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“The thing is.”
That’s what we say when we are at last getting to the point. The bushes have been beaten around, the chase has been cut to, and we are finally getting to the thing we’ve been avoiding but that now needs to be spoken.
What is that thing for you? What is the thing that makes sense of your life but that you don’t often talk about? What is the point of it all, the purpose, the real reason you get out of bed in the morning?
From the author of The Trellis and the Vine comes an opportunity to pause and take stock of our lives, and to discover the life-changing purpose that God has for each one of us. Not some vague-Christian-cliché purpose; but a purpose that is clear and real enough to drive the decisions we make and the way we live our lives from this point on.
To work out what ‘the thing is’ together in a small group, try The Course of Your Life.
About the author
Tony Payne is the Publishing Director for Matthias Media. He is a graduate in Communications and Theology, is married to Alison and has five children. He is the author of a number of best-selling Christian books, including The Trellis and the Vine, Islam in our Backyard and Fatherhood: What it is and what it’s for.
What makes someone a good small group leader?
Comprehensive knowledge of the Bible? The wisdom that rivals Solomon’s? Exceptional people skills? Or is willingness and availability enough?
In Being a Small Group Leader Richard Sweatman brings the Bible and his years of small group ministry experience to the task of highlighting five vital areas in which we need to keep growing as Christian leaders:
– Knowledge of God
– Teaching ability
– Encouragement of others
– Team leadership
Whether you’ve been leading a small group for days or decades, you’ll find warm encouragement to identify areas in which you can improve, and you’ll be challenged and helped to make realistic plans for doing so.
This book is also a useful resource for pastors to work through in talking with those who might take up this valuable ministry in the future.
Publisher: JoNaTiMa Books
He’s a lawyer who’s determined never to love again. But his coworker refuses to get the memo.
When Phil Reid became a Christian and stopped drinking, his hard-partying wife Brandi divorced him. Reeling and betrayed, he becomes convinced Christians should never remarry and resolves to guard his heart.
Allison Vasak has everything in her life under control, except for one thing. Her heart is irresistibly drawn to fellow attorneys and coworkers, Phil. Though she knows his history and believes that women should not initiate relationships, she longs to make her feelings known.
As Phil and Allison work closely together to help a pregnant teen, both must reevaluate their convictions. But when Brandi discovers Phil’s new relationship, she decides that though she doesn’t want him, no one else can have him either. Can Phil and Allison’s love weather the chaos Brandi bring into their lives?
Should you be willing to change for love?
Courage to Change is the second book in the 5-book contemporary Christian romance Grant Us Grace series. Set in the greater Washington D.C. area, the Grant Us Grace books provide thought-provoking spiritual threads wrapped up in swoonworthy romance.
Read the entire Grant Us Grace series today!
1.Wisdom to Know
2.Courage to Change
3.Serenity to Accept
5.Pathway to Peace
In his earlier book, Eric Metaxas tackled the questions people had always wanted to ask about God. His book was well-received, but Metaxas soon realized there was a long list of questions that still needed to be addressed.
In Everything Else, You Always Wanted to Know about God…, the author answers the rest–and some of the very best–of the questions that surface when God is the topic of conversation. Metaxas’ s welcoming tone and his skillful use of humor lower readers’ defenses. He presents biblical truth in the form of engaging answers that can’t help but connect, whether the reader is an inquisitive skeptic, an open-minded agnostic, or even a new believer looking to get grounded in the basics of the Christian faith.
No matter who is asking the questions, this sequel delivers the goods with disarming candor and biblical authority.
Imprisoned by memories, Claudia Campbell lives each day in the shadow of a ten-year-old murder. Who can set her free?
On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fire on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.
Officer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed. A star quarterback with a promising future, Casio was on top of the world—until one bullet changed everything. He is eager to help Victor Campbell find B.J.’s killer, the man who shot him. Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he loves.
As the Campbells and Casio teeter on the brink of losing everything, will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross?
Even the most savvy Bible scholar will admit that it can be challenging to learn all the names in the Bible. Not only are there hundreds and hundreds of them, but some can be difficult to pronounce and tough to remember. All The Names in the Bible is a fun and engaging handbook that includes every name in the Bible in one handy volume. This comprehensive resource lists every person and place mentioned in the Bible and cites helpful information, including the pronunciation of the name, the Greek or Hebrew meaning of the name, a paragraph of description, and a list of Scripture passages where the name is found. No other resource supplies such a comprehensive list with so many valuable pieces of information. For anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the Bible’s many people and places, All the Names in the Bible is a perfect choice.
- Complete list in one convenient volume
- Includes the names of all people, towns, cities, rivers, mountains, and nations in the Bible
- Meaning of the name, a paragraph of description, and Scripture passages where the name is found
Let Every Breath You Take Be an Act of Worship
Worship is more than singing on Sunday morning. While that’s part of it, worship is the essence of what makes us truly human. God sparked this desire within our hearts from the day He first breathed life into Adam and Eve. Since then, every single human who has walked this planet has participated in this God-given ability, and divine quest. While many have squandered their gift, there are those who find the wonder-filled life of communion with God no matter the time or place.
True freedom comes when worship flows through us as naturally as the air we breathe when the words and actions in our lives resonate with our Creator so deeply that every inhalation is full of meaning. When we understand the holiness of the God who knows the stars by name—and His overwhelming love for each one of us—how can we offer anything less?
In The Air I Breathe, Louie Giglio explains in passionate prose what it means to truly live a life of worship, offering insight and guidance for finding our personal path towards connecting with the God of the Universe.