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In Jesus Christ for dum dums and smarties, author Priscilla Pak-Kyun encourages all to come to Jesus for loving understanding and salvation. She explains that we must put aside our fears and open our hearts to Jesus, who will love and accept us as we are. Sometimes, we have doubts and need encouragement to change our thinking, but we must follow our hearts and do what is right no matter what we might feel or what others might think of our actions. Ultimately, the best decision one can make is to come to Jesus, because He has been waiting for us with open arms.
This guide explores a variety of topics relevant to Christian life and to those who may be interested in learning about it. In doing so, it pairs Scriptures with musical examples as a way to further explain to us what having Jesus in our lives can mean. He meets us where we are, with great love and forgiveness.
Serving as testimony for those who have yet to let Christ into their lives and as encouragement for anyone who wants to know more about Him, the lessons and songs in Jesus Christ for dum dums and smarties provide an opportunity for all to open our hearts to the beauty of God and Jesus in our lives.
In the heart of Jericho, Rahab has a lucrative business as an innkeeper. Travelers—and the local men—love to lodge at Rahab’s inn because she provides them with much more than the basic necessities.
But being able to afford the best of everything isn’t enough for Rahab. Something is missing. From the many patrons who lodge at Rahab’s, she hears about Yahweh, His love for His chosen people, the Promised Land, and a covenant made many years ago between Yahweh and Abraham. She makes the decision to pray to God and ask for His help.
When two spies from Joshua’s army ask Rahab for shelter, she takes a bold risk and hides them. The men tell her of the God of Abraham, and Rahab accepts him into her heart. The two spies promise to save Rahab and her family when Jericho is attacked. Eager to share her joy, Rahab tells her family of her newfound faith and tries to convince her family to trust Yahweh and be saved from Jericho’s inevitable destruction. But will they listen to her message, or is their fate sealed along with the city’s?
A bold retelling of the biblical tale, Rahab—My Story offers a message of hope and redemption for all.
God is the perfect father, and you can improve your parenting style by looking to Him. He sets the example for how to be a provider, protector, teacher, and disciplinarian.
This guidebook to Christian parenting explores the attributes of God a parent should try to emulate. It also brings to light four ways that Jesus grew in Luke 2:52, developing intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. As a parent, you can help your children follow in their savior’s footsteps.
Just as the Lord disciplines those He loves, parents must discipline their children. Heaven on Earth carefully describes biblical principles to help parents provide the environment children need. It offers proper and healthy techniques to aid parents in leading children to honor and respect not only their parents but ultimately the Lord. What’s more, it draws a line between appropriate and abusive actions to control children’s behavior. Parents can proactively develop a disciplinary plan to guard against crossing these boundaries.
Parents face many challenges to lead and guide the family in godly ways, and many struggle with the feelings of anger and failure. Find encouragement and strength through the power of God’s Word and the strength of the Holy Spirit, and get practical help in facing rebellious and wayward children.
You can be inspired to overcome any obstacle, and raise your children for the glory of God.
Do you ever feel like you spend most of your life running in circles just trying to keep up with your family’s daily activities? Do you wish that you had more time to spend with your family or with friends? You are not alone. At a time when stress is at an all-time high and free time is at an all-time low, most of us wonder how in the world we’ll ever be able to get off the constantly moving wheel of life. The secret is realizing that we’re all in the same boat, and the life preserver we all need is an active community. We just need to find out how to start. Because of the changes in technology, the way we interact with each other has drastically changed. We are more connected than ever, but we have also created barriers in how people interact with each other. We have forgotten how to exist within a community. In Growing CommUNITY, author Collette Campbell shares tips and strategies for doing more with less by working together. She takes the guesswork out of meal planning, budgeting, vacations, childcare, and so much more. She provides practical ways to create a strong, supportive community. Most importantly, Campbell offers a step-by-step guide to making your life easier by working alongside your friends and growing your community.
Collette Campbell is a busy mom to three children and has been happily married to her college sweetheart, Dan, for fifteen years. She and Dan have made their home in Tallahassee since graduating from Florida State University in the mid 1990s and have enjoyed raising their family there.
Do miracles still happen or did they only happen during Jesus’ time?
It Was God seeks to open our eyes by explaining that miracles great and small still happen today. Author Wendy Fields shares inspiring true stories that illuminate the hand of God in seemingly unexplainable situations. Miracles are real and illustrated in the inspiring, uplifting stories of extraordinary events as told by people like us. Consider the following:
A tumor shows up on an X-ray and must be removed immediately. The cancer patient goes in for surgery. The surgeon cannot find the tumor. “It just disappeared. I can’t explain it,” he reports. A baby who was thought to be "dead" at birth because she went 8-15 minutes without oxygen has today passed her first birthday and is a walking miracle. A woman deviates from her routine route home “just because.” She reads in the newspaper the following day of the shooting that took place in broad daylight in the middle of the street at the time she would normally have been driving in that precise area.
We catch ourselves saying “What a coincidence,” or “I don’t know how it happened,” or “I guess I just got lucky.” It Was God explains that what we need to understand is when the “unexplainable” happens there really is an explanation—the only answer is that it was God’s will.
I work with pre-Kindergarten children every Sunday morning. It is my pleasure to provide children with creative ways that enhance their Sunday school lessons. I personally enjoy the children’s receptive acceptance and happiness as they work on their pre-lesson art projects I have creatively designed to spark preparation and interest in the Sunday morning lesson. I feel that there is a need to encourage and instill personal prayer within this knowledge-thirsty group of youngsters. I designed a prayer book for my preschoolers, and they received it with gusto. This occurrence has prompted a desire within me to touch many more children with this pertinent importance of prayer unto God.
Have you ever been wounded by friendly fire? I daresay, unless you have been wounded by church hurt, you have not been wounded at all. Deception Backstabbers Jealousy Contention Adulterers Fornication Miscommunication Verbal Abuse Spiritual Abuse Manipulation “If she doesn’t get baptized, she can’t sing in the choir.” “You can’t wear pants in the choir.” “I didn’t know you were a member at my church”. Lies Unanswered Prayers Broken Promises Molestation Embezzlement Racism Sexism Classism Mis-assigned Duties Micromanagement Pretention False Accusations
Who is the real you? Are you living out your real purpose in life? Do you even know what that is?
While some people assume they are living their true purpose in life, others are not quite so sure. In Dynamic Shift, author Judd Nelson shares his story of how he came to find God’s purpose for his life. Judd describes the experiences and the role society played that kept him from focusing on the purpose God meant for his life to have. Since discovering his true identity and purpose, everything in Judd’s life has improved—his marriage, family life, health, finances, and happiness. His purpose serves as the foundation upon which the rest of his life sits.
The journey to discover your true, God-given purpose is neither fast nor always easy. Through Judd’s personal story, Dynamic Shift seeks to inspire you to ask thought-provoking questions and to begin the vital discovery of yourself. Learn how to find your true purpose. Lead a life full of meaning and happiness, and you can impact the world.
Charlane Blomberg grew up surrounded by poverty and neglect in Red Oak, Iowa. At the age of four, she suffered sexual abuse from an unknown assailant, and thoughts of it would come to enslave her for years to come. Yet because of God’s power and presence into her life, she was able to break free from sin’s bondage.
Inspiring and brutally honest, Desperate Hope chronicles Charlane’s journey from childhood through adulthood. She shares how, after her parents’ divorce, her dysfunctional family life left her feeling ignored and abandoned. Along with her mother, two brothers, and sister, Charlane moved often and endured more sexual abuse, sometimes from her mother’s various boyfriends.
In the ensuing years, Charlane continued to grapple with feelings of guilt, shame, and anger. But the individual people who came into her life—the Rev. and Mrs. Gilger; Charlane’s grandparents; and Ard, her husband-to-be—showed her how wonderful life could be. At eighteen, she married Ard, and she soon became a pastor’s wife. But even though Charlane had invited God into her life, she needed to let go of her past before she could find peace and freedom in His arms.
Desperate Hope is a remarkable story about the power of God’s grace in transforming one woman’s life.
A cowboy’s rope is an essential tool, a major part of his daily life. Cowboys fully understand its importance. Tim Malm understood, and he knew how to skillfully use his rope. While that skill has temporarily been taken from him due to a tragic accident, those who know him and his God believe Tim will rope again one day. Fred G., a fellow cowboy, of Christian Cowboy Ministries, said it well: “You will never know how proud and humble I am to have you as a saddle pard for the Lord Jesus Christ. God picked a top hand when he chose you to deliver his word. You don’t have the strength to rope yet but I’ll tell you pard, you sure have the strength to give a gospel message. The calf ropin’ will come; in the meantime the soul ropin’ you’re doin’ makes you a champion.”
Tim’s story, In His Time, takes the reader on the journey from the day of his accident to his present rehabilitation. It is a story of courage, strength, and endurance. As we travel on this journey with Tim and his family, we truly see what faith in God can do.
Cultivating the right attitude is the first step every believer must take on the path to developing a Christlike character. In Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude, Dr. Joseph Buchanan brings forth twenty years of experience as a pastor and teacher to explain how to use the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1–11) to cultivate an attitude shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Buchanan follows each of the attitudes mentioned by Jesus and shows how deeply they are grounded in the gospel. Each chapter provides a thorough Biblical examination of the individual Beatitudes and gives straightforward advice on how to incorporate these attitudes into our lives.
Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude is about developing an attitude that goes beyond merely being positive or upbeat. Fostering a Christlike character is the result of consistently allowing the gospel to shape the way we look at the world and conduct our lives. Simply put, our character is the sum of our attitudes and actions over time, and there are no shortcuts in the process to embodying gospel-based virtues.
Cultivating a Gospel-Shaped Attitude reveals that a strong Christlike character can be achieved by using the Beatitudes as a road map for making the right decisions throughout our lives.
Encouraging and powerful, Awaken Me offers a uniquely written, 365-day devotional journal that can help remind you of the importance of staying focused on God. Because it is undated, you can start this journal at any time of the year. Each page includes a daily prayer guide, an assortment of wonderful and gripping phrases from the Old and New Testaments, a suggested Bible reading, and a daily workbook format for your thoughts and prayers.
Cast aside the world’s values and let God become the major influence in your life. Perfect for teenagers and adults, this devotional prayer journal seeks to help you transform into the person God designed you to be.
“Awaken Me will help give focus and direction to both of our prayer lives, stirring God’s Word into the mix in an inspiring way.” —Donna and Roger Vann, Family Life, United Kingdom
“Prayer is the ‘heartbeat’ of the Christian’s life. It’s impossible to have a growing relationship with God while having a weak prayer life. I would encourage anyone that wants to be used by God to invest in their prayer life. Awaken Me: A Devotional Prayer Journal is a great tool to help you ‘tune-in’ to God and make a difference in your world.” —Coby Colley, Director of Development and Operations, Asian Partners International
For some, the word “Islam” evokes thoughts of violence, strange clothing, and even stranger rituals. But what is Islam? In True Jihad, take a journey through history and encounter nomadic tribes, caravans, superstitions, and a prophet determined to drag his people out of the fog of antiquity and into the mainstream of Abrahamic faith. An expert in Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern culture, author Mark S. Pfeiffer offers a thorough, concise history of an ancient religion that continues to flourish around the world, including in North America. In addition, he stresses the importance of loving Muslims and sharing the gospel with them despite our differences. Pfeiffer discusses Muslim belief and practice, and addresses some of the questions most commonly on the minds of non-Muslims. He provides a simple, step-by-step guide to befriending Muslims, developing relationships with them, understanding their worldview and theology, and effectively sharing the gospel with them. Timely and honest, True Jihad offers you everything you need to know about Islam and ministry to Muslims. Take a journey that will not only change your view of Muslims, but might change your view of ministry altogether.
In 2012, at forty-three years of age, author Nathaniel Bland finally understood the phrase “let go and let God.” He realized he couldn’t make anyone love him until he first loved God and himself. Bland knew that when he felt alone, God could be his mother, father and a friend who will stick closer than any brother.
In Don’t Miss Heaven Hating Your Mother, Bland shares his life story, focusing on the impact of being placed in foster care at birth, living in that situation until he was eighteen years old, and dealing with the trauma of being molested. This memoir narrates his feelings and emotions as he met his birth mother at eighteen and as he came to terms with the hate he held in his heart for her earlier abandonment.
Speaking to the power of forgiveness, Don’t Miss Heaven Hating Your Mother provides insight into foster care issues and the situations children face each and every day. It shows that with God’s help, love and acceptance can be found.
In the wake of a city council decision to rename three parks that honored the Confederate side of the Civil War, Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton made an interesting statement. “My personal philosophy is that we always need more history,” he said. “You don’t correct history by taking stuff out of it; you correct it by putting more into it.” Native Mississippian Hal Kitchings “puts more into it” in Three Mississippi, a deeply honest look at racial prejudice in the Deep South of the 1960s from a man who witnessed it firsthand. Kitchings, a third-generation pastor, offers a unique perspective on racial segregation, prejudice, equality, and integration as he confronts not only Mississippi’s sins, but his own in an effort to add to the historical narrative. Half memoir and half commentary, Three Mississippi is divided into three sections and stretches from the height of integration in the 1960s to Kitchings’s current efforts to bridge the gap between black and white. He compares the reconciliation of the South with its racial history to a sinner reconciling with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In so doing, he definitively shows how true reconciliation is achievable, regardless of skin color or socio-economic background. Using a witty, conversational style, Kitchings tackles Mississippi’s heated past head on in a journey you won’t forget.