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Behold! The Light of the World — Christmas Card with CD

Give more than just a card this Christmas with an inspirational holiday greeting that includes a devotional booklet and music CD.

The card’s inside sentiment reads,

“His birth was humble,
     
to show His gentleness.
His birth was quiet,
     
to show His obedience.
His birth was miraculous,
     
to show His holiness.
His birth was glorious,
     
to show His power.
His birth was victorious for He has saved us.”

The devotional booklet features 7 days of meditations from Our Daily Bread and the music CD features 4 songs such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “That Beautiful Name,” and “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus/O Come Let Us Adore Him” from the CD Sing We Now of Christmas.

Hymns for the Christian Life and Awaken the Dawn with Keith and Kristyn Getty (2 CDs)

With a style that is modern and distinctively Irish, the singer and songwriter duo Keith and Kristyn Getty takes you on a lyrical journey of worship in this 2-CD set.

Hymns for the Christian Life features 12 hymns to encourage and support a walk of faith with lyrics that focus on work, family, money, community, and social action. The CD also includes a special 10th anniversary recording of “In Christ Alone,” written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.

Awaken the Dawn provides 11 powerful songs with lilting melodies that take listeners on a worshipful journey of grace and hope for all the nations. This CD features a Celtic flavor and is shaped as a service of worship to encourage a deeper relationship with God.

Ed's Story, Part 1 (DVD)

Having been diagnosed with ALS and given a short time to live, former pastor Ed Dobson developed a series of brief films that openly and honestly express his personal story. In a down-to-earth way he tells us about the challenges of facing the reality of suffering and death.

Encouraging others who are wrestling with a life-threatening illness and those who are providing support, Dobson offers words of hope. As he takes us along on an uncommon journey toward a new quality of life and purpose, he shares a passion for life that explores emotions, attitudes, and healing.

Films featured in this DVD include:


Film 1: It Ain’t Over

It can be hard to find hope when it seems your world is falling apart. Sharing his struggle with suffering and issues of identity, forgiveness, gratitude, and healing, Dobson offers a fresh view on finding hope in God.


Film 2: Consider the Birds

So often we try to control what happens in life. Dobson encourages us to live in the moment and reminds us that God holds our future.


Film 3: Be There

Sometimes our presence alone can be all that’s needed to comfort those who are suffering. Through Dobson’s journey we can see how at times it is better to “show up and shut up.”

Our Daily Bread 2014 Devotional Collection

Enjoy an entire year’s worth of daily Bible readings and inspirational thoughts to ponder with the Our Daily Bread Devotional Collection. Drawn from the pages of Our Daily Bread, this collection of devotions includes Scripture readings, lesson verses, and brief reflections to encourage and strengthen your soul. Perfect for gift-giving or as an addition to your library, this deluxe keepsake edition offers wisdom and insight for your daily walk with God.

Grace and Truth — A Holy Pursuit

Why not add some more grace and truth to your life and see what happens? According to Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, “God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ.” In this inspirational treasury of quotes—simple and direct, full of biblical wisdom and insight—you’ll gain a soul-stirring perspective on salvation and freedom through Christ.

Challenging you to deepen your faith, Chambers also encourages you to open your heart to a greater knowledge of salvation and freedom in Christ. Each page features thought-provoking quotes and questions for your personal reflection. Discover how you can engage in a holy pursuit and experience more of God.

Near the Cross — Wintley Phipps Sings Beloved Hymns of Fanny Crosby (CD)

In the CD Near the Cross, singer Wintley Phipps has handpicked favorite hymns by Fanny Crosby and performs against a backdrop of fresh symphonic arrangements.

This uplifting CD features:

  • The rich baritone voice of Wintley Phipps
  • 10 well-loved hymns from prolific composer Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)
  • Contemporary symphonic arrangements from the 60-piece Prague Symphony

This uplifting CD is a great addition to any music library and can be used during times of personal devotions and praise, as background music for everyday activities, or for uplifting times of worship in a church setting.

Song List:

Hymns of Service — Our Daily Bread (CD)

This collection of 10 instrumental hymns soothes the soul and encourages
the heart with peaceful sounds of worship.
  • Created to inspire those who
    serve in ministry at home or church, in the community, or on the mission
    field.
  • Each song title reminds listeners of the purpose of service and the
    need to glorify God in their work.
  • Features the sounds of cello, violin,
    nylon string guitar, piano, and a variety of acoustic instruments.

Song List:

Christian Disciplines — Building Strong Character (Gift Edition)

Life is a journey of experiences, and some of them can leave you feeling as if you have been twisted and disjointed. As painful as they seem, those encounters can very well be what God is using to shape and mold you into the person He wants you to be.

In this new, updated, modern-day language edition of Christian Disciplines, you’ll examine the spiritual disciplines of divine guidance, suffering, peril, prayer, loneliness, and patience to help you . . .

  • Grow in your knowledge of who God truly is.
  • Build strong Christian character.
  • Develop a more intimate relationship with God.

Christian Disciplines encourages you to discover how God can transform your life to become more like Christ, to be strengthened in faith, and to experience the abundance of His grace.

Despite Doubt — Embracing a Confident Faith

In a world that says faith is all about taking risks—leaping into uncharted territory and expecting everything to be okay—many Christians struggle with the concept of walking by faith. How can you have confidence in God and follow His will when everyone around you is placing so much emphasis on doubt and the unknown as the driving force of faith?
In Despite Doubt, Michael E. Wittmer reexamines this popular viewpoint and encourages you to get a clear understanding of your assurance in God and your salvation. Wittmer says, “Doubt is not the fuel of faith. Scripture repeatedly presents faith as our reliance upon what we know. Faith begins when we know the facts about God and His great salvation.”

You’ll find wisdom from the Word and practical examples to help you develop a freeing perspective on doubt that opens the door to asking questions, finding answers, and gaining knowledge about securing your trust in God. Take a look at the flipside of doubt and discover how much you already know about God and how you can embrace a confident faith.
Despite Doubt includes questions for reflection and discussion and is excellent for both individual and small group study.

Hymns of Service — Our Daily Bread (CD)

This collection of 10 instrumental hymns soothes the soul and encourages
the heart with peaceful sounds of worship.
  • Created to inspire those who
    serve in ministry at home or church, in the community, or on the mission
    field.
  • Each song title reminds listeners of the purpose of service and the
    need to glorify God in their work.
  • Features the sounds of cello, violin,
    nylon string guitar, piano, and a variety of acoustic instruments.

Song List:

Christian Disciplines — Building Strong Character (Gift Edition)

Life is a journey of experiences, and some of them can leave you feeling as if you have been twisted and disjointed. As painful as they seem, those encounters can very well be what God is using to shape and mold you into the person He wants you to be.

In this new, updated, modern-day language edition of Christian Disciplines, you’ll examine the spiritual disciplines of divine guidance, suffering, peril, prayer, loneliness, and patience to help you . . .

  • Grow in your knowledge of who God truly is.
  • Build strong Christian character.
  • Develop a more intimate relationship with God.

Christian Disciplines encourages you to discover how God can transform your life to become more like Christ, to be strengthened in faith, and to experience the abundance of His grace.

Grace and Truth — A Holy Pursuit

Why not add some more grace and truth to your life and see what happens? According to Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, “God’s grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ.” In this inspirational treasury of quotes—simple and direct, full of biblical wisdom and insight—you’ll gain a soul-stirring perspective on salvation and freedom through Christ.

Challenging you to deepen your faith, Chambers also encourages you to open your heart to a greater knowledge of salvation and freedom in Christ. Each page features thought-provoking quotes and questions for your personal reflection. Discover how you can engage in a holy pursuit and experience more of God.

Despite Doubt — Embracing a Confident Faith

In a world that says faith is all about taking risks—leaping into uncharted territory and expecting everything to be okay—many Christians struggle with the concept of walking by faith. How can you have confidence in God and follow His will when everyone around you is placing so much emphasis on doubt and the unknown as the driving force of faith?
In Despite Doubt, Michael E. Wittmer reexamines this popular viewpoint and encourages you to get a clear understanding of your assurance in God and your salvation. Wittmer says, “Doubt is not the fuel of faith. Scripture repeatedly presents faith as our reliance upon what we know. Faith begins when we know the facts about God and His great salvation.”

You’ll find wisdom from the Word and practical examples to help you develop a freeing perspective on doubt that opens the door to asking questions, finding answers, and gaining knowledge about securing your trust in God. Take a look at the flipside of doubt and discover how much you already know about God and how you can embrace a confident faith.
Despite Doubt includes questions for reflection and discussion and is excellent for both individual and small group study.

Small Blessings — Thoughts of Hope and Encouragement from Our Daily Bread

Sometimes it takes only a few simple words to remind you of God’s goodness. In Small Blessings you’ll find inspiring thoughts from the writers of Our Daily Bread that . . .

  • Offer biblical truth to help you through life’s challenges.
  • Focus on God’s love and mercy to help keep you spiritually aligned and in tune with His will.
  • Include full-color photographs and relevant Scripture with each saying to uplift your spirit, renew your soul, and strengthen your faith.

This timely collection of reassuring words can help you, your family, and your friends get a spiritual boost to keep moving forward in an ever-changing world. Discover how you can face each day with confidence in knowing God is present and in control.

Special Offer on 3 Boxes of Our Daily Bread Note Cards!

Who doesn’t enjoy the serene majesty of a waterfall, the majestic height of a snowcapped mountain, or the delicate beauty of a flower?

Here’s your chance to get 3 boxed sets of note cards, featuring photos taken right from the covers of Our Daily Bread with an accompanying Bible verse. Each boxed assortment of 12 cards includes 3 each of 4 designs, and 13 envelopes.

This set includes the Seascapes, Mountain Majesty, and Florals note cards.

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> Biblical Studies

A powerful exchange between Jesus and a religious lawyer

The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the greatest short stories Jesus ever told. Today we take a look at the stirring conclusion to a powerful exchange.

A narrow-minded heart exposed

Teachers cringe at this question from their students: “Is this going to be on the test?” This question reveals to teachers that the students have focused their interest on getting a good grade, rather than learning. Join us on “Discover the Word” as we discuss why Jesus told the classic story of the Good Samaritan.

One of the most familiar stories Jesus ever told

Questions and answers. Sometimes we ask questions we already know the answer to. Sometimes we ask questions to reveal what the other person does not know! Today on “Discover the Word,” we explore how Jesus used questions and answers to reveal a man’s heart. Don’t miss this insightful conversation.

> Christian Beliefs

A Lesson from Taylor Swift’s Song

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying listening to Taylor Swift’s songs. Her tunes are catchy, and the lyrics easy to understand. In her song Everything has Changed, a person meets an old friend and realizes that she has fallen in love with him.

A Clean Start

There are times in sports when a great athlete or coach has grown stale in a particular location, and would benefit from a fresh start. This was true with Joe Torre, who had managed with several teams, most recently the Cardinals, when he took the reins of the Yankees in New York. The success he […]

Verify the Truth

“A deadly jungle spider has migrated to the US and is killing people.” This was the story sent to me and to others on my friend’s email list. The story sounded plausible—lots of scientific names and real-life situations. But when I checked it out on reliable websites, I found it was not true—it was an Internet hoax. Its truth could only be verified by consulting a trusted source.

A group of first-century believers living in Macedonia understood the importance of confirming what they were hearing. The folks in Berea “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to…

> Christian Living

Purpose in Routine

A rolling-ball clock in the British Museum struck me as a vivid illustration of the deadening effects of routine. A small steel ball traveled in grooves across a tilted steel plate until it tripped a lever on the other side. This tilted the plate back in the opposite direction, reversed the direction of the ball and advanced the clock hands. Every year, the steel ball traveled some 2,500 miles back and forth, but never really went anywhere.

It’s easy for us to feel trapped by our daily routine when we can’t see a larger purpose. The apostle Paul longed to be…

Speak the Truth, or Keep Silent?

If you’ve ever wondered what it means to be candid, talk to my mother. If she didn’t like something, she’d say so without mincing her words. If she felt we were making the wrong decision, she’d harp on how the cons outweighed the pros.

Friends Through Thick and Thin

Without my dear college friends and sisters, my wedding would not have been possible. A photo of my bridesmaids shows them in their pretty dresses and bearing bright smiles, but these belie the many hours and days of frantic efforts to put a wedding together in spite of a famously indecisive bride.

> Christian Ministry & the Church

first love

Growing communities, rooted in God’s love and story, reaching out and restoring lives.

Reflecting God’s Glory

The 12th-century Chinese artist Li Tang painted landscapes animated with people, birds, and water buffalo. Because of his genius with fine line sketches on silk, Li Tang is considered a master of Chinese landscape art. For centuries, artists from around the world have depicted what they see in God’s art gallery of creation: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). The Bible tells us that our creativity as human beings comes from being made in the image of the Master Creator (Gen. 1:27).

God chose artists who worked with wood, gold, silver, bronze,…

two things we need

Fire requires oxygen and fuel in tandem to keep burning—something that’s important to know in my part of the world when winter snowstorms come calling! If you don’t have enough oxygen flowing to the logs you’ve set ablaze, the fire will die down. And if you run out of wood, you’ll soon be trying to warm your hands over cooling ashes!

> Christianity & Culture

The Search for Meaning: Science & God

Using debate-tested conclusions and simple illustrations, Science & God examines the tension between science and religion to clarify the issues.

The Search for Meaning: What Matters

This documentary puts worldviews under the microscope and walks you through four predictable stages of life to help you sort out and process your quest for meaning.

5 Ways to Live for Yourself

What’s all this about “denying yourself” and “living for others”? Look, I know we can’t decide when we were born and when we will die, but come on, I have every right to decide how I should live. This life belongs to me.

> Devotionals

no worries

How often do you find yourself worrying about something? We worry about tomorrow, the economy, our jobs, and friendships. We worry about our kids, our parents, and our health.

Age Is Not a Factor

After owning and working at his dental lab for 50 years, Dave Bowman planned to retire and take it easy. Diabetes and heart surgery confirmed his decision. But when he heard about a group of young refugees from Sudan who needed help, he made a life-changing decision. He agreed to sponsor five of them.

As Dave learned more about these young Sudanese men, he discovered that they had never been to a doctor or a dentist. Then one day in church someone mentioned the verse, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Cor. 12:26). He couldn’t get the…

rules and grace

Firefighters recently chose not to take action as a man was drowning in the San Francisco Bay. According to the interim fire chief overseeing the responding team, one of the things that prevented them from taking action was a regulation that prevents firefighters from entering into the water. The rescue workers were frustrated because they desperately wanted to take action, but they were prevented from doing so by policy. This preoccupation with rules is a form of legalism, something we find far too often in the church today.

> Ethical Issues

I’ve Come to Help

Reporter Jacob Riis’s vivid descriptions of poverty in 19th-century New York City horrified a generally complacent public. His book How the Other Half Lives combined his writing with his own photographs to paint a picture so vivid that the public could not escape the certainty of poverty’s desperate existence. The third of fifteen children himself, Riis wrote so effectively because he had lived in that world of terrible despair.

                 Shortly after the release of his book, he received a card from a young man just beginning his political career. The note read simply, “I have read your book, and I…

Speak Up

When I hear stories about young people who have been bullied, I notice there are always at least two levels of hurt. The first and most obvious comes from the mean-spirited nature of those actually doing the bullying. That’s terrible on its own. But there’s another, deeper hurt that may end up being even more damaging than the first: The silence of everyone else.

It hurts the one being bullied because they’re stunned that no one will help. That often makes bullies more brazen, leading them to intensify their meanness. Worse, it heightens the embarrassment, false shame, and loneliness of the…

A Letter from the Battlefield

For more than two decades, Andrew Carroll has been urging people not to throw away the letters written by family members or friends during a time of war. Carroll, director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University in California, considers them an irreplaceable link to tie families together and open a door of understanding. “Younger generations are reading these letters,” Carroll says, “and asking questions and saying, ‘Now I understand what you endured, what you sacrificed.’ ”

When the apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome and knew his life would soon end, he wrote a letter to a…

> Evangelism & Missions

A thought-provoking conversation on evangelism

This week we’ve been talking about how to share the gospel in a pluralistic culture. It’s the same challenge that the apostle Paul faced in his day.

An Unfinished Story: Telling My Friend About Jesus

Everyone has their story of what it’s like to share Jesus with their friends or family members. Some stories have a happy ending, where the person eventually comes to know and love Jesus. Some don’t have such a happy ending, where the person passes away before accepting Jesus into his or her life.

Blessing our enemies by finding common ground

When the nation of Israel was exiled to Babylon, Jeremiah gave the Jewish leaders unexpected direction. He said, “Seek the peace of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its peace you will have peace.” Listen in as we continue our series on Acts 17.

> Life Struggles

true beauty

Beauty isn’t skin deep—not for the believer or for those who don’t know Jesus. A movement to see beauty in women of all shapes and sizes and the call to reject the false standards of entertainment and advertising continues to grow. From marketing campaigns using larger-sized models to local groups teaching young girls to be confident without wearing makeup, the message is clear: You are beautiful and you are powerful . . . simply by being you.

Who am I?–Atsuko’s Story & Kara’s Story

Many people struggle to find their true identity. For Kara, abuse and abandonment made her feel like an orphan her entire life. For Japanese-born Atsuko, it was her faith in Christ that made her feel like an outsider in her own culture. Discover how God gave each of these women stability and hope even when […]

no ordinary struggle

Near the conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King, Frodo is on the verge of completing his mission to destroy the Ring of Power. With the fate of Middle Earth hanging in the balance, all that’s left is to cast the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.

> Marriage & Family

It’s What We Do

My father was critically injured when he took a bullet in the leg as a second lieutenant leading his men on Hill 609 in North Africa during World War II. Dad was never again 100 percent physically. I was born several years after this, and when I was young I didn’t even know he had been wounded. I found out later when someone told me. Although he felt constant pain in his leg, my dad never complained about it, and he never used it as an excuse for not providing for our family.

My parents loved the Savior and raised us…

A Letter From My Father

On one of my free days, I decided to clear some of the drawers in my room. As I was sorting through some old letters in one of my drawers, I stumbled on a letter I had not seen in a long while and had clean forgotten about.

Finding marital reconciliation at the cross of Christ–Gerrie and Clyde’s Story

When Gerrie eloped with Clyde, it seemed nothing in the world could break them apart. But when the demands of life pressed in, they began to drift away from their commitment. Learn how this struggling couple found peace and reconciliation for their marriage at the cross of Christ.

> Relationships

dangerous friends

One of our sons has endured bullies on his elementary school bus. Two weeks ago, he walked into the kitchen after school and with a quivering lip said, “I don’t want to ride the bus anymore.” It’s been hard for him to learn how to protect himself while also staying open to forgiveness (if the bullies show repentance) and the possibility of extending friendship to them.

Sportsmanship

In the 2003 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was leading by 16 seconds over his arch-rival Jan Ullrich. Ullrich had been trying to win the TDF for years, but had always been beaten by Armstrong. As they were racing, however, Armstrong’s handlebars were caught in the strap of a spectator’s handbag—wrecking him. But, instead of […]

Are there Real Friendships in this World?

Whom will you call a friend? Is it just someone you can have a meal and watch movies with? Or is it someone you can chat and gossip with? What kind of person is he or she? We often describe a true friend as someone who will stick with us through thick and thin, who values us, and who won’t hurt or betray us.

> Spiritual Growth

why disobey?

Why should I obey this commandment from God? I pondered. Is it because the consequences of disobeying Him would be bad? Hmm, but is that all? Ah, I see it now—my thinking was turned around. I should have asked, “Why would I disobey?”

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Praying With Confidence: Overcoming Disappointment In Prayer

Having a conversation with God can sometimes be a struggle, especially when you feel that He has let you down. Find out how you can get past the disappointment and regain your confidence in God, as author David Egner shares five basic principles of prayer. Discover how you can renew your sense of joy and trust in God when you use His Word as the basis for your prayer.

Photo by REM (rembcc)

Sacrifice and Friendship

We will never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we surrender in every detail of our lives. Yet self-surrender is the most difficult thing for us to do. We make it conditional by saying, “I’ll surrender if . . . !” Or we approach it by saying, “I suppose I have to devote my life to God.” We will never find the joy of self-sacrifice in either of these ways.

> When Life Hurts

When Things Don’t Go Well

The first words that many people like to quote when misfortune hits are: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). But that’s hard to believe in hard times. I once sat with a man who had lost his third son in a row, and I listened as he lamented, “How can this tragedy work for my good?” I had no answer but to sit silently and mourn with him. Several months later, he was thankful as he said, “My sorrow is…

Life in the Face of Death: Honest Conversations with Ed Dobson and Mart DeHaan, Part 3: Be There

Having been diagnosed with ALS and given only two to five years to live, former pastor Ed Dobson was suddenly challenged to face the reality of death. Watch his story of an uncommon journey toward a new quality of life and purpose. “Be There.” Many of us wonder what to say when someone’s life falls […]

cross-shaped service

I was sorry to hear what you’d been through when we last spoke,” my friend Adrian said as we walked. “How are you and Merryn doing now?” “On the whole,” I said, “we’re doing better. I guess we’re trying to focus on the up-side of our situation and the opportunities it brings.”