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I have picked the five winners of the ministry kit and will post their names a below. However, I feel that if each person follows through for the next 40 days with what they wrote, every one will be a winner. Cheesy, very much so…but true. The majority of comments fell into 3 categories:
- Listening to God via his Word or his Spirit
- Talking to God on a daily basis
- Carving out time to spend with God as a family
Honestly, what would the next 40 days look like if we each did this? Many of you commented about being stay-at-home moms, having crazy schedules with kids, and wanting more time with God as a family or couple. What would you, your marriage, your family, and our churches look like if we all did these three things the next 40 days? I’ve never done this, but after reading the comments, I really would like to pray for you all:
Jesus, you see the hearts of each of these people, and know their desire for you. We long for you but like children are easily distracted and lose focus. Please focus out minds, our hearts, and our time on and for you, not only for the next 40 days, but for all our lives. Thank you for meeting us and desiring relationship more than we do, and thank you for forgiving us for getting distracted. We love you Jesus. Amen.
Thank you all for your comments. Here are the randomly chosen winners:
I am working to have an extended time of Bible study and prayer time each and every day, and also I just started volunteering at a local women’s shelter every few weeks.
Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome study! I am the head of a women’s ministry at a large church, and we would LOVE to have this to share with our ladies!
Our family is stepping out in faith and I am struggling with a bunch of different emotions and fears. I want to be on my knees and in His word to put to death all off the fears and anxiety.
I am seeking guidance. I know that God has a plan for my next step. I am determined to overcome my addiction to food. I take it one day at a time, one bite at a time and turn it over to God. God has given me the courage to share my past with others. I was always afraid to share for fear of being judged, but I know that what God has helped me to overcome can help someone.
I’m making more time to read my Bible but also keeping track of my prayers…remembering to thank Him for my many blessings.
I want to make time for scripture reading and prayer, but I want to GET UP and GET OUT. I want to be a DO-ER of the word and NOT a forgetful listener. I want to serve the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger. I want to serve Jesus!!
Many of you are in women’s ministry, so you may be interested in viewing our new women’s ministry catalog online. Click here to view. Thanks again!
Yesterday we talked about Made to Crave and how Lent is not just giving up something, but making space for something that draws us closer to God. Lysa has a follow-up study to Made to Crave called Made to Crave Action Plan, and says this in the introduction of the Participant’s Guide:
“I love that the Bible says the truth shall set you free (John 8.32). That’s a spiritual truth, but it can also be a physical truth. The goal of the Made to Crave Action Plan is not to squeeze you into a rigid food plan or beat you up about what you are not doing right. Our goal is to encourage and equip you with truth – spiritual and physical – so you can learn to make better choices…my dear friend, are you ready to take your first step on this amazing journey? I promise God will meet you there – and I will be cheering you on every step of the way.”
As I mentioned yesterday, we will be giving away the Made to Crave Ministry Kit. However, we will not be just giving away 1, but 5 of them. The Made to Crave Ministry Kit includes Made to Crave, Made to Crave 6 week DVD and Participant’s Guide, Made to Crave Action Plan 6 week DVD and Participant’s Guide, and Made to Crave Devotional, plus all the tools you need to run a 12 week Made to Crave study in your women’s Bible study.
To enter to win 1 of the 5 Made to Crave Ministry Kits, answer this question below in the comments: What do you want to make more time for in the next 6 weeks to draw you closer to God (prayer, Scripture reading, serving the poor, etc)?
We will randomly choose a winner on Friday afternoon, so be sure to come back and see if you have won. In the meantime, you can watch the first full session of the Made to Crave Action Plan on YouTube here:
I remember the first time my wife and I observed Lent. We were serving at a small, rural church in California and my youth leaders and even the teenagers thought we were crazy. ”Isn’t that a Catholic thing?” they would ask. To many people, that is what Lent is – a Catholic thing. Whether you observe Lent or not, 40 days is a significant number in Scripture, and the 40 days leading up to Easter are a good a time as any to give up something in order to make time for something else.
Andrew and I had a conversation yesterday and too often when we or others think of giving up something for Lent, it is about us – giving up sugar, caffeine, Facebook. But the idea of fasting or giving up something should make time for something else – time for prayer, Scripture reading, serving the poor – not just to give something up.
This is one of the reasons I love Made to Crave. (And yes, while I am a guy, and this is soundly a book/group study for women, I did enjoy it). In Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst isn’t just talking about giving up cupcakes for carrots. Yes, there is the idea of healthy eating and exercise and such, but the end goal is not weight loss – it’s a deeper relationship with your Maker.
You can watch the full first session of Made to Crave on YouTube here, and be sure to come back tomorrow to enter to win a Made to Crave Ministry Kit.
Have you ever watched a trailer for a movie and then watched the movie and realized that the trailer was either the best part of the movie, or that it told you nothing of the real plot of the movie? well, curriculum trailers are not like that, but sometimes watching the 90-120 second trailer isn’t just enough to know if you want to spend 4-12 weeks with an author, topic, or study.
However, the first session is a good indicator of what the rest of the curriculum will be like, so we are making the first sessions of our video-based curriculum available for free on YouTube. As of today we have 17 different full sessions loaded on a playlist and will be adding more and more until they are all available.
Watch curriculum sessions from bestselling authors like John Ortberg, Bill Hybels, Jim Cymbala, Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley, Lysa TerKeurst, and others. Then, if you like what you see, you can visit Amazon, CBD.com, BN.com or your local retailer and get the DVD and Participant’s Guides for yourself or your small group.
It’s a common thing to make New Year’s Resolutions on December 31st. For many of us, these resolutions involve dieting or weight loss. It’s also common to have broken, or given up on those resolutions only one week into the new year (by today, maybe).
So what does the Bible teach about consuming food? Does it have anything to say about dieting? The subjects of body weight and food leave so many feeling defeated – and especially in today’s culture – women.
A new video curriculum by Lysa TerKeurst, designed specifically for women, releases today: ”Made To Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food.” The curriculum accompanies her book (read sample). The first video below captures the essence of this study, and the second offers you more of Lysa’s story. If you’re part of a women’s ministry, or if your church’s women’s ministry is looking for new curriculum, this might be the perfect way to start the new year.