Crazy Stories Sane God

Author: John Alan Turner
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 1433681277
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You probably know a lot of Bible stories: Joseph and his coat, David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions, Jesus walking on water. These get mentioned everywhere from popular literature to your local church. But there are other stories in the Bible that preachers and Sunday school teachers tend to skip over because . . . well . . . because they seem crazy—the kind of stories that make us change the subject quickly when children bring them up, because we don’t know why they’re in the Bible or what they could possibly mean. You want examples? There's the time a prophet calls a couple of bears out of the woods to maul a gang of rowdy teenagers. There's also a story about a woman who dresses provocatively and tricks her father-in-law into getting her pregnant. And their son ends up in the genealogy of Jesus! What are we to make of these strange, sometimes cryptic, sometimes even off-color stories? What are they doing in the Bible? In Crazy Stories, Sane God popular author and teacher John Alan Turner takes us on a wild and unpredictable ride through the weirdest and least familiar stories in the Bible. Through it all, Turner shows us how even these odd episodes reveal important things about the character and nature of God and, consequently, what they mean for us today.

The 52 Greatest Stories Of The Bible

Author: Kenneth Boa
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1459606477
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A Devotional Study In today's world, the basic building blocks of a Christian world view are often missing in people's lives. To help fill in this missing information, Boa and Turner present a foundational, clear synthesis of the most significant narratives of the Bible along with the implications and applications of these interrelated stories. They present the big story in such a way that it will; (1) Connect the dots for readers of the Bible, demonstrating how each individual story is really one chapter in the larger story; (2) Show how Jesus is the point to the story, especially his death and resurrection; and (3) Build a biblical world view by showing how the Bible answers the ultimate questions of life.2

Desiring God

Author: John Piper
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
ISBN: 1601423098
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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 a study guide for individual and small group use.

Fifty Shades Of Grace

Author: Freeman Smith
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
ISBN: 1605874612
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Fifty daily devotions for women to experience God’s grace. Each day contains a thoughtful devotional on a particular “shade” or style of God’s grace as well as quotes, scriptures, and a prayer that will draw the reader’s heart into a deeper connection with God’s unlimited gift.

The Insanity Of God

Author: Nik Ripken
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 1433673088
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Presents stories of persecuted Christians whose faith in Christ was not diminished by adverse circumstances, and the lessons that the author took from those stories and applied to his own beliefs about the sufficiency of God.

Hearts And Minds

Author: Kenneth Boa
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 1414301642
Size: 61.52 MB
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Parenting is about more than molding the behavior of our kids. It's about influencing a child's heart and mind. Hearts and Minds shows parents the most effective way to influence a child's heart. This book applies the principles of Christian worldview in How Now Shall We Live to the process of raising children. It deals with issues like educational choices, how to handle the teaching of non-Christian worldview in secular schools, and how Christian worldview informs parenting choices.

God In The Marketplace

Author: Henry Blackaby
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 0805454683
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Aside from Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby has made his greatest impact by ministering directly to Fortune 100 and 500 CEOs, advising them on how to effectively blend their faith with their business. Out of that ministry’s success comes God in the Marketplace, a book to help everyone from the front desk to the executive suite best experience God’s will in his or her work. Blackaby believes that just as Jesus had businessmen among His original disciples, so may God be calling out businesspeople today in preparation for a worldwide spiritual revival. However, while those in the marketplace may have excellent educations and access to world-class leadership seminars, they often feel inadequate in matters of spiritual influence. God in the Marketplace will help them better understand what the Bible says about integrating their Christian faith with their work lives and provide biblical answers to the common yet difficult questions that are often raised for Christians at work. Endorsements: “Each page challenges ‘conventional wisdom’ with time-tested truth. Tremendous insights.” —John D. Beckett, chairman, R. W. Beckett Corporation, and author of Loving Monday and Mastering Monday “Clear, biblical perspectives. A ‘must-read’ for those seeking to achieve personal and business accomplishment.” —David “Mac” McQuiston, president and CEO, CEO Forum Inc. “Relevant, helpful, instructive, and encouraging.” —Ron F. Wagley, chairman, CEO, and president; retired, Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group

Messed Up Men Of The Bible

Author: Tina Samples and Dave Samples
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 0825443830
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"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."--2 Corinthians 12:9 From schlubby sitcom heroes to mommy blogs to online articles, there is a broad cultural perception that men constantly mess up and women must fight an uphill battle to fix them. Men are a burden, constant works-in-progress, pushed toward perfection but always falling short. This book asks a revolutionary question: What if these messed-up men are actually a mighty tool for God? Tina and Dave Samples remind us that the Bible is filled with a cast of messed-up men—men who struggled and fell, and yet were used by God to accomplish His purposes. In fact, God has consistently chosen imperfect "clay pots" in which to place His light. David was a poor father. Peter had problems with integrity. Moses had anger issues, Gideon struggled with fear, and Elijah suffered from depression--the list goes on. Messed Up Men of the Bible offers encounters with these ancient men who faced the same emotions and questions that contemporary men face, in order to reveal fresh spiritual insights and hope for modern relationships. Through personal stories, practical advice, and useful exercises, Tina and Dave provide encouragement and hope for women dealing with the messed up men in their own lives.

The Poisonwood Bible

Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571246214
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Barbara Kingsolver's acclaimed international bestseller tells the story of an American missionary family in the Congo during a poignant chapter in African history. It spins the tale of the fierce evangelical Baptist, Nathan Price, who takes his wife and four daughters on a missionary journey into the heart of darkness of the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them to Africa all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to the King James Bible - is calamitously transformed on African soil. Told from the perspective of the five women, this is a compelling exploration of African history, religion, family, and the many paths to redemption. The Poisonwood Bible was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and was chosen as the best reading group novel ever at the Penguin/Orange Awards. It continues to be read and adored by millions worldwide.

Unglued

Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 031033280X
Size: 40.97 MB
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God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how. Filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, Unglued will equip you to: Know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships. Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended. Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication. Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between. Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.