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Mark Coptic Orthodox Church Small Group Leadership Manual

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church Mission Statement Our mission is to help you grow in fervent love for God, for one another, and for those without Christ, both locally and globally. Our vision is to see the whole world become fully devoted disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ in the true, apostolic, Christian faith, and members of His eternal family. Small Groups Mission Statement Together we are growing in our love for one another through Jesus Christ. That love is expressed through reaching out to one another and through missions locally and globally. Vision of Small Groups Everyone in the St. Mark Community will be connected into a small group! That through that connection we will be better together and that our church and world will be better forever. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion, but woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Purpose of Small Groups Small Groups at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church are the perfect place to connect with God and others at the same time. Raising the Bar: Our 5 purposes of small groups allow each small group to reach its full potential of “transforming people into fully devoted followers and missionaries of Christ.” We follow the example of Jesus and his small group of 12 disciples by living these 5 purposes: • MISSION & OUTREACH that together all may know Jesus Christ. • MINISTRY that together we serve our Lord with our individual and unique gifts. • WORSHIP that together we praise and worship our Lord. • FELLOWSHIP that together we are accountable, encouraging and full of love for the body of Christ. • DISCIPLESHIP that together we are “transforming people into fully devoted followers of Christ.”

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT LEADER
Leaders are catalysts for life-change in their small group. They are Disciples of Jesus, and lead the group to intentionally grow in their spiritual journey. They are shepherds of the 6-8 people in their group. Every Leader needs to demonstrate these skills and attributes: Faithful to God and the Ministry A leader is a position of influence within the body of Christ and therefore, it is important that you are striving to be mature in your walk with Christ and that you are living a life of integrity so that your life may be an example to follow. Protect your own spiritual life by attending Liturgy, Bible Study, doing Quiet Time, praying, partaking in sacraments. Available to invest time, energy and effort in the ministry Attend Small Group leadership training and meetings. Communicate regularly with Small Group team. Participate in events at Church to help build fellowship with Small Group (community service, Friday night activities, etc.) Be available to your small group members more than just once a week; Attend activities with them that they are involved with. Being a small group leader is more than just one night a week. Honest relationships set the tone of community building As the leader of the group, you are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and trusting environment that allows group members to build community with each other and that fosters intimacy among the group members. Honest leaders own their actions, open up by sharing about their own struggles and lives, and are open to accountability. It is your responsibility to look out after the group, get into how they are feeling, have intimate conversations with them, be aware of the group dynamic, make sure it is a welcoming environment for new members. Be a Disciple of Jesus. Disciple your members. Look out for the Spiritual lives of small group members. Make sure they are growing spiritually, doing Quiet Time, praying, attending Liturgy, confessing. Spend one-on-one time with your members. Sign of a Successful Small Group = Launch into More Small Groups It is very important that as the group grows closer to Christ, their eyes should become more like Christ by inviting lost souls into a small group. Our Vision is to have EVERYONE connected into a small group. Therefore, it is your responsibility to look out after the group, get into how they are feeling, have intimate conversations with them, be aware of the group dynamic and make sure it is a welcoming environment for new members. Eventually, as the group grows, the group will launch into more small groups.

EVERY GREAT LEADER HAS A GREAT COACH
A coach guides and cares for about 3-5 small group leaders. They are available to pray with the leader, encourage and ensure that the leader’s own spiritual life is being taken care of. Also, the coach will support the leaders in dealing with small group concerns. Coaches’ Role:

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Shepherds leaders to further develop the leaders’ spiritual lives This is done by meeting and praying with leaders one-on-one and praying for the leaders. Keep watch over the quality and diligence of your leaders a) Hold them accountable to leading a good small group 1. Preparation for leading their small group time 2. Help group leaders in launching more groups and welcoming new members 3. Doing the right things in small group 4. Encouraging next step spiritual growth in group 5. Following up on important issues, conflicts and missing students 6. Connecting with students outside of Small Groups b) Coach your leaders; help them become better at what they do You may be asked some or all of the following things by your Coach so that they can better care for you.

1. Is there something specific I can be praying about? 2. How is your spiritual life right now? Prayer Time? Time alone with God? Are you on an
upswing or downswing?

3. How do you feel about your ministry right now? a. Are you enjoying your ministry? b. What do you like most? What do you like least? c. What’s the hardest aspect for you about being a small group leader? 4. What’s God doing in your life right now? 5. Tell me about your small group. a. Are you having any difficulties? b. How are they responding to the lessons? c. What are some of their struggles? d. Do you feel like you’re connecting with the students? e. Have you seen anyone in your small group outside Small Groups? f. Are you comfortable leading your group? 6. How can I help you? Is there an area where you are struggling? 7. I’ve been praying for you; is there something specific I can be praying about? 8. Are you enjoying your ministry? 9. What do you like most? What do you like least? 10. What’s the hardest aspect for you about being a small group leader? 11. To Coaches: Tell me about your leaders; how are they doing? 12. To SGLs: Tell me about your small group (Don’t accept one word answers).

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THE SMALL GROUP LIFE CYCLE Phase One • The group is brand new and many people may not know each other. Relationship Building is Top Priority. What to Expect: • People may be excited, but commitment level may be low. • • • People may have different needs and expectations. Group will begin to form as covenant developed. Group Leader will begin to discover leadership style.

Phase Two • The main task is to build intimacy between your members. The intimacy level will grow as group members begin to take risks by sharing about their lives. What to Expect: • Prayer will begin to bring the group closer. • • • Group will begin to test the waters to determine if the group is safe to open up. You may need to take the risk and open up to create an open environment. Group will begin to care for one another.

Phase Three • This is the growth phase as members are maturing in their walk with Christ and in their relationships with each other. What to Expect: • Discipleship is imperative in building more leaders and for members to rely on God outside of small groups. • • Group is looking for accountability, encouragement. Conflict may occur but should be embraced and handled rather than avoided.

Phase Four • Group implements a Launching/Branching out plan; Group Outreaches to bring in a new member. Or Group ends. What to Expect: • Fear of change will be expressed by group. • Getting out of comfort zone is key to bring in more of our community.

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When the group should end: the group is not committed or coming unprepared, leader is burned out, meetings are social and not spiritual.

RAISING THE BAR: UNDERSTANDING THE 5 PURPOSES OF SMALL GROUPS MISSION & OUTREACH that together we bring Christ to the world. 1. Infuse New People into the Group a. The first place we naturally feel comfortable is with our friends and natural relationships. Starting a group with people who know each other is so much easier than starting with a group of strangers. People are looking to be connected and we must be willing to step out of our comfort zones to grow relationships – especially spiritual relationships – with everyone around us. b. Steps to follow to outreach a new member: • Group decides on a person to invite or Group could receive a potential member from small groups coordinator. • Group prays for that person and if ready, invites him/her to join. • As you invite him/her, describe your group to them to see if they will feel comfortable or if a good fit. • If he/she joins your group, update your roster so that they are included as members of your group. c. It is a good idea to Start the discussion early (even in Covenant) of inviting new people into group. Develop a prayer list of potential new members. Plan socials and service projects to invite new people. 2. Launch into More Small Groups a. As the group members become more spiritually focused, some members should be prepared to launch and lead another group. In this way, more and more groups are formed and more and more people are connected. This is something that should be discussed early on and when to launch is determined on a group-by-group basis. The Leader can discuss this with the Coach or Abouna. Even one member may leave the group to start another rather than entire groups launching into more group. MINISTRY that together we serve our Lord with our individual and unique gifts. 1. Serve Together a. Serving together builds intimacy and community. Provides an opportunity to help others and invite friends or other small groups to join together. b. Service projects can include: • Structured event (i.e., Habitat for Humanity, Walk-a-thon, Angel Tree) • Sponsor a service event (i.e., clothing drive, food drive, sponsor a child, adopt a missionary) • Mission Life Center events (i.e., DC mission on Friday nights, shortterm mission trips) (www.missionlifecenter.org)

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Unstructured activity (i.e., help a member of group move, carpooling to church, cook a meal for a sick member, help a needy family in church, give financially to the church, help the parking ministry or cleaning ministry)

c. Serving Tips: • Serve each other and others with whom you have a natural relationship. • Do a service project that pertains to your study. • Invite other groups. • Go anyway – even if all members can’t make it. • Try planning a project during group time. • Have a group member plan something that passionate about. 2. Share the Small Group Ministry a. The small group should belong to the group. It may be a good idea to intentionally create roles for members so they can feel involved and feel part of the group. b. Ideas for Group Roles: • Prayer & Praise Coordinator: keeps track of prayer and praise requests; organizes prayer partners • Worship Leader: leads musical or hymnal worship • Roster Keeper: Updates address/phone/e-mail directory for group • Retreat Coordinator: researches sites, presents options, make reservations • Socials Coordinator: make sure group is fun and sets up social activities • Birthday Celebrator: keeps track of group birthdays, gets cards and cake on behalf of group • Refreshments Coordinator: organizes for group’s food and drink needs • Service Coordinator: researches and coordinates service projects for group • New People Integrator: helps infuse new people into group • Spiritual Disciplines Encourager: helps group member incorporate spiritual disciplines into personal and group life; encourage to attend corporate worship events • Curriculum Researcher: helps group leader find, review and order potential group curriculum • Accountability Coordinator: connects group members in accountable relationships when applicable • Ministry Encourager: encourages every group member to discover and implement their gifts in ministry • Group Encourager: coordinates letters/emails or other creative means to encourage members

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WORSHIP that together we praise and worship our Lord. 1. Share and Pray Together a. It is important to pray and share together. The Lord works in everyone’s hearts and is uniting the group when the group is praying together. The group should pray specifically that the Holy Spirit is present with the group and leads the group’s discussion. b. Some Group Praying tips: • Never make anyone pray out loud. • Avoid “going around the circle,” especially when group is new. Ask for volunteers to pray to open meeting or pray for a specific request. Don’t assign people, until there is safety in the group. • If you have someone in particular that you would like to pray, ask him or her before the meeting. • Vary your prayer and sharing time. • Be creative and vary the prayer time so the group will avoid getting stuck in a rut and will help members explore variety in their personal prayer lives (i.e., use the Agpeya or verses from the Bible) • Never be afraid to stop and pray for the lesson or a need that comes up during small group discussions • Study prayers from characters in the Bible; Pray the prayer. • Encourage group members to pray for each other outside of the group (pick prayer partners, have a volunteer e-mail group requests and praises to entire group) 2. Sing Praises and Hymns Together • Attend Midnight Praises • Sing praises during group meetings 3. Attend Corporate Worship Together • Attend Liturgy together during the week or weekend • Attend Bible Study together (Every Wednesday, 7pm) • Attend a Spiritual Retreat together (i.e., Women’s, Men’s, Passion, etc.) FELLOWSHIP that together we are accountable, encouraging and full of love for the body of Christ. 1. Care for Each Other a. Every member should care for the whole person: spiritually, physically, & emotionally. The Leader should set this example. We care for each other by the things we say, by being there, and the things we do. b. Tips: • • Listen well. Care first, then direct/guide.

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Serve others. Follow up. Be willing to care boldly and firmly when necessary. Don’t try to do it all yourself – the whole group should be caring for one another. Honor confidentiality (but be careful not to promise total secrecy). Ask God to direct conversation with person. Spend one-on-one time with that person in prayer and social time.

2. Be Accountable a. Accountability is helping members keep their commitments to God. By setting the example, the whole group needs to rely on each other for accountability. The Leader must help other group members understand their responsibility to fight for each other’s growth. b. Tips: • • • • • Set the Example: ask group members to hold you accountable. Establish a covenant Every member can have an Accountability Partner Sharing in the Group and Follow-up: look for ways to encourage people to apply God’s Word to life Don’t force accountability in your group; it happens over time as people learn to trust one another.

Example of a covenant Growing Deeper Small Group Purpose The purpose of our Small Group is to: • • • • • To To To To To grow grow grow grow grow and and and and and love God with all our hearts, mind and soul love others utilize our spiritual gifts serve God and others reflect the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Growing Deeper Small Group Mission The mission of our Small Group is GROWING DEEPER… Go and serve others Reflect God’s love Offer Love and Acceptance to others Win others to Christ Invite others into our hearts Never use a harsh word Give wholeheartedly

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Delve into the Word of God Enjoy sharing the Gospel with others Encourage every woman in our group Peacefully resolve disputes Excel in our small group with humility Receive God’s love with JOY Philippians 2:1-2 “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. “ 1.
The Covenant of Love (agape): My commitment to each individual in this group will be of the spirit that says, “Nothing you do or say will make me stop loving you.” The Covenant of Availability: A. I will be available, when humanly possible, each time our group meets, and B. I will make myself available to any member of our group whenever they are in need. The Covenant of Prayer: I will pray for each member of our group consistently. The Covenant of Confidentiality: Understanding that the other points in this covenant are only possible in the security of a “trust relationship,” I will commit to share NOTHING outside of our group that has been shared inside our group or shared in private ministry with another member of our group. The Covenant of Openness: Understanding that I cannot know you and that you cannot know me unless we tell each other who we are, I will commit to tell you who I am, both in my strengths and in my weaknesses. The Covenant of Sensitivity: I will ask God to make me sensitive to the needs of each person in our group and I will consciously make the commitment to LISTEN to each person when they speak, whether in words, actions, or attitudes. The Covenant of Honesty: Understanding that “speaking the truth in love” is both positive and constructive unto bodily health, I will allow God to use me in our group’s growth process by telling you when I agree and when I disagree. The Covenant of Accountability: It is my conviction that God has placed me in our group “for building up the body of Christ” and that from time to time within our group it will be necessary for me to seek the mind of the Lord through the counsel and advice of our group. I will

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accept the responsibility for their counsel and advice and report to them what I have done with their collective wisdom.

3. Build Intimacy in Group a. The Leader should build a safe environment, where everyone feels loved, valued, cared for, respected, and comfortable for sharing. b. Intimacy Stages: • Create a Safe and Trusting Environment: as people share, leader affirms the one who shared and encourages other members to do the same. • Group Learns to Care for Each Other: As group members get to know each other, they begin to naturally care for each other. If this is not happening, the leader needs to model it. • People Begin to Take Risks: As people begin to regularly care for each other (in and out of small groups), intimacy will continue to make way for deeper sharing. c. Intimacy Building Ideas: • Prayer Partners: If people have a shaky relationship, put together as prayer partners. • Vision for the Group: Share the vision regularly of what the group community and atmosphere should be like. • Share Testimonies: Spend time talking about God’s activities in their lives. • Integrate Your Friendships: Make interactions that are centered around more than just the small group time; Introduce your small group friends to your other friends. • Get Others Involved in Decision-Making Process: Make the group their own; Have assigned roles and encourages participation within group. • Commit to Socials Even if Only a Few can Attend: Make sure the socials are still “Christian” activities. • Visit Each Others Homes: Creates intimacy and helps break down barriers. • Have a Night Dedicated to Dinner and Specific Prayer for One Another: Prayer builds community but so does Food! • Spend Blocks of Unhurried Time Together: Plan a retreat together or a weekend at the beach which facilitates relationship building. • Choose Curriculum that is Relational and Challenging: Good curriculums allow opportunity to discuss deeper issues, allowing every member to discover more of God and themselves; this leads to Biblical intimacy. DISCIPLESHIP that together we are transforming people into fully devoted followers of Christ. 1. Create More Leaders and Disciples of Christ

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a. It is important that Leaders are first Disciples of Christ. Make sure that you are being filled from God through time with God – Quiet Time, Liturgy, confession, a small group of your own. Then, intentionally focus on Discipling your small group members. This requires a lot of time and prayer. Meet one-on-one with your members to pray with them, follow-up with them, and ensure they are relying on God and not solely you or anyone else in the small group. Leaders must lead the group to build a relationship with God. b. Tips: • • • • • • • Do a Bible Study Choose a curriculum from each of the 5 purposes Follow Church Quiet Time schedule and share throughout the week (by e-mail, etc.) Choose a Daily Devotional and commit to reading (i.e., Read the one year Bible as a group) Attend various Church services together Evangelize together to talk about your faith with non-believers Go on a Short-term Mission trip together

CHOOSING A CURRICULUM FOR YOUR GROUP You must consider several things when choosing a study. This could be challenging but extremely rewarding when the “right” curriculum is chosen. You can enlist group participation in the decision-making, but ultimately, it is your decision.

1. Consider GOD • Pray about the study, by yourself and as a group. Discuss with other small group leaders, Abouna or your Coach. 2. Consider the LEADER • Based on your experience, should you develop a study or use a prepared study guide? • Own strengths, life experiences, interests • Personality and gifts 3. Consider LOGISTICS • Shorter studies, less homework work better as group is forming • Number of weeks want to spend on study • Time you want to spend during each meeting in study • Amount of homework group is willing to do 4. Consider ISSUES • Relationships: Dating, friendships, family, work • Spiritual disciplines: Prayer, fasting, giving, etc. • Developing Godly character • Spiritual warfare, temptation • Bonding/Boundaries

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5. Consider 5 PURPOSES • We will have a curriculum available in each of the 5 Purposes: Mission, Ministry, Worship, Fellowship & Discipleship. 6. RECOMMENDED CURRICULUMS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Relationships by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott Seeking Him by Nancy Leigh DeMoss & Tim Grissom Experiencing Christ Together series (student edition)) by Doug Fields & Brett Eastman Beacon Small Group Bible Studies Neighborhood Bible Study Velocity (teenagers) – by Saddleback Church Ron Luce books (teenagers) Doing Life Together (adults) by Saddleback Life Together (student edition) by Saddleback 40 Days of Purpose 40 Days of Curriculum Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris (students) Preparing for Adolescence (junior high) by Focus on the Family How to Stay Christian in College Fellowship of Christian Athletes curriculums A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David by Beth Moore Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver Friendship First (junior high) Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend

CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND MANAGEMENT Conflict is a natural result of people “doing life” together. Conflict may occur between group members or group members may experience conflict with people outside of group. 1. Conflict Management a. Use the following questions as a guide to begin working through a potential problem: • • • What is the issue or concern? What might be the needs of the individual(s) involved? What might be the needs of the larger group?

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How might this become an opportunity for growth in: Relationship with God? Relationship with One Another? Relationship with Self? Relationship with the World? What verses of Scripture might be relevant to this situation? How can I pray for this situation?

2. Conflict Resolution Steps Based on Matthew 18: 1. Step 1: One-on-One meeting to Seek Reconciliation • If you have a conflict with someone, go to him or her one-on-one to seek reconciliation. If someone in your group comes to you to talk about a conflict they have with someone else in the group, your first questions should be “Have you talked to them about it?” If they say no, don’t even listen to the issue before they go and attempt to make it right. If they have talked to them then you can move to step two. 2. Step 2: Mediator is Included • If the problem is not resolved in a one-on-one meeting (or several oneon-one meetings), then someone else should be included. If you, as leader, are involved in the conflict then you should include your coach, Abouna, or small group staff so that they can serve as mediator. You should serve as mediator for unresolved conflict for your group members. 3. Step 3: Offense is Made Public • In the rare case the problem cannot be solved with outside mediation, the offense should be brought out into public. This can be a discussion among the group or it can be an action of the church. This should be considered a last ditch effort to restore the relationship and should not be taken without staff or Abouna consent. Communication Tips to Avoid Conflict in Groups: 1. Keep short accounts with each other. If you have an issue with someone, go and talk to them quickly rather than allowing the issue to turn into more than it is. 2. Use “I” statements when talking about what you are feeling and experiencing. Rather than saying, “You make me mad” say “I get angry when . . .” 3. Listen closely for underlying messages. 4. Remember that tone and body language communicates as much if not more than the words you say.

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5. Avoid the use of e-mail as much as possible in conflict situations. Try to communicate in person. 6. Trouble Shooting Group Issues a. One Person talks ALL the time • Ask, “What does someone else think?” • Use body language to address other people • Direct questions to other people by name • Talk privately with the person and ask them to help get others involved b. Some People NEVER talk • Ask easier questions • Direct easy questions their way • Enlist help from other group members to draw them out • Express appreciation (both publicly and privately) for the contributions they make c. The Group is Not Interested in the Topic • Play “Devil’s Advocate” (take opposition and make them defend what they believe) • Ask “Why?” questions • Drop the topic and find something that interests them d. A Group Member Reaches an Obviously Wrong Conclusion • Ask, “What does anyone else think?” • Redirect their attention to the Bible which leads to the correct conclusion • Speak with them one-on-one if the wrong conclusion is still held e. The Group Drifts into Irrelevant Tangents • Be flexible; sometimes the issues need to be discussed even if not scheduled • Explicitly bring discussion back on topic • Agree to discuss the topic at a later date • -“Tangent Queen” (for the person that goes on tangents – have him/her be responsible at all meetings to bring the discussion back on topic) f. A Difficult Question is Raised • Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” • Agree to research the question and bring answer next week g. A Member is not Committing to Group • Have a covenant discussion and/or review covenant • Meet with member one on one to find out why they are not coming • Encourage other members of the group to reach out to member • Reach out to member after a missed meeting to let them know they were missed

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St. Mark’s Small Group Curriculum Guide

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Suggested Small Group Curriculums

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Contained within these pages are some suggested small group curriculums. These curriculums have been used by groups and have been helpful in facilitating good discussion. Each one has a rating. The books have that are not rated have not been tested by any group. However, they are written by authors that appear somewhere on this list. If you are interested in writing a review to a book contact smallgroups@stmarkdc.org

Contents
High School Confession Every Young Man’s Battle 40 Days of Purpose Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World Every Young Woman’s Battle I Kissed Dating Goodbye Life Together David Great Lives Series: Volume 1 Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace College Confession 90 Day Bible In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars 40 Days of Purpose Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship How to Stay Christian in College Disciplines of a Godly Man

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David Great Lives Series: Volume 1 Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD Daniel--DVD Curriculum Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival Graduate Confession 90 Day Bible In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars Disciplines of a Godly Man Disciplines of a Godly Woman 40 Days of Purpose David Great Lives Series: Volume 1 Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD Daniel--DVD Curriculum Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival Middle Adult I Promise 90 Day Bible Disciplines of a Godly Man Disciplines of a Godly Woman 40 Days of Purpose Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD Daniel--DVD Curriculum Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival Adult Confession 90 Day Bible Disciplines of a Godly Man Disciplines of a Godly Woman 40 Days of Purpose The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD Daniel--DVD Curriculum Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival

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High School
Confession By Father Bishoy Andrawis A video and discussion question series on confession it’s importance in our church and in our personal lives. Where to Purchase: For free at St. Mark’s DC Rating: * * * * *

Every Young Man’s Battle By Stephen Arterburn In this world you’re surrounded by sexual images that open the door to temptation. They’re everywhere–on TV, billboards, magazines, music, the internet–and so easy to access that it sometimes feels impossible to escape their clutches. Yet God expects his children to be sexually pure. So how can you survive the relentless battle against temptation? Here’s powerful ammunition. The authors examine the standard of Ephesians 5:3–“there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality”–in a positive and sensitive light. And they explain how an authentic, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to victory over temptation. Every Young Man’s Battle will show you how to train your eyes and your mind, how to clean up your thought life, and how to develop a realistic battle plan for remaining pure in today’s sexually soaked culture. As a result, you’ll experience hope–real hope–for living a strong, pure life God’s way Where to Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Young-Mans-BattleTemptation/dp/1578565375 Rating: * * *

40 Days of Purpose By Rick Warren The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents---God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God's master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: "So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God's plan." Those

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who are looking for advice on finding one's calling through career choice, creative expression, or any form of self-discovery should go elsewhere. This is not about selfexploration; it is about purposeful devotion to a Christian God. The book is set up to be a 40-day immersion plan, recognizing that the Bible favors the number 40 as a "spiritually significant time," according to author Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, touted as one of the nation largest congregations. Warren's hope is that readers will "interact" with the 40 chapters, reading them one day at a time, with extensive underlining and writing in the margins. As an inspirational manifesto for creating a more worshipful, church-driven life, this book delivers. Every page is laden with references to scripture or dogma. But it does not do much to address the challenges of modern Christian living, with its competing material, professional, and financial distractions. Nonetheless, this is probably an excellent resource for devout Christians who crave a jumpstart back to worshipfulness. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Small-Group-StudyGuide/dp/B000AXRY1U/sr=1-2/qid=1167777563/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World By Joshua Harris Lust isn't just a guy problem - it's a human problem. And unless we honestly confront it, lust will destroy our relationships and our lives. Joshua Harris, author of the runaway bestseller I Kissed Dating Goodbye, calls a generation bombarded with images of sexual sin back to the freedom and joy of holiness. This "PG-rated" book straightforward without being graphic - speaks to those entrenched in lust or just flirting with temptation. Honestly sharing his own struggles, Harris exposes lust's tactics and helps readers create a personal plan for fighting back. Men and women will find hope in God's grace and learn the secrets to lasting change. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Not-Problem-Lust-LustSaturated/dp/1590525191/sr=8-7/qid=1167885212/ref=pd_bbs_7/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: N/A

Every Young Woman’s Battle By Shannon Ethridge and Stephen Arterburn Guys Aren’t the Only Ones Fighting a Battle for Purity. The world you live in promotes sex as the answer to just about everything. The pressure to go along with the crowd is greater than ever before, and it’s easy to compromise in little ways that are a lot more harmful than they seem. You and your

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friends may become caught up in destructive relationships or sexual activities without even knowing how you got there. You just want to be normal–to fit in, to be liked, to look attractive to the opposite sex. But are you paying too high a price? This counterpart to the award-winning Every Young Man’s Battle can help you: - learn how the sexual battle begins in your heart and mind - understand your hunger for attention from guys - recognize and avoid the potential pitfalls awaiting young women on the journey toward adulthood and possibly marriage - find out how the media, novels, fashion, internet chat rooms, and body and beauty obsessions influence your sexual choices–and what you can do about it - guard your mind, heart, and body against sexual and emotional compromise - develop a deeper, more satisfying level of intimacy with God Whether you have so far protected yourself emotionally and sexually, feel that you’ve been robbed of your purity, or have given in to temptation in some way, this book can help you achieve or reclaim sexual integrity. It can also guide you through the temptations and pressures of young adulthood while demonstrating how you can live your life to the fullest–without regrets. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Young-Womans-Battle-SexSaturated/dp/1578568560/sr=1-1/qid=1167885721/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: N/A

I Kissed Dating Goodbye By Joshua Harris While most Christians agree to seek purity and save sex for marriage, few have been given a blueprint for how that should affect their view of dating and love. In I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris exposes the "Seven Habits of Highly Defective Dating" and offers a realistic outline of how to have a biblical vision of marriage. Harris contends that one must begin with a new attitude, viewing love, purity, and singleness from God's perspective rather than thinking that love and romance are to be enjoyed "solely for recreation." In such well-named chapters as "Guarding Your Heart" and "What Matters at Fifty," Harris encourages the reader to look at one's character rather than reveling in infatuation, to regard love as a truly selfless, biblical act rather than a feeling. He refutes the concept that we are victims of "falling in love" (that it is beyond our control), saying that "God wants us to seek guidance from scriptural truth, not feeling. Smart love looks beyond personal desires and the gratification of the moment. It looks at the big picture: serving others and glorifying God." Before you roll your eyes, moaning that this sounds terribly unromantic, know that Harris does a superb job of couching his convictions in the sincere belief that if we are purposeful in our singleness and date with integrity, a fulfilled marriage awaits us--in God's timing.

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Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Dating-Goodbye-JoshuaHarris/dp/1590521358/sr=1-1/qid=1167886047/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating:* * * * *

Life Together By Doug Fields This DVD Curriculum combines DVD teaching from well-known youth ministry Bible teachers, as well as leadership training from Doug Fields, with the Life Together: Student Edition Small Group Series. All this is combined to help you develop a healthy small group ministry. The kit includes six books and three DVDs that cover 36 weeks of teaching. The books are also available separately. Youth workers: the Life Together series is a revolutionary small-group resource that will change the lives of your students. Six related books overflow with Bible-based sessions to encourage and equip them through questions, stories, challenges, readings, prayers, accountability, assessments, journaling, covenants, applications, and more! Where to purchase: http://www.simplyyouthministry.com/resources-small-groups-lifetogether-curriculum-kit.html Rating: N/A

David Great Lives Series: Volume 1 By Charles Swindoll David, unlike any Bible character before him, had the charisma to inspire a great nation. Yet in other ways he was a most ordinary man-often gripped by destructive passion, rocked by personal tragedy, and motivated by political gain. Yet, he is the one character the Bible describes as a "man after God's own heart." In this first volume of the "Great Lives" series Charles Swindoll shows how David proved his love for God many times over in an extraordinary life that left an enduring legacy of faith. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/David-Great-Lives-CharlesSwindoll/dp/0849913829/sr=8-1/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: *** Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace By Charles Swindoll Paul's life was never dull. First appearing in the New Testament as a violent enemy of Christ, Paul later went on to not only put his faith in the risen Lord but to pen thirteen

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letters of the New Testament--in the midst of being beaten, shipwrecked, snakebitten, imprisoned, and chased out of town. Let Charles Swindoll be your guide as you travel down the road to Damascus with Paul and discover the passion for Jesus that drove this hero of the faith. Where to buy; http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Grit-Grace-GreatLives/dp/0849917492/sr=8-3/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_3/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ***

College
Confession By Father Bishoy Andrawis A video and discussion question series on confession it’s importance in our church and in our personal lives. Where to Purchase: For free at St. Mark’s DC Rating: * * * * *

90 DAY BIBLE The Bible in 90 Days Curriculum kit is a 14-week DVD curriculum designed to help people attentively read every word of the Bible in 90 days. The advantage of reading through the Bible in 90 days is that it allows you to read the Scriptures as a story. Reading the Bible cover to cover gives people a sense of cohesiveness and connectedness to God and his unfolding purpose for humanity. This curriculum uses the NIV Thinline Large Print Bible and, in order to read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, you only need to read 12 pages per day. The Bible in 90 Days is both a Bible and a curriculum that allows individuals to complete what formany Christians is the goal of a lifetime—to read through the Bible completely, from “cover to cover,” in a manageable time frame. The basic plan consists of reading 12 pages a day of this specially prepared large-print Bible—a task that usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour—to help readers achieve their goals. Many people spend more time than that commuting back and forth to work every day! This Bible is part of a larger program, a 14-week curriculum kit designed to help people read through the entire text of the Bible with an opportunity to discuss their reading in a community setting.Developed, field-tested, and used by its creator, Ted Cooper, a Houston businessman, this curriculum has proven successful at many different churches and with a range of denominational affiliations.

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Where to Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-90-Days-ExtraordinaryExperience/dp/0310266882/sr=1-2/qid=1166803226/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars By Mark Batterson Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the Godordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: "Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it" (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within! Where to Purchase: www.orthodoxbookstore.org Rating: * * * *

40 Days of Purpose By Rick Warren The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents---God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God's master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: "So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God's plan." Those who are looking for advice on finding one's calling through career choice, creative expression, or any form of self-discovery should go elsewhere. This is not about selfexploration; it is about purposeful devotion to a Christian God. The book is set up to be a 40-day immersion plan, recognizing that the Bible favors the number 40 as a "spiritually significant time," according to author Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, touted as one of the nation largest congregations. Warren's hope is that readers will "interact" with the 40 chapters, reading them one day at a time, with extensive underlining and writing in the margins. As an inspirational manifesto for creating a more worshipful, church-driven life, this book delivers. Every page is laden with references to scripture or dogma. But it does not do much to address the challenges of modern Christian living, with its competing material, professional, and financial distractions. Nonetheless, this is probably an excellent resource for devout Christians who crave a jumpstart back to worshipfulness.

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Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Small-Group-StudyGuide/dp/B000AXRY1U/sr=1-2/qid=1167777563/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship By Joshua Harris Joshua Harris follows up his bestselling I Kissed Dating Goodbye with Boy Meets Girl, the story of how he met and married his wife, Shannon. Where Harris's first book encouraged readers to throw off modern ideas of romantic fixation, Boy Meets Girl goes to the next level and urges single Christian men and women to pursue courtship, and ultimately marriage, thoughtfully and prayerfully. Knowing that many readers will balk at the idea of premeditated courtship, Harris insists that dating should not be emotional recreation but rather a careful decision rooted in obedience to God. While the anecdotes used to reveal true-to-life scenarios about dating pitfalls are somewhat elementary (and geared to those in their 20s), Harris succeeds in hammering home the point that obedience to God's word, selfless love, community, purity, and satisfaction in God are the most important aspect of any relationship. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Boy-Meets-Girl-HelloCourtship/dp/1576737098/ref=pd_sim_b_1/104-0025183-5741551 Rating: N/A

How to Stay Christian in College By J. Budziszewski Going away to college can be exciting, scary, wild, or all of the above. And don't think Christian colleges are always a failsafe alternative. As students trade home life for dorm life, they leave behind their church, their friends, their families--their major networks of support. What should they expect when they arrive on campus? How to Stay Christian in College is an interactive guide that lets students know what to expect and reassures them that they can attend school and still maintain their faith. Filled with anecdotes, resources, and much more, it prepares, equips, and encourages high school and college students to meet the challenge of living out their faith at school. It examines different worldviews and myths that students encounter at college, giving them the tools they need to meet the challenges ahead. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/How-Stay-Christian-CollegeTh1nk/dp/1576835103/sr=1-1/qid=1167885598/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

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Disciplines of a Godly Man By R. Kent Hughes It is easy to see why Kent Hughes' book has been such a best seller. The author has compiled in these pages an invaluable collection of helpful, spiritual advice for men in the 21st century. I am not aware of a more comprehensive volume that covers so many topics within one cover. Hughes identifies the following life areas: relationships, soul, character, ministry, and grace. He then provides specific disciplines that each cultivate a more dynamic Christian lifestyle. His advice is Biblically sound, culturally relevant, and easy to understand. This book will be very helpful to any man who desires to grow deeper in his devotion to Jesus Christ. While it is only an introductory work, it provides a solid foundation on which to begin a more structured approach to discipleship. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Man-KentHughes/dp/1581347588/sr=1-1/qid=1167885864/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

David Great Lives Series: Volume 1 By Charles Swindoll David, unlike any Bible character before him, had the charisma to inspire a great nation. Yet in other ways he was a most ordinary man-often gripped by destructive passion, rocked by personal tragedy, and motivated by political gain. Yet, he is the one character the Bible describes as a "man after God's own heart." In this first volume of the "Great Lives" series Charles Swindoll shows how David proved his love for God many times over in an extraordinary life that left an enduring legacy of faith. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/David-Great-Lives-CharlesSwindoll/dp/0849913829/sr=8-1/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ***

Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace By Charles Swindoll Paul's life was never dull. First appearing in the New Testament as a violent enemy of Christ, Paul later went on to not only put his faith in the risen Lord but to pen thirteen letters of the New Testament--in the midst of being beaten, shipwrecked, snakebitten, imprisoned, and chased out of town. Let Charles Swindoll be your guide as you travel down the road to Damascus with Paul and discover the passion for Jesus that drove this hero of the faith.

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Where to buy; http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Grit-Grace-GreatLives/dp/0849917492/sr=8-3/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_3/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ***

The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery, this 10-week study of Genesis 1250 keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! The Leader Kit includes 11 DVD sessions that are essential to the study, plus promo and bonus segments; one copy of the music CD that accompanies the study; one Member Book; and one Leader Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=197637&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD By: Beth Moore David, from the new "Personal Reflections" series, is an expansion of Beth Moore's beloved classic A Heart Like His. This 90 day devotional contains most of the text from A Heart Like His along with thoughtful study questions, space for journaling, and an audio CD of Beth Moore's teaching. With a lay-flat binding for comfortable journaling, this book is perfect for individual or small group study. Page edges (opposite the binding) are "deckled" (ragged) by design. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=44277&event=7145 7AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Daniel--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Join Beth Moore in a faith-building study of prophecy, and learn how to shine for Christ in our modern culture. Daniel:Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy shows how individuals can live with integrity in today's self-absorbed society. The Leader's Kit

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includes six DVDs that feature a teaching session on each of the 12 chapters in the Book of Daniel, one Member Book, and one Leader's Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=825890&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn't loving enough...isn't doing enough The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Having-Mary-Heart-MarthaWorld/dp/1578562589/sr=8-1/qid=1168363834/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ****

Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival By Nancy DeMoss Revival is not just an emotional touch ... but a complete transformation! It can happen ... in your heart ... in your home ... in your church ... in your world. Seeking Him is a 12-week interactive study on personal revival. Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God's amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit. Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and 'Making it

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Personal' questions and exercises. God says that if you seek Him you will find Him. What are you waiting for? Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Him-Experiencing-PersonalRevival/dp/0802413668/sr=1-1/qid=1168363908/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: N/A

Graduates
Confession By Father Bishoy Andrawis A video and discussion question series on confession it’s importance in our church and in our personal lives. Where to Purchase: For free at St. Mark’s DC Rating: * * * * *

90 DAY BIBLE The Bible in 90 Days Curriculum kit is a 14-week DVD curriculum designed to help people attentively read every word of the Bible in 90 days. The advantage of reading through the Bible in 90 days is that it allows you to read the Scriptures as a story. Reading the Bible cover to cover gives people a sense of cohesiveness and connectedness to God and his unfolding purpose for humanity. This curriculum uses the NIV Thinline Large Print Bible and, in order to read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, you only need to read 12 pages per day. The Bible in 90 Days is both a Bible and a curriculum that allows individuals to complete what formany Christians is the goal of a lifetime—to read through the Bible completely, from “cover to cover,” in a manageable time frame. The basic plan consists of reading 12 pages a day of this specially prepared large-print Bible—a task that usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour—to help readers achieve their goals. Many people spend more time than that commuting back and forth to work every day! This Bible is part of a larger program, a 14-week curriculum kit designed to help people read through the entire text of the Bible with an opportunity to discuss their reading in a community setting.Developed, field-tested, and used by its creator, Ted Cooper, a Houston businessman, this curriculum has proven successful at many different churches and with a range of denominational affiliations.

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Where to Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-90-Days-ExtraordinaryExperience/dp/0310266882/sr=1-2/qid=1166803226/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars By Mark Batterson Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase. You will look back longingly on risks not taken, opportunities not seized, and dreams not pursued. Stop running away from what scares you most and start chasing the Godordained opportunities that cross your path. In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: "Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it" (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within! Where to Purchase: www.orthodoxbookstore.org Rating: * * * *

Disciplines of a Godly Man By Kent Hughes It is easy to see why Kent Hughes' book has been such a best seller. The author has compiled in these pages an invaluable collection of helpful, spiritual advice for men in the 21st century. I am not aware of a more comprehensive volume that covers so many topics within one cover. Hughes identifies the following life areas: relationships, soul, character, ministry, and grace. He then provides specific disciplines that each cultivate a more dynamic Christian lifestyle. His advice is Biblically sound, culturally relevant, and easy to understand. This book will be very helpful to any man who desires to grow deeper in his devotion to Jesus Christ. While it is only an introductory work, it provides a solid foundation on which to begin a more structured approach to discipleship. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Man-KentHughes/dp/0891078185/sr=8-4/qid=1167767984/ref=pd_bbs_4/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

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By Barbara Hughes For many of us, the word alone evokes dread. It’s not that we don’t want to be disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. The challenge seems too hard, and the motivation more about duty than desire. When it comes to our Christian walk, we don’t want to be legalistic and just follow some set of rules. That’s not what it’s all about, right? Barbara Hughes answers with this encouraging reality: The true heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God. As you grow in that relationship, embracing your heavenly Father and his ways, you discover that discipline is your lifeline to him. It is how he gives meaningful shape to all the days of your life. The “dread” of a disciplined life will be replaced with desire and anticipation as you find that there is no greater purpose than loving Him in every moment, every activity, and every thought. Using poignant stories and faithful reminders, Barbara opens her own heart to help you find the joy of full surrender. Her honest and encouraging look at the Word of God reveals the keys to living a truly godly life. And to strengthen your walk day to day, she offers hymns and praise psalms for your devotional times, a long list of recommended books that will lift your spirits, and Bible study helps to remind you that you’re not alone. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Woman-BarbaraHughes/dp/1581347596/sr=8-7/qid=1167767984/ref=pd_bbs_7/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

40 Days of Purpose By Rick Warren The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents---God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God's master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: "So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God's plan." Those who are looking for advice on finding one's calling through career choice, creative expression, or any form of self-discovery should go elsewhere. This is not about selfexploration; it is about purposeful devotion to a Christian God. The book is set up to be a 40-day immersion plan, recognizing that the Bible favors the number 40 as a "spiritually significant time," according to author Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, touted as one of the nation largest congregations. Warren's hope is that readers will "interact" with the 40 chapters, reading them one day at a time, with extensive underlining and writing in the margins. As an inspirational manifesto for creating a more worshipful, church-driven life, this book delivers. Every page is laden with references to scripture or dogma. But it does not do much to address the challenges of modern Christian living, with its competing material, professional, and financial distractions. Nonetheless, this is probably an excellent resource for devout Christians who crave a jumpstart back to worshipfulness.

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Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Small-Group-StudyGuide/dp/B000AXRY1U/sr=1-2/qid=1167777563/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * * David Great Lives Series: Volume 1 By Charles Swindoll David, unlike any Bible character before him, had the charisma to inspire a great nation. Yet in other ways he was a most ordinary man-often gripped by destructive passion, rocked by personal tragedy, and motivated by political gain. Yet, he is the one character the Bible describes as a "man after God's own heart." In this first volume of the "Great Lives" series Charles Swindoll shows how David proved his love for God many times over in an extraordinary life that left an enduring legacy of faith. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/David-Great-Lives-CharlesSwindoll/dp/0849913829/sr=8-1/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ***

Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace By Charles Swindoll Paul's life was never dull. First appearing in the New Testament as a violent enemy of Christ, Paul later went on to not only put his faith in the risen Lord but to pen thirteen letters of the New Testament--in the midst of being beaten, shipwrecked, snakebitten, imprisoned, and chased out of town. Let Charles Swindoll be your guide as you travel down the road to Damascus with Paul and discover the passion for Jesus that drove this hero of the faith. Where to buy; http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Grit-Grace-GreatLives/dp/0849917492/sr=8-3/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_3/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ***

The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery, this 10-week study of Genesis 1250 keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! The Leader Kit includes 11 DVD sessions that are essential to the study, plus promo and

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bonus segments; one copy of the music CD that accompanies the study; one Member Book; and one Leader Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=197637&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD By: Beth Moore David, from the new "Personal Reflections" series, is an expansion of Beth Moore's beloved classic A Heart Like His. This 90 day devotional contains most of the text from A Heart Like His along with thoughtful study questions, space for journaling, and an audio CD of Beth Moore's teaching. With a lay-flat binding for comfortable journaling, this book is perfect for individual or small group study. Page edges (opposite the binding) are "deckled" (ragged) by design. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=44277&event=7145 7AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Daniel--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Join Beth Moore in a faith-building study of prophecy, and learn how to shine for Christ in our modern culture. Daniel:Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy shows how individuals can live with integrity in today's self-absorbed society. The Leader's Kit includes six DVDs that feature a teaching session on each of the 12 chapters in the Book of Daniel, one Member Book, and one Leader's Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=825890&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn't loving enough...isn't doing enough

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The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Having-Mary-Heart-MarthaWorld/dp/1578562589/sr=8-1/qid=1168363834/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ****

Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival By Nancy DeMoss Revival is not just an emotional touch ... but a complete transformation! It can happen ... in your heart ... in your home ... in your church ... in your world. Seeking Him is a 12-week interactive study on personal revival. Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God's amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit. Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and 'Making it Personal' questions and exercises. God says that if you seek Him you will find Him. What are you waiting for? Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Him-Experiencing-PersonalRevival/dp/0802413668/sr=1-1/qid=1168363908/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: N/A

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I Promise By Dr. Gary Smalley

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How 5 commitments Determine the Destiny of Your Marriage. A great small group series that was designed with the help of Purpose Driven. In this series, you will learn the 5 Promises every marriage should have, as well as the practical tools to apply these to your own marriage. Each session is about 20 minutes in length (video) and designed to allow you valuable time to discuss as a group and/or as individual couples. This kit offers up everything you need to have a complete small group study. The kit is designed to offer you the tools to conduct your small groups to whatever level you like. Where to Purchase: http://store.dnaofrelationships.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=563 Rating: N/A

90 DAY BIBLE The Bible in 90 Days Curriculum kit is a 14-week DVD curriculum designed to help people attentively read every word of the Bible in 90 days. The advantage of reading through the Bible in 90 days is that it allows you to read the Scriptures as a story. Reading the Bible cover to cover gives people a sense of cohesiveness and connectedness to God and his unfolding purpose for humanity. This curriculum uses the NIV Thinline Large Print Bible and, in order to read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, you only need to read 12 pages per day. The Bible in 90 Days is both a Bible and a curriculum that allows individuals to complete what formany Christians is the goal of a lifetime—to read through the Bible completely, from “cover to cover,” in a manageable time frame. The basic plan consists of reading 12 pages a day of this specially prepared large-print Bible—a task that usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour—to help readers achieve their goals. Many people spend more time than that commuting back and forth to work every day! This Bible is part of a larger program, a 14-week curriculum kit designed to help people read through the entire text of the Bible with an opportunity to discuss their reading in a community setting.Developed, field-tested, and used by its creator, Ted Cooper, a Houston businessman, this curriculum has proven successful at many different churches and with a range of denominational affiliations. Where to Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-90-Days-ExtraordinaryExperience/dp/0310266882/sr=1-2/qid=1166803226/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating:* * * *

“Disciplines of a Godly Man” By Kent Hughes

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It is easy to see why Kent Hughes' book has been such a best seller. The author has compiled in these pages an invaluable collection of helpful, spiritual advice for men in the 21st century. I am not aware of a more comprehensive volume that covers so many topics within one cover. Hughes identifies the following life areas: relationships, soul, character, ministry, and grace. He then provides specific disciplines that each cultivate a more dynamic Christian lifestyle. His advice is Biblically sound, culturally relevant, and easy to understand. This book will be very helpful to any man who desires to grow deeper in his devotion to Jesus Christ. While it is only an introductory work, it provides a solid foundation on which to begin a more structured approach to discipleship. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Man-KentHughes/dp/0891078185/sr=8-4/qid=1167767984/ref=pd_bbs_4/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

Disciplines of a Godly Woman By Barbara Hughes For many of us, the word alone evokes dread. It’s not that we don’t want to be disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. The challenge seems too hard, and the motivation more about duty than desire. When it comes to our Christian walk, we don’t want to be legalistic and just follow some set of rules. That’s not what it’s all about, right? Barbara Hughes answers with this encouraging reality: The true heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God. As you grow in that relationship, embracing your heavenly Father and his ways, you discover that discipline is your lifeline to him. It is how he gives meaningful shape to all the days of your life. The “dread” of a disciplined life will be replaced with desire and anticipation as you find that there is no greater purpose than loving Him in every moment, every activity, and every thought. Using poignant stories and faithful reminders, Barbara opens her own heart to help you find the joy of full surrender. Her honest and encouraging look at the Word of God reveals the keys to living a truly godly life. And to strengthen your walk day to day, she offers hymns and praise psalms for your devotional times, a long list of recommended books that will lift your spirits, and Bible study helps to remind you that you’re not alone. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Woman-BarbaraHughes/dp/1581347596/sr=8-7/qid=1167767984/ref=pd_bbs_7/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

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40 Days of Purpose By Rick Warren The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents---God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God's master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: "So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God's plan." Those who are looking for advice on finding one's calling through career choice, creative expression, or any form of self-discovery should go elsewhere. This is not about selfexploration; it is about purposeful devotion to a Christian God. The book is set up to be a 40-day immersion plan, recognizing that the Bible favors the number 40 as a "spiritually significant time," according to author Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, touted as one of the nation largest congregations. Warren's hope is that readers will "interact" with the 40 chapters, reading them one day at a time, with extensive underlining and writing in the margins. As an inspirational manifesto for creating a more worshipful, church-driven life, this book delivers. Every page is laden with references to scripture or dogma. But it does not do much to address the challenges of modern Christian living, with its competing material, professional, and financial distractions. Nonetheless, this is probably an excellent resource for devout Christians who crave a jumpstart back to worshipfulness. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Small-Group-StudyGuide/dp/B000AXRY1U/sr=1-2/qid=1167777563/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

Paul: A Man of Grit and Grace By Charles Swindoll Paul's life was never dull. First appearing in the New Testament as a violent enemy of Christ, Paul later went on to not only put his faith in the risen Lord but to pen thirteen letters of the New Testament--in the midst of being beaten, shipwrecked, snakebitten, imprisoned, and chased out of town. Let Charles Swindoll be your guide as you travel down the road to Damascus with Paul and discover the passion for Jesus that drove this hero of the faith. Where to buy; http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Grit-Grace-GreatLives/dp/0849917492/sr=8-3/qid=1168362974/ref=pd_bbs_3/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ***

The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum

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By Beth Moore Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery, this 10-week study of Genesis 1250 keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! The Leader Kit includes 11 DVD sessions that are essential to the study, plus promo and bonus segments; one copy of the music CD that accompanies the study; one Member Book; and one Leader Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=197637&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD By: Beth Moore David, from the new "Personal Reflections" series, is an expansion of Beth Moore's beloved classic A Heart Like His. This 90 day devotional contains most of the text from A Heart Like His along with thoughtful study questions, space for journaling, and an audio CD of Beth Moore's teaching. With a lay-flat binding for comfortable journaling, this book is perfect for individual or small group study. Page edges (opposite the binding) are "deckled" (ragged) by design. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=44277&event=7145 7AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Daniel--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Join Beth Moore in a faith-building study of prophecy, and learn how to shine for Christ in our modern culture. Daniel:Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy shows how individuals can live with integrity in today's self-absorbed society. The Leader's Kit includes six DVDs that feature a teaching session on each of the 12 chapters in the Book of Daniel, one Member Book, and one Leader's Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=825890&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

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by Joanna Weaver An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn't loving enough...isn't doing enough The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Having-Mary-Heart-MarthaWorld/dp/1578562589/sr=8-1/qid=1168363834/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ****

Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival By Nancy DeMoss Revival is not just an emotional touch ... but a complete transformation! It can happen ... in your heart ... in your home ... in your church ... in your world. Seeking Him is a 12-week interactive study on personal revival. Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God's amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit. Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and 'Making it Personal' questions and exercises. God says that if you seek Him you will find Him. What are you waiting for? Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Him-Experiencing-PersonalRevival/dp/0802413668/sr=1-1/qid=1168363908/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: N/A

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Confession By Father Bishoy Andrawis A video and discussion question series on confession it’s importance in our church and in our personal lives. Where to Purchase: For free at St. Mark’s DC Rating: * * * * *

90 DAY BIBLE The Bible in 90 Days Curriculum kit is a 14-week DVD curriculum designed to help people attentively read every word of the Bible in 90 days. The advantage of reading through the Bible in 90 days is that it allows you to read the Scriptures as a story. Reading the Bible cover to cover gives people a sense of cohesiveness and connectedness to God and his unfolding purpose for humanity. This curriculum uses the NIV Thinline Large Print Bible and, in order to read the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, you only need to read 12 pages per day. The Bible in 90 Days is both a Bible and a curriculum that allows individuals to complete what formany Christians is the goal of a lifetime—to read through the Bible completely, from “cover to cover,” in a manageable time frame. The basic plan consists of reading 12 pages a day of this specially prepared large-print Bible—a task that usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour—to help readers achieve their goals. Many people spend more time than that commuting back and forth to work every day! This Bible is part of a larger program, a 14-week curriculum kit designed to help people read through the entire text of the Bible with an opportunity to discuss their reading in a community setting.Developed, field-tested, and used by its creator, Ted Cooper, a Houston businessman, this curriculum has proven successful at many different churches and with a range of denominational affiliations. Where to Purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-90-Days-ExtraordinaryExperience/dp/0310266882/sr=1-2/qid=1166803226/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * * *

Disciplines of a Godly Man By Kent Hughes It is easy to see why Kent Hughes' book has been such a best seller. The author has compiled in these pages an invaluable collection of helpful, spiritual advice for men in the 21st century. I am not aware of a more comprehensive volume that covers so many topics within one cover.

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Hughes identifies the following life areas: relationships, soul, character, ministry, and grace. He then provides specific disciplines that each cultivate a more dynamic Christian lifestyle. His advice is Biblically sound, culturally relevant, and easy to understand. This book will be very helpful to any man who desires to grow deeper in his devotion to Jesus Christ. While it is only an introductory work, it provides a solid foundation on which to begin a more structured approach to discipleship. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Man-KentHughes/dp/0891078185/sr=8-4/qid=1167767984/ref=pd_bbs_4/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

Disciplines of a Godly Woman By Barbara Hughes For many of us, the word alone evokes dread. It’s not that we don’t want to be disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. The challenge seems too hard, and the motivation more about duty than desire. When it comes to our Christian walk, we don’t want to be legalistic and just follow some set of rules. That’s not what it’s all about, right? Barbara Hughes answers with this encouraging reality: The true heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God. As you grow in that relationship, embracing your heavenly Father and his ways, you discover that discipline is your lifeline to him. It is how he gives meaningful shape to all the days of your life. The “dread” of a disciplined life will be replaced with desire and anticipation as you find that there is no greater purpose than loving Him in every moment, every activity, and every thought. Using poignant stories and faithful reminders, Barbara opens her own heart to help you find the joy of full surrender. Her honest and encouraging look at the Word of God reveals the keys to living a truly godly life. And to strengthen your walk day to day, she offers hymns and praise psalms for your devotional times, a long list of recommended books that will lift your spirits, and Bible study helps to remind you that you’re not alone. Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Godly-Woman-BarbaraHughes/dp/1581347596/sr=8-7/qid=1167767984/ref=pd_bbs_7/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: * * *

40 Days of Purpose By Rick Warren The spiritual premise in The Purpose-Driven Life is that there are no accidents---God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose,

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according to God's master plan. Like a twist on John F. Kennedy's famous inaugural address, this book could be summed up like this: "So my fellow Christians, ask not what God can do for your life plan, ask what your life can do for God's plan." Those who are looking for advice on finding one's calling through career choice, creative expression, or any form of self-discovery should go elsewhere. This is not about selfexploration; it is about purposeful devotion to a Christian God. The book is set up to be a 40-day immersion plan, recognizing that the Bible favors the number 40 as a "spiritually significant time," according to author Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, touted as one of the nation largest congregations. Warren's hope is that readers will "interact" with the 40 chapters, reading them one day at a time, with extensive underlining and writing in the margins. As an inspirational manifesto for creating a more worshipful, church-driven life, this book delivers. Every page is laden with references to scripture or dogma. But it does not do much to address the challenges of modern Christian living, with its competing material, professional, and financial distractions. Nonetheless, this is probably an excellent resource for devout Christians who crave a jumpstart back to worshipfulness. Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Purpose-Small-Group-StudyGuide/dp/B000AXRY1U/sr=1-2/qid=1167777563/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-00251835741551?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating:* * * *

The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery, this 10-week study of Genesis 1250 keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! The Leader Kit includes 11 DVD sessions that are essential to the study, plus promo and bonus segments; one copy of the music CD that accompanies the study; one Member Book; and one Leader Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=197637&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His--Book and CD By: Beth Moore David, from the new "Personal Reflections" series, is an expansion of Beth Moore's beloved classic A Heart Like His. This 90 day devotional contains most of the text from A Heart Like His along with thoughtful study questions, space for journaling, and an audio CD of Beth Moore's teaching. With a lay-flat binding for comfortable

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journaling, this book is perfect for individual or small group study. Page edges (opposite the binding) are "deckled" (ragged) by design. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=44277&event=7145 7AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Daniel--DVD Curriculum By Beth Moore Join Beth Moore in a faith-building study of prophecy, and learn how to shine for Christ in our modern culture. Daniel:Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy shows how individuals can live with integrity in today's self-absorbed society. The Leader's Kit includes six DVDs that feature a teaching session on each of the 12 chapters in the Book of Daniel, one Member Book, and one Leader's Guide. Where to buy: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=825890&event=714 57AUT|1243891|71457 Rating: N/A

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver An invitation for every woman who feels she isn't godly enough...isn't loving enough...isn't doing enough The life of a woman today isn't really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord's feet...but the daily demands of a busy world just won't leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him...yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life-and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose "the better part"-a joyful life of "living-room" intimacy with him that flows naturally into "kitchen service" for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us-Marys and Marthas alike-can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

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Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Having-Mary-Heart-MarthaWorld/dp/1578562589/sr=8-1/qid=1168363834/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: ****

Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival By Nancy DeMoss Revival is not just an emotional touch ... but a complete transformation! It can happen ... in your heart ... in your home ... in your church ... in your world. Seeking Him is a 12-week interactive study on personal revival. Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God's amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit. Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and 'Making it Personal' questions and exercises. God says that if you seek Him you will find Him. What are you waiting for? Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Him-Experiencing-PersonalRevival/dp/0802413668/sr=1-1/qid=1168363908/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-61566746182457?ie=UTF8&s=books Rating: N/A

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