This study guide is meant to accompany the DVD study of One Thousand Gifts and includes video notes, discussion questions, Bible study, between-session activities and journalling ideas that will help to further explore the topics discussed in the DVD.
Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. How, Ann wondered, do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long and sometimes even dark? How is God even here? In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts.
'How,' bestselling author Ann Voskamp wondered, 'do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties?' 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?
Perfect for families and ideal for small groups, The Greatest Gift is a moment of calm amid the busy holiday season. Ann Voskamp, author of the much-acclaimed book One Thousand Gifts, draws viewers even deeper into Scripture as she explores and illuminates the magnificence of God's Word through the unfurling of the greatest love story ever told - God's ardent and relentless pursuit of us. This is sure to become an annual Christmas tradition in homes and churches everywhere.
People across the world are familiar with the Christmas card image of these exotic kings paying homage to the newly born Jesus at the stable in Bethlehem, but their true story is filled with mystery. From Yemen to Persia to Mesopotamia, search for the origins of the Three Wise Men, and learn the secrets behind the gifts they brought for Jesus. By retracing the steps of the Wise Men, we piece together a fascinating puzzle to reveal how their incredible trip has influenced every aspect of the Christmas story.
In this moving, personal look at human mortality Henri Nouwen shares his own experiences with aging, loss, grief and fear. As he reflects on his faith and on the life and teachings of Christ, Nouwen gently and beautifully reveals the gifts that the living and the dying can give to one another.
More than a one-time joyous celebration, baptizing your child is a commitment to a new life of faith, prayer and service for your whole family in the Catholic Church. Fr. Nick explains what every parent needs to know, from the role of godparents and the profession of faith to the importance of ongoing faith formation. He is joined by three families who share their own real-life joys and challenges of living out the grace of baptism at home in their "domestic church" and in their local parish communities.
It’s Thanksgiving Day and both Dr. Catherine Howard (Julie Andrews) and Robert Woodward (James Garner) wind up at the same medical facility, one still missing a loved one, the other visiting his spouse. When Catherine learns that Robert is stranded, she offers him a ride home. Almost immediately, the pair gets off to a rocky start as the car careens off the road and the couple has to trudge through a blizzard until they miraculously discover an empty cabin to shelter them from the storm.
'Tis the eve of Christmas--a cold winter's night--when Kind Ox offers to share his stable by the inn. Assuring each tentative visitor that "there's always room for a little one," he first gives shelter to Old Dog, then, in quick succession, Stray Cat, Small Mouse, and Tired Donkey, who is accompanied by Joseph and a weary Mary. As predators and prey gather together in "the peace of a stable," they learn lessons about tolerance and generosity. Finally, they bear witness to the birth of the most wondrous "Little One" of all: the baby Jesus.
One woman's story about the moments of healing grace that can be found even in the midst of Alzheimer's. This book goes beyond statistics and tips to explore deeper levels of meaning with questions such as: How do I make sense of this? How can I transfrom this into a spiritual experience?
"In No One Cries the Wrong Way, Fr. Joe Kempf offers treasures from his lifetime experience as both a priest and fellow traveler in the geography of human loss. His own reflections are interwoven with insights from psychology, theology, Scripture, and literature, and are illustrated with engaging stories. Consoling in a way that is both simple and profound, Fr. Kempf helps us trust the Love in the midst of the pain.
In this candid look at being single, Beth Knobbe draws on the experiences of men and women who share their personal stories and reflections on what it means to be single - with faith, purpose, and passion. With insights from both Scripture and ordinary people, Knobbe shows us that the single life can be one of abundance and joy. She addresses the fears singles face, the assumptions people make, and the questions singles ask themselves. She includes practical and spiritual advice for finding happiness and contentment as a single person.