Common Ground: Loving Others In Spite of Our Differences by Amberly Neese

Whether it is in politics, the professional world, a party, or a pew, we face conflict every day. As discussions get more heated and social media is deluged with opinion-spewing, hurt feelings, and broken relationships, we need hope and practical tools to navigate the tumultuous waters and live at peace with everyone.

Fortunately for us, the Scriptures hold the key to living at peace despite our differences in the stories of sibling rivalries in the Old and New Testaments. Amberly Neese explores four of these stories, combining personal experience, humor, hope, and her love of God’s Word to help us find common ground—even when we disagree.

Author Bio

AMBERLY NEESE is a national speaker/teacher, humorist, and all-around encourager who has won the hearts—and funny bones—of people all over the country, and who loves sharing the joy of Christ. She is a featured Aspire speaker and the main host/female comedian for Marriage Date Night, two popular Christian events that tour nationally. She is the author of two BIble studies, Common Ground and The Belonging Project, and one devotional, The Friendship Initiative. She and her husband have two children and live in Prescott, Arizona, where they enjoy the great outdoors, the Food Network, and all things Star Wars.

Endorsements

Amberly writes with pinpoint precision, diagnosing the heart of our relational conflicts through powerful biblical insights, humor, and raw vulnerability. —Barb Roose, author of Breakthrough: Finding Freedom in Christ and Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus

With her witty style and helpful calls to action, Amberly guides us toward personal growth and the unity desperately needed today within the body of Christ. —Melissa Spoelstra, author of The Names of God and other Bible studies and books

What a timely Bible study for a culture that seems so polarized and fragmented. —Mary Shannon Hoffpauir, author of Lose Control: The Way to Find Your Soul

Amberly guides us through four sibling relationships from the Bible to uncover obstacles and solutions for loving and living peacefully with other —Heather M. Dixon, speaker and author of Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment

Also Available from Amberly Neese

The Belonging Project: Finding Your Tribe and Learning to Thrive https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/the-belonging-project

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The Friendship Initiative: 31 Days of Loving and Connecting Like Jesus by Amberly Neese

We long for connection. Despite faster internet connections, better WiFi hotspots, and more ways to stay connected than ever before, our lives still feel less and less connected. We desire healthy friendships but feel less equipped to make and foster them.
In The Friendship Initiative, we dive into the friendships and connections Jesus made in the Bible and discover 31 keys for building relationships. Each devotion includes Scripture, a devotional reflection, practical application ideas, and suggestions for reflection and prayer.

 AMBERLY NEESE is a national speaker/teacher, humorist, and all-around encourager who has won the hearts—and funny bones—of people all over the country, and who loves sharing the joy of Christ. She is a featured Aspire speaker and the main host/female comedian for Marriage Date Night, two popular Christian events that tour nationally. She is the author of two Bible studies, Common Ground and The Belonging Project, and one devotional, The Friendship Initiative. She and her husband have two children and live in Prescott, Arizona, where they enjoy the great outdoors, the Food Network, and all things Star Wars.

 Endorsements

Amberly writes with pinpoint precision, diagnosing the heart of our relational conflicts through powerful biblical insights, humor, and raw vulnerability. —Barb Roose, author of Breakthrough: Finding Freedom in Christ and Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus

With her witty style and helpful calls to action, Amberly guides us toward personal growth and the unity desperately needed today within the body of Christ. —Melissa Spoelstra, author of The Names of God and other Bible studies and books

What a timely Bible study for a culture that seems so polarized and fragmented. —Mary Shannon Hoffpauir, author of Lose Control: The Way to Find Your Soul

Amberly guides us through four sibling relationships from the Bible to uncover obstacles and solutions for loving and living peacefully with others.—Heather M. Dixon, speaker and author of Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment

Also Available from Amberly Neese

The Belonging Project: Finding Your Tribe and Learning to Thrive https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/the-belonging-project

Disclaimer: We are affiliated with this author or publisher (site sponsor). 

Breakthrough: Finding Freedom in Christ by Barb Roose

Let go of feeling like you are not a “good enough” Christian and find freedom in Christ by studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians in Breakthrough by Barb Roose.

Have you ever felt that being a good Christian means you’ve got to follow a bunch of rules and measure up? If so, you aren’t alone! Even the believers in the early church struggled to let go of rule-keeping and performance in order to embrace God’s free gift of grace.

In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul pours out his heart and faith to set them straight, addressing so many of the same questions and problems we still face today, such as, “Why do you think you have to try to be perfect for God?” and “How do we stay free in Christ?” If you’ve ever struggled with these questions or felt trapped by rules or religion, this study will provide a path for you to find freedom in Christ as you learn how to:

  • break free from legalism and performance-based acceptance,
  • stop trying to measure up and embrace God’s grace,
  • distinguish between lies and truth,
  • discover “you can’t mess up God’s love for you,” and
  • cultivate and celebrate spiritual breakthroughs.

As you learn to walk in freedom, you’ll be a shining light of God’s hope and glory to the world around you!

Author Bio

Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author who enjoys teaching and encouraging women at conferences and events across the country, including the Aspire Women’s Events, SheSpeaks, and many more. She is the author of three books (Surrendered Devotional, Winning the Worry Battle, and Enough Already) and five Bible studies (Breakthrough; Surrendered; I’m Waiting, God; Joshua; and Beautiful Already). She blogs regularly at BarbRoose.com and hosts the Better Together podcast. Barb is the proud mother of three adult daughters and lives in Toledo, Ohio. Whenever possible, she prefers to eat dessert first.

Endorsements

Barb masterfully unpacks Galatians and equips women to stand firm in the gospel and break through the chains of legalism, pride, insecurity, and self-righteousness. -Marian Jordan Ellis, author of For His Glory: Living as God’s Masterpiece and founder of This Redeemed Life

Breakthrough beautifully reminds us of the power of the gospel to save, set free, and unify. Barb provides biblical depth while keeping the message of the gospel simple, leading us to a deeper love of God.- Mary Shannon Hoffpauir, author of Lose Control: The Way to Find Your Soul

As a recovering perfectionist, this study has grabbed my heart, as it will yours. If you’ve ever struggled to experience a spiritual breakthrough, this study is for you!  – Susan Kent, Worship and Community Growth Pastor, The Woodlands United Methodist Church

Also Available from Barb Roose

Bible Studies

Surrendered: Letting Go & Living Like Jesus https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/surrendered

I’m Waiting, God: Finding Blessing in God’s Delays https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/i-m-waiting-god

Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/joshua

Beautiful Already: Reclaiming God’s Perspective on Beauty https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/beautiful-already

 

Books

Surrendered: 40 Devotions to Help You Let Go & Live Like Jesus https://www.abingdonwomen.com/products/9781791007997

Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua https://www.abingdonwomen.com/products/9781501857843

Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty https://www.abingdonwomen.com/products/9781426789014

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Pursued: God’s Relentless Love For You by Jennifer Cowart

Pursued: God’s Relentless Love For You by Jennifer Cowart. We all want to be loved. We long to be desired, and pursued. It’s the story of your life and mine, and it’s the story we see throughout the Scriptures. Although there are many sub-stories in the Bible, there is really just one main theme: God’s relentless love for us! Throughout the Bible we see that God wants us to know Him, to love Him, and to live our lives in a relationship with Him.

In this six-week study, we will explore God’s great love for us from Genesis to Revelation through the stories of creation; the patriarchs and matriarchs of the faith; the judges, kings, and prophets; Jesus, our Rescuer; and New Testament encounters. And we will discover that although we have broken relationship with God, He runs after us anyway to bring us home. Get ready to dive into a great love story and discover that it is our story! 

Author Bio

JENNIFER COWART is Executive and Teaching pastor of Harvest Church. With degrees in Christian education, counseling, and business, she has been integral to the development of the Emerging and Discipleship Ministries at Harvest. Jen is a gifted Bible teacher and speaker and the author of three women’s Bible studies (Pursued, Fierce, and Messy People) as well as several studies co-authored with her husband, Jim, including The One and Living the Five. She and Jim love doing life with their kids, Aly, Josh, and Andrew.

Endorsements

My good friend, Jen Cowart, has done it again. With winsome language that feels like a handmade blanket and a cup of hot coffee, she gives us a safe place to explore both God’s delight and God’s call. Consider this a “rescue and recovery” manual, with a constant reminder that God comes after us because He loves us so. What could be a better message to let sink deep into your soul? —Carolyn Moore, Senior pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church and author of Supernatural and other books

Pursued assures us that God is crazy about us and pursuing us relentlessly! Th is helpful study brings us a renewed sense of God’s love and faithfulness, helping us locate our place in salvation history by showing how God has pursued us throughout the biblical narrative. We all need this beautifully written reminder to respond with joy to God’s relentless love. —Jessica LaGrone, Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of Th e Miracles of Jesus and other titles

Also Available from Jennifer Cowart

Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes https://www.abingdonwomen.com/bible-studies/messy-people 

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Dare to Hope by Melissa Spoelstra

In Dare to Hope: Living Intentionally in an Unstable World, Melissa Spoelstra, Bible teacher, author, and speaker, draws upon the hope-filled message in the Book of Jeremiah and her own Bible study Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World to examine six practical guidelines for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt by surrendering to God and putting hope in Him alone.

Learn more and read a sample chapter at www.AbingdonWomen.com/DaretoHope.

Also by Melissa Spoelstra

Bible Studies

Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World

Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season

Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More

First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree

Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness

 

Books

Total Family Makeover

Total Christmas Makeover

Author Bio

Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker (including the Aspire Women’s Events), Bible teacher, and author who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping others to seek Christ and know Him more intimately. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God’s Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of five Bible studies (Elijah, Numbers, First Corinthians, Joseph, and Jeremiah) and three books (Total Family Makeover, Total Christmas Makeover, and Dare to Hope). Melissa makes her home in Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.