Cast of Characters: Lost and Found: Encounters with the Living God

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Common people. Maybe you heard their names in a childhood Sunday school class. They're not often the champions or the go-to sermon illustrations. They probably didn't stand at the foot of the cross or even hang next to Jesus on one of their own. But they pepper the pages of the Bible, reminding us that we're not alone.

Just like you and me, these ordinary people stumbled and struggled. They faced their own sin and came face to face with a God who not only wipes it away, but also makes the common extraordinary. They discovered that an encounter with the living God changes everything.

Dive into the lives of more than twenty of the Bible's most compelling characters through inspirational selections from the writings of bestselling author Max Lucado. An ideal companion volume to Cast of Characters, this book features a whole new cast and the encouragement from their stories.

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The Unshakable Hope group Bible study provides groups of all sizes the opportunity to discuss and apply what they experience during the twelve-week Unshakable Hope church campaign.

In this 12-week study, bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado reveals how the heroes in the Bible came from all walks of life. They were rulers, servants, teachers, doctors. They were male, female, single, married. Yet one common denominator united them: they all put their faith in God's promises. Because of God's promises, Noah built an ark on dry land, Abraham went to a distant land, Joshua claimed the Promised Land, David became king, Peter preached the first sermon, and John caught a glimpse of the future.

The stories of the men and women in Scripture were different, but the theme was the same: they were people of the Promise. Since the beginning of time, God's relationship to humankind has been shaped by specific requirements and promises. These covenants were unchangeable decrees that defined the outflow of history. Some of the promises were positive, the assurance of blessings. Some of them were negative, the guarantee of consequence. But all the promises were binding.

This world has a tremble to it. There are things that seem unsteady in this life. But when we belong to God, it allows us to filter our problems through the promises of God. When crises arise, we can simply mutter, "But God said…" When struggles threaten, we can be seen flipping through the Bible, saying, "I know that God said something about this." When we choose to be people of the promise, we choose to build our lives on promises of God not the circumstances of life.

It is through the great and precious promises that we participate in the divine nature of God. They sit like golden stones in the pathway to God's world. They are strong boulders that form the bridge over which we walk from our sin to salvation. They aren't just great, they are "very great"; and they aren't just valuable, they are "precious." To bind them around our neck is to adorn ourselves with the finest jewels of the universe. As Dwight Moody put it, "If you would spend a month feeding on the precious promises of God—you wouldn’t be going about complaining how poor you are. You would lift up your head and proclaim the riches of His Grace, because you couldn’t help doing it."

Sessions include:

You Are Stamped with God's ImageGod Will Win the VictoryYou Are an Heir of GodYour Prayers Have PowerGod Gives Grace to the HumbleGod Gets YouJesus Is Praying for YouThere Is No Condemnation in ChristDeath Has Been DefeatedJoy Is Coming SoonYou Will Have PowerGod Will Right All Wrongs

Designed for use with the Unshakable Hope Video Study (9780310092117), sold separately.

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Publisher
Thomas Nelson
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Published on
Mar 12, 2012
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780849964015
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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