Sharing God's Heart for the Poor: A Personal or Small Group Bible Study

World Vision Canada
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  “God’s concern for the poor is no footnote in Scripture, no mere afterthought. It is a central pervasive theme.”

Author Amy L. Sherman explores this central pervasive theme in Sharing God’s Heart for the Poor. In this two-part Bible study for individuals or small groups, she guides us through a multitude of Scriptures that convey exactly how God both regards those in need and how he expects His followers to respond.

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Publisher
World Vision Canada
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Published on
Sep 12, 2016
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780921485414
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Social Issues
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