This is the life we've been given. In a creative way, he shows readers that pain and beauty are so inextricably linked that to lose the former costs us the latter. Those grappling with life's inconsistencies and trials will especially find a welcome resonance between their lives and Heroes and Monsters. Riebock both validates their experiences and challenges them to live beyond them in this ever-changing life.
So how do we make sense of life's unexpected nature, intimacy, and live with a sense of peace despite pain?In this stunningly honest, purpose, dreams, compelling, grief, and ultimately hopeful book, obedience, find a way to embrace the tension, Josh James Riebock explores issues of trust, and the unexpected stops along the journey that form us into the people we are.
Every one of us is both a hero and a monster, and the world we inhabit is both beautiful and twisted. We are shaken by changes, gains, insights, losses, mistakes, desires, and transitions. And just when we've gotten settled back down, things get shaken up again.
Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will
To just do something. So says kevin deyoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way. Why won’t god reveal his special will for my life already?Because he doesn’t intend to. He exposes the frustrations of our waiting games and unfolds the freedom of finding God’s will in Scripture and then simply doing it.
This book is a call to put down our Magic 8-Balls and pick up God’s Word. It’s a call to get wisdom, follow Christ, be holy, and live freely. And quit floundering. With pastoral wisdom and tasteful wit, DeYoung debunks unbiblical ways of understanding God’s will and constructs a simple but biblical alternative: live like Christ.
Many of us are listening for the still small voice to tell us what’s next instead of listening to the clear voice in Scripture telling us what’s now. God does have a will for your life, but it is the same as everyone else’s: Seek first the kingdom of God.
The Parables of Jesus
But the parables break through mere words and make us ask whether there has indeed been any real difference in our lives. In this beloved classic, james boice takes us systematically through the parables of Jesus, wisdom and folly, grouping them into five categories: parables of the kingdom, salvation, the Christian life, and judgment.
In each section Boice brings Jesus' words to bear on life today. Discover their power for yourself. Jesus' parables are memorable for a reason. Through his careful study and clear explanation of each parable—born from a sermon series he preached at the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he pastored for 32 years—he helps us understand just what Jesus meant, and how our hearts and lives ought to respond.
Some sections of the Bible give us grand theology. Some move us to grateful responses to God.
hand in Hand: The Beauty of God's Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice
It’s also one of the most personal. In hand in hand, randy alcorn says that the traditional approach to this debate has often diminished our trust in God and his purposes. A careful guide through scripture, hand in Hand shows us why God’s sovereignty and meaningful human choice work together in a beautiful way.
If god is sovereign, how can i be free to choose? but if god is not sovereign, how can he be God? Is it possible to reconcile God’s sovereignty with human choice? This is one of the most perplexing theological questions. Instead of making a one-sided argument from select verses, Alcorn examines the question in light of all Scripture.
By exploring what the whole bible says about divine sovereignty and human choice, hand in hand helps us… · carefully and honestly examine the different views on this issue· Gain a deeper understanding of God· Appreciate God’s design in providing us the freedom of meaningful choice· See the value in better understanding what we cannot fully understand· Learn how to communicate about the issue in clear and compassionate ways· More fully experience the unity Christ intends for his ChurchIncludes small-group discussion questions.
What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life
He has counseled for over twenty-five years and is the best-selling author of many books including when people are big and god is small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression: A Stubborn Darkness; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction; Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.
Tired of trying to win approval and escape rejection?Peer pressure, shame, codependency, low self-esteem; these are just some of the words used to identify how people are controlled by others' opinions. Why is it so important to be liked? Why is rejection so traumatic?Edward T. This interactive book includes questions for individual or group study and is suitable for teenagers and young adults.
Edward T. Welch, M. Div. Ph. D. Is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation CCEF. He and his wife Sheri have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Welch's insightful, loving relationships grow as we learn about ourselves, biblical answers to these questions show that freedom from others' opinions and genuine, others, and God.
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul
Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, ” Jesus invites us, “and you will find rest for your souls. So come. Fighting back her own sense of restlessness and anxiety, milkweed, discovering a classroom full of forsythia, she finds herself immersed in the world outside, and a failed herb garden.
Lessons about soil preparation, sour mulch, and grapevine blights reveal the truth about our dependence on God, finding rest, and fighting discontentment. Humble roots is part theology of incarnation and part stroll through the fields and forest. Anchored in the teaching of jesus, strict boundaries, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, or increased productivity—leads to peace.
It’s a route made famous by natural beauty and the simple rhythms of rural life. And it’s in this setting that Hannah Anderson began her exploration of what it means to pursue a life of peace and humility. The blue ridge parkway meanders through miles of rolling Virginia mountains. Remember who you are and Who you are not, and rediscover the rest that comes from belonging to Him.
Feeling worn thin? Come find rest. Learn humility from the lilies of the field and from the One who is humility Himself.
A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World
We don’t have to lose the next generation to culture. In this practical guide, john stonestreet and brett kunkle explore questions including:what unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture?Why do so many kids struggle with identity?How do we talk to kids about same-sex marriage and transgenderism?How can leaders steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions?How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? With biblical clarity, this is the practical go-to manual to equip kids to rise above the culture.
Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood
Yet, samson's solitary successes were eventually overcome by moral weaknesses. Too many men see the biblical hero Samson as their model for manhood--a rugged individualist of the highest order. With no-holds-barred honesty and poignant storytelling, Nate Larkin introduces a model of community and friendship that is reinvigorating men's ministry across the country, a model he calls The Samson Society.
Larkin, through the story of his own past and the stories of those in The Samson Society, offers a radical, refreshing alternative.
Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying
It is a real-world guide to the transformation that Jesus works in us as we go to him in faith and ask for his power to change, to listen, and to think differently. Author tim witmer draws from thirty years of experience in helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives to present a clear, biblical, and deeply pastoral guide to replacing worry with a new way of thinking.
Mindscape is not a self-help book or an academic tome on behavioral theory. Ebola, the economy, our kids, our parents, our future. When we get stuck, it's not exactly easy to fixate on “whatever is true, noble, right and pure. We are profoundly aware that our worries have negative consequences for our bodies, minds, and relationships.
Chapter-by-chapter application questions make Mindscape perfect for personal reflection or small group use. We struggle to pull our thoughts away from our worries, fears, and frustrations. No worries?” we lob the phrase at others, but lie awake at night ourselves. But like most real people with real problems, our thoughts keep swirling around the same old issues.
Mindscape builds a practical action plan for changing your mental landscape—and your life—based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8.
With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this book will help you dig deeper into what Christian community in the twenty-first century should look like. Biblical fellowship in new testament times—or koinonia—had rich and varied meanings, including covenant relationship, communion with God and others, partnership in the gospel, and the sharing of earthly possessions.
In true community, bestselling author Jerry Bridges guides you through koinonia and its implications for today’s church. You will come away with a new appreciation for fellowship, the church, and what God intended the body of Christ to be. With a discussion guide for personal or group use. What god intended for the Body of ChristFellowship among believers is more than just talking over coffee after church service.
Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God
Yet few christians today experience or enjoy this reality. If you are a christian, the bible says that Christ has united his life to yours, that you are now in Christ and Christ is in you. Union with christ reveals the transformational power of this ancient doctrine while addressing the basic questions of the human heart:Who Am I?Why Am I Here?Where Am I Headed?How Will I Get There?Nothing is more practical for living the Christian life than union with Christ.
The recovery of this reality provides the anchor and engine for your life with God—for your destiny is not only to see Christ, but to actually become like him. This almost unfathomable truth is the central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Winner of the 2017 christian book award for new author named one of the top books of 2016 by John Piper's Desiring God ministry To experience why the gospel is good news and answer life’s most foundational questions about identity, destiny, and purpose, we must understand what it means to be united to Christ.