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Miracles

The Listener & The Gifted 2-in-1
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In a world of doubt, disillusionment, and disbelief--it's time for miracles!

For all who believe in the unseen comes this gift of Miracles--two stand-alone stories now together for the first time. You'll savor these stories from award-winning, best-selling author Terri Blackstock that reveal how thin the wall really is between heaven and earth . . . and how God remains a God of miracles even today.

The Listener--Something strange happened to Sam Bennett this morning. He is hearing the thoughts of other people. The waitress at the coffee shop. The elevator operator in Sam's office building. His wife, his secretary, even his pastor. Simply by looking at them, Sam can hear their hearts' deepest needs. Is he going crazy . . . or about to experience a miracle beyond his wildest dreams?

The Gifted--Three friends rescued from the rubble of an earthquake are just glad to be alive. They soon realize, however, that something much more miraculous happened during the earthquake . . . something supernatural. Understanding their newly acquired powers is difficult enough. But when the gifts suddenly vanish, even greater questions arise about the origin and obligations of these miraculous gifts from above.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

The Listener

Read the three parables in Luke 15. What was Jesus trying to show in these parables? If you could sum them up in one sentence, what would it be?

  1. How do these parables relate to you?
  2. If you are a Christian, how should you respond to these parables?
  3. Read Ezekiel 3. What does this passage mean to you?
  4. Even though we can't hear the voices of souls crying out, what are some ways we can understand people's needs?
  5. Think of times you've missed opportunities to share Christ with others. What could you have done differently? Rehearse those conversations the way you wish they had gone so you'll be prepared the next time an opportunity arises.
  6. Look up Acts 4:18-20. Do you feel the way Peter and John do about telling people about Christ?
  7. Think about the people with whom you've come into contact in the last few days. What needs might they have had? Did the Holy Spirit give you an impression of those people?
  8. Rehearse a conversation in which you might have met their needs.
  9. Why are some Christians (you? me?) so reluctant to share their faith?
  10. Read the Great Commission, Matthew 28:19-20. How important were Christ's last words before ascending to heaven?
  11. What do you think Jesus meant when he said, "And lo, I will be with you, even unto the end of the age"?
  12. What do you think is everyone's deepest need? Are you able to fill that need?
  13. Even though you don't have the gift of hearing the voices of people's souls, how has the Holy Spirit gifted you to meet their needs?
  14. Read Romans 10:14 and 15. Do you have beautiful feet?
  15. Pray to God to give you the courage and the words to take His good news to a hurting world.

The Gifted

  1. Merriam Webster's Dictionary defines "ministry" as "a person or thing through which something is accomplished." Applying that definition to the Christian faith, I would add that Christian ministry is "a person or thing through which something is accomplished to further Christ's kingdom." What have you done lately to further the kingdom of Christ?
  2. In your church, are there two groups--those who serve and those being served? Which group are you in?
  3. What are some excuses people use for not getting involved in ministry?
  4. Some believe the paid ministers in your church are the ones who should do all the work in furthering the Kingdom. Read Ephesians 4:11-12. What does Paul say the ministerial staff are supposed to do? Who is supposed to do the actual "work of service"?
  5. List the attributes of those in your church who seem to do everything. For instance, are they compassionate? Are they merciful? Do they have special skills? What makes them better suited for ministry than other? Are they really better suited, or are they just more willing?
  6. Read Romans 12, then list the gifts in this passage. Do your gifts fit into any of these categories?
  7. What crises or trials in your life might have prepared you for helping others?
  8. What would a "spiritual triage" look like in your church?
  9. Are there examples in your church, or in you area of ministry, where you've seen your fruit bearing fruit?
  10. What attributes in your personality or skill sets could help further the kingdom of Christ?
  11. At the end of your life, what would you like to have accomplished? Write an obituary of your life, the way you'd like for it to be read. Then ask God to help you live that kind of life.

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Miracles : The Listener & The Gifted 2-in-1, Terri Blackstock
  • Miracles : The Listener & The Gifted 2-in-1, Terri Blackstock

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In a world of doubt, disillusionment, and disbelief--it's time for miracles!

For all who believe in the unseen comes this gift of Miracles--two stand-alone stories now together for the first time. You'll savor these stories from award-winning, best-selling author Terri Blackstock that reveal how thin the wall really is between heaven and earth . . . and how God remains a God of miracles even today.

The Listener--Something strange happened to Sam Bennett this morning. He is hearing the thoughts of other people. The waitress at the coffee shop. The elevator operator in Sam's office building. His wife, his secretary, even his pastor. Simply by looking at them, Sam can hear their hearts' deepest needs. Is he going crazy . . . or about to experience a miracle beyond his wildest dreams?

The Gifted--Three friends rescued from the rubble of an earthquake are just glad to be alive. They soon realize, however, that something much more miraculous happened during the earthquake . . . something supernatural. Understanding their newly acquired powers is difficult enough. But when the gifts suddenly vanish, even greater questions arise about the origin and obligations of these miraculous gifts from above.

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Publication Date March 11, 2008
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595545115
ISBN-13 9781595545114
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"