Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship

Philippians: Discovering Joy Through Relationship By: Sue Edwards

If you are looking for a good book study this is one to consider, I have done studies from Sue Edwards in the past and always get something out of them. This one is focused on the book of Philippians and discovering deeper relationships. This study is an intro into the book of Philippians and is 8 lessons long.

Through each lesson there are questions that are aimed at helping you to understand the content of the verses. Through each lesson Edwards provides book recommendations that allow you to study a specific subject more and snippets from her life on how God has spoken to her.

This study is great for the individual or to complete as a group study. Edwards will not only explore the verses but also the context in which the book was written, about the author and other historical information.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review all thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Lumo Project: The Gospel of John #JohnOnNetflix

What I thought:

As of this past Monday you can now watch the Lumo Projects the Gospel of John on Netflix, and it is worth adding to your list. The Gospel of John is a full length film using the actual text from John without edits or changes. You can view the film in the King James Version, New International Version and it is also available in Spanish. The Lumo Project will eventually have all four Gospels available.

The Gospel of John is not your typical movie, it wasn’t created to sell out theaters, or adapted to please audiences, the script come directly from the Bible and the film is used to add to and give context to what is already written. The Gospel of John is a new way to experience the Bible by not only hearing the Word spoken but by seeing what it would have looked like during the time. This film will enhance what you have read by showing you what the world looked like when Jesus lived. This is specifically great for people that are visual learners because they can see what is happening along with the text. I really enjoyed this film and think that it will be an amazing resource for people and give them an entirely different experience when interacting with the Bible. I am excited to see the rest of the Gospels as they come to life through these films.

About the Film and Lumo Project:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For More Information:

Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

I was provided access to the Gospel of John in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

-Elle

 

Take Flight! By Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan

Sisterchicks’ Take Flight is a great on hand devotional when you need a little bit of encouragement throughout your day. Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan have come together and compliment each other while sharing stories that will help each of us to strengthen our own personal walk with God. Each section is filled with quotes and scripture to think about as well as a section for you to take notes.

Each section includes 3-4 stories that would take 5-10 minutes each to read and are great to turn to while on a lunch break and needing a moment to breath. This book would also be great to use during a small group because of the great discussion that could come out of each section. This book is full of encouragement, hope and honesty that will have you sharing the stories with your closest sisterchicks!

I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Let my Words Speak Truth.

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”

Ephesians 4:29 (Amplified)

Words. We use them everyday, many times we take them for-granted, throwing them about with no consideration to what we are saying and who we are saying them too. Rather than choosing our words carefully we allow our emotions let our mouths run rampant and share words that should have never been said. Our emotions and feelings in any given moment choose our words for us with no consideration of consequence until we realize we have broken someone down or shared something that was told in confidence.

Our words have power.

Words can break someone down. Words can lift someone up.

Many of us our familiar with Ephesians 4:29, and we read it with agreement, in the back of our minds checking that since we do not curse we’ve got this down. However, unwholesome talk or worthless talk is not simply limited to cursing, or yelling, it doesn’t end at our anger but it envelops a range of things. Unwholesome talk starts in the morning as we complain about another day at work with that one employee we don’t get along with, or the anger when someone cuts you off on the highway as you spill your coffee down your front. Our words are powerful, and we want to use them, but use them appropriately.

Recently a youth pastor friend of mine shared about asking his students about what he has said or done that has impacted their lives. To his surprise one of the girls in his group responded that the one thing he did that CHANGED her LIFE was tell her “I believe in you, you can do anything.” One simple sentence. Just eight short words, nothing fancy about them, but they changed a life, they allowed someone to believe in themselves and the future they had in store. Our words have power that we forget and don’t realize, if something as simple as ‘I believe in you’ can change a life, just imagine how much impact our negative words have on others?

As humans we believe words easily, even when the Bible contradicts what we are told in the world we believe in the negative words that are spoken over us, that we are worthless, dumb, unloved, alone, a mistake, a failure. These words are lies. Lies that we should never speak over someone.

Let’s be intentional about the words we choose to speak. Make intentional choices when talking to people that instead of spreading rumors and sharing gossip, and being negative we need to spread words of encouragement, words that speak life and fill people with the love of God.

We want to build people up, encouraging each other, simple words can change a life and encouragement will change the atmosphere entirely, it is positive and it leaves hope. True encouragement is found in the word of God and it will change lives.

-Elle

 

Want to join the discussion? Swing by the Discover Together Series Facebook page and join us as we study Ephesians with Sue Edwards.

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Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ

Sue Edwards has put together an amazing and challenging study on the book of Ephesians. From the start of the study to the end you will be challenged and discover what your identity in Christ is. This book contains 9 Lessons that you can complete at your own pace, starting with learning to sit and ending with sit down to stand each lesson will have you read a passage of scripture than go into questions about the content of the section and what Paul is teaching.

With each lesson Edwards has given you the option of how in depth you want to get into the section, along with optional memory verses, as well as thoughts from Sue. The questions that Sue provides will help you to dig into who you are in Christ and the message that He brings.

Edwards Bible Study will bring you to a better understanding of the book of Ephesians, this book is not a study that tells you everything but instead leads to great topics of discussion as well as opportunities to really grow in your relationship. This is a book that is great Bible Study for groups as well as for individual study.

I highly recommend Sue Edwards Bible Studies.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge

There are many books out that are about prayers, how to pray, when to pray, what words do you say, the structure of a prayer, for something that is essentially a conversation between yourself and God it can easily become confusing.

Draw the Circle: The 4- Day Prayer Challenge is not like any other prayer book your have read, this book is not about how to pray, it is a challenge to have a bolder, more passionate and deeper prayer life with our creator. Each day is a short chapter focusing on one thing that will aid in creating a stronger and more powerful prayer life, the chapters range from topics of not delaying, preparing for your prayer to be answered, the benefits of journaling each day and writing your prayers down so that you can see how they are answered in the future. Each chapter is full of scripture and stories to support the theme in the chapter and is finished with a short sentence that sums up the chapter and is a way to help motivate you and remind you that we can pray bold prayers.

One of my favorite sections in this book was on day 7 about when the Israelites were at the Jordan preparing to cross, the people didn’t stand on the shore waiting for the waters to part they had to get into the water, take a step in faith and believing that God would get them through before they were able to walk on dry land across the Jordan.

This book will no doubt change your prayer life for the better, you will be challenged and begin to pray and declare stronger, bolder prayers and will find a more intimate relationship with God.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Zondervan through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Gospel Centered Woman By: Wendy Alsup

There are so many devotional books out there that are aimed at woman, many of which are focused on a specific type of woman. The single woman, the married woman, the mother, the teenager; however, this book is not like this. The Gospel Centered Woman is not focused on just one aspect, it is a book that every woman can relate to and understand.

Alsup has done a brilliant job putting together a book for all types of woman to understand what biblical womanhood is and how it relates to us day to day.  Each chapter is full of stories and scripture to support the theme and points of the chapter as well as space at the end of each chapter for reflection.

Alsup has created a strong devotional that will take you into an in-depth study on what it means to understand the Gospel as a woman and how we can grow in our relationship with God on a regular basis in order to make our faith more than something we do but turn it into something we live and have a living, breathing relationship with God.

This book is sure to challenge you to go deeper and to understand the power of the Gospel.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Trusting God

Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure

By: Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith and Mary Southerland

Trusting God is a 12 week adventure into changing your attitude and learning what it truly means to trust God. We all have told ourselves that we trust God, and that we will rely on Him for everything, but many times in our culture it is much easier to say that we trust God rather than actually trusting Him. Do we really know what it means to trust God fully? That if something were to happen we could give Him every piece of our lives and know that He will take care of us.

In Trusting God the Girlfriends in God team have created a devotional that can be done individually or with a group, each week has six short lessons packed with stories, scriptures and prayers to help us take the steps to trusting God more, at the end of each week there is a section that is for reflection on what was learned this week, questions to help you grow and scripture to study as well as an area to journal about what you’ve learned this week.

The Girlfriends in God team have shared themselves and the lessons they have learned along the way, with life stories and examples, full of scripture and resources this book will help you to take the steps from saying you trust in God to living a life knowing that your trust is in God.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A life changing journey into the heart of God

A Woman’s guide to reading the Bible in a year: a life-changing journey into the heart of God By: Diane Stortz

How many times have we told ourselves that we were going to read the entire Bible in a year? To the point of printing out reading schedules, dutifully checking off each days reading plan, and than you get to the book of Leviticus or halfway through Numbers and find your motivation waning. In this book Stortz helps to guide us and encourages each of us to read the Bible with a small group, although she says that you can do it individually Stortz explains that when reading the Bible with a group provides accountability as well as a place to grow.

Each section provides a reading plan for the week, a general synopsis, as well as things to look for as you read as well as talking points to discuss each week. This is a great book for those who are looking to read the entire for the first time, or for the person who is reading it for the fiftieth time.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Receiving God’s Love By Sheri Rose Shepherd

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Think how powerful it would be if we spoke the truth about how God feels about us at least as often as we silently said negative things about ourselves or replayed in our minds all the hurtful things that have been said about us. The truth is, we are not what others say about us, and if the men we love speak hurtful words to us that make us feel unworthy, we don’t need to repeat them any longer. Instead we can learn to rest in God’s unchanging love for us.

Even if no one has ever said anything kind to you, your Prince Jesus longs for you to breathe in the tender love, compassion, and kindness He feels for you. If you’re ready to have Jesus, the lover of your soul, become reality to you, I invite you to do the following . . .

Breathe In His Love . . .

For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)

You know that feeling of exhilaration that sticks with you after you’ve spent time with a guy you know you’re falling in love with? As you part, you take a deep breath and feel waves of delight washing over you. Or you know the joy that wells up inside when your man unexpectedly says something so sweet that you feel treasured? You replay those words over and over in your mind because doing so gives you a lift.

Breathe His truth in; allow the words of your true prince Jesus to echo in your heart and soul.

After you consider God’s words to you—”I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)—whisper toward heaven, “I love You, Lord.”

Sing about His Love . . .

Each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:8)

When I was learning to let myself receive God’s love, I would actually sing love songs to Him. Though they had been written for a woman to sing to a man here on earth, I began to understand that if I would crave God’s love first, He would meet my needs. Only then would I be able to give and receive love.

Today I love worship songs that sing of God’s love for us. I blare them throughout my house in the mornings so Satan will not be able to whisper lies to me any longer. Consider doing the same.

Write Love Letters to Him in a Journal . . .

Connect your heart to heaven by writing love letters to your Lord. It is amazing what happens to your heart as you begin to express your love in writing to the only One who will never walk away from or reject you. Hang on to this treasure of truth: how you feel about yourself will never change God’s love for you.

Let Us Pray . . .

Dear God,
I confess I do not feel worthy of your love. It is hard for me to believe that You even love me. Help me, Lord, to look to You for my worth. Forgive me for not allowing myself to receive Your love. Forgive me for looking to others to make me feel like I have value when You are the only one who can validate me and love me the way I long to be loved. From this day forward, I choose to let You love me so I can love others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live.
I will praise my God to my last breath!
May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD. (Psalm 104:33-34)

For more teaching from the Your Heart’s Desire book and Bible study, visitwww.biblelifecoaching.com.

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