Happy Easter! Free ebooks on Freebie Friday (April 18, 2014)

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Free ebooks on Freebie Friday

Happy Easter! All of the following were free ebooks at the time of this post. Please double check the price to make sure it is still free before you purchase it.

Free ebooks – Easter edition

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The Action Bible Easter Story (Action Bible Series)

by Doug Mauss (Editor), Sergio Cariello (Illustrator)
Publisher: David C. Cook (February 20, 2014)

You have a new way to share the true story of Easter with your children: The Action Bible Easter Story.

This Bible booklet is easy for kids to understand, as illustrations from Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello bring the story of Jesus to life. Parents, see how easily you can teach your children about the miracle of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection using this tool. Churches, The Action Bible Easter Story is the perfect resource for Sunday school teachers and families.


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Crucify!: Why the Crowd Killed Jesus

by Timothy J. Stoner
Print Length: 233 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (April 10, 2014)

On Sunday they jammed the streets celebrating his arrival. But on Friday they were screaming for his blood.

What prompted this stunning reversal? Why did this man’s followers and friends demand his death?

Crucify! reveals the motive behind the most heinous murder of all time. Timothy J. Stoner mines the Gospels to expose Jesus’s secret agenda and uncovers his dangerous and provocative mission. Is there something about this young Rabbi that we have failed to understand or appreciate?

Answering these questions raises another—one that is more troubling: If we’d been there, would we have joined with the scandalized crowd crying Crucify?


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Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection

by J. Warner Wallace
Print Length: 22 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (March 1, 2014)

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17).

The resurrection. As far as doctrines go, it’s a game changer. Many accept the resurrection without giving it much thought. But isn’t something so important worthy of our wrestling with it? What if we approached the issue of the resurrection in an unbiased manner and assessed it as a cold case detective would evaluate a crime scene? Author J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case detective. He also used to be an atheist. Follow along in this brief presentation of his approach in applying his detective’s expertise to the accounts of the resurrection. Wallace believes the case is nothing but compelling: Jesus is alive!


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Hell Is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)

by Brian Jones
Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (August 1, 2011)

Does hell matter? Pastor Brian Jones wants readers to know the truth.

Jones believes that the reason most Christians don’t tell their friends about Jesus has nothing to do with not knowing how—it’s because they don’t think they need to. As Jones writes, the first four years he was a pastor, he didn’t believe in hell himself. Today, he shares his story of discovering the truth that hell exists—and why many Christians are afraid to believe in it.

Hell Is Real motivates Christians who have grown complacent in their view of hell. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, Jones leads readers into a head-on collision with apocalyptic urgency—the all-consuming, inspiring conviction that will overcome readers when they realize that hell is real and they can help save people from going there.


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Warrior Poet: Before David Was King-A Novel

by Timothy J. Stoner
Print Length: 360 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781411807
Publisher: David C. Cook (February 4, 2014)

What happened before David became a notorious lover and conquering king?

Meet young David as he struggles with prodigious gifts and crushing weaknesses. Inspired by the Biblical story, Warrior Poet offers a new look the “man after God’s own heart.” A man whose words in the Psalms continue shape lives and faith today.

Feel the crunch of sand under your feet. Hear the roar of enemy armies as this novel sweeps you to ancient Israel. Walk alongside David as he faces his most famous enemy, is captivated by a princess, and hears God’s call on his life.

Warrior Poet brings this hero of the faith to life. Let his story inspire your own.


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C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired

by Christopher Gordon (Author), Wyatt North (Author)
Print Length: 132 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1622781376
Publisher: Wyatt North Publishing, LLC (February 13, 2014)

A man of reason and vigorous discourse, and a renowned professor of literature and philosophy, C.S. Lewis, always “Jack” to family and friends, never shied from intellectual debate, and through his written works encouraged others to wrestle with the difficult questions of faith.

A master of visual illustration and allegory, Lewis wrote with the intuitive understanding that his readers wrestled with the same questions about the Christian story, about pain, suffering, and notions of Heaven and Hell, as he himself had wrestled. He also understood that others found reason and imagination to be incompatible aspects of an understanding of God and the universe.


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Ezra Overview: Rebuilding the Temple

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Ezra overview

EZRA OVERVIEW

In any worthwhile endeavor there are challenges to face and obstacles to overcome. For the exiled Jews returning to their homeland and rebuilding their destroyed Temple, there were challenges and obstacles a plenty.

Ezra overview templeLaying the foundation went well enough. Then came the discouragement of hostile neighbors and government interference which quickly brought the work to a halt. It took the rousing preaching of some bold prophets of God (Haggai and Zechariah) to motivate the people to continue the work and complete the Temple.

When Ezra the priest arrived on the scene, he soon realized that the intermarriage of the people with their godless neighbors had destroyed their moral foundation. As one, the congregation confessed their sins, repented, and experienced a great revival in their worship of God.

EZRA OUTLINE

Author: Ezra
Date: 536 B.C.
Theme: Rebuilding the Temple

Ch. 1-6 Rebuilding the Temple
Ch. 7-10 The Ministry of Ezra

JESUS IN EZRA

Jesus claimed that the entire Old Testament of the Bible spoke of Him (Luke 24:27; Luke 24:44-45), so a valid and valuable exercise in all Bible study is to search each chapter for references to Christ. Below are listed a few of the “Jesus spottings” in this Ezra overview:

  • Jesus is the Cornerstone of a living temple – the church (Ephesians 2:21).
  • Both Ezra and Jesus were lovers of God’s Word.
  • Ezra helped the people return to God; through the cross, Jesus made a way for people to be able to come to God.

Ezra overview imageEZRA KEY VERSES

  • Ezra 1:5 Then rose up the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the LORD that is in Jerusalem.
  • Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. (one of my all-time favorite verses)
  • Ezra 8:22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.”

EZRA IN MY LIFE

  • Equal sacrifice – “according to their ability they gave” (Ezra 2:69).
  • The negative crowd – the people allowed their neighbors to discourage them (Ezra 4:4).
  • Fully Rely On God – Ezra did not ask the pagan king for assistance because he wanted to be a witness of God’s protection (Ezra 8:22).

EZRA INTERESTING FACTS

  • Ezra and Nehemiah (and possibly The Chronicles) were once a single scroll. Translators later divided the books. Some translations even list them as 1&2 Ezra. The final verses of 2 Chronicles are identical the the first verses of Ezra.
  • Ezra’s name means “helper,” and he evidently saw his mission as helping people live for God.
  • Ezra 1:1 refers to a prophecy by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:12; Jeremiah 29:10) that the Babylonian captivity would last for 70 years.
  • Ezra 3:13 says that “the sound was heard far away” – not a very quiet worship service!

WHAT TO READ NEXT

(Ezra overview recommended resources)

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

What does your name mean? Do your name fit your personality or character?  What do you see as your mission in life?

(Ezra overview follow up questions)

Great Movies for Holy Week

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Cinema has the power to move us with images and sounds that can evoke deep emotion in the viewer. Among the many ways to prepare spiritually, here are some great movies for Holy Week that can be part of your and your family’s own celebration and remembrance.

Great Movies for Holy Week

Great Movies for Holy Week The Bible: The Epic Miniseries

This 10-part miniseries meets the overwhelming challenge of bringing the story of the Bible to film in a way that embraces modern technology and makes the stories seem relevant and fresh to today’s audiences. The Bible was truly a project of passion for executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. By focusing on hope and love as the string of continuity throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, Burnett, Roma, and the writers and filmmakers have created a powerful series about a historical text that’s at once action film, adventure, and even love story.

The Passion of the Christ (Widescreen Edition)Great Movies for Holy Week

The Passion of the Christ focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.

The Miracle Maker – Special EditionGreat Movies for Holy Week

The greatest story ever told comes to life in spectacular clay animation. THE MIRACLE MAKER: THE STORY OF JESUS will raise your faith to new heights. Featuring the voices of an all-star cast, Christ’s ageless tale unfolds around the story of a family seeking help for an ailing daughter. When they cross paths with an extraordinary carpenter named Jesus, the family’s faith is put to the test as the father is torn between allegiance to the king and the desperate need for the miraculous powers of God. Don’t miss this blessed opportunity to witness firsthand the power and the glory of the kingdom of heaven in your own home.

Jesus of NazarethGreat Movies for Holy Week

Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey. Franco Zeffirelli creates an unforgettable portrait in his legendary interpretation of the life of Jesus. James Mason, Anthony Quinn and Anne Bancroft are included in the all-star cast. 2 DVDs. 1977/color/6 hrs., 22 min/NR/fullscreen.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (Special Edition)Great Movies for Holy Week

George Stevens’ epic production. “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” It is towards this climactic crossroads that the story of Jesus of Nazareth leads, and to which, at the final moment, it again looks back in triumphant retrospect. It is the anguishing crossroads where the eternal questions of faith and doubt become resolved.

Ben-HurGreat Movies for Holy Week

After his boyhood friend Messala’s fanatic loyalty to Rome makes him a powerful enemy, Judah Ben-Hur is found guilty of an attempted murder he did not commit. His family is banished and he is enslaved on a warship. Through his ferocity in a raging sea battle, he is able to escape and become a horse trainer. To exact his revenge, Ben-Hur decides to compete against Messala in the Roman chariot races. They race, locked in a battle to the death. Barely surviving, Ben-Hur forsakes the sword for Christ and finally finds redemption. Winner of a record 11 Academy Award, including Best Picture and Actor (Charlton Heston).

The RobeGreat Movies for Holy Week

The first movie ever filmed in CinemaScope, THE ROBE was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1953, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Richard Burton. Burton stars as Marcellus, the Roman centurion charged with overseeing the crucifixion. But when he wins Christ’s robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross, his life is forever changed.

Wine of Morning DVD – Unusual Films – Bob JonesGreat Movies for Holy Week

This low budget university production depicts the life of Barabbas, the criminal released instead of Jesus. The strong screenplay follows Joel from his pre-zealot days through his struggle against the Roman occupiers, and his life-changing encounter with the Son of God. Here is good storytelling from a storied, independent, Christian film production company.

The King of Kings (The Criterion Collection)Great Movies for Holy Week

With this silent-era spectacle, Cecil B. DeMille cemented his reputation as the master of the biblical epic. DeMille tells the story of Christ’s life and Passion with great attention to historical accuracy, along the way paying homage to the religious illustrations of Da Vinci and Doré, and, in a modern flourish, restaging Christ’s resurrection in luminous Technicolor.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

What movies would you add to this collection?

(Great Movies for Holy Week follow up question)

Free ebooks on Freebie Friday (April 11, 2014)

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Free ebooks on Freebie Friday

All of the following were free ebooks at the time of this post. Please double check the price to make sure it is still free before you purchase it.

Free ebooks

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Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God

by Mike Erre
Print Length: 242 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434705374
Publisher: David C. Cook (April 1, 2014)

In Astonished, Pastor Mike Erre calls Christians away from simplistic formulas to honest and rugged faith in the mysterious and unpredictable God. God is more about deepening the mystery of faith, not removing it. Jesus should get bigger the longer we walk with him. Life and faith should grow to be more profound and wondrous, not less.

In Astonished, you will see how we are far more comfortable with tips, steps and techniques for living, than we are with ruthlessly trusting the mysterious God of the Bible. God asks us to follow him into tension, frustration, and difficulty because he wants our trust, not just our intellectual agreement. He calls us to seek Him even as we live in awe of all that is yet to be known about Him.

Astonished is an invitation to question in a culture that wants answers, to wonder in a world with little mystery left, and to believe in what is unseen and find it beautiful.


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Hearts Awakening (Hearts Along the River Book #1)

by Delia Parr
Print Length: 354 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764206702
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2010)

With no means to support herself, Ellie Kilmer agrees to work as a housekeeper for the young widower who lives on Dillon Island, hopeful she can obtain a proper reference. But Jackson Smith quickly realizes that Ellie’s presence may solve his own problems–both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When a marriage of convenience is offered, Ellie is initially humiliated. Though she is past the age most women marry, she has more pride than to agree to his outlandish suggestion. Yet what options does she have? To marry would mean a home and stability. So despite the rumors circling Jackson and his first wife, Ellie accepts this unlikely proposal…


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Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words (In Their Own Words)

a selection of quotations edited by Lisa Rogak
Print Length: 184 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932841717
Publisher: Agate B2 (September 17, 2012)

Whether you’re interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors, Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century’s titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America’s greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world’s curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.


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31 Days To A Minimalist Budget: How A Minimalist Budget Can Cut Your Spending, Save More, And Get More Enjoyment Out Of Life

by Ben Night
Print Length: 60 pages

Learn the secret to cultivating and creating good financial habits in 31 days. Equip yourself with the steps necessary to manage your budget, income, and expenses. The 31 day method is a practical, realistic plan based on a minimalist philosophy that can help you actively obtain your personal and professional goals. Modify your plan to reach financial stability and choose the amount of time that you spend each day. Most days require 15 – 30 minutes of work, but can always vary depending on your situation. Stay dedicated to these simple methods and you’ll find results right around the corner. So start your journey in discovering a minimalist budget and download this invaluable resource today!


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Weekend Breakfast Ideas: Ideas for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays or Any Weekend Morning

by Dennis Weaver
Print Length: 65 pages

Is Valentine’s Day coming up and you don’t know what to do for that special someone? Do you have an anniversary coming up soon? How about Mother’s Day? Or is it just a lazy Saturday morning and you want something delicious for breakfast? This E-book can help with all of these situations.

You’ll see multiple ideas for breakfast in bed, french toast, pancakes, scones, muffins and other great breakfast foods. Are you in the mood for breakfast for dinner? Great! These recipes are good for that too!


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