by: Wayne Cordeiro
Do You Have a Sacred Enclosure Around the Roots of Your Soul?
Think about what you deal daily. Maybe you suffer the wear and tear of long commutes and even longer work days. Or you find yourself juggling endless e-mails, phone calls, and text messages.
Noise. Chatter. Crowds. Politics. Talk radio. Television. Bills. Worries. Responsibilities. Deadlines. Endless chores. Demanding children. Relational bruises.
Life wears on us. We can’t evade most of it, and that’s not really the solution anyway. What we need to do is protect the most important part of us… that deep down, soulish part of life that links us with our Creator. In The Divine Mentor, you will discover how to enjoy a dynamic, vital, and intimate relationship with God as you learn to hear Him speak daily through the Bible. You’ll embark on an adventure that will introduce you to His handpicked mentors, men and women who may save your health, your marriage, your ministry, and your future.
Wayne Cordeiro challenges you to develop a lifelonghabit – the one thing Jesus says is truly necessary – that will preserve your soul, establish your legacy, and hold God’s Living Word inside you.
Embracing Suffering In Your Ministry
by: Ajith Fernando
The title says it all – The Call to Joy & Pain is a call to take up at the same time two gifts from the Lord, joy and pain. The author Ajith Fernando is eminently qualified to present this study. He is the national director of Youth for Christ in war-torn, disaster ridden Sri Lanka. Also, he ministers to the urban poor of his country. Opening with Colossians 1:24-29, “I rejoice in my sufferings…”, Fernando explains that today’s church is interested in a therapy of suffering but he has found that what we need is a theology of suffering – we must learn to joyfully face the cross.
The Call to Joy & Pain message has four parts: Suffering and Joy are Basic to Christianity; Suffering Brings Us Nearer to Christ; Our Suffering Helps the Church; and, Servants of the Church. This is not a message for the faint of heart comfort lover. This is the “meat” of the Word, as the Apostle Paul would put it, and needs a reader willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. “…we must not miss the demonstration of unflinching belief in the sovereignty of God that looks at every trial in a positive light.” (pg. 50).
With many illustrations from the author’s own life, and from other Christians past and present, this is a clear, incisive presentation, with a strong reliance on Scripture. The Call to Joy & Pain is interesting and easy to read, providing much food for meditation, devotion, and worship. It has definitely helped my personal Christian growth. I believe readers will find it useful for both personal reading and for group use.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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
Product Details for How to Read the Bible Book by Book
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.
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.
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.
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
Powerful Teachings from the International Bestselling Author of The Heavenly Man
by: Brother Yun, Paul Hattaway
The companion to the bestselling The Heavenly Man, Living Water shares the vision of Brother Yun, one of China’s most dedicated, courageous and intensely persecuted house church leaders. Brother Yun’s dramatic life story and teachings offer a message that inspires and challenges Christians to live out a passionate commitment to serve Jesus Christ.
Living Water is a compelling saga of Brother Yun’s sacrifice to bring Jesus and the Bible to non-believers. Through his dynamic teachings, Brother Yun shares a message of radical trust and authentic Christian discipleship to churches around the world.
Using the message of the Bible and interweaving it with stories of life-changing faith, Living Water distills the wisdom of this courageous Christian man who suffered intense persecution for his beliefs. Brother Yun challenges Christians to go deeper in their faith, and become bold in their witness for Christ. He shows how God can make you as bold as a lion, and bring your days as a timid Christian to an end.
The book of Acts continues today in the lives of courageous believers like Brother Yun. An inspirational challenge to deeper discipleship, Living Water offers moving stories of struggles and victories, miracles of grace and mountains moved.
Over Half a Million Sold/Third Edition
by: Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart
Biblical interpretation for both beginning and experienced Bible readers. Changes to the new third edition include: updated language, new foreword, improved diagrams, substantial rewriting of several chapters to make them more user-friendly, and updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.
Your Guide to Understanding the Bible.
Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life.
More than half a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This third edition features substantial revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include: •Updated language •A new authors’ preface •Several chapters rewritten for better readability •Updated list of recommended commentaries and resources.
Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.
The Life You Have, the Life God Wants You to Have
by: Jim Cymbala
Whether you feel restless or satisfied right now, Jim Cymbala believes that God has more for you. In this new book, he’ll help you find out how to access the “more” God intends—more peace, real joy, and a deeper sense of purpose. As you open yourself up to the “more” of God, you will also discover your unique work assignment—the one thing God is calling you–and no one else–to accomplish for the sake of his work in the world.
Jim Cymbala knows something a lot of us miss–that a comfortable, secure life won’t produce the satisfaction we long for. How could we feel fulfilled by missing out on the life God has for us?
Whether life seems good or not right now, Jim Cymbala believes that God has more for you. In this new book, he’ll help you find out how to access the “more” God intends—more peace, real joy, and a deep sense of purpose. As you open yourself to the “more” of God, you will also discover your unique work assignment—the one thing God is calling you–and no one else–to accomplish for the sake of his work in the world.
You Were Made for More draws a compelling picture of people just like you who are finding that “more of God” means more influence, more energy, and ultimately more happiness. It will help you picture what your own “land of milk and honey” might look like—the fuller, richer spiritual place you long to be.
Using examples from the Bible, contemporary stories, and experiences from his own life, Jim Cymbala points the way to a richer, deeper life, helping you take hold of everything God wants to give.
The Secret of Receiving What You Need from God
by: Jim Cymbala
Break Through! … to prayer that God answers Do you long to break through your limitations to a life transformed by God? Breakthrough Prayer helps you connect with God’s heart and obtain answers to your prayers. Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle—a church built on prayer—explains the principles of faith-filled, mountain-moving prayer that can transform circumstances, change lives, and draw you closer to God than you’ve ever imagined.
From the Book Meet three who discovered the power of “breakthrough prayer.”
“My husband and I had a dream of helping desperate young women. But no banker in his right mind would finance such a venture. So we prayed and God broke through every single obstacle we faced. That was just the beginning of the wonderful roller-coaster ride we call ‘faith.'” —Grace (chapter 7)
“Voices inside my head were constantly screaming at me. I became like an animal in the street, muttering or yelling out a stream of profanity as people passed by. One day I screamed out, Jesus, help me! O God, you’re my only hope! That was the breakthrough prayer that saved my life.” —Danny (chapter 2)
“Talk about breakthrough prayer! I was buried under 110 stories of steel and concrete after the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers when God heard my cry for help.” —Genelle (chapter 3)
by: Philip Yancey
Does It Make Any Difference?
In Prayer, available for the first time in softcover, Philip Yancey probes the very heartbeat—the most fundamental, challenging, perplexing, and deeply rewarding aspect—of your relationship with God. What is prayer? Does it change God’s mind or ours—or both? This book is an invitation to communicate with God the Father, who invites you into an eternal partnership through prayer.
In his most powerful book since What’s So Amazing About Grace? and The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer. Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as:
• Is God listening?
• Why should God care about me?
• If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer?
• Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent?
• Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away?
• How can I make prayer more satisfying?
Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on.
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.”
*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