Zondervan 2012 Pastors Annual(Bonus CD-Rom)
This annual bestselling resource for preachers provides a planned preaching program for an entire year, including Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and midweek sermons, as well as helps for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and youth meetings.
Countless preachers have turned to the Zondervan Pastor’s Annual to save them time in sermon and service preparation. This tried-and-true resource makes your demanding job as a pastor a lot easier. Use its content as is, or tailor it to fit your unique approach. The Zondervan 2012 Pastor’s Annual supplies you with: • Morning and evening services for every Sunday of the year • Fully indexed sermon topics and texts • Definitive and usable sermon outlines • Devotionals and Bible studies for midweek services • Fresh and applicable illustrations • Appropriate hymn selections • Special-day services for church and civil calendars • Meditations on Lord’s Supper observance • Wedding ceremonies and themes • Funeral messages and Scriptures • Basic pastoral ministry helps • Messages for children and young people • Offertory prayers Bonus CD-ROM included!
Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results
Author: John C.Maxwell
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows that talent is just the starting point for a successful impact in any organization. It's what takes you beyond your talent that matters.
People everywhere are proving him right. Read the headlines, watch the highlights, or just step out your front door: Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in mediocrity. What makes the difference? Maxwell, the go-to guru for business professionals across the globe, insists that the choices people make--not merely the skills they inherit--propel them to greatness. Among other truths, successful people know that:
-Belief lifts your talent.
-Initiative activates your talent.
-Focus directs your talent.
-Preparation positions your talent.
-Practice sharpens your talent.
-Perseverance sustains your talent.
-Character protects your talent. . . . and more!
It's what you add to your talent that makes the greatest difference. With authentic examples and time-tested wisdom, Maxwell shares thirteen attributes you need to maximize your potential and live the life of your dreams.
You can have talent alone and fall short of your potential. Or you can go beyond talent and really stand out.
The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You
Author: John C.Maxwell
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
The Maxwell Daily Reader draws its unique power from an ageless truth: the heart of leadership is created through actions, put into practice one day at a time. Each entry delivers a powerful leadership principle, ready for real-world practice.
Featuring timeless wisdom from fourteen of John C. Maxwell's (New York Times best-selling author) leadership books, this is a must have for any Maxwell fan or the perfect gift to introduce others to his writing.
And Man Created God: Is God a Human Invention?
Author : Robert Banks
Publisher: Lion UK
Price : RM36.40
A debate of perennial interest, addressing one of the oldest questions posed to religious believers—if God made everything, who made God?
Most recently leveled by the New Atheists, the question of the likelihood that God is a human invention was first asked in ancient Greece and has preoccupied religious believers for centuries ever since. Here, renowned scholar Robert Banks explores the history of this objection—from its earliest vocalization in the ancient world to its most famous advocates, including Freud, Marx, and others—and offers compelling evidence that takes both sides of the argument into account. Ideal for those with a general interest in New Atheism or for those studying religion, this informative guide will offer readers the chance to sort out once and for all what—if any—elements of their idea of God are man-made.
Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions that Will Help You See It and Seize It
Author: John C. Maxwell
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
What's the difference between a dreamer and someone who achieves a dream? According to best-selling author Dr. John Maxwell, the answer lies in answering ten powerful, yet straightforward, questions. Whether you've lost sight of an old dream or you are searching for a new one within you, Put Your Dream to the Test provides a step-by-step action plan that you can start using today to see, own, and reach your dream. Dr. Maxwell draws on his forty years of mentoring experience to expertly guide you through the ten questions required of every successful dreamer:
The Ownership Question
The Clarity Question
The Reality Question
The Passion Question
The Pathway Question
The People Question
The Cost Question
The Tenacity Question
The Fulfillment Question
The Significance Question
More importantly, Dr. Maxwell helps you to create the right answers, giving you principles and tips to so you can make good decisions and maximize every moment to achieve your dream.
Don't leave your dream to chance. This book is a must-have and can make the difference between failure and success.
Nelson's Children's Minister's Manual
Author: Theresa Plemmons Reiter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Strengthen your children's ministry! In the tradition of Nelson's Minister's Manual and Nelson's Church Leader's Manual, Nelson's Children's Minister's Manual is a convenient, essential resource for children's ministry leaders.
Nelson's Children's Minister's Manual will help you plan children's events and sermons, work with church committees, engage parents, help children in times of crisis, and mentor your children as they grow in Christ.
-Fast access to ministry tips
-Tips for working with parents and volunteers
-Guidelines for keeping children safe during church activities
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash A Revolution In Your Life in Christ
Author: Peter Scazzero
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Emotional Healthy Spirituality is a groundbreaking work on the integration of emotional health and contemplative spirituality that current models of discipleship fail to address. Many sincere followers of Christ, followers who are really passionate for God, join a church, participate weekly in a small group, serve with their gifts, and who are considered "mature," remain stuck at a level of spiritual immaturity--especially when faced with interpersonal conflicts and crises. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality offers a strategy for discipleship that address this void, offering powerful pathways to transformation that will help readers mature into a faith filled with authenticity and a profound love for God.
How Then Should We Choose?: Three Views on God's Will and Decision Making
Editor: Douglas S.Huffman
Publisher: Kregel Publications
The three-views approach is an effective and succinct means of introducing theological subjects to readers of all levels. Henry and Richard Blackaby, Garry Friesen, and Gordon T. Smith present three principal views on God's will and how his will should affect our everyday decisions as Christians. How Then Should We Choose? applies this proven format to the vital topic of decision making and the Christian's search for the will of God. Garry Friesen of Multnomah Bible College, Henry and Richard Blackaby of Blackaby Ministries International, and Gordon T. Smith of Regent College each contribute summaries of their perspectives on God's will and their approaches to decision making. Friesen discusses the 'wisdom' view, Henry and Richard Blackaby delineate the 'specific will' view, and Smith champions the 'relationship' view of God's will. In an effort to make this discussion reader friendly, the contributors have applied their beliefs regarding God's will and decision making to three practical, concrete topics: career, relationships, and stewardship. Using three hypothetical stories, the authors illustrate how their respective views would influence decisions in these common areas of concern.
A Conversation with God: If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?
Author: Alton Gansky
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
A front row seat to a fascinating conversation between God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions about life and faith.
A Conversation with God allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important men and women from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases hard-hitting, cover issues that have troubled believers and seekers since the beginning of time. Each answer is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child.
Categories and sample questions include:
-God, how can we believe that You created us?
-Why weren't all early writings included in the Bible?
-How should we prepare for the end of the world?
-Jesus, can I lose my salvation?
-What will we look like in heaven?
-God, does choice extend to abortion?
Personality Plus at Work: How to Work Successfully with Anyone
Author: Florence Littauer & Rose Sweet
You can succeed at work--no matter who you have to work with!
No matter where you work, you're going to have co-workers you get along with and those you could get along without. But did you know that you hold the key to working well with all of your co-workers? It comes from discovering how to harness the power of personality.
For 25 years, Florence Littauer's bestselling Personality Plus has been required reading for employees of major companies. Now, Personality Plus at Work shows you how to work successfully with anyone by paying attention to basic personality differences. It shows you what happens when personalities are ignored, how each personality can lead, and how to combine different personalities to maintain a vital and harmonious workplace.
Whether you manage a department, work on a job site, or volunteer at your child's school, the insights found in this book will revolutionize your relationships on the job.
The J. I. Packer Classic Collection: Daily Readings for Your Spiritual Journey
Author: J.I Packer
Named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America, Oxford-trained theologian and author J. I. Packer has helped Christians around the world discover the wonder, glory, and joy of knowing God personally. Now you can have the riches of God’s character in a daily devotional.
With excerpts from Dr. Packer’s classic writings and teachings—including Praying the Lord’s Prayer and Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God—this yearlong devotional conveys timeless wisdom and encouragement for your spiritual growth.
Instant Small Group: 52 Sessions for Anytime, Anywhere Use
Author: Mike Nappa
Publisher: Baker Books
It's been a crazy day at work, the house is a mess, and you have nothing in the refrigerator--and you're hosting your small group tonight. How can you possibly get a lesson ready in the midst of your chaotic life? Easy. Just open Instant Small Group.
This no-preparation-required teaching resource provides a year's worth of engaging, transforming, and easy-to-lead discussion guides for adult small groups. All 52 studies are "open and go" for those who, for whatever reason, don't have the time or energy to prepare. They can be used by anyone in the group--not just the leader--and are perfect for road trips, retreats, coffeehouse conversations, or even as personal devotionals. Bonus callouts with discussion-specific teaching tips, brief Bible background information, and add-on ideas are included, as well as an appendix titled "20 Tips for Dynamic Discussions."
Hope and Help for the Addicted
Author: Jeff VanVonderen
Are you or someone you love struggling with addiction?
There is hope.
Millions of people are caught in the spiral of addiction, leaving confusion and broken relationships in their wake. What does it take to get an addict back on track and functioning as normally as possible? Hope and Help for the Addicted provides answers to this and many other questions facing those with addictions and people looking to help them.
If you struggle to understand what an addicted loved one is going through, read this book. If you want to make a real difference in your life, the life of your family, and the lives of your friends, read this book. If you're ready to say good-bye to addiction and the havoc it wreaks, read this book. It just might be the first step to recovery.
Resolving Everyday Conflict
Author: Ken Sande & Kevin Johnson
Publisher: Baker Books
Blessed are the peacemakers
Everyone encounters conflict--whether it be with a co-worker, family member, friend, or complete stranger. And yet we all desire harmony in our relationships. Resolving Everyday Conflict is a practical, biblical, and concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life that can turn your troubled relationships into peaceful ones.
With the proven advice found in this book, authors Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson show you how to achieve not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Their biblical guidance will take you beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family, co-workers, and fellow believers.
Spiritual Warfare for Women: Winning the Battle for Your Home, Family, and Friends
Author: Leighann Mccoy
Publisher: Bethany House
Evil is real, and Christian women know it. While most books on the topic of spiritual warfare take a charismatic approach, Spiritual Warfare for Women aims directly at the center of the evangelical market, giving instruction and assurance to all women who want to protect themselves and the ones they love. McCoy provides spiritual wisdom and practical tips on identifying the enemy's strategies, overcoming fear, and exercising the power that comes from God. The book is structured around the battle between God's love and Satan's lies. Once a woman can embrace the first and reject the second, she is well on her way to victory.
Heart of the Gospel, The: The Theology behind the Master Plan of Evangelism
Author: Robert E. Coleman
Publisher: Baker Books
For more than forty years, Robert E. Coleman's bestselling The Master Plan of Evangelism has been the standard in evangelism literature. But what is the theology behind evangelism? And why is it important for Christians to understand? The Heart of the Gospel offers a systematic theology of evangelism that will ground and inform our practice of spreading the Good News.
Each chapter covers a major biblical doctrine, explains its various evangelical interpretations, treats misconceptions that adversely affect evangelism, and offers practical applications of the doctrine. Based on decades of classroom teaching, this comprehensive work is aimed at ministry readers interested in evangelism and outreach.
Seeing the Unseen: Cultivate a Faith that Unveils the Hidden Presence of God
Author: T.W Hunt
Sometimes God seems a bit hazy, even imperceptible, in your busy day-to-day life. Sure, your faith tells you He’s present in the world, but what if you could truly recognize God as being right next to you every moment? What if your faith could deepen beyond what you can see to a richer level of experiencing the invisible hand of God in your relationships, work, and play?
Through fresh, insightful writing, author and Bible teacher T. W. Hunt helps you acquire keen spiritual eyesight for looking past the natural world and physical senses to perceive and trust your always-present God. Dr. Hunt wisely leads you to depend on God’s Spirit in embracing the nearness of the Great Unseen.
Forgiving Our Parents, Forgiving Ourselves: Healing Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
Author: Dr. David Stoop
For more than 15 years, people who grew up in dysfunctional families have found hope, healing and the power to move forward with their lives in the classic Forgiving Our Parents, Forgiving Ourselves. Now, in this revised and updated edition —including new stories, statistics and more practical help — a new generation can move beyond failure to forgiveness by understanding the roots of their pain.
Readers will explore family patterns that perpetuate dysfunction by constructing a “psychological family tree” that will uncover family secrets and habits that have shaped their adult identity. As they develop a greater understanding of their family of origin, they will be able to take the essential step of forgiveness, releasing themselves from the chains of the past to live in freedom and wholeness. Forgiving Our Parents, Forgiving Ourselves gives readers the power to become "stuck" from behaviors that hurt themselves and those they love, changing their hearts so they can change their lives forever.
My Heart, the Holy Spirit's Home: A Woman's Guide to Welcoming the Holy Spirit Into Your Daily Life
Author: Lynda Hunter Bjorklund
The Holy Spirit’s role in believers’ lives has been a hot-button since the moment Jesus ascended into heaven and left His kingdom work to the Church. Many Christians are confused about how the Spirit operates in their lives, caught somewhere between an “anything goes” Charismatic understanding of His indwelling and a skepticism that mistrusts anything “fanatical.” In spite of their uncertainty, however, most Christians are hungry for deep communion with God, which only comes when the Holy Spirit is given permission to be a free, active and personal influence on their hearts. Lynda Hunter Bjorklund has lived on both sides of the issue, and her aim in My Heart, the Holy Spirit’s Home is to help close the gap in individual believers’ lives and in the Church. Her approach to the topic is theologically rich yet simple enough for any reader to understand.Christians will learn how to exchange their questions for answers, wariness for certainty and weakness for power as they develop a personal relationship with the Spirit.
15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors: How to Strengthen Your Inner Core and Ministry Impact
Author: Kevin W.Mannoia & Larry Walkemeyer
Do you ever wonder if you are an effective pastor? Do you wonder how you can measure if you’re effective or not? If so, you’re in good company. In 15 Characteristics of Effective Pastors, Kevin Mannoia and Larry Walkemeyer bring together nine ministry experts (including Jack Hayford, H. B. London and Gordon MacDonald) to tackle the issue of what makes a pastor truly effective. What they have to say may surprise you. This invaluable guidebook explores the 15 character qualities of pastors who are deemed to be the most effective and offers hope to pastors and church leaders who are in doubt about how well they are doing in their role. Whatever your ministry situation, you can expand your impact by strengthening your inner core and developing the characteristics of an effective pastor.
A Disruptive Faith: Expect God to Interrupt Your Life
The word “faith” is common these days, but placing one’s faith in God is a weighty action, uncommonly fraught with consequence and, by His design, inconvenience. Faith in God is reassuring and comforting only insofar as believers trust Him—and that depth of trust is the mark of a mature Christian who has allowed faith to intrude on his life and shift his gaze away from his own aims, needs and desires. This is nothing if not a painful and disturbing process.
A Disruptive Faith is A. W. Tozer’s never-before-published teaching on what he termed “faith that perturbs”—faith that contradicts the unbelieving man and threatens the complacency of the Christian. The renowned pastor and teacher insists in these pages that genuine faith breeds dissatisfaction with this life, by God’s design; it weans us from this temporary life and prepares us for the life to come. Readers will learn to be content with this faith-inspired discontent and to experience a fresh hope for eternity with God.
Counseling Couples in Conflict: A Relational Restoration Model
Author: James N.Sells & Mark A.Yarhouse
Publisher: IVP Academic
Most therapeutic approaches, especially those of a cognitive orientation, are not very effective in dealing with high conflict relationships--couples often heading toward divorce by the time they seek help. Counseling Couples in Conflict is a resource for pastors and counselors who want to be ready for these uniquely difficult cases. Utilizing a relational conflict and restoration model Mark Yarhouse and James Sells point the way beyond the cycle of pain towards marital healing.
Invitations from God: Accepting God's Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More
Author: Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Publisher: IVP Books
Some invitations we desperately want: "Will you marry me?" "Would you consider a promotion?" Other invitations we never want to receive but must respond to all the same: "What treatment do you want for your tumor?" Invitations pound away at the coastlines of the soul with a transforming force. God is also sending invitations. Sometimes they seem less compelling than anything on my to-do list. Why would I want to say yes to the invitation to rest when I'm already so far behind? Why follow when I could lead? Why accept invitations to weep or to admit I am wrong or to wait? Saying yes might slow me down, sabotage my agenda and even undo who I think I am. Adele Calhoun, author of the popular Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, offers a book about invitations like these—divine invitations we miss or ignore because we've said yes to going with the cultural flow. While these invitations from God can sometimes be difficult to accept, they can heal and restore even as they shape where we go, what we do and who we become. What we say yes to, what we say no to forms the terrain of our future. Included in this book are reflection questions and exercises as well as overview charts with recommended disciplines to guide you through each theme. As you attend to the often hidden, quiet voice of the Great Inviter, you will find yourself as God created you to be.
Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace
Author: Jan Johnson
Publisher: IVP Books
Which activities give you energy and connect you with God? Do you know what behaviors are life-draining for you, separating you from God? Simplicity is about choosing the engaging, relational life we were meant to live. It means shedding obligation and pretension. It means spending:
in ways that help us become clear-headed. It means being intentional about what we do and how we live. These choices allow God's power to move through us and bless others as we have space to do good. In each chapter Jan Johnson provides small experiments with simplicity as well as questions for discussion or reflection to get you started. Come and discover the unhurried rhythms of grace.
There's Just Something about That Name: Intimate Moments with the Names of God
Author: Barri Cae Mallin
Publisher: Bridge Logos Foundation
This lovely book provides the reader with daily meditations that focus on the beautiful and sacred names of God. The names are written in Hebrew, followed by an English transliteration of each, allowing the reader to actually pronounce these special names in their original language. Spiritual meditations follow each of the names, and these lead the reader close to the heart of God. The power of God's name is revealed on every page of this uplifting book.
The Evidence Bible-NKJV [Hardcover]
Commentary by Ray Comfort
The NKJV Evidence Bible is the official Bible of The Way of the Master TV show and ministry. The ground-breaking Evidence Bible that has been used by countless Christians on the front lines of evangelism is now available.
-The easy to read New King James Version
-The words of Christ in red letter.
-User-friendly concordance to help you find key words.
-A new and updated commentary and supplemental material answering some of the most asked questions for believers and non-believers alike
-Detailed explanations on how to approach members of other faiths
-Point out the thoughts of some of the most well known figures in history and what they had to say about God.
The Believer's Guide to Spiritual Warfare
Author: Tom White
People who are in trouble must discern the source of the problem—a correct assessment of the problem’s origins is the first step toward responding well and resolving the situation. Is the issue explainable by natural causes? If not, it is likely that the believer is under spiritual attack.
The Believer’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare is a practical guide to overcoming the forces of the world, the flesh and the devil that come against believers’ personal lives, families, vocations and ministries. The Holy Spirit is ready and willing to free Christians from spiritual attack, and this essential handbook will help readers access that power. They will learn to discern the source of an attack, to free themselves and others from spiritual bondage, and to pray effectively to protect their home, business, church and ministry from the forces of evil. The Believer’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare goes beyond theory to equip believers with simple, effective tools and techniques for winning victory.
Finding Your Way Through Loneliness
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Peace, hope, and encouragement for the lonely times
Elisabeth Elliot has felt the deep pain of loneliness, just like you. In Finding Your Way through Loneliness, she gives hope to the lonely through tender reflections on God's love for us and his plans to bless us. Here you will find honesty and compassion, not platitudes. She tackles this difficult topic with grace and faith, showing you how to make peace with loneliness, however it has come about, and how to grow through it.
Disruptive Grace: Reflections on God, Scripture, and the Church
Editor: Walter Brueggemann, Carolyn Sharp
Publisher: Fortress Press
Walter Brueggemann has been one of the leading voices in Hebrew Bible interpretation for decades; his landmark works in Old Testament theology have inspired and informed a generation of students, scholars, and preachers. This volume brings his erudition to bear on those practices-- prophecy, lament, prayer, faithful imagination, and a holy economics-- that alone may usher in a humane and peaceful future for our cities.
Carolyn Sharp's introductions to each section highlight the characteristic themes of Brueggemann's oeuvre that come to expression in these chapters. The result is more than an encounter with the ever-challenging word of Scripture; Disruptive Grace also offers an introduction to the thought of a brilliant, passionate, and incisive interpreter of the Hebrew Bible.
Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential
Author: Gordon T.Smith
Publisher: IVP Books
God calls us first to himself, to know and follow him, and also to a specific life purpose, a particular reason for being. This second call or "vocation" has implications not only for our work or occupation, but also includes our giftedness, our weaknesses, our life in community and what we do day to day. In this book Gordon Smith invites you to discover your vocation by listening to God and becoming a coworker with him.
-What is my calling?
-How do I live it out in the midst of difficult relationships or moral challenges?
-Will my vocation change as I enter a new stage of life?
-With competing needs and demands, how can I craft a balanced way of living?
Smith addresses these questions and many more in the pages of this book. This new edition has been revised and updated throughout with two expanded chapters and a new chapter on four specific areas of calling. Here is rich insight for all who long for the ears to hear and the courage to follow God's call.
The Owner's Manual for Christians: The Essential Guide for a God-Honoring Life
Author: Charles R.Swindoll
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Best-selling author Charles Swindoll uses clear, biblical teaching and pastoral instruction to show Christians the essentials of the Christian life.
The instant after salvation, the new believer's question is: "What next? How should I live now that my life has changed?" What they discover, and what every Christian discovers, is that living a life that glorifies God requires mastering some basics, nothing more and nothing less. Yet most honest Christians would say that sin persists in their lives, and walking the walk can be harder than it looks.
Written for all believers, The Owner's Manual for Christians captures the essentials of the Christian life in simple, inspiring terms. Clear biblical teaching and pastoral instruction encourage readers onto the Christian life they long for . . . and can have. It just takes a God-given desire for obedience and the practical applications this book teaches. This will be a must-have for every Christian for years to come.
Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
Author: John Piper
Publisher: Multnomah Books
EXPERIENCE THE LIFELONG PLEASURES OF KNOWING GOD.
Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him.
Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering.
Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure.
Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy.
Includes study guide for individual and small group use.
Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline
Author: Rory Noland
Rory Noland addresses the challenges of Christian worship head-on, offering practical suggestions gleaned from Scripture on understanding and experiencing vibrant worship. The first half of Worship on Earth as It Is in Heaven explores what it means to grow as a private worshiper. The practices of the psalmist David provide insight to help people worship God on their own. Second, Noland discusses corporate worship by exploring the glorious gatherings in heaven, as described in the book of Revelation. He presents immediately applicable ideas for becoming a better corporate worshiper. This book includes: • Slice-of-church-life scenarios. Every chapter begins with a brief scenario that presents a worship-related issue or a conflict corresponding to the chapter topic. • Group discussion questions. Based on the opening scenario, these questions help readers think about and discuss worship-related topics from different perspectives. • Issue-by-issue practical guidance from a biblical perspective. • “Ponder and Apply” application questions. Each chapter ends with a series of discussion questions and action steps to help readers identify key insights and make personal applications.
Bridges to Grace: Innovative Approaches to Recovery Ministry
Author: Elizabeth A Swanson, Teresa J. McBean
Discover the power of recovery ministry for your church. Churchgoers who experience painful family issues, addictions, abuse, loss, mental illnesses, and other secret sorrows begin to believe they live beyond the grip of God's redemptive hand. Pastors often feel ill equipped to help with such problems and refer people to resources outside the church. People badly need Christ-centered counsel and encouragement, but few church leaders even know where to start. Bridges to Grace is an inspiring introduction highlighting the stories of churches across the country that are thinking systematically and organizationally about the ministry of recovery. The authors share how this ministry is bringing God's grace to hurting individuals. They relate both success and failure, and best of all, they demonstrate how God uses recovery ministry powerfully for his kingdom purposes.
The Jesus Book
Author: Michael Koulianos
Publisher: Bridge Logos Foundation
Do you desire to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus? Whether you have know Jesus for years or have never met Him, this book will help you fall in love with Him in a life-changing way. You will discover the depth of His love for you, and you will respond to Him with love. The author writes, Loving Jesus is life's greatest achievement. It is a never-ending experience that will change you forever. Jesus does not help us find our destination; He is the destination.
Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God's Agenda, Revised and Expanded
Author: Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby
Publisher: B&H Books; Revised edition
Next to their Experiencing God classic, Spiritual Leadership is one of Henry and Richard Blackaby's most highly regarded and best-selling books to date, encouraging business and church leaders alike to follow God's biblical design for success. In fact, the Barna Group reports that pastors list it among today's most influential writings on the topic of how God develops, guides, and empowers spiritual leaders.
In this new trade paper edition of Spiritual Leadership, the Blackabys update their notes on the key points regarding a leader’s challenges, character qualities, influence, decision making techniques, and more, all the while focusing on how leaders discover and promote God's vision for their organization and move people on to His agenda. There are also new chapters on leading change and leading teams.
The Gospel and the Truth - Living the Message of Christ (Member Guide)
Author: Rick & Josh Howerton
Publisher: Life Way
The Gospel and the Truth - Living the Message of Jesus Learner Guide by Rick and Josh Howerton considers the multidimensional aspect and full, comprehensive breadth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the mark it leaves on who we are. (13 sessions)
Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace
Author: Kenman L.Wong & Scott B.Rae
Publisher: IVP Academic
Is business just a way to make money? Or can the marketplace a venue for service to others? Scott B. Rae and Kenman L. Wong seek to explore this and other critical business issues from a uniquely Christian perspective, offering up a vision for work and service that is theologically grounded and practically oriented. Among the specific questions they address along the way are these:
-What implications does the Christian story have for the vision, mission or sense of purpose that shapes business engagement?
-What parts of business can be affirmed and practiced "as is" and what parts need to be rejected or transformed?
-What challenges exist as attempts are made to live out Christian ideals in a broken world characterized by tight margins, fierce competition and short-term investor pressures?
-How do Christian values inform specific functional areas of business such as the management of people, marketing and environmental sustainability?
Business can be even more than an environment through which individual Christians grow in Christlikeness. In this book you'll discover how it can also be a means toward serving the common good.