Jesus Religion

Author: Jefferson Bethke
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1400205409
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Abandon dead, dry, rule-keeping and embrace the promise of being truly known and deeply loved. Jefferson Bethke burst into the cultural conversation in 2012 with a passionate, provocative poem titled “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The 4-minute video literally became an overnight sensation, with 7 million YouTube views in its first 48 hours (and 23+ million in a year). The message blew up on social-media, triggering an avalanche of responses running the gamut from encouraged to enraged. In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem—highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior. Bethke is quick to acknowledge that he’s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled. Along his journey, Bethke discovered the real Jesus, who beckoned him beyond the props of false religion.

The World From Outside Its Box

Author: Brent Lang
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1457548860
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The World from Outside Its Box takes an in-depth look at what many of us do not consider as we get caught up in our everyday routines, our collection of thoughts and emotions that wrap us up into what we think is our reality. The World from Outside Its Box is exactly that, a world from outside its box.

The Gospel Of John One Day At A Time

Author: Timothy C. McKeown
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 1478785489
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1, 14). With those simple yet majestic words, the Apostle John began his gospel. The purpose of the final of the four gospels is found in John 20:31, “These (things) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

"Come and see" was the first of many invitations that Jesus gave to the young fisherman from Galilee. The gospel invites the readers likewise to “come and see” the Light of the World … to taste the Bread of Life … to drink the thirst-quenching Living Water … to enter the Door to the sheepfold … to see an empty tomb … to believe that Jesus rose from the dead. The Gospel of John is the deepest of the gospels and the most contemplative of all of the books in the New Testament. For seven weeks, come and see every morning and evening that Jesus is the Christ by reading through this dynamic study. In The Gospel of John, One Day at a Time, author Timothy McKeown offers a devotional designed for everyone, but especially new believers, to dig deeply into John’s account of the life of Christ.

The Heavens Of Idolatry

Author: Lisa Stough
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1512705837
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So you say youre not a perfectionist. Your idea of a perfectionist is someone who is well on their way to being perfect, and that does not describe you. Perfectionism is so cleverly disguised by its symptoms and ripple effects, but the problem is the same at the heartidolatry. The Heavens of Idolatry challenges Christ followers to consider the possibility that other gods may have set up a throne in their heart. As believers we may find ourselves living to please these gods, with our identity and worth hanging in the balance of acceptance. Or, being the diligent Christians that we are, we may have elevated ourselves by setting impossible standards for someone else. It is the striving and confusion that ensue that causes big problems in a persons life. Lisa Stough writes to fellow perfectionists as well as all Christians who are tired of hiding inside their Sunday clothes, who have given up on God all together, or who might be wondering what the big deal is about perfectionism. She brings Scripture, insight, and experience together into a journey you can call your own.

How To Be A Moon

Author: Carrye Burr
Publisher: Less to Be More
ISBN: 9780692148303
Size: 51.64 MB
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How to Be a Moon, book and built-in study guide, draws analogies from the moon to explain how we're meant to live as followers of God. We've been called out of darkness to bring light and hope to a broken world. But along the way, we confuse the light we're shining as an indicator of our worth. We get tripped up by insecurity and comparison, wondering if we really matter to God or the world we're serving. But a moon offers a countercultural way to love God and others. To be a moon is to radically redefine our identity apart from achievement or comparison. Our job isn't to prove anything to God, but to accept the proof of His love and worth for us. Our mission isn't to accomplish more, but to allow more of God to be reflected in us. Only then can He use us to powerfully illuminate our generation and change the world. I invite you on a journey to: - Rest in God's presence instead of striving for significance. -Embrace God as a collaborator instead of a critic. -Ditch the traps of envy and pride and enjoy investing in others. -Walk boldly into the plans God designed you for. Are you ready to be a moon? (You might enjoy this book if you tried Jefferson Bethke's "Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough," Heather Holleman's "Seated With Christ," or Bryan Lorritts' "Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity Into Performance-Free Love.")

Dirty God

Author: Johnnie Moore
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 0849964202
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In Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches, Johnnie Moore draws on both Scripture and his extensive experience with other cultures and religions to show how the God of the Bible is unique in his willingness to be near us in all of our messiness. Moore outlines the central importance of the doctrine of grace while introducing readers to a humble and human Jesus who reaches out to us at our worst and pulls us up to our best. Grace, Moore argues, is something that is both gotten and given, and the two-part structure of the book allows readers to explore both of these dynamics. By offering hope rather than condemnation and showing the practical applications of grace in today’s world, Dirty God will appeal to both the committed Christian and the spiritual seeker looking for a more authentic faith. Challenging and engaging, Dirty God is sure to establish Johnnie Moore as an emerging voice for Millennial and Gen-X evangelicals for years to come.

Deliverance From Toxic Memories

Author: Ken Harrington
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
ISBN: 076848491X
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Bondage to the past is not God’s plan for your present When a young elephant is chained up by its trainer, the animal’s initial response is to try and escape. Several attempts later, the elephant recognizes that freedom is not possible and accepts the chains as normal. Once this is “learned”, the trainer can use a simple rope to hold one of the most powerful animals. The same thing happens to many people with their minds. They become used to unhealthy patterns of thinking and destructive memories. Sadly, it becomes embraced as “normal life.” This is not God’s perfect will for you! Authors Ken and Jeanne Harrington provide extensive research and relevant Bible teaching empowering you to experience freedom today by: Understanding how toxic memories negatively impact your physical and spiritual health Exposing the lies you believe about yourself and replace them with transformational Truth Positioning you to live in the love and complete forgiveness of God Reclaim your memories and take your life back!

Jesus For Most People

Author: Emanuel Polioudakis
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781456828677
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“Jesus for Most People” is for people who believe God used the Big Bang to create the universe, used evolution to create people, and sent Jesus to teach. The book updates the Enlightenment outlook. It summarizes scholarly work on Jesus and the early Church. It explains the biological evolution of morality and it looks there for clues about God. Some ideas here about Jesus and about the evolution of morality are new but not silly. The book builds a solid base for reasonable belief, so people can avoid religious and secular wackiness.