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Beloved teacher Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe leads the journey through the valleys and mountains of Old Testament kings and queens, illuminating the painful confessions, the anger toward God, and the holy desires they modeled for generations to come. It's the unaltered, vulnerable grit of human experience that gives Psalms its credibility and makes it so valuable for building a real relationship with God. Writing as they would to a dear friend, the psalmists--King David and others--compose a songwriter's masterpiece through their unfathomable awe of the Creator of the universe. Out of the bottomless well of human emotion and purity of expression come both cries of pain and shouts of joy--genuine expressions which not only elevate our respect for the psalmists themselves, but also draw us into a deeper relationship with our Lord.
Hebrews--written by Christians, to Christians, and for Christians--is loaded with spiritual truth accessible to any believer looking to grasp the importance of faith. Penned at a politically unstable time, Hebrews targets believers tempted to abandon their faith and slip back into the rules and regulations of Judaism. In our politically unstable day of "wars and rumors of wars" (Mark13:7), we can all understand the quest for stability. But there is only one source of rock solid security. There was a time for rules and sacrifices. Then Christ came as the perfect, spotless Lamb to atone for sin once and for all. Respected pastor Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe will show you that by focusing on the reality of the unseen first, an overwhelming desire for intimate friendship with God will follow.
As she shares her extraordinary stories of fighting human trafficking as an ordinary mom, Kimberly Smith offers hope for readers who wonder if God is calling them to greater things. Passport Through Darkness takes readers on Smith's journey from normal family life and business, to Europe, to the deserts of Africa and ultimately, to the deserts of her own soul as she tries to live well as an imperfect American mom, crusade for justice for orphans around the world, and embrace God's extraordinary dreams for her. When Kimberly and her husband risk everything to answer God's call, they see God change and restore them--even amid exhaustion, marital struggles, and physical limitations. This heartbreaking, heartlifting book is for anyone who longs to see God move their life from normal to one that matters. It is a call to readers to take one more step on their journey to know God's heart.
When Jesus spoke, people listened. When Jesus traveled, people followed. When Jesus arrived, hearts and lives were transformed. No other Gospel gives such extensive explanation to Jesus' ministry as the Gospel of John. The first three Gospels describe events, but the fourth Gospel describes the significance behind those events. Through miracles, parables, and relationships, Jesus shows how He is the fulfillment of God's promises of old. He is the Word, the Light, the Lamb--the eternal Son of God. Let the humanity of Christ move you as He feels your joys and pains, and let the deity of Christ awaken you to the life He has planned!
Our lives revolve around our deepest needs and greatest treasures. Relationships. Family. Financial security. Private hopes and dreams.Most of our desires are healthy. Yet these longings can become passions we not only pursue, but worship. And while idol worship may seem like ancient history, we still face the modern-day equivalent, as natural needs slowly consume our hearts and minds, competing with God's rightful place in our lives.No Other Gods offers a revealing look at the heart of a woman. Author Kelly Minter explores what happens when good desires become false gods, robbing us of an intimate relationship with our heavenly father.So discover the freedom in surrender. The healing in worship. And the joy found in exchanging everyday gods for the one true God.Listen to two samples from Kelly Minter's worship CD Finer Day.Finer Day: First In My Heart:Buy Finer Day here »,
We talk a lot about resurrection. What about the death that must come first? Through story and biblical insight, Rick James reminds us that when Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him, he is describing a path of death, not a path to death.Giving up our own plans in order to meet someone else's needs. Allowing God to shape our dreams, even as we lose a relationship, a job, a hoped-for future. Being alert to these daily opportunities to die to ourselves is how we discover that every act of dying, done in faith, leads to spiritual growth.As we learn to embrace the little deaths of everyday existence, we lose our taste for lifeless religiosity. Our appetite for a thriving, vibrant life in Christ grows--and our own experience motivates others to live out their extraordinary mission on earth. In truth, death is not an ending. It is the only way to experience abundant life.
Topical. Relevant. Fresh. Pause for Power: A 365-Day Journey through the Scriptures will inspire readers to experience an unforgettable year of spiritual growth.Wiersbe Bible studies and commentaries have become a trusted resource for exploring scripture. Pause for Power continues that legacy. This unique devotional is designed to help readers discover spiritual insights through a simple, yet informative, approach to God's Word.In just a few minutes each day, readers will encounter powerful truths that can impact their daily lives. Features include:Select scripture readings that explore practical, everyday topicsThemed commentary from Wiersbe's popular "BE" seriesThoughtful questions that prompt personal reflectionA small prayer that carries a big ideaReaders will experience an unforgettable year in God's Word.
Discover what matters most to God.We serve a holy God. And as His children, God longs for us to pursue a life that is pleasing to Him. But what does this look like? The book of Leviticus provides the answer. Originally written for the ancient Israelites, Leviticus continues to offer timeless principles for living that remain relevant to believers today. This study examines those principles, and explores how we can cultivate holiness in our daily lives.Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, BE Holy has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe shares that personal purity matters a great deal to God. You'll find a fresh appreciation for the holiness of God, and be challenged to continually grow into the likeness of our Savior.
God's people were never meant to blend in. Instead, we're called to stand out from the crowd, and become a beacon of hope. But nothing dims our light more than conformity, when voices that once proclaimed truth begin to quietly yield to a noisy world. Based on the books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, this study offers an eye-opening look at the high price of conformity, and shares how we can stay distinct from our surroundings.Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, BE Distinct has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe examines how we can be salt and light to a world in desperate need of truth. You'll be encouraged to embrace your unique identity in Christ, and be challenged to rise above the world around you.
The book of Isaiah has been called "the Bible in miniature." Both are comprised of sixty-six sections--chapters in Isaiah, books in the Bible. Isaiah first chronicles a holy God's need to judge sin, reflecting the Old Testament, as latter chapters preface the New Testament, revealing the mercy to come through God's Son. This study examines a sweeping narrative of Israel, and explores the very arch of God's redemptive story, as sin and judgment are defeated through the grace of our Savior.The Wiersbe Bible Studies Series explores timeless wisdom found in God's word. Based on Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's popular "BE" series, each study provides topical, relevant insights from selected books of the Bible. Designed for small groups, this eight-week study features selected commentaries from BE Comforted, engaging questions, and practical applications, all designed to help you connect God's word with your life.
The spring of '53 started out like any other for sports columnist Jack Hall, as he and the rest of his small southern town, Whitney, eagerly awaited the magical first pitch that would open the Bobcat's season. But when ticket sales wane with the new distractions of air conditioning and I Love Lucy, the Bobcats face an early end not only to the season but to their careers as well. The team needs a white knight to save them and ironically, that white knight seems to be a 17 year old "colored kid", Percy Jackson, who's got a .364 batting average and has never seen a grounder he couldn't chase down.Not everyone--not even most people--though can wrap their heads around an integrated baseball field, even if they have seen them on TV. This is Whitney. Things don't change and they don't need to change. Do they?Hearts, minds, faith and tradition will be tested as will friendships and marriages when this sleepy southern town comes to grips with itself amid the early years of the Civil Rights Movement.
Christmas, 1958: Elvis is on the radio, Ike is in the White House, the Lord is in his holy temple . but there is no peace in Mt. Jefferson. In a small town where everybody seems to know everybody, there are still a few secrets. Three families find they are connected in ways they never suspected: an angry teen, a dying man, a lonely wife, a daughter in trouble . just ordinary people, muddling their way through ordinary challenges. Illness. Marriage. Bad decisions. Friendship. Faith. Forgiveness. Spanning three generations, O Little Town is a tender tale of love and redemption . and a lonely gravesite where roses mysteriously appear every Christmas. It will touch your heart.
In his second book, President and CEO of Focus on the Family Jim Daly intertwines engaging true stories with Biblical wisdom to show how God can use struggles to strengthen the faith of his followers.In Stronger, Jim weaves together compelling stories and life principles with his trademark warmth and familiarity. Devoid of formulas but filled with biblical insights, Jim treats us to a feast of self-effacing, yet uplifting stories both about himself and about many others he has worked with through Focus on the Family.Jim writes about the most formidable and powerful strength--the kind that endures and hopes even when all seems hopeless--the kind that is found in only one source: the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. His is an eternal strength, unchangeable and unbreakable.
Are you tired of life as usual? Done with feeling exhausted, or worse, bored? Ready to trade your issues and hang-ups for greater intimacy and fulfillment? Then it's time you did some digging for biblical "bling" and discovered the shining secrets to life in God's kingdom. Rachel's writing is lighthearted and even fun, but she's serious about helping you uncover biblical secrets that can make your life shine. This book will help you:* Overcome the comparisons and competitive urges that leave you lonely* Accept help from others * Discover God's surprising source of spiritual beauty and strength.* Embrace your need for rest.* Handle conflict and criticism with grace* Find adventure as you yield whole-heartedly to God* Dig into the Bible for yourself, and understand what you find thereGrab your Bible, your girlfriend, and come discover 12 secrets the world doesn't know.
The modern church has become a comfortable place, as congregations focus on creating warm and welcoming environments. But have casual attitudes replaced reverence for the Lord? The prophet Ezekiel was called to remind God's people about His holy and glorious nature, and that message remains as relevant today as when it was first delivered. This study examines Ezekiel's mission to describe the indescribable, a God beyond imagining, a King worthy of our reverence.Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, BE Reverent has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe calls us to rediscover the awesomeness of the Lord. Filled with inspiring words and images, Ezekiel's timeless message will draw you into a deeper level of holy reverence for our God.
Jump is a powerful guide to becoming a vehicle of compassion, reconciliation, and transformation in our world.Life is all about jumps. We jump from high school to college, school to the professional world, dating to marriage. Each leap launches us to new levels. Even though we can't see what's on the other side of the wall, our faith jumps are about trusting that God is there. We experience the liberation when we jump into the arms of our Savior, then into a church family, and then into a world desperately in need.Efrem Smith presents fresh insights into how Christians can say yes to the jump that takes them deeper into a loving, devotional, intimate life with God.
His Loneliness Will Soon Turn to Fear.... When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents' divorce, a school full of nameless faces--and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together. Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as the town itself. Secrets more terrifying than the bullies he faces in the locker room or his mother's unexplained nightmares. He slowly begins to understand the horrific answers. The question is whether he can save Jocelyn in time. This first book in the Solitary Tales series will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin--and remind you what it means to believe in what you cannot see.
Isn't it time to stop asking, "What would Jesus do?" and start asking, "What is Jesus doing now?"Follow is a real-life guide to discipleship the Jesus way. Here Floyd McClung tells how he traded a life of religion for a life of relationship with Jesus--a relationship that led him to form communities of Christian disciples around the world.Taking the Gospels at face value leads Floyd to define a radical strategy for discipling new believers while strengthening our own devotional lives. He details practical ideas for forming discipleship groups that reflect Jesus's principles of accountability, transparency, humility, and outreach. Through it all, Floyd emphasizes the importance of following Jesus personally rather than adhering to ineffective rules or traditions.With stories and scriptural principles, Floyd McClung leads us through the liberating process of changing the focus of our lives from ourselves to Jesus so we can do life the way Jesus did--and experience a richer spiritual life than we've ever known.
"Be holy as I am holy," says the Lord.It's the most extravagant--and audacious--invitation ever sent: Or in the words of Jesus: "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." But can that really happen? Is holiness an achievable goal for sinful human beings? That's the ultimate focus of this thoughtful, thorough, and engaging study of what it means to be holy. Drawing on the Bible and Christian thinkers through the ages, Simon Ponsonby affirms that because of God's gracious love and desire for communion with us, he has done what is possible for us not only to pursue holiness, but to achieve it. While we can never count on attaining moral perfection in this life, we need not settle for less than increasing victory over sin. And as more and more Christians choose to partner with God in the ongoing process of sanctification, we set the stage for revival.
There is nothing more devastating than the death of a loved one. And whether it comes suddenly and unexpectedly, or at the end of a long and painful illness, every death is experienced anew, a shocking loss that takes our breath away and leaves us disoriented and lost. Grief is mysterious, misunderstood, and experienced differently from individual to individual, yet there are certain universal elements. In this compassionate epistolary handbook on grief, a pastor offers comfort and understanding to a man suffering a profound loss, showing grief as a healthy process that God can use to mend broken hearts. Revised and updated, this twentieth-anniversary edition features prayers and scripture meditation, as well as a new introduction and epilogue. Simple, profound, personal, compassionate ... When You Lose Someone You Love tenderly walks the grief-stricken through sorrow to peace and, eventually, renewed joy.
Find true success through a life of integrity and character. We all long to succeed in every area of life, in our careers, our relationships, and our finances. But in the daily pursuit of our dreams, we can forget to examine just how we measure success. The book of 1 Samuel offers striking contrasts between succeeding God's way and trying to achieve goals by any means necessary. This guide examines the life of King David, and shares how we can find true success through our character, conduct, and lifestyle. Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, BE Satisfied has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe journeys through the book of 1 Samuel to uncover how God defines success. You will be inspired to pursue your goals, and encouraged to make the race just as important as the finish line.
Allow Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, pastor and Bible teacher for over forty years, to illuminate the important theme in John's first epistle: true satisfaction is found only in relationship with Jesus Christ. Real life is not found in wealth, power, learning, or thrills but in believing the gospel, putting our trust in Christ, and being "born of God."Part of Dr. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, Be Real has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. Take this opportunity to dig into 1 John and discover the life that is real!
Getting free is only half the story Freedom is a central theme in our world. It's become a rallying cry for people, groups, even entire nations. But freedom without boundaries can be costly. Based on the book of Exodus, this study offers an eye-opening look at the pitfalls of deliverance without discipline, and shares the freedom found through a loving submission to God and His will for us. Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, BE Delivered has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores the need to balance freedom with responsibility. Filled with real-world examples that resonate today, this study uncovers how you can experience true freedom in [every area of] your life.
By the time he graduated college, Xan Hood appeared to have everything a young, privileged modern male needed for success and adulthood.But like so many others his age, he was afraid to take that next step. So he took a slight detour and headed west, surrounding himself wtih a class of men he had been raised to avoid. Follow Xan as he learns lessons that can only be taught by God's grace, hard work, and the presence of older men.Sweat, Blood, and Tears is a searingly honest coming-of-age story. It is a look at how God raises a man--a story for young men and those who love them.
Gotta Have It! is every grown-up's guide for taming the inner two-year-old. Too many people spend so much time trying to get what they want that they have no energy left to get what they need. Dr. Gregg Jantz calls this phenomenon excessity--when excess becomes a "necessity." Excessities--whether they are activities, behaviors, or objects--promise protection in a difficult world. Yet they never satisfy. In Gotta Have It!, readers are invited to discover the truth about themselves that is hiding behind their secret desires. With real-life stories and guided sections for self-reflection, Gotta Have It will help readers see life as never before--and delight in the way God longs to fulfill true needs.
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