A Long Obedience In The Same Direction

Author: Eugene H. Peterson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830822577
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This revised and expanded version of Eugene H. Peterson's classic for modern pilgrims who want to learn to live in communion with God now includes the Songs of Ascents in The Message translation, as well as a new epilogue.

Biblical Counsel

Author: Steven C. Kettler
Publisher: Lettermen Associates
ISBN: 9780963682116
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Is It A Lost Cause

Author: Marva J. Dawn
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802843739
Size: 36.66 MB
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How can we help the church's children not to make the same choices as the children of the dominant culture around them concerning their sexuality, their use of money and time, their attitudes toward work and life? Is it still possible in our post-Christian, post-modern society to raise children with Christian faith and moral character? In this sensitive and astute work, Marva Dawn insists that forming genuinely Christian children is not a lost cause if congregations, pastors, and parents wake up to the present crisis of a society at odds with the gospel and to the crucial need for deliberate formative efforts and intensive discipleship in both home and Church. Drawing on thirty years of experience working with young people in churches and schools, convocations and camps, Dawn examines some of the forces in our culture that harm our children's spiritual development and suggests biblically centered parenting and mentoring habits that are necessary for producing godly and faith-full children today.

Joel Obadiah Malachi

Author: David W. Baker
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310571715
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These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message. On one hand are messages of impending judgment—for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself. On the other hand are messages of great hope—of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, of restoration and renewal, and of a coming Messiah. Placing judgment and hope together in such a manner may seem paradoxical to a contemporary mindset. But the complete message of these prophets gives a fuller picture of God—who despises and rightly judges sin and rebellion, but who also lovingly invites people to return to him so that he might bestow his wonderful grace and blessings. It is a message no less timely today than when these books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply it. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our postmodern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

Proverbs And Ecclesiastes

Author: Amy Plantinga-Pauw
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 1611645662
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In this new volume in the Belief series, Amy Plantinga Pauw reveals how the biblical books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, while often overlooked, are surprisingly relevant for Christian faith today. Both biblical books probe everyday human experiences. They speak to those who seek meaning and purpose in an uncertain world and encourage us to look for God's presence in human life, not in divine visions or messages. They show openness to wisdom insights from many sources, urging us to find the commonalities and connections of our wisdom with those of our religious neighbors. Ultimately, these books affirm that true wisdom, whatever its human source, comes from God. Pauw includes reflections for preaching and teaching throughout her study.

Seeing Through Spiritual Eyes

Author: Kirk E. Farnsworth
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630874590
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Bring the otherworldly mystery of spiritual reality down to earth. Understand how Satan can gain entry into the personal lives of Christians. Learn how to find peace in church conflict without having to flee, fake it, or fight back. Put an end to toxic memories from a painful past. Experience meaningful life in the Spirit.

The Book Of Psalms

Author: Douglas Connelly
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418587478
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The Book of Psalms is the most-read and most-quoted book of the Bible! Psalms or "songs" give expression to every human emotion. Even though the musical score does not remain, these timeless words still bring hope and healing. Let your spirit be renewed and your heart uplifted as you read and realize the relevance of these inspirational reminders of God's steadfast presence. Features include: How to be smart about God's purpose, protection, deliverance, and direction The stories behind the psalms, their meanings, and their impact today The power of prayer, praise, trust, and obedience

1 2 And 3 John

Author: Karen H. Jobes
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
ISBN: 0310518016
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Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek, and each author provides an original translation based on the literary structure. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical author’s message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor. 1-3 John In her commentary on John’s letters, Karen H. Jobes writes to bridge the distance between academic biblical studies and pastors, students, and laypeople who are looking for an in-depth treatment of the issues raised by these New Testament books. She approaches the three letters of John as part of the corpus that includes John’s gospel, while rejecting an elaborate redactional history of that gospel that implicates the letters. Jobes treats three major themes of the letters under the larger rubric of who has the authority to interpret the true significance of Jesus, an issue that is pressing in our religiously pluralistic society today with its many voices claiming truth about God.

A Psalm Shaped Life

Author: H. Mark Abbott
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621892662
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Ever felt glad, sad, or mad and didn't quite know how to talk to God about it? How long since you have used something other than a happy psalm in corporate worship? A Psalm-Shaped Life explores how these ancient prayer-songs give us a vision of God and voice to respond to God in all of life, in its joys and sorrows. Psalms of all kinds have shaped the life of God's people for three thousand years. They can and should do so today, also. Reading and praying the Psalms individually and together puts us in a long line of men and women who have poured out their hearts to God using these ancient texts and have been shaped in doing so. A Psalm Shaped Life is a plea for regular and informed immersion in the Psalms, both individually and as a community.

Double Blessing

Author: Mark Batterson
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN: 0735291128
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New York Times bestselling author and pastor invites readers to pursue, recognize, and flip every blessing from God. He provides the tools necessary to inventory one's blessings and participate in double blessing - that moment when a blessing in your life is leveraged to doubly bless another. Mark Batterson believes it's possible to experience more of God's blessing - but that might look different than you would initially expect. The first wave of blessing is that which God gives you: time, treasure, talent. The double blessing, the second movement in this relationship, is our giving back to God by giving to others. In a day where divine flourishing and godly stewardship has been reduced to a hashtag; #blessed, Batterson challenges readers to pursue true, God-glorifying blessing and experience an exponential impact by participating in the double blessing.