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Jesus’ encounter with a rich young man who thought he knew what it meant to follow God

The scientific community once believed that the earth was flat, and that leeches were good medicine. Obviously our perceptions don’t always match reality! Turns out a rich young man who thought he knew what it meant to follow the Lord was way off!

Discover how a self-centered prayer can turn into a step of faith!

Caught with no way out, many people have tried to bargain with God. “Lord, if you help me right now, I’ll turn my life around!” But does God ever answer those types of prayers? Let's discuss Jacob’s negotiation with God.

Let’s take a closer look at Jacob’s life-transforming vision

Exhausted from running from his lies and deceit, Jacob finally fell asleep. And the dream God gave him turned his entire life around! Have you had a moment that changed your life?

Find out how God uses flawed families

Does your family fight and bicker? Perhaps there are a few skeletons in your family’s closet. Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Let's reveal the decades-old feud that took place in Jacob’s family, and how God’s mercy showed up in the midst of domestic conflict.

Find out how to avoid making the mistake of missing a potential blessing

Have you ever misconstrued a conversation? It can happen when we hear only what we want to hear. Discover how Jacob’s family misinterpreted a God-given prediction, and almost missed the potential blessing! Learn how to avoid making the same mistake.

Discover how God can transform our identities

Names can stick with us for years. Perhaps you’ve had labels, nicknames, or reputations haunt you since childhood. Let's study why Jacob’s name made him an unlikely participant in God’s sovereign plan. Our study of Jacob continues.

Discover how what looks like favoritism is actually a sovereign plan to bless the entire world

There is an entire nation of individuals identified in Scripture as “God’s chosen people.” But where did this divine favoritism come from? Let's go back to the origins of Israel, and God’s promises to His people.

Find out if Jacob is the answer to a centuries-old riddle

A good mystery always leaves the reader in suspense, right up until the final page. Let's introduce a new study on the life of Jacob, from the perspective of a “whodunit.” Immerse yourself in the story.

How to be an advocate for peace

Caught up in a fight, it’s tempting to throw out accusations in order to win. But to bring a peaceful resolution, we really need to become advocates! Concluding our series on Abigail, and reflecting on how she prevented a deadly disagreement.

Perhaps you could use some help resolving a personal disagreement

Embroiled in conflict, it can feel like we’re held captive to our frustration, anger, and strong opinions. What we need is a good hostage negotiator! Let's look at Abigail as an example of biblical conflict negotiation.

How our participation can lead to a peaceful resolution

When we witness conflict, our first instinct is usually to stay on the sidelines. We don’t want to get caught up in the fight! Another biblical principle for conflict.

Let’s look at a story in First Samuel that proves we can reach a resolution in any conflict

Engaged in conflict, we may believe there has to be a winner and a loser. But is it possible to resolve a disagreement where everyone comes out on top?

The conclusion of the series on “The Wisdom of Peter”

In Second Peter chapter one we find a list of virtues that the apostle Peter says should be a growing aspect of every Christian’s life. There’s a fundamental characteristic underlying all of those sought-after virtues.

How those tough seasons in our lives give us a greater compassion for others

Nothing deepens your relationship with the Lord like having Him walk through a difficult situation with you. Perhaps you’re going through a tough time right now. The group shares how they've grown closer to God through the trials in their lives.

Discover how to experience God’s kind of patience in our daily life

Life has a way of pushing our buttons. People, pressures, and overwhelming priorities can really stretch our patience! We’re looking at Second Peter chapter one.