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Parable

published 9/21/2014
“Parable,” an award-winning film produced for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, is being made available on VHS and DVD by EcuFilm, the ecumenical media distribution service of United Methodist Communications. The allegorical film portrays the Passion of Jesus through the story of a circus clown who both comforts his fellow performers and disrupts their lives. In true mime fashion, “Parable” has no actor dialogue or subtitles, although it includes a musical track. Set in authentic circus ...

Parables from the Back Side: Bible Stories with a Twist Vol 1

published 9/21/2014
Offers a new understanding of twelve of Jesus' parables by viewing them through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. Chapter titles: When the Good Samaritan Is Bad News; God Called a Party, but Nobody Came; The Timid Soul; The Seasons of the Soil; The Sad Story of the Embarrassed Farmers; Love Always Wins...Sometimes; Why Doesn't God Like Religious People?; Pardon My Insistence; The Prodigal Who Stayed at Home; A Case for the Un-hired Hand; Moses and the Fig Tree; I Wish I Could Sell ...

Parenting: The Early Years by Les and Leslie Parrott

published 9/21/2014
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott are best selling authors who have sold over one million copies of their books, which includes their best-selling and Gold-medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Les and Leslie Parrott are passionately devoted to Christ and have been featured on Christianity Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, Focus on the Family, The New York Times and have even made their way on to Oprah. Many parents today are wondering, “Do I have what it takes to be a good parent?...

Pounding on the Door and Shouting, 'We Saw Him!'

published 9/21/2014
Pounding on the Door and Shouting, 'We Saw Him!' 27:39 mins By Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs Jr.

Praying In the Midst of Life Series

published 9/21/2014
The series leader, Ron Del Bene, is a best-selling author of books about prayer. Responding to our yearning for a deeper relationship with God, this series touches both heart and mind while offering practical suggestions for deepening one's spiritual life in a chaotic world. 20-23 mins each; Leader's Guide Tape 1: Our Questions About Prayer Tape 2: Finding God Tape 3: Knowing God's Will Tape 4: Praying the Scripture Tape 5: Learning the Breath Prayer Tape 6: Retreating At Anytime

Prodigal Perspectives

published 9/21/2014
featuring Chris Seay includes three award-winning short films by Jason Hildebrand Guilt, shame, entitlement, bitterness, grief-stricken ... our relationships with others surface a variety of feelings. In these three sessions, viewers will experience the Prodigal Son story of the Bible through the eyes of the younger son, the elder son and the father as performed in separate, dramatic films by professional actor/writer, Jason Hildebrand. After each short film, Chris Seay will walk us through the ...

Seven Ways of Christian Formation Inspired by the Jewishness of Jesus

published 9/21/2014
Mudhouse Sabbath DVD: Seven Ways of Christian Formation Inspired by the Jewishness of Jesus Designed to be a course in Christian formation. This resource will challenge you to: Encounter the Jewish context that nurtured Jesus; Explore spiritual practices of hospitality, mindful eating, prayer, fasting, mourning, sabbath and doorposts; and deepen your Christian faith by incorporating these things into your life. Running time: 65 mins. Comes with her book on this subject.

Invitation to Romans: Short-Term Disciple Bible Study

published 9/20/2014
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Romans in Christian tradition. Some of the great formers and re-formers of church teaching were themselves formed by their reading of Romans. As a result, Paul's teachings in Romans come to us mediated through the history of the church's interpretations of his letter. The challenge of reading Romans, then, is to learn to have our own interpretive conversation with the text itself, in spite of centuries of commentary on the text. One of the aims of ...

Invitation to the New Testament: Short-Term Disciple Bible Study, DVD Set

published 9/20/2014
8-week, indepth, high commitment Bible studies are modeled after the basic design of Disciple Bible Study. The study will not require training for the leader and will be based on weekly group meetings of one to one-and-one half hours. A two-part video segment will guide the session with interpretive presentations from biblical scholars, contextual presentations, and roundtable discussions. (2005) One Leader's Guide, one Participant's Book [if you want to order more Participants Books, call ...

Invitation to the Old Testament: Short-Term Disciple Bible Study, DVD Set

published 9/20/2014
Set 8-week, in-depth, high commitment Bible studies are modeled after the basic design of Disciple Bible Study. The study will not require training for the leader and will be based on weekly group meetings of one to one-and-one half hours. A two-part video segment will guide the session with interpretive presentations from biblical scholars, contextual presentations, and roundtable discussions. (2005) One Leader.s Guide, one Participant.s Book [if you want to order more Participants Books, call ...

Irresistible Invitation: Cultivating Joyful Giving in Your Church

published 9/20/2014
You're invited to experience a whole new approach to stewardship: Irresistible Invitation: Cultivating Joyful Giving in Your Church is a church-wide program that your church family to become partners in the gospel, this journey into Gods extravagant love will renew individual members and unite your church in a fresh commitment to giving and service. This program kit contains all the tools needed to plan and conduct a successful forty-day campaign.

Isaiah

published 9/20/2014
Isaiah. This composite work is derived from material of three distinct eras in the history of Israel. While compiled many centuries ago, this book of the Bible provides valuable lessons for our lives today. (The Efird Bible Study Series)

Israel-Palestine: The Peoples of the Land

published 9/20/2014
This DVD was created to assist those leading the Israel-Palestine Study. Local United Methodists portray various Palestinian and Israeli characters and some of their religious, political, and social perspectives. The dialogue is taken from the text (Appendices pgs. 186-190). Mission Study, 2007-08

Jacob's Ladder, episodes 1-7

published 9/20/2014
Teens journey to Bible times and experience wisdom for today. 1. Gideon, Reluctant Hero 2. Gideon, Warrior by Faith 3. Naomi and Ruth 4. Ruth and Boaz 5. The Invitation-Hannah 6. Samuel's Destiny-Part 1 7. Samuel's Destiny-Part 2

James: Brother of Jesus?

published 9/20/2014
Examine the artifact that some experts are saying is the most important religious discovery since the Dead Sea Scrolls. The James Ossuary is an ancient stone burial box that was discovered in October, 2002. Other ossuaries are found with some regularity in the Middle East. But no others bear this inscription, written in ancient Aramaic: "James, Son of Joseph, Brother of Jesus." Predictably, the James Ossuary has sparked excitement and controversy since the moment it came to light. Historians and...

Jesus the Christ

published 9/20/2014
Through the accounts of the Apostle Matthew, this presentation follows Jesus through the cities of Judea and bears witness to the world-changing events of His life and teachings. 130 minutes.

Jesus' Jerusalem

published 9/20/2014
Noted archeologists and stunning computer graphics help re-create the Holy City as it would have appeared in Jesus' lifetime. See Jerusalem as it appeared 2,000 years ago. Experts use clues from the Bible and other ancient documents to recreate the ancient city. Extraordinary computer graphics bring the Biblical Jerusalem to life. Every year, tens of thousands of pilgrims travel to Jerusalem to trace Jesus' footsteps. But since his death, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt more than 20 ...

Jesus: His Life

published 9/20/2014
From the miracle of his birth, to the dramatic circumstances of his death and the lasting power of his words, A&E Biography examines on of history's greatest and most enigmatic figures. 100 mins

Judas: Traitor Or Friend?

published 9/20/2014
He was one of the 12 apostles, one of the elect. Yet for 30 silver coins, Judas Iscariot turned on his teacher and closest friend. Historians, psychologists, theologians, and religious scholars investigate Judas's childhood, his relationship with Jesus, and his monumental decision that would characterize him for all time. Did Judas believe his betrayal would force Jesus to display his divine power and thereby prove he was the Messiah? Or was he acting on directives given by Jesus to fulfill a ...

Keep Climbing

published 9/20/2014
DVD kit SHOT ON THE HIGHEST SUMMIT IN EUROPE Also featuring I AM SECOND interviews with: Brian Welch (founder of KoRn), Jason Witten (NFL Pro-Bowl Tight-End), and Michelle Aguilar (Winner of the Biggest Loser). Life is hard. We pray and ask God to help, but many times it seems like hes not there. We know God can perform miracles, yet our problems often remain. Is God listening? Does God care? In these four sessions, Todd Phillips leads a team to Russia to climb Mount Elbrus, the tallest ...

Leadership from the Heart: Learning to Lead with Love and Skill

published 9/20/2014
 (Leader Kit- Book, DVD) Leadership from the Heart is a ten-session group study that leads adults through key areas of Christian growth, servant leadership and team building.

Lives for Sale: A Documentary on Immigration & Human Trafficking DVD

published 9/20/2014
First aired on Public Television and the Hallmark Channel, this harrowing film goes beyond the rhetoric to show why immigrants are willing to risk everything, even virtual slavery, for the American Dream. While politicians, activists and the media wrestle with the thorny issue of immigration, Lives for Sale exposed the painful, rearely see human side of illegal immigration, especially the growing black market trade in human beings. The documentary also looks at the same practical alternatives ...

Living the Good Life Together series: Attentiveness: Being Present A Study of Christian Character in Community

published 9/20/2014
 (DVD Kit) Are you to busy for God? It sounds sacrilegious, but tha'ts how many of us feel. In this study, authors Susan Pendleton Jones and L. Gregory Jones help us examine our busy lives and learn how to be present with ourselves, with each other, and with God.

Living the Good Life Together series: Discernment: Acting Wisely

published 9/20/2014
 (DVD Kit) Living the Good Life Together: A Study of Christian Character in Community is a unique series 12-week studies in which you will explore key features of Christian character and then, as a group, apply those learnings in daily life.

Living the Good Life Together series: Hospitality: Risking Welcome- A Study of Christian Characters in Community (DVD Kit)

published 9/20/2014
Living the Good Life Together: A Study of Christian Character in Community is a unique series of 12-series in which you will explore key features of Christian character and then, as a group, apply those leanings in daily life.

Living the Good Life Together series: Intimacy: Pursuing Love- A Study of Christian Character in Community (DVD Kit)

published 9/20/2014
Do you wish to be closer to God? Many of us feel that way and long to do something about it. In this study, M. Garlinda Burton explores how, as Christians, we can experience intimacy with God, with ourselves, and with others.

Living the Questions

published 9/20/2014
is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another in exploring what's next for Christianity.

Making Marriage Work: A Biblical look at Marriage

published 9/20/2014
4 DVD set with leader guide. Twenty couples share their deepest struggles, conflicts and misconceptions about marriage. This includes a four part video series of Biblical and practical tips to cultivate a healthy and happy marriage and 2 follow up study sessions. DVD Episodes: 1. Myths The belief in a happily-ever-after marriage is one of the most widely held and destructive myths. This episode will help take the unrealistic expectation/misguided assumptions out of marriage. Couples will learn ...

Mary of Nazareth

published 9/20/2014
Though she is rarely mentioned in the Gospels, she is doubtlessly the most important and most revered woman in biblical history. 50 mins

May the Kings Bring Gifts--All Kings!

published 9/20/2014
May the Kings Bring Gifts--All Kings! 24:42 mins by Rev. Dr. Mouzon Biggs Jr.

Momentum for Life Planning Kit

published 9/20/2014
All of us are leaders in our families, our communities, our workplaces. Now comes a set of resources that instills principles in us to sustain a life of faith, balance, and purpose. Based on the book, Momentum for Life, Revised Edition, by Mike Slaughter, participants in this study will learn five crucial disciplines that will propel them forward into Gods promised future for their lives. Leaders guide, group session dvd, participant dvd journal, workbook

More Than One Right Answer

published 9/20/2014
More Than One Right Answer by Dewitt Jones reminds us that its usually easy to find one right answer. The challenge; however, lies in finding new answers and angles. It is amazing what we can discover when we look for multiple right answers to our problems and challenges. This short film is designed for any organization looking to open peoples minds to new ideas and ways of thinking. It could be a meeting opener, or a tool to generate conversation. Concepts from the film include: Why It Matters ...

24 Hours That Changed the World

published 9/19/2014
No single event in human history has received more attention than the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. In this book, Adam Hamilton guides us through the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. Each chapter is designed to help the reader experience and understand the significance of Jesus' suffering and death in a way you have never done before. Adam Hamilton

A Journey in Mission: United Methodist Women.

published 9/19/2014
A Journey in Mission: United Methodist Women. DVD/CD set. Introduces the United Methodist Women and the organizations mission work with women, children and youth. Promotes United Methodist Women's mission through stories, videos, photos and resources. Inspires participation in United Methodist Women's mission outreach. Provides resources needed to communicate mission stories. Ties United Methodist Women's historical mission commitment to the organizations current mission program. 2006 DVD/CD ...

A World Unbroken: Hope and healing for a Shattered World

published 9/19/2014
Learn how to show display Christlike healing attributes to a broken world. Guide your students into living out the story of God on their campuses, in their communities, and around the world. Journey through seven episodes of the Bible: Create, Broken, Promise, Presence, Satisfied, Mission and Restored. This comprehensive DVD has 7 animated short films that visually depict the story of God through the Bible. Also included on this DVD is a seven-week curriculum that uses the videos as a discussion...

Baptism in The United Methodist Church

published 9/19/2014
Have you heard everything there is to know about baptism? Think again. This new resource is the perfect teaching aid about the sacrament of baptism. It covers topics such as these: " Why our understanding and practice of baptism change over time " Why we should use more, rather than less, water when we baptize " Why Jesus" baptism was about more than the forgiveness of sins " Why there is no preferred age (infant, youth or adult) for baptism This DVD contains five segments: 1. For all ages"...

Be There. Be Hope.

published 9/19/2014
A DVD celebrating United Methodist Committee on Relief ministries made possible by gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing. -Justice for Our Neighbors, In-Depth View of immigration—7:25 minutes -Justice for Our Neighbors, Turning Lives Around on immigration—4:25 minutes -U.S. Hurricane Recovery—4:04 minutes -World Hunger—3:14 minutes

Beginnings 2: The Spiritual Life

published 9/19/2014
Beginnings: The Spiritual Life (10 sessions) and looks at characteristics of those who follow Christ.

Beginnings 3: Longing to Belong

published 9/19/2014
Beginnings: Longing to Belong, (10 sessions) emphasizes the communal life of Christianity.

Black Methodism: Legacy of Faith

published 9/19/2014
Explores the history of African Americans in the United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations. Concludes with comments on the future mission of Black United Methodist Churches. 28 mins (1995)

Bless Our Children

published 9/19/2014
The story of one congregation's efforts to include sexual-abuse prevention in their children's religious education. Practical approaches to educating parents and teachers are offered & issues of cultural diversity are addressed. 40 mins (1993)

Boundaries In Marriage

published 9/19/2014
This eight session video kit from authors Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend apply the powerful biblical and relational principles, so couples can make a good marriage better and even save one that's headed for disaster. Exercises and activities in each of the sessions help partners connect principles with marriage-strengthening application. Gain life-changing insights on: What boundaries are, why they're vital to a healthy marriage, and how each partner can establish them; How values form ...

Breaking the Code

published 9/19/2014
An eight-session study produced for laypersons by biblical scholar Bruce Metzger (Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton Theological Seminary). An exciting, easy-to-understand commentary on the Book of Revelation which provides solid scholarship that is sensitive to various theological viewpoints. In easy-to-follow sessions, it provides users visual background to help make sense of the imagery in the Book of Revelation (video sessions vary from13-17 minutes. ...

Bringing Peace and Harmony to the Blended Family

published 9/19/2014
Where everybody feels at home. Six 25-minute lessons 1. Before all of us say "I Do"-Preparing for the challenges and rewards of blending families. 2. With these kids I thee wed-What to do when you're including more than two. 3. Blending without colliding-Working together to build a home where everybody wins. 4. Surviving the birth order blender-How your unique birth order affects your relationships. 5. Same language, different dialect-How to communicate so both spouses will listen and keep on ...

Celebrate Whats Right with the World

published 9/19/2014
Do you have a vision for your organization? More importantly, do you have one for yourself? A vision that gets you excited every morning and keeps you open to possibilities. Celebrate What's Right With The World teaches you what a powerful force having a vision of possibilities can be. This inspirational training program utilizes stunning photography and powerful dialogue to help viewers approach their lives with celebration, confidence, and grace.

Children of the Nakba

published 9/19/2014
For Palestinians, the events between 1947-1949 are remembered as a time when Israeli military forces destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages and expelled between 700,000 and 900,000 Palestinians from their lands—about 85 percent of the Palestinian population at that time. These 4 refugees have lived exiled from their land since then. Today Palestinians represent one-third of the global refugees and internally displace population. Learn about the Palestinians who call these events the "Nakba," an...

Christianity and World Religions

published 9/19/2014
The opening session deals openly and honestly with questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths. In the sessions on Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, Hamilton interviews a religious leader from that tradition and includes the taped comments in his remarks. He treats the world religions with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each and then comparing and contrasting them with ...

Christianitys Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why (Kit- DVD, Book, Leaders Guide, Pastors Guide)

published 9/19/2014
This video study, based on Adam Hamiltons book Christianitys Family Tree, presents a welcoming, inspiring vision of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. Comparing the Christian family to our own extended families, Hamilton contends that each denomination has a unique, valuable perspective to offer on the Christian faith.

Circle of Care: Testimonials

published 9/19/2014

Circle of Life

published 9/19/2014
Native American study, 2008 School of Mission study
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