This listing includes Christian group studies, books, reference materials, training resources and movies. Each column in the listing below is sortable. There is also a Search bar at the top right of the table for doing keyword searches. We have resources targeted to groups such as women, men, couples and parents, so these words would be helpful search phrases, along with desired books of the Bible, key individuals in the Bible, or key study areas, such as "prayer", "grace", "lent", "advent". The resources that are contained in the Resource Center are identified in the "Other" column; there may be other group study resources available for purchase. Most studies include Participant’s Guide, Leader’s Guide, and DVD. Under “Description”, click on the + to read more details about the resource. Materials are located in Room 143 unless indicated otherwise. *Note: Growth Groups were formerly known as Small Groups. This List of Resources for Groups was formerly known as the Small Groups Resource Database or the Small Groups Resource Center Database.

Study/Resource NameAuthorDescriptionOther
1 & 2 Timothy and TitusLucado, Max
Twelve lessons on 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus filled with intriguing questions, inspirational storytelling, profound reflections, and space for journaling.
Do you have a mentor in your spiritual walk? Someone to guide you through the ups and downs of life? Someone to guide you in decision-making? A person you turn to with questions and doubts? The apostle Paul knew the importance of discipleship. He mentored Timothy, a young pastor facing all sorts of challenges. He pointed the way for Titus, a pastor shaping an early church. Paul's letters to these young leaders are packed with instruction and guidelines, principles and encouragement. These practical words of wisdom are valuable keys to discipleship in any generation.
Study
2006
Participant's Guide
7 Ways of Teaching the Bible to Adults
Using Our Multiple Intelligences to Build Faith
Bruce, Barbara
This book shows teachers of adults how to use styles of learning to enhance the student's experience and enrich their own teaching.
A chapter is devoted to each of the seven styles: verbal, independent, social, visual, physical, musical and logical. Each chapter includes: suggestions for blending the style into lessons, questions to help teachers determine their own preferences, a lesson focusing on the learning style, and a prayer demonstrating the style. A bibliography, appendices and a self-discovery sheet are included.
Training Resource
2000
24 Hours that Changed the WorldHamilton, Adam
No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. In this Lenten journey, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life.
Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus' suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Whether readers are long-time Christians or simply curious about the story of Christ's crucifixion, they are invited to join the author in retracing the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. DVD filmed in the Holy Land
Study, 7-session, Lent
Book, Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
90 Minutes in Heaven
A True Story of Death & Life
Piper, Don
As he is driving home from a minister's conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually.
He hears beautiful music and feels true peace. Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery. For years Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story.
Book
2006
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the BibleRyken, Leland
To truly understand God's Word, we must know both what it says (content) and how it says it (form). This accessible guide features over 250 alphabetically arranged entries explaining common literary forms found in the Bible.
Each entry contains a succinct definition, helpful illustrations, and a representative list of passages where that particular literary form is present. More than merely a dictionary, this indispensable resource will help Bible readers better understand the underlying structure of Scripture--giving a clearer shape and deeper meaning to each and every page of God's Word.
Reference
2014
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
A Disciple's Path
Deepening Your Relationship with Christ and the Church
Harnish, James
A Disciple’s Path is an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. Whether used as an introduction for new members or a renewal course for existing members, the program guides individuals to take the next step in discipleship and become dynamic, engaged followers of Jesus Christ.
The study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation in their own lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Study, 6-session
Companion Reader, Daily Workbook
A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian LiteratureGingrich, F Wilbur

Described as an "invaluable reference work" and "a tool indispensable for the investigation of early Christian literature"

Reference
A Harmony of the Four Gospels
The New International Version
Daniel, Orville E.
One of the easiest-to-use parallel text harmonies of the Gospels looks more inviting.
Improved type design aids readability of the four parallel columns. Boldface type sets out a unified narrative.
Reference
1996
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Discipleship in an Instant Society
Peterson, Eugene
Tucked away in the Hebrew Psalter, Peterson discovered 'an old dog-eared songbook,' the Songs of Ascents that were sung by pilgrims on their way up to worship in Jerusalem. In these songs (Psalms 120-134) Peterson finds encouragement for modern pilgrims as we learn to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community and blessing.
As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same--a long obedience in the same direction. This 20th anniversary edition of A Long Obedience in the Same Direction features these Psalms in Peterson's widely acclaimed paraphrase, The Message. He also includes an epilogue in which he reflects on the themes of this book and his ministry during the twenty years since its original publication.
Book
2000
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
A Mom's Book of EncouragementGroup Publishing

Participant's Guide for use with Where Moms Connect Ministry Curriculum

Study, Women
Participant's Guide
A Visual History of the English Bible
The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book
Brake, Donald L.
With a full color layout and over one hundred illustrations, A Visual History of the English Bible covers the fascinating journey of the Bible from the pulpit to the people.
Renowned biblical scholar Donald L. Brake invites readers to explore the process of transformation from medieval manuscripts to the contemporary translations of our day. Along the way, readers will meet many heroes of the faith--men and women who preserved and published the Scriptures, often at risk of their own lives. From Wycliffe and Tyndale to King Henry VIII and the Geneva Bible, from the Bishop's Bible and the King James Version to the American Revolution and the Civil War, this tumultuous tale is history come alive. This book is perfect for history buffs, bibliophiles, and anyone interested in the colorful account of the world's most popular book.
Reference
2008
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
AbrahamMovie

This engrossing dramatization of the life of Abraham, the most tested servant of God and the father of Judaism, spans from the patriarch's quest for the Promised Land to the sacrifice of his son, Isaac.

Movie, 175 min
1994
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Abraham
A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Feiler, Bruce
Both immediate and timeless, Abraham tells the powerful story of one man's search for the shared ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Traveling through war zones, braving violence at religious sites, and seeking out faith leaders, Bruce Feiler uncovers the defining yet divisive role that Abraham plays for half the world's believers. Provocative and uplifting, Abraham offers a thoughtful and inspiring vision of unity that redefines what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.
Book
2004
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Advent Conspiracy
Can Christmas Still Change the World?
McKinley, Rick
Worship More, Spend Less, Give Presence, Love All. Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be―a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth that enriches our hearts and the world around us, not a retail circus that depletes our pocketbooks and defeats our spirits.
Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully―because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less―and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More―of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All―the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference. Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most―your presence.
Study, 4-session, Advent
2009
Book (contains Discussion Guide), DVD
AHA - Awakening.Honesty.ActionIdleman, Kyle
We've all had 'aha!' moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. We can experience this same kind of 'aha!' in our spiritual lives. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our lives for good.
Awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, we see ourselves and our need for a Savior with renewed honesty. This realization leads to action, obeying God's commands and following the example set by Christ. As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision—an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father.
Study
Book
All Things New - A Study on 2 CorinthiansMinter, Kelly
The city of ancient Corinth was much like our own modern-day cities: a melting pot of electrifying cultural experiences to be had, along with the myriad pitfalls of spiritual depravity. Still, Paul wrote to the church of God in Corinth. Meaning God’s church is meant to thrive in any city and every circumstance in which we find ourselves. Paul’s letter is as timely as ever.
Over 8 sessions, Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians, exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come.
Study, 8-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
An Introduction to the Old Testament
The Canon and Christian Imagination
Brueggemann, Walter
This clearly written textbook focuses on the literature of the Old Testament as it grew out of religious, political, and ideological contexts over many centuries in Israel's history.
Covering every book in the Old Testament (arranged in canonical order), the authors demonstrate the development of theological concepts in biblical writings from the Torah through post-exilic Judaism. This introduction invites readers to engage in the construction of meaning as they venture into these timeless texts. In this updated edition of the popular textbook, Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt introduce the reader to the broad theological scope of the Old Testament, treating some of the most important issues and methods in contemporary biblical interpretation.
Reference
2012
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Another Perfect StrangerMovie

Ten years have passed. Nikki's daughter Sarah, now 19 and heading West for college, is at her own spiritual crossroads. To make matters worse, her mother has recently revealed that, nearly a decade ago, she was the dinner guest of the Almighty himself. Thinking her mom is certifiably insane, Sarah strikes up an unlikely friendship with a travel companion who shares her disdain for religion.

Movie
2007
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Anything - The Prayer that Unlocked My God and my SoulAllen, Jennie
What if you told God you would do anything . . . and he took you up on it?
In the years since the initial release of Anything, God continued to stretch Jennie Allen and her faith because of the courageous prayer of surrender that she and her husband, Zac, prayed, "God, we will do anything. Anything."
Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move you to stop chasing things that just make you feel happy and start living a surrendered life that matters. Join Jennie on an adventure to discover your anything, those things that actually mean nothing until you know the God truly worth giving it all up for. And when you do, that will change everything.
Study, 8-session, Women
Book
Bad Girls of the Bible
And What We Can Learn From Them
Higgs, Liz Curtis
Ten of the Bible’s best-known femmes fatales parade across the pages of Bad Girls of the Bible with situations that sound oh-so-familiar.
Eve had food issues. Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah had man trouble. Lot’s Wife and Michal couldn’t let go of the past, Sapphira couldn’t let go of money, and Jezebel couldn’t let go of anything. Yet the Woman at the Well had her thirst quenched at last, while Rahab and the Sinful Woman left their sordid histories behind. Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has never been more fun!
Study, Women
Book with Discussion Questions
Basic Bible Commentary RomansJewett, Robert
The Basic Bible Commentary series is a 29-volume commentary written to enhance Bible learning for all students of the Bible.
Based on the NRSV and NIV translations, the commentary covers every book verse by verse.
Reference
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Basic ChristianityStott, John

Who is Jesus Christ? If he is not who he said he was, and if he did not do what he said he had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground. Is it plausible that Jesus was truly divine? And what might this mean for us? John Stott presents his clear, classic statement of the gospel.

Book
2006
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Because of BethlehemLucado, Max

Max Lucado explores how the One who made everything chose to make himself nothing and come into our world. Jesus' birth gives us the promise that God is always near us, always for us, and always within us - and that we no longer need to have marks on our record.

Study, 5-session
2016
DVD
Beginnings
A ChristCare Group Experience
McKay, William

Through eight carefully designed sessions group members are introduced to small group life, build valuable caring and relational skills, and learn the process of Biblical Equipping.

Study, 8-session
1996
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
Beginnings: Along the Way Langford/Ralls
An Introduction to the Christian Faith introduces twelve core beliefs and practices of believers in Christ.
We invite inquirers to begin an intentional journey with Jesus. By the end of this study, participants will decide to explore the Christian life more deeply.
Study
2003
Participant's Guide, Book, 224 pages
Being United Methodist in the Bible Belt
A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused United Methodists
Joyner, F. Belton
Written in a humorous, accessible style, this book is an easy-to-understand guide to the kinds of theological questions that many United Methodist youth and others are asking today.
Being United Methodist in the Bible Belt will help any United Methodist youth, parent, or educator better understand their unique brand of Christianity in light of the understandings of those from the evangelical tradition. With helpful sidebars explaining United Methodist history and polity and questions after each chapter for reflection and action, this book is ideal for Christian education courses for youth and adults, new member classes in United Methodist churches, as well as personal reading.
Study
2007
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Believing GodMoore, Beth
Is it working? Your belief system, that is. Is it really working? God’s intention all along has been for the believer’s life to work. From divine perspective toward terrestrial turf, God meant for his children to succeed. . .
Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what Scripture said they would? In a recent sermon my son-in-law preached, Curt told us the only way we were going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works. For countless Christians I’m convinced it’s real. My concern is whether or not we have the fruit to suggest it works. Moore encourages everyone to make a five statement pledge of faith: 1) God is who He says He is, 2) God can do what He says He can do, 3) I am who God says I am, 4) I can do all things through Christ, and 5) God's Word is alive and active in me.
Study, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Believing GodMoore, Beth
In-depth women's Bible study based on Isaiah 43:10 that explores what it means not only 'to believe in God but 'to believe Him.'
The bride of Jesus Christ in our generation is nearly paralyzed by unbelief. God is calling His bride to a fresh and lavish anointing of faith. Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of persons who believed God, Beth encourages women to deepen their own trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him. The Bible Study Book includes: 10 weeks of personal interactive study for five days a week; Viewer guide for use with the DVD teaching sessions; Scripture Memory Cards; Scripture Bookmark; Statement Pledge of Faith Bookmark
Study, 10-session, Women
2003
Participant's Guide
Believing Jesus
A Journey Through the Book of Acts
Harper, Lisa
Join out-of-the-box Bible teacher Lisa Harper as she retraces the revolutionary steps of the early Christians in the book of Acts.
Although His followers didn't have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit catapulted them forward with so much power, grace, and authority that they dramatically impacted first-century culture and ultimately changed the world as we know it today.
Study, 8-session, Women
Book, Participant's Guide, DVD
Best of F.B. MeyerMeyer, F. B.
This selection from F.B. Meyer's writings is a good introduction to a prolific author who wrote commentaries, character studies, devotional and daily reading material.
Dr. FB Meyer was a pastor in York, Leicester and Regent's Park, London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. His congregations were large with over 800 members in Melbourne Hall, Leicester; he also undertook prison visitation and social action to help the underprivileged. In addition to his pastoral work he preached regularly at the Keswick Convention.
Reference
1994
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Bible DictionaryAchtemeier, Paul J.

Harper's Bible Dictionary is a scholarly reference book of the Bible, containing the texts of the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament.

Reference
Bible Studies for Life
Productive: Finding Joy in What We Do & Let Hope In
Floyd, Ronnie
We benefit greatly when we find the balance between work and rest, between earning, spending, and giving. This study leads us to the Scriptures that help us achieve that balance. As we apply these biblical principles, we move from living and earning for ourselves and we discover our jobs and paychecks are resources we can invest for the kingdom of God.
Let Hope In - We all need hope. We've made mistakes. We feel shame or regret over something in our past. We've tried to fix things in our lives and we've failed. "Let Hope In" doesn't let us off the hook - it acknowledges that we've blown it and we need hope - but it also shows us we are never beyond hope.
Study
2014
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
Breaking Free
The Journey, The Stories
Moore, Beth
This in-depth Bible study leads you through Isaiah 61:1-4 to discover the transforming power of Christian freedom by drawing parallels between the captive Israelites and the spiritual strongholds in our lives.
First released in 1999, this updated edition includes 11 new video teaching messages, along with updated Bible study content and testimonies from women like you who have found freedom from their personal captivity. No matter what life stage you're in or struggles you're going through, if where you are isn't where you want to be, don't stay there. Break free.
Study, 11-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Missing DVD #6 - can be purchased separately
Bruce AlmightyMovie

Bruce Nolan toils as a "human interest" television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Grace, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God -- and the Almighty responds, endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers.

Movie, 101 min
2003
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Celebration of Discipline
The Path to Spiritual Growth
Foster, Richard J.
Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the 'classic Disciplines,' or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.
Dividing the Disciplines into three movements of the Spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and analysis, offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, help prepare us to make the world a better place. The corporate Disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration, bring us nearer to one another and to God. Celebration of Discipline will help motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.
Book
1978
Book with Discussion Questions
Chasing Daylight, Seize the Power of Every MomentMcManus, Erwin Raphael
Chasing Daylight is a call to live a life of blazing urgency. 10-week Bible Study on the life of Jonathan.
We have but one life. We are given one opportunity to pursue our dreams and fulfill our divine purpose. Every moment counts, and we must engage them with fierceness and zeal. Put an end to passive observation, paralyzed by the need for perfect opportunity, and start seizing the raw, untapped potential of your life with God. Are you willing to risk failure? Are you ready to get in the game? You may stumble, but you will find yourself falling forward, propelled toward the God-inspired adventure He intends you to live.
Study, 10-session
2006
Book, Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Children of the DayMoore, Beth
Join Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
During this nine week study, you’ll learn how to let go of past mistakes and discover your circumstances are not coincidental - God's timing is impeccable! Whether you’re facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, you’ll come away encouraged that even though it may not feel that way, you are exactly where Christ wants you to be!
Study, 8-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
DVD 58-66 min each
Choices of the HeartMiller, Kathy Collard
The heart of the Father offers His daughters a priceless gift, a treasure chest of encouragement. Lean back against His love. Open His Word.
Listen as He asks: My Precious Princess and Daughter, Will you trust My love for you? My Precious Princess and Daughter, Will you trust My love for you? Will you lay your will, your desires, your decisions at the foot of My throne? Will you place your heart in My unseen hand and trust Me? Others have walked that path before you. Rebekah and Rahab Jezebel and Deborah Job's wife and the Woman of Shunem Bathsheba and Hannah Naomi and the Syrophoenician Woman Sarah and Lydia There are many more. Each of these women faced a choice: Jealousy, obedience, power, prayer, forgiveness, temptation.
Study, 10-session, Women
2002
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Choosing Gratitude
Your Journey to Joy
DeMoss, Nancy Leigh
Gratitude is a choice. If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude. And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself, but with other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy.
Derived from a popular Revive Our Hearts radio series, "Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy" challenges and equips the reader to live a life of intention, a life based on thankfulness for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others. By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are.  To not choose gratitude is more costly than we usually realize. When we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us, and our joy becomes full.
Book
2011
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Christ
Basic Christianity
Stott, John
God himself is seeking you. Through his Son, Jesus Christ, God offers you his love. How can you know God's love? How can you trust Jesus?
Six studies based on John Stott's Basic Christianity explore the life and character of this man who altered history forever. Discover him here for the first time; or meet him again in a new and deeper way.
Study, 6-session
1994
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand PlacesPeterson, Eugene
Reunites spirituality and theology in a cultural context where these two vital facets of Christian faith have been rent asunder.
Lamenting the vacuous, often pagan nature of contemporary American spirituality, firmly grounds spirituality once more in Trinitarian theology and offers a clear, practical statement of what it means to actually live out the Christian life.
The foundational book in a five-volume series on spiritual theology emerging from Peterson's pen, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places provides the conceptual and directional help we all need to live the Christian gospel well and maturely in the conditions that prevail in the church and world today.
Study, 14-session
2008
Book, Study Guide
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
ChristCare Group Leader Training Manuals (Volume 1 & 2)ChristCare Series

Leader Training Resource - 2 volumes.

Training Resource
Volume 1: A-J, Volume 2: K-V
Christian ApologeticsGeisler, Norman L.
'Christian Apologetics' addresses issues such as Deism, Theism, Christ's authority, and inspiration of the Bible.
Geisler's systematic approach presents both methods and reasons for defending the claims of Christianity. At a time when the Christian church faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a substantive resource for answering the challenge.
Book
1988
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Christian Believer - Knowing God with Heart and MindAbington Press
The Christian Believer program focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns.
Over a 30-week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.
Study, 30-session
Readings Book, Study Manual, Handbook, Music Disk, DVD Set, Pins, Certificates
Christian Caregiving
A Way of Life
Haugk, Kenneth

This book will challenge and equip readers to care for others in a distinctively Christian way and help them feel comfortable talking about their faith, praying with others and trying to comfort a friend?

Training Resource
1985
Christian, Established 33 A.D.Stanley, Andy

In this 8-part series, Andy explores the truth and fiction behind one of the most famous brands in all of history.

Study, 8-session
Book with Discussion Questions, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)

Christianity and World Religions
Wrestling With Questions People Ask
Hamilton, Adam

A study of four other major world religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism - comparing their beliefs to Christianity.

Study
2005
Participant's Guide
Christianity's Family Tree
What Other Christians Believe and Why
Hamilton, Adam
Adam Hamilton presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. The traditions he examines are Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Baptists, Pentecostalism, and Methodism.
Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, he contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith. For each denomination, Hamilton gives a brief history, outlines major beliefs, and describes some things we can learn from that tradition to strengthen our own Christian faith.
Study
Book
Climb Higher - Reaching New Heights in Giving and DiscipleshipMcKenzie, Scott
Climb Higher challenges the negative connotations associated with 'stewardship' and invites congregations to completely change the conversation around this critically important topic.
Instead of talking about the needs of the church budget, Climb Higher suggests a discovery of your congregation's compelling vision for ministry. Instead of selecting your stewardship leaders by default, CLIMB encourages the development of strong leadership through setting clear and challenging expectations. Climb Higher involves changing the entire culture of your congregation to one of gratitude, where conversations revolve around sharing God's abundance rather than holding on fearfully. Climb Higher encourages the sharing of ministry stories rather than pledging to a budget. And, finally, Climb Higher asserts that if you truly believe expressing generosity results in a deeper connection to God, you have no choice but to boldly ask others to become more generous givers.
Study
Book, 160 pages
Come Thirsty
No Heart Too Dry for His Touch
Lucado, Max
Are you feeling a little dry? Edgy and rigid? Ineffective? What would it take to be more useful in the hands of the One who made you? Just come to the well, says bestselling author Max Lucado.
In this renewing and life-giving book Max leads us to the four essential nutrients every soul needs. Experience Christ's work on the cross and know that your sins are pardoned and your death is defeated. Receive Christ's energy and believe that you can do all things through the one who gives you strength. Receive his Lordship, knowing that you belong to him and that he looks out for you. Receive his love and feel confident that nothing can separate you from it. Come to the well...to Christ's work on the cross, his energy, his Lordship and his Love.
Book
2012
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources
Community with Children and the Poor
A Guide for Congregational Study
Task Force for the Bishop's Initiative on Children and Poverty

Designed to be used in small group settings, the study challenges participants to examine the life of their own congregation and to stretch their vision beyond the local congregation to look at systemic and global issues in the light of the Scriptures as informed by our Wesleyan heritage.

Study, 6-session
2003
Participant's Book with Leader's Guide
Companions in Christ
A Small-Group Experience in Spiritual Formation
Companions in Christ
This book offers a powerfully renewing experience that builds spiritual practices to help readers share more fully in the life of Christ and to bring what is learned into all areas of church life.
This twenty-eight-week spiritual journey will draw readers into daily time with God through individual reading and reflection and will gather individuals weekly with others in a faith community for deeper exploration. This book provides diverse, imaginative settings for learning the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture, deepest thoughts and longings and recalling where God has been especially present in each life. At other times, members of the group will participate in community sharing to explore common stories, questions, and discoveries about a relationship with Christ.
Study, 28-session
2006
Participant's Guide
Companions in Christ
Deepening Our Prayer
Companions in Christ
Deepening Our Prayer: The Heart of Christ is a guided experience of various classic forms and styles of prayer.
Discover new dimensions of prayer, try fresh ways of opening to God, and learn what it means to practice the presence of God.
Study
2006
Participant's Guide
Companions in Christ
Embracing the Journey
Companions in Christ

Embracing the Journey: The Way of Christ focuses on an exploration of spiritual formation as an individual and corporate journey toward wholeness and holiness through the grace of God.

Study
Participant's Guide
Companions in Christ
Feeding on the Word
Companions in Christ
Feeding on the Word: The Mind of Christ is an introduction to the many ways of meditating and praying with scripture.
Explore the depths of the Word, learn to listen to God through it, and allow you life to be shaped by it. This book is the second segment of a five-volume study of the original 28-week Companions in Christ resource.
Study
2006
Participant's Guide
Companions in Christ
Responding to Our Call
Companions in Christ

Reflect on Christ's call in your life and discover anew the gifts that God is giving you for living out your personal ministry.

Study, 5-session
Participant's Guide
Connecting with God
A Spiritual Formation Guide
Renovare
This book gives practical advice for connecting on a deeply personal level with God. It uncovers new places to look for God, while providing reflection questions and activities to reinvigorate communication with God in such traditional areas as prayer and Bible study.
How can we experience God? God has communicated with his people throughout the ages in many ways. Adam and Eve encountered him directly in the Garden of Eden, Teresa of Avila experienced him through visions, and Francis of Assisi heard his voice in nature. Divided into twelve chapters conveniently organized for individual or group study, each section explores a different area in which we can deepen our individual communion with God. Geared for either individual study or use in small groups, each Renovar's Spiritual Formation Guide explores one facet of our life with God, providing readings from Scripture as well as classic and contemporary works of spirituality. The combination of readings, reflection questions, exercises, and activities makes these books invaluable interactive guides that prompt true spiritual growth.
Study, 6-session
2006
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Contemplative PrayerMerton, Thomas
In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer.
He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences, from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism, to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change. Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today's world.
Book
2009
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Converge Bible Studies - Sharing the GospelZackery, Curtis
Evangelism has become a virtual four-letter word in some circles. Sharing one’s faith can be intimidating; and Christians through the ages have disagreed on what evangelism means. But at its most basic level, it’s simply sharing the good news that the Son of God became human and died for the sins of humanity.
Join popular speaker Curtis Zackery as he uses Scripture to explore the questions of evangelism. Sharing the Gospel will help you discover how to share your faith in a way that works for you.
Study, 4-session
Book, online resources
Converge Bible Studies - Who Is Jesus?Thomas, Adam
This study invites you to get to know four elements of what makes Jesus who he is: his name, his voice, his life, and his peace. Who Is Jesus? you’ll discover that the more you know Jesus, the more Jesus will teach you who you are.
Have you ever stopped to think just how much better Jesus Christ knows you than you know him? It’s a pretty staggering thought really. Not only that, Jesus knows you better than you know yourself. And although you’ll never know Jesus as well as he knows you, part of following the Son of God is getting to know him better. But you don’t want to fall into the trap of learning stuff "about" Jesus. Rather, you want to know Jesus himself.
Study, 4-session, 60 min
Book, online resources
Couplehood as a Spiritual PathHendrix, Harville
The goals of the Couplehood as a Spiritual Path program include helping couples in five key areas.

Learn a new way to talk and a new way to listen.

Co-create a relationship vision.

Acquire the skills to manifest this vision.

Discover the “otherness” of one’s partner.

Uncover the opportunities for emotional healing and spiritual growth.
Study, Couples
2004
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodChan, Francis
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself.
Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts — it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.

Study, 10-session
Book, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Creating a Life with God
The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices
Wolpert, Daniel
Prayer illuminates our minds, enabling the love of God to permeate all that we do. The purpose of this book is to nourish a deeper, more satisfying prayer life.
Wolpert explains 12 prayer practices and introduces you to historical figures who best illuminate each practice. You'll discover new ways to pray through: experiencing solitude and silence; using your mind and imagination; using your body and creativity; connecting with nature and community. You'll discover how classical approaches to God can deepen your prayer life today. An appendix offers step-by-step instructions for practicing the Jesus Prayer and the prayer of examen, for walking the labyrinth, and more.
Study
Book
Creative Bible TeachingRichards, Lawrence O.
Are you a bridge builder? Communicating the Scriptures is much like building a bridge. However, instead of ravines or rivers, the teacher must span both cultural boundaries and great gulfs of time between the present and the past of Moses, David, Jesus, and Paul. This bridge must reach even further. The student must be able to cross both into the past and into his own future.
God's Word is "living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). It is contemporary, relevant. But it is the teacher who has the task of helping the student to see its vast treasures. This is no easy task, but it can be done through creative Bible teaching. Together, Richards and Bredfeldt have written a book on bridge-building that reveals a detailed five-step process by which Christian educators can construct a bridge across time, geography, and culture.
Training Resource
1998
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Creed
What Christians Believe and Why
Hamilton, Adam
Adam Hamilton believes that powerful answers to many of our complicated questions are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In Creed, he explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe, and why it matters, which in turn leads readers to confront and examine their own core beliefs and go beyond reciting the Creed’s familiar words.
We’re used to answers popping up on a screen right in front of us. But when the questions examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life, finding the answers takes more than simply typing a few words and pushing a button.
Study
Book, Leader's Guide
Cultivating Fruitfulness: Five Weeks of Prayer and Practice for CongregationsSchnase, Robert
Cultivating Fruitfulness is a congregational resource that inspires participants through 5 weeks of prayer and devotion.
Each day includes a Scripture, a short story or concept from book, a personal question and a prayer. The five practices include: Radical Hospitality; Passionate Worship; Intentional Faith Development; Risk Taking Mission Service; Extravagant Generosity.

Study
Book
Dare to Dream - Creating a God-Sized Mission Statement for your LifeSlaughter, Michael
Are your goals too small? Are you living the 'just get by' plan? Or is there a greater 'God dream' for you that, if lived to the fullest, could permeate and inform every move you make?
Dare to Dream is a startling and inspiring program by popular author and pastor Mike Slaughter that draws on the Bible and a lifetime of ministry to help us discern God’s dream for us and learn to live it out, prayerfully and enthusiastically. Participants will learn how to develop a life mission statement that helps them fully commit to a God-directed lifestyle.
Study
Youth Book, Children's Leader's Guide, DVD, Youth DVD
DavidMovie

The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (I Samuel, 8:5). And so the prophet Samuel gives the Hebrews their first king, Saul. Saul, however, has incessant doubts about his mission. The influential prophet Samuel turns away from Saul in order to select a new king according to God's will: David. He is still a young boy, tending sheep in the fields, when, secretly Samuel anoints him as the next king of the Israelites.

Movie, 190 min
1997
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
DavidStanley, Andy

Humble shepherd. Giant-slayer. Gifted poet. Mighty warrior. Flawed man. Legendary leader. David is one of history's most famous kings. But more important, he was a man after God's own heart. Video and discussion questions are available on-line for free at http://northpoint.org/messages/david/

Study, 5-session
2017
On-line Video with Discussion Questions
http://northpoint.org/messages/david/
David (Ancient-Future Bible Study: Experience Scripture through Lectio Divina)- Shepherd and King of IsraelBinz, Stephen J.
This Bible Study incorporates contemporary study of the Bible with an experience of the church's most ancient way of reading Scripture, lectio divina.
Designed for use by individuals or groups, these guides offer a transforming experience of the Word of God. An introduction to lectio divina and leader's notes are included. "In the Ancient-Future Bible Study series, Stephen Binz opens our minds, imaginations, and hearts to the experience of Scripture that God intends. In each book he leads us through the movements of lectio divina so that by understanding the Word and meditating on it we are drawn closer to the Lord in prayer and prompted to act on it.
Study
Participant's Guide with Leader's Guide
Decisions
Seeking God's Guidance
Baker, Donald
The Bible won't give you a direct answer to each choice--or dilemma--you face. But the Bible will teach you how to make decisions wisely, confidently and in harmony with God's will.
These studies introduce you to the Bible's lessons on decision-making--and show you how to apply what you learn to your own decisions, big and small.
Study, 9-session
2001
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Defining Moments: What to Do When You Come Face-To-Face with the TruthStanley, Andy
Andy Stanley recounts how Jesus introduced some rather perplexing truth to seven individuals who had grown comfortable with their misinformed lifestyles and belief systems. For those who had the courage to embrace the truth, their lives were changed forever. They discovered firsthand that the truth can set you free.
It is no secret that what you don't know can hurt you. In spite of that, we still go out of our way at times to avoid the truth. Men avoid doctors; women deny evidence of adultery. While the truth often hurts, deceiving ourselves ultimately will hurt worse.
Study, 9-session
Book, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Devotional Classics: Revised Edition
Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups
Foster, Richard J.
A New, Expanded Edition of Renovar's Classic Companion to the Devotional Life Updated to incorporate all six traditions, or 'streams,' that comprise a healthy and holistic life of faith, these fifty-two selections have been organized to introduce the reader to the great devotional writers over the course of one year.
Each reading is accompanied by an introduction and meditation by Richard J. Foster. In addition, each entry includes a related biblical passage, discussion questions, and individual and group exercises. With devotional readings in 1. The Prayer Filled Life 2. The Virtuous Life 3. The Spirit Empowered Life 4. The Compassionate Life 5. The Word Centered Life 6. The Sacramental Life, Foster and Smith sift through works from the great spiritual writers of the past as well as readings from contemporary spiritual leaders to create a guide that is indispensable for those looking for a deeper and more balanced spiritual life.
Study
2005
Book with Discussion Questions and Exercises
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Dictionary of Biblical ImageryRyken, Leland
The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is the first contemporary reference work dedicated to exploring the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors and literary patterns found in the Bible. More than that, it examines the Bible's universal archetypes or master images--including the plot motifs and character types that recur throughout life, literature and the Bible.
This unique dictionary explores the dazzling variety in which the Word of God comes dressed in clothes of everyday life. It traces the trail of images from Eden to the New Jerusalem. It captures the plotted patterns of biblical narrative. It surveys the imaged texture of each book of the Bible.
Reference
1998
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Writings
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - theologian, pastor, martyr - is one of the most significant Christian witnesses of the twentieth century. His writings challenge us to address the presence of God in the world and history.
His courageous resistance against Hitler, his imprisonment and execution dramatize "the cost of discipleship." These selections, with a poignant introduction by Robert Coles, provide a penetrating entry to the heart of Bonhoeffer's message.
Book
1997
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Disappointment with God
Three Questions No One Asks Aloud
Yancey, Philip
Philip Yancey takes us beyond the things that make for disillusionment to a deeper faith, a certitude of God's love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is.
In this 25th Anniversary edition of Disappointment with God, Yancey poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if he cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from him after all? Yancey answers these questions with clarity, richness, and biblical assurance. Included in this anniversary edition is a study guide with questions about these perplexing questions of faith that the author confronts.
Study
2015
Participant's Guide with Discussions Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Disciple 1 - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study (DVD)Disciple Series
DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders.
The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. This is a thirty-four week overview of the entire Bible. Meetings are 2 1/2 hours long.
Study, 34-session
Study Manual, Handbook, DVD, Teacher's Help, Implementation Resource, Pins, Certificates
Disciple 2 - Into the Word Into the World - Basic Resource LibraryDisciple Series
Disciple: Into the Word Into the World is the second study in the four-phase Disciple program and is prepared for those who are graduates of Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study.
This study proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives. The study also emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. This study understands the growing Christian as under discipline in community and in ministry to the world. Disciple: Into the Word Into the World approaches all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.
This is a 32 week study. Meetings are 2 1/2 hours long.
Study, 32-session
Study Manual, Handbook, DVD, Oxford Bible Atlas, Pins, Certificates
Barclay Book is missing from set.
Disciple 3 - Remember Who You Are - Disciple Series
Disciple III Remember Who You Are is the third study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program.
The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. Participants in this thirty – two week study will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles. Several themes weave their way through the study – the call to remember; the call to repentance; the need for renewed vision; and the place of community. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people "set apart". This is a 32 week study. Meetings are 2 1/2 hours long.
Study, 32-session
Study Manual, Handbook, DVD, Context Materials, Pins, Certificates

Disciple 4 - Under the Tree of LifeDisciple Series
Disciple IV Under the Tree of Life is the final study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program.
The study concentrates on Old Testament Writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude, and finally, Revelation. Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads naturally to an emphasis on worship in the study. Present through the entire study is the sense of living toward completion – toward the climax of the message and the promise, extravagantly pictured in Revelation. The image of the tree and the color gold emphasize the prod and promise in the Scriptures. The word under in the title is meant to convey invitation, welcome, sheltering, security, and rest – home at last. Three and one-half to four hours of independent study each week (40 minutes daily for leaders and 30 minutes daily for group members) in preparation for weekly group meetings. 32-week study. Weekly meeting is 2.5 hours.
Study, 32-session
Study Manual, Handbook, DVD, Teacher's Help, Pins, Certificates

Disciple Short Term Bible Study - Invitation to GenesisEnns, Peter
'In the beginning. . .' These first words in Genesis may be among the most familiar words in all the Bible. Many readers of the Bible recognize Genesis as a book that describes the beginning of all things: the Creation. This is certainly true, but that is only part of the story—the creation of the world only takes up the first two chapters of a fifty-chapter book. What are the other forty-eight chapters about?
This study approaches the book of Genesis not simply as a story of the Beginning, but as a story of beginnings from start to finish. Through this study, participants will be invited to listen afresh to the witness of this opening book of the Hebrew Bible, to understand more clearly God’s purpose in beginning to form a people with the likes of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, and Jacob and Esau. This study takes groups into the rich tapestry of Genesis exploring the interaction between God and very human people - pride, family relationships, conflict and journey all showcase the best known stories of Creation, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Rebekah and Joseph.
Study, 10-session, 60-90 minutes
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Disciple Short Term Bible Study - Invitation to JohnKysar, Robert D.
The invitation from Christ is: 'Come and see, Follow me'. Experience the magnificent passages in John including the I am statements (I am the truth, the life and the way, I am the living water and more).
Revisit stories only told in John's gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and the raising of Lazarus. During the weekly video segments, travel into the scripture as you hear the Word, experience the grand artwork connected with each story and interview the scholar. Each week wraps up with a small group discussion on video to spark your own conversation. Participants for this Invitation to John do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. Reading just two chapters of John a week, they will discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow Christ as true disciples. This study includes a video component providing interpretation and context for the biblical texts.
Study, 11-session, 60-90 minutes
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Disciple Short Term Bible Study - Invitation to PsalmsJinkins, Michael
Make a deeper connection to the world of the Psalms so that these well-known scriptures can help you give voice to all aspects of our human experience---joy, faith, uncertainty and sorrow.
When we read, hear, and pray the Psalms, we stand before texts that struggle mightily between the great promises of God and the sense of our own great need. In the Book of Psalms, the grand promise of the reign of God is constantly colliding with the gritty, historical experience of God’s people. The struggle of God’s people to make sense of who God is and who they are becomes as volatile as the grinding plates of continents. In response to this struggle, the writers of the Psalms can be heard both praising God’s faithfulness and lamenting God’s absence; both thanking God and complaining to God; both hoping in God and fearing for their future. In so doing, these writers have left behind profound texts of grace and glory unmatched in sacred literature. This study invites us to engage the Psalms at the deepest levels of our hearts, to plumb the depths of our own experience of God where God’s faithfulness confronts the most challenging aspects of our lives, compelling us to ask, "How long, O Lord? Will you hide your face forever?" (Psalm 89:46a), and in the same breath pray, "Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised". During two weekly video segments, experience a varied presentation of individual psalm texts, including dramatic reading, music, dance, and images.
Study, 10-session, 60-90 minutes
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Disciple Short Term Bible Study - Invitation to RomansEisenbaum, Pamela
Exploring how people have interpreted Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself.
Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. At the end of this study your group will have a more informed commitment to Paul’s radical vision of God’s relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the "love of God in Christ Jesus." The weekly video segments first present text read aloud against a backdrop of a wide variety of church settings followed by a conversation between a church historian and a church theologian about the text. The second weekly video is led by story teller, Michael Williams, who shares snapshot views of how Romans has been read through history. This study is meaty and extremely enjoyable for those students with some familiarity of Romans and with a strong biblical foundation to rely on.
Study, 8-session, 60-90 minutes
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Disciple Short Term Bible Study - Invitation to the New TestamentdeSilva, David A.
Explore the writings of the New Testament using the story of Jesus as the starting point.
This survey of the testament looks at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus and how the church learned how to develop as disciples and create communities of faith. Participants find a deeper conversation with the writers of the NT and a renewal of our commitment to be shaped---personally and communally---by the story of Jesus.
In the weekly video segments, listen as scholars fascinate you with facts and information that opens new understanding and enlightenment for your group. In the second video, sit in on a table conversation between guest scholars and debate key issues in the text.
Study, 8-session
Participant's Guide
Disciple Short Term Bible Study - Invitation to the Old TestamentMarshall, Celia Brewer
Explore the Old Testament’s story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many 'voices' of the biblical text.
Hear the magnificence of a Creation hymn, discover the law and wisdom teachings, listen to the warning of the prophets and explore the poetry of the Song of Solomon. In the two weekly video segments, first gain insight from biblical scholars and then take a visual tour of archaeological sites, ancient artifacts, and other physical remains, related to and illuminating scripture and events. Participants gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament as an integral part of the Christian Bible and a renewed discovery of our identity in God and God’s vision for all things.
Study, 8-session
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Discipleship Journal's Best Small-Group Ideas
Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Journal, Discipleship
To help you face the perennial challenges of small-group leadership, we've compiled 101 of the best articles on this subject from the pages of Discipleship Journal.
These concise, field-tested ideas from seasoned practitioners cover a broad range of common issues faced by small-group leaders, such as: Finding and developing new leaders; Dealing with tricky interpersonal problems; Understanding tough passages; Interacting with the Scriptures in fresh, creative ways; Learning to pray together-and enjoying it!; Integrating evangelism into your small group; Serving others together; Supporting world-missions efforts as a team. In Discipleship Journal's Best Small-Group Ideas, Volume 1 you'll discover practical, proven, and innovative ideas to inject new passion into the life of your small group. For even more hands-on small-group tips and group-building principles, pick up a copy of Discipleship Journal's Best Small-Group Ideas, Volume 2. Together, these two guides will give you the immediate help needed to energize your small group!
Training Resource
2004
Discovering God’s Will
How to Know When You are Heading in the Right Direction
Stanley, Andy
Discovering God’s will can be a difficult process, especially when we need to make a decision in a hurry.
Andy Stanley discusses the providential will of God, the moral will of God, and the personal will of God. He describes how God uses other people and the principles of scripture to guide us as we attempt to discover the personal vision God has for our lives.
Study, 8-session
2004
Participant's Guide with Leader's Guide included, DVD
Doing Life Together Series
Connecting with God's Family
Eastman, Brett
God longs for you to have rich, genuine connections with him and a handful of other people. These six sessions will help you connect more deeply with Jesus Christ and build genuine relationships with Christian friends.
Christ's love makes it possible for you to be known and to know others, to be loved and to love, to resolve conflict effectively, and to move outward together in faith. DVD also available but not in the resource center.

Study, 6-session
Participant's Guide
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual ReadingPeterson, Eugene
Eugene Peterson is convinced that the way we read the Bible is as important as that we read it. Do we read the Bible for information about God and salvation, for principles and 'truths' that we can use to live better? Or do we read it in order to listen to God and respond in prayer and obedience?
The second part of Peterson's momentous five-volume work on spiritual theology, Eat This Book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as we read them. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the "inside story" behind Peterson's own popular Bible translation, The Message.

Study, 9-session
2005
Book, Study Guide
Elijah - Remaining Steadfast Through UncertaintyGetz, Gene A
Modern idols come in many forms: money, power, position, prestige. The story of Elijah is a vivid illustration that idolatry leads inevitably to divine judgment, and that as Christian men, we must take a strong stand against this world's system.
The MEN OF CHARACTER series highlights the lives of men in the Bible and demonstrates that we can still learn from their relationship-both with God and man. Each of these Bible characters faced trials, frustration and failure, yet they were inspired by God to achieve great goals. In a world where Christian role models seem increasingly rare, this series reminds us that some of the most worthy examples of godly characters are still the biblical figures who brought power, wisdom and inspiration to God's people throughout the ages. Principles flow from their lives that will guide us through the maze of challenges we face in today's world and can help us to emerge victoriously.
Study, Men
Book
Embodiment
An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology
Nelson, James B
Few would doubt that this is a time of transition in our understanding of human sexuality.
The confusion about sexual morals and mores is the more obvious evidence of this. But there is something else. For too long the bulk of Christian reflection about sexuality has asked an essentially one-directional question: what does Christian faith have to say about our lives as sexual beings?
Book
1978
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Embracing God's Plan for Marriage
A Scripture Study for Couples
Hart, Mark & Melanie
Marriage is one of Gods most beautiful gifts and is intended to bless us, fulfill us, and give us a path to sanctity. Understanding what true love entails and how grace works to overcome our wounded human nature is the key to a holy, happy, and passionate marriage.
In this Bible study, popular author and speaker Mark Hart and his wife, Melanie, help illustrate the truths about married love with key Scripture passages and insightful questions for reflection and prayer. Couples who undertake this study together will grow in love--for God and one another!
Book for Couples
Ephesians
A Life-Changing Encounter with God's Word from the Book of Ephesians
Navigators
To a young church needing a fuller knowledge of Christ, Paul sent this call to Christian maturity. His letter to the Ephesians carries priceless truths about our new identity in Christ and our special calling in His body.
The 14 sessions of this Bible study on the book of Ephesians explores the book's historical context, purpose, and meaning while teaching how to apply its powerful wisdom. Includes study aids and discussion questions. If using in a group, personal study is needed between meetings.
Study, 14-session
Book with Discussion Questions
EstherMovie

The beautiful queen of Persia (Louise Lombard) intervenes to save the Jewish people from a bloody massacre.

Movie, Run Time: 91 min
1999
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Esther: It's Tough Being a WomanMoore, Beth
Join Beth in a very personal examination of the Old Testament story of Esther as she peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story is to our lives today.
If you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther's day, it's tough today. This portion of God's Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.
Study, 9-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Evan AlmightyMovie

Buffalo newsman Evan Baxter is elected to Congress with the slogan, "Change the world." He lucks into a huge house in a new Virginia suburb. His Capitol office is also fantastic, but there's a catch: he's tapped by the powerful Congressman Long to co-sponsor a bill to allow development in national parks. In steps God, who appears to a disbelieving Evan and gently commands him to build an ark.

Movie, 96 min
2007
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Evil and the Justice of GodWright, N. T.
With every earthquake and war, understanding the nature of evil and our response to it becomes more urgent. Evil is no longer the concern just of ministers and theologians but also of politicians and the media.
We hear of child abuse, ethnic cleansing, AIDS, torture and terrorism, and rightfully we are shocked. But, N. T. Wright says, we should not be surprised. For too long we have naively believed in the modern idea of human progress. In contrast, postmodern thinkers have rightly argued that evil is real, powerful and important, but they give no real clue as to what we should do about it. In fact, evil is more serious than either our culture or our theology has supposed. How then might Jesus' death be the culmination of the Old Testament solution to evil but on a wider and deeper scale than most imagine? Can we possibly envision a world in which we are delivered from evil? How might we work toward such a future through prayer and justice in the present? These are the powerful and pressing themes that N. T. Wright addresses in this book that is at once timely and timeless.
Book
2011
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Excellence
Run with the Horses
Peterson, Eugene
Life is difficult. Daily you must choose whether to live cautiously or courageously. God calls you to live at your best, to pursue righteousness, to drive toward excellence.
Six studies, drawn from Eugene Peterson's much-loved Run with the Horses, will help you discover God's goals and equip you to achieve them.
Study, 6-session
1996
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Experiencing God - How to Live the Full Adventure of Knowing and Doing the Will of GodBlackaby, Henry T.
Experiencing God shows you how to deepen your own personal relationship with God and discover your special place in His Kingdom.
This is a newly revised edition of a book that has profoundly changed the lives of Christians around the world.
Study, 13-session
Book, Participant's Guide
Favorite Bible Passages
Volume 1
Whitehead, Brady B
Refreshing insights into popular, well-loved Scripture. Each lesson offers a biblical basis for facing life's decisions and encourages a deeper personal faith.
Contains 26 scripture passages for study that may be studied in any order. Appropriate for use in groups or for individual study. Volumes may be studied in any order.
Study
Book
Fearfully & Wonderfully MadeBrand, Paul
Mysterious, intricate, pulsing with energy...This Gold medallion Award-winning book uncovers eternal statements that God has made in the very structure of our bodies, presenting captivating insights into the Body of Christ.
The human body is an endlessly fascinating repository of secrets. The miracle of the skin, the strength and structure of the bones, the dynamic balance of the muscles . . .your physical being is knit according to a pattern of incredible purpose. In Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand and best-selling writer Philip Yancey explore the human body. Join them in a remarkable journey through inner space -- a spellbinding world of cells, systems, and chemistry that bears the impress of a still deeper, unseen reality.
Book
Final Words
From the Cross
Hamilton, Adam
In life and in death, Jesus' words were powerful and meaningful. Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven 'final words' statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves.
Hamilton explores these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Each chapter begins with the biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus' dying words for our lives today. Following the last statement, a postscript recounts the words Jesus spoke following his resurrection, including what truly were the final words Jesus spoke while walking this earth. Join the crowd now and experience the final words from the cross. Final Words from the Cross offers six chapters/sessions plus a postscript chapter/session, so that classes have the option of a seventh session on Easter Sunday.
Study, 6-session, Lent
2011
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Finding Balance
Loving God with Heart and Soul, Mind and Strength
Stevens, Becca
Becca Stevens will help you consider the question of balance in your life--between service and worship, duty and devotion, doing and being. She does this by examining narratives of New Testament women such as Mary and Martha, Lydia, Mary the mother of Jesus, the Canaanite woman, and Mary Magdalene. Becca concludes the study by exploring the anointings of Jesus Christ, in which women played a crucial role.
Throughout the study, Becca brings powerful insights from her work in Magdalene, a residential community she founded for women with a criminal history of prostitution and drug abuse. As a part of the study, you will read from this Participant’s Workbook each week, reflecting on the ideas presented and recording your thoughts and responses. Then, in weekly meetings with your Sisters group, you will share your thoughts and hear the insights of others. Each meeting will include a video in which Becca Stevens discusses the week’s topic with a group she leads, followed by the discussion in your own Sisters group. Finding Balance will help you weigh and resolve some of the conflicting impulses in your life, as you seek to follow Jesus Christ.
Study, 6-session, Women
Leader's Guide, DVD
Finding God's Will for YouDeSales, St Francis
Discover the particular plan God has for your life.
Learn what God's will is and how He reveals it in even the seemingly random events of your life. You'll see why you should love and trust in God's will, and you'll learn a sure method for discovering God's will in any situation.
Book
1998
FireproofMovie

In Albany, the marriage of Caleb end Catherine Holt is in crisis and they decide to divorce. However, Caleb's father, John, proposes that his son delays their separation process for forty days and follow a procedure called "The Love Dare" to make them love each other again.

Movie, 122 min
2008
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Five Practices of Fruitful CongregationsSchnase, Robert
People are searching for a church shaped and sustained by Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. These fundamental practices are critical to the success of congregations.
Their presence and strength demonstrate congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. By repeating and improving these practices, churches fulfill their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Study
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith Stanley, Andy
Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith, by Andy Stanley is an exciting small group bible study that establishes the biblical case for five things God uses to grow an unshakable faith in you.
Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you. Imagine how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations, and even good things if you knew with certainty that God was in all of it and was planning to leverage it for good. In other words, imagine what it would be like to have PERFECT faith. In this new small group bible study, Andy Stanley builds a biblical case for five things God uses to grow BIG faith.
Study, 6-session
2009
Participant's Guide, DVD

Following Jesus
Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
Wright, N. T.
The twelve exhilarating meditations in this volume explore what it truly means to follow Jesus today.
Part One outlines the essential messages of six major New Testament books--Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation. Part Two examines six key New Testament themes--resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life--and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples.
Book
1995
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For All the Saints?
Remembering the Christian Departed
Wright, N. T.
Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, what it means to pray for the dead, what (and who) are the saints, are all addressed in this invigorating and rigorously argued book.
In challenging the existence of an eternal soul and questioning the traditional view of Heaven, Dr. Wright is taking a more biblical approach than most of his more liberal contemporaries. More often it has been the liberalism of Bishops of Durham that shocked the establishment. We have been drifting into a muddle and a mess, putting together bits and pieces of traditions, ideas and practices in the hope that they will make sense. They don't. There may be times when a typical Anglican fudge is a pleasant, chewy sort of thing, but this isn't one of them. It's time to think and speak clearly and act decisively. With these robust words Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham, throws down a challenge to current liturgy and practice surrounding All Saints' and All Souls' Days, and sets out to clarify our thinking about what happens to people after they die.
Book
2004
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Forgiveness - Finding Peace Through Letting GoHamilton, Adam
Hamilton argues that revelation comes when we realize that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves rather than to someone else. He also contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God.
There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God.
Study
2012
Book
Forty Days of Fruitful Living
Practicing a Life of Grace
Schnase, Robert
These devotions, taken from Five Practices of Fruitful Living, will open your heart to the joys of a life rich with meaning, relationship, and contribution.
With each reading, become immersed in the practices of discipleship - receiving god's love, loving God in return, growing in Christ, serving others, and giving back - and settle completely in God's transforming grace.
Book
Freedom of Simplicity
Finding Harmony in a Complex World
Foster, Richard J.

A revised and updated edition of the manifesto that shows how simplicity is not merely having less stress and more leisure but an essential spiritual discipline for the health of our soul.

Book
2005
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From the Library of C. S. Lewis
Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey
Bell, James S.
A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature's great writers, C.S. Lewis.
C. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in The Chronicles of Narnia, intrigued us in The Screwtape Letters, mystified us in The Space Trilogy, and convinced us in Mere Christianity. His influence on generations of Christians has been immeasurable. But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers? Drawn from Lewis' personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, the selections in this book bring us into contact with giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as introduce us to more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 250 selections provide a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis' own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.
Book
2004
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Galatians for YouKeller, Timothy
Galatians For You is a new curriculum tool you can use to learn or teach from the book of Galatians. Both student and teacher can use it to walk through Galatians, learning how the gospel message changes the whole of our lives.
Combining a close attention to the detail of the text with Tim Keller's trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, this is a uniquely flexible curriculum resource. It can be utilized by anyone who has a teaching ministry, to help small-group leaders understand and apply the text in their groups, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today's world. It can be used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions.
Training Resource
Book
Game Plan - Winning Strategies for the Second Half of your LifeBuford, Bob
In Game Plan, Buford gives you a practical way to move from success to significance and create an individual strategy that can get you where you want to be five . . . ten . . . twenty . . . thirty . . . or more years from now.
If you sense it’s time for a positive change in your life, Game Plan gives you the tools to uncover your best self, aim for your highest dreams, and make your career and personal life more meaningful and fulfilling than ever.
Study, Men
Book
Genesis: The Creation and the FloodMovie

An all-enveloping darkness. Suddenly, a child's voice, frightened, questioning, pierces the darkness... The first flickering rays of light begin to sculpt mysterious shapes out of the darkness ... Among them, a very old man. He reassures the child, exhorting him to see the wonders of the earth. And it is with this child's eyes that we will witness the creation of the world.

Movie, 91 min
1994
Get Acquainted with JesusBruce, Barbara
A basic introduction to the life and teachings of Jesus that's easy to use and easy to understand.
Here's a way for adults to get acquainted with Jesus in a short period of time. This survey of Jesus' life and teachings is ideal for newly organized church groups or class, new church members, and adults with little or no background in the Christian faith.
Study, 8-session
1997
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
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Get Out of that Pit - Straight Talk about God's DeliveranceMoore, Beth
Beth’s journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Saviour and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit—friend to friend.
This is Beth’s most stirring message yet of the sheer hope, utter deliverance, and complete and glorious freedom of God.
Study, 10-session, Women
Book
Getting to the Love You WantHendrix, Harville
Getting the Love You Want has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships.
This 20th anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to this groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Hendrix’s updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples’ daily interactions, allowing readers of the 2008 edition to benefit from his ongoing discoveries during his last two decades of work. Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., in partnership with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD., originated Imago Relationship Therapy, a unique healing process for couples, prospective couples, and parents.
Study, Couples
Book
God & CountryStanley, Andy

In this 2-part series, Andy Stanley explains a conflict that if resolved, could pave the way for our nation to come together and address our issues.

Study, 2-session
DVD
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God is Great, God is GoodStanley, Andy

Tragedies in the world and in our lives cause us to question who God is. To raise the question, is to recognize that things are not as they should be. The Bible calls this understanding "the knowledge of good and evil" and it is a direct consequence of original sin. Though we live in a fallen world where we experience the devastating effects of sin, we need not question whether God is great or whether God is good.

Study, 2-session
DVD
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God Views
Seeing Clearly the One Who Loves You Most
Cloninger, Curt

Curt Cloninger explores several of our misconceptions about God.

Study
2003
Participant's Guide, DVD
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God With You Every Day
365 Day Devotional
Lucado, Max
This devotional begins each week with a prayer and scripture, followed by six days of devotions and scripture for reflection.
Max’s signature reassuring and encouraging voice, paired with the practical, relevant, and personal message that God is with you every day, makes a great way to start each day of the year. Weaving messages of comfort, grace, and encouragement, this book is wonderful for anyone who wants a fresh infusion of faith to start each day, as well as those walking through difficult seasons of life such as loneliness, grief, or change.
Devotional
2015
God's World and Our Place in ItSheen, Fulton J.

Bishop Fulton Sheen explains it all: Bishop Sheen shows that Christianity makes good sense even to nonbelievers. Indeed, Christianity alone can explain goodness and evil in the world; it alone makes sense of our impulses to love and sacrifice, and our failures to do so.

Book
2003
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Godspelled Lives - Encounters with JesusIndermark, John

A provocative study focusing on both the positive and negative responses of people who encountered the living Christ and his offer of good news. It is a collection of stories about those who have encountered Jesus. Telling their stories and then offering advice for worship for either one person or a small group.

Study, 6-session
Book
Gospel in Life
Grace Changes Everything
Keller, Timothy
Gospel in Life explores how the gospel can change your heart, community, and how you live the Gospel out in everyday life In week one you and your group will study the city, your home now, the world.
Week eight closes with the theme of the eternal city, your heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between you'll learn how the gospel can change your heart, your community, and how you live in this world. This Discussion Guide is filled with helpful discussion starters, video overviews, thought-provoking narrative from Keller, a helpful Leader's Guide and much more. It's designed to be used with the companion Gospel in Life DVD (sold separately). Sessions include: 1. City - The World That Is 2. Heart - Three Ways To Live 3. Idolatry - The Sin Beneath The Sin 4. Community - The Context For Change 5. Witness - An Alternate City 6. Work - Cultivating The Garden 7. Justice - A People For Others 8. Eternity - The World That Is To Come
Study, 8-session
Book, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Gospel Project for Adults
Atonement Thread
Stetzer, Ed
Wax, Trevin
The Old Testament stories and prophecies foreshadow the coming One who would make atonement for sins with His own body and blood.
The scarlet thread of atonement is woven throughout the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation. Once Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit in Eden, the need for atonement was made painfully clear. Their separation and shame required the first drop of blood in God's good creation as He covered them with animal skins. The need for blood and sacrifice set the stage for humanity's need of a Savior. From a rock struck for water and a serpent raised for healing to a man in the depths for a sign and a Servant suffering for the sins of others, the thread drives forward with a purpose and meaning. Finally, the image of the tapestry of Word and history is revealed. The crux of the creation is the Savior crucified for the sin of the world and raised again. The atonement is at the heart of the gospel, which is why God's people call everyone everywhere to believe in Jesus, to find their place in the thread that continues in a life of reconciliation and peace both now and for eternity in the city of the Lamb.
Study
2014
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
Grace Happens Here - You Are Standing Where Grace is HappeningLucado, Max
A wonderful message about God’s grace and how to apply it to every aspect of your life.
Max Lucado looks at grace from all directions and reveals that no matter which way you look at it, God’s grace is always there, ready to do wonders in your life. This beautiful gift book is filled with powerful quotes, Scripture, and stories that will transform your heart and mind with a deeper understanding of God’s healing grace. The message gently and eloquently encourages you to accept completely His grace and forgiveness as well as extend the same blessing toward others. "When grace happens, generosity happens. Unsquashable, eye-popping big heartedness happens. Receiving grace today? Liberality is in the forecast for tomorrow. When you meet a bountiful person, you are standing where grace is happening."
Book
Guide to ContentmentSheen, Fulton J.

Love, anxiety, beauty, honesty, freedom, compulsion, self-pity, success, failure, health, joy, marriage, sex, faith, adventure -- these are just a few of the aspects of the human condition the author treats as he examines the way we move toward or away from contentment.

Book
1996
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Half Time - Changing Your Life Plan from Success to SignificanceBuford, Bob
Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. So he recommends that a reader call 'halftime' to reflect not only on where he’s going, but why.
In Halftime, Buford focuses on this important time of transition--the time when, as he says, a person moves beyond the first half of the game of life. It’s halftime, a time of revitalization and for catching new vision for living the second, most rewarding half of life. As Buford explains, "My passion is to multiply all that God has given me, and in the process, give it back." That requires asking important questions: What am I really good at? What do I want to do? What is most important to me? What do I want to be remembered for? If my life were absolutely perfect, what would it look like? Buford fills Halftime with a blend of personal insight, true-life examples, and quotes from those who have successfully navigated the exhilarating and potentially dangerous shoals of midlife. Complete with a discussion guide, Halftime provides the encouragement and wisdom to propel your life on a new course away from mere success to true significance--and the best years of your life.
Book, Men
Half Truths - Gold Helps Those Who Help Themselves & Other Things the Bible Doesn't SayHamilton, Adam
Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.
The clichés include:
Everything happens for a reason.
God helps those who help themselves.
God won’t give you more than you can handle.
God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
Love the sinner, hate the sin.
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.
Study
Book, Leader's Guide, DVD
Happily Ever AfterStanley, Andy

This four-part series explains how happily married couples stay that way.

Study, 4-session, Couples
CD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Have a Little Faith
A True Story
Albom, Mitch
In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds--two men, two faiths, two communities--that will inspire readers everywhere.
Albom's first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie, Have a Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an eighty-two-year-old rabbi from Albom's old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. Feeling unworthy, Albom insists on understanding the man better, which throws him back into a world of faith he'd left years ago. Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor--a reformed drug dealer and convict--who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof. Moving between their worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Albom observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival: the older, suburban rabbi embracing it as death approaches; the younger, inner-city pastor relying on it to keep himself and his church afloat. As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Albom and the two men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Although the texts, prayers, and histories are different, Albom begins to recognize a striking unity between the two worlds--and indeed, between beliefs everywhere. In the end, as the rabbi nears death and a harsh winter threatens the pastor's wobbly church, Albom sadly fulfills the rabbi's last request and writes the eulogy. And he finally understands what both men had been teaching all along: the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself. Have a Little Faith is a book about a life's purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; about the divine spark inside us all. It is one man's journey, but it is everyone's story. Ten percent of the profits from this book will go to charity, including The Hole In The Roof Foundation, which helps refurbish places of worship that aid the homeless.
Book
2009
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He Chose the Nails; What God Did to Win Your HeartLucado, Max
Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion.
These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow. The nails that tore his flesh. The seamless robe that he removed for us. The empty tomb where he forever defeated sin and death. Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. These gifts came not wrapped in paper but in passion. They were not placed around a tree but around a cross. They were not covered with ribbons but sprinkled with the blood that Christ shed on our behalf. The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were gifts he didn’t have to give. The only required act for our salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more. So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, "I did it just for you."
Session include:
He Chose to Be One of Us
He Chose to Forgive Us
He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence
He Chose to Love Us Forever
He Chose to Give Us Victory
Study, 5-session
2016
Book, DVD

He’s Still* Got the Whole World In His HandsStanley, Andy
How do we remain hopeful in a world that seems hopelessly broken? How do we continue to trust a God that seems conspicuously absent? How do we find peace in a world that is spinning out of control? If you've ever asked questions like these, you're not alone . . . and you're not the first.
Uncertainty is nothing new. And the uncertainty we face today is no different from the uncertainty faced by the men and women of the Bible. And like them, we are left to question God's faithfulness, his presence, his concern. In this 3-part series we're reminded that . . . He's Still* Got the Whole World in His Hands.
Study, 3-session
DVD
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Hearing God
Developing a Conversational Relationship with God
Willard, Dallas
In this updated classic, originally published as In Search of Guidance, the author provides rich spiritual insight into how we can hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with him in the work of his kingdom.
"God spoke to me." "The Spirit spoke to my heart." "God revealed the idea to me." Being close to God means communicating with him--telling him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us. It is this second half of our conversation with God that is so important but that can also be so difficult. How do we hear his voice? How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious? What role does the Bible play? What if what God says to us is not clear? The key, says best-selling author Dallas Willard, is to focus not so much on individual actions and decisions as on building our personal relationship with our Creator.
Study
1999
Book, DVD
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HeavenAlcorn, Randy
What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful investigation, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style.
His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.
Book
2004
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Heaven Is Real
Lessons on Earthly Joy--What Happened After 90 Minutes in Heaven
Piper, Don
So how should we spend our time on Earth? Don Piper, the Minister of Hope who spent 90 minutes in Heaven, brings us God's message.
Hope for the here and now from the multimillion-selling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven. Millions believe in Heaven. Don Piper's been there. He was pronounced dead after a car accident on January 18, 1989. Ninety minutes later, Piper came back to life with an extraordinary story. His 90 Minutes in Heaven has strengthened the faith of countless people. When Piper returned to this life, he had a long road back to health, dealing with painful treatments and physical disabilities-the "new normal," as Piper calls it. Still, he had been transformed spiritually and this allowed him not only to cope with his suffering, but to transcend it. Piper found purpose in his pain, he found the message in the mess, and so can anyone else who embraces God's grace in the here and now-as well as the Hereafter. Don Piper did not return from Heaven alone-he brought the gift of hope back with him. Those who read Heaven Is Real can use what he learned to live the lives God has called them to live.
Book
2007
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Here & Now..There and ThenMoore, Beth
Here and Now...There and Then by Beth Moore is a lecture series on the book of Revelation.
Beth presents many points of view, allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is as specific about what He does reveal as He is about what He does not reveal. Each of the 11 sessions is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Study, 11-session, Women
Participant's Guide
Hijacked
Responding to the Partisan Church Divide
Slaughter, Michael
Rescue your church from the infiltration of partisan politics.
The last thirty years have seen the political discourse within our country grow more rancorous and increasingly uncivil. During the same period, there has been a growing tendency to conflate one's theological commitments with one's political ideology. As a consequence, partisan politics has infiltrated our churches and political commitments are creating unnecessary divisions. Perhaps of most concern, these trends generally tend to obscure the properly holistic nature of the Gospel of Christ and turn people off to Christianity altogether. Too often, it often seems politics trumps theology. Sadly, this leads to division, where decisions on church direction, and even the content of teaching, gets determined more based on partisan politics than on sound biblical and theological factors. Hijacked explores this phenomenon, offers analysis, and proposes a way forward.
Book
2012
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Holman Illustrated Bible DictionaryBrand, Chad
Packed full of new information, this book has become one of the bestselling Bible reference tools since its publication in 1991.
This revised, updated, and expanded edition offers greater value to Bible students and teachers with 250 new articles, maps, charts, and 90 new contributors.
Reference
2003
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
How to Ask Great Questions
Guide Your Group to Discovery with These Proven Techniques
Lee-Thorp, Karen
In How to Ask Great Questions, you'll learn how to ask effective questions, and how to promote follow-up discussions that will lead from good thinking to life application.
Ideal for small-group leaders, Sunday School teachers, and discussion leaders.
Training Resource
1997
How to Have Great Small-Group Meetings
Dozens of Ideas You Can Use Right Now
McBride, Neal
Discover dozens of ideas you can implement right away to lead successful group meetings.
From determining your purpose and learning to plan to getting everyone involved and staying on track, this book will equip you to make your small-group meetings great.
Training Resource
1997
How to Lead a LifeGuide - Bible StudyKuhatschek, Jack
This guidebook will show you how to start a group, how to decide what to study, how to prepare to lead, how to study the Bible, how to use a study guide, how to write your own questions, how to lead the discussion, how to evaluate the study.
Along with practical suggestions and the answers to common questions offered in each brief chapter, you'll find two appendixes: "Guidelines for Interpreting Scripture" and "A Sample Study." The resources section also leads you to more training guides, website references and study guides to use with your group. Here is the help you need to lead a great Bible discussion. You can be the match that ignites a great Bible discussion! You only need a few basic skills.
Training Resource
2002
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How to Lead Small GroupsMcBride, Neal
Whether you are a veteran or a new small-group leader, this book will provide you with the leadership skills, tools, and information you need.
Topics include the following: Defining your group's purpose, Stimulating healthy fellowship, Handling conflict, Evaluating your group, Asking great questions.
Training Resource
1990
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
How to Read ProverbsLongman, Tremper
In How to Read Proverbs Tremper Longman III provides a welcome guide to reading and evaluating, understanding and savoring the Proverbs for all their wisdom. Most important for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Christ is the climax and embodiment of wisdom.
Everyday we make choices on the path of life. Proverbs are memorable capsules of wisdom, chiseled in words and polished through use by those who have traveled that path ahead of us. But the proverbs of the Bible make a greater claim than "a penny saved is a penny earned." They are woven into the web of divine revelation, rooted in the "fear of the Lord" that is the beginning of wisdom. While many proverbs speak to us directly, we can gain much greater insight by evaluating the book of Proverbs as a whole, understanding its relationship to ancient non-Israelite wisdom and listening to its conversation with the other great voices of wisdom in Scripture--Job and Ecclesiastes.
Reference
2009
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Hudson Taylor's Spiritual SecretTaylor, Howard
A spiritual biography of the 'father of modern missions,' Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret poses the question: What empowered Hudson Taylor's ministry in China? The answer: a fierce faith that believed God truly would fulfill the promises in His Word.
Written by the missionary statesman's son and daughter-in-law, this book is intended for Christians who "need and long for just the inward joy and power that Hudson Taylor found." Hudson Taylor's secret, it turns out, is available to any who call on Christ's name. Compelled to share the gospel with the unreached people of China, Hudson Taylor devoted his life to this purpose. He modeled a life of utter dependence on Christ for both his spiritual and material needs. That was his secret and the reason for his lasting impact on the people of China and missions. "An easy, non-self-denying life will never be one of power," Taylor said. "Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing. There are not two Christs--an easygoing one for easygoing Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit?"
Book, 18 chapters
I Love You More
Six Sessions on how everyday problems can strengthen your marriage
Parrott, Drs. Les & Leslie
How to make the thorns in your marriage come up roses. The big and little annoyances in your marriage are actually opportunities to deepen your love for each other.
Relationship experts and award-winning authors Les and Leslie Parrott believe that your personal quirks and differences—where you squeeze the toothpaste tube, how you handle money—can actually help draw you together provided you handle them correctly. Turn your marriage’s prickly issues into opportunities to love each other more as you learn how to ? build intimacy while respecting personal space ? tap the power of a positive marriage attitude ? replace boredom with fun, irritability with patience, busyness with time together, debt with a team approach to your finances . . . and much, much more. Plus—get an inside look at the very soul of your marriage, and how connecting with God can connect you to each other in ways you never dreamed.
Study, Couples
Participant's Guide, DVD
If God is Good
Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil
Alcorn, Randy
Randy Alcorn delves deep into the subject of faith in the midst of suffering and evil, and through compelling stories, provocative questions and answers, and keen biblical understanding, he brings assurance and hope to all.
Every one of us will experience suffering. Many of us are experiencing it now. As we have seen in recent years, evil is real in our world, present and close to each one of us. In such difficult times, suffering and evil beg questions about God--Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? And then, how can there be a God if suffering and evil exist? These are ancient questions, but also modern ones as well. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even former believers like Bart Ehrman answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God. In this captivating new book, best-selling author Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise. Alcorn offers insights from his conversations with men and women whose lives have been torn apart by suffering, and yet whose faith in God burns brighter than ever. He reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world-now and forever. And he equips you to share your faith more clearly and genuinely in this world of pain and fear.
Book
2009
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If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the BoatOrtberg, John
John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone. Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God.
The experience is terrifying. It's thrilling beyond belief. It's everything you'd expect of someone worthy to be called Lord. The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with Go's purpose for your life in the process. There's just one requirement: If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.

Study, 6-session
2001
Book, Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
iMarriageStanley, Andy

In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley explains that you must learn to transform your expectations and look to God if you are to experience marriage as it was designed.

Study, 6-session
DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
In His Image - The Sequel to Fearfully & Wonderfully MadeBrand, Paul
In Fearfully & Wonderfully Made, Philip Yancey and Dr. Paul Brand revealed how God’s voice is encoded in the very structure of our bodies.
In His Image takes up where its predecessor left off, beckoning us once again inward and onward to fresh exploration and discovery. Yancey and Brand show how accurately and intricately the human body portrays the Body of Christ. In five sections—Image, Blood, Head, Spirit, and Pain—the acclaimed surgeon and the award-winning writer unlock the remarkable, living lessons contained in our physical makeup. This Gold Medallion Award-winning book will open your eyes to the complex miracle of the human body, and the even more compelling spiritual truths that it reflects.
Book
In His LightAnderson, Rev. William A.

A catechetical resource

Reference
1994
In the Grip of Grace -
Your Father Always Caught You. He Still Does.
Lucado, Max
Jump off the cliff of self-sufficiency. Leap out of legalism. Walk off the pier of guilt and condemnation. That's the only way you'll land in the strong arms of the Father who loves you . . . the Father who catches you every time in the grip of his grace.
Get caught! Life is full of fumbles and stumbles. Fraught with opportunities to make mistakes, occasions to feel guilty, and the drive to do it yourself. The pressure to be self-sufficient is high, but it isn't the life God offers. The way of the world will direct you to try harder and work smarter so that you can take care of yourself and even make yourself successful. But the way of the cross will point toward the place where you stop striving . . . stop pushing . . . stop every self-initiated effort so that you can fall into the boundless, liberating, refreshing grace of God! Just imagine being love-driven instead of self-propelled. Imagine abandoning your life to Jesus instead of trying to save yourself. Can you imagine exchanging your fears for that peace that passes understanding? Being relaxed and free instead of stressed-out and anxious? If you can imagine enjoying God instead of trying to repay him, then you can imagine grace. So go ahead! Jump off the cliff of self-sufficiency. Leap out of legalism. Walk off the pier of guilt and condemnation. That's the only way you'll land in the strong arms of the Father who loves you . . . the Father who catches you every time in the grip of his grace.
Book
2011
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IndescribableGiglio, Louie
Indescribable takes us on an image-rich journey through the cosmos, allowing us to peer into God’s universe to discover the amazing magnitude of His greatness and grace.
The heavens are telling glory of God, and their expanse the work of His hands. But as tiny as we may seem, the God who knows every star by name also knows yours, and mine. And in the most stunning rescue imaginable, God sent His son to this spinning planet we call home – the Creator reconnecting us to Himself with life that never ends.
Movie, 43 minutes
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Introducing the Bible Barclay, William
William Barclay presents the Bible as a book to be read and enjoyed today - a light in the darkness of a world that has lost its way.
William Barclay testifies to the Bible's unique value as an inspired book and gives clear advice on the best way to read it. He tells how the biblical writings came into being and finally gained acceptance as Scripture. And he explains the significance and the status of the Apocrypha.

Book, 189 pages
Introduction to the Devout LifedeSales, Francis
Ryan, John K.
Francis de Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life leads the reader through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship.
Francis's compassionate Introduction has remained a uniquely accessible and relevant treasure of devotion for nearly four hundred years. As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the seventeenth century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone from the poorest peasants to court ladies. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people from all levels of society led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ.
Book
1971
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It Came from Within! The Shocking Truth about What Lurks in the HeartStanley, Andy A

Examine 4 conditions of the heart that are at the root of sour attitudes, hurt-filled relationships and regretful actions: guilt, jealousy, greed and anger.

Study, 5-session
DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
It's Good to Be Queen
Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba
Higgs, Liz Curtis
When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king.
Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all. Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings.
Study, 10-sessions
2015
Book with study questions included
JacobMovie

In this inspiring tale from the book of Genesis, young shepherd Jacob (Matthew Modine) falls in love with and wants to marry Rachel (Lara Flynn Boyle), the daughter of his Uncle Laban (Giancarlo Giannini). Lacking a dowry, Jacob toils seven years as his uncle's indentured servant to win Rachel's hand. But calculating Laban dupes him into another seven years of labor. Irene Papas portrays Jacob's iron-willed mother.

Movie, 91 min
1994
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James Mercy Triumphs Moore, Beth
James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple.
Bible scholars compare James to the prophet Amos. In other ways, James more closely resembles the Book of Proverbs than any other New Testament book. Topics in this study include: joy, hardship, faith, reversal of fortunes for rich and poor, wisdom, gifts from above, single-mindedness, the dangers of the tongue, humility, and prayer. 8 video sessions with 7 weeks of print study. James: Mercy Triumphs provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the 8 video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study.
Study, 8-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
JeremiahMovie

The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to him that he has been selected to announce God's message to the people of Jerusalem.

Movie, 90 min
1998
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Jeremiah - Daring to Hope in an Unstable WorldSpoelstra, Melissa
This six-week study examines God’s words of instruction to His wayward people through the prophet Jeremiah, and provides women six guidelines for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as they surrender their wills to God’s and put their hope in Him alone.
Combining rich study of the Book of Jeremiah with practical life application that resonates with the realities and experiences of today’s women, this study inspires all women to dare to hope, remembering that God is rich in mercy and love and has good plans for us. The Leader Guide contains six session plan outlines, complete with discussion points and questions, activities, prayers, and more—plus leader helps for facilitating a group.
When we look around at today’s world, hope usually isn’t the first word that comes to mind. In many ways we live in an unstable world where marriages fail, bank accounts run low, friendships end, and the everyday demands of a fast-paced life get us down. In the Book of Jeremiah, we find God calling out to His people with a message of hope—a message that intentional living is possible even in an unstable world. But how do we do this? Where do we start? Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives.
Study, 6-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Jesus and the Victory of GodWright, N. T.

A major scholarly contribution to the current "quest" for the historical Jesus.

Book
1996
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Jesus in the GospelsKeck, Leander E

This is part of the Disciple Bible Study series and is to be used in a small group setting with other supporting media. This bible study covers the gospels and similarities and differences.

Study, 32-session
Participant's Manual, Handbook, Gospel Comparisons, DVD
Jesus of NazarethMovie
The story begins with the arrangements of the wedding between Joseph and Mary, and chronicles the nativity, the encounter with John the Baptist (a ferocious Michael York) and everything up to the crucifixion and resurrection.
Passion, beauty, and brilliant storytelling are all on display in this six-hour-plus epic from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell is superb in the title role, and with the overwhelming success of this TV movie throughout the world, has perhaps become what Jesus looks like in many people's minds.
Movie, 371 min
1977
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Jesus
Seeing Him More Clearly
Hybels, Bill
Jesus is someone you need to know. Teacher. Physician. Servant. Shepherd. King. Jesus filled each of these roles in His walk on earth---revealing in them all a richly accessible identification with our humanity in His role as a Man. In Jesus, you'll explore these six roles one by one to arrive at a better understanding of the character and person of Christ.
Each study is another brushstroke in a compelling portrait of the Master---one that will come alive inside you and make a practical difference in your life. You'll discover the opportunities that await you every day to have an impact for Jesus. But best of all, you'll grow closer to him than ever before. Interactions---a powerful and challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group members, and you and God. Interactions is far more than another group Bible study. It's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Study, 6-session
2005
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Jesus the One and OnlyMoore, Beth
Based primarily on the Book of Luke, this study is a careful examination of the life of Christ.
You will be introduced to an intimate Savior as you get a close-up and personal portrait of the life of Jesus the Messiah. You'll see Jesus come to a funeral and raise the dead, confront conniving religious leaders, teach on a hillside, and even walk on the waves.
Study, 11-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD, Music CD
Job Speaks to Us TodayJob, John

Job speaks to us today address the question of how to handle personal suffering. By concentrating on the message rather than the problems of text, John Job demonstrates the practical value of the Book of Job and shows its relevance to contemporary life.

Book
1980
John for EveryoneWright, N. T.
Making use of his scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright manages to unravel the great complexity of the extraordinary Gospel of John.
He describes it as "one of the great books in the literature of the world; and part of its greatness is the way it reveals its secrets not just to a high-flown leaning but to those who come to it with humility and hope." Wright's stimulating comments are combined with his own fresh and inviting translation of the Bible text. Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Study
2003
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
John
The Gospel of Light and Life
Hamilton, Adam
Join Adam Hamilton and experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal while reading the entire Gospel of John.
The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible: "And the Word became flesh...," "For God so loved the world...," "You who are without sin cast the first stone...," "I am the resurrection and the life...," "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they "may have life in his name." Topics Include: The Word Made Flesh The Miraculous Signs of Jesus The "I Am" Sayings of Jesus The Farewell Discourse The Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of the King Eternal Life.
Study
2015
Book, Leader's Guide, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
John Wesley
Holiness of Heart and Life
Yrigoyen, Charles
John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life is a six-week study on John Wesley, the major themes of his theology, the spread of Wesleyanism to North America, and renewal in the Wesleyan tradition.
Chapters include reflection questions. The Study Guide offers step-by-step plans for each session.
Study, 6-session
1999
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
JosephMovie

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

Movie, 178 min
1995
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Joyful ChristianLewis, C.S.
In The Joyful Christian, Lewis offers inspiration for all those who hunger and thirst after joy.
C.S. Lewis, himself a convert, wrote of being "surprised by joy" when he discovered his belief in Jesus Christ. In these 127 devotional readings, selected from Lewis's many works on faith and spirituality, Christians everywhere can share in the joy of this master theologian as he discusses topics ranging from the nature of prayer and good works to psychoanalysis and fascism.
Book
1996
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Just Walk Across the Room - Four Sessions on Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith Hybels, Bill
The goal for every Christian is to reflect Christ’s love and follow his example by taking simple walks across rooms—leaving our circles of comfort and extending hands of care, compassion, and inclusiveness to people living far from God.
Hybels encourages Christ-followers to "live in 3-D"—developing friendships, discovering stories, and discerning appropriate next steps—as a means of learning to understand the Spirit’s promptings. With fresh perspectives from his own reflections and experiences collected during his most recent decade of ministry. Hybels shows with undeniable clarity the power of this approach to evangelism. The stakes are high. The implications are eternal. And you may be only a conversation away from having unparalleled impact on someone’s life—if you will just walk across the room.
Sessions:
Session 1 - The Single Greatest Gift
Session 2 - Living in 3D
Session 3 - The Power of Story
Session 4 - Grander Vision Living
Study, 4-session
Book, Participant's Guide, DVD, Resource CD

Justification
God's Plan & Paul's Vision
Wright, N. T.
Few issues are more central to the Christian faith than the nature, scope and means of salvation. Many have thought it to be largely a transaction that gets one to heaven. In this riveting book, N. T. Wright explains that God's salvation is radically more than this.
At the heart of much vigorous debate on this topic is the term the apostle Paul uses in several of his letters to describe what happens to those in Christ--justification. Paul uses this dramatic image from the law court to declare that Christians are acquitted of the cosmic accusations against them. But justification goes beyond this in Paul's writings to offer a vision of God's future for the whole world as well as for his people. Here in one place Wright now offers a comprehensive account and defense of his perspective on this crucial doctrine. He provides a sweeping overview of the central points in the debate before launching into a thorough explanation of the key texts in Paul's writings. While fully cognizant of tradition and controversy, the final authority for his conclusions is the letters of Paul themselves. Along the way Wright responds to critics, such as John Piper, who have challenged what has come to be called the New Perspective. For Wright, what Paul means by justification is nothing less than God's unswerving commitment to the covenant promise he made to bless the whole world through Abraham and his family. This irenic response is an important contribution for those on both sides of the debate--and those still in between--to consider. Whether you're a fan of Wright's work or have read his critics and would like to know the other side of the story, here is a chance to interact with Wright's views on the issues at stake and form your own conclusions.
Book
2009
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Knowing Christ Today
Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge
Willard, Dallas

At a time when popular atheism books are talking about the irrationality of believing in God, Willard makes a rigorous intellectual case for why it makes sense to believe in God and in Jesus, the Son.

Book
2009
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Life Lessons with Max Lucado - The Touch of the Masters Hand (Topical Bible Study Series)Lucado, Max
God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.
Join Max in this challenging new topical Bible study based on his bestselling book, Just Like Jesus. Excellent for personal, small-group, or classroom settings. You, too can learn to be just like Jesus.
Study
Journal
Life of Christ
A Guide to Spiritual Peace
Sheen, Fulton J.
With his customary insight and reverence, Sheen interprets the scripture and describes Christ, not only in historical perspective, but also in exciting and contemporary terms, seeing in Christ's life both modern parallels and timeless lessons. His thoughtful, probing analysis provides new insight into well-known Gospel events.
An appealing blend of philosophy, history, and Biblical exegesis, from the best-known and most-loved American Catholic leader of the twentieth century, Life of Christ has long been a source of inspiration and guidance. For those seeking to better understand the message of Jesus Christ, this vivid retelling of the greatest story ever lived is a must read.
Widely proclaimed a classic work of Christian faith, Life of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton J. Sheen's many books. The fruit of many years of reflection, prayer, and research, it is a dramatic and moving recounting of the birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ, and a passionate portrait of the God-Man, the teacher, the healer, and most of all the Savior, whose promise has sustained humanity for two millennia.
Book
2008
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Life on Mission - God's People Finding God's Heart for the WorldHarlow, Tim
Life on Mission offers clear Bible teaching designed to empower you to share your faith with people right in your own neighborhood.
Pastor Tim Harlow walks you through topics like how to connect with unbelievers, how serving others can open their hearts to the gospel, and how paying attention to your own spiritual growth can strengthen your witness. People who really matter to God are all around you, and God has given you the incredible assignment of inviting them to come home. Life on Mission will inspire and equip you to do that.
Study
Book, Participant's Guide, DVD
Life Rules: Instructions for LifeStanley, Andy

In this 6-part series, Andy Stanley clearly explains God's basic set of life rules, which, when lived, hold the power to improve your current relationships and mend hurting ones.

Study, 6-session
DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Life with God
Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation
Foster, Richard J.
What if we approached the Bible differently, and instead of transforming the text to meet our needs, allowed it to transform us?
That's exactly the idea behind Life with God, Richard J. Foster's much-anticipated book on the Bible. Foster, bestselling author of Celebration of Discipline and general editor of The Renovar's Spiritual Formation Bible, claims that God has superintended the writing of Scripture so that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation. According to Foster, the Bible is all about human life "with God." As we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is with us in each story and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves - mind, body, spirit, thoughts, behavior, and will - to the page before us, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God. With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, Life with God is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.
Book
2008
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Lifelong Affair
How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage
Evans, Jimmy
In Lifelong Love Affair, Jimmy Evans shows couples how to embrace God's dream for their marriage, cultivate romance and fun, and fulfill each other's spiritual, emotional, and sexual needs.
With more marriages today ending in divorces than ever before, and more young people cohabiting rather than getting married, the message of this book is sorely needed. Any married couple and anyone considering marriage will find Lifelong Love Affair an essential tool they will turn to again and again for inspiration and strength.
God didn't create marriage to frustrate us, test us, or to make us feel unworthy or inadequate. He created marriage to be the most fulfilling and sacred of all human covenants. It was designed to be passionate and rewarding and to meet our deepest needs and desires. And it was meant to last a lifetime. So how do you build an indestructible marriage that is filled with passion, purpose, and excitement?
Study, Couples
Book with Discussion Questions
Lift Up Your HeartSheen, Fulton J.
Discusses and analyzes the inner life of modern man. Rips aside all false pretense and meticulously diagnoses the ills in man that have prevented him from achieving his destiny -- a destiny that 'is beyond the merely human; it is supernature.'
Here is an inexhaustible mine of suggestions on how one may better one's own life and thoughts and loves, and achieve the highest degree of purpose and felicity.
Book
1997
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Literary Introductions to the Books of the BibleRyken, Leland
In this comprehensive and systematic volume, renowned literary expert Leland Ryken introduces readers to the specific themes, patterns, and techniques used by the biblical authors.
A companion to Ryken's A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible, this practical guidebook will equip you to interpret each book of the Bible through the lens of its literary forms and features--helping you faithfully read, understand, and teach the Bible with greater insight.
Reference
2015
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit Moore, Beth
Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of The Spirit is a study of the fruit of the Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians.
Beth walks participants through each trait listed in the fruit and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study participants will look at the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn, or produce the fruit on your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A Spirit-filled life truly results in living beyond yourself.
Study, 10-session, Women
Participant's Guide, DVD
Living the Resurrection
The Risen Christ in Everyday Life
Peterson, Eugene
Christ's friends were utterly transformed by His resurrection. Their friendship, their work, and even their meals together took on a new meaning and purpose. The same can happen to us today.
Eugene Peterson, beloved pastor, scholar, and translator of The Message, takes you back to Jesus' time so you can experience the Resurrection through the eyes of biblical witnesses. You will be a participant in the story, so its meaning and wonder can enliven your soul as never before.
Book
2014
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Losing Your ReligionStanley, Andy
Andy Stanley explains how the message of Christ serves as the fulfillment of religion.
Religion can get pretty strange pretty quickly. Mystical. Superstitious. Legalistic. Judgmental. Hypocritical. But religion isn't going away. The human race has an insatiable curiosity regarding the divine. Since the beginning of time, men and women have established elaborate rituals and traditions in an attempt to bridge the gap between the seen and the unseen; between the sacred and the secular. And while each of these systems provided formulas for communicating with and securing the blessings of a particular deity, none provided the one thing humankind most desires—assurance. But with the birth of Christianity, all of that changed.
Study, 4-session
DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Love Walked Among Us
Learning to Love Like Jesus
Miller, Paul E.
Nowhere was the vitality of Jesus more visible than in His love--compassionate, honest, powerful, humble, and sacrificial. Get to know Jesus, observe His life and His love as they unfold in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Combined with author Paul Miller's own life stories, Love Walked Among Us will encourage you to imitate Jesus' way of loving people in your relationships and community. Become more like Jesus and grow in your relationship with God.
Book
2001
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Love Wins
A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
Bell, Rob
Love Wins addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?
Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls "a singular rock star in the church world," with millions viewing his NOOMA videos. With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
Book
2011
Loved by GodHiggs, Liz Curtis

Loved By God is a verse by verse Bible study exploring the lives of Jacob.

Study, Women
2004
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Luke for EveryoneWright, N. T.
Tom Wright's guide to Luke, which includes a wealth of information and background detail, provides real insights for our understanding of the story of Jesus and its implications for the reader.
His clear style is accessible for new readers of the Bible, as well as to those who are further on. His exciting new translation of the biblical text brings to life, passage by passage, the immediacy and drama of Luke's Gospel. Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Study
2003
Book with Discussion Questions and Background Information
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
LutherMovie

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Movie, 123 min
2003
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Making All Things New
An Invitation to the Spiritual Life
Nouwen, Henri
The beginning of the spiritual life is often difficult not only because the powers which cause us to worry are so strong but also because the presence of God's Spirit seems barely noticeable. If, however, we are willing to live a life of prayer and practice the disciplines of solitude and community, a new hunger will make itself known. This new hunger is the first sign of God's presence.
When we remain attentive to this divine presence, we will be led always deeper into the kingdom. There, to our joyful surprise, we will discover that the power of our worries is weakening and all things are being made new."
Book
1981
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Making Sense of the Bible
Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today
Hamilton, Adam
Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate isn’t about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it.
The world’s bestselling, most-read, and most-loved book is also one of the most confusing. In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton, one of the country’s leading pastors and Christian authors, addresses the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike.
Did God really command Moses to put gay people to death? Did Jesus really teach that everyone who is not a Christian will be assigned to hell? Why would Paul command women to “keep silent in the church?” Were Adam and Eve real people? Is the book of Revelation really about the end times? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? Is the Bible ever wrong? In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.
Study, 6-session
2014
Book available onsite
Leader's Guide, DVD available offsite
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Mark for EveryoneWright, N. T.
Tom Wright's eye-opening comments on the Gospel of Mark and what it might mean for us are combined, passage-by-passage, with his fresh translation of the Bible text.
Making use of his true scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright captures the urgency and excitement of Mark's Gospel in a way few writers have. Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Study
2003
Book with Discussion Questions and Background Information
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Mary Had A BabyPress, Abingdon
Mary Had a Baby is a 4-week Advent study based on 4 African American spirituals.
Each session provides the historical background of the spiritual being studied, a devotional for use during the session, and activities designed to prepare group members for the coming season of Christmas.
Study, 4-session, Advent
Book, Leader's Guide, Audio CD
Based on African American Spirituals
Matthew for Everyone Part Two Chapters 16-28Wright, N. T.
Tom Wright's eye-opening comments on the Gospel of Matthew and what it might mean for us are combined, passage-by-passage, with his fresh translation of the Bible text.
Making use of his true scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright captures the urgency and excitement of Matthew's Gospel in a way few writers have. Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Study
2004
Book
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Meeting God in Scripture
Entering the Psalms
Crumpler, Anne
Praying the psalms is praying life itself. Entering the Psalms models the movement from reading scripture to personal prayer, using provocative entry point questions to deepen readers' engagement with scripture.
Those experienced in spiritual formation will be refreshed, and those new to formational reading will feel gently led into openhearted listening through scripture. Participants explore various types of psalms through lectio divina, writing, drawing, reflection, and other interactive practices. Also noteworthy are the introductory essays on devotional reading, journaling, and worship.
Study
2009
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
Mere ChristianityLewis, C.S.
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together.
Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
Book
2001
Messy Spirituality
God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People
Yaconelli, Michael
I Guess I'm Not a Very Good Christian . . .'Do you feel like: I don't pray enough I don't read my Bible enough I don't share my faith enough I don't love God enough I'm not committed enough I'm not spiritual enough, then this book is for you.
Messy Spirituality was written for the silent majority of us who have been convinced that we just don't do Christianity right. We spend most of our lives worried about what we don't do instead of what we have done, focused on our imperfections instead of God's fondness for the imperfect. Why? Because we've been bombarded with books, tapes, talks, seminars, and movies convincing us that real Christianity is all about perfection. Michael Yaconelli dares to suggest that imperfection, unfinishedness, and messiness are, in fact, the earmarks of true Christianity; that real Christianity is messy, erratic, lopsided . . . and gloriously liberating. What if genuine faith begins with admitting we will never have our act completely together? Maybe messy disciples are exactly the kind of imperfect people Jesus came to earth for and whose company he actually enjoyed--and still enjoys. If you want to find Jesus today, look for him in the midst of burned-out believers, moral misfits, religious incompetents . . . men and women whose lives are, well, messy. Messy Spirituality is a strong antidote for the spiritual perfectionism in us all. Here are truths that can cut you loose from the tyranny of ought-to's and open your eyes to the deep spirituality of being loved, shortcomings and all, by the God who meets you and transforms you in the midst of a messy and unpredictable life.
Book
MiraclesLewis, C.S.
In the classic Miracles, C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, argues that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in his creation.
Do miracles really happen? Can we know if the supernatural world exists? "The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this." In Miracles, C. S. Lewis takes this key idea and shows that a Christian must not only accept but rejoice in miracles as a testimony of the unique personal involvement of God in creation. Using his characteristic warmth, lucidity, and wit, Lewis challenges the rationalists and cynics who are mired in their lack of imagination and provides a poetic and joyous affirmation that miracles really do occur in everyday lives.
Book
2001
Miracles
The Power and Presence of Jesus
Nelson, Thomas

A study of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.

Study
2002
Participant's Guide
Missional Renaissance
Changing the Scorecard for the Church
McNeal, Reggie
In Missional Renaissance, Reggie McNeal shows three significant shifts in their thinking and behavior that the Protestant churches need to make that will allow leaders to chart a course toward being missional.
These include: (1) from an internal to an external focus, ending the church as exclusive social club model; (2) from running programs and ministries to developing people as its core activity; and (3) from professional leadership to leadership that is shared by everyone in the community. With in-depth discussions of the "what" and the "how" of transitioning to being a missional church, readers will be equipped to move into what McNeal sees as the most viable future for Christianity. For all those thousands of churches who are asking about what to do next after reading The Present Future, Missional Renaissance will provide the answer.
Book
2009
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Momentum for Life Slaughter, Michael
Michael Slaughter explains his model for daily living, which he has adapted from the Psalms of Ascent. His five life practices for balance and self-leadership together form the acronym D-R-I-V-E: Devotion to God, Readiness for lifelong learning, Investing in key relationships, Visioning for the future, and Eating and Exercise for life.
Taken together, these practices shape life as an upward momentum. They remind us that leadership is not about entitlement, but example. Every follower of Christ needs to find the self-management practices that create momentum for life and guard against the temptation to downsize God's dream. "God can't steer a parked car," Slaughter says. "God is looking for people who will take their lives out of park and shift them into drive." These leadership tools will inspire and show you how to sustain personal health, integrity, and strategic focus as a leader.
Study
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Money, Possessions, and EternityAlcorn, Randy
What does the Bible really say about money? Randy Alcorn uses the Scriptures to approach this often touchy subject head-on.
Thought-provoking arguments challenge readers to rethink their attitudes and use their God-given resources in ways that will have an eternal impact. Alcorn deals straightforwardly with issues of materialism, stewardship, prosperity theology, debt, and more. An excellent choice for group study as well as individual financial guidance.
Study
2003
Book with Discussion Questions and Additional Resources
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
More
The Four Dimensions of Intimacy with God
Anderes, Marilyn
With warmth and deep candor, Marilyn Anderes explores four biblical realms necessary for commitment: brokenness, humility, repentance, and surrender.
Women relate to the idea of finding something more for their lives. An honest and intuitive look may confirm that they are rooted and established in God's love, but many realize they are not fully committed in every area. In this inviting book, she uncovers the extraordinary dimensions of God's love toward his children and helps reveal the close relationship he desires. Those who are running the race well but need an extra push will find themselves moving into a new width, length, height, and depth of spiritual intimacy with God.
Book, Women
2006
MosesMovie
Faith in God. Escape from slavery. The two great themes from the Old Testament book of Exodus are given thrilling new life in this recreation of how Moses led the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.
Academy Award(R) winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, House of Sand and Fog) is Moses and Frank Langella, David Suchet and Christopher Lee portray other powerful Biblical figures in this monumental production. All the glory and spectacle are here: Moses' childhood in Pharaoh's court, God's voice from the burning bush, the dreadful plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the granting of the Ten Commandments and the long-awaited return to Canaan. Share the journey - and rekindle your sense of wonder.
Movie, 182 min
1996
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New International Biblical Commentary - JamesDavids, Peter H.
This volume in the New International Biblical Commentary provides insightful answers for the modern reader confronted by the puzzles of James's thoroughgoing Jewish character.
Davids demonstrates how the Jewishness of the epistle, including its stress on poverty and piety, stems actually from its primitive Christian character. Careful section-by-section exegesis with the NIV as the base text renders James's message accessible and relevant to students of all abilities. The NIBC has been written by internationally respected experts in Biblical Studies. Scholarly arguments are carefully analyzed and presented in a way that anyone concerned to gain a deeper understanding of the New Testament will find both accessible and helpful. Christians of many different traditions will welcome this series as a valuable resource that will promote better understanding of the Bible and its message.
Reference
New Testament Lesson Maker
Create Your Own Customized Bible Study on Any Passage in the New Testament-In Minutes!
Navigators, NavPress
The New Testament Lesson Maker allows you to pull together customized Bible studies quickly.
Created by the developers of the bestselling Life Application Bible, Lesson Maker provides more than 18,000 questions from all 692 passage breakdowns of the NIV New Testament - 4 types of questions for each passage, "Ready to Go" questions for each passage.
Training Resource
1992
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Next Door Savior
Lucado, Max
Jesus. Holy or human? According to the Bible, he was-and is-both.
Fully God and fully man. Our next door Savior. The Christ of your galaxies is the Christ of your Mondays. The Starmaker manages your travel schedule. Relax. You have a friend in high places. There is no person he won't touch. No place he won't go to find you. For even though he is in heaven, he never left the neighborhood.
Study, 6-session
2004
Participant's Guide
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
No Experience Necessary
Everybody's Welcome
Fryer, Kelly A.
This book is a brief introduction to the value of the Bible, written for new Christians who don't have any significant church background.
It's written in a very light, easy style which makes it simple to read and it talks about the importance of Bible reading and how that can shape our lives as Christians and help us to know God better. Fryer illustrates her points with stories from her life and from her situation as a church pastor and these applications to life are helpful.
Book
2005
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Nuts & Bolts Issues for Small GroupsMcKay, William
This book provides practical answers to these and many other questions, and also shows how each decision a small group leader makes can help the group serve Jesus more effectively.
"When, where, and for how long should our group meet?" "What are the four small group activities that will lead us into community, care, discipleship and service?" "When and how do I need to Communicate with group members between meets?" "How do I effectively share group leadership with other members?" "How can group members care for one another without being taken over by one member's overwhelming needs?" These are the kinds of nuts and bolts questions that small group leaders ask and need to answer in order to lead healthy, Christ-centered groups.
Training Resource
1996
On Guard
Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision
Craig, William Lane
This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision.
In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life. This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe, but why they believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.
Study
2010
Book, Participant's Guide
One
52 Weekly Marriage-Building Devotions for Thriving Couples
Evans, Jimmy
You can rediscover the joy of your relationship by making your marriage a top priority, and that's what the One Devotional is about.
Of all your relationships-family, friends, coworkers, neighbors-one has the greatest potential to make your life joyful or miserable: your marriage. But too often the most important relationship in life is overlooked in the hectic pace of today's world and couples find themselves less and less satisfied as the months and years go by. There's a solution, however, and it's simple. You can rediscover the joy of your relationship by making your marriage a top priority, and that's what the One Devotional is about. This 52-week devotional book provides basic principles for building the marriage of your dreams, plus thought-provoking discussion starters and fun activities to complete together. In his open and honest style, Jimmy shares truths that he and Karen have discovered in their 35+ years of marriage. Filled with biblical wisdom and practical tips, this book provides you with everything that you need to make this the best year of your marriage!
Book, Couples
Our Riches in Christ
Discovering the Believer's Inheritance in Ephesians
Stedman, Ray C.
'Our Riches in Christ' helps Christians understand the liberating, transforming truths that produce lasting joy, unbounded peace, and radiant faith.
Throughout his thoroughgoing, verse-by-verse analysis of Paul's letter to the Ephesians, master teacher Ray Stedman stops often to show what the Scriptures mean for today's believer. Practical issues of husband and wife relationships and church order find their way alongside such vital theological issues as faith, prayer, and spiritual warfare.
Book
1998
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Oxford Bible AtlasMay, Herbert G
This new fourth edition of the Oxford Bible Atlas, now with twenty-seven full-color maps and eighty-one color illustrations, has been thoroughly revised to bring it up to date with both the most recent biblical scholarship and the most modern discoveries in archaeology and topography.
This authoritative Atlas illuminates the landscape of the biblical world, allowing readers to better understand the geographical context in which the Bible emerged and which formed its background. The colorful, highly accurate maps capture the many ancient locales of the Bible's stories and carefully reflect the successive stages of the Bible's accounts, while specially chosen full-color illustrations bring the countries and their peoples to life. The Atlas covers everything from Genesis to the stories of David and Solomon, the trade routes of the ancient world, the vast empires of Alexander the Great and Rome, and the ministry of Jesus and the formation of the early Church. The accompanying text describes the land of Palestine, and its wider ancient Near Eastern and east Mediterranean settings. It outlines the successive historical periods, and describes the major civilizations with which Israelites, Jews, and early Christians came into contact. There is also an illustrated survey of the relevance of archaeology for the Bible. Finally, the book includes a full chronology, suggestions for further reading, an index of place names, and a general index. An essential resource for all students of the Bible, the Atlas provides a superb guide to the geography of the Holy Land throughout history, from the Exodus to New Testament times.
Reference
Parables of JesusKalas, J. Ellsworth
One of today's most exciting biblical writers, J. Ellsworth Kalas, explains nine of the parables Jesus used to present eternal truths.
Scripture passages referenced are from the New Revised Standard Version. Parables covered include:-The House on the Rock (Matthew 7:24­27)-The Sower (Mark 4:1­20)-The Father and His Two Sons (Luke 15:11­32)-The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:3­32) -The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25­37) -The Widow and the Unjust Judge (Luke 18:1­8)-The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1­13)-The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9­14-The Nobleman and the Pounds (Luke 19:11­27). Parables of Jesus is an excellent resource for use with adult study groups, or for independent study.
Study, 9-session
1998
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Paul and the Romans - The Life and Letters of PaulStringer, Denise L.
This study explores the letter to the Romans.
Drawing on the historical data about the Roman congregation, this study examines major issues facing them and Christians today.
The study has seven sessions:
The Apostolic Ministry of Paul
Establishing Common Ground: The Universal Need for Salvation
The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Spiritual Life of the Christian
The Sovereignty of God
The Practice of the Gospel in Community Life
The Church Dynamic: Then and Now
Study, 7-session
Book
Paul for Everyone
The Prison Letters : Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon
Wright, N. T.
Making use of his scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright captures the verve and sparkle of these letters.
Paul wrote the letters while in prison facing possible death, but their passion and energy are undimmed. They reveal Paul's longing to see young churches grow in faith and understanding, rooted in Jesus himself, and to see this faith worked out in practice. Wright's stimulating comments are combined with his own fresh and inviting translation of the text. Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.
Study
2004
Book
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Paul for Everyone: 1 CorinthiansWright, N. T.

Making use of his true scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright shows us the liveliness of cosmopolitan Corinth, and reveals the wisdom and challenge of Paul's writing, bringing out the pastoral sensitivity and deep insight that make this letter one of Paul's crowning achievements.

Book
2003
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Paul for Everyone: Romans: Part 1
Chapters 1-8
Wright, N. T.
Writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright helps us see the great sweep of this letter.
Romans has long been viewed as the book above all in which Paul puts forth the basic doctrines of the faith, and the picture of God's life for us. It is the classic setting-out of the Gospel. In this series, Tom Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of each book. The series is suitable for group study, personal use, or daily devotions.
Study
2004
Book
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Paul
In Fresh Perspective
Wright, N. T.
The letters of the Apostle Paul changed the world like no others before or since, and they continue to strike us afresh with their panoramic vision of human history and destiny.
Preeminent New Testament scholar and churchman N. T. Wright here offers a fresh perspective on the Apostle Paul's content and convictions. Wright ranks Paul as "one of the most powerful and seminal minds of the first or any century," endlessly engaging and perennially elusive. Yet, with recent research, Wright argues, we can now sketch with confidence a new and more nuanced picture of the Apostle and the radical way in which his encounter with Jesus redefined his life, his whole thought-world, his mission, and his expectations for a world made new in Christ. The result: a masterful, engaging, and enlightening portrait that situates Paul in his time and for our own.
Book
2005
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Permission to Speak Freely. The Prayer Plan to Get, and Keep, You ConnectedStanley, Andy

In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley unpacks the words of Jesus to help us understand what God had in mind when he gave us the ability and the opportunity to talk to him.

Study, 3-session
Book
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Perseverance
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Peterson, Eugene
Six studies, based on Eugene Peterson's classic on Christian commitment, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, will encourage you to continue in the path Christ has set before you.
When the going gets tough, what does a Christian do? The world around you is, more often than not, unjust and unmerciful. But God has given you resources to see you through tough times. As you grow in hope, patience, repentance and joy, you also grow in your ability to persevere.
Study, 6-session
1996
Book
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Peter and PaulMovie

Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.

Movie, 198 min
1981
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Plastic Donuts: Giving That Delights the Heart of the FatherAnderson, Jeff
Once you see your gifts from God’s perspective, your giving will never be the same.
When she was a toddler, Jeff Anderson’s daughter opened his eyes to how delighted God is with our gifts. She brought him a plastic donut from her play kitchen, and he was surprised by the intensity of his reaction. His delight in receiving this simple gift—and his daughter’s joy in giving it—led him to dig deeper. Anderson would not rest until he found the scriptural connection between our gifts and God’s heart. Plastic Donuts removes the awkwardness and uncertainty that often accompany discussions about giving. Now you can think differently-and biblically-about what and how you give. Your gifts can capture God’s attention and connect you more intimately with His heart. Plastic Donuts brings everyone—leaders and followers, teachers and learners—onto the same page.
Book, 109 pages
2013
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Playful Journey for Couples
Worship, Love, Play
Markin-Ryerson, Susan
Playful Journey for Couples leads you and your spouse through a year of growing, loving, and laughing together that will last a lifetime.
Through fifty-two Bible verses, Playful Journey for Couples suggests a new combination of studies, activities, and romantic dates to live out the love of Christ with each other. It offers practical marriage advice and tools to open your hearts so you can get to know each other in a brand new way, enhance communication and trust, and renew intimacy and romance. It communicates the importance of putting Christ first in your marriage so you may enjoy a deeper and richer love. Living the marriage of your dreams doesn't have to be complicated, in fact it can be a lot of fun. In Playful Journey for Couples, author Susan Markin-Ryerson offers a new way to live out your own love story while enjoying your marriage journey.
Book, Couples
PrayerBarth, Karl
This anniversary edition of Karl Barth's lectures on the Lord's Prayer, along with supplementary essays by 3 Barth scholars, introduces us to what this preeminent theologian had to say about the Christian practice of prayer, understanding worship to be the ultimate aim of all theology.
Barth here mines the theological and spiritual wisdom of Luther, Calvin and the Heidelberg catechism and urges us to participate in the work of God through prayer.
Book
2002
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PrayerYancey, Philip
Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in this Prayer Book.
Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer's day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Yancey probes such questions as: Is God listening? Why should God care about me? If God knows everything, what's the point of prayer? Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.
Book
2008
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Prayer
Finding the Heart's True Home
Foster, Richard J.
Best-selling author Richard J. Foster offers a warm, compelling, and sensitive primer on prayer, helping us to understand, experience, and practice it in its many forms-from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer.
He clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest. Coming to prayer is like coming home, Foster says. "Nothing feels more right, more like what we are created to be and to do. Yet at the same time we are confronted with great mysteries. Who hasn't struggled with the puzzle of unanswered prayer? Who hasn't wondered how a finite person can commune with the infinite Creator of the universe? Who hasn't questioned whether prayer isn't merely psychological manipulation after all? We do our best, of course, to answer these knotty questions but when all is said and done, there is a sense in which these mysteries remain unanswered and unanswerable . . . At such times we must learn to become comfortable with the mystery." Foster shows how prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others. He leads us beyond questions to a deeper understanding and practice of prayer, bringing us closer to God, to ourselves, and to our community.
Book
1992
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Praying Like Jesus
The Lord's Prayer in a Culture of Prosperity
Mulholland, James
'Prayer isn't about me. It is about God.' Jesus understood the nature of prayer and taught his disciples to pray the beloved Lord's Prayer. Offering a fresh and compelling reading of this 'Prayer of Jesus,' Mulholland calls us back to the true essence of prayer.
He shows how authentic prayer will lead us away from the self-interest of the prevailing culture of greed and move us toward the compassion, sacrifice, and love that are the hallmarks of the kingdom of God. Praying Like Jesus is an invitation to rediscover the life we are called to as Christians' vow to transform our culture and world. The early Christians prayed like Jesus and were legendary for their acts of compassion and service. Mulholland believes this can and should be the commitment of Christians today.
Book
2001
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Priorities
Tyranny of the Urgent
Hummel, Charles
Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Does your list of unfinished tasks--unanswered letters, unvisited friends, unread books--grow larger and larger each week?
If so, you desperately need relief. Six studies drawn from Charles Hummel's Tyranny of the Urgent will help you put your life back in order by focusing on God's "to do" list instead of your own.
Study, 6-session
1994
Book
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Quarks, Chaos and Christianity
Questions to Science and Religion
Polkinghorne, John
Templeton Award winner and theoretical physicist John Polkinghorne explores the gap between science and religion.
Do we have to choose between the scientific and religious views of the world, or are they complementary understandings that give us a fuller picture than either on their own would provide? Quarks, Chaos, & Christianity shows the ways that both science and religion point to something greater than ourselves. Topics include: chaos theory; evolution; miracles; cosmology; guest for God; how God answers prayer; our human nature; religious fact and opinion; scientists and prayer.
Book
2005
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Questioning Evangelism
Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did
Newman, Randy
A much-needed look at sharing Christ with unbelievers, based not on the techniques of guerrilla hard-sell tactics, but on engaging questions and caring interaction.
Filled with humor and stories, this book provides a challenging yet encouraging look at evangelism in our world today. This volume argues that asking questions and starting meaningful conversations is a far better method for sharing faith than prepared lectures or statements. It gives advice on what people need to hear in response to the world around them. Author was raised Jewish and has a unique, rabbinical outlook on evangelism.
Book
2003
Book with Discussion Questions
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Radical
Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
Platt, David
In 'Radical,' David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences.
He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to "believe" and "obey "what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus. Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment -- a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
Study, 6-session
2010
Participant's Guide
Raising Great KidsCloud, Henry
Townsend, John
Joining their expertise with the wisdom of MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you provide both the care and acceptance that make grace real to your child, and the firmness and discipline that give direction.
Avoiding the twin extremes of permissiveness and over-control, Drs. Cloud and Townsend show how you can help your child cultivate six necessary character traits: attachment, responsibility, reality, competence, morality, and worship/spiritual life. - At last, here is an effective middle ground for raising up children who will handle life with maturity and wisdom. Raising Great Kids will help you equip your son or daughter to accept life's responsibilities, grow from its challenges, and freely and fully explore all that it has to offer.
Study, Parents
Book, Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide
Reaching for the Invisible God
What Can We Expect to Find?
Yancey, Philip
Reaching for the Invisible God develops what we can expect from God by taking readers to six foundational areas: the thirst or hunger for God, God himself, the Spirit, faith, growth, and personal transformation in the spiritual life.
Reaching for the Invisible God also explores the personality of God, the choice God made in limiting himself, and the great condescension he made as the Holy Spirit, choosing to live in human beings. Finally, Reaching for the Invisible God comes to an appropriate finish as Yancey writes about growth, about childlike living under God apart from unrealistic expectations, legalisms, and unhealthy dependence. The goal is mature childlikeness, with no preconceptions, an ability to accept gifts from God, and trust, which lead to the responses of love, sacrifice, the denial of self, and servant leadership. In Reaching for the Invisible God Philip Yancey writes with honesty about the Christian life, about how to get along with God, how to believe again, and about the Reaching for the Invisible God of faith, or the things people never told you about the Christian life. It's the real scoop and straight talk about the truth--like an operating manual for faith. It is for the reader seeking to be honest with God. And it will help anyone wanting to explain to friends what life as a Christian is all about.
Book
2009
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Reclaiming the C Word
Daring to Be Church Again
Fryer, Kelly A.
Kelly A. Fryer gives practical advice on how to transform our idea of church and what that means for our lives as Christians.
God is up to something! God is on a mission to save and bless the world, and God calls the church to be part of this mission. That means getting focused, setting people free, taking action, expecting surprises, and being hopeful. A church on God's mission isn't a building or a building plus a pastor. It's people's people who carry out God's mission in the world.
Book
2006
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Renegade Gospel
The Rebel Jesus
Slaughter, Michael
Renegade Gospel is a church study that challenges believers to come to terms with the real Jesus—the rebel Jesus.
Who was Jesus, really? Wasn’t the central figure to the Christian faith a man who denied all preconceived notions about what God should look like? Wouldn’t associating with him have meant joining a rebel movement? Doesn’t it still? Perfect as a Lenten study.
Study, 6-session
Participant's Guide
Renovation of the Heart
Putting on the Character of Christ
Willard, Dallas
Renovation of the Heart explains the common misunderstandings about human nature and the discipleship process by outlining the general pattern of personal spiritual transformation - not as a formula, but as a systematic process.
This bestseller by Dallas Willard explains that as intentional apprentices of Jesus, we are to move deeper into a relationship with God while becoming more like Jesus. In his unique, winning way, Dallas Willard will guide you in discovering your true identity while exploring spiritual growth in a new way. Includes discussion questions.
Study
2002
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Restless - Because You Were Made For MoreAllen, Jennie
In Restless, an 8-session, video-based small group Bible study, Bible study teacher and author Jennie Allen helps you discover a practical plan to identify the threads of your life and how to weave them together for God's glory and purposes.
Restless explores this important question: "Do I matter?" And Jennie asks, "We live with lots of things, lots of people…but do we live for something?" Using the story of Joseph, Jennie explains how his suffering, gifts, story, and relationships fit into the greater story of God-and how your story can do the same. She also introduces Threads – a tool to help you see your own personal story and to uncover and understand the raw materials God has given you to use for his glory and purpose. Filled with practical tools and biblical teaching, Restless will equip you to: Make sense of the seemingly random relationships and activities of life, Redeem life's hurts and scars, Place your story in context with God's greater story.
Study, 8-session, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD, Discussion Cards
ResurrectionWright, N. T.
Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?
This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians’ belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances." How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians’ answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.
Study, 4-session
Participant's Guide, DVD
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Reversed Thunder
The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination
Peterson, Eugene

Peterson's eloquent meditation on the Revelation of St. John engages the imagination and awakens the intellect to the vitality and relevance of the last words on scripture, Christ, church, worship, evil, prayer, witness, politics, judgment, salvation, and heaven.

Book
2011
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Revolution of Character
Discovering Christ's Pattern for Spiritual Transformation
Willard, Dallas

The author of "The Divine Conspiracy" reveals that the main reason people fail in their spiritual lives is that they don't carefully examine the roles played by all five elements of their person: heart, mind, body, social life, and soul.

Book
2004
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Revolution Within
A Fresh Look at Supernatural Living
Edwards, Dwight
In this book, you'll discover your God-given design as a Christian. You'll be motivated to godly living, not because you should or want to, but because God has already changed your heart.
Rather than the Gospel being about our fulfillment, Pastor Dwight Edwards knows that the Gospel is all about God's glory. He also knows that the Gospel not only changes our legal position before God but also who we actually are. Edwards "thought my job as a pastor was to persuade people to do what they really didn't want to do and act like people they really weren't. But my calling is to tell them what God has done, stir up their holy appetites, provide some basic direction and turn 'em loose." Revolution Within does just that!
Study, 13-session
2001
Book, Participant's Guide
Risen DVD - Discussion GuideMovie

Small group discussion guide to go with the Risen Movie. Movie is not in the library.

Study
Leader's guide for the movie
Run with the HorsesPeterson, Eugene
In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human.
A Formation book. We all long to live life at its best--to fuse freedom and spontaneity with purpose and meaning. Why then do we often find our lives so humdrum, so unadventuresome, so routine? Or else so frantic, so full of activity, but still devoid of fulfillment? How do we learn to risk, to trust, to pursue wholeness and excellence--to run with the horses in the jungle of life?
Book
1983
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Samson and DelilahMovie
Samson is chosen by God to destroy the Philistines, who have occupied the land of Canaan.
He is given the greatest strength ever known to man as long as he remains true to his vow and its conditions, yet he still is not convinced of his purpose, preferring instead to spend his time with Philistine company. He eventually falls in love with a Philistine girl, decides to marry her, but is betrayed by her on his wedding day. He soon learns she was blackmailed by the Philistine lords who are plotting his demise, and goes to reclaim her, but she has been murdered along with her entire family. Meanwhile, a treacherous courtesan of the king, Delilah, is convinced of her ability to bring even the mighty Samson to his knees. She appeals to Samson as a beautiful woman, and Samson is immediately taken with her. They begin the relationship of two passionate lovers, and Delilah convinces Samson of her love, ultimately seducing him into telling her the secret of his strength. Samson is thus at last captured by the Philistines, who blind him and make him into a slave, forcing him to grind grain at a millstone. At the celebration of his and his kingdom's defeat, he is brought in chains to be both an example and entertainment to his captors. Unbeknownst to them, his strength has returned, and as he stands between the two pillars that support the building, he asks God for forgiveness. He then pushes against the pillars, collapsing the building and killing those inside, including himself. Delilah, who was present in the temple, also dies as well.
Movie, 180 min
1996
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Savoring God's Word
Cultivating the Soul-Transforming Practice of Spiritual Meditation
Johnson, Jan
The word 'meditation' appears in the Bible more than 30 times, but many Christians don't understand what it's all about.
Savoring God's Word explores the Bible using lectio divina, an ancient approach to taking in the Scriptures. With helpful how-to exercises and tips, this book explains how meditating on Scripture can help you hear what God is saying to you today. This book demystifies the spiritual discipline of meditation, dispels fears and misunderstandings, describes how to form a new, profound way of seeking God
Book
2004
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Secrets of the Vine
Breaking Through to Abundance
Wilkinson, Bruce
Dr. Bruce Wilkinson explores John 15 to show you how to make maximum impact for God.
Wilkinson demonstrates how Jesus is the Vine of life, discusses four levels of "fruit bearing" (doing the good work of God), and reveals three life-changing truths that will lead you to new joy and effectiveness in His kingdom. "Secrets of the Vine "will open your eyes to the Lord's hand in your life and will uncover surprising insights that will point you toward a new path of consequence for God's glory. Are You Ready to Break Through to the Abundant Life? Is it time to trade in mediocrity for a life of consequence? Do you want to experience the joy of making maximum impact for God? Join Bruce Wilkinson for a journey through John 15. Find out why Jesus is the Vine of life, and explore the four levels of "fruit bearing." You'll learn three surprising secrets that will open your eyes to your unrealized potential in Him..."starting today!"
Book
2005
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Serving God - Journey 101 Cartmill, Carol
Journey 101: Knowing, Loving, Serving God is a three-part basic faith course that helps to answer essential questions as it guides participants on the journey of growing as a Christian.
The goal? Becoming a deeply committed follower of Jesus Christ. The three studies are grounded in 15 core traits of a deeply committed Christian--traits that paint a picture of what it looks like to follow Jesus Christ with increasing passion and dedication.
Study
Participant's Guide
Servolution
Starting a Church Revolution Through Serving
Rizzo, Dino
In Servolution, Dino Rizzo shares the story of his relentless pursuit of ways to bless the lost, poor, and hurting people of his community in Jesus' name.
You'll be amazed and inspired by the incredible ways God has used Healing Place Church to meet the needs of thousands of people. Each chapter includes practical suggestions and resources for use in any church. Be encouraged by the testimony of how God's Spirit can use a simple passion to serve to revolutionize your approach to ministry. Wherever you are and whatever your gifts, you can play a vital role in this revolution through serving.
Book
2009
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Shape - Finding & Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for LifeRees, Erik
It’s all here: insights that can change the way you look at yourself and how you live your life and practical guidance for applying them. Discover how to apply your amazing array of personal attributes in ways that bring confidence, freedom, clarity, and significance that can only come from your Creator.
Filled with Scripture and real-life stories, S.H.A.P.E. presents a series of challenges that will guide you through the process of discovering your personal blend of
Spiritual Gifts: A set of special abilities that God has given you to share his love and serve others.
Heart: The special passions God has given you so that you can glorify him on earth.
Abilities: The set of talents God gave you when you were born, which he also wants you to use to make an impact for him.
Personality: The special way God wired you to navigate life and fulfill your unique Kingdom Purpose.
Experiences: Those parts of your past, both positive and painful, which God intends to use in great ways.
Book
Shaped by the Word
The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation
Mulholland, M. Robert
Many people buy and read the Bible for the sake of gaining information, Robert Mulholland believes that people can read the Bible not only for information, but for formation.
In this completely revised version of an Upper Room best-selling classic, Mulholland invites readers to embrace scripture in a new and more fulfilling way, letting the biblical text form our spiritual life. Mulholland's biggest hope is that people will begin to open themselves so they may regularly encounter God in reading the Bible. Dr. Mulholland examines the obstacles often encountered in spiritual reading. These obstacles include the attitudes that we bring to reading the Bible -- our view of self, our view of the Bible, our relationships with others. As Mulholland writes about these obstacles, he offers a gentle pastoral voice that guides the reader to meet God anew. Readers will grow spiritually as they read and digest Mulholland's insights into the ways we meet God in scripture.
Book
2001
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Shattered Dreams
God's Unexpected Path to Joy
Crabb , Larry
Learn How to Look Through Life's Tragedies and See the Lavish Blessings God Has For You!
"Shattered dreams," writes Dr. Larry Crabb, "are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream." To help you understand this neglected truth in the deepest and most helpful way, author and counselor Larry Crabb has written a wise, hopeful, honest, and realistic examination of life's difficulties and tragedies. He wraps insights around the bold story of Naomi in the Bible's book of Ruth. As Crabb retells and illuminates this sometimes disturbing and often profoundly touching story, we are shown how God stripped Naomi of happiness in order to prepare her for joy. And we gain an unforgettable picture of how God uses shattered dreams to release better dreams and a more fulfilling life for those He loves. Shattered dreams have the power to change our lives for good. Forever.
Study, 8-session
2002
Book, Participant's Guide
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Silent Compassion - Finding God in ContemplationRohr, Richard
This book will inspire you and show that the peace of contemplation is not something just for monks, mystics, and those divorced from the worries of the world, but rather for all people who can quiet their own mind to listen in the silence.
In Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation, Rohr focuses on finding God in the depths of silence, and shares that the divine silence is more than the absence of noise. That silence has a life of its own, in which we are invited into its living presence, wholeness of being, and peace it brings. This silence can absorb paradoxes, contradictions, and the challenges of life, he says, connecting us with the great chain of being. Rohr adds that while different faiths use different languages and different words, all major religions have come at the mystery of God as a dynamic flow—God as communion, God as relationships. Silence then becomes that common place for all.
Book
SimpleStanley, Andy

In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley unpacks the compelling simplicity of Jesus' message: Follow. Believe. Obey.

Study, 3-session
DVD
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Simply ChristianWright, N. T.
Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader has no knowledge of (and perhaps even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular. Simply Christian walks the reader through the Christian faith step by step and question by question.
With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.
Book
2006
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Small Group Qs
600 Eye-Opening Questions for Deepening Community and Exploring Scripture
Polich, Laurie
Just what small group leaders need to get their youth started in a meaningful discussion.
This flexible and adaptable resource for youth workers contains 600 questions including 50 complete Bible studies specifically designed to help groups get acquainted, get deep, get spiritual, get into topics, and get into the Word. Leader’s hints, exercise options, and fun, helpful tips are included. Features include:
* 600 ready-to-go small group questions for equipping small group leaders
* Perfect for youth workers, camp counselors, Sunday school teachers, student leaders, or volunteers
* Leader’s hints, exercise options, fun and helpful tips
* Flexible and adaptable--ideal for both junior high and high school groups
Training Resource, Youth
2010
Small Group Vital Signs: Seven Indicators of Heath that Make Groups FlourishMack, Michael C.
If you've wondered why some small groups thrive and their leaders seem so energized and happy, you'll discover it in this revealing book-and learn how to become this kind of leader!
Is your small group healthy? Is it thriving, surviving, or declining? Is your group missional or in maintenance mode? Do you want answers to these questions? How about a viable plan of action for the future of you group? This book contains a revealing small group health evaluation and principles that will help you determine and increase your group's level of health in seven vital areas: - Christ-centered Community - Overflowing Leadership - Shared Leadership - Proactive Leadership - Authentic Community - Ministry to Others - Discipling Environment In SMALL GROUP VITAL SIGNS, you'll gain a new appreciation for the way Mike Mack explains why each of the areas above are critical to your group's health. His helpful stories, biblical principles, and practical ideas for health and vitality will help you and your group grow in each area.
Training Resource
SolomonMovie

Solomon's wisdom comes from God. Solomon puts his faith in God, and God gives the great King the power to understand human nature, the power to make judgments with great wisdom and the courage to stand up for his belief in God's will.

Movie, 30 min
1995
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Soul Keeping
Caring for the Most Important Part of You
Ortberg, John
In Soul Keeping, John Ortberg helps Christians rediscover their soul--the best connection to God there is--and find out why it's hurting and why neglecting it has set so many believers so far back spiritually.
In this six-session, video-based small group Bible study, Ortberg shows that caring for your soul is necessary for your Christian life. John shows participants what your soul is, why it is important, how to assess your soul's health, and how to care for it so that we can have a meaningful and beautiful life with God and others. When you nurture your soul your life in this world will come to make sense again; you can find your way back to God from hopelessness, depression, relationship struggles, and a lack of fulfillment. Your soul's resting place is in God, and John Ortberg wants to take participants to that home. This study guide includes discussion questions, video notes, and in-between studies and is designed for use with the Soul Keeping DVD (sold separately). Sessions include: Filling the Hole in Your Soul, Why God Made You With a Soul, What's Soul Got To Do With It, Finding Your Soul's True Home, Empty Souls and Full Garages, Why We Have a Soul, Brothers and Sisters.
Study, 6-session
2014
Participant's Guide, DVD
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Speaking the Truth in Love
How to Be an Assertive Christian
Koch, Ruth
Haugk, Kenneth
Jesus lived assertively. Jesus' disciples (that is all of us) need to live assertively, too. SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE invites you to experience the freedom and joy of Christian assertiveness.
You will discover how a scriptural understanding of assertive living builds healthy relationships with others, in groups, and in congregations. This deeply spiritual and extremely practical book makes clear: what assertiveness is; the biblical foundation for assertiveness; how to make, refuse, and negotiate requests; how to express and receive compliments; plus, fourteen other essential topics. SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE will also show you how to handle anger, criticism, and other tough relational issues. You will learn practical ways to relate to others with greater honesty, compassion, and respect.
Book
1992
Spiritual Classics
Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines
Foster, Richard J.
Editors Richard Foster and Emilie Griffith offer their expertise by selecting inspirational writings and including their own commentary and recommendations for further guided reading and exploration.
The Brightest Lights of the Christian Tradition, St. Augustine, Thomas Merton, Fredrick Buechner, Evelyn Underhill, A.W. Tozer, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas More, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amy Carmichael, Simone Weil, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hildegard of Bingen, John Milton, Dorothy Day, Leo Tolstoy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and more. . . From nearly two thousand years of Christian writing comes Spiritual Classics, fifty-two selections complete with a profile of each author, guided meditations for group and individual use, and reflections containing questions and exercises.
Study
2000
Book, Participant's Guide
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Starting Point
Find Your Place in the Story
Stanley, Andy
Welcome to Starting Point---a journey of discovering the broad arch of God's story and where you fit into the narrative. Whether you are new to the Christian faith, simply curious about it, or reexamining it after time away from church, you'll appreciate the accepting, conversational, small group environment.
Come as you are, be who you are, and build enriching connections with fellow travelers as you explore who God is and what Christianity is really about. Starting Point is a natural, enjoyable, and potentially life-changing experience. Each of the ten sessions consists of three important parts: First, selecting one of the five CDs that come with this Conversation Guide, you'll listen to a teaching by Andy Stanley. Second, you'll use this guidebook to help you reflect, and to journal your thoughts on how what you're discovering connects with your life---with who you are, how you think, what you believe...with the things that matter most to you. Finally, in your weekly group meeting, you'll have the opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences with fellow travelers in a supportive environment that is designed to enhance sharing and connection. From Creation across history and into the future---from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation---God's story is a story of relationship, and your name is in it. Welcome to the journey of finding out how the story started...where it ends...and how God's story and your story unite.
Study
2008
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
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Staying in LoveStanley, Andy

In this 4-part series, Andy teaches us how two people can fall in love and actually stay there.

Study, 4-session
DVD
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Streams of Living Water
Essential Practices from the Six Great Traditions of Christian Faith
Foster, Richard J.
In this landmark work, Foster examines the 'streams of living water' the six dimensions of faith and practice that define Christian tradition.
He lifts up the enduring character of each tradition and shows how a variety of practices, from individual analysis and retreat to disciplines of service and community, are all essential elements of growth and maturity. Foster examines the unique contributions of each of these traditions and offers as examples the inspiring stories of faithful people whose lives defined each of these "streams."
Book
2001
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Stuck in Halftime - Reinvesting Your One and Only LifeBuford, Bob
Stuck in Halftime coaches readers how to get past the barriers that stand in their way to maturity and fulfillment. It outlines eight 'myths of halftime' and explains the new set of rules for this second half of life’s journey.
Combining practical guidance with personal stories of people who have become "unstuck," Stuck in Halftime renews the vision and determination of those who heard the "still, small voice of God" calling them to a life of significance.
Book, Men
Study Guide for Celebration of DisciplineFoster, Richard J.
Richard J. Foster presents a series of brief, incisive essays that expand the discussion begun in Celebration of Discipline.
These essays focus and clarify key issues, and encourage a fuller understanding and practice of the spiritual disciplines. Each essay is followed by Scripture passages to enhance our appreciation of the disciplines and questions to facilitate careful reading of the original text and stimulate thought and discussion.
Book
1983
Book with Discussion Questions
Surprised by Joy
The Shape of My Early Life
Lewis, C.S.
A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere . . . God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous. This book is not an autobiography. It is not a confession. It is, however, certainly one of the most beautiful and insightful accounts of a person coming to faith.
Here, C.S. Lewis takes us from his childhood in Belfast through the loss of his mother, to boarding school and a youthful atheism in England, to the trenches of World War I, and then to Oxford, where he studied, read, and, ultimately, reasoned his way back to God. It is perhaps this aspect of Surprised by Joy that we believers and nonbelievers find most compelling and meaningful; Lewis was searching for joy, for an elusive and momentary sensation of glorious yearning, but he found it, and spiritual life, through the use of reason. In this highly personal, thoughtful, intelligent memoir, Lewis guides us toward joy and toward the surprise that awaits anyone who seeks a life beyond the expected.
Book
1966
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Take the Next StepWeems, Lovett H.
Learn how to work for genuine and effective change in your church without trying to throw out everything that has gone before.
Pastors and other congregational leaders are eager to institute meaningful and effective change in their congregations. They know that old attitudes and perspectives prevent the church from fulfilling its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Yet too often church advocates insist that if genuine change is to occur in the church, then everything must change. The board must be wiped clean, and new technologies, new worship styles, and even new theologies must replace what has come before. The problem with such calls for radical change, says Lovett Weems, Jr., is that they are not true to the way that genuine and lasting change takes place. Like every other organization, churches rest on a cultural foundation of shared assumptions, values, and practices. The paradox of successful change is that this foundation is at the same time the source of resistance to change and what makes change possible. Lasting, transformational change grows out of the congregation's current sense of its story and its mission. Transformational leaders know how to build on the church's identity, making new ministries and emphases the natural extension of what has gone before. In other words they know how to make the story of change the next chapter in the book of the congregation's life, rather than throwing the book away and trying to start over.
Book
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Taking God Seriously
Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets
Briscoe, Stuart

Seasoned pastor Stuart Briscoe examines each of the Minor Prophets, providing both helpful historical context, and demonstrating the relevance of each prophet's message to believers today.

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Teach Me to PraySangster, W. E
Published for over 40 years, this modern-day spiritual classic offers all the essentials needed to build a strong and intimate relationship with God through prayer.
Now with a new cover and updated language, Sangster s little book helps Christians develop a practice of prayer, form a prayer group, and learn how to live in Christ.
Book
1959
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The 5 Love Languages
The Secret to Love that Lasts
Chapman, Gary
By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other.
Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse's primary love language-quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together. This beautiful faux leather edition is the perfect gift for weddings, holidays, or any special occasion. Includes a promotional code to gain exclusive online access to the new comprehensive love languages assessment.
Book, Couples
2010
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The Abolition of Man - How Education Develops Man's Sense of MoralityLewis, C.S.
The Abolition of Man references the teaching of English in the upper forms of schools, and uses that as a starting point for a defense of objective value and natural law, and a warning of the consequences of doing away with or 'debunking' those things.
It defends science as something worth pursuing but criticizes using it to debunk values—the value of science itself being among them—or defining it to exclude such values. The book was first delivered as a series of three evening lectures at King's College, Newcastle, part of the University of Durham, as the Riddell Memorial Lectures on February 24–26, 1943.
Book
1943
The Acts of the ApostlesBarclay, William
William Barclay discusses among other things the plan in Acts, Luke's skill as a historian, the accuracy of his sources, and the honesty with which he uses them.
Full of unique insights and little-known information about the background of the early Church, this volume again displays Barclay's great ability for clear and perceptive expression. With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language.
Book
The Best of A. W. Tozer Book OneTozer, A. W.
Wiersbe, Warren
This collection of 52 favorite chapters represent the major themes from the works of A.W. Tozer.
Each chapter offers what Tozer has come to be known for: incredible insight, deep conviction, and high praise of God. From Let My People Go to The Pursuit of God, Tozer's books were always written after long hours of meditation and prayer. Perhaps this explains their wide circulation and lasting influence. A.W. Tozer once said, "I guess my philosophy is this: Everything is wrong until God sets it right." Enjoy this collection of writings from a man who scarcely, if ever, stated a truth he didn't glean from God.
Book
2007
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The Best of A. W. Tozer Book TwoTozer, A. W.
A.W. Tozer wrote with the passion of a man thirsty for God. He was not afraid to expose man's frailties, nor was he hesitant to reveal what God can do for those who seek Him.
This collection of 44 chapters covers major themes of A. W. Tozer's writings, capturing the message he so passionately taught and lived: Surrender to Christ, get to know God personally, and grow to become like Him. Perhaps this explains their wide circulation and lasting influence. Excerpts from this volume come from classics like: The Knowledge of the Holy The Pursuit of God God's Pursuit of Man How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit Talk Back to the Devil Who Put Jesus on the Cross? Plus many  more! Also available is The Best of A.W. Tozer Book One, which includes 52 more chapters.
Book
2007
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The Bible Jesus ReadYancey, Philip
In The Bible Jesus Read, Philip Yancey challenges the perception that the New Testament is all that matters and the Old Testament isn't worth taking the time to read and understand.
Yancey admits that, like many Christians, he usually avoided the Old Testament. After all, why bother with writings that can be so baffling, boring, even offensive to the modern mind? But a surprising discovery awaited Yancey when he began to explore how the Old Testament related to his life today. Those seemingly irrelevant Hebrew Scriptures took on a startling immediacy, portraying a passionate relationship between God and people against the broad backdrop of human experience. Like nothing else, the Old Testament depicts the cries, the complaints, the deep, insistent questionings of the heart, the stuff of life we all must contend with. With his candid, signature style, Yancey interacts with the Old Testament from the perspective of his own deeply personal journey. From Moses, the amazing prince of Egypt, to the psalmists' turbulent emotions and the prophets' oddball rantings, Yancey paints a picture of Israel's God--and ours--that fills in the blanks of a solely New Testament vision of the Almighty. Probing some carefully selected Old Testament books--Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets--Yancey reveals how the Old Testament deals in astonishing depth and detail with the issues that trouble us most. The Old Testament in fact tackles what the New Testament often only skirts. But that shouldn't surprise us. It is, after all, the Bible Jesus read. The Bible Jesus Read will give you abundant new insights into the heart of God the Father. And as you read with a fresh eye the prayers, poems, songs, and bedtime stories that Jesus so revered, you will gain a profound new understanding of Christ. "The more we comprehend the Old Testament," Yancey writes, "the more we comprehend Jesus."
Book
2001
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The Billy Graham Christian Worker's Handbook
A Layman's Guide for Soul Winning and Personal Counseling
Graham, Billy
Ward, Charles

A fantastic guide for yourself and for helping others follow the word of God with more understanding. Written for those who telephone-counsel people with special needs like Loss of Employment - Winning parents to Christ - Anger and Cults.

Training Resource
1993
The Case for a CreatorMovie
When objectively considered, does contemporary scientific evidence point toward or away from a supernatural Creator? Strobel interviewed scientists and scholars from a wide range of disciplines for the answers.
Based upon a New York Times best-seller, The Case For A Creator is a remarkable film about Lee Strobel's journey from spiritual skepticism to a profound faith in the God who has etched His indelible signature upon every galaxy and living cell. The Creator now revealed by 21st century science.
Movie, 57 min
2006
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The Case for a Creator
A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God
Strobel, Lee
Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you'll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence.
During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant---or so Strobel thought. But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason. Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe.
Book
2004
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The Case for ChristMovie

Based upon the Gold-Medallion award-winning best-seller, The Case for Christ documents Lee Strobel's journey from atheism to faith through his two-year investigation of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ.

Movie, 71 min
2007
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The Case for Christ
A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
Strobel, Lee
A Seasoned Journalist Chases Down the Biggest Story in History. Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?
Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this Gold Medallion-winning book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure.
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1998
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The Case for Christmas
A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger
Strobel, Lee
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he really? And how can you know for sure?
Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the tough, pointed questions you'd expect from an award-winning legal journalist. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including Eyewitness Evidence. Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? Scientific Evidence. What does archaeology reveal? Profile Evidence. Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God? Fingerprint Evidence. Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah? The Case for Christmas invites you to consider why Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth. It may be more compelling than you've realized. Weigh the facts . . . and decide for yourself.
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2009
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The Case For FaithMovie

In THE CASE FOR FAITH journalist Lee Strobel investigates two of the most emotional objections to Christianity. Barriers to faith confronted by believers and skeptics alike: Why is Jesus the only way to God? And, how could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?

Movie, 79 min
2008
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The Case for Faith
A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
Strobel, Lee
Was God telling the truth when he said, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart?
In his #1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief - the eight heart barriers to faith. This Gold Medallion-winning book is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with difficult questions standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends. Everyone - seekers, doubters, fervent believers - benefits when Lee Strobel hits the road in search of answers, as he does again in The Case for Faith. In the course of his probing interviews, some of the toughest intellectual obstacles to faith fall away. Luis Palau Lee Strobel has given believers and skeptics alike a gift in this book. He does not avoid seeking the most difficult questions imaginable, and refuses to provide simplistic answers that do more harm than good.
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2000
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The Christ-Centered Woman - Finding Balance in a World of Extremes (Women's Bible Study Based on Ephesians 3)Reisman, Kimberly Dunnam
In this six-week in-depth Bible study, Kimberly Dunnam Reisman helps women to find balance at every age and stage of life.
Confronting the daily chaos of competing demands from a new perspective, she asks not "How do I juggle my responsibilities?" but "How do I make choices that reflect my relationship with Christ and his direction for my life?" Using chapter three of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians as a biblical foundation, the study identifies barriers to balanced living and explores what the Bible teaches about Christ-centered living. Women will discover how being centered in the Savior can help us contemplate, sort, and prioritize our callings. Through it all, we come to experience Christ as Rock, Solace, and Guide and find him the calm center from which we can wisely navigate the responsibilities of our lives. The Participant Book guides women in a biblical study of Christ-centered living, using Ephesians 3 as a foundational framework. Five devotional readings are provided for each week. The interactive format includes space for responding to questions and recording personal reflections.
Study, 6-session, Women
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The Christian Life Profile Assessment ToolFrazee, Randy
This comprehensive discipleship tool kit enables churches to assess the Christian beliefs, practices, and virtues of each member to help everyone grow.
The training kit is based on the "Thirty Core Competencies" as outlined in the book The Connecting Church, also by Pastor Randy Frazee. These thirty core competencies help churches know when they are making progress in guiding their members toward Christ-likeness. Each of the four sessions contains components such as video, lecture, leader-led discussion, large group discussion, and small group discussion. Individuals answer 120 questions about their Christian beliefs, practices, and virtues. Three friends also assess them in the virtues area. Using the results, individuals identify areas in which they would like to grow during the upcoming year. The resource guide provides plans to help realize the growth such as reading books, memorizing Scripture, attending a seminar, being mentored by a spiritual director, or engaging in a new spiritual discipline. The Christian Life Profile journey is experienced in a small group community that seeks to encourage, pray, and hold each other accountable for progress. The goal is to take the profile again, one year later, to monitor the journey. The complete kit includes a four-session Training Guide, a copy of The Christian Life Profile Assessment Tool, and a DVD to assist in training. The Christian Life Profile Assessment Tool and Training Guide are also available separately.
Training Resource
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianMovie

One year after their incredible adventures in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan Pevensie return to Narnia to aid a young prince whose life has been threatened by the evil King Miraz. Now, with the help of a colorful cast of new characters, including Trufflehunter the badger and Nikabrik the dwarf, the Pevensie clan embarks on an incredible quest to ensure that Narnia is returned to its rightful heir.

Movie, 150 min
2008
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeMovie

Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four siblings who step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever!

Movie, 143 min
2005
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderMovie

This time around Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

Movie, 113 min
2010
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The Circle Maker - Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears Batterson, Mark
Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker―a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people.
What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
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The Coming of JesusFelton, Gayle Carlton
The Coming of Jesus will help learners gain a deeper understanding of Jesus through a careful look at the setting into which he was born.
Events included are: the Old Testament prophecies of a Messiah, Jesus' birth foretold to Zechariah, Mary's visit to Elizabeth, Joseph visited by the angel, the appearance by the shepherds and then the Magi, the Temple rituals for the newborn baby boy, and the flight to Egypt and return to Nazareth. In addition, the text will explore some of the traditions that deal with Jesus' "hidden" years and will describe the physical, cultural, and religious surroundings in which Jesus was raised.
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2000
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The Common People Heard Him GladlyMoore, James W.
Can you imagine the excitement that danced in the hearts of the people in Galilee some 2,000 years ago, when the word came that Jesus was heading their way? 'Jesus is coming!' the cry would go up, and the people would drop what they were doing and rush out with strong anticipation to see him or hear him or touch him.
This seven-session study, appropriate for both group and individual use, provides one lesson for each week in Lent. Each lesson includes a Scripture reference, a brief reflection, questions for study or discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week.
Study, 7-session, Lent
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The ConfessionsAugustine, Saint
The Vintage Spiritual Classics present the testimony of writers across the centuries who have pondered the mysterious ways, unfathomable mercies, and deep consolations afforded by God to those who call upon Him from out of the depths of their lives. These writers are our companions, even our champions, in a common effort to discern the meaning of God in personal experience.
The questions, discussion topics, and background information that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of the six works that make up the first series in Vintage Spiritual Classics. We hope they will provide you with a variety of ways of thinking and talking about these ancient and important texts. We offer this word about the act of reading these spiritual classics. From the very earliest accounts of monastic practice--dating back to the fourth century--it is evident that a form of reading called lectio divina ('divine' or 'spiritual' reading) was essential to any deliberate spiritual life. This kind of reading is quite different from that of scanning a text for useful facts and bits of information, or advancing along an exciting plot line to a climax in the action. It is, rather, a meditative approach, by which the reader seeks to taste and savor the beauty and truth of every phrase and passage. There are four steps in lectio divina: first, to read, next to meditate, then to rest in the sense of God's nearness, and, ultimately, to resolve to govern one's actions in the light of new understanding. This kind of reading is itself an act of prayer. And, indeed, it is in prayer that God manifests His Presence to us.
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1998
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The Cost of DiscipleshipBonhoeffer, Dietrich
What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between cheap grace and costly grace.
Cheap grace, Bonhoeffer wrote, is the grace we bestow on ourselves...grace without discipleship....Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the girl which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know....It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
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2012
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The Cross of ChristStott, John
The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith. 'I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?'
With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God's redemption of the world -- a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war. Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today? At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. This book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission.
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2006
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The Divine Conspiracy
Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
Willard, Dallas

Dallas Willard skillfully weaves together biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice, revealing what it means to "apprentice" ourselves to Jesus. Using Jesus’s Sermon of the Mount as his foundation, Willard masterfully explores life-changing ways to experience and be guided by God on a daily basis, resulting in a more authentic and dynamic faith.

Study, 10-session
1998
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The Divine RomanceSheen, Fulton J.
In The Divine Romance, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen delves into love and life with all its pain, sorrow, loneliness and human failures from the perspective of our human quest for God, the inner life of the Trinity, the outpouring of the Spirit and most of all the Lord of Calvary and Easter.
The Divine Romance touches on perennial themes and is a classic that has a power to heal, help and inspire the reader. In his crisp pastoral style, Sheen describes the believer's spiritual journey back to the Father with all of its ecclesial dimensions. Christ guides our mystical journey and forms us into his very Body on Earth.
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1982
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The Essential Works of John WesleyWesley, John
Want to know how to live the Christian life? Learn from one of the foremost authorities, John Wesley, in this single-volume library of journal selections, sermons, and other addresses, essays, and letters.
Two and a half centuries ago, the great Methodist distinguished himself as one of the world’s greatest authorities on the committed Christian life. Now, his most powerful writings have been compiled under one cover, perfect for personal use, pastoral research, or Christian school use. Including sermons on conversion, growth in grace, and practical holiness; essays on theological questions; personal letters; even hymns written and translated by Wesley, this all-in-one resource has been lightly updated for ease of reading, featuring scripture from the New King James Version.
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The Gospel According to Paul
The Creative Genius Who Brought Jesus to the World
Griffith-Jones, Robin
In this compelling portrait of Paul the man, his message, and his world, Robin Griffith-Jones reveals the apostle as a brilliantly entrepreneurial witness to the transforming presence of Jesus himself.
This groundbreaking book unlocks Paul's letters, revealing their purpose and power as never before.
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2005
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The Gospel of LukeBarclay, William
With a historian's precision, Luke's Gospel shows painstaking care both in detail and in expression.
Of equal distinction is the universal appeal of the Gospel. Barclay's insightful comments help each of us to see the infinitude of God's love through Luke's eyes.
Book
1956
The Gospel of Matthew
Volume 2
Barclay, William
Dr. Barclay's commentary of The Gospel of Matthew.
As usual in the series, the "lessons" are arranged for daily reading. The text comes first in Dr. Barclay's own translation, followed in each case by his commentary.
Book
1975
The Great DivorceLewis, C.S.
What if anyone in Hell could take a bus trip to Heaven and stay there forever if they wanted to?
In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis's revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis's own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."
Book
2009
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The Great Omission
Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship
Willard, Dallas
The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to 'make disciples of all the nations.' But Christians have responded by making 'Christians,' not 'disciples.'
This, according to brilliant scholar and renowned Christian thinker Dallas Willard, has been the church's Great Omission. "The word disciple occurs 269 times in the New Testament," writes Willard. "Christian is found three times and was first introduced to refer precisely to disciples of Jesus. . . . The New Testament is a book about disciples, by disciples, and for disciples of Jesus Christ. But the point is not merely verbal. What is more important is that the kind of life we see in the earliest church is that of a special type of person. All of the assurances and benefits offered to humankind in the gospel evidently presuppose such a life and do not make realistic sense apart from it. The disciple of Jesus is not the deluxe or heavy-duty model of the Christian -- especially padded, textured, streamlined, and empowered for the fast lane on the straight and narrow way. He or she stands on the pages of the New Testament as the first level of basic transportation in the Kingdom of God. "Willard boldly challenges the thought that we can be Christians without being disciples, or call ourselves Christians without applying this understanding of life in the Kingdom of God to every aspect of life on earth. He calls on believers to restore what should be the heart of Christianity -- being active disciples of Jesus Christ. Willard shows us that in the school of life, we are apprentices of the Teacher whose brilliance encourages us to rise above traditional church understanding and embrace the true meaning of discipleship -- an active, concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus.
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2009
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The HelperMarshall, Catherine
After an intense study of the Holy Spirit, Catherine Marshall wrote The Helper, detailing lessons she learned by living them out.
She offers forty inspirational "helps," or readings, that contain Scripture, a prayer, and insight into the provocative third person of the Godhead. Also included are the answers Marshall discovered to questions like: Who is the Helper? How do I experience the Helper's presence? How does the Helper meet everyday needs? What is the Helper's role and function in the Church? The forty "helps" are ideal as a devotional guide for the forty days of Lent and for group or individual study. Just as the power of the Holy Spirit is needed every day to help us cope with the problems and complexities of life, so he Helper is a book for all seasons.
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1984
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The History Channel: The First Days of ChristianityChannel, The History
Join host Roger Moore for a journey In the Footsteps of the Holy Family. This compelling mixture of science, history, faith and scholarship examines the perplexing Biblical mysteries, ancient texts and sacred places touched by the Holy Family.
And from conversions to missions to martyrdoms, The Apostles introduces the viewers to the twelve believers who began the epic mission of spreading the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Host Martin Sheen narrates untold tales of the devoted followers whose dedication ensured the survival of the early Church.
The events of Jesus life and the lives of his Apostles occurred over a few short decades, yet, like stones splashing into still waters, they generated ripples that have driven the course of history for two thousand years. The First Days of Christianity brings two top-selling programs from THE HISTORY CHANNEL and A&E together on DVD for the first time, creating an enthralling five and a half hour exploration of this crucial turning point in Western culture.
DISC 1: In the Footsteps of the Holy Family, Part 1
DISC 2: In the Footsteps of the Holy Family, Part 2
DISC 3: The Apostles Collection, Part 1
DISC 4: The Apostles Collection, Part 2

Movie, 320 minutes total
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The Hole in Our Gospel
What does God expect of Us? The Answer that Changed my Life and Might Just Change the World
Stearns, Richard
Is our faith just about going to church, reading the Bible and avoiding the most serious sins or does God expect more?
Have we embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it? Ten years ago, Rich Stearns came face-to-face with that question as he sat in a mud hut in Rakai, Uganda, listening to the heartbreaking story of an orphaned child. Stearns' journey there took much more than a long flight to Africa. It took answering God's call on his life, a call that tore him out of his corner office at one of America's most prestigious corporations to walk with the poorest of the poor in our world. The Hole in Our Gospel is the compelling true story of a corporate CEO who set-aside worldly success for something far more significant, and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life. He uses his journey to demonstrate how the gospel - the whole gospel - was always meant to be a world changing social revolution, a revolution that begins with us.
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2009
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The Holy Spirit
Activating God's Power in Your Life
Graham, Billy
With prayerful reverence and focused wisdom, Dr. Graham puts an understandable face on this mysterious third Person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force, like gravity or magnetism. He is a Person, with all the attributes of personality. But not only is He a Person, He is divine as well.
Christians are powerful people, Billy Graham reminds us in this inspiring and insightful book, because we have the mighty power of God available to us through . . . the Holy Spirit, He comes to us with no conditions attached. Jesus simply said, If I go, I will send Him to you.
Read this amazing book and see anew how this Person can transform your life and give you the power to be truly good and to live victoriously.
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1988
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The Holy Spirit and PowerWesley, John

The Holy Spirit and Power contains ten Spirit-empowered, original sermons of John Wesley from John Wesley's "Standard Sermons," parts of John Wesley's testimony, material from The Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, portions from Wesley's letter to Dr. Conyers Middleton, Holy Spirit power points at the end of each message, a subject index, and a full index of complete Holy Spirit passages from The King James Version of the Bible.

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2003
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The Humanity of GodBarth, Karl

The three essays in this book, & Humanity of God, Evangelical Theology in the 19th Century, The Gift of Freedom, show how Barth's later work moved beyond his revolt against the theology dominant in the first decades of the twentieth century.

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1960
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The Imitation of Christ
A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers
Kempis, Thomas 
Working from the 1441 Latin Autograph Manuscript, Creasy succeeds in creating a dramatically different interpretation of the Imitation by working through its historical, cultural and linguistic contexts.
For Creasy, Thomas Kempis offers profound insights into a person's relationship with God, insights that only deepen when they accommodate a post-Vatican II understanding of what he has to say.
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2003
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The Inner Experience
Notes on Contemplation
Merton, Thomas
Thomas Merton draws on both Eastern and Western traditions to explore the hot topic of contemplation/meditation in depth and to show how we can practice true contemplation in everyday life.
Never before published except as a series of articles (one per chapter) in an academic journal, this book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of contemplation that draws on the best of Western and Eastern traditions. Merton was still tinkering with this book when he died; it was the book he struggled with most during his career as a writer. But now the Merton Legacy Trust and experts have determined that the book makes such a valuable contribution as his major comprehensive presentation of contemplation that they have allowed its publication.
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2012
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The Jesus I Never KnewYancey, Philip
What happens when a respected Christian journalist decides to put his preconceptions aside and take a long look at the Jesus described in the Gospels? How does the Jesus of the New Testament compare to the ''new, rediscovered' Jesus -- or even the Jesus we think we know so well?
Best-selling author Phillip Yancey says, 'The Jesus I got to know in writing this book is very different from the Jesus I learned about in Sunday school. In some ways he is more comforting; in some ways more terrifying.' Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work -- his teaching, his miracles, his death and resurrection -- and ultimately, who he was and why he came. Relating the gospel events to the world we live in today, The Jesus I Never Knew gives a moving and refreshing portrait of the central figure of history. With a willingness to tackle difficult questions, Yancey looks at the radical words of this itinerant Jewish carpenter and asks whether we are taking him seriously enough in our own day and age. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith. The Jesus I Never Knew uncovers a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying. This honest book will help you discover a different Jesus from the flannelgraph Sunday school figure, the sweetly smiling Victorian Savior, and all the cultural clichés that have tamed Jesus and kept him in comfortable religious boxes. According to Yancey, 'No one who meets Jesus ever stays the same. In the end I found the process of writing this book to be a great act of faith-strengthening. Jesus has rocked my own preconceptions and has made me ask hard questions about why those of us who bear his name don't do a better job of following him.'
Study, 14-session
1995
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The Jesus Way
A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way
Peterson, Eugene
In The Jesus Way Eugene Peterson shows how the ways of those who came before Christ — Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, and Isaiah — revealed and prepared the 'way of the Lord' that became incarnate and complete in Jesus.
Further, Peterson calls into question common "ways" followed by the contemporary American church, showing in stark relief how what we have chosen to focus on — consumerism, celebrity, charisma, and so forth — obliterates what is unique in the Jesus way.
Study, 11-session
2007
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The Jewish Gospels - The Story of the Jewish ChristBoyarin, Daniel
Guiding us through a rich tapestry of new discoveries and ancient scriptures, The Jewish Gospels makes the powerful case that our conventional understandings of Jesus and of the origins of Christianity are wrong.
In Boyarin’s scrupulously illustrated account, the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews as this person, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings. Jesus and his followers, Boyarin shows, were simply Jewish. What came to be known as Christianity came much later, as religious and political leaders sought to impose a new religious orthodoxy that was not present at the time of Jesus’s life.
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The Journey
Living by Faith in an Uncertain World
Graham, Billy
In this culminating work of a lifetime, the remarkable Billy Graham invites you to join him in discovering God's plan for this exciting journey called life.
Wherever you are in your journey - just beginning, at the middle, or near the end - you've already learned that life offers a variety of paths. The good news is that we aren't alone, says Graham. Not only did God carve out the path for us, but He wants to join us on the journey to help us with challenges along the way, and eventually lead us home. This magnum opus from Billy Graham, seasoned with many personal stories from his own life, offers wisdom, encouragement, hope, and inspiration for anyone who wants to make the most of The Journey.
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2007
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The Journey
Walking the Road to Bethlehem
Hamilton, Adam
Journey with Adam Hamilton as he travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in this fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ.
As he did with Jesus' crucifixion in 24 Hours That Changed the World, Hamilton once again approaches a world-changing event with thoughtfulness. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road.
Study, 5-session, Advent
2011
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The Language of God
A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Collins, Francis S.
The Language of God provides the best argument for the integration of faith and logic since C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.
It has long been believed that science and faith cannot mingle. Faith rejects the rational, while science restricts us to a life with no meaning beyond the physical. It is an irreconcilable war between two polar-opposite ways of thinking and living. Written for believers, agnostics, and atheists alike, The Language of God provides a testament to the power of faith in the midst of suffering without faltering from its logical stride. Readers will be inspired by Collin's personal story of struggling with doubt, as well as the many revelations of the wonder of God's creation that will forever shape the way they view the world around them.
Book
2007
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The Last Word
Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture
Wright, N. T.
N. T. Wright gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on the current battles for the Bible and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God's voice.
In this revised and expanded version of The Last Word, leading biblical scholar N. T. Wright shows how both evangelicals and liberals are guilty of misreading Scripture and reveals a new model for understanding God's authority and the Bible.
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2005
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The Letter to the RomansBarclay, William
Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Romans.
To enable men and women to know Jesus Christ more dearly, and to follow Him more clearly and to love Him more.
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1957
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The Letters to the CorinthiansBarclay, William
In his endearing, simple, and illustrative manner, Barclay shows how the message that Paul communicated to the Corinthians continues to help us who live today in the midst of twenty-first century temptations.
Corinth was not only one of the most flourishing commercial centers of the ancient world, but also a symbol of vile debauchery. "In this hotbed of vice," writes William Barclay, "some of the greatest work of Paul was done."
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2002
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The Letters to the Galatians and EphesiansBarclay, William
Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians to refute a belief that restricted God's grace alone to those who followed Jewish ritualistic law.
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul was more meditative and poetic in his style as he wrestled with problems of good and evil to present that unity will be achieved ultimately when all things are gathered together in Christ. Here William Barclay offers his own translations of these texts, as well as insightful commentaries.
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1958
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The Lord and His PrayerWright, N. T.
By reflecting on the Lord's Prayer in its original setting, N.T. Wright offers a fresh understanding of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer.
Taking the Lord's Prayer clause by clause, Wright locates this prayer within the historical life and work of Jesus and allows the prayer's devotional application to grow out of its historical context. The Lord and His Prayer will stimulate and refresh the heart and mind of any reader.
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1997
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The Love DareKendrick, Stephen
Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
The Love Dare, as featured in the popular new movie Fireproof (from the makers of Facing the Giants), is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. Take the dare!
Book, Couples
The Love Languages of God
How to Feel and Reflect Divine Love
Chapman, Gary
Once you discover your primary love language in human relationships, you can assume that will be your primary love language in your relationship with God.
Whether we are speaking to God or He is speaking to us - we are feeling God's love and presence most strongly in one particular way. By teaching readers to tap into that divine love, Dr. Chapman helps them relate to God in a way that will totally revolutionize their will to love one another.
Book
2004
The Me I Want to BeOrtberg, John
Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions.
The author first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers—pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin—to flourish even in a dark and broken world. As you start living in the flow, you will feel: — a deeper connection with God — a growing sense of joy — an honest recognition of your brokenness — less fear, more trust — a growing sense of being "rooted in love" — a deeper sense of purpose God invites you to join Him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept His invitation.
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The Message Promise BookPeterson, Eugene

This pocket-sized book arranges passages from The Message by topic, making it easy to find out what God's Word says about a particular subject.

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1997
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The Miracles of JesusOtto, David
The Miracles of Jesus will help learners experience the miracles as part of the redemptive work of Jesus and to understand these miracles as a testimony to Jesus' identity, as depicted in the Gospels.
Included are: Jesus as a miracle-working figure, Healing as symbolic action, such as rethinking the purpose of the Sabbath, Exorcisms, "Portents"--miracles showing Jesus' divine authority and Old Testament predecessors, such as Moses and Elijah, Miracles, or signs, in the Gospel of John, Miracles as signs of the early church, Miracles of healing and touch, and Jesus and miracles beyond the Gospels.
Study, 6-8-session
2000
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The Most Beloved Works of C.S. LewisLibrary, The Family Christian
One of the world's most celebrated authors writes candidly, clearly and from the heart about the deepest human concerns of faith, joy and love.
Includes four of CS Lewis' most beloved works: Surprised by Joy; Reflections on the Psalms; The Four Loves; The Business of Heaven.
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The Mountaintop of Marriage
A Vision Retreat Guidebook for Couples
Evans, Jimmy & Karen
In this powerful 40 page guidebook couples take a journey into the areas of spiritual and personal growth, preparation and vision for their family.
Serving as a hands on, practical tool the information contained in this journal leads couples to addresses important topics such as marriage priorities and values. With thought provoking questions and a 12 month planning calendar couples can record milestone events, family accomplishments and much more while creating a family keepsake to reference for years to come.
Book, Couples
The Narnia CodeMovie
Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewis's famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why? What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing?
For more than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key - "the secret code" - to the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery. Until now.
Movie, 59 min
2009
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The New Testament and the People of GodWright, N. T.

Provides a historical, theological and literary of first-century Judaism and Christianity, offering a preliminary discussion of the meaning of the word god within those cultures and explores the ways in which developing an understanding of those first-century cultures are of relevance for the modern world.

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1991
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The Passion of the ChristMovie
'The Passion of the Christ' is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus.
Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on Christ's suffering, especially on the part of the Jewish community. The films languages are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and its actors are laymen which was controversially received as well.
Movie, 127 min
2004
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The Perfect StrangerMovie
'THE PERFECT STRANGER' tells the story of Nikki, a troubled attorney who one day receives a mysterious dinner invitation from a man claiming to be Jesus of Nazareth.
Throughout their evening of conversation, arguments and spirited debate, Nikki learns things she never knew about life, the universe, and most importantly, herself.
Movie, 90 min
2005
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The Power of Praying for Your Adult ChildrenOmartian, Stormie
Stormie Omartian addresses the areas of concern parents have for their grown children and shares how to lift them up to God.
With stories from other parents and insight gleaned from personal experience, Stormie helps parents pray with the power of God's Word over their adult children and their career choices and sense of purpose, marriages and other vital relationships, parenting skills and leadership struggles, addictions, or emotional trials, faith commitment and prayer life. Each year thousands of parents watch their grown children step out into the world and wish they could do more to support them. They can. Every parent can rest in the power of prayer to turn their child over to the care, protection, and guidance God provides.
Book, Parents
2009
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The Prayer of Jabez
Breaking Through to the Blessed Life
Wilkinson, Bruce
Bruce Wilkinson takes readers to 1 Chronicles 4:10 to discover how they can release God's miraculous power and experience the blessings God longs to give each of us.
The life of Jabez, one of the Bible's most overlooked heroes of the faith, bursts from unbroken pages of genealogies in an audacious, four-part prayer that brings him an extraordinary measure of divine favor, anointing, and protection. Readers who commit to offering the same prayer on a regular basis will find themselves extravagantly blessed by God, and agents of His miraculous power, in everyday life. Do you want to be extravagantly blessed by God? Are you ready to reach for the extraordinary? To ask God for the abundant blessings He longs to give you? Join Bruce Wilkinson to discover how the remarkable prayer of a little-known Bible hero can release God's favor, power, and protection. You'll see how one daily prayer can help you leave the past behind and break through to the life you were meant to live.
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2010
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The Present Future
Six Tough Questions for the Church
McNeal, Reggie
Many of the old beliefs held by church leaders and congregations read as if they are self-evident, irrefutable truths. If you build the perfect church they will come . . . Growing your church automatically makes a difference in the community . . . Developing better church members will mean better evangelism . . . Time has failed to produce the evidence of these claims. Reggie McNeal debunks these and other old assumptions and provides an overall strategy to help church leaders move forward in an entirely different and much more effective way.
In The Present Future, McNeal identifies the six most important realities that church leaders must address including: recapturing the spirit of Christianity and replacing "church growth" with a wider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead of church members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership; focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; and shifting from prediction and planning to preparation for the challenges of an uncertain world. McNeal contends that by changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their plans, they can frame the core issues and approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas. Written for congregational leaders, pastors, and staff leaders, The Present Future captures the urgency of a future that is literally now upon us, in a thoughtful, vigorous way. It is filled with examples of leaders and churches who are emerging into a new identity and purpose, and rediscovering the focus of their mission within new spiritual dimensions.
Book
2009
The Pressure's Off
There's a New Way to Live
Crabb, Lawrence J.
There are two basic approaches to life's two pathways. One creates pressure, the other provides freedom.
In the Old Way of life, you have decided that what you most want out of life is within your reach, and you are doing whatever you believe it takes to get it. But in the New Way of life, you have realized that what you most want is beyond your reach, and you are trusting God for the satisfaction you seek. You want Him. Nothing less, not even His blessings, will do. "The Old Way", the way most Christians define life and pursue fulfillment, is fundamentally wrong and harmful. It leaves us tired, in bondage, and feeling distant from God. But the New Way brings true freedom and refreshment as we tap into the power to draw closer to God in a personal way. We can't always make life work. But we can always draw near to God. There is a different way to approach our problems. There is a NEW WAY to live.
Study, 8-session
2004
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The Problem of PainLewis, C.S.
In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis examines a universally applicable question within the human condition: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?
With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C.S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.
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2009
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The Prodigal God
Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
Keller, Timothy
The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller uses one of the best-known Christian parables to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.
Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
Study, 6-session
2008
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The Purpose Driven LifeWarren, Rick
Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you.
You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you---both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity. The Purpose Driven Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century---a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.
Book
2002
The Pursuit of God Tozer, A. W.

During a train trip from Chicago in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to work on The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night long, the words coming to him as fast as he could put them down. By the next morning, when the train pulled into McAllen, Texas, the rough draft was done. Although written in such a remarkably short period of time, the depth, clarity and completeness of Tozer's message has made The Pursuit of God an enduring favorites. Prepare yourself for a deeply meaningful and enjoyable experience.

Book
1998
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The Question of God
C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life
Nicholi, Armand M.
Throughout the ages, many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of -- and belief in -- God. It may seem unlikely that any new arguments or insights could be raised, but the twentieth century managed to produce two brilliant men with two diametrically opposed views about the question of God: Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. They never had an actual meeting, but in The Question of God, their arguments are placed side by side for the very first time.
For more than twenty-five years, Armand Nicholi has taught a course at Harvard that compares the philosophical arguments of both men. In The Question of God, Dr. Nicholi presents the writings and letters of Lewis and Freud, allowing them to "speak" for themselves on the subject of belief and disbelief. Both men considered the problem of pain and suffering, the nature of love and sex, and the ultimate meaning of life and death -- and each of them thought carefully about the alternatives to their positions. The inspiration for the PBS series of the same name, The Question of God does not presuppose which man -- Freud the devout atheist or Lewis the atheist-turned-believer -- is correct in his views. Rather, readers are urged to join Nicholi and his students and decide for themselves which path to follow.
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2003
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The Ragamuffin Gospel
Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
Manning, Brennan
Many of us believe in grace, yet we live as if we still have to earn God's love. We picture God hanging His head in disappointment, tallying our successes and failures on a score sheet. We assume we have to do more, or be a different person, for God to be pleased with us. Brennan Manning shows us a different, truer image of our relationship with God: We come to God as ragamuffins.
Bedraggled, dirty, exhausted. But as we sit at God's feet, He smiles upon us. He embraces us. He treats us not as failures but as the chosen objects of His love. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Manning's classic meditation on grace, Manning reminds us that we don't need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make ourselves presentable to God. We can recognize our poverty and powerlessness as what bring us closer to a God whose love embraces us no matter what. In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning explores the true meaning of the word grace in all its power. When we beat ourselves up over who we are or what we've done, we pull away from God. When we acknowledge that it is only grace that can save us, we draw near to a God who delights in who He created us to be.
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2015
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The Reason for God
Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Keller, Timothy
Timothy Keller addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion.
Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God. Look out for Timothy Keller's latest book, The Songs of Jesus.
Study, 6-session
2009
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The ReformationMacCulloch, Diarmaid
The Reformation and Counter-Reformation represented the greatest upheaval in Western society since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium before. The consequences of those shattering events are still felt today from the stark divisions between (and within) Catholic and Protestant countries to the Protestant ideology that governs America, the world's only remaining superpower.
In this masterful history, Diarmaid MacCulloch conveys the drama, complexity, and continuing relevance of these events. He offers vivid portraits of the most significant individuals - Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Loyola, Henry VIII, and a number of popes - but also conveys why their ideas were so powerful and how the Reformation affected everyday lives. The result is a landmark book that will be the standard work on the Reformation for years to come. The narrative verve of The Reformation as well as its provocative analysis of American culture's debt to the period will ensure the book's wide appeal among history readers.
Book
2005
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The Reformation
A History
Collinson, Patrick
No revolution however drastic has ever involved a total repudiation of what came before it. The religious reformations of the sixteenth century were the crucible of modern Western civilization, profoundly reshaping the identity of Europe's emerging nation-states. In The Reformation, one of the preeminent historians of the period, Patrick Collinson, offers a concise yet thorough overview of the drastic ecumenical revolution of the late medieval and Renaissance eras.
In looking at the sum effect of such disparate elements as the humanist philosophy of Desiderius Erasmus and the impact on civilization of movable-type printing and vulgate scriptures, or in defining the differences between the evangelical (Lutheran) and reformed (Calvinist) churches, Collinson makes clear how the battles for men's lives were often hatched in the battles for men's souls. Collinson also examines the interplay of spiritual and temporal matters in the spread of religious reform to all corners of Europe, and at how the Catholic Counter-Reformation used both coercion and institutional reform to retain its ecclesiastical control of Christendom. Powerful and remarkably well written, The Reformation is possibly the finest available introduction to this hugely important chapter in religious and political history.
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2006
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The Resurrection of the Son of GodWright, N. T.
Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question -- which any historian must face, N. T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead?
What can be said today about this belief? This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances." How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.
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2003
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The Screwtape LettersLewis, C.S.
In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace.
Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life. 2001 publication of the 1942 classic.
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2001
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The Secret of GuidanceMeyer, F. B.
Many children of God are so deeply exercised on the matter of guidance that it may be helpful to give a few suggestions as to knowing the way in which our Father would have us walk, and the work He would have us do.
The importance of the subject cannot be exaggerated; so much of our power and peace consists in knowing where God would have us be, and in being just there.
Book
2013
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The Seven Faith Tribes
Who They Are, What They Believe, and Why They Matter
Barna, George
George Barna identifies, describes, and analyzes seven major faith tribes in America documenting who they are, what they believe, how they vote, and what they are passionate about.
Barna provides helpful insight into how these groups influence our economy, politics, and values and what their potential is to change America. Barna has identified potential strategies that faith tribes if they choose to could employ to facilitate healing and restoration in American culture, and cultures across the world.
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2014
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The Seven Last WordsSheen, Fulton J.

A penetrating resume of Jesus' last words.

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1996
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The ShackYoung, William P.

Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

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2008
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The Spirit of the Disciplines - Reissue
Understanding How God Changes Lives
Willard, Dallas
Dallas Willard presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest.
The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.
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1990
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The Star of BethlehemLarson, Frederick A.
'We saw His star in the east and we have come to worship Him' (Matthew 2:2) The biblical report in the Gospel of Matthew tells a story of wise men reporting to Herod about a 'King' born somewhere in Judea. They were queried about the exact time this star appeared. Can we actually unlock the mystery of the world's most famous star?
If this was an actual event - can there possibly be historical and scientific evidence for the Star of Bethlehem, the star followed by Magi from the east? These questions have perplexed mankind for over two thousand years. An amazing documentary on the mystical Star of Bethlehem. This presentation explores the exciting story in scripture and examines evidence for God's existence as seen in the heavens. Commentator Rick Larson walks you through Biblical, historical, and scientific clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event and the vastness of God's creativity. If there was a real star over the skies of Judea when Jesus of Nazareth was born, perhaps there are scientific answers to prove it. We should now be able to use our advanced computer technology to go back in time and see what happened - and discern exactly where certain stars were in the sky. Could this Star have actually existed and pointed to the birth of the Savior? Sit back, watch the heavens and see what was going on when Jesus was born...
Movie, 63 minutes
2007
The Story: Getting to the Heart of God's StoryFrazee, Randy
To understand the Bible, says author and Pastor Randy Frazee, you need bifocal lenses, because two perspectives are involved. The Lower Story, our story, is actually many stories of men and women interacting with God in the daily course of life. The Upper Story is God's story, the tale of his great, overarching purpose that fits all the individual stories together like panels in one unified mural.
The curriculum includes 31 ten-minute video sessions, that teach on how the story of Scripture intersects with the story of our Life. The Story video curriculum will open your eyes to God's master-plan unfolding in the lives of the Bible's characters-and in your own life. Discover the heart of God's Upper Story, and the joy that comes as you align your story with God's.
Study, 31-session
Participant's Guide, DVD
The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging PersonJones, E. Stanley
Jesus swept onto the scene declaring that the Kingdom of God had arrived! He proclaimed that we would experience life at its fullest only when we organize our lives around the Kingdom. E. Stanley Jones suggests that life in any other way is a muddled, maddening, and impossible way to live.
Throughout the centuries we have lost the Kingdom as a clearly defined and workable system for order and influence in our daily lives. We have reduced the Kingdom by putting it into narrower molds, a refuge now, a present security, a future hope, anything but the Kingdom as Jesus preached it - God's total answer to man's total need now. Dr. Jones shows us how to claim our spiritual heritage and the abundant life promised us by embracing the Kingdom and Person of Jesus. He suggests how our experience with God and His Kingdom should be taught and shared in the life of the individual, in the life of the church and in the nations of the world.
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1995
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The Visual Bible - ActsMovie
The Visual Bible: Acts is a 1994 Christian film that depicts the events of the Acts of the Apostles from the Bible's New Testament.
All of the dialogue is word-for-word scripture, taken directly from the New International Version of the Bible.
Movie, 193 min
1994
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The Visual Bible: MatthewMovie
The Matthew video series broke new ground by offering the first-ever dramatic portrayal of events in the Bible, presented word for word from the best-selling New International Version® (NIV) translation.
Now you can experience this thrilling epic in DVD format, which blends the superior digital surround sound of CDs with crisp, high-resolution digital images.
Movie, 265 min
1993
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The Way, Walking in the Footsteps of JesusHamilton, Adam

Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, Hamilton follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought.

Study, 6-session, Lent
Leader's Guide, DVD
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The Weight of GloryLewis, C.S.
Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses offer guidance and inspiration in a time of great doubt.
These are ardent and lucid sermons that provide a compassionate vision of Christianity.
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2001
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The Westminster Concise Handbook for the BibleWilson, C. Vincent

Handbook for the Bible

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1979
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The World's Last Night
And Other Essays
Lewis, C.S.
In these seven witty, lucid, and tough-minded essays, the famous infamous Screwtape makes a special appearance, proposing a toast that brilliantly explores the many opportunities for exploiting evil in the world.
Lewis also considers the evidence for whether and how prayer works, plays with the meaning of the word believe and asks what happens to our concept of God when we send rockets into outer space. And, in a moving final piece, he forces us to wonder how we should live if any day might bring the world's last night.
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2002
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The World's ReligionsSmart, Ninian
This book looks at the world's religions in terms of world history, and as constantly developing systems of belief.
Part I traces the development of religions, as they evolved from the traditions of the ancient world. Part II examines the changes to faiths and cultures following the Renaissance and the voyages of conquest and discovery, and asks how, why, and with what effect religions have been refashioned over the ages up to today. In this richly illustrated new edition, religions are described through their symbols, rituals, followers, architecture and art. References, statistics, maps and pictures have been updated and added, illuminating the true nature of each religion. The text has been thoroughly revised to highlight recent developments, such as the spread of Islam, African-American and Hispanic-American religious experience, and women priests.
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1998
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The Wounded HealerNouwen, Henri
The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective.
In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.
Book
1979
Theological Transition in American Methodism: 1790-1935Chiles, Robert E.

Traces the changes in Wesleyan theology through 3 generations of Methodists theologians.

Book
1965
This Day - A Wesleyan Way of PrayerStookey, Laurence
Dr. Laurence Stookey of Wesley Seminary has created this resource to serve as a daily prayer book for the home and personal use.
The book is also designed for use by individuals participating in a Wesleyan class meeting in conjunction with the Sunday morning experience or a week-day meeting. The unique aspect of this program lies in its incorporation of the practice of daily prayer and accountability within the Sunday morning adult education program . In addition to activities conducted on Sunday, class members will participate in ordered daily prayer within the Wesleyan spirit. This Day contains thirty-one forms of prayer, one for each day of the month drawn from: John Wesley's 1738 Forms of Prayer for Every Day of the Week, The 1784 Order for Morning Prayer, The United Methodist Book of Worship, The Book of Common Prayer, The IONA and Taize Communities, the Benedictine tradition, the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and contemporary sources. This resource is not UM specific and is based on the revised common lectionary and the daily lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer.
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This We Believe
The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice
Willimon, William H.
Beginning with the Core Terms found in The Wesley Study Bible, Bishop Willimon systematically lays out key Wesleyan tenets of faith so that you will have a fresh way to hear God's voice, share in God's grace, and become more like Jesus Christ.
This book can be used as an eight-week, small-group study. A Leader Guide is also available. Let this book be your trusted companion to The Wesley Study Bible as you grow to love God with a warmed heart and serve God with active hands.
Study, 8-session
2010
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Three Simple Rules - A Wesleyan Way of Living Job, Rueben P.
In Three Simple Rules, Rueben Job offers an interpretation of John Wesley's General Rules for today's readers.
This insightful work calls us to mutual respect, unity and a deeper daily relationship with God. This simple but challenging look at three commands, "do no harm, do good, stay in love with God."
Book
2007
Through His Eyes - A Woman's Guide to Living with an Eternal PerspectiveMiller, Kathy Collard

Learn the difference between earthly and heavenly perspectives on topics such as grace, identity, growth, purpose, service, and transcendence. Explore common attitudes that can blur your spiritual vision.

Study, 10-session, Women
1999
Book with Discussion Questions
Till We Have Faces
A Myth Retold
Lewis, C.S.
Haunted by the myth of Cupid and Psyche throughout his life, C.S. Lewis wrote this, his last, extraordinary novel, to retell their story through the gaze of Psyche's sister, Orual.
Disfigured and embittered, Orual loves her younger sister to a fault and suffers deeply when she is sent away to Cupid, the God of the Mountain. Psyche is forbidden to look upon the god's face, but is persuaded by her sister to do so; she is banished for her betrayal. Orual is left alone to grow in power but never in love, to wonder at the silence of the gods. Only at the end of her life, in visions of her lost beloved sister, will she hear an answer.
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1956
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Time Together
Meditations for Your Time-Starved Marriage
Parrott, Drs. Les & Leslie

Meditations on the importance of spiritual time together for married couples.

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To Be Told
Know Your Story, Shape Your Future
Allender, Dan B.
As God writes the stories of your life, he uses your past to open up your future.
It is your privilege to listen to your own story so you can live boldly for the sake of the Greatest Story, the good news of Jesus Christ. God reveals himself to you and to others through the story he has written in your life. In this insightful and compelling book, Dr. Dan B. Allender shows you how to read the stories of your life. He helps you understand the meaning that God has written into every detail of who you are. As a result, you can share your story with others and listen to their story, revealing unique aspects of God's hand at work. Starting today, you can find deeper meaning in your story - a story To Be Told.
Book
2006
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Tozer
Mystery of the Holy Spirit
Tozer, A. W.

The 27th book in the best-selling Pure Gold Classics. Editor James Snyder has compiled some of Tozer's greatest works on the Holy Spirit.

Book
2006
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Transformation
Letting God Change You from the Inside Out
Hybels, Bill
Transformation will help you recognize and cooperate with God's transforming influence in your life.
Each session focuses on a critical area He has targeted for change and growth. You'll learn proven ways of responding to God's guidance that will keep you growing closer to Him. You'll also discover an inspiring picture of what awaits you as a fully devoted follower-membership in a joyous, supportive community of believers, infused with God's love. Interactions-a powerful, challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group member, and you and God. Interaction is far more than another group Bible study. It's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Study, 6-session
2005
Book with Discussion Questions
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Transformed - How God Changes Us Warren, Rick
Transformed is a 7-session study that guides you to grow by exploring what the Bible has to say about every essential area of our lives.
This resource kit gives you what it takes to help your church members…Grow closer to God, Live life with less stress, Reconcile broken relationships, Better handle money, Be more confident at work
Study, 7-session
2014
Participant's Guide, DVD, Music CDs
Missing Disk 1 but available on YouTube
Treasures of the Transformed Life - Satisfying your Soul's Thirst for MoreMathison, John Ed
Help the members of your congregation begin 40 days of transformation by using this book to unify them in study.
The daily readings are centered on the themes of Prayer, Presence, Gifts, & Service. Each reading helps the reader focus on discerning God's plan for them individually and how they can help live out God's plan for the church.
Book
TrueFaced
Trust God and Other With Who You Really Are
Thrall, Bill
McNicol, Bruce
Lynch, John
In this book, the authors help us realize that the most powerful source of relational defeat is the attempt to hide our unresolved sin issues, keeping us immature and limiting our influence.
If we have to act like we've got it all together, then we aren't being real. Yet so often, we as Christians try to earn God's favor by putting on a show, hiding our true selves in the process. But with God's grace, we don't need to live like that. An astonishing life begins as we start living as God sees us, standing with Him to work on our issues together.
Study
2003
Book, Reference Guide
Trusting God - Even When Life HurtsBridges, Jerry
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God’s sovereignty. The revelations changed his life.
In Trusting God, Jerry shares the scope of God’s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more—even when unjust things happen. Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life. Discover how Trusting God can reveal biblical truths about God. A study guide is also available separately. Study guide is also available but not in the resource center.
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Book
Turn My Mourning into DancingNouwen, Henri

In times of suffering, simplistic answers ring empty and hollow. But Henri Nouwen offers real comfort in the concrete truth of God's constancy. Nouwen suggests that by greeting life's pains with something other than despair, we can find surprising joy in our suffering. He suggests that the way through suffering is not in denial, but rather in living fully in the midst of the trials life brings our way.

Book
2004
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Twelve Ordinary Men
How the Master Shaped His Disciples for Greatness, and What He Wants to Do with You
MacArthur, John F.
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. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciple - you.
Book
2006
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Twisting the Truth
Learning to Discern in a Culture of Deception
Stanley, Andy
Join Andy Stanley for Twisting the Truth, a six-session small group Bible study developed to help you and your group understand how truth can get twisted and distorted, and how that impacts your life.
Throughout the study Stanley exposes four destructive and all-too-prevalent lies about authority, pain, sex, and sin. They're deceptions powerful enough to ruin our relationships, our lives, even our eternities--but only if we let them. With his gift for straight, to-the-heart communication, Andy Stanley helps us exchange falsehoods for truths that can turn our lives completely around. Sessions include: 1. The Sound of Deception 2. All Is Not as It Seems 3. Says Who? 4. Facing Forward 5. It's Only Physical 6. It's No Mistake
Study, 6-session
2008
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
UnafraidRivers, Francine
In her fifth and final Lineage of Grace novella, renowned Christian writer Rivers tackles the most celebrated woman in Christian history Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Using the biblical account of Jesus' life as a framework, Rivers adds such imaginative scenes as Mary watching the young Jesus healing his little sister, Anne, or Mary pondering Jesus' ability to see that there is always enough bread and oil in the larder to keep the family afloat. There are warm mother-son exchanges ("You're so thin!") and personal details ("Jesus had Mary's chin ... but no one ever said Jesus had her eyes ... ").
Book
2001
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UnashamedRivers, Francine
In Unashamed, you'll meet Rahab.
Exploited by men who saw only her beauty, Rahab held fast to her faith in an all-powerful God. Learn along with her the overwhelming truth that God seeks and finds those whose hearts are tender toward him, no matter how far away they are.
Book
2000
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Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life EvangelismReese, Martha Grace
Unbinding the Gospel is a book for Christians who want a hopeful, powerful, joy-filled way to learn to share their faith.
(It's also a book for people who cringe when they hear the "E" word!) A Leader's Guide is available but is not in the resource center.
Study
Book
Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer & Faith Sharing Reese, Martha Grace

Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer & Faith Sharing is a brilliant book -- witty, engaging, and grounded in a four-year Lilly Endowment study.

Study
Book
Unbinding Your Soul - Your Experiment in Prayer & CommunityReese, Martha Grace
For small groups ready to invite... Unbinding Your Soul is the 'unbinding' model for actual, invitational evangelism.
Typical mainline churches get ready for the Unbinding Your Soul small group study with Unbinding the Gospel/Unbinding Your Heart "pre-evangelism." SOUL helps them invite unchurched friends or recent visitors to try an "experiment" (some churches call it a "test drive") of Christian faith and community. Many people who aren't connected with a church would love to try a no-obligation "experiment" of substantial spiritual discussion, prayer, and community. Unbinding Your Soul prepares church members to invite their friends into a four-week small group experience with short study chapters, an individual prayer journal, prayer partner activities, and group exercises. The twist to the book is its lay out. The series set for church people is found in Part Two (chapters 5-8), and the set designed for the experiment groups is found in Part One (chapters 1-4). You may, as the reader, begin to wonder why the book is laid out the way it is. After all, the set found in chapters 5-8 will likely be covered first. There is a rationale. Reese believes that it's rude to invite people to a study that is "half-way over." The Introduction will make all of this clear.
Study, 4-session
Book
UnshakenRivers, Francine
The story of Naomi & Ruth.
Naomi's life is in ruins. Her husband and sons are dead, and she is left with only her beloved daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. Ruth turns her back on her own family and risks everything to care for Naomi, insisting "I will go wherever you go! I will live wherever you live! Your God will be my God." Things get worse before they get better. Desperately poor, Ruth and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem and eke out an impoverished existence until Ruth's beauty and character turn the head of Boaz, a few decades older and the wealthiest man in town. Soon Ruth's desire to obey God is put to the test as she takes the biggest risk of all.
Book
2000
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UnspokenRivers, Francine
Unspoken is the love story of David and Bathsheba.
This Old Testament saga of adultery, power, and battles fought both on the field of combat and in the human heart touches on the cost of poor choices, the need for forgiveness, and finding ultimate fulfillment -- themes that are relevant today. Rivers writes poignantly of how Bathsheba falls in love with David as a little girl, and of her bitterness when she comes of age and is given in marriage to Uriah, one of David's mighty warriors. Love cannot be commanded, however, and it's not long before the sexual tension between David and Bathsheba reaches its logical conclusion, with disastrous results.
Book
2001
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UnveiledRivers, Francine
Her name meant 'date palm,' and like her namesake, Tamar hoped to survive the harsh environment she was placed in: to bend but not to break.
Rubbed with scented oil and arrayed in wedding finery, 14-year-old Tamar is thrust into a world of abuse, betrayal, and disillusionment when she is given in marriage to an evil, idol-worshiping man. In the face of her suffering, she must make choices: Will she let her new husband, Er, destroy her innocence and corrupt her? Will she leave the religion of the Canaanites and embrace the God of the Hebrews despite the life of misery she is cast into? Or will she fall into despair and become as wicked as her husband and his brothers?
Book
2000
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Vanishing Grace
Whatever Happened to the Good News?
Yancey, Philip
Philip Yancey returns to the subject of grace, asking why Christians continue to lose respect, influence, and reputation in modern culture.
How can Christians present truly Good News amid the changing landscapes of our time? Why do so many people dislike Christians? How can we communicate faith in an appealing way to future generations? Using his trademark journalistic style--story-filled, compelling, accessible--Yancey explores how grace can bridge the gap between Christian faith and a world increasingly suspicious of it.
Study, 5-session
2014
Participant's Guide, DVD
Walking the Bible
A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
Feiler, Bruce
Both a heart-racing adventure and an uplifting quest, Walking the Bible describes one man's epic odyssey—by foot, jeep, rowboat, and camel—through the greatest stories every told.
From crossing the Red Sea to climbing Mount Sinai to touching the burning bush, Bruce Feiler's inspiring journey will forever change your view of some of history's most storied events.
Book
2002
Wesley for Armchair TheologiansAbraham, William J.
Wesley for Armchair Theologians engagingly presents the life and theology of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.
Written by prominent Wesley scholar William Abraham, who aimed to "make Wesley come alive for those who would truly love to become armchair theologians," the book is an excellent, entertaining, and expert guide to the work of this important Christian figure.
Book
What Do Other Faiths Believe? A Study of World ReligionsStroble, Paul
The author interviews leaders in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other faiths to explore how the beliefs and practices of these religions are similar to and different from basic Christian beliefs.
Religious tolerance will be promoted by the understanding of other religions’ beliefs about sin, forgiveness, salvation, future beyond death, ethics, etc. This in-depth study will have 6-8 sessions.

Study, 6-8-session
Book
What Does it Mean to be United Methodist - A 5-Session Video-Based StudyChurch, United Methodist

A 5-session video prepared by The United Methodist Church explaining what it means to be a United Methodist.

Study, 5-session
Leader's Guide, DVD
What Love Is - The Letters of 1, 2, 3 JohnMinter, Kelly
This study reveals not only the heart of John but also the heart of Jesus.
The letters of 1, 2, & 3 John were written to encourage followers of Jesus to remain faithful to the truth. Believers are challenged to look at contrasting themes such as walking in the light instead of darkness, truth versus lies and deception, loving God more than loving the world, and the meaning of true fellowship and community rather than shallowness.
Study, 6-session, Women
DVD
What Saint Paul Really Said
Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?
Wright, N. T.
Recently, A. N. Wilson has claimed to show that it was Paul, not Jesus, who founded Christianity. But how does this thesis, which in various forms has been debated for over a century, stand up? This book reveals not only the heart of John but also the heart of Jesus.
In What Saint Paul Really Said, N. T. Wright - a world authority on the life and letters of Paul - leads readers through the current scholarly discussion of Paul and gives a devastating critique of views like Wilson's, showing that they fail to take account of all the evidence. Paul was not the "founder of Christianity" but, rather, the faithful witness and herald of Jesus Christ."
Book
1997
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
What the Bible is All About 101Keefauver, Larry

Genesis through Esther - A reproducible 13 session Bible study on the first 17 books of the Old Testament.

Study, 13-session
Participant's Guide
What Went Wrong?
The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East
Lewis, Bernard
In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West.
For centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement -- the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed. The West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and then in the marketplace. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us?" but rather "Where did we go wrong?" With a new Afterword that addresses September 11 and its aftermath, What Went Wrong? is an urgent, accessible book that no one who is concerned with contemporary affairs will want to miss.
Book
2003
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What's So Amazing about Grace?Yancey, Philip
In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace's life-changing power.
He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear? And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What's So Amazing About Grace?"
Study, 10-session
2002
Book, Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
When Christians Get it WrongHamilton, Adam
More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church. The reason? Christians.
When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being anti-homosexual. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world. Those who read When Christians Get It Wrong will gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith. Because, honestly, if we don’t start getting it right, we may lose an entire generation.
Study
2010
Book, Leader's Guide, DVD
When God Weeps - Why Our Sufferings Matter to the AlmightyTada, Joni Eareckson

A 6-week study on why our sufferings matter to God.

Study, 6-session
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD
When Godly People Do Ungodly ThingsMoore, Beth
In this biblical guide to authentic repentance and restoration Beth Moore examines why devoted followers of Jesus Christ can fall into the traps of Satan.
Believers are still subject to Satan's attacks. He is determined to disrupt the lives of Christians, destroy their ministry, and steal their joy. Sadly, those who have "fallen" may not recognize the devil's schemes until they have already been caught in a snare of defeat. This six-week study is written in three parts. The first part is a warning to believers, while the second part shows women how to prepare for attacks by the Enemy. The third part is directed to those who have been snared by seduction, and compassionately points the way back to God.

Study, 6-session, Women
Participant's Guide
When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the BoxOrtberg, John
What can we take with us to the kingdom of God? John Ortberg tells us we can take pretty much only what we brought to the game.
Everything else goes back in the box - the cash atop the corporate ladder, the vacation home at the lake, and the status vehicle in between. All the tokens, game pieces, and prizes are left behind when you walk away from the table. The only real "winnings" you claim and keep are your own soul and the love you have for Christ and each other. If you think you might need a better game plan - one that offers an eternal perspective - this strategy-filled playbook walks you through what it takes to really win big at the game of life.
Book
2009
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Where is God when it Hurts?Yancey, Philip
Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain--physical, emotional, and spiritual--and helps us understand why we suffer.
If there is a loving God, then why is it that ... ? You've heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain. Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world's mainspring and now is watching from a distance? In this Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn't know what to say.
Book
2002
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Where Science and Religion MeetHamilton, Adam
This six-part video sermon series explores the relationship between science and the Christian faith.
Are science and religion mutually contradictory ideas? Or do they complement one another? Do the latest scientific discoveries threaten religious faith? Or confirm it? Has science moved humanity beyond its need for religion? Or is religious faith more important now than ever? Reverend Hamilton interviews scientists from a variety of disciplines, reviews leading scientific ideas and explores the latest scientific discoveries – all with an eye to understand where science and religion meet.
Study, 6-session
DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Where’s God? There’s God.Stanley, Andy
God is not always easy to find in the circumstances of life, but that doesn't mean that he is not there.
So how do we find him during difficult times? Where is He when a loved one dies, when you lose your job, or when you discover you have a life-threatening illness?
In this 4-part series, we hear from people who found God in the midst of their "Where's God?" moments.

Study, 4-session
DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Who is Jesus?
Studies in the Gospel of Mark
Church of the Resurrection
The Gospel of Mark is vivid and fast paced, welcoming the reader into the journey of the disciples.
We, too, are invited to join them in companionship with the Savior, watching, listening and learning. Welcome to the most wonderful and demanding of journeys. Weekly topics are The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus, The Kingdom of God, Jesus’ Call to Discipleship, The Healing Ministry of Jesus, The Parables of Jesus, The Willingness of Jesus to Suffer and The Centurion’s Confession.
Study, 7-session
Participant's Guide with Leader's Guide included, DVD
Offsite (contact Small Group Resources)
Why WorryStanley, Andy

In this 3-part series, Andy explores where worry comes from, why it's so difficult to overcome, and what you can do to conquer it.

Study, 3-session
DVD
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Why?
Making Sense of God's Will
Hamilton, Adam
In Why?, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings fresh insight to the age-old question of how to understand the will of God.
Where is God when tragedy and suffering strike? When the ground shakes, and a poor nation's economy is destroyed; when the waters rise, washing away a community's hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to infest his creation? Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, he lays out core ideas for comprehending God's plan for the world, including: God will not take away our free will, even when we use it to grieve him. God will never abandon us, especially in the midst of our suffering. While God is not the author of suffering, God will bring blessing out of tragedy. Leader's Guide & DVD is also available, but not in the library.
Study
2011
Book
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With a Servant Heart
Perspectives for Women in Leadership
Phillip, Matthew

This book will help its readers to identify their leadership potential and develop them in order to be more effective in the areas of their work.

Book, Women
1992
Without Roots
Europe, Relativism, Christianity, Islam
Ratzinger, Joseph

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, joins Marcello Pera, President of the Italian Senate, to offer a provocative critique of the spiritual, cultural, and political crisis afflicting the West.

Book
2013
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Woman After God's Own HeartGeorge, Elizabeth
Experience real peace and joy as you follow God in every area of your life--and become a woman after His heart.
With warmth and grace, Elizabeth George shares practical, scriptural insights on how you can pursue God's priorities when it comes to...
your husband--foster a deep commitment to serving and honoring him
your children--pray faithfully for them and teach them God's Word
your home--create a nurturing atmosphere and a tapestry of beauty
your walk with the Lord--grow through love of Scripture and in spiritual maturity
your ministry--learn to reach out and be a blessing to others
Let God fulfill His greatest desire for you. Allow Him to transform you by embracing His plans for you. And find real purpose in a life of prayer, a life of priorities, a life as A Woman After God's Own Heart.
Study, Women
Participant's Guide, Leader's Guide, DVD, CD
Worldviews
Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs
Smart, Ninian
Explores the major religious traditions and secular ideologies (Marxism, nationalisms, scientific humanism) from six dimensions: experiential/emotional; narrative/mythic; doctrinal/philosophical; ethical/legal; ritual/practical; and social/organizational.
This book offers a balanced, wide-ranging, and realistic approach to the full range of worldviews, showing how, whether religious or secular, they define the human values that drive the engines of both continuity and change worldwide. It shows readers the dynamics of each tradition, and emphasizes that although the various traditions may all share similar aspects, they each assign varying levels of importance to specific areas. For anyone interested in comparative worldviews, religious and secular.
Book
2000
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You Were Born for This
7 Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles
Wilkinson, Bruce
Bruce Wilkinson explores life-changing questions such as: Why do so few people experience miracles? What does it mean to be sent on a miracle mission? And, how can anyone partner with God to deliver miracles to others?
You will learn how to make a lifestyle of predictable miracles your new normal. Because when people ask God to accomplish the miraculous through them, things change. Relationships. Finances. Families. Spiritual lives. Soon the extraordinary becomes the everyday, and God showing up in supernatural ways is no longer something to wish for-it is the life God intended you to live. Discover why you were born for this!
Book
2010
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