Connected, Session 1: Meaningful Minstry to Those Who Cannot Attend

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  by John Garner They are in every church in America. They are faithful believers. They have held positions of leadership in their churches. They have been great neighbors, employees, and citizens. They have taught Sunday School, been deacons, and some have preached. They are some of God’s choice servants. They are shut-ins. These folks [...]

Connected Session 1: He’ll Come Running

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The amazing race of a father and his son, and how it demonstrates God’s undying love for you. by Pete Wilson There’s a dangerous temptation many of us face when we think we’ve got God all figured out. I’ve noticed that I tend to get myself into all kinds of trouble when I make assumptions [...]

Connected, Session 1: All Excuses Ceasing

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by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an [...]

And It Was Good, Session 2: Meeting the Needs of Others

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by Gene A. Getz He not only healed the sick physically and psychologically, but He provided food for them as well.  Our Human and Divine Example God became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible states that Jesus was tempted in every way, and yet He was without sin. [...]

And It Was Good, Session 2: All God’s Creatures

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By Tracy Crump Valery Smith has been bitten, clawed, pecked, and chewed. But she keeps coming back for more.  In her work as a wildlife rehabilitator, the 66-year-old great-grandmother has cared for all species native to her north Mississippi home — and some non-native species. Bobcats, eagles, beavers, and even cuckoo birds have passed through [...]

And It Was Good, Session 2: In God’s Green Earth

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by Jason Chatraw What are you doing to care for creation? While watching yet another news clip of environmental activists carrying signs and chanting at policy makers, I simply rolled my eyes. “Tree huggers,” I scoffed. But then while hanging out with Tri Robinson, a pastor and author of Saving God’s Green Earth, my view changed. It’s not that I was ignorant of the [...]

And It Was Good, Session 1: Designed for Life

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By Jennifer McCaman  God created us with a plan. It’s the time of year when everything’s in bloom. Flowers burst with color. Trees are lush and green. There’s no trace of winter. Watching the intricacy of life is a visual feast. A beautiful tree grows from a tiny seed. A stunning butterfly once crawled on the [...]

And It Was Good, Session 1: Blessed to Be a Blessing

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God blesses you so you can share your bounty with others. by Aaron Householder Blessings and nations and peoples, oh, my! Blessings and nations and peoples! “May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations (Psalm [...]

And It Was Good, Session 1: The Seas as Divine Imagery

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By Thomas Goodman Gifted Bible Teachers will use analogies and illustrations drawn from their students’ lives. Some churches will even use a clip from a popular movie to drive home a Bible lesson, while acknowledging that the film in its entirety may not accurately portray God’s character or the biblical lifestyle. This teaching tool is actually quite ancient. The biblical writers sometimes [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 6: A Parent’s Dilemma

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by Joyce Ash The phone rings. You listen with anguish to the pain in your daughter’s voice as she tells of a heartbreaking event in her life. It’s all you can do not to rush to her side and do something, anything to ease her pain.  As parents, the desire to rescue our offspring never [...]