From the Editor: Faith that Endures Suffering and Persecution


Most people in the United States have a very limited concept of what it means to be persecuted for one’s faith. American Christians enjoy freedoms here that they would not enjoy elsewhere. Will that always be the case? Is it as true now as it was a generation ago? Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible […]

Resilient Faith, Session 3 (Enduring Faith): All Additional Resources


  We are pleased to offer suggested music for each session. These are links to purchase the songs on iTunes, as well as links to, which provides lead sheets, accompaniment tracks, and other resources for certain songs. Click here for Suggested music for the Resilient Faith unit Here are the magazine articles that were selected […]

For the Leader: Can I Really Be Holy?


By Jeffrey Holder,  Content Editor, Bible Studies for Life: Senior Adults As we began our latest session in Bible Studies for Life, we were asked to consider this question: What are some things the average person considers holy or sacred? I imagine a lot of people would not put Christians on their lists. Of course, […]

Resilient Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): Intro Activity for Women’s Groups


Say: You were introduced to the writer of this unit, Mary Jo Sharp, on p.71. On December 12, 2013, LifeWay interviewed her about her book Why Do You Believe That? Demonstrating “ready faith,” Ms. Sharp says: “A particularly intimidating experience when sharing my faith … This is not going to be like a one-on-one kind […]

Resilient Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): Live it Out option for Men


Suffering is never something we desire. We do, however, understand that it is part of the human experience since the Fall. The difference between believers and non-believers is how we act and react during times of suffering. Share the following with the men in your group: David Platt, pastor at the Church at Brook Hills and author […]

Resilient Faith, Session 4: Love Laid Down


“Ryan’s dead, but God is good.”  How one family grappled with these simultaneous realities It all happened so fast. At the beginning of 2010, Chad Arnold was a healthy 38-year-old with a wife and two kids. Then the liver condition he’d been living with relatively symptom-free since his early 20s suddenly became more aggressive. He went […]

Resilient Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): Additional Questions


Note: In Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adult and Bible Studies For Life: KJV, this is numbered Session 10.  The Point: Suffering brings opportunities to point to Jesus.  Icebreaker As senior adults experience challenges or difficulties, what are the different ways they can respond? When have you been harmed for doing good and how did it […]

Resilient Faith, Session 4: Mark’s Call to Move


by Jennifer McCaman We live in a word-saturated world. We don’t have to look far to find opinions; they find us. Glance through a blog, read a wall-post, scroll through your tweets, or flip through a textbook, and you’ll hear hundreds of voices clamoring to persuade you. Friends, professors, authors, coworkers, and the media argue controversial issues. Don’t misunderstand; communication is […]

Resilient Faith, Session 4: God’s Purpose in Our Suffering


by Larry Dry Recently I received an email from a retired pastor friend: “What I thought would be a routine exam with the heart doctor has turned out to be much more. So far I’ve endured wearing a heart monitor and having blood tests and an echo cardiogram. At least they have proven beyond a […]

Resilent Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): Miracle Performed God’s Way


By Susan J Decuir It was a quiet Saturday afternoon. My husband, Ron, practiced his guitar in his music room. I relaxed on my comfy recliner in the living room, reading a heart-touching book by one of my favorite Christian authors. I was completely absorbed in the dramatic conclusion, tissue in hand, when the phone […]