Awake, Session 4 (Return to God’s Word): A Treasure Awaits

A Treasure Awaits … How to Find the Unexpected in Your Bible Study by Jason Hayes There’s something wonderful about getting a gift out of the blue. Whether it’s a care package from home, rediscovering your favorite childhood toy, or finding $20 in an old pair of jeans — gifts are exciting. For a few […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Common Ground

BY SCOTT ATTEBERY Bound together by the need for grace. I don’t belong here. That was my first thought when I walked into the room labeled, “Singles.” I had recently relocated and was interested in building rela- tionships in my new church home. On that particular Sunday morning, I was greeted at the church entrance […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Is Jesus Really All You Need?

Is Jesus Really All You Need? “All you need is Jesus.” Ever heard that phrase? In the evangelical world that I consider myself a part of, this phrase is constantly proclaimed as the very essence of the Christian faith. All I need is my personal relationship with Jesus. Everything else may be helpful, but not necessary to live […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): The People of God (Excerpt)

A New People Our oldest son, Zeke, was born on August 8, 2008. I know: 8.8.08 makes it pretty easy on us to remember! He was born literally 30 minutes before the start of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. So my wife and I sat there in the hospital room […]

Awake, Session 6 (Return to The Task): Students Standing Strong

God grants a mother’s dream to encourage thousands of students in their faith through their high school. by Terry Ann Kelly A mom with a desire to raise her children to have a heart for the Lord, combined with a simple God-breathed party idea, has organically grown into a ministry designed to help children know […]

Awake, Session 6 (Return to The Task): Broken Pieces, Beads, and Bling that Bring Life

Broken Pieces, Beads, and Bling that Bring Life by STEPHANIE HUFFMAN When we hear a tragic story, it’s a human response to search for the redemptive part of the tale. There has to be some good that comes from the broken pieces. At least, that’s what the Word of God teaches us, right? They were […]

Awake, Session 6 (Return to the Task): Restore the World

Restore the World: A Q&A with Author Gabe Lyons By Emory Colvin   The first time a self-proclaimed atheist asked me to pray with her, I knew the tide was changing. After spending several months intentionally doing life with a group of mostly non-Christians, she began to openly ask questions about my beliefs and initiate […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 6 (Call Others to Step Forward): Seasons of a Leader’s Life

Excerpt from Seasons of a Leader’s Life by Jeff Iorg (B&H, 2013) Lesson 16 Serve Humbly   John 13:1–20 Jesus and the disciples gathered just before the Passover for their evening meal. During the meal, Jesus quietly slipped away from his place at the table, removed his robe, tied a towel around his waist, and […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 6 (Call Others to Step Forward): Passing the Baton

Can you imagine being Moses? You are in charge of 7 million people. God has commissioned you to be the leader, map reader, navigator, and encourager. All of the people are depending on you to chart their course and lead them in the right direction. Now, imagine you are finishing the course of leadership that […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with Conflict The effect of conflict on you and your relationship is impacted by 1) how much that person means to you, 2) the source of the conflict, and 3) how both of you respond. When we face conflict with a coworker, it can be an annoying and persistent burden until we deal with […]