Author: Amberley Neese
Spend 31 days learning how to build better relationships and connect with others following Jesus’s example in The Friendship Initiative, a devotional by Amberly Neese.
We long for connection. Despite faster internet connections, better WiFi hotspots, and more ways to stay connected than ever before, our lives still feel less and less connected. We desire healthy friendships but feel less equipped to make and foster them.
In The Friendship Initiative by Amberly Neese, we dive into the friendships and connections Jesus made in the Bible and discover 31 keys for building relationships. Each devotion includes Scripture, a devotional reflection, practical application ideas, and suggestions for reflection and prayer.
Keys for relationship building include:
- exercising grace
- asking/answering questions
- having compassion
- exercising humility
- being present
- reaching out to those who are different
- and more
- Find encouragement and practical help for connecting with others in their everyday lives
- Focus on loving others as Jesus did
- Discover 31 Keys for building relationships
Author: Shannon Popkin
Genre: Bible Study
In a sideways-glancing, elbow-jamming, status-grasping culture, Comparison Girl supplies an upside-down approach to an age-old problem."--KATIE M. REID, author of Made Like Martha
Do you constantly compare yourself with others? On social media, in your neighborhood, at church, or in the school drop-off lane, do you push yourself to prove that you measure up . . . and then feel ashamed when you don’t? Measuring yourself against others isn’t healthy. And it isn’t God’s plan. In fact, the way of Jesus is completely upside down from this measure-up world. He invites us to follow him and be restored to freedom, confidence, and joy.
Join Shannon Popkin as she shares what she has discovered about her own measure-up fears and get-ahead pride. With her trademark humor and straightforward honesty, she’s created this six-week Bible study to explore the conversations Jesus had and the stories he shared with people who--like us--were comparing themselves.
Leave measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around you by choosing Jesus's me-free way of living: lifting others up and pouring yourself out!
Author: Kelly Balarie
Genre: Spiritual Growth
Too often we fail to prepare for our battles. So when challenges, troubles, or opportunities arise, we rapidly become burdened with limiting thoughts of self-doubt, fear, impossibility, and lack. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can train our minds to conquer uncertainty, beat insecurity, and step past the tragedies of yesterday.
Battle Ready is a hands-on scriptural plan that teaches you twelve easy-to-implement, confidence-building mind-sets designed to transform your thoughts and, therefore, your life.
Author: Nathan Slegers
Genre: Bible Study
Passover and Easter are pivotal events in Christianity that have divine connections. In Passover - The Story of Easter from the Beginning you'll be taken on a journey that explores the coherency of God's plan of redemption, from creation to the resurrection. In a theologically rich, yet easy to read manner, the Passover and Easter will be traced through some familiar connections such as Abraham, Isaac, and the Exodus, to many less known connections such as Joshua, Rahab, and Ruth. The result is a deeper understanding of both the Passover and Easter that will lead to a sharpened view of redemption and its transformational nature.
Author: Renee Kinlaw
Genre: Bible Study
"Some things must be removed before Revival can take place." --Rev. Jim Willey.
Let's face it, no one likes to clean house. Seriously, what's the point? It will only be dirty again tomorrow. But, if we want to live in a home that is organized and orderly, we must continue to clean it on a daily basis. The same thing is true for our Spiritual House. In this Bible Study, Renee walks with God through her kitchen and learns that not only is her physical house in need of a spring cleaning but her spiritual house is too. Come sit down with Renee and pray the prayer of Psalm 139:23-24 with her.
Author: Jon R. Jordan
Genre: Theology/Bible Study
St. Paul's epistle to the Galatians offers a fascinating window into the life of the Christian church in its earliest days. We see in this letter a pastor guiding his people through questions of salvation, theology, and ethics. The more we read, the more we realize that many of the same questions facing the Galatian Christians continue to face us today: Are we still under the Old Testament Law? What happened to the Law when Jesus came? Who are the people of God?
From Law to Logos: Reading St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians is a primer for reading Galatians for all it is worth. The focus of this book is preparing lay Christians to understand Galatians by reading it as a letter, in its entirety, over and over again. At the end of each chapter, the reader is better prepared to read and study Galatians in its literary, historical, and theological context.
Author: Sharon Aubrey
Genre: Bible Study/Theology
Aside from the creation of Adam and Eve, no other date in history has influenced humanity like Nisan 17. The Old and New Testament have much to say about this mysterious date in history. Six pivotal events occurred on Nisan 17 in the Bible. The last one changed our eternity. Redemption’s Secret reveals the powerful meaning behind the number seventeen hidden within the Hebrew letters’ pictographs. It also reveals why God has repeatedly used this specific number to triumph over the enemy. Connecting events from Genesis to the New Testament, Ms. Aubrey tells the story of the secret of redemption revealed on Nisan 17 and what this revelation has to do with your future.
Chapters address topics such as: God the Father, Inner Vows, Judgments, Forgiveness, Discarding Lies, Embracing Truth, Enjoying Identity, Blessings and Curses, and Healing Relationships.
The truth is that there is nothing wrong with your original design, and in Jesus you will find everything you need to be restored to your unique and magnificent self. This book will help take you there, or at least help begin the journey.
Because this is in workbook form, it can be adapted for use in small groups, with a mentor, or in workshops.
Reviewer: Stephanie Thomason
In Unlocking the Truth of Daniel, Laura J. Davis methodically and thoroughly analyzes the dreams, visions, and complex prophecies of the Old Testament’s Book of Daniel. She traces its relationship to history through her comprehensive year-long studies of a variety of non-Biblical sources. Davis explores each verse from the KJV (literal) and NIV (meaning-based) translations of the Bible. When the literal and meaning-based translations differ, she draws upon the meaning of the original Hebrew/Aramaic word, so readers can determine the appropriate way to derive meaning in the passage.
The book starts with the story of Nebuchadnezzar, whose frustration in interpreting his dream of a statue leads him to the prophet Daniel. Daniel interprets the dream as it portends the fall of Nebuchadnezzar’s powerful Babylonian Empire, to be followed by the fall of the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire, and the Roman Empire. Davis draws parallels between the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Psalms and past history and recent times to offer theories on the Antichrist and what to expect during the end times and when such times may occur.
To anyone who wants to learn more about the complex prophecies and life of Daniel, Davis’ devotional is a must-read. To anyone curious about the way that current institutions and societies may have been foretold thousands of years ago, this devotional is a must-read. To anyone desiring historical support of the prophecies in the Bible, look no further than Davis’ Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I highly recommend you invest your time in this well-developed and articulated devotional. It can be read individually or within groups in inductive Bible studies.
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