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  • 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.

  • UnafraidUnafraid : living with courage and hope in uncertain times

    Hamilton, Adam.

    5 Sessions/ For anyone struggling with fear, worry, or anxiety, or who wonders how families and communities can live as peacemakers in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions. Trusted pastor and bestselling author Adam Hamilton draws on the latest research, therapeutic insights, biblical principles, and personal experience to untangle the knots of fear and truly embrace Jesus's recurring counsel to his followers: "Do not be afraid." As a leading voice in the progressive tradition, Hamilton communicates with grace and understanding to a wide and inclusive audience in accessible language that will ring true regardless of one's religious conviction.

  • Everybody, AlwaysEverybody, Always : becoming love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people

    Goff, Bob.

    5 Sessions/ Bob Goff takes readers on a life-altering journey into the secret of living without fear, care, constraint, or worry. The path toward the outsized, unfettered, liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits. Driven by Bob’s trademark hilarious and insightful storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned—often the hard way--about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.

  • VBS - Shipwrecked (2018)VBS - Shipwrecked (2018) : rescued by jesus

    5 Sessions/ Are you ready venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive? Your Shipwrecked Ultimate Starter Kit is packed with everything you need to get started on a VBS experience where kids are anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Sessions include: 1) When you're lonely...Jesus rescues (Luke 15; Psalm 27:10); 2) When you worry...Jesus rescues (Luke 10:38-42; Psalm 34:19); 3) When you struggle...Jesus rescues (Luke 22:39-54; Matthew 26:36-56; Psalm 46:10); 4) When you do wrong...Jesus rescues (Luke 23:26-24:12; John 16:33); 5) When you're pwoerless...Jesus rescues (Acts 3:1-26; Ephesians 1:19-20).

  • EnoughEnough : discovering joy through simplicity and generosity

    Hamilton, Adam.

    4 Sessions/ Money has great power in our lives and when used wisely helps us meet our goals, provide for our needs, and fulfill our life purpose. In recent years we've found ourselves spending more, but the result was not greater happiness and satisfaction, but greater stress and anxiety. Find the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity in this 5 session study. Included is a bonus segment: To Be a Blessing, the story of a real life blessing.

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