jesus walked the earth, he did not go through life as a “positive-thinker.” Isaiah 53:3 describes Him as a man of sorrows. If we read prophecy found Isaiah 52:13-53:12 we can see how much sorrow and suffering the Messiah would endure. He suffered first by leaving the glories of heaven and entering the human race as a man. Then He suffered all the things that humanity suffers, and then finally He suffered the wrath of God as the sin-bearer. Such suffering must have been all the more acute for Him, given His perfect nature. Who of us could ever understand the depths of what His righteous spirit suffered as He lived among fallen humanity?

The Joy Set Before Him

Even though Jesus suffered greatly, He did not live with depression or go around with a long face. Hebrews 12:2 tell us He could rejoice in His sufferings as He focused on the final outcome. In this verse we find that Jesus is “the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Just before going to the cross, Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover together in the upper room. There He washed the disciples feet, Jesus identified Judas as His betrayer, He broke the bread and shared the wine. But then the Bible tells us they sang a hymn of praise. Jesus knew that as they walked out of the upper room and into the garden to pray that he would be arrested and falsely tried. He knew everything He was about to endure and that He would die – and yet He could sing a hymn of praise. Why? Because He would have completed the task He came to earth to do – to bring salvation to us. He would become our overcomer.

The Simple Truth

The simple truth is that life is hard. There is no such thing as a “name it and claim” theology and anyone who preaches it, is a false teacher. Becoming a Christian doesn’t make life easy. In fact, it can make it harder. In John 15:19 Jesus warns us with the following: “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Because we live in a broken world that is ruled by sin and Satan, we can expect that life will be hard. Jesus very clearly informed us in John 16:33 that we would have tribulation in this world.

The Good News

The good news is that Jesus didn’t put the period to the sentence at that point, but follows it with the word, “but.” Yes, we will have tribulation, but Jesus said we should be of good cheer. Why? Because Jesus has overcome the world and because He is our overcomer, we can have hope. Jesus overcame the world when he defeated Satan through His sacrificial death on the cross. Because of the cross, the power of sin has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who believe in Him. Because Jesus is the overcomer, we have the opportunity to accept the gift of eternal life that He offers to every person. We just have to accept it by faith. Then He becomes our overcomer.

Finding Peace in Tribulations

As a Christian, death does not get the final say. The world does not get the final say. No matter what we face in this life, it is temporary and when we step from this life into eternal life, all that was suffered here will be no more. It isn’t that we won’t have troubles in this life, but that we can have peace in the trouble as we go through them in the strength of God because of what Jesus did to make our eternal life secure. In John 16:20 Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.” Eternal joy, as we spend eternity in the presence of our Lord and Savior who is our overcomer.

Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world. Thankfully, He didn’t put the period there, but follows it with “but.” We will have tribulation, but we should be of good cheer because He overcame the world & because He did, we have hope.

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Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. — Luke 23:26

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  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
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  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
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The true aim of prayer is intimacy with God. We pray effectively when we make him the desire of our hearts. Hunter answers our questions about prayer by directing us to the nature and attributes of God and to our own lives. God responds not to our prayers but to who we are – what we think, feel, will and do. Prayer is communication from whole persons to the Wholeness that is the living God.W. Bingham Hunter (Ph. D., University of Aberdeen) is academic dean and senior vice president of education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School at Trinity International University. He handles tricky issues with warmth and insight, offering scriptural answers to practical concerns such as the role of fasting, obedience and persistence. His aim is that we draw near to God.

 

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There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
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957588: The Power of a Praying Husband The Power of a Praying Husband

By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

In The Power of a Praying ® Husband, you’ll find the excitement and hope that come from inviting the God who hears and answers prayer into your marriage. Packed with real-life examples and refreshing honesty regarding her own marriage, Stormie encourages you to lovingly intercede for your wife.

561307: Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide

By R. Kent Hughes / Crossway

Work up a “spiritual sweat” with this beloved bestseller and accept the challenges of godly living! Hughes offers biblical wisdom; memorable illustrations; and practical suggestions to help you grow in godliness through the disciplines of purity, friendship, devotion, prayer, worship, integrity, perseverance, leadership, giving, and more. Updated edition features fresh content and a study guide. 336 pages, softcover from Crossway.

555987: 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife

By The Great Commandment Network / Broadstreet Publishing Group

Your wife is a gift from God! Recall an image of Jesus you’ve likely seen on His knees, praying. Imagine leaning in and hearing Him speak your wife’s name. Experience His heart for your wife as you claim Bible promises for her future, know and cherish her as God does, and release your faith for her continued spiritual growth and kingdom impact.

31 Days of Prayer for My Wife shares:

  • True stories from husbands to help you understand common challenges and opportunities for women.
  • A powerful, Scripture-based prayer strategy for both you and your wife to better love the Lord, live God’s Word, love people, and live His mission.
  • Scriptures, prayers, and promises to declare over yourself and your wife.
  • A practical resource for personal devotions, couples’ studies, small groups, and ministries.

God blessed you with your wife for a purpose. Support her through prayer and see the benefits in your own life.

414895: Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free

By Robert Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

Our enemy may prowl like a lion, but his weapon of choice is deception. And too often, men believe him – causing pain, destroying relationships, and missing out on the life God intends. In Lies Men Believe, Robert Wolgemuth exposes some of the most common lies and explains how they hold you back from freedom, joy, and intimacy with the Lord and others. Foreword by Patrick Morley.

418364: Lies Women Believe, Updated Lies Women Believe, Updated

By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

In this updated bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women – lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!

429642: Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

By Jennie Allen / WaterBrook

Feeling stuck, frustrated, and defeated? Allen believes the solution is simple: how we think shapes how we live. We can learn to stop thoughts that leave us prey to toxic patterns like victimhood, anxiety, and distraction. Drawing on biblical teaching and neuroscience, she shows how to fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of God.

969871: Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You

By Cindi McMenamin / Harvest House Publishers

You know what drama is…in your circle of friends, your workplace, your extended family, and in the unexpected circumstances of life. But has it gotten to be too much? Discover a biblical script for a more peaceful life as you learn how to dial down the drama in your own life by responding appropriately to situations that would otherwise escalate and view high-maintenance individuals through the eyes of Christ.

The world may be a stage – but you can find freedom from the drama.

3225577: The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal

By Barbour Publishing

This unique prayer journal is an engaging and creative way for you to experience the power of prayer. Every page will guide you to create your very own prayer map as you write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists, which you can follow–from start to finish–as you talk to God. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most…it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life. Paperback with a spiral wire binding.

207497: Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Feeling overwhelmed by the worries and fears of life? You’re not alone! Lucado will help you fret less and rely on your faith more with these 11 practical steps. Each weekly entry includes Scripture verses for meditation and a prayer to reframe your thoughts. Includes passages from Anxious for Nothing. 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.

170117: Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer

By Product Concept Manufacturing

Comprehensize organizer helps you budget and keep track of your spending, saving, and giving – all in one handy spiral-bound binder. Features plenty of helpful tips and suggestions for saving money; space for you to note big purchases you’re saving for; space to note your sharing goals; easy charts to help you plan and stay on budget; reproducible charts for tracking month-by-month income and expense records; and pocket files for bills, receipts, bank records, and tax documents. All this is contained in 8″ x 10″ binder with inspiring Scriptures throughout to keep you focused on being a good steward of your money.

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Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation.

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Cover_mBOOKING NOW! Be a host site for the NEW God, Love & Marshmallow Wars Book Tour & Couples Conference:

This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

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

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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

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6049: The God Who Hears The God Who Hears

By W. Bingham Hunter / InterVarsity Press

The true aim of prayer is intimacy with God. We pray effectively when we make him the desire of our hearts. Hunter answers our questions about prayer by directing us to the nature and attributes of God and to our own lives. God responds not to our prayers but to who we are – what we think, feel, will and do. Prayer is communication from whole persons to the Wholeness that is the living God.W. Bingham Hunter (Ph. D., University of Aberdeen) is academic dean and senior vice president of education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School at Trinity International University. He handles tricky issues with warmth and insight, offering scriptural answers to practical concerns such as the role of fasting, obedience and persistence. His aim is that we draw near to God.

 

078026: Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don"t Know What to Say Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say

By Sheila Walsh / Baker Books

We know that prayer is central to our faith, but do you sometimes find it boring? Are you easily distracted? Do you doubt God is listening? Walsh shares practical, biblically based tips to help you ignite your conversation with the Lord. Discover how to pray through your pain, when heaven seems silent, and more.

88244: Twelve Ordinary Men Twelve Ordinary Men

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

In John MacArthur’s Twelve Ordinary Men, you’ll discover that contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. Join MacArthur as he draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you! Paperback.

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God, 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

957588: The Power of a Praying Husband The Power of a Praying Husband

By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

In The Power of a Praying ® Husband, you’ll find the excitement and hope that come from inviting the God who hears and answers prayer into your marriage. Packed with real-life examples and refreshing honesty regarding her own marriage, Stormie encourages you to lovingly intercede for your wife.

561307: Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide

By R. Kent Hughes / Crossway

Work up a “spiritual sweat” with this beloved bestseller and accept the challenges of godly living! Hughes offers biblical wisdom; memorable illustrations; and practical suggestions to help you grow in godliness through the disciplines of purity, friendship, devotion, prayer, worship, integrity, perseverance, leadership, giving, and more. Updated edition features fresh content and a study guide. 336 pages, softcover from Crossway.

555987: 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife

By The Great Commandment Network / Broadstreet Publishing Group

Your wife is a gift from God! Recall an image of Jesus you’ve likely seen on His knees, praying. Imagine leaning in and hearing Him speak your wife’s name. Experience His heart for your wife as you claim Bible promises for her future, know and cherish her as God does, and release your faith for her continued spiritual growth and kingdom impact.

31 Days of Prayer for My Wife shares:

  • True stories from husbands to help you understand common challenges and opportunities for women.
  • A powerful, Scripture-based prayer strategy for both you and your wife to better love the Lord, live God’s Word, love people, and live His mission.
  • Scriptures, prayers, and promises to declare over yourself and your wife.
  • A practical resource for personal devotions, couples’ studies, small groups, and ministries.

God blessed you with your wife for a purpose. Support her through prayer and see the benefits in your own life.

414895: Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free

By Robert Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

Our enemy may prowl like a lion, but his weapon of choice is deception. And too often, men believe him – causing pain, destroying relationships, and missing out on the life God intends. In Lies Men Believe, Robert Wolgemuth exposes some of the most common lies and explains how they hold you back from freedom, joy, and intimacy with the Lord and others. Foreword by Patrick Morley.

418364: Lies Women Believe, Updated Lies Women Believe, Updated

By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

In this updated bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women – lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!

429642: Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

By Jennie Allen / WaterBrook

Feeling stuck, frustrated, and defeated? Allen believes the solution is simple: how we think shapes how we live. We can learn to stop thoughts that leave us prey to toxic patterns like victimhood, anxiety, and distraction. Drawing on biblical teaching and neuroscience, she shows how to fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of God.

969871: Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You

By Cindi McMenamin / Harvest House Publishers

You know what drama is…in your circle of friends, your workplace, your extended family, and in the unexpected circumstances of life. But has it gotten to be too much? Discover a biblical script for a more peaceful life as you learn how to dial down the drama in your own life by responding appropriately to situations that would otherwise escalate and view high-maintenance individuals through the eyes of Christ.

The world may be a stage – but you can find freedom from the drama.

3225577: The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal

By Barbour Publishing

This unique prayer journal is an engaging and creative way for you to experience the power of prayer. Every page will guide you to create your very own prayer map as you write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists, which you can follow–from start to finish–as you talk to God. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most…it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life. Paperback with a spiral wire binding.

207497: Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Feeling overwhelmed by the worries and fears of life? You’re not alone! Lucado will help you fret less and rely on your faith more with these 11 practical steps. Each weekly entry includes Scripture verses for meditation and a prayer to reframe your thoughts. Includes passages from Anxious for Nothing. 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.

170117: Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer

By Product Concept Manufacturing

Comprehensize organizer helps you budget and keep track of your spending, saving, and giving – all in one handy spiral-bound binder. Features plenty of helpful tips and suggestions for saving money; space for you to note big purchases you’re saving for; space to note your sharing goals; easy charts to help you plan and stay on budget; reproducible charts for tracking month-by-month income and expense records; and pocket files for bills, receipts, bank records, and tax documents. All this is contained in 8″ x 10″ binder with inspiring Scriptures throughout to keep you focused on being a good steward of your money.

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