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By Pam Bates, Paula Patty. 2021
The heartwarming true story of a farmer’s unwavering faith in the face of a tragic prognosis—and how a community came…together to help a neighbor in need.In the summer of 2015, Carl Bates and his wife Pam received the devastating news that he had metastatic cancer. The doctors have him just three months to live. As farmers in Galva, Illinois, they were dealing not only with the profound grief of Carl’s illness, but a serious practical concern: who would harvest the crops?Despite the crisis he faced, Carl never lost his faith in God. When word of his situation got out, a group of fellow farmers gathered organized to harvest Carl’s crops themselves. Someone observed that “a farmer can ask for no better crop than a bountiful harvest of friends.”The event was covered by the news and became a viral phenomenon. Now, in The Most Amazing Harvest, Pam Bates and Paula Patty tell the full story of the remarkable farmer who kept his faith, and the small town community whose selfless act of kindness was nothing short of a miracle.
By Nathan Finochio. 2019
Hillsong New York City pastor identifies and deconstructs the most common myths about how God communicates - and then provides…clear tools to accurately decipher and follow the voice of God in your life.So many people wish that God would audibly weigh in on life's greatest questions of calling, meaning, and purpose. What's crazy is that God is weighing in on those questions. We just haven't learned to listen. Nathan Finochio believes that God is constantly communicating with this world he's created. We simply aren't following the right advice when it comes to hearing what he has to say. Through biblical teaching and true life stories, Hearing God empowers and enables readers to separate fact from fiction, myth from meaning, and truly understand what God is saying to them about big decisions and daily living.
By Joel Osteen. 2007
#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Joel Osteen uses his seven successful principles from YOUR BEST LIFE NOW to give…readers an edge on new beginnings and to make their faith count most in important moments.
By Claire Cloninger. 2003
In today's fast-paced world, our lives are full of ceaseless change. Whether it is a child going off to college,…a loved one stricken with an illness, or conflict between friends or family members, many moments -- both joyful and sorrowful -- demand more from us than we can give. At those times, prayer can be the answer, if only we can find the right words. Now with this collection of beautiful prayers drawn directly from the Bible and eloquently interpreted for our lives today, we can take strength from the... From the Song of Solomon to the lamentations of Job to the Magnificat of Mary, this book shows how these sacred passages reflect actual human experience and can guide us to the right prayer at the right time. With every verse, the author compares the lives and times of biblical characters to real-life people today, revealing how each prayer can be applied to our lives. She also offers new, contemporary prayers along with each scriptural citation to help us find the wisdom and truth in these timeless words of supplication, adoration, thanksgiving, and celebration. Entertaining and enriching, full of insight into both biblical text and the spiritual challenge of modern life, 101 Most Powerful Prayers in the Bible has the warmth and insight of a fireside chat with a deep and trusted friend. At the same time, it is a guide to the true effectiveness of prayer and to the greatest human achievement of all: to be able to speak directly to God, and to hear Him speak back to us. Book jacket.
By Lois Rabey, Steven Rabey. 2004
Through an examination of the Bible's most powerful verses, the newest installment in the 101 Most Powerful series reminds us…that we are not alone in this world. In the Old Testament, God spoke through patriarchs, poets, and prophets. In the new Testament, he reaches out through Christ and Christ's disciples. Highlighting some of the key verses of the Bible, Steve and Lois Rabey demonstrate how God constantly communicates his will and his love to his children.
By Karen Kingsbury. 2001
This collection of true stories from bestselling author Karen Kingsbury celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmastime. A chance encounter…that changes everything . . . help that appears from nowhere . . . kindness when it's least expected . . . We've all experienced miracles in our lives. Now Karen Kingsbury has collected a series of real-life stories about people whose lives were changed by the mystery and wonder of Christmastime. In each of these stories, Karen brings undeniable proof of God's presence in our lives. And with an uplifting voice, she gives us a joyous reminder of the true meaning of Christmas: the greatest miracle of all is opening our hearts to love.
By Richard Abanes. 2008
In this informative and celebratory read, Richard Abanes calls Christians to focus on the true meaning and significance of Easter.…To do this, he examines different aspects of this holy day, including its origin in ?the old rugged cross,? what Lent is for, how Christians celebrate Easter worldwide, and where traditions grew from in history. While jelly beans fill children?s fancies, Abanes reestablishes the true center of Easter. Written in lively prose, ALL ABOUT EASTER is a quick read sure to please and inform Christians everywhere.
By Sheila Walsh. 2016
Do Your Longings Have You Going Around in Circles? You vowed to never repeat the same mistakes, yet here you…are again, right where you started. What is it that keeps drawing you back? In this six-session video-based study, Sheila Walsh shows it is our longings that often lead us into such traps. She draws on her own experiences and the life of King David to reveal that all our longings are rooted in a need for God--and nothing else will satisfy when it comes to filling that void. Sessions include: Longing to Be Chosen (19:00) Longing for Protection (20:00) Longing for Control (18:00) Longing for Happiness (18:00) Longing for God's Grace (18:00) 6. Longing for God Alone (23:00)
By Billy Graham. 2007
"You will only make this journey once. What kind of journey will it be?" Is prayer really that important? Doesn't…God know what we need? Do you look forward to praying-or dread it? It is never a mistake to pray, but we do need to understand fully what prayer is and its role in our lives.Learning to Pray looks at the incredible privilege we have of speaking directly with our Creator at any time. God wants to be in fellowship with us. Learn to speak to God through prayer, offer him praise and thanksgiving, and listen for an answer. Talk to God and get to know Him better as you journey on life's path.The Journey Study Series is based on Billy Graham's best-selling book The journey, the culmination of lifetime of spiritual insight and ministry experience. Each chapter explores the joys, triumphs, and conflicts we all encounter on our journey through life. Use for self-study or shared experiences in small groups, six weeks of lessons, sidebars offer a scriptural journey through God's word, questions for starting group discussions, insight-filled scripture passages to study. Each chapter includes thought-provoking questions, commentary, Scriptures, and insights to help you on life's journey. Each lesson teaches the secret of walking with God on life's path. Understanding God's truths will make life's journey easier and let Him fulfill His promise to lead you home.
By John Eldredge. 2017
Most Christians miss the ultimate hope for their future because their views of heaven are vague, religious . . .…and, frankly, boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer, noting is lost. Heaven is not an endless life of harp strumming and worship singing in the clouds. Rather, the life we long for – the paradise Adam and Eve knew – is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.In this five-session study, John Eldredge explores the revolutionary idea that according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home – the New Earth is. Jesus said the next chapter of our story begins with “the renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28), by which he meant the earth we love, ourselves, and all the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, and laughter. God’s promise is that everything shall be renewed “when the world is made new.”Part devotional, part adventure story, part field manual, this study will help you see the glorious future coming to you and provide “hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). Ideal for individual or group use, this guide includes personal reflection questions, targeted excerpts from All Things New, a Big Ideas overview, small-group discussion questions, and group exercises. A leader’s guide is also included for those facilitating a group.Sessions include:The Hope of RenewalCreation Made NewYour Story Told RightlyWhat We’ll Do in the New EarthThe Power of Our HopeDesigned for use with the All Things New Video Study (9780310087656).
Imagine trying to stay balanced on top of a ball. How long could you last? A few seconds? A few…minutes? Perhaps longer? This study will look at themes from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and the idea that there really is a season for everything. A lot of women want more balance in their life, but balance is hard to maintain. Instead of trying to stay perfectly balanced all the time (an impossible act!), the Bible challenges us to pay attention to the season of life we're in and recognize the beautiful rhythms of life.Features include:12 sessions of interactive Bible studyPerfect for individual or group studyTips for leading a great group included
By Women Of Faith. 2010
Find the peace and hope that awaits you once you overcome your fears.During times of uncertainty, people are looking for…answers to their fears as they see things like finances, relationships, and hope crumble around them. But God doesn't intend for His people to live in fear. He wants us to overcome fear and find peace, even in the midst of the aftermath.Previous study guides on similar topics have helped women learn how to overcome their fears, but none have answered the most important next question: "Now what?" Where do women go once they've left fear behind? What's the next step?Finding Peace Beyond Your Fears will help women find the peace and hope that God has planned for them.
By Margaret Feinberg. 2013
What are you worried about right now? Chances are, something comes to mind. We all face failing health, job loss,…family tragedy, and other situations that are uncertain. How do we not only manage our worry, but also over come it?This valuable study guides participants past the low level view of the waves of uncertainty crashing all around us and narrows our focus on Jesus. Through this study, participants will look at passages of Scripture showing God as a trustworthy friend, savior, and guide. When we learn to trust Jesus with our uncertain situations, relationships, and future, we will find him to truly be the Prince of Peace.Features include:Twelve weeks of interactive Bible studyQuestions for discussionTips for leading a great groupWomen of Faith Study Guides have sold more than 2 million copies to date.
Laura Story's life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The devastating news…forever changed their lives and brought Laura's dreams of a fairy-tale life to an end. Yet her struggles to accept her new situation also brought her deeper joy and intimacy with God as she allowed him to rewrite her story. In this five-session curriculum, Laura examines the twists and turns that took place not only in her own life but also in the lives of many of the heroes of the faith. She reveals how God used crises in the lives of people such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Paul to bring them closer to him and set them on the path he wanted them to take. She also shows how God used each of these individuals in spite of their flaws and brokenness. God may not fix everything in our lives. In fact, our situation might not ever change or get better. But we can know that God will lead us to a place where we are better because of it. Session Titles: Don't Be Surprised by Trouble Best-Made Plans When God Doesn't Fix It Why? The Question on Replay A Better Broken This study guide is designed for use with When God Doesn't Fix It: A DVD Study (sold separately) and includes leader helps, video discussion questions, Bible exploration questions, and personal study and reflection materials for in between sessions.
By John Eldredge. 2007
"Above all else," Scripture urges, "guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" -Proverbs 4:23But how? How do…we follow this warning? How do we protect our hearts in this dangerous story in which we live?It all depends, says John Eldredge, on how you handle desire."How you handle your heart's desire is how you handle your heart. And how you handle desire also reeals what you think of God. We've been told to kill desire and call it sanctification. But there is another way."In this companion to the book Desire, Craig McConnell and John Eldredge show you the path to a deeper, more passionate, and more fulfilling walk with God by helping you recover and navigate the deep desires of your heart.Designed for personal use and for study groups, this guide will help you:Uncover the desires God has placed in your heart when he made you.Resurrect your heart from disappointment and unmet desire, so you can hope and dream again.Expose the impostors that cheat our desires and trap our hearts in addiction.Embrace desire as an act of faith.Walk with God in the journey of desire.
By Women Of Faith. 2012
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things,…may have an abundance for every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV) Can grace be a reality in my life? In a world that often stresses perfection, God's grace gives us the strength to face our imperfections and faults. God's provision is far greater than our lack. Through this study, you will uncover the many facets of God's grace, and discover that He can empower you with the ability to extend kindness when others would choose to pull back. Magnificent Grace explores important Bible passages that describe the abundance and sufficiency of God's grace, and illuminates Bible characters who received and displayed God's grace. You will find an open invitation to a deeper relationship with God, no matter what your past decisions or present circumstances may look like. And you will be challenged to not only receive God's grace, but to take it and pour it out on others. Features: Twelve weeks of Bible study Questions for discussion Leader's Guide included for leading your small group study
Address your biggest questions about life and faith with guidance from Max Lucado. For 25 years men and women have…turned to Max Lucado for answers, encouragement, and insight into every facet of their lives. Together with Max they've journeyed through life's most exciting and challenging times--births, deaths, financial ups and downs, spiritual quests, and relational adventures. And Max has become a trusted advisor, pastor, and friend in times of need. Now, more than ever, Max's wisdom is needed to help readers navigate the tumults of every-day life. In the Max on Life DVD-based study, Max addresses questions about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions--parenting quandaries, difficult relationships--as well as to the profound: Is God really listening? Designed as a companion to the DVD, and perfect for study for both new and mature believers, this participant's guide can be used for journaling or as a prompt for open-hearted discussions with your small group. Features: Daily readings Questions for personal reflection and group discussion
By Women Of Faith. 2012
"...Be happy and full of joy, because the Lord has done a wonderful thing." Joel 2:21 (NCV)What does it take…to be happy?We spend so much of our lives waiting to be happy. When I meet Mr. Right . . . when the kids are grown . . . when I retire . . . What are you waiting for?Right here, right now, even in the midst of the challenges you face every day, there is so much to appreciate and enjoy. It's a matter of perspective--knowing where (and how) to look for the blessings God has given us. Join us and start noticing the joys hiding in plain sight. You'll find there's plenty to celebrate!Through this study, women will discover the hidden joys in life no matter the circumstances, learn to live with an attitude of gratitude, and find the secrets to contentment and hope. Features:Twelve weeks of Bible studyQuestions for discussionLeader's Guide included for leading your small group study
By Max Lucado. 2017
Do you feel weighted down with worry? Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Are…irrational fears your constant companion? Could you use some calm?In this five-session video Bible study, bestselling author Max Lucado explores God’s treatment plan for anxiety found in Philippians 4:4–8. As you follow this prescription – celebrating God’s goodness, asking for his help, leaving your concerns with him, and meditation on good things – you will experience God’s peace. This is a peace that “transcends all understanding” and will help you reframe the way you look at your fears.While anxiety is a part of life, it doesn’t have to dominate your life. With God as your helper and his promises at your side, you can sleep better tonight and smile more tomorrow. You can talk yourself off the ledge and view bad news through the lens of God’s sovereignty. You can discover a life of calm and develop tools for combating the onslaught of anxiety.The Anxious for Nothing Study Guide includes video discussion questions, Bible exploration, and personal study and reflection materials for in-between sessions.Sessions include:Rejoice in the Lord AlwaysLet Your Gentleness Be Evident to AllPresent Your Requests to GodThe Peace of God Will Guard Your HeartMeditate on These ThingsDesigned for use with the Anxious for Nothing Video Study (sold separately).