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Amberly Neese is a speaker, humorist, and encourager with a passion for “GRINspiring” others. As a featured speaker for the Aspire Women’s Events and the main host/comedienne for Marriage Date Night, two popular Christian events that tour nationally, she enjoys touching the hearts and minds and funny bones of people all over the country. The Bible says that laughter is good medicine, and she has found it’s also like glue—helping the truths of God’s Word to “stick.” Amberly loves to remind women of the power and hope found in Scripture. Through a flair for storytelling and a love for Jesus, she candidly opens up her story alongside God’s Word to encourage others in their walk with Him.
With a master’s degree from Biola University, Amberly serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University and the Master Connector for Inspiring Growth, an organization developed to equip and encourage growth in leaders and businesses. She is the author of two Bible studies, Common Ground and The Belonging Project, and one devotional, The Friendship Initiative. She and her husband, Scott, have two teenagers and live in Prescott, Arizona, where they enjoy the great outdoors, the Food Network, and all things Star Wars.

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Common Ground

The Belonging Project

9781791015916

The Friendship Initiative

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	<strong>Learn to live at peace with others even when you disagree by studying biblical stories of rivalries in <em>Common Ground </em>by Amberly Neese.</strong>
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	Whether it is in politics, the professional world, a party, or a pew, we face conflict every day. As discussions get more heated and social media is deluged with opinion-spewing, hurt feelings, and broken relationships, we need hope and practical tools to navigate the tumultuous waters and live at peace with everyone.
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	Fortunately, the Scriptures hold the key to living at peace despite our differences. In <em>Common Ground</em>, a four-week Bible study, Amberly Neese combines stories of sibling rivalries from the Bible with personal experience, humor, hope, and her love of God’s Word.
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	Stories examined from the Old and New Testaments include:
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		Joseph and His Brothers: How to Combat Jealousy
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	<li>
		Moses, Miriam, and Aaron: How to Work Together Despite Differences
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	<li>
		Mary, Martha, and Lazarus: How to Appreciate the Contributions of Others
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		Rachel and Leah: Having Compassion for the Plight of Others
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	These stories point us to peace and reconciliation in all our relationships, reassuring us that it is possible to find common ground with everyone—despite our differences.
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	Women will find biblical and practical help for:
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<p>
	Components for this four-week Bible study, each available separately, include a Study Guide with Leader Helps, and video sessions with four 20 to 25-minute segments (with closed captioning).
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	<a href="https://my.amplifymedia.com/amplify/series/unitedmethodistpublishinghouse/49251-common-ground" target="_blank"><img class="tt4-cke-img-align-left" src="/images/r/commonground_amplify/320x/commonground_amplify.jpg" /></a>Access Abingdon Women and other Bible study video sessions, inspirational short videos, and children’s content available anywhere from any device from Amplify Media. Church or individual subscriptions for group leaders and members are available.
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	Start your two-week free trial at <a href="https://www.amplifymedia.com/pricing" target="_blank">AmplifyMedia.com</a>. 
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	Amplify Media is a streaming service allowing churches large and small unlimited video access in order to discover, customize, and share diverse resources that encourage deeper discipleship and equip churches to pursue their mission with greater impact.
</p>

<p>
	Learn more at <a href="https://www.amplifymedia.com/" target="_blank">AmplifyMedia.com</a>.
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<p>
	Amberly writes with pinpoint precision, diagnosing the heart of our relational conflicts through powerful biblical insights, humor, and raw vulnerability.  
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<p>
	—Barb Roose, author of <em>Breakthrough: Finding Freedom in Christ </em>and <em>Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus</em>
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	With her witty style and helpful calls to action, Amberly guides us toward personal growth and the unity desperately needed today within the body of Christ.  
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<p>
	—Melissa Spoelstra, author of <em>The Names of God</em> and other Bible studies and books 
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	What a timely Bible study for a culture that seems so polarized and fragmented.  
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<p>
	—Mary Shannon Hoffpauir, author of <em>Lose Control: The Way to Find Your Soul</em>
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<p>
	Amberly guides us through four sibling relationships from the Bible to uncover obstacles and solutions for loving and living peacefully with others.
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<p>
	—Heather M. Dixon, speaker and author of <em>Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment </em>
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	Discover true community.
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	Has the pursuit of the “perfect life” left you feeling depleted, disappointed, dissatisfied, and disconnected? Are you tired of being lonely and left out at work, home, church, and online? Are you hungry for true community, deeper connection with God, and friendships that are greater than just “likes” on social media? Are you ready for real connections with those around you?
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	In this four-week Bible study, Amberly Neese provides biblical and practical help for cultivating meaningful relationships that glorify God through an exploration of the “one another” sayings in the New Testament:
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		Love one another
	</li>
	<li>
		Serve one another
	</li>
	<li>
		Build up and strengthen one another
	</li>
	<li>
		Forgive one another
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	In her trademark style, Amberly combines Bible study with delightful humor to create a refreshing and engaging experience that will encourage and equip women to pursue deeper relationships and true belonging.
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<p>
	Other components for the Bible study, available separately, include video sessions/DVD.
</p>

<hr />
<p>
	<img class="tt4-cke-img-align-left" src="/images/r/tbp_amplify_2/c315x207/tbp_amplify_2.jpg" />Access Abingdon Women and other Bible study video sessions, inspirational short videos, and children’s content available anywhere from any device from Amplify Media. Church or individual subscriptions for group leaders and members are available.
</p>

<p>
	Start your two-week free trial at <a href="https://www.amplifymedia.com/pricing" target="_blank">AmplifyMedia.com</a>.  
</p>

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	<a href="https://my.amplifymedia.com/amplify/series/unitedmethodistpublishinghouse/35079-the-belonging-project" target="_blank">Click here</a><strong> to view available video sessions. </strong>
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	Amplify Media is a streaming service allowing churches large and small unlimited video access in order to discover, customize, and share diverse resources that encourage deeper discipleship and equip churches to pursue their mission with greater impact.
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	Learn more at <a href="https://www.amplifymedia.com/" target="_blank">AmplifyMedia.com</a>. 
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	Bible Study Features:
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		A shorter, four-week study is ideal for in-between or busy times.
	</li>
	<li>
		Accessible and friendly format.
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	<li>
		DVD features the amazing Amberly Neese, who masterfully combines solid Bible teaching and delightfully funny humor (in four 20-minute segments).
	</li>
	<li>
		Inspires and encourages women to pursue deeper relationships and true belonging for a more fulfilled, purposeful life.
	</li>
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		Helps women grow in their capacity to love, serve, and forgive.
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