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Why Should I Join a Church? by R.C. Sproul
Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time
Dorothy C. Bass - 1999
The celebrated editor of Practicing Our Faith asks hard questions about how our injurious attitude toward time has distorted our relationships with our innermost selves, with other people, with the natural world, and with God. As an alternative to the rhetoric of management and mastery, Receiving the Day offers a language of attention, poetry, and celebration. Bass encourages us to reevaluate our understanding of the temporal and thereby to participate fully in the Christian practice of knowing time as God's gift. Embraced in this way, time need not be wrestled with each day. Instead, time becomes the habitation of blessing.
Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality
Chip Ingram - 2009
A launching pad for a journey toward becoming a Christian who lives like Christ, this book provides questions and resources at the end of each chapter, as well as directions to continue on your journey through an interactive Web site, where the reader will discover clear spiritual pathways and personal coaching to make it over barriers.
Incomparable: Explorations in the Character of God
Andrew Wilson - 2007
Each chapter is filled with profound biblical insights and revelations that will inspire and enrich your faith. Selah moments allow for a time of reflection and worship, and practical applications connect each truth with your daily life. Throughout, Incomparable unfolds the greatest wonder our minds and hearts will ever contemplate.Immerse yourself in His character. Delve into the depths of His presence. And experience a God who is truly beyond compare.
So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church
Leonard Sweet - 2009
and it's so pretty!" The secret was the discovery that life is helixical, two strands wound around a single axis--what most of us know today as the model for DNA.Over the course of his ministry, author Leonard Sweet has discovered that this divine design also informs God's blueprint for the church. In this seminal work, he shares the woven strands that form the church: missional, relational, and incarnational. Sweet declares that this secret is not just pretty, but beautiful. In fact, "So Beautiful"!Using the poignant life of John Newton as a touchstone, Sweet calls for the re-union of these three essential, complementary strands of the Christian life. Far from a novel idea, Sweet shows how this structure is God's original intent, and shares the simply beautiful design for His church.
Ask for the Rain: Receiving Your Inheritance of Revival & Outpouring
Larry SparksCorey Russell - 2016
(Zechariah 10:1) God is pouring out His Spirit and revival rain is falling across the Earth. How should you respond? Ask for more! How can revival impact your everyday life? Maybe you’ve thought revival is for “super-charged” Christians—not for everyday people going through everyday life. Wrong. God wants your everyday to be overflowing with Holy Spirit power.Do you feel like there is more to being a Christ-follower than rhetoric, rules and regulations? The truth is, you were created for a dynamic relationship with the living God. Don’t settle for scattered showers when there is a great outpouring available.God is seeking ready ground to pour out His revival rain on. Are you ready?
Paul: 90 Days on His Journey of Faith
Beth Moore - 2010
Millions have been drawn to her inspired lessons, and the media has called her “America’s Bible teacher.” The PERSONAL REFLECTIONS series continues to reintroduce Beth’s most beloved character-driven books, expanding them into 90-day experiences that include nearly all of the text from her original work, plus thoughtful questions and journal space to engage readers throughout this special time of study.Paul: 90 Days on His Journey of Faith is the new presentation of Moore’s enduring favorite, To Live Is Christ. Indeed, life with Christ meant a 180-degree turn for the apostle Paul who went from Christian basher to Christian chapmion, from church attacker to church father. When Jesus captured Paul’s soul, He got all of him. The same can be true for you.
The School of the Seers: A Practical Guide on How to See in the Unseen Realm
Jonathan Welton - 2009
He shares how you too can activate this gift in your life. The School of the Seers is the how-to guide for seeing into the spirit realm. Making insightful use of anecdotal stories, the author helps you discover vital keys from the Scripture to: See with your spiritual eyes. Use the four keys to greater experiences. Recognize what may be hindering your discernment. Access divine secrets and steward heavenly revelation. Learn how to really worship in Spirit and in Truth. Understand meditation, impartation, and so much more. The fresh and profound concepts taught in this book take a mystical subject--seers and the spirit realm--and make it relevant for your everyday life!
Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God's Family
Ross Parsley - 2011
Instead, God wants His church to function as a family—a group of real people who love each other and care for one another’s needs, no matter how messy. Our culture is dying for the kind of community that only the church can provide—if we are living as God intended: as a family, protecting one another, extending grace, and loving unconditionally. We are not called to be consumers who ask what the church can offer us. We are called to love deeply, fight fairly, and bring hope to a generation of people starving to belong to something greater than themselves. Welcome to the family. You belong here.
Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You
Brian Hardin - 2011
Though they want to love reading Scripture, they rarely have time for more than a few verses on the run. But the Bible is not meant to be a burden. It is the story of God’s passionate love for His children. It is also not a book of mystical incantations. It is a best friend offering counsel and companionship. And it is not a distant relic, but something very near. Near enough, in fact, to be every reader’s story. So how do Christians delight in this story rather than see it as a source of failure? The founder of the immensely popular Daily Audio Bible, Brian Hardin shows readers how reading through the Bible in a year will change their life and the lives of others. Passages shows readers how to read the Bible and offers practical ideas for immersing themselves in God’s life-giving words. Here readers will discover that reading the Bible can be a breathtaking adventure.
Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians
Jim Henderson - 2007
In fact, he made national news when he “rented” a soul for $504 on E-Bay after its owner offered an “open mind” to the highest bidder. In Jim & Casper Go to Church, Hendrson hires another atheist—Matt Casper—to visit ten leading churches with him and give the “first impression” perspective of a non-believer. What follows is a startling dialogue between an atheist and a believer seeing church anew through the eyes of a skeptic, and the development of an amazing relationship between two men with diametrically opposing views of the world who agree to respect each others' space. Foreword by George Barna. FEATURES:Unique perspective of both Christian and atheist on the church and Christians in the USAIntelligent and respectful, seeking dialogue between key charactersHelps the Christian understand the change in attitudes and actions required when shifting from defending the faith to defending “sacred space”—from talking to listening, from strength to weakness, from debate to dialogue, from manipulation to intentionality
Living Crazy Love: An Interactive Workbook for Individual or Small-Group Study
Francis Chan - 2011
This ten-week in-depth study of God’s character helps readers embrace God’s intense, relentless love and watch that love transform every aspect of their being. Designed for individuals or small groups, this study includes weekend retreat options and tips for small group leaders. However readers choose to use this book, Francis Chan’s thought-provoking teaching will help them pursue God as they never have before, digging deep into their thoughts and beliefs about the love of God and how that love should impact their lives.After all, the spiritual journey is about so much more than what Christians have made it to be—and once they truly encounter God’s love, they will never be the same.
When the Enemy Strikes: The Keys to Winning Your Spiritual Battles
Charles F. Stanley - 2000
The battle is real. Prepare for victory.Fear, discouragement, loneliness, anger, temptation. These struggles are common to every human. Yet not all circumstances or negative emotions originate within. They could be the result of a willful, coordinated assault of Satan.In When the Enemy Strikes, best-selling author Dr. Charles Stanley explores the often-overlooked reality of spiritual warfare?the tactics used by Satan to taunt, confuse, slander, and harm. Your adversary wants to crush your will, delay your promise, hinder your destiny, destroy your relationships, and lead you into sin. Dr. Stanley reveals how you should respond.The most important component of warfare, says Dr. Stanley, is the supremacy of God?both His sovereignty and His power. Practically, this means the battles you face are ultimately allowed by God to bring you to a place of greater reliance on Him. His strength crushes the enemy.This is a world of conflict between good and evil, of powers beyond the merely human. The battle is unavoidable, but take heart! God has given you the strength to stand.
The Character of the Church: The Marks of God's Obedient People
Joe Thorn - 2017
Concise, accessible, and historically informed, it teaches God’s design for church so you know what to look for in one—or even how to lead one.Useful for training in membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards—and even for devotional reading—The Character of the Church is at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to a deeper appreciation of the church of God and its essential marks:The word of God is faithfully preachedThe sacraments are rightly administeredLeadership is biblically formed and functioningDiscipline is practiced with graceThe mission of the church is shared by allThis book will bring churches and Christians back to the biblical picture of a local body, perfect for any believer eager to grow and help others do likewise.