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VBS 2017: Digging for Treasure

Dig into a VBS thats all about Jesus parables and the treasure to be found in his words. At first, Jesus parables seem simple. But it takes listening and digging deeper to discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.

The Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed starter kit from MennoMedia comes with everything you need to help children dig deep into the parables and uncover truths about Gods constant love and care for them. Each days story and theme are rooted in the Bible and will help the parables come to life in age-appropriate ways through dramas, playing games, making crafts, sharing snacks, and other fun activities.

Order before January 31, 2017
and receive 25% off the starter kit.
Use code VBS2017 at checkout.

Christians Hope

When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted. Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christians budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American familywho raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

Very Married

Katherine Willis Pershey has never slept with the mailman or kissed an ex-boyfriend. Good thing, since shes married. But simply not committing adultery does not give you the keys to happily ever after, as Pershey has come to find out in her own marriage and in her work as a pastor. What is this sacred covenant that binds one person to another, and what elements of faith and fidelity sustain it? In Very Married: Field Notes on Love and Fidelity, Pershey opens the book on all things marital. With equal parts humor and intelligence, Pershey speaks frankly about the challenges and consolations of modern marriage. As she shares her own tales of bliss and blunder, temptation and deliverance, Pershey invites readers to commit once again to the joyful and difficult work of cherishing another person. For better or worse. For life.

Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts

Wrap yourself in the warmth of Amish and Mennonite quilts as you color through the pages of this interactive and meditative coloring book. Delight in some of the most treasured quilt patterns from plain communities, including favorites like Jacobs Ladder, Flying Geese, Sunshine and Shadow, and Double Wedding Ring. As you add your own creative touch to each coloring page, inspiring Scriptures on the facing page will remind you of Gods abiding and faithful love. Each beautiful quilt design also comes with historical information about the pattern to help you connect more deeply with this time-honored tradition. Perforated, high-quality paper makes it easy to color and share your artwork with others. Treasure time away from the rush and stress of life through the simple beauty of quilts.

More-with-Less Cookbook, 40th Anniversary Edition

How we cook can change the world.

With one small idea, a movement was born. The essential cookbook of simple eating and Christian compassion, More-with-Less has given generations of cooks basic, healthy recipes that are gentle on the budget and mindful of those who are hungry. This 40th anniversary edition preserves hundreds of timeless recipes and tips from Doris Janzen Longacres bestselling cookbook and offers updates by award-winning food writer Rachel Marie Stone.

Bread for the Journey

You feed your loved ones. But how do you nourish your soul?

Strengthen your relationship with God. Savor everyday moments. Deepen your faith. In this heartfelt book of meditations for women, the bestselling authors of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook series serve as friends and companions on your spiritual journey. The 90 daily devotionals provide morsels for inspiration and reflection, all drawn from Gods unending promises in Scripture. Interspersed throughout the devotional are favorite recipes, inviting us to extend our tables and share Gods blessing with others.

Breakaway Amish

I am the grandson of Bishop Sam Mullet, who was arrested for the Amish beard-cutting attacks. This is my story.

Beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in the middle of the night. Five incidents. Nine victims. How could members of a Christian tradition known for peace and forgiveness enact such violence? What could make members of one Amish group turn against other Amish? Here is an eyewitness account of the disturbing events at Bergholz, an Amish community gone awry. Yet redemption dwells even here, in the bravery and conviction of one who chose to break free.

The Gospel Next Door

As Christians, we pray for Gods kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. But what does that even mean? Would we recognize Gods kingdom if it moved in next door? Learn to see Gods work in your neighborhood, city, and the worldand learn how to join it. With stories from his own city of Houston, Texas, author Marty Troyer introduces a theology of place that empowers us to truly see the work of God where we live, work, and play. The Gospel Next Door unpacks the gospel through the lenses of following Jesus, making peace, and overcoming injustice. Those seeking to connect more deeply with the world that God so loved will find compelling stories and practical ideas for healing brokenness and imagining new life. Start living out the kingdom of God here and now.

Lord Willing?

Does Gods perfect plan really include this?

When her young son was diagnosed with brain cancer, Jessica Kelley couldn't stomach Christian clichés. Gods will? Divine design? The Lords perfect plan? In Lord Willing?, Kelley boldly tackles one of the most difficult questions of the Christian life: if God is all-powerful and all-loving, why do we suffer? For Kelley, this question takes an even more painful and personal turn: did God lack the power or the desire to spare her four-year-old son?

For those dissatisfied with easy answers to why evil and tragedy occur, Lord Willing? offers a refreshing, hopeful journey straight to the heart of God. Be prepared for something more beautiful, more pure, and more healing than you can dare to imagine.

Overplayed

As seen in Focus on the Family magazine.

David King and Margot Starbuck offer good news for Christian parents stressed out by these questions and stretched thin by the demands of competitive youth sports. Join King, athletic director at a Christian university, and Starbuck, an award-winning author and speaker, as they investigate seven myths about whats best for young athletes. Discover with them what it means to not be conformed to the patterns of the youth sports world. Listen in as they talk to other parents, pastors, and coaches about the peril and promise of childrens sports. Learn practical ways to set boundaries and help kids gain healthy identities as beloved children of Godboth on and off the field, and whether they win or lose.

Trouble I've Seen

What if racial reconciliation doesn't look like what you expected? In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. He argues that white Christians have repeatedly gotten it wrong about race because dominant culture and white privilege have so thoroughly shaped their assumptions. He also challenges black Christians about neglecting the most vulnerable in their own communities. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.


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