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Restoring Your Spiritual Passion

Author : Gordon MacDonald
ISBN : 0840790694
Genre : Christian life
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Restoring Your Spiritual Passion

Author : Random House
ISBN : 0099870827
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Rebuilding Your Broken World

Author : Gordon MacDonald
ISBN : 9781418517199
Genre : Religion
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What happens when your ideals and desires, plans and strategies, all go awry? From what sources might one find the resolve to begin a rebuilding process? "The fact is," writes Gordon MacDonald in Rebuilding Your Broken World, "the God of the Bible is a God of the rebuilding process. And not enough broken people know that." No stranger himself to brokenness, Gordon MacDonald draws from personal experience and discusses the likely sources of pain, the humiliation, and the long- and short-range consequences of a broken personal world. And he offers encouraging answers to the questions everyone asks when their worlds fall apart: Is there a way back?

Keeping Christ In Ministry

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750 Engaging Illustrations For Preachers Teachers And Writers

Author : Craig Brian Larson
ISBN : 9780801091926
Genre : Religion
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A convenient source for contemporary illustrations and stories, this book helps users make their messages more memorable, powerful, and relevant to today's media-engaged listeners.

David The Shepherd Years

Author : Larry L. Lichtenwalter
ISBN : 9780828017206
Genre : Bible
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But God saw something special in David when nobody else did, and called him to the throne. He was a shepherd. Military hero. Outlaw. King. Adulterer. Murderer. Penitent father. But most of all the he was a man after God's own heart. David had an instinct for the divine. He poured out his passion for God in song. He danced before God. He wept before God. As a result, Scripture says more about him than about Christ. Artists have sculpted him. Libraries of books have been written about him. All because at the center of David was God. This volume, the first of three, covers the story of David through his friendship with Jonathan. Passion is catching. Let David's God-saturated life fan the flames of faith. All of us, sometimes, just go through the motions. As you read, may David's passion for God become yours, and your heart like His.

Who Stole My Church

Author : Gordon MacDonald
ISBN : 9781418536664
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A challenging, innovative approach to a delicate subject. It’s sure to benefit church leaders and members of all ages who dream of a “reinvented” church. —Publishers Weekly Has your church been stolen out from under you? A storm hits a small New England town late one evening, but the pelting rain can’t keep a small group of church members from gathering to discuss issues that lately have been brewing beneath the surface of their congregation. They could see their church was changing. The choir had been replaced by a fl ashy “praise band.” The youth no longer dressed in their “Sunday best.” The beautiful pipe organ sat unused. How will this group overcome a deepening rift in their fellowship and nourish the relationship between the young and old? Can their church survive or even thrive? Who Stole My Church? is a fictional story that tells the all too real tale of many church communities today. In this book you can walk alongside an imaginary community, led by real life pastor Gordon MacDonald and his wife, Gail, and discover how to meet the needs of all believers without abandoning the dreams and desires of any.

Conformed To His Image

Author : Kenneth D. Boa
ISBN : 9780310861461
Genre : Religion
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What does a relationship with God look like and how do we obtain it? It is vital for church leaders to grapple seriously with this question, for pat answers no longer suffice. Lives well-lived, not just words eloquently spoken, must become our response. The quality of our relationship with God is what will influence the health, potency, and witness of the church in an increasingly complex and hostile world. Designed for use as a college or seminary course, Conformed to His Image helps us build our lives on a fully biblical perspective. Exploring twelve approaches to Christian spirituality in depth, Dr. Kenneth Boa corrects our tendency to pick and compartmentalize. Pointing the way instead to an integrative, whole-life approach, Dr. Boa shows how each spiritual paradigm discussed is just one important facet in the gem of authentic and powerful New Testament living. With chapter overviews and objectives, questions for personal application, a glossary, and a list of key terms, Conformed to His Image will prove a defining text for the student, pastor, and church leader of today . . . and tomorrow. 12 Facets of the Complete Christian Life Relational Spirituality: Loving God Completely, Ourselves Correctly, and Others Compassionately Paradigm Spirituality: Cultivating an Eternal versus a Temporal Perspective Disciplined Spirituality: Engaging in the Historical Differences Exchanged Life Spirituality: Grasping Our True Identity in Christ Motivated Spirituality: A Set of Biblical Incentives Devotional Spirituality: Falling in Love with God Holistic Spirituality: Every Component of Life under the Lordship of Christ Process Spirituality: Being versus Doing, Process versus Product Spirit-Filled Spirituality: Walking in the Power of the Spirit Warfare Spirituality: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil Nurturing Spirituality: A Lifestyle of Discipleship and Evangelism Corporate Spirituality: Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship

The Pastor S Library

Author : Robert A. Yost
ISBN : 9781532600982
Genre : Religion
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In the spirit of Cyril Barber’s classic work from the 1970s, The Minister’s Library, Robert Yost provides students and pastors with expert guidance on building a working ministerial library. From Old and New Testament languages, lexical aids, and grammatical tools, to commentaries and theologies as well as pastoral resources, Yost is a trustworthy guide through the multiplicity of books that seem to just keep rolling off the presses. Far more than just a guide to commentaries as are so many works today, this resource is a balanced pastoral tool for pastors and students who are overwhelmed by the proliferation of literature in the fields of biblical and pastoral studies.

The Layperson S Library

Author : Robert A. Yost
ISBN : 9781725281288
Genre : Religion
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In the spirit of Cyril Barber's classic work from the 1970s, The Minister's Library, and the author's 2017 book, The Pastor's Library, Robert Yost provides the same expert guidance now for a lay audience. Finally, laypersons who desire to study the Bible have an invaluable resource for the acquisition of research tools as well as general Christian reading. From general reference works such as Bible atlases and concordances, commentaries, devotional works, and theological studies to Christian biography and fiction, this book is a trustworthy guide through the multiplicity of books that just seem to keep rolling off the presses. Overwhelmed by the proliferation of Christian books on the shelves? This handy guide is the book for you!

Welcome To The Revolution

Author : Brian Tome
ISBN : 9781418570873
Genre : Religion
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Felt the pull of God? Answered it? Freaked out about what to do next? As Brian Tome was talking to a new Christ-follower in his office, he realized that he had nothing on his bookshelf that would give her the "straight talk" on the radical new life she was about to begin. So he penned Welcome to the Revolution a bold, honest, humorous guide to joining the ever-advancing Kingdom of God. "The Revolution," as Tome calls the Christian life, is already underway, and while it is both exhilarating and fulfilling, it's challenging and confusing at times. This book will guide the reader from the basics (navigating through Christian kitsch at the bookstore) to the practical (Bible reading and building community) to the profound (concepts of forgiveness and using imagination in prayer). To those people who have previously dismissed the "Christian" life, or those who want to learn more about God in an accessible way, this book will be the breath that clears the air and shows them how to follow a Revolutionary God.

David Dancing Like A King

Author : Larry Lichtenwalter
ISBN : 0828017719
Genre : Bible
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At last David is king. He can defeat the Philistines. But can he resist a beautiful woman? In his third book walking through the life of David, Larry Lichtenwalter shows us the qualities David possesed as a leader. Each chapter gives the reader an abundance of theological insights and pulls an enormous amount of spiritual lessons from the exciting exploits of David, a man after God's own heart.

Conformed To His Image Revised Edition

Author : Kenneth D. Boa
ISBN : 9780310109839
Genre : Religion
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A Comprehensive, Balanced, and Applicable Guide to Spiritual Growth. What does a real relationship with God look like? What does the biblical vision of true spiritual life look like? How do we grow in spiritual maturity? How we answer these questions influence the health, potency, and witness of Christians in an increasingly complex and hostile world. Conformed to His Image answers these questions with clarity and insight, offering a comprehensive, balanced, and applicable guide to spiritual growth. Designed for use in college and seminary courses, this revised edition of the widely used textbook helps readers build their lives on a fully biblical perspective. It offers corrective to our tendency to pick and compartmentalize spiritual growth by exploring twelve facets of authentic Christian spirituality including: Relational Spirituality: Loving God Completely, Ourselves Correctly, and Other Compassionately Paradigm Spirituality: Cultivating an Eternal versus a Temporal Perspective Disciplined Spirituality: Engaging in the Historical Disciplines Exchanged Life Spirituality: Grasping Our True Identity in Christ Motivated Spirituality: A Set of Biblical Incentives Devotional Spirituality: Falling in Love with God Holistic Spirituality: Every Component of Life under the Lordship of Christ Process Spirituality: Process versus Product, Being versus Doing Spirit-Filled Spirituality: Walking in the Power of the Spirit Warfare Spirituality: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil Nurturing Spirituality: A Lifestyle of Evangelism and Discipleship Corporate Spirituality: Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship With chapter overviews and objectives, questions for personal application, a glossary, and a list of key terms, Conformed to His Image provides a defining text for the student, pastor, and church leader of today and tomorrow. This revised edition includes new recommended resources throughout, more recent examples of subjects discussed, and updated wording to better reflect our postmodern context.

Restoring Joy To Your Inner World

Author : Gordon MacDonald
ISBN : 0884860590
Genre : Joy
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MacDonald's collection of bestselling titles, Ordering Your Private World, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, and Rebuilding Your Broken World, offers the strength and compassion of Biblical hope to those who struggle with confused goals and shattered ideals.

The Spiritual Mentor

Author : Jim Grassi
ISBN : 9781401677923
Genre : Religion
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There is nothing more fundamental to the Christian faith and to building godly men than discipleship. In today’s vernacular, discipleship would best be described as “Spiritual Mentoring.” Why are discipleship and mentoring so important? How does discipleship connect to the struggles men face today? Discipleship is a relational process that requires people to become actively involved in their faith. Devoted and active men can change the direction of our culture. Most importantly, God has commanded men to be the leaders in the home, church, and community. Authentic discipleship is about developing a caring concern and a genuine love for others through modeling Christ-like attitudes and behavior in the context of relational environments. A fresh approach is needed to define, implement, and equip men with a passion to make disciples. It starts with relationship. Because it all starts with the individual, we must see one-on-one discipleship as the primary objective to begin the revolution. The Spiritual Mentor will explain how men can rescue their faith and how spiritual mentors must play a critical role in bringing the church back to its original purpose. Features include: Metaphors, anecdotes, and practical applications Practical tools for becoming a spiritual mentor Discussion questions Dr. Jim Grassi has captured the essence of what is happening today with men in the church and defined logical and practical steps to get back on course of men gaining a closer relationship with God in the mentoring and discipleship process. Dr. Grassi illustrates "the how to" thru practical examples of situations we all know and can relate. Dr. Grassi sets the tone for a modern day Haggai in being strong and staying courageous, putting in the effort by serving and working at the process, and lastly knowing that God never leaves your side and is always with you. This book is a must read and must have for reference of every men's ministry leader. - Darrel Billups, NCMM, Executive Director Our men’s small group just finished reading and discussing The Spiritual Mentor. We found the book to be challenging, informative and very practical. The stories and illustrations are captivating, giving insight into principles and techniques of discipleship. As fathers and grandfathers, we want to first be a positive influence on our families and then on others with whom we come in contact. This book has raised the level of our awareness of the responsibility and opportunity to serve God in fulfilling the most important directive given us by our Lord: to make disciples. Thank you for sharing your insight and experiences with us. - Norman Thomas, Administrative Pastor, Valley Assembly

The Book Of Prayers

Author : W. Terry Whalin
ISBN : 9781466892309
Genre : Religion
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By the hundreds of thousands, men are joing the Promise Keepers, an organization offering spiritual guidance and community to Christians. Since the movement began in 1990 with fewer than a hundred men, it has grown to nearly two million, packing stadiums in cities throughout the country with individuals striving for enlightenment and a closer life with God. The apostle Luke once declared quite simply, "Men should always pray." Turning to prayer and making it a critical part of your life will open your heart to God and further your spiritual journey. That is why prayer serves as the foundation of the Promise Keepers movement. Who better than Stephen Shanklin, a leader of prayer for the Promise Keepers, to offer a book of moving and inspirational prayers to the organization's followers. First, The Book of Prayers teaches the importance of prayer, motivating men to make a connection with God. Then he helps guide men through prayer. Each chapter begins with a brief story about a man searching for spiritual help, followed by several prayers, and finishing with brief passages from the Bible. These prayers will serve men in every aspect of their lives: Prayers for Courage Prayers of Thanksgiving Prayers of Rejoicing Prayers for Repentance Prayers for Family The strength and power of The Book of Prayers comes not only in its depth and conviction, but also in its celebration of the very spirit of a life with God.

Success Over Stress

Author : H. Norman Wright
ISBN : 9780736937047
Genre : Religion
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In A Couple After God's Own Heart Interactive Workbook, Jim and Elizabeth George build on the content of their book, A Couple After God's Own Heart, to create a companion guide that leads husbands and wives through a fascinating study on God's plan for marriage. Through a unique blend of Bible study material, questions for thought, and "What Can I Do Today?" applications, couples will grow a closer and deeper union as they... learn from the successes and failures of key couples in the Bible discover the essentials to a better marriage participate in discussions designed to stimulate communication with each other set and apply goals that help husbands and wives be all God designed them to be determine how to make the best of the strengths and weaknesses in their relationship This friendly and practical study offers life lessons from a variety of well-known couples in Scripture, and will equip spouses to experience more and more of the incredible bliss only God can bring into a marriage.

Building A Ministry Of Spiritual Mentoring

Author : Jim Grassi
ISBN : 9781401677947
Genre : Religion
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There is nothing more fundamental to the Christian faith and to building godly men than discipleship. In today’s vernacular, discipleship would best be described as “Spiritual Mentoring.” Why are discipleship and mentoring so important? How does discipleship connect to men and the struggles they face today? Authentic discipleship is about developing a caring concern and a genuine love for others through modeling Christ-like attitudes and behavior in the context of relational environments. A fresh approach is needed to define, implement, and equip men with a passion to make disciples. It starts with relationship. Men are desperate for meaningful relationships both with God and other men. Building a Ministry of Spiritual Mentoring will help churches and ministry leaders create dynamic environments for men to experience real transformation and develop authentic Christian relationships. This proven method will assist your church or group in effectively developing and deploying a ministry of spiritual mentoring. Features include: Metaphors, anecdotes, and practical applications Proven tools for developing a ministry around spiritual mentoring Discussion questions

The Rooted Life

Author : Mark Mah
ISBN : 9781532689970
Genre : Religion
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To thrive spiritually we need to learn from the trees. Each part of the tree, its roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and seeds, gives valuable insights into the Christian life. The roots, which are critical to the tree's health and invisible to the naked eye, refer to the need to develop the inner life of the Christian. The root system shared among neighboring trees highlights the importance of communal living among Christians. The trunk, which is mainly used for wood and has rings in it, points to the need for Christians to live sacrificially and to review their lives periodically. The branches instruct Christians to draw strength from Christ by abiding in him. The leaves call on Christians to be thankful and to seek rejuvenation of their souls when they enter a dry patch in their spiritual lives. The seed that falls to the ground and dies challenges Christians to stay put and wait on God in order to gain a foothold in their spiritual lives. This book will convince us to look at trees in a different light. We begin to appreciate trees, which we have taken for granted, for their silent wisdom.

More Than A Fisherman

Author : Jim Grassi
ISBN : 9781401677961
Genre : Religion
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Spiritual mentoring, or discipleship, is a relational process that requires people to become actively involved in their faith. Authentic discipleship is about developing a caring concern and a genuine love for others through modeling Christlike attitudes and behavior in the context of relational environments. It starts with relationship. Because it all starts with the individual, we must see one-on-one discipleship as the primary objective to begin the revolution. In More Than a Fisherman, Dr. Jim Grassi provides guidance for men who desire to mentor others or to be mentored, using Jesus and the twelve disciples as a model. Designed to be used as a companion to The Spiritual Mentor and Building a Ministry of Spiritual Mentoring, this manual is for use during times of mentoring and suggests types of exercises and activities two men can do together. Features include: Fishing theme, including information on how the disciples fished Archaeological facts with illustrations and photographs of fishing artifacts Activity suggestions for mentoring sessions

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