This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where You Can Meet God
Author: John Ortberg
God Is Closer Than You Think Curriculum Kit Six Sessions on Experiencing the Presence of God The story of the Bible is the story of God's desire to be with people. God is extending himself, stretching out to reach us, to fill our lives with his presence. Every moment of your life is like a page in a Where's Waldo? book. God is there, the Scriptures tell us - on every one of them. But the ease with which he may be found varies from one page to the next. In this six-session Zondervan GroupwareTMvideo curriculum, award-winning author John Ortberg serves as guide and interpretive leader for experiencing the presence of God in everyday life. With his engaging and humorous style, Ortberg transforms our view of God's presence from one that may seem hidden or distant to one that is closer than you think. The curriculum kit is designed for churches to use as a spiritual growth campaign. It includes a six-session small group participant's guide, a six-session DVD (with a thirty-two - page leader's guide) featuring John Ortberg teaching, a CD-ROM (with sermon resources and promotional materials), and one copy of the hardcover book. The participant's guide, Small Group Edition DVD, and book are also sold separately.
Why God Is Farther than You Think but Closer than You Dare Imagine
Author: David Bowden
Pubpsher: Thomas Nelson
Why does God feel so far away? Why is my worship so empty? Has God left me? David Bowden knows these questions firsthand, having wrestled for years with God’s apparent absence and studying what the Bible says about it. In this new book, Bowden tackles the subject head-on, finding the key to understanding it in the Bible’s depiction of a God who is infinitely far from us, free to move where he wants, but who chooses to come near in the person of Jesus. A resource of encouragement for those who struggle with feeling God’s absence and a wake-up call to those who take God’s presence for granted, When God Isn’t There will forever change your understanding of why God sometimes seems to vanish and how he can be found again. Praise for the work of David Bowden “Awesome and inspiring.”—Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS Shoes “David brings a fresh, engaging and highly impactful approach to Scripture. His passion for the Word is both contagious and inspirational.” —Roy Peterson, President of American Bible Society
Release on 2013-02 | by Hammie Van Zyl,Alti Van Zyl
We Know That in Everything God Works for the Good of Those Who Love Him. Romans 8:28
Author: Hammie Van Zyl,Alti Van Zyl
Hammie and Alti van Zyl are in full-time ministry. God often calls them to complete a task far beyond their human abilities. God IS good: come taste and see is a testimonial of God?s abundant goodness and a celebration of their years journeying with God. God IS good: come taste and see is full of stories of how the authors managed to keep on standing in tough times, how they never gave up even in the midst of their trials. They also tell about the great miracles God performed for them, such as: ? How they bought houses without money; ? How God provided or even created what they needed; ? How they supernaturally ran over the Himalayas with the power of God (even when Alti suffered severely from tumours); ? How God healed them instantly; ? How God protected them while they worked in war-torn countries; and ? How God did the impossible and changed many lives. ******************
In this refreshingly candid look at what it takes to live a life of faith, John Ortberg takes an honest look at the misgivings and uncertainties that often shake our beliefs as we navigate through the highs and lows of life. Reflecting on his own bouts with doubt and uncertainty, Ortberg shares with readers his discovery that, rather than being a contradiction in terms, doubt and faith may be very much a part of each other. He challenges readers to consider how doubt can motivate us to study and learn, how questioning expands our understanding, and how uncertainty can lead to trust. These challenges point us toward the relief of being totally honest. The right kind of doubt can be a gift—an action-generating truth that actually allows us to deepen our faith and intimacy with God. Written to challenge, comfort, and inspire readers, Know Doubt reveals uncertainty as a cause for celebration.
Release on 2009-12-15 | by Bill Hybels,Kevin & Sherry Harney
Author: Bill Hybels,Kevin & Sherry Harney
True stories about the highs and lows of life with God.What is it about the Psalms that creates their ageless appeal? What draws us to them time and again to find courage, hope, and joy? Perhaps it’s the way these ancient songs so faithfully mirror our own experience. With depth and passion, the Psalms reflect the many-faceted relationship between humans and God in the ever-changing proving grounds of life. In Meeting God, you’ll learn about God’s heart toward you—and what He looks for in your heart toward Him. You’ll find a road map for life. Discover a source of courage in the face of fear. Expand your heart with a fresh realization of God’s greatness. And deepen your relationship with a very present, personal Creator.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.
You Can Live a Deeper, More Spiritual Life Right Where You Are.An expanded edition with a new chapter on prayer and discussion questionsThe heart of Christianity is transformation—a relationship with God that impacts not just our “spiritual lives,” but every aspect of living. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity—God’s power to bring change and growth—and reveals both the how and why of transformation.With a new chapter on prayer and added discussion questions, this expanded edition of The Life You’ve Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But this is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It’s a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey—Jesus Christ. As with a marathon runner, the secret to winning the race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently—training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor an end in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit—joy, peace, kindness, etc.—are the signposts along the way.Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You’ve Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that’s worth living—a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.
Jesus communicated deep spiritual truths through simple, vivid, and engaging stories. Woven from the stuff of everyday life, the parables of Jesus made the kingdom of God understandable and accessible to his listeners. In six engaging, interactive small group sessions, this Deep Connection DVD gives you will gain new insights into his parables and their meanings that will help you to appreciate more fully their relevance for your own life. With maps and pictures, outlines, key Scripture verses, discussion questions, plenty of room for note taking, and a personal five-day Bible study for each session, this participant’s guide will help you get the most out of The Parable of Jesus, both in your group and in applying what you learn to your life.
"Hold That Thought offers encouragement, instructions, and solutions on how to hold onto the instructions, visions, and dreams that the Lord gives us. Whenever we receive something positive, our faith will be challenged. Faith simply put is your confidence in God's ability to do what He said. The Lord requires faith, trust, and obedience that is absolute. God wants a faith that will cause you to see it as He sees it and say it as He says it. We are supposed to echo what was spoken to our spirit man by Holy Spirit without vacillating. Faith is the essential breeding ground for your visions and dreams to become a reality. When challenges come, remind God of His promises, posture yourself in prayer continually, and continue to believe that what He said shall come to past.