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Great Adventure Training Day in MN!

Bible Stdy group

On Saturday, May 9, 2009 Sarah Christmyer, Kelly Wahlquist and I will present a fun and interactive seminar to explain the ins and outs of The Great Adventure Bible Study System.   In the process, we will teach you ways to run a fruitful Bible study and share tips that will help take your small group experience to new heights.

Please join us at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday, May 9, from 9 am to 4 pm (with Mass at 8 am for those who can attend.)   Just $35 covers not only a complete day of personalized training, but useful take-home materials and lunch as well. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly at: kwahlquist@ascensionpress.com or 612-812-6241.

For more details and registration, please see the Training Day brochure.   Also, you can visit www.regonline.com/TGATraining.   We encourage you to invite your core team, your small group facilitators, and anyone you think has a passion for Scripture and/or the gift to lead others to Christ through His Word. Many times it is one person seeing the gift in another person and inviting them to an event such as this that truly ignites a passion to make disciples for Christ.

I hope to see you there!

Blessings!

Jeff

This Fall Your Life Can Change!!!

This year, The Great Adventure will be traveling south, where I will be teaching The Epistles of James at St. John the Baptist in Savage and Catholicism 101 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bloomington. I am also happy to announce that I will be returning to the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake for the 8th year, and Holy Name of Jesus in Medina for the third year. In these two locations, we will also be diving deep into James: Pearls For Wise Living, one of the most practical of all our studies. We will look at how the early church took the teachings of Jesus and put them into practice with one another. You will be surprised at how many points in James are issues you regularly face. At Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I will be teaching Catholicism 101, a study that highlights ten essentials about the faith that every Catholic should know. For more information on any of these studies, click here.

Are You A Slave? Want To Be Free?

Exodus bible study by Jeff Cavins Freedom from bondageDo you feel like you are a slave to something? A job? A relationship? A pattern of thinking or are you in a rut in the way you respond to loved ones? Many people today confess that they love Christ and would do anything for him yet their personal lives are marked not by freedom but bondage. Many are enslaved to pornography, alcohol, pain pills or food. Still many others are enslaved to patterns of thinking about others or themselves. Perhaps the most painful form of bondage is the trap of unforgiveness. The good news is that Jesus Christ has come to set us free from bondage and give our lives purpose. This is what we will focus on this fall in our new ten-week study called "Exodus: Called To Freedom." I will be teaching this study in the Twin Cities at three parishes. This is part of the Great Adventure Bible Study series put on by the John Paul II Center out of the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake Minnesota.

The Exodus event can be seen as the defining moment in Israel's history, for it was then that God called Israel out of slavery in Egypt and to a life of freedom as His people. Adventures in Exodus: Called to Freedom looks through the lens of Christ and the Church to show that more than just seeking to free His people physically from the domination of Pharaoh, God desired to free His people from the far more sinister tyrant of sin so they could live the authentic freedom that belongs to children of God. Because of this, the Exodus story is not just Israel's story, it is our story as well; it tells us who God is and what He calls us to be. In addition to the core message of freedom we will also look into the following themes:

| Trace the themes of "name," "knowing," and "service" through Exodus and learn their significance to Israel and us.

| Learn the personal significance of God's revelation of His name, "I AM".

| See the Exodus as far more than a dramatic rescue mission and understand the goal of freedom from sin.

| Discover the purpose behind the plagues on Egypt.

| Learn the key to authentic freedom.

| Discover that God's Law is in fact a reflection of God's love and that the law arises in the context of a relationship of love

| Understand the centrality of the Sabbath as it relates to the freedom of God's people.

For more information on the parishes that are hosting this life changing study and how to sign up click here.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Core Team!

This spring I was privileged to teach a ten-week course called "Catholicism 101" at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings Minnesota. I was so blessed to have met the more than 750 people who participated. The success of these courses is largely due to the great core teams with whom we work. The core team at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was stellar. I want to thank all of you on the core team and all the small group facilitators for the great job you did this year.

From left to right...

Gary Youngstrom, Jan Featherstone, Penny Knoll, Blessed Mother, Jesus, Mary Grace Westman, Fr. Jim Perkl, Fr. Abraham George, me. Not pictured is Garrett Schloesser.