Summary: Christian, Bible-based books and free online Bible studies with information, instructions, help and advice. Cross-cultural advice on money, family (marriage and parenting), anger and jealousy. Also biblical self-help for anxiety, self worth, temptation and depression. Ideal for small group Bible studies.
Summary: Cross-cultural Bible-based books and free online small group Bible studies on marriage, anger, self-image, more.
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The meaning of humility in the Bible
Many people have the wrong idea about God, the Bible and humility, or being humble. They think being humble means groveling in front of others or thinking they are no good and others…
Should you love yourself first?
Multitudes of people, Christians included, go through life feeling discouraged, depressed, and unlovable. Understandably, they desperately want to escape a negative…
Discovering your purpose
Have you ever asked, “What is my purpose in life?” You aren’t alone. Many people go through life feeling discouraged about themselves and thinking…
If you were to read all the verses in the Bible dealing with money, you would find that a vast number of them are about generosity—giving to the work of the Lord and helping…
Questions for any Bible study
Have you ever read a few chapters of the Bible and not remembered anything you read? I have, and it has been frustrating. One thing that helps me remember is to…
Strengthen Your Marriage
with Doug Britton’s eight-book Marriage by the Book series
This series of eight practical, Bible-based books will transform your marriage. These cross-cultural books help individuals, couples, and small groups dig into the Bible and apply its ageless truths to marriage. Although “Marriage by the Book” is an eight-book series, each book stands as a complete book by itself. The books have numerous practical application questions, guidelines for small group leaders, and chapter-by-chapter group discussion questions. Read more about “Marriage by the Book.”
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Why should I forgive him or her? — Forgiveness brings healing to you as well to others
You are a child of God — Don’t take this for granted
Overcoming peer pressure — Part 1: Identify the problem
Overcoming peer pressure — Part 2: Please God, not others
Overcoming peer pressure — Part 3: Be an influencer, not an “influencee”
Overcoming peer pressure — Part 4: Live wisely
Communicate with Respect and Love — Allow God to control your words and attitude
Replace Irritation with Grace — Practice forbearance when you are irritated or upset
Love others as-is — Replace frustration with loving concern
Listen to deeply understand — “Listen” to emotions, not just words
Who is God — Part one: Understanding God’s nature — God is much more than a spiritual force, higher power, or inner light. This Bible study answers common questions people ask about the nature of God.
Who is God — Part two: Understanding God’s power — God is powerful. He created the heavens and earth, and he created you.
Who is God — Part three: Understanding God’s love and holiness — God is not impersonal. He loves you. (God showed us his love by making the supreme sacrifice.) He also is holy and judges sin.
Who is God — Part four: Understanding God by looking at Jesus — One of the best ways to understand God is to look at Jesus, since Jesus is in nature God himself.
Stop, Think, Pray when you are tempted or angry — Practical Bible-based steps to overcome sin and temptation. Revised and expanded May 2015.
Step-by-step small group and cell group meeting plan — Seven Steps for Christ-Centered Small Group Meetings
Is Jesus God? — Online Bible study on the divinity of Jesus
Bring your Bible study alive with good questions — These questions will get people in small groups thinking — and talking — about what the Bible says.
Guard your heart when helping others — Be a wise pastor, counselor, small group leader or friend
The Power in humility — Understanding the meaning of humility in the Bible
The Golden Compass — Understanding and responding to Philip Pullman’s well-written attack on Christianity
Did Jesus say to love myself before loving others? — The Bible does not say you should love yourself before loving others.
Legal liability issues in mentoring — Steps to minimize the risk of charges of negligence and the possibility of lawsuits
Resist sin by truly loving others — A study on true love
Anger at God — Is it a sin to be angry with God?
Guard your thought life — The road to sin starts in your mind. Get off the road before you travel too far.
Consider the consequences of sinning and not sinning — Understanding the results of sin versus the results of holiness can help motivate you to make wise choices.
Is this the end? The Mayan calendar stops December 12, 2012 (or December 21, 2012) — It’s not going to mean the end of the world … or anything else!
Be a generous person — Demonstrate generosity to your church, the poor, and the needy.
Acknowledge that God owns everything — Understanding God’s ownership changes how we look at money and possessions.
See yourself as God’s steward (or assistant) — Take good care of God’s possessions and money.
Do not take things personally — Escape the trap of hurt feelings.
“Marriage by the Book” — Eight-book Series
These cross cultural books are great for both individual and group study. Click on the books’ titles to read more about them.
Laying a Solid Foundation. When you learn and apply God’s foundational truths, you will begin to experience the joyful marriage and family God intends. Discover what it means to be “one flesh.” See how to apologize without making things worse. And learn how to focus on changes you should make instead of focusing on your spouse’s faults. Click here to learn foundational marriage truths.
Making Christ the Cornerstone. The Bible says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). This book gives practical guidelines about how to do this. As you follow these guidelines, you will center your marriage in Christ and enjoy his blessings. This book provides encouragement and help even if your spouse is not a believer or is unwilling to follow God’s instructions in the Bible. Click here to center your marriage in the Lord.
Encouraging Your Spouse Transform your marriage and family as you discover six key ways to encourage and build up your husband or wife. Learn how to serve wisely, express love, show appreciation, demonstrate respect and prize your spouse above all others. Click here to encourage and build up your mate.
Extending Grace to Your Mate. Learn how to respond wisely to your spouse’s faults, graciously deal with disappointments, and appreciate ways your mate does things differently than you do. Also discover how to conquer your anger and overcome jealousy and insecurity. Click here to see how to extend grace to your spouse.
Talking with Respect and Love. Couples often complain about their communication patterns. Either someone talks too much or too little. There are too many arguments, or there is never enough time to talk. Listening is a lost art. By following the biblical guidelines in this book, you will have conversations that are intimate and satisfying. And you will resolve conflicts as friends, not opponents. Click here for great communication in marriage.
Improving Your Teamwork. Discover the Bible’s beautiful picture of how a husband and wife can function as a team. Learn how to be a servant-leader. Plus, learn what “submission” means … and what it doesn’t mean. Learn how to make better decisions as a team than either of you could make alone. See how you can be like a couple competing for the Olympic gold medal in ice-skating: Create a partnership that brings beauty to your marriage—and inspiration to the world. Click here to enjoy teamwork and proper roles in marriage.
Putting Money in its Place. Handling money is tricky. That’s why there are so many verses about it in the Bible. As you discover and practice biblical principles and guidelines about finances, your attitudes about money and finances will change. And you will find yourselves living in harmony, free from debt. This practical book includes easy-to-use charts and budgeting forms that will help you get your finances under control. Click here for godly financial truths in marriage.
Celebrating Intimacy and Romance. Escape the world’s corrupting influences and experience a close friendship, as well as a pure, romantic and exhilarating sexual relationship. Learn how — and how not — to approach your mate for romance, and how to get the most out of your intimate times together. Also learn how to escape the pain and confusion that often comes from past experiences of sexual abuse or rape. Click here to enjoy great romance, friendship, and sex in marriage.
More Bible-based Books on Daily Living
Each of these Christian, Bible-based books provides information, advice, and help for daily living. The advice is both cross-cultural and scriptural, and is appropriate for individual study as well as group study. Click on each book’s title to read more about it.
Conquering Depression: A Journey Out of Darkness Into God’s Light. Do you feel “low” or mildly depressed much of the time? Or do you feel as if you are trapped in the bottom of a deep pit and think there is no way out? The numerous practical, biblical guidelines in this book will help you enjoy the joy and peace that Jesus promises. Click here to conquer depression and discouragement.
Defeating Temptation: Biblical Secrets to Self-Control. Whether your temptations are “minor” or life dominating, one thing is certain: You have them. These practical, biblical tools will help you become increasingly self-controlled and overcome the major sins in your life. Discover the joy and freedom that come from defeating temptation. Click here to defeat temptation and sin.
Getting Started: Taking New Steps in My Walk with Jesus. Learn practical biblical steps to take as you begin your journey with Jesus. See how to overcome doubts, be baptized, study the Bible, pray, share your faith and join a small group in your church. (Books can be customized for church orders of 100+ books.) Click here to take new steps in your Christian life.
Healing Life’s Hurts: God’s Solutions When Others Wound You. Many of us feel wounded by others. This can happen in church, with friends, and with family. Sometimes we take things wrong. Other times, people genuinely try to hurt us. Learn how to overcome hurt feelings and resentment — and how to have a victorious attitude whatever the circumstances. Click here to overcome hurt feelings and self-pity.
Overcoming Jealousy and Insecurity: Biblical Steps to Living without Fear. If you have trouble with jealousy and insecurity, you know these emotions can seem overwhelming. If you are married to a jealous or insecure person, you know the pain of these emotions from the other side. Regardless of your situation, this little book will help you discover freedom in Christ. Click here for victory over jealousy and insecurity.
Who Do You Think You Are? Do you sometimes feel like a failure or inferior to others? And have you found that trying to build up your “self-esteem” doesn’t help in a deep way? Discover what it means to be God’s child and to know his love, forgiveness and grace — and his purpose for your life. Click here for an accurate Christian self-image and self-concept (or “self-worth”).
Parenting Foundations: Nurturing with Insight and Disciplining in Love. Learn biblical guidelines for successful families. Discover tools to create a nurturing home, exercise authority effectively, overcome sibling rivalry, encourage responsibility, and develop children’s talents and intellect. Also learn how to guide children through the teenage years and prepare them for marriage and sex. Click here for effective, practical Christian parenting skills.
Victory Over Grumpiness, Irritation and Anger. If you have a problem with grumpiness, irritation or anger, you know how destructive these emotions can be, yet you may feel powerless to do anything about them. This book will help you learn biblical anger management tools and develop self-control. But it also will go deeper, helping you change inside as you grow in wisdom, grow in love, and learn how to live peaceably regardless of the circumstances in your family, job or elsewhere. Click here for victory over anger, irritation and grumpiness.
Examples of Free Online Bible Studies on the Family and Daily Living
Read and print free online Bible studies for advice on the family, marriage, sex, communication, money, anger, depression, self-concept and more topics. This scriptural information is ideal for personal use, group study, and adult Christian education classes(adult Sunday school). The following are examples of some of our many free online printable Bible studies. (Check our resources page to for all our online Bible studies.)
Antidotes to anger — How to avoid (or prevent) destructive anger
Burned By Church (Part one) — How to deal with disappointment with church leaders and others
Burned By Church (Part two) — How to deal with disappointment with church leaders and others
Counterfeit freedom — Freedom from God is counterfeit freedom
Encouraging words — The power of encouraging others with words of encouragement
“God’s love for me” — A personal Bible study on God’s love for us
Respect others — Even when other people don’t deserve respect
Small group leader’s self-evaluation — Guidelines to evaluate your small group (cell group) leadership
Spanking children and corporal punishment — Bible-based guidelines for parents
You have a purpose — Read God’s purpose for your life
8 chaves para um grande casamento — Eight keys to a Great Marriage (Portuguese)
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