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Maybe you're troubled by the disconnect between the words you speak and the life you live. Maybe you'd like to see your faith become more active and life-changing in the world around you. Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook felt that way. Even though their calling involved preaching and teaching, they became weary of sermons and words. They felt a gap between what they were saying and the needs of people around them. They decided to do something about it. Be the Message is their story of waking up to the gospel--not just a gospel of words and sermons, but the gospel of intention and action and people. They discovered a profound secret: You Are the Gospel As they explored the deeper truths of scripture, the verse "the word of God lives in you" came alive. Digging deeper, they discovered that the gospel message is really about life message--your life lived out. God's call to you is simple: Be the Message Be the Message opens up a new world of understanding about what God calls you to. As the Shooks learned, the gospel is not about what you say. It's about who you are and what you do--and how you can be God's hands and feet in the world. What would happen if we talked about God less and walked with God more? Be the Message reminds us that Christianity was meant to be a faith of action, not a faith of words. Yet often we sacrifice doing something for the sake of talking about it. When we actually act out on our faith, we find our faith grows even more. You can do more than nothing. People's lives are changed when you allow your life to be the gospel to the world. Living out the gospel in the world today is both simple and costly. The Shooks explore that paradox through biblical stories and their own experience of making a decision to live out the gospel in practical ways. Choosing to be the gospel changed their family, church and personal relationships with God. How can it change your life?
We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved. How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God? Join Pastor and best-selling author Pete Wilson in discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking after God with your whole life. Learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life's empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.
Unlike many books about the afterlife, Life after Death makes no appeal to religious faith, divine revelation, or sacred texts. Drawing on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, evolutionary biology, science, philosophy, and psychology, D'Souza shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death. He concludes by showing how life after death can give depth and significance to this life, a path to happiness, and reason for hope.
Ocho Decisiones Sanadoras (Life's Healing Choices) promises freedom from life's hurts, hang-ups, and habits, assuring readers that true happiness can be theirs -- if they choose it. now this life-changing book is poised to bring wisdom to a whole new audience. Eight simple yet powerful choices are the basis of this promise-filled book, in which author John Baker reveals God's enlightening passageway to wholeness, growth, spiritual maturity, and yes, real happiness. These eight choices have been life-tested in more than 400,000 lives in 10,000 churches through the nationwide Celebrate Recovery ministry. Rather than focusing on the past, these eight choices provide an optimistic view to the future and authentic hope for lasting change. Readers will discover the answers that have already brought freedom and healing to hundreds of thousands who were searching for liberation and peace. These eight positive principles are based on the Beatitudes of Jesus, offering hope, new life, and spiritual healing. Choice by choice, readers will learn how to deal with past choices, take control where they can, and make new choices that will change their lives forever. Based on Rick Warren's sermon series "Road to Recovery," Ocho Decisiones Sanadoras promises freedom from life's hurts, hang-ups, and habits. And just in case there is any doubt that these choices really work, dramatic and inspirational stories of real-life people who have found healing in these eight choices are included at the conclusion of every chapter. Encouraging and biblically based, these tried-and-proven eight principles -- such as admitting need, finding help, and letting go -- provide real hope, real answers, and a real future for those who desire a lasting change in their lives. It all comes one choice at a time. Choices that lead to a life worth living.
If you desire clarity and confidence in your life, travel with Rees on this 21-day journey to living the life you were meant to live and experiencing the freedom you long for. Simple, yes! Challenging, yes! If you feel frustrated with trying to find your purpose in life, Rees reminds you of your uniqueness before God. He further directs you in maximizing your time on earth. This book will challenge, empower, focus, inspire, and touch us all, wherever we are in our spiritual walk. Discover the abundant life God has designed you to have. Erik Rees is not only challenging you to make your life count, but offering you the opportunity to connect with him daily so he can help you. The book you hold in your hands is way more than words...it's an interactive life coaching experience! For the next three weeks of your life you have the wonderful opportunity to connect daily with pastor and life purpose expert Erik Rees through reading, video coaching, podcasts, and daily encouragements. Don't miss this opportunity! Sign up today online for the Only You Can Be You 21 Day Connection and make your life truly count!
"The Purpose-Driven® Church has brought focus and direction to more pastors and church leaders than you can count. What a gift!"-John Ortberg, bestselling author of Every church is driven by something. Tradition, finances, programs, personalities, events, seekers, and even buildings can each be the controlling force in a church. But Rick Warren believes that in order for a church to be healthy it must become a purpose-driven church, built around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus. "The issue is church health, not church growth!" declares Warren. "If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally. Healthy, consistent growth is the result of balancing the five biblical purposes of the church." Rick Warren shares a proven five-part strategy that will enable your church to grow- warmer through fellowship- deeper through discipleship- stronger through worship- broader through ministry- larger through evangelism. The Purpose-Driven Church shifts the focus away from church building programs to emphasizing a people-building process. Warren says, "If you will concentrate on building people, God will build the church."
Another Landmark Book by Rick Warren. You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you-both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity. The Purpose-Driven Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century-a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.
Hailed by The Economist as the "the most influential pastor in America," and by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, the bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life expounds on the profound origins of Christmas, describing it as an opportune time to welcome peace into our lives. In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Pastor Rick Warren sounds the clarion call to "remember the reason for the season," taking readers back in time to the most wonderful story of all -- the birth of the baby Jesus. When he was just a small boy, young Rick asked his parents if they could celebrate Christmas with a birthday party for Jesus -- and the tradition began that the Warrens have upheld for over fifty years. Now through stirring imagery and compelling personal insights,The Purpose of Christmas honors the significance and promise of this cherished holiday. Pastor Warren encourages readers to identify and confront what drains peace from their lives. Warren explains that the way to respond to these peace-robbers is to learn how to surrender to God's will and not feel defeated or discouraged when life does not go as planned. True peace of mind is found by having an unshakeable faith in God -- knowing that his empowering Spirit will guide his children through life's challenges. Beautifully written, The Purpose of Christmas will stir readers to honor the true significance of Christmas and to nurture God's gifts of love and peace in this world.
¿Qué pasaría si solo te quedara un mes de vida? ¿Qué harías para que el resto de tu vida realmente importara? ¿Qué es lo que te impide vivir de ese modo ahora mismo? Un mes de vida te presentará el desafío de abrazarte a la vida que Dios te confió, de vivirla momento a momento, con toda autenticidad, de corazón. Cada uno de los capítulos de este libro único te dará el poder de centrar tu atención en ser todo lo que Dios ha creado en ti: alguien con pasión, que vive plenamente, que no tiene nada que lamentar.From the Trade Paperback edition.
When the worst school shooting in history occurred, Pastor Jim Pace, a Virginia Tech alumnus, was front and center. Media, students, church members, and strangers asked him the same question: If God is loving, why doesn't He stop disasters before they start? SHOULD WE FIRE GOD is Jim's thoughtful, reasoned response to the idea that God isn't doing His job very well. In conversational, nonpreachy prose, Jim explains why God allows pain and devastation to occur--and what the consequences would be if He didn't. And he leads readers to question: if we fire God--who takes His place--woefully imperfect humans? Jim uses real-life examples and his own battles with faith to develop readers' understanding of God, His true role in their lives, what they should do with doubt and fear, and what He feels when we ache. Richly informative and comforting, SHOULD WE FIRE GOD is a must-read for seekers everywhere.
SPANISH EDITION. Rick Warren, best-selling author of "The Purpose-Driven Church" - winner of the 'Book of the Year' award from SEPA, "The Power to Transform your Life" and "Answers to Life's Most Difficult Questions", sets out a new goal for the believer who wants to achieve victorious Christian life. The book focuses on the edification of the individual as an integral part of the body of Christ. Every person has something that inspires and motivates them to act. This is what you will discover as you read "Purpose-Driven Life".
Connect more fully with Christ and with Christians. We need to learn to worship God in every area of our lives: at home, at work, in our cars . . . everywhere. Worship doesn't happen automatically; we must make some choices that will bring a real difference to our focus on God during worship. Most of us spend more time training on how to work at our computer than how to worship our Creator! For worship to stay both restful and revitalizing we must: Get the BIG picture right Do the LITTLE things well Let worship leader Rick Muchow guide you into a deeper worship experience with spiritual insight and practical advice, so you can share more fully in praise of the Father.