Summary: Will your spiritual armor withstand the forces of the enemy?As believers we....+
Will your spiritual armor withstand the forces of the enemy?
As believers we are assigned special God gear for protection--the spiritual armor that is described by Paul in Ephesians 6. What many people don't know is that the success of this gear is dependent upon our knowledge of these weapons and our insight into the warfare strategies of the adversary.
In There's a Crack in Your Armor, best-selling author Perry Stone shows you how to protect and effectively wield your spiritual armor, explaining:
Seven common factors that wear down your spiritual strength
What to do when your armor has taken a beating
How to apply little-talked-about pieces of God's armor in your life
How to seal off any opening that is inviting assaults on you, your family, and your church.
If you are engaged in a physical, mental, or spiritual battle, this audio book will be your resource strategy weapon to bring victory!
Summary: Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave.....+
Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he’s invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation, we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don’t satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn’t He be everything? Caught in this familiar haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac, prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on the adventure God had written for them. “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is... Surrendered. Reckless. Courageous. If we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.
Summary: So you believe in God. Now what? Just before he left, Jesus sent his followers....+
So you believe in God. Now what? Just before he left, Jesus sent his followers into the world with a revolutionary mission: to change the world by proclaiming God’s truth and demonstrating his incredible love. But the single task he gave us to accomplish remains unfinished. Rich Stearns takes us on a breathtaking journey to rediscover the critical mission of Christ in our world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives. Have you wondered why we are here, what our purpose is, and where we fit in the bigger story that God is writing? How should our faith affect our careers, our money, our families, and our lives? And why does it matter? We will find our deepest purpose only when we discover the unique role God created for us to play in his unfolding story.
Summary: What are we fighting for?"I'm an evangelical Christian. And I'm not Amish,....+
What are we fighting for?
"I'm an evangelical Christian. And I'm not Amish, Quaker, or Mennonite. I own several guns and still believe that the smell of a recently fired shotgun on a crisp fall morning comes darn near close to paradise. But I've tried my hardest to understand God's Word and the diverse perspectives of those who read it. And the more I study, the more I discuss, the more I've become convinced: Christians shouldn't kill or use violence -- not even in war."
With these words, Preston Sprinkle jumps into a compelling, passionate study of God's perspective on violence. Examining both the seemingly angry, violent God of the Old Testament and the peacemaking Jesus of the New, Preston takes us back to Scripture to discern how God has really called His people to think and live in the midst of a violent world. He asks us to join him in inviting God to challenge our presuppositions, to set aside our biases and backgrounds and fears; and to seek above all else to faithfully follow the Savior who humbly submitted to God in the face of injustice and violence.
Summary: What is enough? From cleaning out closets to avoiding the grocery store for....+
What is enough? From cleaning out closets to avoiding the grocery store for weeks at a time, Jeff Shinabarger is on a journey to find out what is “enough” in every aspect of life. Follow his community as they ponder one question: what would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? In More or Less, Jeff invites us to create our own social experiments to answer the question “What is enough?” while sharing practical stories and numerous actionable ideas that can be implemented into our lives today. Learn to make small changes now that will change others forever. Generosity is a chance to experience freedom in a world obsessed with gaining more. Join a generation discovering that defining “enough” is no small thing — it is the beginning of love in action.
Summary: Locked away, but not silenced... Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh....+
Locked away, but not silenced... Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Though Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, in three years they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of 20,000 of their countrymen. They’d started two secret house churches, including one for prostitutes — many of whom were women abandoned by their husbands with no other way to support themselves and their children. Maryam and Marziyeh had almost been caught so many times that it felt like divine intervention. But finally — perhaps inevitably — the two women were arrested in 2009 and held the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran. There, inmates are routinely tortured, and executions are swift and sudden. But in the face of chilling interrogation, intimidation, and a possible death sentence, something remarkable happened. Instead of succumbing to fear, they chose to take the radical — and dangerous — step of sharing their faith inside the very walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them. In Captive in Iran, Maryam and Marziyeh recount how God used their 259 days in Evin Prison to bring about a miraculous reversal: shining light into one of the world’s darkest places, giving hope to those who had lost everything, and showing love to those in despair.
Summary: Is there a divine cure for our ailing nation? In The Lamb’s Agenda, Samuel....+
Is there a divine cure for our ailing nation? In The Lamb’s Agenda, Samuel Rodriguez offers a blueprint for Christian rejuvenation, a prophetic call to orient our lives at the nexus of the cross. Joining the Christianity of Martin Luther King Jr. and Billy Graham, The Lamb’s Agenda reveals the crucial connection between biblical social justice and spiritual righteousness. Getting back to the basics of Christianity means extending our efforts simultaneously in the vertical direction of God and the horizontal direction of our neighbors. In this critical moment, begrudging service and empty religiosity must be replaced by the vibrancy of the Lamb’s agenda, Christ’s plan of redemption in the world. A Third Great Awakening, says Rodriguez, awaits Christians who boldly and joyfully embrace both planks of the Savior’s cross: obedience to God and service to others.
Summary: Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we don’t always....+
Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we don’t always understand is that God loves us just as much as He does His son. Many times in the Old Testament, God refers to human beings as His beloved. But when God called Jesus "my Beloved," Jesus did something truly remarkable: He believed Him. In Prototype, Jonathan Martin creates a vivid understanding of what it means to be God's beloved. To completely trust, as Jesus did, that God loves us. To live without fear, confident in our identity and purpose. To handle life's wounds as Jesus did, and to wake every day with a deep awareness of God's presence. Martin reveals a startling truth at the heart of the gospel: Jesus is our prototype. And as we discover how the knowledge of being God's beloved changed everything for Jesus - how it set Him free to live out His purpose and love God, others, and the world - it will begin to do the same for us.
Summary: “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to....+
“Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born. . . . He is Christ, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10–11 NCV) You’ve heard the Christmas story time and again. Perhaps it seems there’s nothing new to discover. Take another look, a closer gaze, at the details that reveal God’s love in the gift of a baby who would forever change the world. Six beloved Christian authors - Max Lucado, John Maxwell, Jack Hayford, Bill Hybels, David Jeremiah, and Rick Warren - share from a unique perspective and help you hear afresh the message God wants to whisper to your heart during this holiday. God loves you. God is with you. God is in every detail of your life. The message of Christmas is the message of eternity. Revealing the relevance of the Christmas story for our modern lives and beautifully designed for gift giving or personal use, On This Holy Night is sure to be treasured for years to come.
Summary: It's time to start over from zero. What happened to the Western church? Why....+
It's time to start over from zero. What happened to the Western church? Why are we losing the generation under thirty and reaching so few nonbelievers? In Church Zero, Peyton Jones examines one of our biggest problems: squeezing our leaders into a mold that cuts their hair and drains away their commando strength. Scripture lays out a leadership model that worked explosively in the first century. When properly understood, Christ’s model can help your church live the way it was meant to live, truly making a difference in your community. Church Zero gives the blueprints for how the Western church might start rebuilding from the ground up. What would tomorrow look like if we had to restart from a biblical ground zero? Church Zero will help us once again become a radical, dangerous people who cannot be ignored.
Summary: It's okay to have questions. But you need answers you can trust.How can I know....+
It's okay to have questions. But you need answers you can trust.
How can I know there is a God?
How can I know the Bible is true?
How can I know there is life after death?
How can I know how to forgive someone who has hurt me?
You’re not alone in wrestling with doubts and uncertainties: every one of us — no matter our age — has questions about these real-life concerns. What’s more, many Christians can’t readily explain the reason for their hope, as 1 Peter 3:15 advises.
In How Can I Know? Dr. Robert Jeffress tackles the seven most common and consequential of these questions and makes a compelling case for answers you can embrace with confidence. Combining the best research available with the most persuasive arguments, Jeffress offers you renewed hope, assurance of faith, and powerful tools for understanding — and explaining — life’s essential answers, all in a listener-friendly format.
In an age of information overload, simplicity is essential. These steadfast yet simple truths will do more than answer your questions. They’ll equip you to defend your faith and share it with conviction.
Summary: Fresh air is about to sweep into your life. This powerful debut audio book....+
Fresh air is about to sweep into your life. This powerful debut audio book from Chris Hodges will revive your spirit and show you how to be fueled by God like never before. Take a deep breath of fresh air... and experience what it means to live an "I get to" - not an "I've got to" - kind of life every day.
Summary: What if God has had a plan for you since the very beginning?The God of the....+
What if God has had a plan for you since the very beginning?
The God of the universe has made you some big promises. He made them first in the Old Testament, but they remain at the core of his heart and have never changed. They're the key to your fulfillment and to his plans for you, both in this life and the life to come.
God wants to rescue you from bondage. He wants to deliver you from whatever holds you back. He wants you to discover his original intention for your life. And he wants you to be a part of a family that is making a difference.
In the ancient celebration of Passover, we find a picture of God's heart for us in the four cups of wine representing each of these core promises. Now, in Four Cups, Church of the Highlands pastor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hodges reveals that, no matter where we are on our spiritual journey, these four cups of promise provide a simple, powerful, unforgettable way of reaching our potential and growing closer to God.
Steeped in Jewish history and tradition, yet breathing the transforming hope of Jesus on every track, Four Cups will help you move forward through the four stages of faith. Your thirst for more will finally be quenched — and you'll experience a wellspring of joy, hope, and purpose.
Summary: Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others. As a young....+
Revere life, and give yours away for the sake of serving others. As a young man, Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness. His immense talent and fortitude propelled him to a place as one of Europe’s most renowned philosophers, theologians, and musicians in the early twentieth century. Yet Schweitzer shocked his contemporaries by forsaking worldly success and embarking on an epic journey into the wilds of French Equatorial Africa, vowing to serve as a lifelong physician to “the least of these” in a mysterious land rife with famine, sickness, and superstition. Enduring hardship, conflict, and personal struggles, he and his beloved wife, Hélène, became German prisoners of war during WWI — and Hélène later battled persistent illnesses..Ken Gire’s novelesque narrative sheds new light on Schweitzer’s faith-in-action ethic and his commitment to honor God by celebrating the sacredness of all life.The legacy of this 1952 Nobel Prize honoree endures in the thriving African hospital community that began in a humble chicken coop, in the millions who have drawn inspiration from his example, and in the challenge that emanates from his life story into our day. Albert Schweitzer seemed destined for greatness — and he was. He made his life his greatest sermon to a world in desperate need of hope and healing.
Summary: “I have a hunch I’m not the only one who misplaced the marvel of a life....+
“I have a hunch I’m not the only one who misplaced the marvel of a life lived with God. . . . I needed God to awaken me from my sleep. And so I prayed for wonder.”— Margaret Feinberg.
Awaken to the Wonder Every Day
In Wonderstruck, Margaret Feinberg invites you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. Come learn how to recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine, unearth extraordinary moments on ordinary days, identify what’s holding you back in prayer, and discover peace in knowing you’re wildly loved.
Summary: A fresh approach to spiritual formation!In the past, church leaders have turned....+
A fresh approach to spiritual formation!
In the past, church leaders have turned to small groups or other kinds of discipleship programs to encourage spiritual growth in their churches. Yet, despite good intentions, the deeper experiences of spiritual transformation they had hoped for remained elusive.
STIR calls church leaders to reclaim an essential biblical truth - that the process of spiritual growth is more than a one-size-fits-all program; it happens best through intentional relationships with others in the body of Christ.
Three distinct, sequential stages of spiritual development typically occur as people mature in their spiritual walk with Christ, and they need different kinds of relationships to support their growth through those different seasons.
STIR describes those stages - learning together, journeying together, and following together - and shows how progress through these stages is best made in the context of relationships that change in nature over time.
About the Author: Mindy Caliguire is the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the body of Christ. She serves on the leadership team of the Willow Creek Association as the executive director for Engage International. Mindy is a contributing editor for both Leadership Journal and Conversations Journal and is the author of numerous books on the topic of spiritual formation.
Summary: Athletes and actors, models and musicians, pastors and politicians... many....+
Athletes and actors, models and musicians, pastors and politicians... many have stepped forward, looked in the camera, and proclaimed, "I am second." But most in the I Am Second movement are not celebrities. They are ordinary people - and they've come to the simple realization that when God comes first in their lives, everything makes sense. But living second is not easy. It takes grit and humility, submission to God's will, a willingness to listen and serve, and openness to God's healing and call. Live Second is a daily guide to making Jesus first in your life. With 365 readings, prayers, action steps, and an online community of support, what you hold in your hands is a tool built to help you make truth, Scripture, and Jesus your number one priority, each and every day of the year. Following Jesus is not meant to be easy, just worth it. Live Second is exactly what you need as you become the new, inspired, God-honoring creation he made you to be.
Summary: Elmer Gantry is the portrait of a silver-tongued evangelist who rises to power....+
Elmer Gantry is the portrait of a silver-tongued evangelist who rises to power within his church, yet lives a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and ruthless self-indulgence.
The title character starts out as a greedy, shallow, philandering Baptist minister, turns to evangelism, and eventually becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Throughout the novel, Gantry encounters fellow religious hypocrites. Although often exposed as a fraud, Gantry is never fully discredited.
When Elmer Gantry was first published in 1927, it created a public furor. Now it is considered a landmark in American literature and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. The novel also represents the evangelistic activity of America in the 1920s and people’s attitudes toward it.
Summary: This is one of the most important works written by Nietzsche and represents....+
This is one of the most important works written by Nietzsche and represents his attempt to sum up his philosophy. The great nineteenth-century philosopher refines his previously expressed ideal of the superman in this work, a fascinating examination of human values and morality. It takes up and expands on the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but approaches it from a more critical, polemical stance. In nine parts, this book is designed to give listeners a comprehensive idea of Nietzsche’s thought and style.
In Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche attacks past philosophers for their alleged lack of critical sense and their blind acceptance of Christian premises in their consideration of morality. The work moves into the realm “beyond good and evil” in the sense of leaving behind the traditional morality, which Nietzsche subjects to a destructive critique, in favor of what he regards as an affirmative approach that fearlessly confronts the contextual nature of knowledge and the perilous condition of the modern individual.
Of the four “late-period” writings of Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil most closely resembles the aphoristic style of his middle period. In it he exposes the deficiencies of those usually called “philosophers” and identifies the qualities of the “new philosophers”: imagination, self-assertion, danger, originality, and the “creation of values.” Religion and the master and slave moralities feature prominently as Nietzsche re-evaluates deeply-held humanistic beliefs, portraying even domination, appropriation, and injury to the weak as not universally objectionable.
Summary: A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers....+
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.