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The Way of the Essenes

The Way of the Essenes

About 150 years before the birth of Jesus the Messiah, some of God’s people — the Essenes — established a community in the Judea Wilderness near the northern end of the Dead Sea. We know it as Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Not all scholars agree that Essenes lived at Qumran, wrote

The Storm Inside: From Shame to Love

No matter how we look at it, one truth remains evident: life can be difficult. Like the changing seasons, we have days which are sunny and bright. We also have seasons which are filled with storms. It is the difficult stormy times that shape us into the people we are. Life storms test our faith,

Alpha Session One: Is There More to Life Than This?

Alpha Session One: Is There More to Life Than This? What, if any, has been your experience of Christianity? Boring? Untrue? Irrelevant? At the heart of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35) JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY.” The first-order questions

Defiant Joy: Laugh It Up, Live It Out

Editor’s Note: Are you ready to say YES to joy in 2018? We are thrilled to announce that Defiant Joy, the six-week study by Candace Payne, is our next community Online Bible Study starting in the New Year! Come join the thousands of people who already have signed up and are declaring that 2018 will

I Am Loved: Walk in the Light

Prayer: Oh God, I’m excited for a new journey through Your Word. Open my eyes to see, my ears to hear, and my heart to understand eternal mysteries that only You can reveal on this exciting adventure through the book of Your “beloved,” John. Carve out time for me each day to spend with You.

More Powerful Than Fear

Have you ever needed to do something but lacked the confidence or courage to do it? Go back to college? Give a presentation? Look for a new job? Move to a different city? I’ve so been there! Not just when it came to skydiving as I shared in the introduction, but also when it has

Because of Bethlehem: God Has a Face

Editor’s Note: Have you heard the news? Because of Bethlehem, the four-week Advent study by Max Lucado, is coming back as our Christmas Online Bible Study this year! This study impacted so many lives last Christmas – we had to bring it back for our new Bible study friends and for past participants wanting to make it

Giving Thanks for God’s Abundance

Consider it Thankfulness is a skill we can develop with practice. It’s just a matter of pausing and noticing the abundance with which God has filled our lives. We can choose to view life through the lens of deprivation (noticing everything we don’t have and worrying that there is never enough for us) or through

3 Christmas Bible Studies for Advent

Is your small group or Sunday school class looking for a Christmas Bible Study? The Advent season is a time to get ready and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Doing a Christmas Bible Study is a chance to build up in anticipation of the grand event, and to dive

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