Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

indianajonesHere’s a creative discussion guide based on the new Indiana Jones Movie.

Indiana Jones first cracked his whip in 1981, with Raiders of the Lost Ark. Almost three decades later, he’s back at it in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

This guide will help you consider some of the themes of the new Indiana Jones, such as knowledge, mystery, and nostalgia.

The three discussion scenes include:

1. — Knowledge: “I want to know everything.” (Genesis 3)
2. — Mystery: “We don’t want to go that way.” (Exodus 33:12–23; Colossians 2:2–3)
3. — Nostalgia: “Not as easy as it used to be.” (Psalm 77)

When you download the file you’ll receive a Bible-based guide for personal use or group discussion after the movie. The cost of the download is only $5.95. Check it out.

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From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

constantineHere’s an excerpt from a FREE article I received from The Teaching Company. I’ve purchased several of their materials which I highly recommend to those who like to study. View thier full catalog of more than 250 courses, check them out at: TEACH12.com. They do a good job of enhancing the enjoyment of lifelong learning. Enjoy!

Christianity was born within the Greco-Roman world, at about its midpoint, with the birth of Jesus, probably sometime around the year 4 B.C. It’s important for us to understand the birth of Christianity not simply by situating it within the Mediterranean at this time, but also within the context of religion in the Mediterranean at this time.

The vast majority of persons living in the Roman Empire were pagans, meaning that they were polytheists who adhered to various local and state religions, or as scholars usually call these religions, cults.

When you speak of a “cult,” you think of a kind of marginalized fringe group that is on the edge of sanctioned religion. When historians refer to “cults” in the ancient world, they aren’t referring to it in that sense.

“Cult” comes from a Latin term, cultus deorum, which means “the care of the gods.” Cults are simply forms of ritual worship. The vast majority of people in the empire were polytheists, then, believing in many gods, who participated in one or another of the many state or local cults, forms of worship.

To continue reading this FREE article, “From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity Lecture 2: The Religious World of Early Christianity” click here.

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The Bible Experience!

“The Bible Experience” provides an excellent method to enjoy the Bible by hearing it in dramatic form. If you don’t have much time to read, but want to “redeem the time” listen to the Bible on your the way to work, during lunch or while you are on the go. Remember you challenged yourself to read the Bible more? Well, here’s one way to keep that promise.


The most ambitious audio presentation of the complete Bible ever produced, Inspired By … The Bible Experience, is now the foundation from which daily inspirational podcasts are available.

Listen to Inspired By...The Bible Experience Daily Podcast

The daily podcast runs Monday-Friday through the end of the year. Each day features a 2-minute clip from one of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Inspired By…The Bible Experience is produced by Inspired By… Media Group and published by Zondervan. The daily podcast clips are edited by Westar Media Group.

If you have iTunes loaded on your computer, click to subscribe to the Inspired By…The Bible Experience daily podcast. If you don’t have iTunes, go to

The Bible Experience FeedBurner page to subscribe to an

RSS feed of the daily podcasts or listen online.

We hope these free daily podcasts will provide you with encouragement and growth in your spiritual life in 2008. Please share the news of these daily podcasts with your family and friends.

Visit the Inspired By…The Bible Experience feature page at www.zondervan.com/tbe for even more audio clips, behind-the-scenes videos, and information.

Bible Experience

Watch Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta, as they talk about their recording of the love story in Song of Songs

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ReDiscovering the Book

Download a FREE issue of “ReDiscovering the Book” Your online destination to explore new Bibles, reference works, educational programs, and more.

In this issue you will be able to:

* Discover New Tools for Bible learning and understanding

* Explore the rich history, literature and culture of biblical settings

* Successfully handle ministry challenges and

* Find out if distance education is for you.

You will also find a cool Bible quiz and a get a FREE Bible Study on the accuracy of scripture. Check it out.

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Download Free Ebooks @ the World eBook Fair!

Visit the World eBook Fair @ WorldeBookFair.org, July 4th to August 4th 2008 to download for FREE your selection of One Million eBooks. July 4th 2008 begins for Third Annual World eBook Fair. Their goal is to provide Free access for a month to One Million eBooks. Until then there is only small fee to access 1000’s of ebooks, check it out.

Project Gutenberg has over 100,000 electronic books available, and the target audience they have in mind is 1.5% of the world in this decade, and 15% of the world in the next decade.

Did you know that the first mass produced printed book was the Bible? Click here and here for more.

Don’t laugh, 15% of the world is already on the Internet now. . . . However, even at only 1.5%, that is 100 million people. Just 1/2 of the current United States population. . . . If we get the average one of those 100,000 eBooks to those 100,000,000 people we are targeting. . .that is TEN TRILLION eBOOKS!!!

Can you find anyone else even TRYING to give that much away??? If you think education is expensive, try eBooks! Project Gutenberg has never received even one million dollars in total donations over all these years yet has given away ONE TRILLION dollars worth of eBooks at just 10 cents a copy for 10 trillion eBooks.

Mark your calenders to visit the World eBook Fair, WorldeBookFair.org, July 4th to August 4th 2008 to download for FREE your selection of One Million eBooks.

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The Making of a Mentor

“Some people will lie, cheat, steal and back-stab to get ahead…
and to think, all they have to do is READ.” – Fortune

I recently started reading this book and have found it an excellent read. If you work with people this book is for you. It’s about “Nine Essential Characteristics of Influential Christian Leaders“. I’m challenged with the insights of both authors and am sure that you will find a couple areas that need some improvement as well.

Remember, readers are (most of the time) leaders and leaders are (definitely) readers. Read a good book lately? Let me know.

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Spice up the Sermon!

Someone once told me, if the congregation is falling asleep, wake up the preacher!   Here’s one way to spice up that sermon, bible study or fellowship.

SermonSpice.com provides sermon illustrations, background loops and countdowns but what I really like are their video clips. They are generally just a couple of minutes long and very powerful. They are not free but are well worth the small price, usually between $5. – $15. You can even search by topic and find exactly what you need to better illustrate your message.

God is a creative God so lets stir it up a bit and use all of the resources available to impact our visual society, the “M Generation” (M is for media).  They are multi-tasking, myspacing and using media everywhere.  This is one way to enhance your message.  We have used a few of these in my church and they do make an impact.  I’ve even connected my laptop to my home T.V. to view several clips.  It’s pretty cool.

Here are three short video clips I think can spice things up a bit. Welcome to our Church This one give a nice spicy welcome to your church. Footprints Revisited. This one is a funny tough-love version of the Footprints poem that makes a great point. This last one portrays life in the fast lane with no time for God.  If you have used SermonSpice let me know your experience.

Check out the spanish version of sermonspice.com Se habla espanol! Para todos mis hermanos en el Pueblo de Dios visite: http://espanol.sermonspice.com/ Ya tu sabes, siempre, listo para Cristo.

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