Top 10 Downloads of 2011

Top 10 Downloads of 2011

The Bible studies and Spiritual Formation e-Booklets you downloaded most in the past year.
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The coming New Year brings exciting opportunities and challenges with it, but let's not forget to reflect on what God has done in the past year. To that end, here's a look back at the 10 Bible studies and Spiritual Formation e-Booklets that were downloaded most from in 2011. If you didn't catch all of them the first time around, take a look at them now. You only have to download each study once and then can make as many copies as you need.

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Psalms: Managing Our Emotions
12-Session Bible Study
Emotions are both complicated and complex, both mysterious and mystifying. Even the experts are not sure what causes us to experience emotions. Both social science and neurobiology have tried, to no avail, to explain the origin of emotions. And for Christians, emotions can be troubling, frustrating, and untrustworthy. Some emotions seem deeply spiritual; other emotions seem downright sinful. God created us to experience emotions, yet there are still godly and ungodly ways to manage them. This study on the Book of Psalms will help you sort this out.

Going Deeper in Prayer
Spiritual Formation e-Booklet
if you've ever struggled with your prayer life, know that you're in good company. As you seek to grow in this area, this download will help guide you. In it, you'll find articles that will challenge and grow your understanding of prayer. You'll find insights to help you evaluate this aspect of your leadership, as well as advice for strengthening and revitalizing it. We've also packed plenty of other resources inside for you to go even farther in finding the prayer life you've always wanted. Remember, doubts and uncertainties may come and go, but as we press on we'll experience abundance—for the righteous find life by faith (Rom.1:17).

Knowing God
Spiritual Formation e-Booklet
This e-booklet focuses on developing intimacy with God. J. I. Packer, author of the book Knowing God, says that seeking God's truth "enlarges the soul because it tunes into the greatness of God." He tells how to lead people to shrink the self and exalt God, and how to practice repentance. Other articles discuss finding time for intimacy with God and involving both the heart and mind in the search for God.

The Minor Prophets: God Still Speaks Today
12-Session Bible Study
Be honest. When did you last read a book like Obadiah or Nahum? Or perhaps the better question is "Have you ever read Obadiah?" or "Where do I find Haggai?" The Minor Prophets form the last 12 books of the Old Testament. Theologian James Montgomery Boice comments on how the Minor Prophets dramatize the character of God as few other books do: "They highlight God's sovereignty … holiness … [and] love …. In the Minor Prophets, we will hear the voice of God speaking to us in a fresh way … as individuals and as a spiritual fellowship in the church."

How to Read the Bible
Christianity Today Bible Study
The Bible might be the world's least-read bestseller. Yet even if we manage to buck the tide and actually crack open this book, we have not yet overcome the disconnect. That's because we read it not as God's Word, allowing it to transform us on its terms, but because we approach it for what we can get out of it—or allow our academic bent to crowd out what God is saying to us. We need to read Scripture as God intends—in a believing community, looking to Christians who have grappled with these issues before, and with Christ at the center.

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