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Because of Bethlehem/He Chose the Nails (Dvd With Advent & Lent Study Guides)

Because of Bethlehem/He Chose the Nails (Dvd With Advent & Lent Study Guides)

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These studies reflect on Christ's incarnation and sacrifice, with four sessions for Advent and five for Lent. Included are two DVDs, two study guides, and links to free online resources.

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These studies reflect on Christ's incarnation and sacrifice, with four sessions for Advent and five for Lent. Included are two DVDs, two study guides, and links to free online resources.
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This video-based study includes one DVD for Advent and one DVD for Lent for a year-round study of Jesus' sacrifices for his worshipers.

Each year, the Christmas season compels people to ask the Christmas questions. What's the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? Of all the responses to these questions, there is one that stands out from the rest: Because of Bethlehem, God knows what it is like to be a human. When we talk to God about our challenges, our struggles, and our tough times, he understands, because he's been there. He's been here.

Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven. We have a Savior in heaven. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the king on the cross. Because he did, there are no marks on our record, just grace. Because of Bethlehem, we have the promise God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. We may forget him, but he never forgets us.

No day is accidental or incidental. No acts are random or wasted. Just look at the Bethlehem birth. A king levies a tax. Joseph is forced to travel. Mary, as round as a ladybug, bounces on a donkey's back. The hotel is full. The hour is late. The event is one big hassle. Yet out of the hassle, hope was born. Christmas reminds us that "everything works together for the good of those who love" (Romans 8:28). And long after the Christmas guests have left, the carolers have gone home, and the lights have come down, that promise endures.

Advent sessions include:

  • God Has a Face (chapters 2, 4)
  • Worship Works Wonders (chapters 5, 6)
  • God Guides the Wise (chapters 7, 8)
  • Every Heart Is a Manger (chapters 11, 12)

Every gift from God reveals his love. But no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. They came not wrapped in paper, but in passion. Not placed around a tree, but a cross. Not covered with ribbons, but sprinkled with blood.

Much has been said about the gift of the cross itself, but what of the other gifts? What of the nails, the crown of thorns? The garments taken by the soldiers? The garments given for the burial? Have we taken time to open these gifts? Jesus didn't have to give them, you know. The only act required for our salvation was the shedding of blood. Yet he did so much more.

The hill of the cross is rich with God's gifts. So let's examine them. Let's unwrap the gifts of grace as if---or perhaps, indeed---for the first time. And as we touch them---as we feel the timber of the cross and trace the braid of the crown and finger the point of the spike---we need to pause and listen. Perchance we will hear him whisper: "I did it just for you."

Lent sessions include:

  • He Chose to Be One of Us (Crown of Thorns)
  • He Chose to Forgive Us (Nails)
  • He Chose to Love Us Forever (Cross)
  • He Chose to Give Us Victory (Empty Tomb)

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Max Lucado

Max Lucado loves words - written, spoken - it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 65 million books filled with his words have been sold.

Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year awards - in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader's Digest magazine dubbed him 'America's Best Preacher' and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him 'America's Pastor.' The product line for 3:16 - The Numbers of Hope sold more than four million units worldwide, including one million units of the book of the same title (released in September 2007), making it the fastest selling Lucado product in his career.

His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.

Max's writings have been published in a wide array of formats including adult books, gift books, children's titles, Bibles, commentaries, calendars and devotionals. He is also the author/creator of Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends brand family, one of the most popular animated DVD series in the marketplace, with more than 5 million units sold to date. His words have also inspired a branded line of greeting cards and gift books for Hallmark/Dayspring that has sold more than 15 million copies since its 2001 debut.

Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters - Jenna, Andrea and Sara and one son-in-law, Brett.

Birth Place: San Angelo, Texas
Graduate: Andrews High School, Andrews, Texas
Advanced Degrees:
BA Mass Communications, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
MA: Biblical and Related Studies, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
Positions Held:

Associate Minister, Central Church of Christ, Miami, Florida
Church Planning Missionary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Currently serving as a Preaching Minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas

Teaching Ministry of Max Lucado
In 1991, Max Lucado was presented the idea of developing a radio broadcast that focused solely on Jesus Christ. As a result, the vision for UpWords Ministries was born. Since that time, 'UpWords, with Max Lucado' has changed from a 15 minute, daily feature to an inspirational one minute message. Today, UpWords is heard in over fourteen hundred radio markets around the world.

Along with the inspirational radio program, UpWords provides a comprehensive library of full-length CDs as well as many downloadable audio files of Max's weekly sermons delivered to his home church in San Antonio, Texas.

UpWords exists for the sole purpose of encouraging others to take one step closer to Jesus Christ. The staff of UpWords is prayerfully dedicated to this purpose and is constantly humbled to see God's hand at work.
- maxlucado.com

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  • Catalogue Code 441659
  • Product Code 9780310687283
  • ISBN 0310687284
  • EAN 9780310687283
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Ministry Resources
  • Sub-Category Courses
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Sep 2016
  • Sales Rank #44284
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 38 mm
  • Weight 0.353kg

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