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I’m Scared to Pray Boldly

I’m Scared to Pray Boldly

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. — James 5:16 Sometimes I’m scared to pray boldly. It’s not at all that I don’t believe God can do anything. I absolutely do. I’m a wild-about-Jesus girl. Wild in my willingness. Wild in my obedience. Wild in my adventures with God. So my hesitation

The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi: Bethlehem

Where It All Began So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While

Who Needs Christmas?: The Story Behind the Story

The story of Christmas doesn’t begin the way you probably think it does. It doesn’t begin with angels announcing the birth of a savior. It doesn’t begin with a young couple on an out-of-town trip trying to find a place to stay as the woman goes into labor. It begins all the way back in

Because of Bethlehem: God Has a Face

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. — John 1:14 MSG The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermons Video: God

Nothing Wasted: God Doesn’t Waste Your Life

This is a great week to read chapters 1–3 in the book! Introduction (5 MINUTES) Leader, please read aloud to group: Predestined = {a course of events determined in advance by divine will} — Merriam Webster Dictionary As humans, we tend to want to settle most matters of life in terms of “either-or.” But with

A Deeper Kind of Comeback Story

What we’re celebrating here is the God of all the comeback stories. ~ Louie Giglio Orientation Have you ever watched parents try to get their children to apologize to each other when it is clear neither of those children want to? It is truly painful to watch. The parents know they are doing the right

One Thousand Gifts: Attitude of Gratitude

Bible Study of the Week: Ann Voskamp’s a farm girl. That book she scratched out, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where YouAre, is about what you really want. Joy is possible. Right where you are. Really. This video Bible study based on her best-selling book ponders the question of finding joy in

When to Walk Away: Follow Jesus’ Example

Jesus walked away from toxic people and let them walk away from Him. We can learn to follow His example. INTRODUCTION For the first fifteen years of their marriage they served the church in two dramatically different ways. Both David and Ginny had gifts for ministry, loved people, and felt honored to serve the same

The Books of the New Testament

Anyone who picks up the New Testament will find, if they give it a chance, that it is one of the most explosive books ever written. ~ N. T. Wright INTRODUCTION There is a massive difference between being familiar with something and understanding it. Having an acquaintance and building a deep friendship are radically different

What Is Bible Journaling And How Do I Start?

When you listen to a sermon or read the Bible, how many of the important things that God is saying to you do you actually remember? We are bombarded by so many demands each day. It’s often hard to recall anything that isn’t vying for our immediate attention, but the spiritual discipline of Bible journaling

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