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The Ultimate Handbook For Teen Girls

Being a teen girl living in today’s world is just not the same thing as it was even a decade ago. They face new challenges, new experiences. They face things that most adults could never even dream of. 

Years ago, I read Mirror Mirror… Am I Beautiful? by Shelley Hitz and immediately thought that it was the book I wished I would have had when I was a teen. It was like the perfect handbook for Christian girls living in the real world. It didn’t just cover the pretty Christian topics, but the real-life, nitty-gritty issues that you are faced with in high school: Insecurities. Guys. Fashion. Evolution. Faith. Sex. It was all there.

And it was about a decade too late for me.

As my own daughters approach their teen years, I didn’t want it to be too late for them. So, I partnered with Shelley to update and expand the book so it is relevant for today’s teens. I so strongly believe in the message this book holds that I am willing to literally give it away.

But I know sometimes the best books are books that you can hold in your hand.

When you buy our book, either the paperback or Kindle edition, now through Saturday, you’ll get a free coloring book and have a chance to enter to win five more true beauty books.

So what are you waiting for?

Visit www.TrueBeautyBook.com now.

Gospel Scriptures

I have an obsession with the Gospel.

I love it.

I love everything about it.

Just hearing it makes me breathe a little deeper.

That’s why I have piles of books that are centered on the Gospel:

But more than that, I love reading Scriptures about the Gospel.

Truth be told, I have books about it because I love to read. And what better to read about than what you are obsessed with? But the Scriptures are what really matter. The Scriptures are the basis of all the books, and they are the basis of my love for Jesus.

With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite scriptures that summarize the Gospel with you today.

Gospel Scriptures

NOTE: All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984, and 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. (Emphasis mine)

Ephesians 2:1-10

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world… gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 

 

Philippians 2:5-11

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-9

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third dayaccording to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

Romans 3:21-26

“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

Acts 10:34-43

“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached—how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Titus 3:3-7

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Isaiah 53

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(verses 4-6)

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;

and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

John 3:16-18

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Romans 6:1-11

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 2:8-15

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

Ephesians 2:11-22

“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” … remember that at that time you were separate from Christ… without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”

What about you?

What are your favorite Gospel Scriptures?

Share your answer in the comments below!

 

Did you like this list? You can find several more Scripture lists I have compiled here.

{Cover Reveal} Letters from Christ

I am excited to announce that our study through the letters of Revelation will be available in both print and eBook format within the next couple of weeks. The official launch date is December 2nd and I’m excited to be able to share the cover with you today.

Check it out:

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I also wanted to let you know that I have a small number of advance review copies available. If you are interested in reviewing this book before it comes out, you can sign up as a reviewer below:


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{New Bible Study} The Letters of Revelation

Over the years, one of my favorite books to study has been the book of Revelation. It is simply fascinating to me. It could have to do with the fact that when I first came to Christ, this was the book my youth group was studying. I’m not really sure, but my favorite part of the book, is the beginning.

The 7 letters Jesus wrote to the churches in that day are packed with insights that are extremely applicable for us today. So when one of the ladies in my Bible study asked that our next study to be through Revelation, I was happy to agree.

Our study starts on September 8th, and I’d love for you to follow along!

I’ll be posting the lessons here on our website and making them available as PDF’s that you can download and print off.

Prefer to get lessons via e-mail?   

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This is an exciting study, and I hope you’ll join us!

Lesson 1

Recommended Resources:

I have read a ton of books and articles on the book of Revelation. I’ve listened to hours and hours of commentaries. Below I’ve listed some of the resources that I found the most helpful listed in no particular order.

You can find a free map of the 7 churches here: http://www.bible-history.com/maps/Map-7-Churches-of-Revelation-Asia.pdf

Websites:

Commentaries:

Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Francis Chan

Books:

You will find all of the above resources on my Revelation Pinterest Board, along with some other great articles, quotes, and more. Check it out at:  www.pinterest.com/authorheatherh/revelation/

If you know of any other helpful resources, share them in the comments below!

{Happy Easter} 3 FREE eBooks

3 free eBooksChristmas has always been my favorite holiday. It’s where it all started. It’s a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

But Easter is where it was finished. It’s where our Savior took a stand for us and chose to die so we could live. Easter is the time we celebrate the Gospel. It’s a time to remember what Christ has done for us.

To celebrate, our family always make Resurrection rolls on Easter morning. If you’ve never heard of them, they are marshmallows (that are white to resemble Christ), dipped in butter (to symbolize the anointing oil), rolled in cinnamon and sugar (spices), and wrapped and sealed inside of rolls (to symbolize the tomb). After you bake them the rolls come out empty (just like the tomb on that first Easter morning). It’s a great way to remember what Christ has done for us.

This year, we are also giving away 3 free eBooks that focus on Christ. “21 Teen Devotionals… for Girls!” “21 Teen Devotionals… for Guys!” and my newest Bible study book, “Blessings from Above: A Deeper Look at the Beatitudes.” All three are free now through Easter Sunday, and I hope you’ll pick up a copy and share about them with your friends. I’ve included the links below for your convenience.

Blessings from Above: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JAN7DT4/

Teen Devotionals… for Girls! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009JU23IE/

Teen Devotionals… for Guys! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FS1LPNC/

I hope you can pick up a copy of them while they are free.

Happy Easter!

{New Release} Blessings From Above

I’m excited to announce that “Blessings from Above” was released on Amazon Kindle yesterday!

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

If someone asked you to define the word “blessing,” how would you respond. What would you say qualifies as a blessing? Is it something physical? A position or a relationship? What is the determining factor that makes something a blessing?

 

 

In this short Bible study, Heather Hart takes women deeper into the beatitudes. Each of the eight chapters is short, but provides modern-day examples to the biblical teachings of Christ. After each reading, you’ll find questions to ponder and Scriptures to look up to really bring Christ’s message home.

As I’ve mentioned before, this is the first in a series of Bible study books for Christian women that I’ve been working on. It takes readers verse by verse through the blessings mentioned in the beatitudes. We just finished going through this in our ladies Bible study group at church and I’m excited to be able to share it with others.

You can pick up your copy to discover true blessings from above for on 99 cents on Amazon.com at the link below:

http://smarturl.it/beatitudes

{Behind the Book} Blessings from Above

Relationships with other Christian women have helped me grow in my walk with God more than anything else I can remember. When Christian women come together – God is there (Matthew 18:20). He can do amazing things when we get together.

Proverbs 27:17 says that Iron sharpens Iron – Christian women do that for each other.

I’ve been blessed with multiple women throughout my life that have poured into me, and I’ve learned that we can all learn from each other – it’s never been one-sided. God uses us to sharpen one another.

Every Christian woman can be a blessing to another Christian woman – and whether we realize it or not, we all need each other. Most recently God has blessed me with a wonderful group of Christian women who leave the business of their lives every Monday morning to study God’s Word with me. We’re currently working our way through the beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) and I’ve learned so much.

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God has taken me from an elementary understanding of His blessings and blown me away. He has challenged me to dig deeper – both into His Word and into my heart. I’ve learned that the biggest blessing anyone could ever hope for is the truth that is found in the Gospel. To know we are sinners in need of a Savior. To know who Christ is and what He has done for us. To know that He rose from the grave and is preparing a place for us to spend eternity. How could I ever ask for more?

My favorite part of this study has been the fellowship with the other women. I’m an introvert and talking face-to-face has never been one of my strong suits, but these women have befriended me, loved me and encouraged me. They build me up and help me grow – and I love being able to witness the changes God is making in them as well.

These precious ladies have shared my study outlines with other women and churches and encouraged me to pursue publishing it as a book. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking the study sheets I’ve written for them, expounding on them, and will be publishing the study later on this month.

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“Blessings from Above” will include 8 study chapters – one for each of the beatitudes, as well as an introduction and conclusion (all based on our 10 week study). It’s my prayer that it helps Christian women to deepen their understanding of God’s Word and open their eyes to the blessings He has already bestowed upon them. Most of all, I pray that God can use this book to encourage them.

Stay tuned for more information about “Blessings from Above” coming soon.

— Update —

“Blessings from Above” is now available on Amazon.com.

Click here to get your copy