Dr. Philip Yancey – What Good is God?
The Reason for God
by: Timothy Keller
This six-session small group Bible study, The Reason for God, captures live and unscripted conversations between Tim Keller and a group of people to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, and Scripture, Keller and the group explore the truth of Christianity. In his New York Times bestselling book The Reason for God, Timothy Keller established himself as a modern-day C. S. Lewis who brings together faith and intellect, theology and popular culture, modern-day objections and historic Christian beliefs. Now fans of the New York Times bestseller can find resources to help them engage with those same objections, drawing on recent scholarship and debates. The Reason for God small group Bible study can be used individually, with groups, or by any believer who is engaging with friends who don’t share his or her beliefs. Christians will be challenged to wrestle with their friends and neighbors’ hardest questions, and to engage those questions in ways that will spark an honest, enriching, and humbling dialogue, as is modeled during the DVD sessions. While The Reason for God DVD (sold separately) captures a live and unscripted conversation between Timothy Keller and the six panelists discussing their objections to Christianity, this Discussion Guide will help small groups and individuals dig deeper into the objections of the Christian faith and to learn about both sides of the issues. Sessions include: 1. Isn’t the Bible a Myth? 2. How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God? 3. What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life? 4. Why Does God Allow Suffering? 5. Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice? 6. How Can God Be Full of Love and Wrath at the Same Time?
What’s So Amazing About Grace
by: Philip Yancey
In 1987, an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived. And forgave. He said of the bombers, ‘I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge. . . . I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them.’ His words caught the media’s ear–and out of one man’s grief, the world got a glimpse of grace. Grace is the church’s great distinctive. It’s the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else–for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world. In What’s So Amazing About Grace? award-winning author Philip Yancey explores grace at street level. If grace is God’s love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy? Yancey sets grace in the midst of life’s stark images, tests its mettle against horrific ‘ungrace.’ Can grace survive in the midst of such atrocities as the Nazi holocaust? Can it triumph over the brutality of the Ku Klux Klan? Should any grace at all be shown to the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and cannibalized seventeen young men? Grace does not excuse sin, says Yancey, but it treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. It forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day. In his most personal and provocative book ever, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church. He asks, How can Christians contend graciously with moral issues that threaten all they hold dear? And he challenges us to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, What’s So Amazing About Grace?
by: Ravi Zacharias
In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God’s existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God’s existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.
by: Ajith Fernando
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul places love at the very center of what it means to embrace life in Christ. All other spiritual gifts are worth nothing in comparison. But the love explained in those verses is nothing short of radical. Fernando’s pastoral work—in the midst of the cultural and ethnic tensions of Sri Lanka—often brought up a very real and honest question: ‘Can the biblical teaching about love actually be practiced?’ The answer he discovered is a resounding ‘yes.’ The radical love of God is not only real, but it is the key to experiencing joy in the pain and suffering of this world. Believers must look to the Scriptures for God’s teaching on the true nature of love, its divine origins, and its power for those who trust in Christ. This book offers reflections on the Bible’s consistent teaching on love and shares real-life experiences of learning to love in difficult situations.
by: Jim Cymbala, Jennifer Schuchmann
For some of us being a Christian is harder than it should be. Discouraged, anxious, worn down, we wonder what happened to the power and the joy that Jesus promised. Jim Cymbala believes that many of us are missing something vital. Christianity, he says, for even the best-intentioned person or church, is impossible without the Holy Spirit. You can have regular devotions, great preaching, a strong emphasis on the Bible, a great worship team, and a congregation that is trying, but if you aren’t vitally in touch with God’s Spirit, you are missing out on the life God has for you. The Holy Spirit, he points out, is God’s agent on earth. Yet he is the least understood, least preached about, and least discussed member of the Trinity. That is sad, because without him, our spiritual lives will always become dry, mechanical, and a struggle. Too often, the body of Christ is divided into two sides. One side stresses the Word of God, separating itself from what it views as the emotional fanaticism often linked to those emphasizing the Holy Spirit. The other side is sometimes known for drifting into unbiblical manifestations and unorthodox teaching while attributing it all to the Spirit of God. But the Christianity we see in Scripture is both grounded in the Word and full of the Spirit. With stunning stories of how God is working in the lives of people and churches today and biblical teaching about the Holy Spirit, Jim Cymbala invites you to experience God in a fresh and vital way. Nothing else will change our prayer life, our study of God’s word, and our worship more than opening our hearts to the Spirit. If we want power, confidence, joy, peace, and more love in our lives, then we need a better understanding of how and why the Spirit moves so we can join him there.
Bible Stories Every Child Should Know
by: Dr. Connie Palm
All the best adventure stories from the Bible, beautifully illustrated and written in clear, simple international English.
These stories will capture your children’s attention to give the best possible introduction to the Bible.
Here you will find:
• large print
• clear simple sentences
• fast-moving stories
• lively detailed illustrations
These Bible Stories can become the building blocks of the soul – the building blocks that lead to eternal life.
Finding Freedom By Connecting With God
by: Neil T. Anderson
HAVE YOU HEARD FROM GOD LATELY?
Trying to stay mentally focused in prayer is a common struggle for Christians. Tempting and distracting thoughts can plague their devotional lives. Is the enemy challenging your focus? What if you’re hearing from God and don’t know it? Maybe prayer is more about listening than talking.
Dr. Neil T. Anderson explains this confusion and shares how you can find mental peace. His thoughts on prayer will change your devotional life. In this book you will discover how to:
• be still and know that He is God
• pray and be led by the Holy Spirit
• make prayer a dialogue instead of a monologue
• resolve personal and spiritual conflicts through prayer
• overcome the trials of life when heaven seems silent
Every Christian is a child of God with the same access to their heavenly Father. Liberating Prayer shows that prayer is a relationship and will set you free from meaningless rituals and stagnant devotions.
Look At The Cross
Seeing Christ’s Death Through New Eyes
by: Bob Sjogren & Kevin Kimbrough
Why did Christ die? To forgive us of our sins, right? Well, that’s true, but it’s also incomplete. Belief in only this partial truth causes conflict and confusion among God’s people, and it limits the depth of our understanding of God and his work.
There are seven key reasons Christ went to the cross. All of them focus on the glory of his Father. If the glory of God is primary, it changes everything in our relationship with him. And if Christ suffered for the Father’s glory, then we should be willing to suffer as well.
Rethink the cross, and rethink your purpose!
15 Leaders Fighting For Our Cities,
Our Poor, Our Youth And Our Culture
by: Mac Pier
CHALLENGES? YES. But people can do make a different. Here are the stories of fifteen entrepreneurial leaders doing just that. Drawn from church, business, government and non-profit sectors, these world-class visionaries and activists offer examples that motivate and principles to imitate.
Their stories show that mature networks of leaders and organizations can offer opportunities to a new generation of young people, change communities ravaged by HIP/AIDS, reach new groups of people with the message of hope–and more. A book for those who see a need and want to contribute with consequential leadership.
“Mac Pier has done us a great service by bringing forth the stories of great entrepreneurs who have crossed over from politics, business and other fields to form a vanguard that may yet bring us back from what the ever-wise David Brooks calls ‘a crisis of legitimacy’. These tales are a call to action for all of us.” BOB BUFORD, author of Halftime
“Leadership matters. The leaders in this book have made an extraordinary difference in their churches, communities and cities. I applaud their impact and invite you to read this book and discover your own leadership assignment.” BILL HYBELS, chairman and founder, Willow Creek Association
“The God-stories contained in these biographical sketches will encourage you to see and embrace the God-story of your life.” D.G.ELMORE, chairman of the board of directors, The Navigators, and chairman, Elmore Companies, Inc.
“Great leaders are as interested in significance as they are in success. Mac Pier profiles fifteen leaders we all want to emulate. . . They are activists, preachers and CEOs. They have created foundations, planted churches, furthered the cause of peace and impraved the lives of thousands of people. Read this book–it will inspire you to open your world and become a leader of consequence.” KEN BLANCHARD, coauthor of The One Minute Manager®and Great Leaders Grow
Bringing The Gospel To The Unreached And Unengaged
by: John Piper & David Mathis
The theme isn’t new, but the approach is refresing and compelling, as contributors David Platt, Louie Giglio, Michael Ramsden, Ed Stetzer, Michael Oh, David Mathis, and John Piper take up the mantlo of the Great Commission and its Spirit-powered completion.
From astronomy to exegesis, from apologetics to the Global South, from being missional at home to employing our resources in the global cause, Finish the Mission aims to breathe fresh missionary fire into a new generation, as together we seek to reach the unreached and engage the unengaged.
“Issues a clarion reminder of God’s enduring passion to glorify himself by blessing all nations on earth.” STEVE RICHARDSON, President, Pioneers-USA
“What will it take to finish the mission? Gospel seed must fall into the ground and die. May this compelling admonition jolt the church out of complacency and into the gathering of God’s sheep from among the earth’s peoples.” DAVID SITTON, President, To Every Tribe
“The authors portray well God’s rescue operation to the peoples who still have no friend to help them comprehend the Easter story. Serious disciples will take these declarations seriously.” GREG LIVINGSTONE, Founder, Frontiers
A Life of Intimacy With God
by: John Bevere
In Drawing Near, John Bevere invites readers to explore a life of intimacy with God. Emphasizing the need for obedience, he urges us to practice-just as we would practice anything we hope to improve-our communication with the Holy Spirit. Understanding that prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue, Bevere encourages us to listen at the Father’s feet. Study questions in each chapter offer opportunity for reflection, and a “How to draw near to God” section offers practical steps toward developing true intimacy with Him.
Making Prayer The Foundation of Your Life
by: R. T. Kendall
Children spell love T-I-M-E. What if God spells love T-I-M-E? The brilliant new book by bestselling Christian writer, R. T. Kendall. Prayer is one of the most fundamental practices of the Christian faith, yet how many of us really commit adequate time to talking to God? As R. T. points out in DID YOU THINK TO PRAY?, God likes our company. We can only benefit from spending more time with him. This wonderful new book helps us to better understand what prayer is, why it is so important and how we can overcome the obstacles that seem to prevent us doing it.Children spell love T-I-M-E. What if God spells love T-I-M-E?The brilliant new book by bestselling Christian writer, R. T. Kendall.Prayer is one of the most fundamental practices of the Christian faith, yet how many of us really commit adequate time to talking to God? As R. T. points out in DID YOU THINK TO PRAY?, God likes our company. We can only benefit from spending more time with him.This wonderful new book helps us to better understand what prayer is, why it is so important and how we can overcome the obstacles that seem to prevent us doing it.
Expect God To Interrupt Your Life
by: A. W. Tozer
Faith More Dangerous Than It Sounds
The word “faith” is common, but placing our faith in God is an uncommonly weighty decision fraught with consequences and, by His design, inconvenience. Faith in God is consoling only so far as we trust Him and unshakable trust is the mark of mature Christians who have allowed faith to intrude on their lives ans shift their gaze away from their own aims, needs and desires. This is a life-discrupting, comfort-disturbing and even painful process.
A Disruptive Faith is A. W. Tozer’s never-before-published teaching on what he called “faith that perturbs” that is, faith that contradicts the unbelieving man and threatens the complacency of the Christian. In these pages, the renowned pastor and theologian shows how genuine faith, by God’s design, breeds dissatisfaction with this life, weaning Christians from dependence on earthly things in order to prepare them for the glorious and everlasting life to come. In this way, each of us should be encouraged to deepen our faith to the point of holy discontentment – and experience the fresh hope for eternity with Almighty God!
Finding Comfort in Life’s Trials
by: Harold J. Sala
Backed by Dr. Harold Sala’s 40–year broadcast presence and the promotional power of Guidelines International, whose Guidelines for Life reaches over 100 countries.
Foreword by Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life.
Harold Sala reminds readers that the Bible speaks to every conceivable human circumstance. His simple, plain–spoken advice will unlock just the thought or action readers need to move forward…or leave behind something that’s keeping them stuck. Twenty–five chapters cover a wide range of emotions and experiences, including…
• When You Want Peace
• When You Suffer
• When You Hope
• When Your Broken Life Needs Healing
• When You Are Angry
• When You Need Courage
• When You Need to Say, “I’m Sorry; Forgive Me”
Each chapter offers five short sections with memorable one–sentence insights and practical spiritual guidelines, using illustrations drawn from daily life. Readers will come away assured that God is always there to support, strengthen, and comfort them.
When Your Heart Cries Out to God is intended to be a source of encouragement…designed to challenge your thinking, confront your doubts, push back your cynicism and pessimism, and encourage you to look up and believe God as you make your way through the minefields of life.” — Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose–Driven Life, senior pastor, Saddleback Church
Unwrap The Source Of God’s Strength For Living.
by: Charles Stanley
THE BEST-SELLING GUIDE TO THE POWER AND PRACTICE OF PRAYER
Prayer is essential to the life of every believer. It connects us with our heavenly Father and opens the door for Him to move in our lives, to impact our circumstances, and to help us make wise choices.
Yet few of us would claim to enjoy a satisfying proter life. So how can we begin to cultivate a prayer life that truly makes a difference?
Handle with Prayer is a definitive guide for making prayer a part of your everyday life. Popular author and teacher Dr. Charles Stanley reveals that prayer is the ultimate resource for every believer. Inside, he shares:
• How we can pray with authority
• How we can receive answers to prayer
• Why prayers can seem to go unanswered
• How to pray in God’s will
• How we can pray for others
Uncover God’s solution for whatever you may face, and discover how life is best handled with prayer.
Thirteen-Session Leader’s Guide Included:
Session Goals know the focus of each session, and learn how prayer is tied into each message.
Preparation specific and helping tips to organize your group’s study time.
Discussion key talking points to help guide your group’s discussion.
Activities reading, skits, prayers, and individual reflection questions to keep your group thinking about the power of prayer between sessions.
Finding the Freedom, Wholeness, and True Success God Has for You
by: Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian has led millions to pray—parents, wives, husbands, women, teens, and kids. Each of her best-selling books have opened up the mystery of prayer and helped readers approach God with confidence and experience His power. With transparency and biblical depth, Stormie now shares what it means to connect with God in a deep and meaningful way through every circumstance that presents itself.
With warmth and wisdom, Stormie helps readers understand how they can make their life work—with prayer. This book is for everyone who wants to:
• live free of guilt and fear
• experience and share forgiveness
• stand strong in the face of temptation
• know God’s love
• grow in faith, and much more
In 30 short chapters, Stormie helps every reader find the freedom, wholeness, and success they want as they discover the simple steps to powerful prayer.
Rethinking Our Conversations With Our Master
by: Bob Sjogren & Gerald Robison
Cats and dogs respond differently to their masters’s care. While the dog thinks “You must be God!” the cat thinks “I must be God!”
When we first become believers, we still have a natural tendency to be self-centered, especially in how we pray. As a result, many Christians prayers that are more of a laundry list of “all about me” requests. Because God doesn’t answer these kinds of prayer, we tend to give up on praying believing that God doesn’t answer prayer. As a result, we end up checking in from time to time making sure he knows we’re there and reminding him of our needs hoping he’ll do something about them.
will help move you from self-centered prayers to God-focused prayers. You’ll learn how to pray, as the authors show:
This book will change the way you pray. It is a natural outflow of also written by Bob and Gerald.
30 Days to Christlike Character
by: Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George has long been a favorite source of encouragement and wisdom for women who hunger to know how God desires for them to live. In her newest release, Elizabeth asks, “Where better can we learn about right character and conduct than Jesus Himself?”
There is much we can learn from this perfect life example: His generosity in caring for the needs of others, the abundance of His kindness and forgiveness even to His enemies, His persistence in watching over His own, and His willingness to give His all even though He had nothing.
Every woman who desires to…
• skillfully make the most of limited time
• give freely without expecting anything in return
• achieve all things in God’s strength and not her own
• let her light shine and glorify God
…will find a treasure trove of truths and applications that enable her to follow well in the footsteps of Jesus.
Relating To Each Other In A Frenzied World
by: Ajith Fernando
Friends, We all crave them.
Yet how do we nurture friendships in a frenzied, fragmented, fallen world?
Ajith Fernando sees the obstacles. But he convinces us that even today we can make true friends.
Drawing insights from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, this book shows us how to find friends, fulfillment, and wisdom through -
• Christian discipline
• spiritual accountability
• team ministry
• service to others
• reliance on God’d strength
“Anyone who wants to take up the challenge of developing significant relationships will find Ajith Fernando a stimulating and pratical guide.”
From the Foreword by Edgar Metzler,
United Mission to Nepal, Kathmanda, Nepal
A Guided Tour From the Authors of the Best-Selling How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
by: Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart
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This book helps people read the Bible as a whole by showing how each book fits into the grand narrative of Scripture.
A Guided Tour from Genesis through Revelation
Reading the Bible need not be a haphazard journey through strange and bewildering territory. Like an experienced tour guide, How to Read the Bible Book by Book takes you by the hand and walks you through the Scriptures. For each book of the Bible, the authors start with a quick snapshot, then expand the view to help you better understand its key elements and how it fits into the grand narrative of the Bible. Written by two top evangelical scholars, this survey is designed to get you actually reading the Bible knowledgeably and understanding it accurately.
In an engaging, conversational style, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart take you through a given book of the Bible using their unique, progressive approach:
• Orienting Data – Concise info bytes that form a thumbnail of the book
• Overview – A brief panorama that introduces key concepts and themes and important landmarks in the book
• Specific Advice for Reading – Pointers for accurately understanding the details and message of the book in context with the circumstances surrounding its writing
• A Walk Through—The actual section-by-section tour that helps you see both the larger landscape of the book and how its various parts work together to form the whole. Here you are taken by the hand and told, “Look at this!”
How to Read the Bible Book by Book can be used as a companion to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. It also stands on its own as a reliable guide to reading and understanding the Bible for yourself.
Moving From Romance To Lasting Love
by: Ravi Zacharias
WHAT DOES I Do REALLY MEAN?
Is it possible to have a great marriage? This book says an unequivocal yes!
“Love is still what people long for. It’s still the theme of dreams,” says best-selling author Dr. Ravi Zacharias.
Couples around the world yearn for the joy and security found only in lasting, loving marriages. In his travels, Ravi has heard men and women in many cultures express their dreams of lasting love. In response, he has discovered a treasure trove in the biblical account of the betrothal and marriage of Isaac and Rebekah, whose love story forms the framework of this fascinating book. In its pages you find the secrets to the kind of courtship and growing marital relationship that offer true happiness.
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah reveals several vital principles of a godly marriage such as:
• Striving for purity
• Preparing the heart and mind for a healthy marriage
• Learning the value of prayer
• Practicing kindness in your relationship
Whether you are seriously dating, contemplating marriage, or committed to making your marriage strong, the insightful, Bible-based counsel this book provides will offer you strength and wisdom as you move from romance to lasting love.
by: Warren W. Wiersbe
Find Your New Beginning in the Story of the Prodigal Son—and a Cast of Characters
When you’ve really blown it . . .
. . . is there is any way out of the mess?
In his unique depiction of the prodigal son, Warren Wiersbe examines the cast of characters from this well-known story and draws lessons from each individual. Find yourself in the wasteful son, or perhaps in the spiteful brother, and recognize afresh the One who can forgive every sin—our merciful Father.
If you’ve left the path of grace and think you’ve gone too far, or if you simply need a reminder of God’s mercy and love, this book holds a welcome dose of encouragement. Your Father is waiting to receive you, ready to give you another chance at life.
How To Avoid Indiscreet Relationships
by: Ajith Fernando
This is a time when are seeing many complex problems in relationships between men and women in our society. If we do not give Christians specific teaching on how to use biblical principles in relating to the opposite sex, they could easily end up doing things that are common in society but not acceptable to Christians.
This booklet aims to meet this need for sane scriptural advice in this crucial area.
by: John Kitchen
What’s your story?
God has written a grand story-Hits Story-and He wants you to discover your own in His.
Pastor John Kitchen takes you on a unique journey from Genesis to Revelation, unfolding God’s overarching plan for the whole of creation-and for you.
Finding your place in the vast plan of God involves:
• a purpose bigger than you’ve ever imagined,
• a gain bigger than you’ve ever dreamed,
• a pleasure more intense than you’ve ever fantasized.