One Thousand Gifts Small Group Bible Study by Ann Voskamp – Trailer
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One Thousand Gifts Group Bible Study by Ann Voskamp.
Begin to find joy in what really matters.
“How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties?” New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp wondered. When your days are filled with the mundane, disappointment, or even darkness, how can you break the bondage of self-hatred and fear that has white-knuckle control on your life and instead embrace the everyday blessings that will immerse you in Christ’s fullness? How can you live your life with a heart overflowing with delight?
In this five-session, video-based Bible study, Ann encourages participants to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God’s gifts – to really look at life and find the good in it. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have that we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. And only then can we know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved – by God.
Embark on this personal, honest, and fresh exploration of what it means to be deeply fulfilled, wholly happy, and finally fully alive.
The DVD includes five 18-20 minute video teaching sessions for Ann Voskamp from her farm in Ontario, and the study guide includes video notes, discussion questions and Bible study, between-session activities, and journaling space that will all help you to further explore the topics Ann discusses in the video teaching.
Session titles include:
1. Attitude of Gratitude
2. Grace in the Moment
3. All is Grace
4. Trust: The Bridge to Joy
5. Empty to Fill
Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and the author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts. A columnist with DaySpring, a contributing editor to Laity Lodge’s The High Calling, and a writer of articles featured in WORLD Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Christianity Today, Ann partners with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children. Ann can be found writing about messy grace and a magnificent God at her daily online journal: www.aholyexperience.com.
Visit Anne’s website at: www.onethousandgifts.com.
How To Study the Bible for Beginners | 5 Tips for Beginners | Christian Vlogger
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How To Study the Bible for Beginners
Hannah writes in asking where a beginner should start reading the Bible. So we give her 5 tips on how to study the Bible for beginners. These tips are great if you are wanting to learn more about how to understand the bible or are just wanting to enrich your bible study experience!
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White House Having Weekly Bible Studies (Which Trump Skips)
Trump thinks setting up Bible studies for his cabinet and not attending them will play well with his evangelical base. He’s probably right. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://www.tytnetwork.com/join
“Many of President Trump’s Cabinet members gather at a weekly session to study the Bible, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reported Monday.
Ralph Drollinger, the founder of Capitol Ministries, says he leads a weekly Bible study with Cabinet members such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable. They’re so noble. They’re so learned,” Drollinger told CBN.
Vice President Pence, who is a sponsor of the faith sessions, reportedly joins the group when his schedule allows.”*
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Restless Small Group Bible Study by Jennie Allen – Session One
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Restless Small Group Bible Study by Jennie Allen. Restless Small Group Bible Study by Jennie Allen.
Do You Feel Restless?
What if this feeling weren’t a bad thing?
This feeling could be a longing, a restlessness for more of God. It could push us to move forward, to live epic lives that were designed before the foundations of earth were laid.
But a lot of us, if we’re honest, are afraid. We hold close to our chest new and scary dreams that may just be from God to play a small part in something bigger. God wants to take the seemingly mundane messy threads of your life to weave something beautiful.
What would happen if God got bigger than your fear and insecurity, and you spent the rest of your life running after his purposes for you?
In Restless, an 8-session, video-based study, you will look at the life of Joseph and see how his passions, relationships, and suffering fit into the greater story of God — and how our stories can do the same. Bible study teacher and author Jennie Allen walks you through a practical plan to identify the threads of your life and how to intentionally weave them together for God’s glory and purposes.
2. God’s Story
Jennie Allen is an award-winning and best-selling author of Anything and Restless, as well as the bible studies Stuck, Chase, and Restless. The founder and visionary for the IF: Gathering, she is a passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze a generation of women to live what they believe. Jennie has a masters in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Zac. Together they have been blessed with four children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Rwanda.
Word Study: Shema – “Listen”
Is hearing and listening the same thing? This video, discover how sound entering your ear-drums isn’t synonymous with “listening”, at least from a biblical perspective. This video is the first installment of our Word Studies series, a six-part exploration of the ancient biblical prayer called “The Shema”.
Investing in Commercial Real Estate For Your Church
The stock market these days is a roller coaster ride; extreme highs and extreme lows. When investing your hard earned money, it’s difficult to know how to invest to get a positive return on your investment. Love the idea of investing in real estate but you’re not an expert house flipper? Making a commercial real estate purchase, might be a better option for you, and finding a commercial property manager should be next on the agenda. To locate land, build a church, and get people in the door on Sundays is the work of the lord. You just need to do your part by finding the right property, and getting the people to manage it for you in the area you purchase in.
When most people think about investing in real estate, they conjure up images of HGTV stars buying a house, refurbishing it and selling it for an amazing profit—all in record time. In the real world, however, this isn’t always the case, and unless you have some true experience flipping houses, the work and cost involved may actually put you in the red. Purchasing real estate that does not require refurbishment and already has positive cash flow sounds too good to be true. Real estate, though, can be a wildly profitable venture but many people don’t even consider investing in that hidden gem: commercial real estate. Commercial real estate could be investing in an office building, a warehouse, a retail shop, an apartment building, an industrial building or a mixed use building, one that may combine retail, apartments, and office space, for instance. A church is a great building for these properties also. There are tac benefits to owning land with religious structures on them.
Commercial real estate for churches and churches that are for sale can be an excellent investment because if you find a building with high rental potential, you can make some decent cash flow each month. If that building is in a good area, it’s long-term profit potential will build you equity while you are renting to others. This way you generate cash flow while you are building equity. Unlike residential rental properties, commercial renters are more likely to sign a long term lease, especially if they are using it as a business address. Most companies don’t want to move to make sure potential customers can find them, so it makes sense to rent a space long term. You can purchase a home to rent to renovate and rent to others but then you run the risk of renting to someone who just might destroy all the hard work you put in to fix the home. With commercial real estate, your tenants are less likely to trash the place, especially if it where they have set up their business! But if you are a church you don’t need to worry about tenants. No phone calls in the middle of the night to come fix something at a residential property; a building maintenance team can handle that task with a commercial property. Plus, commercial space renters often help to maintain the building they are in; no one wants to set up their business in a run-down building, so the likelihood a business renter will treat the property with respect is greater.
Another way commercial real estate is different from residential real estate is the manner in which the value is determined. When a house is put up for sale, comparable neighborhood properties generate the amount a house can potentially sell for, also known as a “comp”. Two 2000 square foot homes in the same neighborhood would be similarly priced, all other things being equal. With a commercial real estate property, the value of the property is based on the amount of rental money it can bring in minus the expenses to maintain it, called the “productive return”. There are very few investments where you can receive monthly cash flow and build equity other than real estate. There are risks, of course, as with any investment, so it is important to work with a commercial real estate broker who knows the area and can give you solid numbers regarding your cash flow and potential equity profit. It’s never a perfect science because no one can predict the future and the bottom could drop out, but history has shown that real estate is one of the best overall investments for your money. When you are investing in a commercial property, you are not only investing in the building itself, but also the land on which it is built, so you will want to work with your broker on an area that shows potential growth. That growth will help the local church expand also.
Many people prefer to invest in the stock market but the drawback is the lack of cash flow. Stocks may be a viable part of your investment strategy, but mixing it up with real estate gives you options you would not have otherwise. While owning a building may sound like a lot of work, you can hire a property management company to handle the day to day issues while you still generate monthly cash flow as the property owner. You may also hire someone to decide to make some upgrades to the building to increase its overall worth in the long run. Owning a commercial property also affords you some tax benefits, like depreciation. If you have owned the building for at least a year, you can be eligible for this particular benefit, even if your building has increased in value. To understand the latest tax laws, it is important to speak with an accountant to understand the available tax advantages to owning a church.
Investing in commercial real estate also gives you options to continue to work at an outside job, while saving the rental income you receive towards your retirement. Or, you could choose to be a full time real estate investor, taking the profits you receive from one building and using them to purchase another building. If you are unable to pay for a building in cash, there are some excellent financing rates available for investors. Before you purchase anything, however, you will want to speak with an accountant and tax attorney to ensure you have the capital or the credit to take on a piece of commercial property.
Many people believe that investing in commercial real estate is only for big time investors, but owning just one small building can be all that you need to establish your financial goals. It takes time and effort to find just the right property, but the potential of cash flow and equity is a compelling reason to explore commercial real estate ownership.