“If God is For Us” 50% off for Cyber Monday!

“If God is For Us” 50% off for Cyber Monday!

Moody Publishers is having a massive #CyberMonday Sale and my new study on Romans 8 is included. If God is For Us releases on January 1 but if you’d like to grab it early (click here to purchase), here’s what others have said about the study:PhotoGrid_1543234785784

If the Bible were a mountain range, it is said, Romans 8 would be its highest peak. I can say after reading this study that Trillia Newbell is a sure-footed mountain guide that will help you climb this great passage and get some of its best breathtaking views of God and our salvation in Christ. I highly recommend this volume! –Tim Keller, cofounder, Redeemer City to City

So often we encounter the message of Romans 8 in fragments, its best-known verses lifted from their context and lightly quoted to suit the need of the moment. With a careful hand, Trillia Newbell mends our fragmented reading by guiding us into the text, orienting this crucial chapter within the book of Romans as a whole, and tracing its cohesive message from start to finish. If God Is For Us is six weeks well spent for any earnest student of the Bible. –Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher

Trillia Newbell is a gift to the church. I can think of few people whose lives more authentically display the work of God and the fruit of His Spirit. is study on the eighth chapter of Romans will bless, encourage, and challenge you to grow further into Christ. Within these pages, Trillia serves as a faithful guide to help you better understand and apply God’s Word to your life. –Russell Moore, President, e Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Like a delicious meal, Romans 8 is packed with truths to be savored as they are slowly enjoyed. If God Is For Us helps us to slow down and ponder the riches in this beloved chapter line by line, one verse at a time. Trillia Newbell’s warmth and wisdom will guide and encourage you with truths that will refresh and revive your soul. –Melissa Kruger, director of women’s content for e Gospel Coalition and author of In All Things

Some in the church eschew discipleship and study because they “don’t have time” or “don’t know how.” Written like a letter from a good friend, If God Is For Us offers a deep and digestible look into Paul’s intimate writings in Romans 8. Trillia explores in detail the radical, existential transformation made possible through Christ. If you’ve hesitated on Romans because it seems overwhelming, If God Is For Us is an excellent doorway to understanding, living, and sharing the “exchanged life.” – K.A. Ellis, Cannada Fellow for World Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary

I’m so thankful for Trillia and this thorough study on Romans 8. Trillia does a beautiful job encouraging us to be in God’s Word without leaving us to do it alone. Her insights and personal illustrations make studying this foundational chapter of Scripture accessible and inviting. I encourage you to get a group of friends together and pick up a copy of If God Is For Us.  –Kelly Minter, Bible teacher and author of No Other Gods

Others who have commended the book:

Jeannie Cunnion, Liz Curtis Higgs, Missie Branch, Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, cofounders of Risen Motherhood, Christina H. Edmondson, Sarah Mae

Look for much more about this study in the coming days! Until then, don’t miss out on grabbing it today!

40-Day Challenge Giveaway: A Bundle of Books from The Good Book Company

40-Day Challenge Giveaway: A Bundle of Books from The Good Book Company

We are a little over halfway through the 40-Day (Birthday) Challenge! Each week* I will be giving away books and other great prizes as part of our celebration. Today’s exciting giveaway comes from my friends and the publisher of God’s Very Good Idea, The Good Book Company.

Three participants in the challenge have a chance to win these NEW books: The Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling; Real by Catherine Parks; and a kids’ book The Friend who Forgives by Dan DeWitt. (Find out more about the books at the end of this post.)

I’m so very grateful to The Good Book Company for these gifts and their commitment to solid, biblical content.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Join the 40-Day Birthday Challenge Facebook group to share stories, pictures, and win prizes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40daybirthdaychallenge/
  2. Commit to doing something (or everything) for 40 days
  3. It began on Saturday, July 28 and ends the day after my birthday, September 7. Jump in NOW and do the second half (or all if you’d like to keep going after the 7th).
  4. If this is the first you’ve heard of my challenge, check out this initial post: http://www.trillianewbell.com/2018/07/24/40-day-birthday-challenge/

I will draw three names from the Facebook group and announce the winners in the Facebook group on Saturday, August 25. The drawing ends on Saturday at 6:00 a.m. To win a prize you must* join the Facebook group (please commit to doing at least one week of the challenge if you join in hopes to win).

Also, don’t forget to check out today’s challenge!

More about the prizes:

The Dignity Rev book coverThe Dignity Revolution

As Christians, we want to make a difference in this world. We want to have an impact not only on our immediate family and community, but on wider social issues. We want to protect the vulnerable and engage with the issues that really matter. But how?

This book shows us how wonderful, liberating and empowering it is to be made in God’s image. It will change how we see ourselves and other people.

Some will feel the call to run for office… others will roll up their sleeves and join the good work of non-profit ministry… and others might simply find little ways to incorporate this vision of human dignity into their everyday lives, and change their community one word, one action, one person at a time.

Dan Darling shows us that each one of us can be, and are called to be, part of this new movement—a human dignity revolution that our societies desperately need, and how we—you—are uniquely placed to join.

This compelling book shows you how to join the dignity revolution.

Real bookcoverReal

 Every woman longs for authentic friendships with others—but in a world of carefully-curated social media, most of us are merely keeping up appearances. Both online and offline, we’re all prone to only presenting the best side of ourselves.

This book shows us that the secret to growing the relationships we crave is in developing a biblical habit of repentance. By being honest about our sin before God and receiving his forgiveness, we’re freed be honest about our sin with others. When we drop the act and allow ourselves to be vulnerable by sharing our struggles, not only are we strengthened in our fight against sin, but we experience authentic fellowship and real friendship.

Catherine Parks empowers women to fight side by side against their sin, and shows how by getting real about our struggles, we can create genuine community in an “I’m fine” culture.

This book is great for reading with your book group, women’s group, accountability partner, or one-to-one mentor—discussion questions are included for every chapter.

friendwho forgives coverThe Friend who Forgives

Do you ever talk before you think? Mess up? Let others down? That’s what Peter did, again and again and again, and it led him to abandoning his best friend, Jesus.

Peter loved Jesus. He felt terrible when he pretended not to know him. He thought all was lost when Jesus died.

But Jesus is not like our other friends. He wants to forgive us when we are really sorry, even when we mess up again and again and again. And because Jesus died and rose again, he can. Jesus’ death took the punishment for all of Peter’s mistakes and all our mistakes, and his resurrection showed the penalty was lifted.

After he rose from the dead, Jesus went and found Peter and forgave him, and he can do the same for us. Peter spent the rest of his life telling people that if they put their trust in Jesus, they could be forgiven too—again and again and again.

Children know all about failing, but they don’t always experience true forgiveness. This book points them to Jesus, the Friend who will forgive them again and again and again.

 

 

 

 

*Due to the size of a few gifts, I may skip a week.

*During one day of the challenge, I may open the gifts up to those not in the Facebook group. But for now, the only way to enter weekly prizes is by joining the group. Although it is noted above, I’d like to ask again that you attempt the challenge for at least for one week rather than joining the Facebook group only for the prize. It has been a blast! Thank you so much!

Let’s Study Ephesians!

Let’s Study Ephesians!

I’m excited to share that I am going to be teaching a study through Ephesians…and you’re invited!

If you live in the Franklin, Brentwood, and Nashville areas, please join me on Tuesday nights starting on September 18.

Here’s the details and how to sign up:

When:
September 18
September 25
Two weeks off
October, 16
October, 23
October, 30
November 6

Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Redemption City Church: 415 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37069

Contact: women@redemptioncity.com

Material needed: Bible and handouts (You’ll receive handouts on the first night) 

Please make sure to sign up here: Ephesians Study Sign up

More details:

Each week you will read one chapter of Ephesians. On Tuesdays we will gather to discuss a section of that chapter, which will be laid out in the handout you will receive on the first night.

The evening will consist of 30 minutes of teaching and 30 minutes of discussion.

You will receive a pdf via email before the first day of the study.

Our study through Ephesians is FREE and open to anyone so make sure to invite a friend!

Please make sure to sign up here: Ephesians Study Sign up

*A Note to my readers: I hope to also write a devotional each week and post it here!

Week 2, 40-Day Challenge Giveaway: Books, Books, and more Books!

Week 2, 40-Day Challenge Giveaway: Books, Books, and more Books!

When I first thought of the 40-Day (Birthday) Challenge, I was concerned that it might be silly or not serious enough given that I write often about serious matters. I quickly remembered an old post I wrote on being a serious Christian and wondered if that ugly sin of the fear of man was motivating my questioning. As I’ve participated and read comments and interactions from the men and women participating through the Facebook group, I’ve realized how the Lord is already using this challenge to restore joy, enable “self-forgetfulness” and thus a focus on others, and build habits of spiritual disciplines. That was my prayer before it launched and I believe the Lord is already answering it!

Each week I will be giving away books and other great prizes as part of our celebration. Yesterday I announced the winners of Crossway’s new Inductive NT and New Testament Scripture Journals. Today, I’m excited to give away a pile of books (see them listed below)!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by my bookshelf! I often have duplicate copies of books and thought what better way to dwindle down my ever- increasing stack than to give them to you!

Five people will win two books each!

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Join the 40-Day Birthday Challenge Facebook group to share stories, pictures, and win prizes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40daybirthdaychallenge/
  2. Commit to doing something (or everything) for 40 days
  3. It began last Saturday, July 28 and ends the day after my birthday, September 7 (You can join anytime!!)
  4. If this is the first you’ve heard of my challenge, check out this initial post: http://www.trillianewbell.com/2018/07/24/40-day-birthday-challenge/

I will draw five names from the Facebook group and announce the winners in the Facebook group on Thursday, August 9. The drawing ends on Thursday (8/9) at 6:00 a.m. To win a prize you must* join the Facebook group (please commit to doing at least one week of the challenge if you join in hopes to win).

Also, don’t forget today’s challenge: Write an encouraging note to someone!

More about the prizes:

Feel free to click on these links to learn more about each book from their Amazon pages!

Fear and Faith by Trillia Newbell

Enjoy by Trillia Newbell

Confessions by Saint Augustine

Faith Among the Faithless by Mike Cosper

Not God Enough by J.D. Greear

Identity Theft by Melissa Kruger (and a collection of contributors)

Joyfully Spreading the Word by Nielson & Furman (and a collection of contributors)

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

Garden of Truth by Ruth Chou Simons

In His Image by Jen Wilkin

*During one day of the challenge, I may open the gifts up to those not in the Facebook group. But for now, the only way to enter weekly prizes is by joining the group. Although it is noted above, I’d like to ask again that you attempt the challenge for at least for one week rather than joining the Facebook group only for the prize. Thank you so much!

 

Week 1 40-Day Challenge Giveaway: Crossway Books Journaling Bibles

Week 1 40-Day Challenge Giveaway: Crossway Books Journaling Bibles

Today is the first day of the 40-Day (Birthday) Challenge. Each week I will be giving away books and other great prizes as part of our celebration. Today’s exciting giveaway comes from the wonderful folks at Crossway Books. Two participants in the challenge have a chance to win the new Inductive NT or the New Testament Scripture Journals.

What a great way to kick off this challenge! So grateful to Crossway for these gifts.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Join the 40-Day Birthday Challenge Facebook group to share stories, pictures, and win prizes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40daybirthdaychallenge/
  2. Commit to doing something (or everything) for 40 days
  3. It begins TODAY Saturday, July 28 and ends the day after my birthday, September 7
  4. If this is the first you’ve heard of my challenge, check out this initial post: http://www.trillianewbell.com/2018/07/24/40-day-birthday-challenge/

I will draw two names from the Facebook group and announce the winners in the Facebook group on Thursday, August 2. The drawing ends on Thursday at 6:00 a.m. To win a prize you must* join the Facebook group (please commit to doing at least one week of the challenge if you join in hopes to win).

Also, don’t forget today’s challenge: Find something to do for 40 days. If Bible reading is in your plans for 40 consecutive days, you’re sure to be helped by Crossway’s generous gift!

More about the prizes:

Inductive Bible NT-coverESV Journaling New Testament, Inductive Edition

A new addition to the family of ESV Journaling Bibles, the ESV Journaling New Testament, Inductive Edition features extra space for notes in between each line of Bible text, offering a fresh and distinctive way to engage with God’s Word. This single-column Bible is designed to make it easy to interact with every individual verse, making it a great option for pastors, students, and anyone who loves going in-depth with Script

  • 3/8-inch space in between each line of Bible text
  • Cream-colored paper
  • Ribbon marker
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Packaging: Slipcase

 

journal NT- crosswayESV Scripture Journal: New Testament Set

Paperback

ESV Scripture Journals pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture. This set of 19 volumes includes each book of the New Testament—each thin and portable edition great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a sermon series.

Features

  • Thick, opaque, cream-colored paper
  • Full, lightly ruled blank pages opposite each page of Bible text
  • Wide margins
  • Lay-flat binding
  • Cover stamped with gold foil
  • Packaging: Belly Band

 

 

 

*During one day of the challenge, I may open the gifts up to those not in the Facebook group. But for now, the only way to enter weekly prizes is by joining the group. Although it is noted above, I’d like to ask again that you attempt the challenge for at least for one week rather than joining the Facebook group only for the prize. Thank you so much!

40-Day (Birthday) Challenge

40-Day (Birthday) Challenge

In a little over a month, I’ll be turning the big 4-0. I do not dread the years to come. I absolutely feel older—both in body and mind. My body feels aches like never before while my mind seems to be sharper. Most importantly, I sense in unique ways the nearness of God. I imagine, as there have been every decade, that I will experience both joys and deep sorrows. God has been faithful—it is my song. I trust He will be faithful over these next years, too. I’m excited and grateful.

But today is less about reflecting and more about celebrating! And I’d love to invite you to join me.

In celebration of my 40th birthday, I’d like to invite you to my 40-Day Birthday Challenge. For 40 days beginning Saturday, July 28 and ending on September 7, we are going to complete various activities, random acts of kindness, spiritual disciplines, and goals.

You can choose what you do from my list of 40 things (below) and do or start one per day. A few of these things are meant to help us begin new habits as well, like daily Bible reading and prayer. I will be going straight down the list.

And because it’s a celebration and an online birthday party, I’d also like to give away prizes throughout the 40 days. In order to be entered to win, simply join my 40-Day Birthday Challenge Facebook group. Each week I’ll draw names from that group and announce the prizes.

Here is the 40-Day Birthday Challenge summed up:

  1. Join the 40-Day Birthday Challenge Facebook group to share stories, pictures, and win prizes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40daybirthdaychallenge/
  2. Commit to doing something (or everything) for 40 days
  3. It begins Saturday, July 28 and ends the day after my birthday, September 7
  4. You can join in any time! This is not a competition.

That’s it!

Here is the list of 40 things you and I will seek to accomplish over the next 40 days (notice some might be repeated, other things you can seek to do every day over the next 40)

40 Things

  1. Choose something to do for 40 days straight
  2. Pray for someone
  3. Fast from something
  4. Pay for someone’s meal
  5. Read the Bible (try for 40 days straight)
  6. Do a random act of kindness
  7. Write an encouraging note to someone
  8. Volunteer somewhere
  9. Take a meal to someone
  10. Leave a larger than normal tip for a server
  11. Memorize scripture
  12. Grab a friend or family to join you for one of the things on the list
  13. Start or do that thing you’ve put off
  14. Do something for your church
  15. Do something for a non-profit organization
  16. Spend the day undistracted from social media, devices or whatever tends to distract you.
  17. Write an encouraging note to someone
  18. Give someone a gift that you would love to have or tell someone something that you would love to be said to you (i.e. love neighbor as self)
  19. Tell as many people as possible who you love that you love them
  20. Fast from something
  21. Pray for someone you’ve been struggling with
  22. Spend the day undistracted from social media, devices, or whatever tends to distract you.
  23. Do something for your pastor and/or his family
  24. Invite someone over for lunch or dinner
  25. Help someone in need (i.e. someone you know or someone you come into contact with)
  26. Grab lunch with a relative or close friend
  27. Do something anonymous (gift, etc.)
  28. Visit an assisted living home
  29. Ask someone how you might serve him/her and then do it that week
  30. Pray for, cheer on, maybe even encourage that person you think is your enemy or rival
  31. Babysit for a family
  32. Take a Sabbath
  33. Do something for your neighbor(s)
  34. Thank someone who served during church (i.e. children’s ministry worker, worship team member, greeter, etc.)
  35. If you have a spouse, hide encouragement notes in places they’ll find it. If you are single surprise a friend similarly (on a windshield or send a surprise gift)
  36. Do something you enjoy—guilt free! Thank the Lord for it.
  37. Repeat the toughest thing on this list for you (Not financially toughest, rather toughest because it stretched you to get out of your comfort zone, etc.)
  38. Repeat the thing you enjoyed doing the most
  39. Make a list of prayers that you think are impossible—pray that list to the Lord
  40. Eat your favorite food with your favorite people. I’ll likely enjoy some ice cream with my favorite people (Thern, Weston, and Sydney)! Thanks for joining me!

Don’t forget to join the Facebook group for sharing and prizes! Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40daybirthdaychallenge/

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