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60 brief essays show that life is like a boomerang in that our views, deeds and words return to us to some extent.
The baby boomer generation is under siege. Their aging parents need care. Their adult children are moving back home. And they are going back to work because retirement savings are running out. This book helps boomers negotiate the difficult changes, and see how God figures into these changes and how their faith can help them through.
Boundaries in Dating provides a way to think, solve problems, and enjoy the benefits of dating in the fullest way, including increasing the ability to find and commit to a marriage partner.
Actor and father Mark Gillen finds out how far modern courts will go to keep a child from a parent who has strong Christian views.
Murder and mystery continue in Book Four of the Cape Refuge seriesA famous mystery writer has just moved to Cape Refuge when a teenage girl is found murdered. Sheila Caruso-ex-con, mother to Sadie and Caleb, and resident of Hanover House-is working for the writer when she discovers that a scene in one of his novels matches the crime scene. When Police Chief Cade and Blair Owens discover a second dead teenager-mirroring a murder in another of the eccentric writer's books-Cade is drawn into a web of trickery and deceit. Evidence turns up in Cade's own truck, and suddenly he becomes the number-one suspect. Cade tries to clear his name, but when eighteen-year-old Sadie Caruso disappears, tensions mount to a fever pitch. Can Cade find the real killer before Sadie winds up dead? Is the novelist a demented killer, or a hapless victim? And what does Sadie's own mother have to do with the crimes?Secrets are uncovered, while lessons are learned about the sins of the father being visited upon his children. Will the consequences of Sheila's life be fatal, or is there redemption and mercy for her and her children?"Chief Matthew Cade rarely considered another line of work, but news of the dead teenage girl made him long for a job as an accountant or electrician-some benign vocation that didn't require him to look into the eyes of grieving parents. "
Breakout ChurchesCan Your Church Become One?This is the story of thirteen churches and the leaders who moved them from stagnancy to growth and from mediocrity to greatness. Drawing on one of the most comprehensive studies ever on the church, this book reveals the process of becoming a "breakout" church and the factors that lead to this spiritual metamorphosis. Eighty percent of the approximately 400,000 churches in the United States are either declining or at a plateau. Is there hope for the American church? Breakout Churches offers a resounding "yes!" and offers specific examples and principles to help you and your church become more effective.
Terror rocks Grove Landing when a woman is murdered in her home. The victim's young daughter, Erin, witnessed the crime but is too traumatized to give a description. Desperate detectives ask neighbor Annie Kingston, with a background in art, to interview Erin for a composite. But what if Annie's lack of experience in forensic art leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face that doesn't exist. Leaving the real killer free to stalk the neighborhood.
Relationships--they are an important part of growing up, especially for young girls. As part of the Young Women of Faith Library, The Buddy Book was developed, and it's all about relationships. Learn interesting facts about why relationships are important, what makes a good one, and how lousy your life can be if they're crummy. But more importantly, learn how allowing God to be the Counselor of them all can make them easier even during the rough stages. See how you can improve relationships with family, friends, God, and even yourself with The Buddy Book.
Church Should Be the Last Place Where Anyone Stands AloneOur hearts were made for deep, authentic relationships. For community. And like nothing else, small groups provide the kind of life-giving community that builds and empowers the body of Christ and impacts the world. At Willow Creek Community Church, small groups are so important that they define the core organizational strategy. Willow Creek has gone from being a church with small groups to being a church of small groups. Sharing insights from that transition, its two chief architects tell how your church-whatever its size and circumstances-can become a place where people of all ages can experience powerful, transforming community. Part one presents the theological, sociological, and organizational underpinnings of small groups. You'll discover why they are so vital to church health. Part two moves you from vision to practice. Part three shows you how to identify, recruit, train, and support group leaders. And part four helps you deal with the critical process of change as your church develops its small group ministry. "Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson have not just thought and read and talked about community. They have rolled up their sleeves and devoted their vocational lives to figuring out how to actually help make it happen with real-life people in a real-life church. "-John Ortberg, author, If You Want to Walk on Water, Get Out of the Boat
People say a lot of things about the Bible, God, Jesus, and Christianity that are simply not true. So in the style of the popular cable show Mythbusters, a New Testament scholar uses biblical and historical evidence-and humor-to do a little myth busting of his own.
Seventeen students, friends and colleagues of C. S. Lewis offer their personal memories of Lewis as a teacher, scholar, writer and Christian apologist. The volume includes pieces by Lewis' godson, Lawrence Harwood, a transcript of an interview with Owen Barfield, who played an important role in Lewis' shift from atheism to Christianity, and a previously unpublished sketch of Lewis by Mary Shelley Neylan. The appendix includes an article from a science fiction fan magazine that transcribes a conversation between Lewis, Kingsley Amis and Brian Aldiss. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Set in the South, volumes one and two from the Cape Refuge suspense series by Terri Blackstock come together under one cover. A unique island setting, close-knit relationships, fast-paced action, and underlying themes of faith combine to make for reading you can't put down at a value you can't turn down.
In the poignant and powerful conclusion to the Bradleyville series, 15-year-old Jackie must deal with her widowed father's new relationship, while dreaming of finding a perfect teenage love of her own.
What would you give up for love? For Carol, it was her passion to sing. But was her sacrifice worth it now that her marriage is crumbling? In this heartwarming novella, two people discover the true essence of Christmas and its power to rekindle the flames of love.
Students today are bombarded with opinions and research about Jesus that goes against everything you've been trying to teach them. They don't know if they can trust what the Bible says about Jesus because they don't know they can trust the Bible. They wonder if he really rose from the dead, or if he was even God. Let Lee Strobel's investigations into the real Jesus help your students see the truth about the Son of God.
When an impending labor strike in Bradleyville threatens violence, Jessie, an avowed pacifist, finds her loved ones--and herself--drawn into the center of the storm. Book One of the Bradleyville Series.
In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Cloud takes the reader step-by-step through the four basic tasks of becoming mature image bearers of God: Bonding to others - Separating from others - Sorting out good and bad in ourselves and others - Becoming an adult -- Dr. Cloud not only explains and describes each task, he also identifies the problems that result when we fail to accomplish that task, and he shows us what changes to make in our lives in order to bring about healing.
Embark on a forty-day journey with a personal life coach to develop Christlike character. A continuation of Katie Brazelton's bestselling Pathway to Purpose for Women, this book was created for women of all ages who want a character-rejuvenating experience that will inspire them to live out God's unique purpose for their life.
Computer program designer, Oliver Benson, decides to completely change his appearance in order take revenge on the two people in his life who used to mean the most to him--his wife and his manager--because they destroyed his life. Will Oliver learn what real love is before it's too late? Or will his wife and manager discover his identity and end his life for good?
What girl doesn't like a nice cozy chat with a friend-especially a friend who understands everything about her? In Chick Chat, you'll learn how to build that heart-to-heart connection with the One who loves you best. Each devotion brings the Bible right into your world and offers lots to learn and think about-from the values that will be good for a lifetime to the things you can do to survive every day. Faithgirlz!"--Inner Beauty, Outward Faith Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.
Still haunted by recent events, twelve-year-old Dan Pruitt no longer trusts his instincts. Then he and his friends discover a riddle hidden in an ancient Chinese puzzle box, and Dan realizes his instincts were right all along. Someone is trying to get them out of Eckert House, but why? Whoever it is will stop at nothing to get rid of them one way or another.
Today, traditional forms of preaching are being scrutinized and challenged. The biblical sermon is not immune to the pressure to evolve or even fall by the wayside, leaving pastors and seminary students confused over how best to communicate to today's lis
God doesn't call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine--that is, the church's teaching--that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you're a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you're a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem's award-winning book on systematic theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion. These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know.
Though most church leaders crave authenticity in their congregations, most also know it is an elusive goal. People by nature are self-protective. And although the gospel message that we are all sinners saved by grace ought to make people more real, the truth is many of our churches are plagued by fakeness. This inauthenticity hinders spiritual and emotional health and maturity. So what's a church leader to do? The key, says Elaine Hamilton, is to go beyond talking about doing things differently. We have to act and live differently. It begins with leaders; the people will follow. We need to tell the truth about who we really are, and then provide forums for others to do the same. Church on the Couch helps you take practical steps toward changing the culture of your church. As the masks come off, the healing and growth will begin.
The must-have resource for coaches who shepherd and care for small group leaders.