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.
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.
A Simple and Profound Call to Live Like Jesus
by: Floyd McClung
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.
by: Ajith Fernando
In spite of good intentions, too many Christian workers today Burn out, suffer moral lapses, or just get discouraged and quit. How can you avoid failing as a Christian leader? Ajith Fernando Believes that much ministry failure results from neglect of the basics of the faith. Too often today’s church is riveted on ministry Technique to the neglect of leadership lifestyle. In Fernando’s Own words:” Perhaps the greatest need in the training of leaders. Today is to provide guidelines to help them live as biblical men and women.
In this book, Fernando identifies the foundational elements that allow you to be both effective and joyful in your service. He shows from Jesus’ own ministry that relating to the people you minister to, retreating from busyness to prayer, being affirmed and empowered by God, discipline younger leaders, and gaining strength from God’s Word must be at the heart of your ministry. Rich in Scripture and full of stories from Fernando’s own years of ministry, this book will help men and women commit themselves afresh to those vital basics of ministry that make for long-term service that is both fruitful and joyful.
by: Floyd McClung
If God Can Heal Me, Why Won’t He?
Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic. Since that time, she has become a beloved writer and speaker to millions. But today, Joni faces a new battle: chronic, unrelenting pain. As she writes, Just as I said to God years ago when I was first injured, I find myself praying, Lord, I can’t live like this for the rest of my life! This ongoing urgency has forced me to look back on familiar scriptures and examine them from new angles. Does God miraculously intervene in the lives of all who pray for release from migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, cancer or, in my case, chronic pain? And if not, why not? Here Joni invites you to walk with her through an intense and baffling season of her life. Her words offer not a bundle of ivory-tower theological conclusions but intimate insight from a woman on a journey a woman who believes in healing from a God who chooses when that healing will come.
by: Dean Merrill
Pastor Jim Cymbala calls us back to a fiery, passionate preoccupation with God that will restore what the enemy has stolen from us: our first love for Jesus, our zeal, our troubled children, our wounded marriages, our broken and divided churches.
Born out of the heart and soul of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, the message of Fresh Faith is illustrated by true stories of men and women whose lives have been changed through the power of faith. Cymbala writes, “Real faith is produced when our hearts draw near to God himself and receive his promises deep within.”
That kind of faith can transform your life—starting today, if you choose.
What Happens When God Leads and You Follow Now with Study Guide
by: Jim Cymbala
The sequel to Cymbala’s best-selling Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire and Fresh Faith reveals what it means to be constantly transformed by the Holy Spirit. Dramatic stories from the Bible and the life of the Brooklyn Tabernacle fill each page. This softcover edition includes a study guide.
We Need God’s Power
Drawing examples from the Bible and from the sidewalks of New York City, Fresh Power shows what happens when the Spirit of God moves in our midst. He longs to reveal the mind of God to us and to release heaven’s limitless resources to meet the desperate needs around us.
Fresh Power will expand your vision for what God can and will do, and inspire you to pray like never before for God’s power in your church and in you.
by: Dean Merrill
Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew his people—to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion.
Cymbala knows the difference firsthand. Thirty-five years ago his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray . . . God began to move . . . street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed by the love of Christ . . . and today they are more than ten thousand strong. The story of what happened to this broken-down church in one of America’s toughest neighborhoods points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice.
*Coping with Stress *Avoiding Burnout *Overcoming Fear …and More
by: Harold J. Sala
The greatest struggles in life are not fought on battlefields; they are fought in human hearts as we struggle with fear, frustration, stress, a lack of self confidence, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, and the inability to cope with circumstances not to our liking. While these challenges can defeat us, they can also serve as catalysts to bring out the very best in us.
Making Your Emotions Work for You will help readers confront these challenges and apply biblical principles that unleash God’s power to overcome them.
Chapter titles include:
• Making Friends of Your Emotions
• The Inner Struggle of Worry
• Winning Your Battle with Fear
• Boredom When Your Emotions Flat Line
• Coping with Stress
by: A.W. Tozer
Although written two years after the publication of The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer’s God’s pursuit of Man sets forth the biblical truth that before man can pursue God, God must first pursue man. A “prequel” of sorts, God’s Pursuit of Man speaks fervently of God’s desire for man to be saved and the action He takes as He “invades” the human soul. Tozer then explains how it is through the power and promise of the Holy Spirit that we can truly understand the mystery of the triune God.
by: John Piper
John Piper’s newest book will help Christians think about thinking. Focusing on the life of the mind helps us to know God better, love him more, and care for the world. Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. Piper contends that “thinking is indispensable on the path to passion for God.” So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of mind and heart, thinking and feeling?
Piper urges us to think for the glory of God. He demonstrates from Scripture that glorifying God with our minds and hearts is not either-or, but both-and. Thinking carefully about God fuels passion and affections for God. Likewise, Christ-exalting emotion leads to disciplined thinking.
Readers will be reminded that “the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of the heart.”
by: A.W. Tozer
Whether you are thirsting for more of God or do not yet know of “mighty longing after God” that so consumed A.W. Tozer’s life and ministry, The Pursuit of God will draw you into a deep, abiding relationship with the One who “nourishes the soul.” This spiritual masterpiece exposes the roadblocks that keep us from fully knowing God, reveals our responsibility of the pursuit, and ultimately leads us into the very presence of God Himself.