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Today’s Bible Reading: August 27

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Psalm 132-135

1 Corinthians 8

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

#ReadYourBible #Psalms #1Corinthians

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

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

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Download our Free 2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

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

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Why is daily Bible reading important?

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

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

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

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

Click here to listen to our devotions on Spotify be sure to follow us.

Do you have an event on the calendar and need a speaker?

We’re offering 15% off our speaker fees if you book by July 31, 2021. Call today and use the discount code: SUMMER2021.

We’re excited to be a part of your ministry and can’t wait to see you – no matter what size your event.

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John 3:16

Does Jesus loves you? Just look to the cross. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

Choose Joy

Let’s Get Ready for Fall, Ya’ll!

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Fall for Jesus – He never leaves
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When we ask Jesus to forgive us and save us from our sin, He takes our old, sinful self and makes us new in Him. This beautiful canvas is a great reminder of what Jesus has done for us.


Enjoy one of our YouTube Playlists

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

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

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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

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


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Bible Reading for August 27

Today’s Bible Reading: August 27

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Psalm 132-135

1 Corinthians 8

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

#ReadYourBible #Psalms #1Corinthians

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

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

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Download our Free 2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

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

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Why is daily Bible reading important?

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

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

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

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

Click here to listen to our devotions on Spotify be sure to follow us.

Do you have an event on the calendar and need a speaker?

We’re offering 15% off our speaker fees if you book by July 31, 2021. Call today and use the discount code: SUMMER2021.

We’re excited to be a part of your ministry and can’t wait to see you – no matter what size your event.

904.239.8937

Help support our ministry:

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John 3:16

Does Jesus loves you? Just look to the cross. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

Choose Joy

Let’s Get Ready for Fall, Ya’ll!

Autumn Vibes
Autumn Vibes-fall leaves
Autumn Vibes with pumpkin
Thankful plaid pum[kin
Fall for Jesus – He never leaves
Happy Pumpkin Spice Season
Hello Fall!
Happy Fall Yall
Cutest ‘lil pumpkin in the patch

The slide show below highlights some of our favorite Christian Tees designs available in our Spreadshop and Teespring stores.

  • Revive Us Again, Lord

See our Canvase prints in the Teespring Store: All Things New

All Things New

We’ve added a new canvas print to the Teespring Store. These prints make great gifts or for decor in your home.

When we ask Jesus to forgive us and save us from our sin, He takes our old, sinful self and makes us new in Him. This beautiful canvas is a great reminder of what Jesus has done for us.


Enjoy one of our YouTube Playlists

Visit our YouTube Channels for Christian playlists and our short animated devotionals.

Animated Devotionals

Contemporary Christian Music Playlist

Southern Gospel Playlist

Just Hymns


God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

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

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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

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


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Bible Reading for October 2

Today’s Spiritual Self-Care Bible Reading: October 2

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Isaiah 24-26

Ephesians 4

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

#ReadYourBible #Isaiah #Ephesians

Why is daily Bible reading important?

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

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

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

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

Here’s what’s new in the shop this week:

Thankful Plaid Pumpkin

Our new Fall designs

Fall for Jesus – He never leaves
It’s Fall Y’all!

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

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

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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

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

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John 17:9. Jesus Prays for You

Have you ever had a moment when you wished someone were praying for you? Maybe you even sent a prayer to God to lay your name on someone’s heart and mind and so they would pray for you right then in that moment. Have you ever experienced a moment when a person came across your mind in such a way that you were compelled to pray for them. Here in John 17, we find a time when Jesus prays for his disciples and for us. As each second of time bring him closer to the cross, you were on his mind and He stopped to pray for you.

In John 17, we find Jesus on the way to the garden of Gethsemane where He will be betrayed and arrested. Before Jesus crossed the brook Kidron, He feels compelled to stop and pray. There are only 9 recorded prayers of Jesus in the Bible. Of the other 8, when you combine all 8 they consist of no more than 150 words. But this prayer here in John 17 consists of almost 400 words. Who did he pray for and what was so important that it stopped Him on the way to garden to pray right then. I mean, He was going to the garden to pray, so why not just wait until He got there?

Who did Jesus stop to pray for?

Jesus knew what he would face in the coming hours. The mock trial, the ridicule, the beatings, the scourging, the crown of thorns, and the cross. But the recorded prayer here that consists of more words the the other eight prayers combined isn’t about Himself and what He is about to face. He starts the prayer asking His Father to give His Son the glory He deserved. He also tells the Father that He has completed tasks given to Him and the time has come for Him to become the sacrifice for our sins. But then, from verse 6 through the end of the chapter, He prays for “those whom You [God] gave me.”

He prayed for His disciples

Jesus begins praying for His disciples. He knew days ahead would be difficult for them. He knew they would be confused. Jesus was aware they would feel grief over His death. And He knew most of them would end up being martyred for their belief in Him. These were the 11 men tasked to spread the gospel message throughout the world. And so Jesus prays for them.

He prayed for every person who confesses Him as Savior

Then in verse 20, Jesus prays for every single person down through time who believes in Him and confesses Him as Savior. He says, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Let’s look at what Jesus felt was so important to stop on His way to the cross to pray for you and me.

What did Jesus pray for?

He prayed for our protection:

In Verses 11-12 Jesus prayed, “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” When Jesus prayed, “keep them in your name,” He was saying, “keep your eye on them. Guard them. Protect them. Jesus had protected them while He was there, but His time was nearing to return to heaven and He would not be physically with the disciples any longer. So He entrusted them to His Father’s protection.

Jesus prayed for our sanctification.

In versus 16-17 Jesus prayed, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” To “sanctify” something is to set it apart for special use; to “sanctify” a person is to make him holy. In verse 19, He says, “And for their sakes, I sancitfy Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” The truth refers to Jesus and who He is – the only Son of God. The Redeemer. The Sacrificial Lamb. The Savior of the World. It is the truth of Jesus that sets us free and it is through the truth of Jesus that we are set apart for God’s use. It is through the truth of Jesus that we are made holy.

Jesus prayed for our mission.

In verse 18, Jesus prayed, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” Jesus endure the agony and torture of the cross just to give us a “Get out of Hell” pass. We are not supposed to just sit back and enjoy of God’s blessings in a care-free world. Even once we are in heaven, we don’t just sit around. God has a mission for each one of us and He has gifted us with exactly what we need to be able to carry out that mission. We commonly call that mission the “Great Commission.” We are to go and tell everyone about Jesus and what He did for us and about His love for us.

Your God-given mission is vital to the health of your church

But how you specifically play your role in the mission will look different from anyone else. Just as you are uniquely and wonderfully made, so you are uniquely and wonderfully gifted. You are not meant to warm a seat at church. You were made to serve within the body of Christ. If you’re not serving, you should be. If you’re not serving, your church body is limping along. You were specifically placed within your church because the gifts and talents you have are exactly what’s needed for your church to carry out the mission God has for it. For your church to be a healthy, thriving, growing church, every Christian must be actively utilizing the gifts they were given.

Your God-given mission often ties to areas you enjoy and are good at

Your mission may not be a missionary, pastor or small group leader. It might look more like a parking lot attendant or the person that refills the pockets on the seat backs for the next service. If you don’t know where to serve, start by asking yourself what are you good at and what do you enjoy doing? Often these will clue you in to how God wants to use you within your church.

Maybe you’re good at fishing and you have a burden for teen boys being raised by single moms. Your mission may look like volunteering to mentor those teen boys and take them out fishing for a day and just showing them how to be men.

Maybe you’re a senior adult, retired school teacher and you loved teaching. As you go to choir practice you hear a young mom talking about her preteen daughter struggling in history class — and history was what you taught and when you were teaching you taught her grade level. Your mission may be to volunteer to tutor that pre-teen girl as you love her like Christ and eventually lead her to Christ as you model Christ to her each time you are with her.

You see, we are often already gifted with exactly what we need for the mission God has for us. And your mission has been covered in the prayer of Jesus.

Jesus prayed for our unity

With recent events surrounding George Floyd, do you wonder as Jesus prayed that he was looking down through time to this moment and prayed for the discord, violence, and hatred that we see in our world today? Do you wonder if when Jesus instructed us to love our neighbors as ourselves that he saw Mr. Floyd take his last breath? Or did He see all the other people who would die throughout all of time because of prejudices – whether it racial, gender, religious, economic, social, or any other kind of prejudice?

Satan’s Goal: Stir up Disunity Everywhere

Jesus knew that as long as Satan is in the world, He would stir up strife, envy, hatred, and anger. Satan loves nothing more than to get a body of believers to argue among themselves. You see, when we, as followers of Christ, can’t get along with one another, then our testimony for Christ is destroyed. If you are person who constantly disagrees and causes dissension in the church, then you are allowing Satan to use you to accomplish his mission. And if we are more concerned with the color of the carpets than souls going to hell, then we need to examine our hearts and rediscover the mission of the church. And so Jesus prayed for our unity.

In verse 11 Jesus prayed: Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE.”

And in verses 20-23, he said, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

No Perfect Church

The world is always watching us. The question is does the world know by watching you that God sent Jesus and that Jesus loves them as God loves His Son?

There are no perfect churches because churches are filled with broken people

The simple fact is we live in a broken world full of broken people and we are all broken because of sin. Therefore there are no perfect churches. Every church is filled with people who are broken – people just like you and me. Satan loves to stir up trouble within the body of believers. And He will do so every opportunity he gets.

There are no perfect churches because we all have different backgrounds and experiences

There is another reason there are no perfect churches. Each one of us have had different experiences in life, different traditions handed down, and different options and attitudes. Our life experiences shape and define how we interpret and view the world around us. Through our life experiences, we tend to make assumptions or unintentionally misunderstand someone else’s motives or feelings. We have all experienced a time when someone hurt our feelings or disappointed us in some way. All these things can stir up disunity.

There are no perfect churches because we see it as “my church” rather than Christ’s church.

Think for a moment about when you and a friend are talking about the two churches you attend. Most likely refer to the church you attend as “my church.” As a member of the body of believes that fellowship at that location, we take on ownership of the church. And we can be quiet stubborn and selfish when things don’t go the way we want them to. Churches have split over the color of the carpets, where the piano should be on the stage, whether to sing praise songs or old hymns. Wherever Satan can cause division – he will. But we must remember that the church doesn’t belong to us. It is Christ’s church. He bought and paid for it with His own blood. The church either looses its testimony or it will close its doors whenever we allow Satan to breed disunity and strife within the body of Christ.

Christ’s Goal: That The World May Believe That You Sent Me

Disunity is important to the cause of Satan. However, unity is important to the cause of Christ. In verses 21 and 23, we find why unity in the body of believers is so important. Both of these verses tell us unity is important because then the world will believe that God sent Jesus.

Jesus stressed the purpose for our harmony in vs. 21. There He prayed “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU SENT ME.” When we are unified, the world sees how much God loves them. They learn the Jesus died for them and paid the price and punishment for their sins. They learn that Jesus rose again and that He wants no one to perish but that all will be saved. The world will believe that God send Jesus – and that is the gospel message.

When we live together in unity, loving each other as Christ has loved us (John 13:34-35), they will know that we are a disciple of Christ. If a lost person walked in to your church this Sunday and it is the only time ever they hear about Jesus, what will he or she learn about Jesus by observing and attending your church? How many people will not make it to heaven because they came to your church and there was no unity?

#Jesuspraysforus #unity #sanctification #protection #mission

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2 Chronicles 20;12

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In this series of blogs, we breakdown why people in ministry need to practice self care. We explain the differences between stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Drawing from both psychology and Biblical principles, we teach self-care to keep ministry servants living out God’s call as a missionary, small group leader, worship pastor, nursery worker, facility/maintenance staff, religious non-profit staff, or any other ministry staff, volunteer, or lay-leader. Regardless of the ministry service God called you to, self-care is crucial to continue the work God’s called you to do.

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What’s Inside God, Love and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
  • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
  • Romance Builders
  • Relationship Builders
  • Personal reflections
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Exodus 14:13-14. Fear Not. Stand Still.

Jan 27 Exodus 14 13-14 KJVVisitors to the zoo were surprised to see the exhibit labeled “Coexistence” containing a lion and some lambs. The zookeeper explained there was nothing to it. “All I have to do every now and then is add a few fresh lambs.”

Unity and peace can be hard to come by at times. For the Israelites, they had been enslaved and forced to hard labor. After 10 plagues, they had finally been able to leave Egypt but they didn’t get too far down the road before Pharaoh had a change of heart and sent his army after them. The Israelites found themselves trapped between an angry Pharaoh and his army and the uncrossable Red Sea. As any of us would do, they panicked. Moses tells them there is no need to be afraid because God would fight for them…and He does! Through the miraculous parting of the Red Sea the entire Israelite nation was able to cross to the other side by walking on dry ground.

The battle to be freed from slavery was never theirs. God had been fighting for them since He called Moses by name from within the burning bush. Yet, despite the miraculous plaques, the Israelites quickly forgot all God had done for them and they became afraid and complained to Moses as soon as they saw the Egyptian army barreling down on them. Immediately, they complained to Moses saying, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?” Just as God had a plan to bring them out of Egypt, He also had a plan to get them to the other side of the Red Sea. They had no need to panic or worry. God had it all in control.

Is there a battle you are facing in your life where God says, “Fear not, I will fight for you and you shall hold your peace?” If the battle belongs to God, then leave it with Him, hold your peace, and let Him fight for you. Trust Him. He’s got a plan and He’s got it all in control.

 

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Ezekiel 14:6

This is what the Lord God says: Repent and turn away from your idols; turn your faces away from all your detestable things.  

Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.  Our verse last week focused on praying. For the next few weeks, we will be focusing on repentance.

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

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

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

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

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

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

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

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

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

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

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764142: I Repent: A Journey Into the Heart I Repent: A Journey Into the Heart

By Caleb Gave Mathis / WestBow Press

555272: Ezekiel: A 12-Week Study Ezekiel: A 12-Week Study

By Crossway

The Book of Ezekiel proclaims God’s uncompromising judgment against his&nbsp;rebellious people – but also his promise of of restoration if they repent. Exposing the depth of Israel’s disobedience, the prophet Ezekiel calls the nation to find forgiveness by turning away from their sin and back to God.

The Knowing the Bible Series is edited by theologian J. I. Packer, and includes contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders. Perfect for both small groups and individuals, these gospel-centered studies will help you see and cherish the message of God&rsquo;s grace on each and every page of the Bible. The study includes:&nbsp;

  • Reflection Questions&nbsp;designed to help you engage the text at a deeper level
  • Gospel Glimpses&nbsp;highlighting the gospel of grace throughout the book
  • Whole-Bible Connections&nbsp;showing how a passage connects to the Bible&rsquo;s overarching story of redemption culminating in Christ
  • Theological Soundings&nbsp;identifying how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture
1040DF: How to Repent - Word Document [Download] How to Repent – Word Document [Download]

By Christianity Today International / Christianity Today

311350: America Return to God: Repent from Sin, Rebuild the Wall, Repair the Gates, Restore the Dream America Return to God: Repent from Sin, Rebuild the Wall, Repair the Gates, Restore the Dream

By Alveda C. King / Elijah List Publications

1187DF: Missional Evangelism: Help Others to Repent - Word Document [Download] Missional Evangelism: Help Others to Repent – Word Document [Download]

By Christianity Today International / Christianity Today

923057: Face-To-Face With A Holy God (Isaiah) Face-To-Face With A Holy God (Isaiah)

By Harvest House Publishers

When Isaiah encountered the Holy One of Israel, he was transformed and given a mission. God is ready to speak directly to you through His Word. As you probe Isaiah’s message, you’ll see a society at a crossroads, much like ours: Will they face judgment and captivity, or will they repent, look to their Savior, and be delivered?For individual study, one-on-one discipleship, or small groups, 13 weeks of daily lessons are designed to help you discover God’s ways and what he wants from his children. Questions for group discussion are included.

384026: Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols

By Brad Bigney / P & R Publishing

Is it harder for you to change and grow as a Christian than it should be? Do you wonder what is holding you back? Have you ever considered that it might be idolatry?

Using real-life stories and examples, Brad Bigney’s Gospel treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols shows us how the idols we might not even recognize can still have devastating effects in our lives. In this transparent, honest book, he helps us to identify our idols, understand how they lead us to commit treason against the gospel–and finally repent of them and root them out forever by turning to the only One who can fill our every need.

078924: A Nation in Crisis A Nation in Crisis

By Ray Stedman / Discovery House

Every day the headlines announce more violence and evil. Our hearts groan as we wonder what life will be like for the next generation. It all seems hopeless, which is probably how Jeremiah felt as he lived among the people of the nation of Judah.

Jeremiah was a reluctant but faithful prophet who spent forty-two years serving God and warning the people to repent. His heart was saddened and angered by the people’s indifference to God and the moral decay that surrounded him. Everything was falling apart–yet Jeremiah continued to seek the Lord.

As we face personal trauma and national crisis, we can learn from the prophet’s example. Ray Stedman walks us through the book of Jeremiah, revealing that repentance was the only answer then–and it’s the only answer today. When people repent, God is faithful to His Word, planting the seeds of new life and giving us hope.

970111: Overcomer DVD Bible Study Kit

Overcomer DVD Bible Study Kit

By Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick / B&H Books

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

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

The Overcomer Bible Study Kit has five sessions and includes:

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

Session Topics:

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

By Provident Films

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

Blu-ray Exclusives:

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

Special Features:

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

Other Features:

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

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

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

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