This updated classic leads the reader through the inductive Bible study process, showing practically how to study the Bible for one's self.
With this tool, Christians can learn to relevantly apply God's Word to their lives as His Spirit leads them personally, rather than as some other leader might direct. Originally published in 1986, Finzel's style remains very accessible—providing practical examples that walk the reader through the steps of unpacking Scripture, using actual passages to practice.
Free downloadable study guide and activities.
For those with a burning hunger for more...
the Song of Solomon reveals the processes of God in the lives of those who seek to know Him more fully and personally.
In The Secret of the Stairs, Wade Taylor sets forth the steps that lead to spiritual maturity and intimate communion with the Lord as depicted in the love relationship of the Song of Solomon.
From the call to "Rise up...and come away," to the Bride's declaration, "I am my Beloved's and His desire is toward me," the author presents clear spiritual insight and its practical outworking based on personal experience.
This book stands in contrast to the quick answers and easy methods popular today. The Psalmist speaks," Deep calls to deep." The deeps of God are heard only in the depths of the spirit of man. This book opens the reader to a path, which leads from these depths to the mountaintop with our Lord.
More than a book to read, it is food for the spirit.
The Application Commentary of the Gospel of Matthew is a verse by verse examination of the Gospel of Matthew and should be seriously considered for application in personal/family devotions, group Bible studies and Sunday school classes. It is designed to build up and equip the Christian (new believer or lifelong) in understanding and living out God's Word. Each section concludes with a portion called Summary and Application which discusses how to apply the scripture studied to daily life. James summed up this concept when he wrote: “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22
The Fake Commission: When the church cares more about what the world thinks - than what GOD COMMANDS.
THE FAKE COMMISSION is a serious examination of the Great Commission. We live in a day where felt-needs are elevated over Biblical theology among many Christians, ministries and churches. The purpose of this book is to challenge and encourage the serious Christian and the church. Without a correct focus on evangelism and missions, one risks a life of self-deception regarding what real Christian service is. This book does no belabor imprecise terms like "balance" or "moderation" when discussing evangelism and good works - it seeks to be Biblical.
When our lives are done, it is the truly Spirit-led obedient believer who will hear:
"Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master." (Matthew 25:21).
After many years of writing her own words in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to be more attentive to the Savior's voice and begin listening for what He was saying. So with pen in hand, she embarked on a journey that forever changed her—and many others around the world.
In these powerful pages are the words and Scriptures Jesus lovingly laid on her heart. Words of reassurance, comfort, and hope. Words that have made her increasingly aware of His presence and allowed her to enjoy His peace.
Jesus is calling out to you in the same way. Maybe you share the author’s need for a great sense of “God with you”. Or perhaps Jesus seems distant without you knowing why. Or maybe you have wandered farther from Him that you ever imagined you would. Here is a year’s worth of daily readings from Young’s journals to bring you closer to Christ and move your time with Him from monologue to a dialogue.
Each day is written as if Jesus Himself were speaking to you. Because He is. Do you hear Him calling?
-connect the dots for readers of the Bible, demonstrating how each individual story is really one chapter in the larger story
-show how Jesus is the point of the story, especially his death and resurrection
-build a biblical worldview by showing the reader how the Bible answers the ultimate questions of life
Women who read this book will discover a new depth of love for Jesus Christ and realize a greater appreciation for his sacrifice. They will experience the wonders and mysteries of Christ's love, and their faith will be strengthened. Perfect for small groups or personal study, Women at the Cross brings alive the devotion, loyalty, and servanthood of the women who came, who stayed, and who continue to come even today.
Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesnÕt have to stay that way.
The Love Dare, the New York Times No. 1 best seller that has sold five million copies and was major plot device in the popular movie Fireproof, is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. ItÕs time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage.
This second edition also features a special link to a free online marriage evaluation, a new preface by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, minor text updates, and select testimonials from The Love Dare readers. Take the dare!
In The Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey has explained the philosophy of Satanism more profoundly than any of his ancestors in the Kingdom of Darkness, while describing in detail the innovative rituals and trappings he has devised to create a church of realists. It has been clear from the first edition that many people want to read this book to learn how to start Satanic groups and ritualize black magic. The Satanic Bible and The Satanic Rituals are the only books that have demonstrated, in a way that is authentic and true to relevant traditions,how all of that can be done. There have been many imitators, never attributing their source,and with good reason; because once the shabbiness and shallowness of the imitators have been compared to LaVey's pioneering work, there can no longer be any market for the ripoff artists.
The evidence is clear to any who are willing to view the record: Anton LaVey brought Satan out of the closet and the Church of Satan is the fountainhead of contemporary Satanism. This book summarizes the message both convey, and remains both challenge and inspiration, as timely today as when it was written.
Keep Your Vision in Front of You - Dare to dream big dreams.
Run Your Race - Focus on your unique course and goals. Expect Good Things - Anticipate great opportunities. Have a Positive Mind-set - Take control of your thoughts and attitudes. Commit to Excellence - Do your best and maintain high standards. Keep Growing - Be proactive, be intentional, build on your gifts, and continually improve. Serve Others - Invest yourself in others. Stay Passionate - Light the fire within and approach life with enthusiasm.
One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide.
The book brings together C. S. Lewis's legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to "explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times."
Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.
This Red Letter Edition of the Catholic Bible consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament with the words of Jesus Christ highlighted in red. This Douay-Rheims version is the authoritative Bible of the Catholic Church. It is a beautiful translation that brings to life the teachings of the church.
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.
We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.
In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.
From the Hardcover edition.
Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandies who are recognized authorities in their fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this remarkable book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ?
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• That God Hath More Thrones Than One
• The Godly Can Distinguish One Throne from Another
• The Persons Intended By This Exhortation
• How We Are To Approach the Throne of Grace
• Motives for Coming Boldly to the Throne of Grace
Many people are living aimless lives, suffering from depression, anxiety,doubt, cynicism, and fear because of disappointments they have experiencedin the past. Y ou may even be affected without realizing it—completelyunaware that events that happened long ago are still simmering in thebackground. But you can find the strength to change the course.In The Art of Joy Tracey Armstrong skillfully uses the biblical stories ofSarah, the wife of Abraham, and King David, who both defeated pain anddisappointment, to demonstrate not only how to cope with hurt but alsoovercome it.
Now is the time to break the chains of disappointment and experience adramatic shift in your perspective. Your eyes will open to:The fact that God has destined you to win despite difficult circumstancesThe telltale signs of unrecognized disappointment and the steps necessary to walk in freedom and purposeGod’s eternal forces of faith, hope, and love and how they are available to you now as a part of His promise
Covenant is enacted in every part of your life from marriage andfamily to deliverance and freedom all the way down to yourfinances. When you stay true to your covenant with God, you can besure that no matter what storms come in life, it is God's everlastingcovenant of peace that will bring you through victoriously. God ’s CovenantWith You for Life and Favor shows you how being in covenant with God:Frees you from your pastAllows you to harness your future with expectancyPuts you in position to receive the supernatural wisdom of GodCatapults you into the new things of God, and much more!When you stay true to your covenant with God, you can be sure that
for every circumstance you face, it is His everlasting covenant that
will bring you through to victory.
Do you want to be a better leader? Raise the threshold of your pain. Do you want your church to grow or your business to reach higher goals? Reluctance to face pain is your greatest limitation. There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain. Bottom line: if you're not hurting, you're not leading.
But this book is not a theological treatise on pain. Rather in Leadership Pain Samuel Chand—best-selling author recognized as "the leader's leader"—provides a concrete, practical understanding of the pain we experience to help us interpret pain more accurately and learn the lessons God has in it for us.
Chand is ruthlessly honest and highly practical as he examines the principles and practices that make our pain a means of fulfilling God's divine purposes for our churches, communities, and us. These features are included in this leadership treasure trove:
POWERFUL, personal stories from some of the finest leaders in the world, such as Craig Groeschel, Benny Perez, Mike Kai, Lisa Bevere, Mark Chironna, Dale Bronner, Philip Wagner, Michael Pitts, and numerous others
REVEALING INSIGHTS into the growth that occurs through pain in leadership roles
PRACTICAL EXERCISES to help you apply the valuable principles you are learning
YOU ARE IN AN INTERNAL WAR with an invisible giant who isrelentlessly assaulting your thoughts, draining your energy, andkeeping you from living a meaningful life. Deep down you’rea lover of God and are aware of your incredible potential, butyou’ve run into an intimidating giant that has you blocked.
Negative thoughts are like invisible giants that live in the mind.Your thoughts will either strengthen or undermine the courageand confidence of your heart. They don’t carry swords and spears,but they sabotage your thinking and keep you from God’s best.
You can defeat these giants for good.
Slings and Stones looks at the classic underdog story of David andGoliath to help you see that you can be like young David, whodefeated his giant. You can deconstruct the negative thoughts andattitudes that have infiltrated your mind, face down your giants,and triumphantly take hold of God’s plan for your life.
Not all that appears to be good is of God unless you know the true spirit of its intent, its motive – its purpose.
Adam, Where are You? is a genesis question. It requires an honest answer in order to uncover the true spiritual condition of our soul.
God asks this question because the conflicts that we face are due to the lack of communication that causes division; and yet it is not with others, but rather within ourselves.
As long as we remain under our cover, we simply do not know and understand ourselves as well as we think. We cover ourselves because we don’t know and understand the heart of God that is found under His covering.
Join in this journey of the soul to understand the answer to God’s question; to reveal our true intentions and to discover the truth of God’s loving intentions for us – His purpose.
AND AUTHORITY TO DEFEAT THE DEVIL
Many people are unconsciously living in bondage. Marriages arefailing, drugs are rampant, pornography is everywhere, and evenChristians have given up—on God, the church, and themselves.
The Biblical Guidebook to Deliverance provides you with thesupernatural power and authority to fight your battles and be freefrom oppression. Full of scriptural, yet practical, teaching this bookwill help you learn how deliverance was part of Jesus’s ministry inthe New Testament, and how you have access to the same power—enabling you to live free from the chains of sin.
No matter what situation you are going through, God will giveyou His grace so that you can rejoice in freedom and live in thefullness of life that He intends for you.
Churches say No in a thousand ways to new ideas, ministry initiatives, and creative people. Churches struggle with committees that are no longer conducive to their mission while pastors and laity have become conditioned to view anything new with suspicion and resistance. Churches operate with a pervasive culture of No.
Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry is written for people whose passion has been simmering for years, who yearn to be told Yes ! It’s for those whose energy and ideas have been tamped down by systems and attitudes that restrain ministry and who have felt frustrated by attempts to start programs, reach new people, or experiment with alternative worship services, only to be told No.
Robert Schnase examines the systems and attitudes that restrain and control ministry. He demonstrates practical ways church leaders can rethink fundamental assumptions about organizations and leadership. Real-church examples show how every church can unleash its people for ministry—encouraging, emboldening, and equipping them.
“Significant turnaround could happen in churches everywhere if each congregation worked through this book, chapter by chapter.” —Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of the Missional Church Consultation Initiative, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church
“Just Say Yes! is a valuable resource for laity and leaders who want to make a real difference in their mission field. I’m making it required reading in every church I coach and work with.” —Ken Willard, Certified Consultant and Coach, Leadership 4 Transformation; author, Time Management for the Christian Leader from Abingdon Press
“The energy of the Holy Spirit jumps off every page and right into your heart and mind in a way that could make all things new.” —Patricia Farris, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica, CA
“If we take this book seriously we will see people unleashed for ministry in the world. In the process we may just rediscover why our churches exist in the first place.” —Clay Oliphint, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Richardson, TX
“Schnase examines how churches say No, then provides an inspiring and practical look at how they can say Yes. We need this book!” —Steve Harper, Professor of Spiritual Formation (retired); author, Five Marks of a Methodist from Abingdon Press
The wisdom of C. S. Lewis comes in a form that is deeply moving as well as great fun and high adventure. Noted Lewis scholar and popular speaker Devin Brown reveals the lessons woven throughout this endearing text. Bringing Narnia Home presents Lewis’s timeless message for the Narnian in each of us. Imagine opening a book and finding chapters like these:Of Mice and Minotaurs: Actions We See as Small and Insignificant Can Be More Important than We Realize Despite What White Witches, Tisrocs, and Other Tyrants Think Narnia Would Not Be Narnia if It Was All Badgers: It Takes a Village (One with Giants, Dwarfs, and Everyone in Between) to Make a Community Adventures Can Begin in the Most Unlikely Places (Something to Keep in Mind the Next Time You Find Yourself in an Unlikely Place)
A wise, winsome, and whimsical look at the important values and lessons the Narnia series teaches that actually provide the groundwork for a profound and meaningful life.
In Angels and Demons Ron Phillips brings you a definitive guideto these supernatural beings, providing a basic training manualin the war between good and evil. We are not powerless againstthe forces of darkness, but to survive we must know both ourallies and our real enemies.
Divided into two parts for easy understanding, sections include:
• Where they originated
• How they operate
• How they are activated
• Tracing their history
• Understanding their dynasty
• Enforcing and maintaining the victory over them
Farmer’s markets, artisanal dark chocolate, home-made bread, craft-brewed beer, and independent boutique coffee shops may not immediately call to mind issues of faith, but they should. As the “American Dream” starts to fray at both ends, millions of people are embracing values that seem to hail from a bygone era. They are seeking out the local, the small, the responsible and the nourishing instead of the cheap, the homogenized, the mass-produced and the canned.
Is it possible that this renewed interest in these pre-modern values may actually offer an open door into the hearts and minds of this generation? Is there a way to explore specific, inspiring stories about coffee, bread, chocolate and art that lead people toward a truly Biblical understanding of the person, words and work of Jesus to reveal the truth, goodness and beauty of the Gospel?
With fascinating stories and a thread of memoir, Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate explores the emerging—actually re-emerging—values of this post-industrial age and points out parallels between them and the teaching and ministry of Jesus and his earliest followers. Rather than seeking to tie the faith to trends in the culture, it shows how trends in the culture are already very close to the organic kind of faith that could reenergize the church and bring countless young and middle-aged people into a saving experience of Christ.
This book is designed to encourage young to maturemen with the power of the Bible, and help them to knowwhich promises to stand on when seeking guidancethrough manhood.
This book includes Spirit-led promises for:Knowing GodRelationshipsGod’s faithfulness, forgiveness, and comfortLiving like JesusFinding God’s direction
A hunger for more is growing in the hearts of an increasing numberof Christians who sense that what God has promised is muchgreater than what they’ve actually experienced. But the answers won’tbe found in the spiritual hero on the platform despite how good themessages might be.
Ultimately, the solution can be found only in a deeper understandingof the Father’s heart. In Yes, There’s More R. Loren Sandford coverstopics such as:The difference between faith and feelingsGod’s interest in who you are becoming rather than what you’re receivingHow to let your light shine and not hide it awayThe intimacy and trust that come from being God’s friendThe importance of alignment with God in prayerDeveloping a correct understanding of grace
This book is designed to encourage accomplishedstudents, with the power of the Bible, and help them toknow which promises to stand on when beginning thejourney to their career and calling.
This book includes Spirit-led promises for:
Knowing GodLiving like JesusRelationshipsFinding God's directionGod's faithfulness, forgiveness, and comfort
Before its foundation America first flew the Appeal to Heaven flag. Itwas the banner George Washington used on his navy ships to signalthat their only hope against British rule and religious persecutionwas an appeal to heaven. The crusade continues today.
Sparked in part by a revelation Dutch Sheets received over thecourse of twelve years, the nation is being called back to prayer fora Third Great Awakening. As a result, pockets of revival are breakingout across the nation.
Through in-depth interviews, eye-witness accounts, transcribedspeeches, and prophetic visions from noted leaders such as BillyGraham, Reinhard Bonnke, the late Steve Hill, and others, The NextGreat Move of God serves as a means to not only fan the fires ofrevival unto this awakening but also equip you to sustain it.
INSTINCT FOR GRADUATES encourages readers to thrive using their new diplomas, and demonstrates ways to:
Create a plan with clear direction for your life that makes the most of your potential Make new friends, and maintain (or let go of) old relationships Choose and live with roommates Form an adult relationship with your parents-cut the cord, without tearing the relationship Manage your finances and debt Hunt for the right jobs, interview successfully, and begin an outstanding career Navigate the ins-and-outs of dating, relating, and getting married Embrace new adventures, have fun, and expand your horizonsEquipped with the wisdom of Instinct, graduates will discover their potential, become equipped to succeed in every opportunity, and stride confidently into the future.
In The Territories of Science and Religion, Harrison dismantles what we think we know about the two categories, then puts it all back together again in a provocative, productive new way. By tracing the history of these concepts for the first time in parallel, he illuminates alternative boundaries and little-known relations between them—thereby making it possible for us to learn from their true history, and see other possible ways that scientific study and the religious life might relate to, influence, and mutually enrich each other.
A tour de force by a distinguished scholar working at the height of his powers, The Territories of Science and Religion promises to forever alter the way we think about these fundamental pillars of human life and experience.
Drawing on his own years as a madrasa student in India, Moosa describes in fascinating detail the daily routine for teachers and students today. He shows how classical theological, legal, and Qur'anic texts are taught, and he illuminates the history of ideas and politics behind the madrasa system. Addressing the contemporary political scene in a clear-eyed manner, Moosa introduces us to madrasa leaders who hold diverse and conflicting perspectives on the place of religion in society. Some admit that they face intractable problems and challenges, including militancy; others, Moosa says, hide their heads in the sand and fail to address the crucial issues of the day. Offering practical suggestions to both madrasa leaders and U.S. policymakers for reform and understanding, Moosa demonstrates how madrasas today still embody the highest aspirations and deeply felt needs of traditional Muslims.
For Muslims, as for adherents of other religions, intentions as well as practices are paramount in one's religious life. Lawrence elucidates how public utterances, together with private pursuits, reflect the emotive, sensory, and intellectual aspirations of the devout. Ranging from the practice of the tongue (speaking) to practices in cyberspace (online religious activities), Lawrence explores how Allah is invoked, defined, remembered, and also debated. While the practice of the heart demonstrates how Allah is remembered in Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, the practice of the mind examines how theologians and philosophers have defined Allah in numerous contexts, often with conflicting aims. The practice of the ear marks the contemporary period, in which Lawrence locates and then assesses competing calls for jihad, or religious struggle, within the cacophony of an immensely diverse umma, the worldwide Muslim community.
This work is one of Pagitt's most famous and was originally written in over 400 pages (the longer version). This "cliff note" version describes the most important aspects of various heresies, and was republished after the longer work was circulating. Pagitt succinctly covers heretical groups such as the Jesuits, Socinians, Arminians, Anabaptists, Pelagians, Seperatists and many others. At the end of the work is attached a public "ordinance" which the magistrate enforced on any heretics of the day.
Added to this current volume is this very important sermon on what the bible teaches concerning heresy. Sedgwick explains the nature of heresy (and defines what is and is not heresy), the danger of heresy, the greatness of the danger of heresies, and then concludes with three uses in application.
This is not a scan or facsimile, has been updated in modern English for easy reading and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.