Confession: Masks sometimes scare me. Though the artistic flair of a masquerade half mask can be spectacular, full masks make me uncomfortable. Not only is there mystery in whom I'm talking to, but they are too reminiscent of clown makeup for my liking.
The worst part is that sometimes I wear them myself-without even realizing it. Continue Reading...
Over the last few years, I've fallen in love with Lent. The opportunity to set apart time specifically to seek God for forty days and grow in my relationship with Him in the weeks preceding Easter has become like a balm to my soul-providing healing, comfort, all the while removing places of brokenness and disconnect from God.
Today Lent begins. I've been waiting for this day. Counting down the days. And Lent is finally here. During the next six weeks I'm going to be diving into the Gospel of John. I hope you'll join me. Continue Reading...
My friend, Reverend Michael Blewett, is not only the pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but he's also one of those crazed foodies-the kind that orders spices and kitchenware from elite stores. He can distinguish between types of black peppers, flavors salts, cuts of meat, densities of fats, and much, much more. Michael is kind of a foodie super hero to me.
But Michael doesn't leave his passion for food at home-he carries it into the church and community. On Wednesday nights, Christ Episcopal Church serves the hungry. But don't expect mystery casserole or save-the-scraps soup. Instead, the church, serves home-cooked, made-from-scratch, gourmet-style meals to the community.
When interviewed about his approach, Michael says, "My philosophy was not to skimp on anything. We're not going to buy the half-rotten meat and try to make it taste good."
Instead, they serve colorful chopped vegetables, high-end chilis, and tasty soup. The food is good, nutritional, and fresh. And the message that's invariably communicated to those who eat is that you, too, have value as a child of God, loved by God.
What I love most about Michael's approach is that he communicates God's love through the quality of the food that's served.
Do you have any stories of someone in your community who is making a difference by taking a fresh approach to service and ministry? If so, I'd love to hear from you!
We want to introduce you to several DVD Bible studies that small groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, book clubs, and other groups around the country have been using to grow in their faith, knowledge of the Bible, and love of God.
Wonderstruck 7-Session DVD Bible Study invites participants to become more aware of God’s presence in their lives, recognize what’s holding them back in their prayer, be encouraged to go deeper in their friendships, and challenged to walk deeper levels of forgiveness, grace and joy.
All of these studies are designed to be “All-Play” meaning that if someone doesn’t get to the homework, they can still dive into the group time. No one needs to feel left out! But of course, those who dive into the homework and reading will always get more out of the study.
Each of these studies are also created to bring people together. The questions are designed to take people deeper into the Scripture, but also create a safe place where people can share their stories and lives together as followers of Jesus.
While some groups decide to take their group through the following studies using just the workbook, we have found that participants get the most out of the study when they use it in unison with the book. We want to make this as affordable as possible, so we’ve created great discounts (up to 40%) when you purchase the book and workbook combination. Click here to see these great deals.
On the DVD sampler page, you’ll find a sample video lesson, as well as a PDF sample workbook lesson from each study. We would love to hear what you think, pray for your church and ministry, connect with you to let you know more about the products, answer any questions, and give you a heads up for any specials we’re offering.
If you are looking for a Bible study for your church or small group, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll give you access to the complimentary DVD Sampler from Margaret Feinberg.
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Extraordinary Women. Her books and Bible studies have sold over 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage. Click the image to learn more.
Margaret, Leif, and Hershey are traveling all across the country this year. Check out the speaking schedule to see when they visit a city near you.