When to Walk Away Gary Thomas
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When to Walk Away
When to Walk Away
Gary Thomas
SESSIONS TIME
1. Follow Jesus’ Example 22 MINS
2. Recognize Toxic People 21 MINS
3. Build a Good Offense 22 MINS
4. Create a Good Defense 22 MINS
5. Speak the Truth 20 MINS
6. Align with Christ 22 MINS

Jesus walked away from toxic people, and you should too.

In the Gospels, we read that when Jesus spoke a hard truth, sometimes the other person chose to walk away. Other times, the person asked Jesus to leave–and he complied. There were also times when people begged Jesus to stay, but he walked away so he could remain completely focused on the mission God had for him.

As Christians, we often feel the guilt and responsibility of meeting the needs of unhealthy people in our lives. Instead of attempting the impossible task of mollifying toxic people, it's time we dedicate our energy to the only worthwhile effort: completing the work God has given us by investing in reliable people.

Drawing from years serving as a pastor, Gary Thomas looks at biblical examples from the lives of Jesus, Paul, and Nehemiah to give you insightful, biblical takeaways that you can apply right away. You'll discover how to:

  • Learn the difference between difficult people and toxic people
  • Find refuge in God when you feel under attack
  • Discern when to walk away from a toxic situation
  • Keep a tender heart even in unhealthy relationships
  • Strengthen your defense and set healthy boundaries
  • Grow your inner strength and invest in reliable people

We can't let others steal our joy or our mission. It's time to follow Jesus’ example to walk away from toxic people and walk toward healthy relationships. And as we do, it frees us to focus completely on the purpose that God has established for our lives.


Designed for use with the When to Walk Away Study Guide, sold separately.


 
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Gary Thomas
Breathe new life into your marriage.

Millions of couples getting married have pledged to "love and to cherish", until death do us part." Most of us understand and get the love part... but what does it mean to cherish our spouse? Why do we say it once at the wedding and then rarely even mention it again?

In this six-session video Bible study, bestselling author Gary Thomas draws on personal stories and teachings from the Bible to show how cherishing can have a powerful effect on marriage. Learning to truly cherish each other turns marriage from an obligation into a delight. It lifts marriage above a commitment to a precious priority. Cherish is the melody that makes a marriage sing.

Many couples today survive by gritting their teeth and holding on. Or they find themselves just "going through the motions" in their relationship. But cherishing our spouse can reverse the pattern. Cherishing can breathe light, hope, and new life into a marriage- even one marred by neglect and disrepect.

Sessions include:

  1. To Love and to Cherish
  2. Your Honor
  3. Taking Your Marriage to the Next Level
  4. Cherishing Your Unique Spouse
  5. This Is How Your Spouse Stumbles
  6. Keep on Cherishing

Designed for use with Cherish Study Guide, available here: here

Ready to dive deeper into the Cherish message? Check out Cherish: The One Word that Changes Everything for Your Marriage, by Gary Thomas: here
SESSIONS TIME
1. To Love and to Cherish 20 MINS
2. Your Honor 25 MINS
3. Cherishing Your Unique Spouse 21 MINS
4. This Is How Your Spouse ... 22 MINS
5. Taking Your Marriage to the ... 23 MINS
6. Keep on Cherishing 24 MINS
Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.

Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, this video series based on Gary's book, A Lifelong Love, promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.
SESSIONS TIME
1. A Magnificent Obsession 29 MINS
2. Bigger Than You Think 27 MINS
3. Building a Marriage That Lasts 31 MINS
4. "I Do, and I Will." 32 MINS
5. The Spirituality of Sex 31 MINS
6. God's Design for Sex 48 MINS
7. Your Greatest Need 29 MINS
8. Love, Not Desire 23 MINS
Gary Thomas
What if you stopped looking for a "soul mate" and started looking for a "sole mate" - someone who will live out with you the great purpose of God? What if dating isn't about finding "the one" but making a wise choice so you can better serve the One who loves you most? What if God didn't design relationships to make you happy but to make you holy?

In The Sacred Search, Gary Thomas will transform the way you look at romantic relationships. Whether you are single, dating, or engaged, Gary's unique perspective on dating will prepare you for a satisfying, spiritually enriching marriage even before you walk down the aisle. As Gary reminds us, a good marriage is not something you find-it's something you make.
SESSIONS TIME
Trailer 1 MIN
1. Making a Wise Marital Choice 32 MINS
2. The Myth of "The One" 21 MINS
3. Driving a Punto 23 MINS
4. What Do You Mean by "Married"? 25 MINS
5. Why You Don't Want What You ... 30 MINS
6. Why You Don't Want What You ... 27 MINS
7. Sex and the Neurochemical War 22 MINS
8. Mercy Marriages 19 MINS
Gary Thomas
Everybody Needs The Essentials! That's what you get in this powerful entertaining series from Focus on the Family. Essentials of Parenting brings top childrearing experts into your home or church-with practical wisdom, honest confessions, and decades of experience.

Essentials of Parenting: The Power of Love shows you to enrich and enjoy the bond between your child and yourself. You'll also discover that when it comes to passing along your faith and values, a good relationship with your son or daughter is the sharpest tool in every parent's toolbox.
SESSIONS TIME
1. Not Just a Project 26 MINS
2. Depending on Dad 25 MINS
3. Mirrors and Buckets: Mom's ... 30 MINS
4. The Two Faces of Love: ... 28 MINS
5. The Two Faces of Love: ... 31 MINS
6. Preparing Your Heart to Parent 24 MINS
Gary Thomas
Learn to Confidently Teach Your Kids About God

Who is shaping what your kids believe?

In these busy, hectic days we take our kids to sports practices, games, music lessons, school tutoring and other activities to give our children the best opportunities for success. But what if we're missing the chance to teach them what matters most?

Our children can grow up smart, athletic, popular and polite but lack a vibrant relationship with Christ. The few hours they spend in church each week can be helpful, but it cannot nurture a faith in our kids that will withstand the trials that are on the horizon. Church alone cannot teach them, we must start at home. But many parents feel ill equipped to develop the faith of their children.

In these six sessions, we will explore biblical and tangible ways that parents—couples, single parents, blended families and grandparents—can build a legacy of faith for their children.

Each Bible study session includes interviews with everyday parents talking about their own doubts, fears and desires. Gary Thomas, Matt Chandler, and Kurt and Olivia Bruner provide powerful teaching that will help you give your kids what they need to build a solid framework for lifelong faith.
SESSIONS TIME
Trailer 3 MINS
1. Faith: It Starts At Home 38 MINS
2. Marriage: Your Children Are ... 27 MINS
3. Relationships: Your First ... 31 MINS
4. Truth: What Are Your Kids ... 26 MINS
5. Communication: Each Child is ... 26 MINS
6. Character: Preparing Your Kids ... 26 MINS
Gary Thomas

In this six-session small group Bible study (guide sold separately), Sacred Marriage, writer and speaker Gary Thomas invites you to see how God can use marriage as a discipline and a motivation to reflect more of the character of Jesus.

Your marriage is much more than a union between you and your spouse. It is a spiritual discipline ideally suited to help you know God more fully and intimately. Sacred Marriage shifts the focus from marital enrichment to spiritual enrichment in ways that can help you love your mate more. Whether it is delightful or difficult, your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God.

Everything about your marriage—from the history you and your spouse create, to the love you share, to the forgiveness you both offer and seek by turn—is filled with the capacity to help you grow in Christ's character.


Designed for use with the Sacred Marriage Study Guide.

SESSIONS TIME
Trailer 2 MINS
1. God's Purpose for Marriage: ... 24 MINS
2. The Refining Power of Marriage 13 MINS
3. The God-Centered Spouse 17 MINS
4. Sacred History 21 MINS
5. Sexual Saints 23 MINS
6. Marriage: The Love Laboratory 20 MINS
Matt Chandler
Aprende a enseñarles a tus hijos sobre Dios con confianza.

¿Quién está formando lo que tus hijos creen?

En estos días ocupados y agitados, llevamos a nuestros hijos a practicar deportes, juegos, clases de música, apoyo escolar y otras actividades para darles las mejores oportunidades para que tengan éxito. Pero ¿y si nos estamos perdiendo la oportunidad de enseñarles lo más importante?

Nuestros hijos pueden crecer inteligentes, atléticos, populares y educados, pero pueden carecer de una relación viva con Cristo. Las pocas horas que pasan en la iglesia cada semana pueden ser útiles, pero no pueden alimentar una fe en nuestros hijos que resista las pruebas que están en el horizonte. La iglesia sola no puede enseñarles, debemos empezar en casa. Pero muchos padres no se sienten capacitados para desarrollar la fe de sus hijos.

En estas seis sesiones, exploraremos maneras bíblicas y tangibles para que los padres, parejas, padres solteros, familias ensambladas y abuelos puedan construir un legado de fe para sus hijos.

Cada sesión de estudio bíblico incluye entrevistas con padres comunes que hablan sobre sus propias dudas, temores y deseos. Gary Thomas, Matt Chandler y Kurt y Olivia Bruner brindan una enseñanza poderosa que los ayudará a darles a sus hijos lo que necesitan para construir un marco sólido de fe que dure para toda la vida.

Seis sesiones en video:
Sesión 1: Fe: empieza en casa (38 min.)
Sesión 2: Matrimonio: sus hijos ¡los están viendo! (27 min.)
Sesión 3: Relaciones: tu primer prioridad (31 min.)
Sesión 4: Verdad: ¿qué están aprendiendo sus hijos? (26 min.)
Sesión 5: Comunicación: cada hijo es único (26 min.)
Sesión 6: Carácter: preparar a los hijos para el mundo real (26 min.)

Esta serie incluye 8 historias reales, 6 ejemplos filmados de actividades familiares nocturnas y 6 ejemplos originales que incluyen:

• Las pruebas ayudan a construir una confianza más profunda
Matt Chandler, pastor principal de The Village Church, cerca de Dallas, y su esposa, Lauren, comparten cómo el Señor ha expandido su fe y los ha hecho vivir más intencionalmente tras enterarse del tumor cerebral maligno de Matt.
• Arriba/Abajo
Esta actividad familiar nocturna ayuda a los niños a entender que Dios hizo por nosotros lo que nosotros no podíamos hacer por nosotros mismos.
• Visor mágico
En este conmovedor ejemplo, el visor mágico de un niño lo ayuda a ver momentos importantes del pasado de su familia. Este clip animará a los padres a ser intencionales a la hora de criar a sus hijos.


SESSIONS TIME
Tráiler 3 MINS
1. Fe: empieza en casa 38 MINS
2. Matrimonio: sus hijos ¡los ... 27 MINS
3. Relaciones: tu primer prioridad 31 MINS
4. Verdad: ¿qué están aprendiendo ... 26 MINS
5. Comunicación: cada hijo es ... 26 MINS
6. Carácter: preparar a los hijos ... 26 MINS
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