CrossReads Short Takes
Rooted and Built Up
By Terry Main
In this Bible study of the book of Colossians, you will learn the secrets of living a successful Christian life. Many are counterintuitive. You find victory in surrender. You find life in death. You discover strength in weakness. You are enriched through sacrifice. This Bible study guide will open up to you the riches of this small book.
Colossians addresses deep spiritual mysteries like the nature of Christ as God as well as issues of everyday living such as family, social and work relationships. The apostle Paul blends the numinous with the ordinary in such a way that we begin to see no clear division between the spiritual and the material worlds. Topics include:
- A Prayer for a Church
- The Incomparable Christ
- From Enemy to Heir
- Complete in Christ
- Out with the Old and In with the New
- Reciprocity of Respect
- Redeeming the Time
All Wordmaster 99 Cent Bible studies are designed to be used equally well for individual and small group study. This guide takes a discovery approach to the learning process. Each lesson includes a commentary on the passage being studied followed by some study questions to deepen your understanding of the book.
These Bible studies are designed for about an hour of group study.
You can download a sample from this page.
The book of Colossians is filled with spiritual gems and this Bible study gives you the tools to dig them out.
Better Than Cotten Candy
by Annie Douglas Lima
Are you ready for a world tour? Within these pages you can watch a Chinese New Year dragon dance, go snowboarding at Mountain High in California, experience Christmas in the Philippines, spend money on fun in a video game center in Odaiba, Japan; catch shrimp in Australia, and play soccer at Sacramento’s Don Nottoli Park. Step into the Amazon rainforest to hear a croaking frog as loud as a car engine and onto the streets of Taiwan to be serenaded by a putrid-smelling trash truck that plays Beethoven’s “Für Elise”.
You’ll have the opportunity to sample such delicacies as spiky giant crabs, milk tea, tiramisu, spicy curry, dried squid, and fizzy melon soda. Here you can visit a garden to meet zombie-fighting plants and see for yourself how war can be like a broken ATM. Take a break by an icy lake that reflects the stars’ smiles like a sheet of glass. While you’re waiting for the morning sun, wrap yourself in the night, the most beautiful blanket in the world; but don’t let your dad’s raucous snoring ruin your sleep. Finally, beware of insubordinate monkeys, the horrors that lurk in a messy desk, and that house-crushing hailstorm. See the journey through to the end and you’ll discover the one substance on earth that is better than cotton candy!
Proceeds from the sale of Better than Cotton Candy will benefit Taiwan Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides support and encouragement for families of disabled children in Taiwan. Learn more at http://taiwansunshine.org.