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The Ultimate Profile in Courage Each of us has a calling to both joy and suffering as we seek to glorify God. In the second half of the book of Luke, we find in Jesus the perfect example of how to respond to that call with courage and hope. Chronicling Jesus's journey through opposition, betrayal, and the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, this study will strengthen and equip you to respond to God's call today. The Wiersbe Bible Study Series delivers practical, in-depth guides to selected books of the Bible. Featuring insights from Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's Be Courageous commentary, this eight-week study includes engaging questions and practical applications that will help you connect God's Word with your life.
Embark on a Western epic in the Homeward Trilogy.BREATHE: It's Colorado, 1883. A publishing heiress is on the brink of life and death. Her beautiful younger sister is called to the forbidden stage. Her brother and troubled guardian is raging inside. A veiled treasure map leads to a hidden silver mine while a threatening villain hovers in the shadows. And a hero is bent on saving his bride.SING: Moira St. Clair has done exactly what her father forbade her to do: chased her dreams to sing on the stage. But even as her star rises, she becomes more vulnerable to those who wish to use her--or bring her down....CLAIM: Dominic is seeking a peace that has always eluded him. Only as he mines an old claim deep in the Rocky Mountains and begins a romance with a local schoolteacher does he begin to understand how passionately he is loved--by God, his family, and a good woman. But even as he relinquishes his fury, Nic discovers there is one last battle to fight...
Jude Asher first called on outside forces to change his destiny as a child. Now a wealthy entrepreneur with his star soaring, he's prepared to make his most daring bet ever to reach the pinnacle of earthly power. Jude's twin brother, Thomas, has chosen a different path as a reporter for The New York Times. As much as he's tried to cut himself off from his brother's trajectory, he finds himself drawn back in ... and troubled by the secret that only he knows.Surrounded by principalities and powers, each brother must choose their own path--for good or for evil.
Grow Where You're Replanted Today's spiritual landscape is littered with churches on their last legs, forcing us to reconsider how we keep the Body of Christ alive and strong. The solution, according to visionary pastors Darrin Patrick and Mark DeVine, is to infuse new blood into the body and by seeking God's presence and guidance. Avoiding cookie-cutter steps or how-to formulas, Replant describes the story of a church resurrection, a story that offers a multitude of divinely inspired, and practical possibilities for church planters. The result is a harvest of inspiring ideas on how to inspire new church growth. Discover a new openness to churches merging with other congregations, changing leadership, and harvesting fresh spiritual fruit--inviting us all to re-think how churches not only survive, but thrive.
In Astonished, Pastor Mike Erre calls Christians away from simplistic formulas to honest and rugged faith in the mysterious and unpredictable God. God is more about deepening the mystery of faith, not removing it. Jesus should get bigger the longer we walk with him. Life and faith should grow to be more profound and wondrous, not less. In Astonished, you will see how we are far more comfortable with tips, steps and techniques for living, than we are with ruthlessly trusting the mysterious God of the Bible. God asks us to follow him into tension, frustration, and difficulty because he wants our trust, not just our intellectual agreement. He calls us to seek Him even as we live in awe of all that is yet to be known about Him. Astonished is an invitation to question in a culture that wants answers, to wonder in a world with little mystery left, and to believe in what is unseen and find it beautiful.
We've all had "aha!" moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. According to pastor and bestselling author Kyle Idleman, we can experience this same kind of "aha!" in our spiritual lives. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on Scripture to reveal how three key elements can draw us closer to God and change our lives for good. Awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, we see ourselves and our need for a Savior with renewed honesty. This realization leads to action, obeying God's commands and following the example set by Christ. As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision--an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father.
Christ's Body, Human Flesh If we're honest, no one really cares about theology unless it reveals a gut-level view of God's presence. According to pastor and ministry leader Hugh Halter, only the incarnational power of Jesus satisfies what we truly crave, and once we taste it, we're never the same. God understands how hard it is to be human, and the incarnation--God with us--enables us to be fully alive. With refreshing, raw candor, Flesh reveals the faith we all long to experience--one based on the power of Christ in the daily grind of work, home, school, and life. For anyone burned out, disenchanted, or seeking a fresh honest-to-God encounter, Flesh will invigorate your faith.
Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide? She'd kept her secrets safely hidden--those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn't share, even in the 1880's West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has. Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn't have a right to pry into Beth's affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her. Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth's future and her heart. As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what--and who--her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?
Pursue a Faith That Counts God's people were preparing to enter the Promised Land. Yet the book of Numbers holds a big statistic: While God longed for millions of Israelites to enter Canaan, only two people from an entire generation would arrive there. This study of Numbers explores how disobedience holds us back from God's best, and encourages us to pursue a life that counts. The Wiersbe Bible Study Series delivers practical, in-depth guides to selected books of the Bible. Featuring insights from Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's Be Counted commentary, this eight-week study includes, engaging questions and practical applications that will help you connect God's Word with your life.
How will Elisa's family go on without her beloved father?As Swiss Consul to Brazil, Edouard Bolli and his family live a life of ease. But when he becomes ill and fears he will not recover, he moves his family from Brazil to Tennessee to be near relatives. The family cannot return to their homeland, Switzerland, because religious persecution is great there. Besides, Switzerland is just as foreign to the Bolli children as America, for they have lived most of their lives in Brazil. In their first year in Tennessee, though, Elisa's family suffers several tragedies and hardships that test their faith in God. How will Elisa's older brother manage the farm after their father dies? Finding her mother's wedding veil would bring her mother hope in her grief. Why can't Elisa find it? And when a neighbor does an ill deed to the family, will Elisa be able to forgive him?In The Journey of Elisa, Elisa Bolli learns that even when we suffer great loss, our faith and God's love comfort us and give us hope for the future.
With sensitivity and honesty, this unique book exposes the myths and lies women have bought into and heralds the truth - it still takes a family, not a village, to raise God-loving, well-adjusted children.
Miri Brayden teeters on a razor's edge between placating and enraging her brother, whom she depends upon for support. Yet if his anger is unleashed, so is his madness. Miri must keep his descent into lunacy a secret, or he'll be committed to an asylum--and she'll be sent to the poorhouse. Ethan Goodwin has been on the run all of his life--from family, from the law ... from God. After a heart-changing encounter with the gritty Reverend John Newton, Ethan would like nothing more than to become a man of integrity--an impossible feat for an opium addict charged with murder. When Ethan shows up on Miri's doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces. Both Ethan and Miri are caught in a web of lies and deceit--fallacies that land Ethan in prison and Miri in the asylum with her brother. Only the truth will set them free.
God Has a Purpose for Your Family Turnaround at Home is a guide to creating a God-honoring home for your kids, no matter what model you had as you grew up. Drawing from their own inspiring stories, the authors: Help you understand your emotional, spiritual, and social background Give biblical encouragement for creating positive cycles in marriage and parenting Offer 50 practical ideas for becoming intentional as couples, parents of young children, parents of teens, and grandparents Family patterns can be renewed in your generation. Turnaround at Home will help you make changes for good--starting at home.
What if Jesus didn't die so our lives could look perfect? What if He died so we could stop feeling like our lives have to be perfect to mean something? What if we simply live out our own story, even if it doesn't look as others say it should? Mandy Steward set out in pursuit of these what-ifs. She didn't find answers so much as she discovered a messy grace that knows no limits and a God that was and is willing to thrash about with her no matter her questions or struggles or doubts. What she found was abundant life, but it didn't look like she thought it was going to. It was far different, and much deeper. This is a book without "easy" answers that lets those struggling with faith and searching for more know they are not alone.
For a Good Time, Call Home Ted Cunningham has a surprising definition of marriage: a man and a woman enjoying life together. In fact, God created marriage to be a blast--even when it feels like the rest of life is going to explode. This refreshing book will help you: Laugh together again (it's easier than you think)Make sex even more exciting than on your honeymoonDiscover how to make doing dishes together a partyFight as teammates, not opponentsFigure out how to break the routine without breaking the bankRemember why your spouse is the most likeable person you know Fun Loving You puts laughter, fun, and even spin-the-bottle back into marriage. After all, life is hard. Marriage doesn't have to be.
Chasing God is Roger Huang's gritty, heartfelt story of obedience to God's call to follow Him into the heart of the city. That mission can inspire you! Leaving behind his abusive home in Taiwan, Roger discovered both the American Dream and his French bride, Maite. A dramatic event took place before his very eyes and prompted Roger to rethink his future and his calling. As a couple, Roger and Maite chose not to ignore the plight of the poor and homeless in San Francisco's most impoverished district, the Tenderloin. Since founding City Impact, Roger has led many in discovering the power of prayer, fasting, and serving hands-on in a community starved for hope. Chasing God is a testimony to God's miraculous provision and will challenge you to consider how to serve and care for your own city and community.
From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values. At the war's end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life. Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.
The book of Luke offers rich insight into the heart of Christ. This Wiersbe Bible Study on Luke 1-13 chronicles the birth, early life, and compassionate ministry of Jesus.
Something strange is happening in Houston and its rural suburb, Trumbull. It starts with the bizarre mutilation of a farmer's cow, sparking rumors of UFO sightings and alien visitations. It's all an annoyance for the police, who would prefer to focus on the recent murders in the area. Mike Walsh is a journalist with a nagging editor and a troubled marriage who finds himself inexorably drawn into the deeper story creeping up on all who dare get close enough: a grizzled small town police captain, a depressed journalist, a disillusioned pastor, and a little old man. They are unlikely allies against the otherworld.
Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she'll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she's sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she'd rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father's dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives--and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.
How can you reach an enthusiastic young sports fan--particularly boys--with biblical truth? Try this daily devotional that is full of sports history, heroes, and anecdotes that direct teen readers to scriptural principles.
"Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately."--Charles SheldonCharles M. Sheldon, best known for his classic In His Steps, wrote the 13th Resolution in 1928. It was to spur readers on to making commitments stick, and one in particular--being involved with one's local church. His supposition? If you are a person of faith then surely you would get fully engaged in community.Sheldon's classic story is now available again in this digital-first edition, retelling the story of James Blaisdell and his family, as they live out their faith and life in Kansas.
Patrick Regan grew up in a nice, quiet, middle-class Christian family. So he got something of a culture shock when he spent two weeks doing a mission in London at the age of 16. Having met people from violent backgrounds and living in cardboard boxes with no food, no money and no security, Patrick prayed a life-changing prayer: that he would see things the way God sees them.Soon Patrick was back in London working in schools in some of the most socially deprived areas, Patrick and his growing team slowly but surely earned the right to share the gospel. When the tide of violence began to rise, Patrick was there to provide the Christian presence so desperately needed. This book tells the story of a journey that took Patrick everywhere from the roughest estates in London to Jamaica's Trenchtown and to poverty stricken villages in Ghana. Through it all he learnt that bringing the kingdom of God to a place can mean anything from helping a child to read to negotiating between gang leaders.
As the world around us changes at record-speed, An Unstoppable Force imagines a church that embraces change by remaining fully committed to its apostolic calling. Church leaders will discover new ways of engaging communities through vibrant, relevant ministries and clear, innovative communication. An Unstoppable Force challenges churches to cast aside methods that are broken or atrophied and embrace the future of the Church with vigor. McManus's prophetic voice outlines a church that is not a refuge from the world, but a refuge to the world. Christians on the forefront of the church movement must be ready to let go of the past and move forward.
How Far Would He Go To Keep Them Safe? A Christian Fiction Mystery Thriller from Creston Mapes!It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are--if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears. Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he'd never give in to fear. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won't be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe, and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he never dared to cross.