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New YA Bible Study Plan Available

New YA Bible Study Plan Available

 

Now there’s a Bible lesson plan for Just Like Jonah Wail Tales, a short story collection teaching there’s a price to pay when you disobey to 10- to 14-year-olds. Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook is aimed at parents, Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders and all those who want to share their faith with young people.

Wail tales are exaggerated tales of woe, or fish tales, where the main characters land in a whale of trouble, just like Jonah in the Bible. They turn to God and learn he hears their call when they fall.

“This workbook edition will provide relevant Scriptures and discussion questions to help parents and teachers hone in on the different ways the main characters disobey,” says author Cheryl Rogers, who publishes New Christian Books Online Magazine. “It’s also good for individual Bible study.”

Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook contains eight short stories, with modern Jonahs who mess up in assorted ways. One is prideful and needs to learn about serving, another is fearful, another skips her math homework when it’s too hard, another is selfish, and another hosts an underage drinking party when his parents aren’t home. The ebook teaches the biblical path of salvation through the example of these characters who call upon the name of the Lord.

“It is my goal to teach these youngsters early through the mistakes of these fictitious characters, so they hopefully can avoid living through wail tales of their own,” Rogers says.

A former newspaper reporter, Rogers came to know the Lord as an adult through a serious illness. “There is so much I didn’t know,” she says, “although I went to church regularly.”

So Rogers has dedicated herself to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through her writing, which includes fiction and nonfiction for all ages.

Her original Just Like Jonah Wail Tales is a short story collection without the discussion questions and Scripture citations, which can be read individually or used by students in group Bible studies.

Her free ebook The Lesson of Jonah: There is a Price to Pay When You Disobey includes one story with discussion questions, plus Scripture cites and optional homework.

Also for the 10- to 14-year-old market, Rogers has written a mystery/adventure about a group of 10- to 16-year-old boys who head to the Florida backwoods for a back-to-nature retreat. Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery is the first in her new series about the youth group from a Central Florida community church.

When Bible Den’s Leader Chet Harrigan takes his group to the backwoods they are expecting adventure, but they get more of it than they planned. The bumbling adventures of this relatively inexperienced group of campers keep readers guessing. Thirteen-year-old Zack disappears in the middle of the night, more than half of the campers become ill, and a hurricane takes an unexpected turn in their direction. The boys must find Zack, and fast!

The wail tale collection, and Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, are available in multiple ebook formats from the New Christian Books Online Store (http://www.songsfromtheword.com/NewChristianBooks/store) and other e-retail outlets. Please contact the author at http://www.songsfromtheword.com/NewChristianBooks/contact to order print copies.

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A Miami native, Cheryl Rogers currently lives in Tampa, FL, with her husband and family. She does freelance writing, writes ebooks and publishes New Christian Books Online Magazine, a free online magazine publicizing kingdom building books through book announcements and excerpts. She also offers self publishing services to other authors.

Check out Cheryl’s book…

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Friendship on Fire

Friendship on Fire

“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:8,13 NIV

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13

Paul’s intent in his great discourse on love to the Corinthian church wasn’t to devalue any of the gifts mentioned but rather to bring them into proper perspective. He simply states that none of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are of any value apart from love. God has given us his gifts to be used to build up others. The life that is so touched by the never ending love of God is enabled by the Spirit to love others as God loves them.

The kind of love Paul is talking about can’t be taught because language isn’t adequate to even describe the love God has for us and that we can have for each other. This kind of love comes directly from the heart of God.

“… God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Rom 5:5).

Many people have been so beaten up by life that they can’t even imagine loving this way. But it is precisely those who have been devastated by circumstances that God can use to bless others. No matter how scarred or hurting you may be today, ask Him to graft a new layer of his love over the top of the scars and the hurt. This new larger heart will have many times the capacity to love.

If any group of two or more will love each other with the love of Jesus, allowing his love to flow through each of them, then that group of people meets the definition of a church; the body of the living Christ.

Jesus said:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

  • Love means we are committed to one another.
  • Love means we work side by side.
  • Love means we will lift each other up.
  • Love means we will sacrifice for each other.
  • Love means we will care for each other.
  • Love means we will always be there for each other.

In his new covenant with his people Jesus gave us only two commands. There aren’t a lot of rules in this life we live by the Spirit, just two —

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).

The New Testament church was called “The people of the way.” Their new “way” was the way of love. Love isn’t real complicated. Love is just friendship set on fire. Let’s learn how to be committed to each other in the bond of love, to let the love of Jesus flow through us.

Prayer: Jesus, I confess to you my complete inability to love others with a complete and unconditional love. I recognize that only you are capable of loving this way. Jesus, I want relinquish all my gifts and want to seek only you and draw so close to you that your love begins to flow through me.

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“… not a weak, pleading, begging stance on prayer like so many books have been. It leads by the example of knowing the promises of God and BELIEVING and speaking them. It comes from the place of knowing that God loves you, and believing that the promises are real, and that God will keep them.”

Book Blast: A Life of Gratitude: 21 Days to Overcoming Self-Pity and Negativity by Shelley Hitz {3/20/13} – $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Book Blast: A Life of Gratitude: 21 Days to Overcoming Self-Pity and Negativity by Shelley Hitz {3/20/13} – $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Title: A Life of Gratitude: 21 Days to Overcoming Self-Pity and Negativity

By Shelley Hitz

About the Book:

During a season of transition in my life, I found myself overwhelmed with negative emotions like self-pity and a complaining spirit. It was as if a dark cloud had descended over me. I prayed and asked God for wisdom on how to overcome these negative emotions. As I did, I sensed Him leading me to do a 21 day gratitude challenge.

Over the course of the 21 days, God began to change me as I spent intentional time being grateful for all I had been given. I did this through writing in my journal each day and also sending a hand-written thank you note to someone different each day. This also led me to writing out 21 prayers of gratitude and compiling 21 stories of gratitude.

I want to share what I learned with you in the pages of this book which includes:

21 Days of Gratitude Challenge
21 Prayers of Gratitude
21 Stories of Gratitude

What to Expect On Each Day:

Read my personal stories, struggles and reflections.
Read one scripture and one quote about gratitude.
Apply one personal application step from the challenge.
Read one prayer of gratitude
Read one story of gratitude

Get Accountability and Encouragement

Along with the 21 day challenge, I also started a private Facebook group to provide accountability and encouragement for myself but also for others who decide to join me in the challenge. You will get access to this group as well. It has been amazing to see God at work in each of our lives.

Will you join me on this journey to gratitude?

KINDLE | PAPERBACKShelley Hitz
shelley-lynne-headshot-webShelley Hitz is an award-winning and international best-selling author. Her openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing through her books will inspire and encourage you.

Shelley has been ministering alongside her husband, CJ, since 1998. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.

You can find more about Shelley at ShelleyHitz.com or invite her to speak at your event here: ChristianSpeakers.tv

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The Cure for Unhappiness, Depression and Worry

The Cure for Unhappiness, Depression and Worry

by Lara Velez

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Lately, God has been nagging me with the same Scripture over and over and over again.

If I stress out, He reminds me of it.

If I start worrying about anything, He reminds me of it.

If I wallow in self pity, He reminds me of it.

If I begin to feel sad, angry or any emotion that is not happy, peaceful and content–He reminds me of it.

I am now convinced that it really is a message from the Lord that is quite powerful for all of His children. I believe it is the CURE for unhappiness, depression, worry…and many mentally developed issues we have.

Before I go further: I am not telling you to go against a doctor’s advice, stop taking medication, or anything like that…That is between you, your doctor and God. I AM saying that I am convinced that if we would take God at His Word; we may find ourselves on less pills, paying less psychiatric bills, and feeling less crappy.

What is this so-called “cure”, you ask??

Well, it is in God’s Word:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me. Then the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:6-9 (NLT)

I am certain most of you have heard this Scripture MANY times in your Christian life. I know I have. However, it was only recently that it has come alive for me. Have I mastered it? No. BUT… I am in training and God is faithful in His reminding me of the cure for my emotional issues.

You see, most of our “issues” stem from our emotions. If we could step back and see ourselves the way God does, we would be amazed. If we would just believe and DO what God’s Word says, we would BE happier, joy-filled and worry free!

The question of the hour is: How do I apply it??

First, we must recognize WHERE it all begins–the mind.

Then, we can take steps to gain control over our minds and emotions.

3 Steps for Implementing the Cure:

1. Be careful what you are thinking about. Hold EVERY thought captive under the authority of Jesus Christ. Make Philippians 4:6-9 your life verse. Take charge of your thoughts! These Scriptures are very clear. Pray about EVERYTHING, thank God for all He has done and will do. Think on GOOD things. Think about what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise–and then KEEP ON doing it! (ref. Colossians 3:2, Romans 12:2)

2. Pay attention to what/who you are listening to. What we hear is extremely significant. The Word tells us that faith comes by HEARING. The opposite is true as well. Nothing is “just a____”. It is not just a song, just a movie, etc. What we hear DOES matter and DOES affect us. God’s Word says so. That’s all the proof I need. (ref. Romans 10:17, James 1:22) – read the link above too, for further study on the topic of “faith comes by hearing”.

3. Watch what you say. Life and death are at the tip of our tongues. Letting our tongues run amok will destroy anything we are trying to do as a wife, Mother, and Christian woman. It is very important that we are very careful, and choose our words with wisdom. Start thinking BEFORE you speak. REPLACE bad thoughts with what is good, worthy of praise and honorable. After thinking/speaking Life for a while, you will not only begin to believe the Truth, you will KNOW the Truth, and the Truth WILL set you free! (ref. Proverbs 18:21, James 3:3-8, Proverbs 29:11, Philippians 4:8)

The bottom line is to get more of God’s Word in you and less of the world’s influence.

Replace negative thinking with Truth. Pray, pray, pray–repeat.

And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. – Colossians 3:2 (amp)

For further study: read; Deuteronomy 30:19, Ecclesiastes 7:5 and Jeremiah 5:21. You could also look up words like; mind, renewing, faith, trust, peace, thoughts, tongue, hearing, etc.)

Copyright © Lara Velez, All Rights Reserved

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About Lara:

I am a wife, mom, homeschooler, published author, publisher, ministry leader, speaker, in love with Jesus, and supreme multi-tasker! I am a veteran blogger and own several popular blogs for Christian women. You can connect with me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LaraVelez.Author

“This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. For He will rescue me from every trap and protect me from deadly disease.” – Psalm 91:2-3