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Marriage

Now You're Speaking My Language is the anticipated paperback edition of Gary Chapman's 2004 Gold Medallion award winner, Covenant Marriage. This especially popular book from the multimillion selling author encourages husbands and wives to offer steadfast loyalty, forgiveness, empathy, and commitment to resolving conflict, thus encouraging each other in spiritual growth.

Quite masterfully, Dr. Chapman shows how communication and intimacy are key points in developing a successful marriage by focusing on these principles:

  • Lasting answers to marital growth are found in the Bible.
  • Your relationship with God enhances your marriage relationship.
  • Communication is the main way two become one in a marriage.
  • Biblical oneness involves sex, but also intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social oneness.

Words have incredible meaning, especially when they say what you mean. Make the most of your messages by learning The Language of Love. Written by best-selling authors Gary Smalley and John Trent, this companion to The Two Sides of Love shows how “emotional word pictures” can infuse understanding and intimacy into all your relationships.


Join Donald Miller as he talks with Dan Allender and Tremper Longman (Breaking the Idols of Your Heart, Intimate Allies) as they discuss Gods design for biblical marriage and address relationship questions.

Messianic Faith

“Read this book because you care about Jewish people. Maybe you have experienced new life in Yeshua and you want to share this Good News with a Jewish person you know. Perhaps you have a friend, a co-worker, or even a relative who is Jewish. You want to tell him or her the Gospel message---the best news you've ever heard. The news that God has provided atonement for sin. Perhaps you have known this person for years, but have not been able to discuss the Messiah. This book was written to help you share the love of Yeshua with His own Jewish people.” – Barry Rubin


Many believers feel broken and angry but don't think they can express these real feelings around others—or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us.

Author Brennan Manning encourages you to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept your identity as a child of God. Find the rest that you long for as you grow in character and accept His lordship.


In an instant, David went from being a skeptical Jewish columnist to a desperate seeker of Truth. The catalyst was an angelic visitation—a moment that marked him forever.

David’s quest spans numerous philosophies and religions, culminating with the Person of Yeshua – Jesus the Messiah. He is plummeted into a vigorous spiritual tug of war. Part of him is intrigued and fascinated by the Messiah, while another is plagued by guilt. How could a Jewish person like himself believe in Yeshua considering all the horrific acts that have been done to his ancestors in His name?

Author Ron Cantor, a gifted story-teller and authority on the Jewish Roots of the New Testament, takes you on an unforgettable tour of history as an angel supernaturally escorts David through the halls of time. You will soon discover that though atrocities have been committed in the name of Yeshua, the greatest crime of all may be against the Messiah Himself… a crime of identity theft.


The destiny of Israel and the Christian Church is bound together, evident in the Scriptures. Learning this truth is essential for survival.

Jewish Roots—A Foundation of Biblical Theology is an introduction to biblical theology from a Jewish contextual point of view plus practical evaluation and council for the Messianic Jewish communities and the Christian Church.

Jewish Roots presents the fundamentals regarding biblical theology, Israel and the Church, the Jewish people, the Messianic Jewish community, and much more. Important matters are discussed such as the relationship of law and grace, the role of the Spirit, and an approach to Judaism.

This new edition considers recent biblical scholarship and evaluates the progress of the Messianic Jewish community—a pulsating grass roots movement among Jewish and non-Jewish followers of Jesus of Nazareth who recognize and identify with their Jewishness. 

Messianic Judaism and Messianic Jewish biblical theol­ogy are significant not only to those who are part of Messianic Jewish congregations—indeed, because the destiny of Israel and the Church is bound together, Messianic Jewish theology has implications of great importance for all people worldwide.

Messianic Lifestyle

Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life. In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an "architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."

 


In this book, Rabbi Barney Kasdan, leader of Kehilat Ariel of San Diego, one of the largest Messianic congregations in the world, explains every holy day described in Scripture. He teaches about the major and minor holy days, ever mindful that he is writing to both Jews and Christians.

Beginning with the Sabbath, the first holy day revealed in Scripture, he writes about Passover, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, The Feast of Tabernacles, Hanukkah—the Festival of Dedication, and Purim, the special day given in the time of Queen Esther.

Each chapter offers historical background, traditional Jewish observance, relevance to the New Testament, prophetic significance, and a practical guide for believers, including recipes, songs, and crafts.

There are other books on the subject of the Feasts of Israel, but this one goes beyond them all. It is written by a Messianic Jew, a Jew who trusts Yeshua. Who better to explain God's Appointed Times?


Are the biblical/Jewish customs just for Jews? Or can Christians also receive blessings by observing them? This book explains how God’s appointed customs can be part of anyone’s lifestyle, Jew or Gentile. This is especially relevant to believers in the Messiah, since Yeshua himself observed them. God’s Appointed Customs is divided into two sections, Biblical Lifecycle and Biblical Lifestyle. Each chapter offers historical background, traditional Jewish observance, relevance to the New Testament, and a practical guide to help believers observe these customs within the context of a biblical lifestyle.


From the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Day of Atonement, to the symbolism of Pentecost, Firstfruits and more, this overview gives insights on how God's redemptive plan is unveiled through the Old Testament feasts, and how their symbolism is fulfilled in Messiah. Messiah in the Feasts of Israel also discusses the prophetic purposes of the feasts of Israel from a messianic viewpoint. It explains how the Jewish feasts are symbolic of Yeshua as the great high priest and perfect sacrificial lamb.

Messianic Heritage

In 1882 a Russian Jew named Joseph Rabinowitz traveled to Eretz Israel to explore the feasibility of a Jewish settlement there. He returned home, as Kai Kjµr-Hansen tells us, with a new-found faith: that Jesus was the Jews' brother and Messiah."

This remarkable book about a remarkable Messianic Jew is the product of some years of in-depth research by Kjµr-Hansen, who is the International Co-ordinator of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism and has lectured at the Free Faculty of Theology at Aarhus in Denmark. He has also served as a pastor in Jerusalem. He has combined zeal for Jewish evangelism with a high level of scholarship in the preparation of this book. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of Jewish missions

Parenting

Enter into a conversation with Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) and Dr. John Townsend (Boundaries) about parenting and what the Bible has to say about raising kids. This DVD explores how God designed parenting, why it is so challenging, and ultimately the rewards that come from the process of helping kids grow up.


In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni turns his sights on the most important organization in our lives—the family. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencioni realized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clients put into running their organizations and the reactive way most people run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of a frantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some of the tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and with surprising results. 


From the cradle to college, tell your sons the truth about life before they believe the culture's lies. For parents with boys newborn to eighteen, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son will be as much a part of the boyhood journey as those Legos you're still finding under the sofa cushions and the garage full of sports equipment. Award-winning youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms and dads pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in a boy's formative years. Fully addressing the dynamic social and spiritual issues and other influencers at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are:

  1. Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards; it's okay to be a man!
  2. What you don't learn to conquer may become your master.
  3. Not everyone's doing it! (And other naked truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.)
  4. Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's time to grow up!
  5. Godly men are in short supply-dare to become one!

The book also offers invaluable tips on having these conversations across the various stages of development: five and under, six to eleven, and twelve and up.


For mothers with girls ages zero to eighteen, Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter is indeed a must-have book. In it, bestselling author and youth culture expert Vicki Courtney helps moms pinpoint and prepare the discussions that need to be ongoing from cradle to college so their daughters will know the truth about life before they believe the culture’s lies.

To fully address the dynamic issues and influencers at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are:

  1. You are more than the sum of your parts
  2. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up
  3. Sex is great . . . and worth the wait
  4. It’s OK to dream about marriage and motherhood
  5. Girls gone wild are a dime a dozen—dare to be virtuous

The book also includes invaluable tips on having each conversation across the various stages of development: five and under, six to eleven, twelve and up.

Scripture Study

Is your life not turning out as you had hoped? Has God disappointed you? The trials of life test us to see if we will trust in the promises of God. On the surface, the book of Ruth would appear to be about friendship, and that certainly is one theme. However, more profoundly it is the story of people of Israel and the need for a Redeemer. God also desires to redeem your past, restore your future, so that you might find fulfillment in His gracious love!

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James: Mercy Triumphs - Leader Kit by Beth Moore will help you to facilitate this Bible study experience and contains all that is needed to conduct the 7 weeks of small group time. James, Yeshua's own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple. Bible scholars compare James to the prophet Amos. In other ways, James more closely resembles the Book of Proverbs than any other New Testament book. Topics in this study include: joy, hardship, faith, reversal of fortunes for rich and poor, wisdom, gifts from above, single-mindedness, the dangers of the tongue, humility, and prayer.

Beth is introducing a 5-tiered study approach that she has never done before.

  • Level 1: Watch the video sessions only.
  • Level 2: Watch the video sessions and do the homework each week.
  • Level 3: Watch the video sessions, do the homework each week, and, as you study, write out the entire Book of James.
  • Level 4: Watch the video sessions, do the homework each week, write out the Book of James, and complete the "What could I do to go deeper?" section each week. This section is written in collaboration with Beth's daughter Melissa.
  • Level 5: Watch the video sessions, do the homework each week, write out the Book of James, complete the "What could I do to go deeper?" section each week, and memorize the entire Book of James.

Chavurah Facilitators may check out the DVD's and Leader Resources through Michael Vowell. E-mail to reserve this study for your chavurah: michael.o.vowell@gmail.com.

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Join Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Children of the Day sheds light on the relationships shared by those who comprise the church. This Leader Kit will help you lead a study of Children of the Day for your chavurah. You'll find helps for planning and promoting the study and instructions for conducting nine group sessions.

As you and Beth lead, your chavurah will gain assurance their circumstances and conditions are not coincidental. God's timing is impeccable! Whether they're facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, they will receive encouragement for living an authentic life of faith now and hope for when Messiah returns.

"You are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." 1 Thessalonians 5:5

Features:

  • Interactive teaching video, each session approximately 1 hour in length 
  • Biblically rooted and gospel-­centered teaching
  • Leader material (Leader Guide available in Leader Kit or sold separately)
  • Personal study segments – 8 weeks with 5 days each
  • Beth's recitation of 1 & 2 Thessalonians with teaching and encouragement for memorization
  • Greek word studies included in homework
  • Interactive activities for the individual student as she completes homework
  • A 28-day challenge (beginning week 5) that your chavurah members may choose to participate in as they complete the final weeks of Bible study
  • Bonus DVD featuring Priscilla Shirer interviewing Beth
  • Contains subtitles for the hearing impaired

Chavurah Facilitators may check out the DVD's and Leader Resources through Michael Vowell. E-mail to reserve this study for your chavurah: michael.o.vowell@gmail.com.

 

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What does it mean to be “grafted in” to Israel, and where did Paul get that idea in the first place? Grafted In explores the Jewish theology behind the Pauline inclusion of the Gentiles and considers what it means to be a “Messianic Gentile.” Easy to read and inspiring, this book is an important correction for the Messianic identity crisis and an encouragement for Jewish and Gentile believers both.

From where does Paul derive his conclusions, and what does being “grafted in” mean? Grafted In is a book for Christians exploring their Hebrew Roots, for Gentiles in Messianic Judaism, and for Jewish believers seeking answers about Paul.


The Knowledge of the Holy by popular evangelical author and Christian mystic A.W. Tozer illuminates God’s attributes—from wisdom, to grace, to mercy—and in doing so, attempts to restore the majesty and wonder of God in the hearts and minds of all believers. A modern classic of testimony and devotion, The Knowledge of the Holy shows us how we can rejuvenate our prayer life, meditate more reverently, understand God more deeply, and experience God’s presence in our daily lives.


This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul, and Absalom. For the many believers who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. It is in all time favorite for leadership at Beth Messiah. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.


All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.

The Enemy always fails miserably when he meets a follower of Yeshua dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.

Features:

  • Bible Study Book includes 6 weeks of homework that can be completed between 7 group sessions
  • Includes leader helps and perforated prayer cards that can be used to develop a prayer strategy
  • Leader material (guides to questions and discussion with small group)

Chavurah Facilitators may check out the DVD's and Leader Resources through Michael Vowell. E-mail to reserve this study for your chavurah: michael.o.vowell@gmail.com.

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Do you want to live a life of true satisfaction and reward? In this expositional study on Titus 2:3-5, you will discover how to live a life according to God's calling and His design. Whether you are younger or older, you can fulfill your Divine purpose and calling as a woman, wife, mother, and friend. You will enjoy meeting women of the Bible like Hannah, Abigail, Lydia, and Tabitha who serve as an example to us. This book is meant not only to help you to grow and mature in qualities from Titus 2:3-5, but to equip you to mentor and disciple other women.

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Shoah

Flannery devoted his life to the reconciliation of Christians and Jews, and to the study of anti-semitism. In this book, "The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-Three Centuries of Antisemitism", he provided a thorough account of the history of the world's persecution of the Jews, without dwelling on the lurid details of the atrocities. He covers Pagan anti-Semitism in the Greek and Roman empires, the struggles between Judaism and the early church, Christian Anti-Semitism in the Middle Ages in the various countries of Europe, the age of the Ghetto, the rise of scapegoat Anti-Semitism in the modern, post religious world (particularly in Russia), leading to Hitler's New Paganism and the Holocaust, as well as economic/racial/social Anti-Semitism in America. In the end, Flannery reviews how things stand today.

Rabbi Vowell has said that this is a must read for anyone who cares about the Jewish people and cares about how to learn from the past to safeguard the future.


Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.


Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

Topical Studies

The adventure of your life awaits! With this classic book, recently update and expanded, Howard and Bill Hendricks invite you on one of the greatest adventures of your life--the journey through Scripture. In the Bible you can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with you. And no special skills are needed. If you can read, you can glean important insight from Scripture. "Living by the Book" will help you engage God's Word like never before. In simple step-by-step fashion, you'll learn how to: Observe. Let Scripture speak to you individually. Interpret. Develop the tools to properly understand biblical text. Apply. Learn how to allow Scripture to transform your life. "Start your journey today."

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Truth Matters is a perfect 8 part series for any chavurah wanting a well-reasoned response to the accusations that are most likely to appear in the lives of the people you meet with.This study addresses things like: What gives the Bible any authority or credibility? Where is God in a world full of suffering? Why should our faith be any more believable than any other religious system? And many, many more.

This is an easy to read yet loaded with meat and substance, this book is a level-headed reaction to those who equate faith in Yeshua with “blind faith,” even those whose subtle or stated goal is to separate people from their religious traditions. Readers will discover the kind of historical information and thinking skills that build a sturdy backbone of confidence in college students and adults in their workplace, making them able to defend by “reasoned faith” what the Bible claims as truth.

Loosely organized around the theological skepticism of New York Times bestselling author (and southern college educator) Bart Ehrman, this jam-packed counterclaim is a book that your chavurah members will be glad that you led them through and for some―a book that could prove a lifesaver for new followers of Yeshua and the more seasoned alike.

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