40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life

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In 40 Days, 40 Prayers, 40 Words, Reyes-Chow encourages readers to pause in the bustle of their daily lives to reflect, engage, and share during the Lenten season. Forty devotions are each framed around a word inspired by the daily lectionary readings and include a short scriptural passage, inspirational prayer, and reflection. Readers who feel too busy for daily engagement with God will appreciate Reyes-Chow s ability to speak to the blessings and burdens of everyday life in a concise, lively manner. Moreover, readers also have the ability to connect with others through interactive elements like QR codes that link to social media and provide access to additional reflections, graphics, and prayers. This unique resource expands the ways we can connect with God, and with each other, both during Lent and at any time along our journeys of faith. Follow along using the hashtag: #40wordprayer.

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9780664261894
Publication Date: 
2015-12-02

Challenge of Easter

Challenge of Easter
$6.00
Why do we celebrate Easter? Lost among the colored eggs and chocolate candies is Easter's bold, almost unbelievable claim: Jesus has risen from the dead, and now everything is different. Historian, biblical scholar and bestselling author N. T. Wright, in this excerpt from The Challenge of Jesus, takes a step back from the hoopla surrounding Easter to look at it in its earliest context, where we see a band of followers discovering the fulfillment of all the promises God had made to their people over the centuries, and pronouncing a new era that unsettled their friends and scandalized their oppressors. That era extends to our day, where to celebrate Easter is to receive an invitation to live as though God is among us, making everything new.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830838486
Publication Date: 
2009-12-04

Christ is For Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary 2017

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Christ Is for Us invites readers to explore God's saving and redeeming love through a seven-week study of the Scripture readings for Lent and Easter. Key Bible readings call us to embrace God's salvation and the new life offered to us through Christ.

This study is based on the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for Year A. Each chapter includes commentary and reflection on readings from the Old Testament, the Epistle, and the Gospel reading for that day. Each chapter also includes questions for personal reflection, questions for group discussion, and suggested activities to facilitate group study.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501820557
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words

Cross-Shattered Christ: Meditations on the Seven Last Words
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In this small but powerful book, renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas offers a moving reflection on Jesus's final words from the cross. Touching in original and surprising ways on subjects such as praying the Psalms and our need to be remembered by Jesus, Hauerwas emphasizes Christ's humanity as well as the sheer "differentness" of God. Ideal for personal devotion during Lent and throughout the church year, this book offers a transformative reading of Jesus's words that goes directly to the heart of the gospel. Now in paperback.
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9781587433085
Publication Date: 
2011-09-01
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Easter from the Back Side

Easter from the Back Side
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Easter from the Back Side

J. Ellsworth Kalas

Using an approach similar to the one he took in Parables from the Back Side and other books in the popular Back Side series, author J. Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into the biblical Easter story. The author looks beyond the traditional gospel scriptures to connect the story of Christ’s resurrection with other stories and scriptures throughout the Bible, including both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Kalas’s creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Easter story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives on Easter.

Chapter titles and Scriptures include: “Why We Need Easter” (Genesis 3:1-7, 22-24); “Easter from an Ash Heap” (Job 19:13-27); “Easter for the Disillusioned” (Ecclesiastes 2:14-26); “Ezekiel Celebrates Easter” (Ezekiel 37:1-10); “Easter Is a Love Story” (John 20:1-18); “Late for Easter” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11); and “Forever Easter” (Revelation 21:1-4).

J. ELLSWORTH KALAS is president of Asbury Theological Seminary and has been part of the faculty there since 1993, after thirty-eight years as a United Methodist pastor and five years in evangelism with the World Methodist Council. He has been a presenter on Disciple videos, is the author of the Christian Believer study, and has written more than thirty books, including the popular Back Side series; Longing to Pray: How the Psalms Teach Us to Talk with God; Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament; and What I Learned When I Was Ten.

 

ISBN/SKU: 
9780687490790
Publication Date: 
2008-12-01

Easter Services Sermons and Prayers (Just in Time)

Easter Services Sermons and Prayers   (Just in Time)
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Based on the Revised Common Lectionary and broadly ecumenical, this addition tothe Just In Time! series provides creative liturgies, sermon helps, and prayers for Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, and the 40 days of Easter."
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9780687646326
Publication Date: 
2007-10-01
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Essential Lent: Holy Moments and Sacred Experiences for Your Whole Congregation

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In one volume, Essential Lent offers interesting, easy-to-prepare activities and worship resources that invite your church to delve a little deeper into this season of Lent and make it more meaningful than ever.

You'll gain new perspectives on this holy season as you learn about Lent observances around the world, will be encouraged to try new things in worship, but will find it equally fulfilling to practice traditional Lenten rituals.

Essential Lent is designed to engage everyone in your congregation, regardless of age or individual faith journey: adults, young adults, youth, children of all ages, intergenerational groups, and even seekers and those who have recently begun attending your church.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780829820003
Publication Date: 
2014-01-15
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Forgiveness

Forgiveness
$12.00

Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Marjorie J. Thompson, author of the best-selling book Soul Feast, takes a close look at our understanding of forgiveness in this encouraging study. In six brief chapters, Thompson addresses such questions as the following:

  • Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances? Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?
  • Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
  • Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
  • How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?

Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson illustrates each chapter's theme in an informative and engaging way. A study guide is also included at the back of the book that is appropriate for either individual reflection or group discussion. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664259723
Publication Date: 
2014-01-03

Give It Up!: A Lenten Study for Adults

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This Lenten study reflects on all the things that hold our attention, occupy our minds and monopolize our time, yet still isolate us from God and the world around us. Things like social media, phones, the noise of life, and focus on the external. Imagine taking on the challenge of giving up each of these for a week. During this seven-week study, Dottie Escobedo Frank takes the reader on a journey of self discovery, where he or she learns that the power of release brings great gain. The biggest gain is a stronger relationship with Christ. In the release, each person is freed to "give it up" in applause and praise for a life deeply lived in Christ.

This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals and small groups during the Lent 2015 season. In addition to the main content, each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week. The focus emerges from the chapter content and encourages readers to engage in a spiritual practice or do something specific that will help them grow in faith. On the whole, this thematic seasonal Bible study series is designed for transformation and application of Bible study to everyday, practical life experience.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781426785962
Publication Date: 
2014-12-16
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Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus: A Lenten Study

Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus: A Lenten Study
$15.00
A provocative study focusing on both the positive and negative responses of people who encountered the living Christ and his offer of good news.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780835899710
Publication Date: 
2008-11-01
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Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year a: A Daily Devotional

Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year a: A Daily Devotional
$15.00

Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A provides readers with an inspirational guide through the Lenten season, from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter. Popular biblical scholar and author N. T. Wright provides his own Scripture translation, brief reflection, and a prayer for each day of the season, helping readers ponder how the text is relevant to their own lives. By the end of the book, readers will have been through the entirety of Matthew, along with Psalm readings for each Sunday. Suitable for both individual and group study and reflection, Wright's Lenten devotional will help make Matthew's gospel your own, thoughtfully and prayerfully, and your journey through Lent a period of discovery and growth.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664238933
Publication Date: 
2013-09-02

Lenten Services (Just in Time)

Lenten Services   (Just in Time)
$12.99
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary and broadly ecumenical, this addition tothe Just In Time! series provides: Sitting with the Text: Scripture commentary for each of the three lectionary years; Worship and Preaching Themes; Creating the Environment: ideas for decorating and preparing the worship space; Shaping the Worship Service: prayers, liturgies, dramas, music suggestions; Scripture Index; and more.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday, Lenten Services aids the reader in planning and implementing transformative worship services throughout the Lenten journey."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780687655168
Publication Date: 
2009-02-01
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Meeting God in Paul: Reflections for the Season of Lent

Meeting God in Paul: Reflections for the Season of Lent
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Rowan Williams explores the essential meaning and purpose of Paul s letters in this beautifully written resource for the Lenten season. Williams places a special focus on the social world of Paul and the dangerous newness that was Christianity and the specific ways that the behavior and language of the Christian community was being molded and shaped in Paul s time. Easy-to-read and packed with illuminating spiritual insights, Meeting God in Paul is perfect for beginners as well as those who ve read the letters many times before and want to see them in a fresh light. Questions for reflection or group discussion are provided for each chapter. The book also features a reading guide that includes a reflection and prayer for each of the seven weeks of Lent.

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ISBN/SKU: 
9780664260538
Publication Date: 
2015-12-23

Near the Cross: A Lenten Journey of Prayer

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Prayer nurtures our faith and encourages spiritual growth. This thematic Bible study calls individuals and small groups to a deeper life of prayer during the season of Lent. It guides readers to spiritual transformation and application of Bible study to everyday, practical life experience. By coming near the cross through prayer, we can know and imitate heart of Christ.
This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals and small groups during the Lent 2016 season. In addition to the main content, each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week. The focus emerges from the chapter content and encourages readers to engage in a spiritual practice or do something specific that will help them grow in faith. On the whole, this thematic seasonal Bible study series is designed for transformation and application of Bible study to everyday, practical life experience.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781501800917
Publication Date: 
2015-12-01
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On the Road to the Cross Leader's Guide: Experience Easter with Those Who Were There

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The Easter drama plays out on history's stage with magnificent and larger-than-life characters. Yet some of the most important lessons of Easter come from those whose names you may not recognize: Simon the Leper, Malchus, the Centurion at the cross, Cleopas, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, Barabbas, Simon of Cyrene, and Mary Magdalene offer a unique perspective on one of the greatest events in human history. And yet their stories are often overlooked.

On the Road to the Cross allows you to experience Easter through the eyes of the everyday people who witnessed the triumphal entry, saw Jesus drag his cross to Calvary, and cried through Christ's last words. Each new perspective opens the door to a fresh consideration of Easter and its impact on their lives and ours.

Designed to guide Bible study groups and discipleship classes through the book, this companion leader guide to On the Road to the Cross offers session outlines, discussion points and questions, activities, prayers, and leader helps for facilitating a group.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501822674
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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On the Road to the Cross: Experience Easter with Those Who Were There

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The Easter drama plays out on history's stage with magnificent and larger-than-life characters. Yet some of the most important lessons of Easter come from those whose names you may not recognize: Simon the Leper, Malchus, the Centurion at the cross, Cleopas, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, Barabbas, Simon of Cyrene, and Mary Magdalene offer a unique perspective on one of the greatest events in human history. And yet their stories are often overlooked.

On the Road to the Cross allows you to experience Easter through the eyes of the everyday people who witnessed the triumphal entry, saw Jesus drag his cross to Calvary, and cried through Christ's last words. Each new perspective opens the door to a fresh consideration of Easter and its impact on their lives and ours.

Leader guide also available.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501822643
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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Plenty Good Room: A Lenten Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals

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This unique short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals. The six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals: 'Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit," "This Lonesome Valley," "Bow Down on Your Knees," "Plenty Good Room," "Ain't Dat Good News," and "Were You There?" Marilyn E. Thornton wrote all-new lessons appropriate to the season.

Leader helps can be found in the book providing discussion questions and activities. Plenty Good Room is a powerful resource for small groups, Sunday schools, choir groups, and any setting where persons seek to enrich their devotional and spiritual experience through God's Word and music.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501822483
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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Restored Leader's Guide: Finding Redemption in Our Mess

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Often we make a mess of our lives and wonder if there is any redemption. In this six-week study, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.

The Leader Guide contains everything needed to guide a group through the 6-week study for Lent, including session plans and discussion questions, as well as multiple format options.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501822940
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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Restored Youth Study: Finding Redemption in Our Mess

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Often we make a mess of our lives and wonder if there is any redemption. In this six-week study, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.

Everything needed to conduct a six-session study of Restored, using current examples that have meaning to young people grades 6-12. Includes leader helps. Includes leader helps and discussion questions that can be used with the adult-level DVD.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501823039
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess

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Often we make a mess of our lives and wonder if there is any redemption. In this book, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.

Chapters include:

  1. This Is a Real Mess
  2. Who Left This Mess?
  3. Bless This Mess
  4. No Messing Around
  5. Address This Mess
  6. The Message in the Mess
ISBN/SKU: 
9781501822926
Publication Date: 
2016-12-20
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Resurrecting Easter: Meditations for the Great 50 Days

Resurrecting Easter: Meditations for the Great 50 Days
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Established author, Kate Moorehead, provides devotional resources for the forgotten post- Easter season. Short daily readings offer more seasonally-appropriate material for those accustomed to a Lenten practice. American Christians have forgotten the Easter season. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on one day and then return to ordinary time. But Christ appeared over and over again for forty days in resurrected form. We cannot sustain this resurrection season because that kind of sustained joy overwhelms us. This book is designed to help us sustain Easter.

Established author provides devotional resources for the forgotten post- Easter season Short daily readings offer more seasonally-appropriate material for those accustomed to a Lenten practice American Christians have forgotten the Easter season. We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus on one day and then return to ordinary time. But Christ appeared over and over again for forty days in resurrected form. We cannot sustain this resurrection season because that kind of sustained joy overwhelms us. This book is designed to help us sustain Easter."
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9780819228482
Publication Date: 
2013-10-01
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Searching for Truth: Lenten Meditations on Science & Faith

Searching for Truth: Lenten Meditations on Science & Faith
$12.95
John Polkinghorne dares to ask the questions that would seem to be too dangerous to askand he comes up with some answers which are deeply satisfying to both mind and heart."
ISBN/SKU: 
9780824516550
Publication Date: 
1996-12-01

Stories of Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection

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"Stories of Jesus" provides a portrait of Our Lord in a day-by-day reflection format, based on the Gospel accounts of his life and teachings. Through these reflections, Girzone introduces Jesus and his adult ministry from his baptism by John the Baptist through his public life and work, to his death and resurrection pausing along the way to focus on the important people and events of Jesus s world.
Girzone invites the reader to enter into the mind and heart of Jesus, and subtly develop an intimacy with him that may form and deepen one s personal relationship with the Savior. Each day opens with a passage from one of the Gospels, followed by an imaginative retelling of the story found in the scriptural text, and a brief prayer at the end. The forty-day format allows readers to use this book for Lent, or at other times of year to provide a retreat with Jesus.
This creative approach to the life of Jesus will inspire a sense of God s Son as someone who is a constant companion as we walk though our own lives, one who understands, guides, and loves us with deep affection."
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9781616366315
Publication Date: 
2013-12-16
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Thank God It's Thursday: Encountering Jesus at the Lord's Table as If for the Last Time

Thank God It's Thursday: Encountering Jesus at the Lord's Table as If for the Last Time
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Thank God It s Thursday is the prequel to bestselling author Will Willimon s highly successful, Thank God It s Friday. Following the book of John, Will Willimon focuses on Jesus teaching of his disciples prior to his own death but also before their own hour of decision. The climax of the Gospel is when Jesus pours out his life on the cross surely an enactment and demonstration of the power of God s self-sacrificial love.

So to sustain and fortify his followers for the difficulties ahead, Jesus prepares them by teaching and offering sacraments of self-giving, through which they (and we) experience the grace and presence of the risen Lord. This book can equip Christians to face their hardships as they humbly serve with the promise of God's abiding presence already made good by his outpouring of sacrificial love. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon's trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Resurrected One."
ISBN/SKU: 
9781426743375
Publication Date: 
2013-02-01
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Weekend That Changed the World: The Mystery of Jerusalem's Empty Tomb

Weekend That Changed the World: The Mystery of Jerusalem's Empty Tomb
$25.00

In this powerful, spellbinding book, Peter Walker takes the reader on a guided tour through the backstreets and alleyways of Jerusalem as he documents the dramatic events of the last days of Jesus' life. Using maps, drawings, and color photographs, Walker constructs a myriad of evocative detail that becomes, in the end, a compelling defense of the biblical account of the crucifixion and resurrection.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664222307
Publication Date: 
2010-07-15

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