The Advent Conspiracy Study Kit contains (1) Advent Conspiracy book, ISBN 9780310324522 and (1) Advent Conspiracy DVD, ISBN 9780310324423. The story of Christ's birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love. So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And when it's all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this really why we celebrate Christmas? What if Christmas became a world-changing event once again? AC] Advent Conspiracy is an international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by subs ... more
In a culture that values speed, efficiency, image, and busyness, some of us are aching for another way to live: more intentional, more connected. Simpler, slower, richer. Many of us have believed the myth that achievement and success bring us contentment, only to find it's actually things like connection and meaning, not success and achievement, that provide true peace and genuine happiness.
Present Over Perfect is bestselling author Shauna Niequist's motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect.
As a wife, mother, friend, and writer, Shauna shares with vulnerability and transparency about the reality of living wholly present in our rela ... more
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.
The 6-session DVD features Adam Hamilton presenting to a group in his engaging style. Adam breaks down these common sayings using Scripture and story with practical applications. Each of the six sessions contains 8-10 minutes of video and is perfect for adult and youth classes. All video sessions are closed captioned.
Session titles 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 ... more
In this five-session Bible study, Wendy Blight implements her practical and approachable style to equip readers to study the Word of God and then apply it to their own lives in practical ways. This study is for any woman who wants to move beyond simply knowing about God to really knowing God in a very personal way. Join Wendy as she teaches how the very names of God reveal His character and heart.
Sessions Include: Elohim The One Who Created You El Roi The One Who Sees You Jehovah Nissi The One Who Stands Guard Over You Jehovah Rapha The One Who Heals You More Magnificent Names
Designed for use with the book, I Know His Name (9780718004200).
Inscribed is a collection of Bible studies that lead women to not ju ... more
Does believing in Christ mean refusing to ask hard questions in the midst of doubt? Doubt is familiar territory for Lee Strobel, the former atheist and award-winning author of books for skeptics and Christians But he believes that faith and reason go hand in hand, and that Christianity is a defensible religion. In this six-session revised small group Bible study, Strobel explores the most common emotional obstacles to faith in Christ. These include the natural inclination to wrestle with faith and doubt, the troubling presence of evil and suffering in the world, and the exclusivity of the Christian gospel. They also include this compelling question: Can I doubt and be a Christian? Through compelling personal stories and ... more
A six-session teaching video that offers simple yet dynamic wisdom for anyone who wants to move forward in life without the baggage of regret. Each day brings numerous questions: Should I take this job? Is he the one for me? Can I afford it? In this DVD companion to the lead book, megachurch pastor Andy Stanley reveals how the right answer is found when we ask, What is the wise thing to do? This one question-and knowing how to accurately apply the answer-will set anyone up for success where it counts-in areas such as finances, love life, schedule, career, and more.
It s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you own the board. It s also a thrill to win a promotion at work the new house you wanted that sports car you ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer, those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box.
Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. So what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the lo ... more
The new film from Michael Landon Jr., as seen on the Lifetime Channel
Based on the beloved best-selling novel The Redemption of Sarah Cain by award-winning novelist Beverly Lewis, Saving Sarah Cain takes business woman Sarah Cain on a journey from her single life as an accomplished, big-city professional to a new life as the caretaker of five Amish orphans. Now she must determine whether to make a new life for them in Portland or to sacrifice her successful career and raise her newfound family in the heartland of Amish Country.
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr. (The Last Sin Eater, Love's Abiding Joy) and featuring triumphant performances from Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees Elliott Gould (M*A*S ... more
Bound by a promise he made to his mother on her deathbed, a pastor seeks to lead his wayward ex-con brother to Christ as they work together to renovate a dilapidated church. But when a desperate man robs the church at gunpoint, one brother's sacrifice sets events into motion that lead the pastor, the gunman, and the community on an improbable journey of faith and redemption.
Do we believe that God still does miracles? Do we expect him to move in miraculous ways in our day-in and day-out lives? Maybe we'd like to see miracles, but it's hard to see past our problems. All that is about to change, like water into wine.
"There are miracles all around us all the time," says Mark Batterson, "but you won't see them if you don't know how to look for them."
Now the bestselling author of "The Circle Maker" reveals the incredible power of the seven miraculous signs of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Batterson shows how they were not simply something Jesus did in the past, but something he wants to do "now," in the present. He shares true stories of people today who are experiencing mi ... more
This DVD version of Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible can be used for either personal or group study. As you read about several women in the Bible who were far from evil yet slightly bad, you'll discover that these ancient women were a lot like us. Liz's novel approach to Bible study combines contemporary fiction with a verse-by-verse commentary. Watch the DVD at home or in church with a few of your "slightly bad girlfriends" and discover that God loves you, flaws and all.
Renowned teacher, writer of the acclaimed The Spirit of the Disciplines, and one of today's most brilliant Christian thinkers, Dallas Willard now offers a new six-session DVD study and participant's guide---a timely and challenging call back to the true meaning of Christian discipleship. Gracefully weaving biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into one cohesive group study, Willard shows Christians everywhere the necessity of making profound changes in how we view our lives and live out our faith.
This video-based group study masterfully captures the core of Christ's teachings in a fresh, relevant light, revealing a revolutionary way to experience God ... by knowing Him as an ... more
Joy is a uniquely satisfying experience--a blessing anyone would feel privileged to enjoy on a regular basis. The problem is few people know where or how to find it. Fortunately, the apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians holds the key to joy, and the answers it reveals just might surprise you. Writing from a place where few would expect to find joy--a Roman prison--Paul offers extraordinary insight and practical guidance for his readers who have the courage to pursue true joy and satisfaction in their service to King Jesus.
In Celebrate Philippians, Pastor Keith Loy walks you step by step through the life-transforming teaching of this crucial letter.
Feeling like you've blown it? Reached the point of no return? That your life hasn't gone as planned? If so, you are not alone. We all know what it feels like to have life disappoint us and not work out as we'd hoped. We all know what it's like to long for something different, something better, and something more.
Drawing on his own experiences and pivotal Bible stories, author Louie Giglio shows how God is all about comebacks. Samson had blown it repeatedly; nevertheless, he experiences tremendous triumph at the end of his life. The prodigal son, as Jesus describes him, returns home in disgrace only to be welcomed by his father with open arms no questions asked. The list goes on: Joseph, Moses and Peter all experie ... more
Do you realize that you are a daughter of the King? You need to live, hope, and dream as if this were true-because it is You don't need to be paralyzed with fear, frozen by the chaos you feel inside. Instead, you must choose to stand on the truth of who God says you are.
In "The Storm Inside," an 8-session, video-based small group Bible study, popular teacher and author Sheila Walsh encourages you to trust God even when you are in the midst of the most chaotic storms.
Sheila unpacks the stories of women from the Bible who faced seemingly insurmountable problems-things like regret, shame, insecurity and heartbreak. And just like the women from the Bible, you can overcome the lies the enemy uses to torment you. Y ... more
We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences beyond our control. The more we compare ourselves with others, the less satisfied we are. The more we interact online, the more we crave face-to-face intimacy. The more filtered our lives become, the more challenging it is for us to be authentic. The more information we receive about the pain and crises in the world, the more difficult it is for us to care.
In this timely five-session video-based study, New York Timesbestselling author Craig Groeschel taps in to some of the most up-to-date studies on social media to help us understand how it affects our emotion ... more
"Eternal Life Begins Now." This is the title of Dallas Willard's opening message at the February 2013 Dallas Willard Center "Knowing Christ Today" conference in Santa Barbara, California. The series of seven talks explores what it means to live well now in light of God's kingdom. In this seven-hour, two-disc video presentation, Willard reflects on the state of the university, the meaning of knowledge, the importance of spiritual disciplines and more. Two of the sessions are taught by John Ortberg, who also serves as a conversation partner with Willard after each session. In the final session they explore what it means for us to offer a blessing to one another. You will also find a rich gift of grace in these timely video ... more
Jesus communicated deep spiritual truths through simple, vivid, and engaging stories. Woven from stuff of everyday life, His parables made the kingdom of God understandable and accessible to his listeners. The Deeper Connections series brings this visually stunning DVD series written and taught by biblical experts--six professors with specialized areas of knowledge. This volume consists of six sessions--each session is taught by a different instructor and consists of three components: Historical and cultural background, An engaging, close look at the biblical text and its meaning, and an accurate, encouraging, and challenging applications of the bible's message to life today. Region coded All. Approx. 170 minutes.