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  • How Happiness HappensHow Happiness Happens : finding lasting joy in a world of camparison, disappointment, and unmet expectations

    Lucado, Max.

    6 Sessions/ Bestselling author Max Lucado looks at several "one another" statements in the Bible that reveal how the happiest people on earth aren't those who have the most but those who are willing to give the most away. While everyone craves happiness, and everyone benefits from it, the sad reality is that fewer people today are finding it. We have more possessions than ever before, better access to education, and greater advancements in technology and medicine. Yet the majority of us can't find an adequate reason to check the "yes""box on a happiness questionnaire. God wants to bring joy to the people of this generation, and in his Word, he has given us practical and applicable ways to quarry that joy by giving it away. In this study, group members will look at several key "one another" statements given in the New Testament and discover how to make happiness happen in their lives. They will discover that while the world can be a lonely and disappointing place, they can be God's representatives to bring about a cascade of kindness. While we cannot solve every problem, we can bring a few smiles to a few faces. In this way, we might even initiate a quiet revolution of joy.

  • The Walk (Children's Leader Guide)The Walk (Children's Leader Guide) : five essential practices of the christian life

    Hamilton, Adam.

    6 Sessions/ How do we walk with Christ--daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? Join Adam Hamilton this Lent and Easter in The Walk and discover five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus' own walk with God. In each chapter, Hamilton’s engaging teaching style will help you explore one of these practices--each of which is intended to be a part of our daily walk with Christ--its New Testament foundation, and its potential effect on our personal lives and our lives together as the church. The Children’s Leader Guide contains session plans for younger and older children (grades K–2 and 3–6) including games, activities, craft ideas, and reproducible handouts.

  • Soul ResetSoul Reset : breakdown, breakthrough, and the journey to wholeness

    Dotson, Junius B.

    6 Sessions/ This is a 6-week churchwide study for everyone who moves at breakneck speed through their daily lives, often relying only on their own strength to bring God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus shows us a different way, an easier, unforced rhythm of what kingdom work looks like. It’s a balance of work, rest, play, worship, exercise, and eating well—spiritual practices that keep our souls hydrated and healthy as we do the work of the church in the world.

  • The WalkThe Walk : five essential practices of the christian life

    Hamilton, Adam.

    6 Sessions/ How do we walk with Christ--daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? Join Adam Hamilton this Lent and Easter in The Walk and discover five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus' own walk with God. In each chapter, Hamilton’s engaging teaching style will help you explore one of these practices--each of which is intended to be a part of our daily walk with Christ--its New Testament foundation, and its potential effect on our personal lives and our lives together as the church.

  • Short Stories by JesusShort Stories by Jesus : the enigmatic parables of a controversial rabbi

    Levine, Amy-Jill.

    6 Sessions/ The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus' most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus' narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these "problems with parables," taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables' connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us -- and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

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