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By Ronald Rolheiser. 2015
"With his elegant prose and thought provoking imagery, Rolheiser brilliantly explores the mystery at the heart of the Christian faith.…The Passion and the Cross challenges readers to enter more deeply into questions of faith, life, love, and suffering, and then offers the spiritual tools needed for the journey." --Kerry Weber, managing editor, America, author, Mercy in the City
By Jennie Allen. 2021
You don&’t have anything to prove.Too many of us walk through life feeling as if we don't measure up. We…always seem to thirst for more. We think if we could only work harder or be better, we could be enough. But the truth is, we will never be enough. And thankfully, we don&’t have to be.In this 8-session study (DVD/digital downloads sold separately), Jennie Allen walks through key passages in the Gospel of John to demonstrate how only Jesus is enough. We don't have to prove anything because Jesus has already proven everything. Discover how our thirsty hearts can only be quenched by the living water.Learn to take hold of what has already been given to you in ChristStop trying to prove yourself because Jesus has already proven everythingLook to Jesus for your satisfactionOverflow with Christ's abundance, and bring life to othersRemind yourself of who you are in Christ with ScriptureGrow in biblical literacy with this exploration of the Gospel of JohnDesigned for use with the Nothing to Prove Video Study (9780310141990), sold separately. Streaming video access included.
Throughout the Bible, we find two parallel dramas unfolding. There is the lower story, which describes the events from our…human perspective. But there is also an upper story, which reveals how the events unfold from God&’s perspective.This Study Guide includes:Individual streaming access to the study&’s 8 video sessionsGroup discussion questionsPersonal reflection questionsVideo outline and notesScripture readingsThe goal of God the Savior is to introduce you to these lower and upper stories as told in the New Testament. As you read these stories—featuring characters such as Mary and Joseph, the Twelve Disciples, John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, and the central figure Jesus Christ—you will see how God has been weaving our lower story into the greater upper story that he has been writing.Sessions include:Jesus&’ Birth and Ministry Matthew–JohnJesus, the Son of God Matthew–JohnThe Hour of Darkness Matthew–JohnThe Resurrection Matthew–JohnNew Beginnings Acts 1–12Paul&’s Mission Acts 13–18Paul&’s Final Days Acts 19–28The End of Time Revelation
Throughout the Bible, we find two parallel dramas unfolding. There is the lower story, which describes the events from our…human perspective. But there is also an upper story, which reveals how the events unfold from God&’s perspective.This Study Guide includes:Individual streaming access to the study&’s 8 video sessionsGroup discussion questionsPersonal reflection questionsVideo outline and notesScripture readingsThe goal of God the Creator is to introduce you to these lower and upper stories as told in the Old Testament books of Genesis through Ruth. As you read these narratives—featuring characters such as Adam, Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and Ruth—you will see how God has been weaving our lower story into the greater upper story that he has been writing.Sessions include:The Beginning of Life as We Know It Genesis 1–11God Builds a Nation Genesis 12–36From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh Genesis 37–50Deliverance Exodus 1–17Wanderings Exodus 18–Numbers 27The Battle Begins Joshua 1–24A Few Good Men . . . and Women Judges 1–21The Faith of a Foreign Woman Ruth 1–4
None of us can outrun the wounds of our past. We can face our past willingly, or our live will…force us to face it. But while digging into the deep corners of our souls and excavating our past is uncomfortable, this is where God makes a masterpiece out of our mess. Through this study, you can begin to take steps toward healing and restoration.This Study Guide includes:Individual access to four streaming video sessionsDiscussion questions, reflection questions, and biblical character studiesPersonal Bible study for between sessionsA guide with best practices for leading groupsTwo-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae inspires millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of unhealed wounds from his past. Along the way to restoration, he learned simple practices for lasting health and realized that the pain we all carry has the potential to be an unlikely guide to freedom for ourselves and others.In I Am Restored, Lecrae explains how his journey to restoration revealed:The importance of not normalizing traumatic circumstancesThe truth that God still loves us in spite of what we&’ve doneHow not to turn people wounds into God woundsThe suffering in suppression but freedom of confessionHow to take care of the mind, body, and soul that God has given usLife has a way of marring or damaging what you were created for. But God loves to restore. So make the decision to journey toward God and be what he has always intended you to be.Sessions include:Facing the TurmoilConfronting the ChaosDiscovering HopeWalking in the Light
The book of Psalms is well-known and well-worn. It is the Old Testament book most often quoted in the New…Testament, and its quotations can be found everywhere from John Milton to Star Trek to Congressional speeches. Why so much attention? The Church Father Athanasius said it best—most of Scripture speaks to us, but the Book of Psalms speaks for us. This Study Guide includes:Individual streaming access to the study&’s 8 video sessionsDiscussion & reflection questionsVideo outline and notesIndependent study sectionsIlluminated manuscript activitiesIn-depth breakdown of specific psalmsExperience fresh connections to contemporary worship and devotional practices in this eight-session video-based study with well-known scholar Sandra Richter. Indulge in the biblical study of the Psalms, letting Sandra do the heavy lifting of research and translation, which in turn allows you to engage the Bible in a deeply sensitive way.This study will help you answer the ever-present question, &“so what does this have to do with me today?&”You will discover:How to bridge the gap between the culture and practices of ancient Israel and todayHow you can trust God with all your emotions: grief, anger, praise, fear, and hopeHow and why the people of Israel used the Psalms in worshipWhy the book of Psalms is critical in our devotional lives todayHow the Psalms can empower your prayer lifeSessions include:The Hymnbook of Ancient IsraelWho Wrote the Psalms & Why?Interpreting the Psalms: Sacred SpaceInterpreting the Psalms: TheocracyThe Power of Poetry&“Lord, Like A Shepherd Lead Us&”The Anatomy of a LamentJesus & the Psalms
Throughout the Bible, we find two parallel dramas unfolding. There is the lower story, which describes the events from our…human perspective. But there is also an upper story, which reveals how the events unfold from God&’s perspective.This Study Guide includes:Individual streaming access to the study&’s 8 video sessionsGroup discussion questionsPersonal reflection questionsVideo outline and notesScripture readingsThe goal of God the Deliverer is to introduce you to these lower and upper stories as told in the Old Testament books of 1 Samuel through Malachi. As you read these narratives—featuring characters such as Samuel, Saul, David, Jeremiah, Daniel, Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah—you will see how God has been weaving our lower story into the greater upper story that he has been writing.Sessions include:Standing Tall, Falling Hard 1 Samuel 1–15From Shepherd to King 1 Samuel 16–2 Samuel 24The King Who Had It All 1 Kings 1–11A Kingdom Torn in Two 1 Kings 12–2 Kings 16The Kingdom Fall 2 Kings 17–25Daniel in Exile DanielThe Queen of Beauty and Courage EstherThe Return Home Ezra–Nehemiah
By Melvyn Bragg. 2011
The Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible.The King James Bible has often been…called the Book of Books both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best selling book in the world, and many believe, had the greatest impact. The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature. It has been the Bible of wars from the British Civil War in the seventeenth century to the American Civil War two centuries later and it has been carried into battle in innumerable conflicts since then. Its influence on social movements - particularly involving women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - and politics was profound. It was crucial to the growth of democracy. It was integral to the abolition of slavery and it defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex. As THE ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH explored the history of our language, so THE BOOK OF BOOKS reveals the extraordinary and still-felt impact of a work created over 400 years ago.
By Martin Heide, Joris Peters. 2021
Camels are first mentioned in the Bible as the movable property of Abraham. During the early monarchy, they feature prominently…as long-distance mounts for the Queen of Sheba, and almost a millennium later, the Gospels tell us about the impossibility of a camel passing through a needle’s eye. Given the limited extrabiblical evidence for camels before circa 1000 BCE, a thorough investigation of the spatio-temporal history of the camel in the ancient Near and Middle East is necessary to understand their early appearance in the Hebrew Bible.Camels in the Biblical World is a two-part study that charts the cultural trajectories of two domestic species—the two-humped or Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) and the one-humped or Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius)—from the fourth through first millennium BCE and up to the first century CE. Drawing on archaeological camel remains, iconography, inscriptions, and other text sources, the first part reappraises the published data on the species’ domestication and early exploitation in their respective regions of origin. The second part takes a critical look at the various references to camels in the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels, providing a detailed philological analysis of each text and referring to archaeological data and zoological observations whenever appropriate. A state-of-the-art evaluation of the cultural history of the camel and its role in the biblical world, this volume brings the humanities into dialogue with the natural sciences. The novel insights here serve scholars in disciplines as diverse as biblical studies, (zoo)archaeology, history, and philology.
By Lisa Harper. 2010
Too many people settle for relating to Jesus merely as a comfortable friend and companion, when what we all need…is an untamed Savior, a fearless champion tough enough to conquer our shame and compelling enough for us to follow Him without hesitation.
By Tony Burke. 2016
Compilation of little-known and never-before-published apocryphal Christian texts in English translation This anthology of ancient nonbiblical Christian literature presents informed…introductions to and readable translations of a wide range of little-known apocryphal texts, most of which have never before been translated into any modern language. An introduction to the volume as a whole addresses the most significant features of the writings included and contextualizes them within the contemporary study of the Christian Apocrypha. The body of the book comprises thirty texts that have been carefully introduced, copiously annotated, and translated into English by eminent scholars. With dates of composition ranging from the second century CE to early in the second millennium, these fascinating texts provide a more complete picture of Christian thought and expression than canonical texts alone can offer.
By John J. Collins. 2005
Biblical scholars today often sound as if they are caught in the aftermath of Babel -- a clamor of voices…unable to reach common agreement. Yet is this confusion necessarily a bad thing? Many postmodern critics see the recent profusion of critical approaches as a welcome opportunity for the emergence of diverse new techniques. In The Bible after Babel noted biblical scholar John J. Collins considers the effect of the postmodern situation on biblical, primarily Old Testament, criticism over the last three decades. Engaging and even-handed, Collins examines the quest of historical criticism to objectively establish a text's basic meaning. Accepting that the Bible may no longer provide secure "foundations" for faith, Collins still highlights its ethical challenge to be concerned for "the other" -- a challenge central both to Old Testament ethics and to the teaching of Jesus.
By Jack Kuhatschek, Cindy Bunch. 2003
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By R. Paul Stevens. 2004
You are unique. You have been created and invited by God to participate in his kingdom work. Yet, you have…probably also experienced feelings of uncertainty about how to serve God, about what gifts you have to use, and about God's purpose for your life. In this eight-session LifeGuide Bible Study, R. Paul Stevens helps you to recognize your spiritual gifts and the gifts of others. And he leads you to consider how to practically use these gifts to glorify God in your relationships, your work and your world. This revised LifeGuide Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study. For over three decades LifeGuide Bible Studies have provided solid biblical content and raised thought-provoking questions—making for a one-of-a-kind Bible study experience for individuals and groups. This series has more than 130 titles on Old and New Testament books, character studies, and topical studies. PDF download with a single-user license; available from InterVarsity Press and other resellers.
By Juanita Ryan. 2013
We spend much of our life waiting. For healing for ourselves or a friend. For a wayward daughter to return…to God. For a new job. For marriage and children and grandchildren. Sometimes the waiting can cause us to feel stuck, or forgotten by God. But waiting time is not wasted time. In this eight-session LifeGuide Bible Study by Juanita Ryan help you draw near to God in times of uncertainty and postponement. As she leads you and your group through significant moments of waiting in Scripture, you will become familiar with the dynamics of such times and learn to hear God?s call to rest in his timing. For over three decades LifeGuide Bible Studies have provided solid biblical content and raised thought-provoking questions—making for a one-of-a-kind Bible study experience for individuals and groups. This series has more than 130 titles on Old and New Testament books, character studies, and topical studies.
By Brother Andrew. 2017
By Mark Scandrette. 2019
What if we lived in a world of abundance? In the Beatitudes, Jesus offers nine sayings that move us beyond…our first instincts and instead embrace the deeper reality of the kingdom of God. They name the illusions and false beliefs that have kept us chained and imprisoned. We've learned to live from a mentality of anxiety and greed, but what if a world of abundance with solace and comfort are actually near? We've learned to live by striving, competition, and comparison, but what if we all have equal dignity and worth? Mark Scandrette shows how the Beatitudes invite us into nine new postures for life. Instead of living in fear, we can choose radical love. It's often assumed that the good life is only for the most wealthy, attractive, and powerful. Poor, sad, and suffering people are left out. But the ninefold path of the Beatitudes is for everyone. Whatever your story, whatever your struggle, wherever you find yourself, this way is available to you.
By Rabbi Eli L. Garfinkel. 2021
The JPS Jewish Heritage Torah Commentary shows Jews of all ages and backgrounds that the Jewish people&’s most significant book…is not dusty and irrelevant but an eternally sacred text wholly pertinent to our modern lives. Designed to keep the attention of all readers, each lively essay is both brief enough to be read in minutes and deep and substantive enough to deliver abundant food for thought. Its cornerstone is its unique four-part meditation on the Jewish heritage. After briefly summarizing a Torah portion, the commentary orbits that portion through four central pillars of Jewish life—the Torah (Torat Yisrael), the land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael), the Jewish people (Am Yisrael), and Jewish thought (Mahshevet Yisrael)—illuminating how the four intersect and enrich one another. Furthering the Jewish thought motif, every essay ends with two questions for thought well suited for discussion settings. Each commentary can be used as the launchpad for a lesson, a sermon, a d&’var Torah, or a discussion. Readers from beginners to experts will come away with new understandings of our Jewish heritage—and be inspired to draw closer to its four dimensions.
By Henry M. Morris. 2012
So Noted is a Bible commentary of Dr. Morris’ notes focusing on the Book of Genesis. Dr. Henry Morris’ commentaries…for the Bible are among the most respected in the field. His God-honoring, conservative notes affirm a literal translation of the Bible by explaining difficult passages, pointing to evidence of its inerrancy, and resolving apparent contradictions. Strengthen your faith and understanding of the Bible Features all 600 of Dr. Morris’s notes for Genesis Includes the King James Version text of Genesis This special presentation of Dr. Morris’ notes for Genesis delivers profound theological, scientific, linguistic, and historic insight into Creation, the Flood, the Patriarchs, and more. From Adam to Joseph, you will see the first book of the Bible in an entirely new light after reading these profound notes. In addition to the text of Genesis and Dr. Morris’ commentary, the book also features five appendices that expand on related topics, such as Creation and the Flood.
By Jonathan Cahn. 2020
The Harbinger II will open up the mysteries of the Watchmen, the Half Moon, the Day of Tammuz, the Parchment…in the Ruins, the Tree, the Inscription, the Image, the Eastern Gate, and much, much more. It will ultimately lead to mysteries concerning the future, which include the Window, the Island, the Other Mystery Ground, and the Prophecy. <p><p> As with The Harbinger, the revelations of The Harbinger II are completely real and manifesting in the events of our times. And as with the first book, the mysteries are revealed through a narrative. So, The Harbinger II will bring the return of Nouriel, Ana Goren, and the mysterious figure known as “the prophet.” The prophet will now take up the revelation where he left off and open mysteries as stunning and mind-blowing as in the first book. <p> The mysteries will be opened up, as in the prophet’s first appearance, through the giving of ancient seals, but also in dreams and through a little girl as mysterious as the prophet. In The Harbinger II you will be taken on an epic journey from the shores of New England, to the steps of the Supreme Court, to the towering heights of a Manhattan skyscraper, to a boat on the Hudson River, even to the White House and the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. One thing is for certain: when you finish reading The Harbinger II, you will never see the world the same again. <p> <b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>