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Before You Say I Do, Revised

by Todd Outcalt

You've planned every detail of your wedding, but have you planned your marriage? This updated third edition of Before You Say "I Do" will help every bride and groom discover what they need to know about themselves, each other, and their marriage--before the wedding. Featuring questions designed to inspire in-depth conversations between you and your future spouse, this book also invites parents, friends, future in-laws, clergy, and children from previous marriages into the discussions to offer their own perspectives. Together, couples are encouraged to explore their life histories and experiences, their hopes and dreams, and their views on love, children, religion, work, and politics, to find both common and uncommon ground on which to strengthen the foundation of their marriage.

Common Ground

by Todd Outcalt

As the spice maker's cabinet is full of many herbs, so should a scholar be full of Scripture, Talmud, and Legend--an ancient Jewish proverb This reference to legend--or the teaching tales used by the sages--is a remarkable testimony to the power of story and its place in the history, development, and culture of a people. Legends have helped people understand one another, and offer a context for utilizing ancient beliefs in new ways. A Common Ground is an eclectic volume of the greatest legends of the world including those from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and more, along with a discussion on why these stories still matter today. The tales featured demonstrate how seemingly disparate beliefs share common ideas and concerns that are more similar than they are different, helping readers to see the world around them with a fresh perspective. These stories and parables attributed to saints and sages will offer inspiration for those who desire to live a life of generosity, understanding, and hope. As the book brings together the most marvelous teachings of the world's great faiths, readers will discover new points of conversation and understanding. Likewise, this collection of stories from voices as diverse as Tolstoy and Lao Tzu, from Buddha to Jesus, create a beautiful tapestry of teaching that can be applied to contemporary problems and personal choices

Ready-to-Go Fundraisers

by Todd Outcalt

Ready-MadeFundraising Packages . . . Just Add Youth Group FULLY LOADED All Youth Fundraising Activity Options, Extras, and Side Items IncludedThese ready-made fundraising packages are completely accessorized with everything you need to easily prepare and smoothly execute youth ministry fundraising activities that utilize youth participation. You can spend less time on planning activity details, and more time directly involving your teens.These plans cover every detail for you. Think of the convenience. Think of all the up-front prep time you can save.The unique benefit of the Ready-to-Go series is that these activity materials go beyond merely offering ideas. Ready-to-Go resources, instead, provide fully developed activity and event plans. These allow the youth leader to host youth activities of substance and quality, with a minimal up-front time investment. It's like offering a baked cake, instead of a cake recipe and ingredients. Or offering a fully-assembled ready-to-use playground set, instead of loose components in a box, with assembly instructions. Ready-to-Go Fundraisers provides youth ministers with a variety of fun and effective fundraising ideas, including - . . . old standards and digital-age alternatives. . . from embarrassingly simple to exhaustingly complex. . . projects that foster fellowship and community to projects that have a global impactThis resource includes a chapter on grant-writing, by longtime Abingdon writer Todd Outcalt, and a CD-ROM loaded with spreadsheets, fliers, forms, and other useful resources.Just add youth.

Ready-to-Go School's Out

by Todd Outcalt

One of the biggest challenges in youth ministry is finding effective ways to minister to teenagers during school breaks and summer vacations--those times when the usual routines of education and structure aren't there. Families are vacationing. Youth groups get smaller. And very often youth ministry takes a noticeable dip in attendance and excitement. Ready-to-Go School's Out!: Youth Ministry Ideas for School Breaks and Summer Vacation by Todd Outcalt is a book that can help. Here youth workers can find support and practical ideas that can help them minister to teens during the "down times" such as: · Fall & Spring Breaks · Summer Vacation · Christmas Break · Special Days such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving · New Years Eve Ready-to-Go School's Out! will be a welcome addition to the youth leader's arsenal of resources. It includes learning activities, outings, games, worship services, and suggestions for the busy youth worker--in addition to renewal activities for tired youth leaders--all collected in one resource.

Ready-to-Go Youth Group Activities

by Todd Outcalt

Ready-Made Event Packages ...Just Add Youth Group FULLY LOADEDAll Options, Extras & Side Items IncludedThese ready-made event packages are completely accessorized with everything you need to easilyprepare and smoothly execute fun and instructive youth activities. You can spend less time on planning event details, and more time directly engaging your teens.These plans cover every detail, even laying out hour-by-hour schedules for you.Think of the convenience. Think of all the up-front prep time you can save. The unique benefit of the Ready-To-Go series is that these activity materials go beyond merely offering ideas. Ready to Go resources instead provide fully developed activity & event plans. These allow the youth leader to host youth events of substance & quality, with a minimal up-front time investment. It's like offering a baked cake instead of a cake recipe & ingredients. Or, offering a fully-assembled ready-to-use playground set...instead of loose components in a box with assembly instructions. This book features 101 ready-to-go lessons that Youth Leaders can use in a Sunday School setting, in youth meetings, or retreats. It also contains meeting ideas and lessons that can be utilized quickly and effectively when the need arises. Ready-to-Go Youth Group Activities includes -- Meeting starters Short Bible studies Test worksheets Fliers Parable studies with skits Games Small events with little or no prep time Meeting closers A scripture index. All materials are reproducible.Ready-To-Go resources are equipped with event themes that target contemporary issues teens face in the real world. These relevant messages are delivered with impact, through coordinated devotional plans, discussion frameworks, and captivating activities. All the event accessories you need, down to publicity fliers and parental forms are included. Just add youth.

Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget

by Todd Outcalt

Start Your Marriage with Money in the Bank, not Bills in the Mail. In a world where the average wedding costs around $30,000, a realistic plan for a dream wedding no matter what your budget. Many couples are unnecessarily going deeply into debt to pay for their own weddings. Pastor Todd Outcalt has counseled hundreds of couples on how to avoid this strain on a new marriage, and now he's bringing his message to brides and grooms everywhere. With costs rising, the economy faltering, and the future uncertain, Outcalt provides an overall plan for cost-saving and dream-building. Unlike other books, Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget creates a plan tailored to your financial reality, not a specific dollar amount. It offers the most flexibility, showing: How to prioritize what's important so you know where to spend $$$ and where to spend $ Planning strategies for realistic costs of each component How to use the internet to save money Couples can now plan the wedding of their dreams, and go on their honeymoon knowing that every expense is paid for! Learn How To: Determine what kind of unique day you can afford: Design your own plan using sample budgets as a guide Have an elegant wedding without the high costs Host a large wedding on a small income Increase the funds for your wedding and spend that cash smartly Cut wedding costs easily and painlessly Prioritize what's important to you so you know where to splurge and where to save Work with parents and others who have a say in wedding money matters Create a debt-free wedding if you're already in debt Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget reveals how to craft a debt-free big day, giving you the techniques and strategies to help you enter into marriage with a bigger wallet and lower stress level. Rather than focusing on a certain dollar amount, Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget allows you to design a plan tailored to your financial reality, whatever that may be.

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