God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and
Other Things th Bible Doesn't Say
by Adam Hamilton
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The clichés include: Everything happens for a reason; God helps those who help themselves; God won’t give you more than you can handle; God said it, I believe it, that settles it; Love the sinner, hate the sin. Half Truths is also part of a small-group experience complete that includes a DVD, Leader Guide, and a youth study.
Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Walter Brueggemann
The situation in modern-day Israel raises questions for many Christians. In this book, the author explores these issues and provides candid commentary about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Are modern day Israeli citizens the descendants of the Israelites in the Bible whom God called chosen? Was teh promise of land to Moses permanent and irrevocable? What about others living in the promised land? How should we read teh Bible in light of the modern situation? In four chapters, the author addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing debate.
THE STRUGGLES OF CAREGIVING
by Nell E. Noonan
Care providers have numerous tough, really tough, days. This book offers 28 day of daily devotionals to help strengthen caregivers' spirits. The devotions offer encouragement for coping with frustration, questions of faith, guilt and struggles to find equilibrium. In addition to 28 days of prayer devotionals, each Sunday a suggestion for further reflection is offered. Guidance for small-group conversation is also included.
A QUIET PENTECOST:
Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life
by Dwight H. Judy
This book weaves together accounts from forty contributors who tell how their faith, their witness, and their mission have been transformed by the Holy Spirit. The change begins when individuals, small groups, and whole congregations take up spiritual formation practices that invite the Spirit in.
PARENTING ON PURPOSE:
by Dr. Bob Barnes
There are more distractions for parents and more difficulties for children. But today's parents cannot allow themselves to get distracted by all the opportunities and activities. Moms and Dads must make the "choice" to parent on purpose. The Parenting on Purpose training program will help parents think through and implement a parenting approach that will prepare their children for adulthood.
CHILDREN & YOUTH RESOURCES
The Transformative Power of Youth Mission Trips
by Jan Treadwell
In this book, you will find an essential guide for leaders who want to create transformative experiences for young people that use young people's gifts to be a blessing to others. The book is filled with practical insights and ideas for navigating the details of planning and leading a mission trip that is theologically grounded, builds community, and creates memories that last a lifetime.
The Leadership Lab:
A Leadership Development Resource for
Senior High Youth
by Discipleship Resources
The Leadership Lab is a tried and tested resource that has proven to be effective in developing young people as transformational leaders. This resource takes a holistic approach to leadership development keeping a balance between improving leadership skills and helping young people grow in their relationship with God and others. Through hands-on activities, lively discussions, and team building exercises, The Leadership Lab trains and equips young people to be leaders in the church and in their world outside of church.
by MaryJane Pierce Norton
"Children Worship!" offers planned experiences that help children understand what is expected in worship, how to participate, and what our words and actions mean. This thirteen-session worship education resource helps congregations incorporate young children into the worshiping community. Sessions focus on the six actions of worship and cover the following topics: Gathering, Giving Praise and Thanks, Praying, Proclaiming, Responding, and Sending. This resource, designed for use with children ages five through eight or as an intergenerational experience, includes a planning guide, individual session plans, congregational bulletin inserts, parent letters, and reproducible activity sheets.
Puppet Scripts for Lectionary Year C
by James Lepard
"Dragon Talks" features an entire year's worth of puppet scripts that work and are accessible for all ages. Through Robbie the dragon, children, youth, and adults alike are drawn into the text in a fun, open, and irreverent (in the best sense of the word) way. Robbie asks questions of the text, and points out confusing parts, in a way that "sophisticated" church people are often afraid to do. As such, the Robbie conversations are a meaningful and effective way to engage the text in an open-ended and playful way. Based on the "Revised Common Lectionary," these scripts are designed for use during "children's time" in worship and can also be used as part of a Sunday or midweek Christian education program based on the lectionary. Each script is written for two readers: "Robbie" and one other person. The book includes a disk containing the scripts and permission is granted to duplicate the scripts for use within the congregation