Family Life Resources

Family Life Resources

Merry Christmas from your Family Life Ministers!

With Christmas just around the corner, we hope you will consider the following resources when choosing gifts this year.  Our staff has compiled some of our favorite Bibles and Devotionals for everyone in your family.  

 

Gifts for Dad

The Circle Maker

Dream Big. Pray Hard. Think Long. According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, “Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.” Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

 

The Drive-Time Message for Men: Daily Devotions for Your Commute

This 4-week audio devotional contains 20 devotions, one for each day of the work week, featuring the popular Message translation. Segments written specifically for men include a Scripture reading, meditation, response, and contemplation.

 

The Quest for Authentic Manhood

The Quest for Authentic Manhood is the foundational level or ground floor of manhood. This 24-session study focuses on a man’s core identity and gives an overview of basic manhood issues. It will help men deal with various identity issues by looking back at past wounds and other things that may have distorted their idea of biblical masculinity. Throughout the course of the study, men will learn how to clearly define manhood and will finally be able to give a succinct and passionate answer to the questions, “What is a man?” and “What am I living to be?” This captivating journey helps men:

  • Resolve wounds from their past
  • Embrace a biblical definition of manhood
  • Develop their own personal manhood plan

 

Gifts for Mom

Guilt Free Reading Plan for Reading through the Bible

Finally! A Bible reading plan that actually works! No more than 4 chapters per day. It’s only 4 days per week – with 16 weeks for rest and catch-up. You can read through the entire Bible in 100 weeks!

 

Fiona Mellett book and CD

Brave & Beautiful is the best description of Fiona’s faith. In full color and vibrancy she shares the strength of her Irish-American family; takes you on her world travels and unfolds a cinematic love story that culminates in New York. But much more than this, she will take you by the hand for an undeniable encounter with the reality of God. It’s impossible to sit and listen to Fiona and not come away changed. Her devotion, passion and love for God and life are contagious. As you read, prepare to begin your own adventure of faith, a faith that is brave and beautiful!

 

Music for Family

Christy Nockels has long had a huge appreciation for music and its role it plays in the kingdom of God.  As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She’s seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way.  On her new sixstepsrecords release, Into the Glorious, Christy’s prayer is to further explore biblical truths that elevate our worship and bind us in our hearts even closer to our creator. Christy Nockels is touring in Houston in January 2015.

 

So that people far from God will be raised to life in Christ is the vision of Elevation Church. From the beginning, Pastor Steven had a vision for Elevation Worship to write and record songs that reflect the church’s journey, experiences, and needs. The music released by Elevation Worship is characterized by a guitar-driven, versatile sound, and lyrics that reflect the “heart of the house”. The albums range from studio sessions that correspond with certain seasons in our church, to live recordings that reflect special nights of worship with the people of our church. Elevation Worship released a new album on November 25th

 

WOW-2015 Features various artists. This is a great compilation of popular church songs and artistst including Christ Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder Band, Big Daddy Weave, and many more.

 

Christian Billboard website features the top albums from popular artists.  Chris Tomlin has a new one entitled Love Ran Red. Kim Walker has released a Christmas one. Find the Newsboys , Michael W. Smith, Lecrae and more.

 

Planetshakers is a very upbeat, Australian worship team; they have some cutting edge stuff! Young and happening-totally sold out to Christ.

 

Starfield This band is fresh, and their songs have a huge outreach perspective.

 

Gifts for Preschoolers

Read and Share Bible

The Read and Share Bible is unique in its format and solid in Bible teaching. Packed with 200 stories that are simple re-tellings, the gigantic message of God’s love and care is sure to win the hearts of little ones and give them a strong Bible foundation to guide their lives.

 

Jesus Calling Bible

Jesus is calling out to our hearts, and you can hear His voice in every story in the Bible. These carefully selected stories are paired with new children’s devotions from Sarah Young and will help young hearts understand God’s grand plan to send His Son, Jesus, to save His children and prepare a place for us in heaven. 

 

Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name.

 

Shine Your Light Devotional

Girls need to know that they can be bright, shining lights for God—and this new devotional by Sheila Walsh will teach them to do so by thanking God, learning His Word, telling others about Him, and showing His love to everyone they meet.

 

Goodnight Warrior

Each story and devotion closes with a special prayer, promise, or praise to help connect his warrior’s heart and spirit to family, friends, and most of all his heavenly Father!

 

Gifts for Children

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name.

 

The Action Bible (animated)

Based on the best-selling Picture Bible, the 215 stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary readers of all ages. The stories are in chronological order, making it easier to follow the Bible’s historical flow and reinforcing the build-up to its thrilling climax.

 

Hands-On Bible

Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations. The Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. This new edition features updated tip-ins, a more portable size for kids, an attractive cover, and online parenting helps. With hundreds of fun, memorable activities (A “Do-It” activity in EVERY feature!) and the full New Living Translation text, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities and experiences that invite kids to crawl inside the Scriptures and “do” God’s Word!

 

Drive time Devos

These Drivetime devotional are the perfect amount of time to drive to a school (prek and kindergarten for us) that is close by! My kids are really little so I don’t think they understand the concept perfectly because it’s geared more towards eight year olds and up but it’s the only one out there I could find and I thought it was okay just for them to start listening anyways by getting used to hearing God’s word from the beginning.

 

The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently

This book, for parents of children age 8 to 18, answers the tough and thought-provoking questions that kids ask about Christianity, while also emphasizing the importance of how parents respond to their kids’ questions, not just their answer.

 

Gifts for GAP Students

NLT Teen Study Bible

The Teen Life Application Study Bible is packed with features designed to meet the challenges and needs of today’s high school students. Combining traditional study Bible features like book introductions, textual notes, person profiles, and maps with application-oriented features focusing on choices, real-life issues, and real-life stories of actual teens, the Teen Life Application Study Bible stands apart in the crowded world of teen Bibles.

 

 

Action Bible Devotional

The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids’ faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year’s worth of activities, questions, and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day.

 

The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently

This book, for parents of children age 8 to 18, answers the tough and thought-provoking questions that kids ask about Christianity, while also emphasizing the importance of how parents respond to their kids’ questions, not just their answer.