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Book by BookThose readers who have attended Bible college or seminary will likely have used a New Testament or Old Testament introduction. Such books provide a survey of each book of the Bible, considering questions of date, authorship, occasion for writing, an outline and overview of the contents, and so forth. Such works, which are frequently academic in nature, typically give significant space to technical matters related to critical theories regarding date and authorship.

Except for that last item, How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart is very similar to those types of works, but the fact that it doesn’t spend time discussing academically oriented technical issues makes it extremely useful for both lay readers and pastors. Please don’t misunderstand: all evangelical pastors should know about and be able to defend scriptural authority in light of critical theories. As such, this book should not be the only reference work consulted by Bible readers and teachers. However, for many, this may be the first that would be consulted. By not focusing on critical theories, Fee and Stuart have provided a concise, readable volume that provides…

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Life on MissionMost of us who know and follow Jesus want to tell others about him, to share our faith. We want to live life on mission, obeying Jesus’ final command to us: “go into all the world and make disciples.”

But when it comes to actually engaging in evangelism, we hesitate. We get intimidated, uncertain, or even confused. Sharing our faith should be natural, easy—but it isn’t always.

Until now. Life on Mission offers clear Bible teaching and provocative discussion questions designed to empower small groups to share their faith with people right in their own neighborhood. This six-week study looks at topics like how to connect with unbelievers, how serving others can open their hearts to the gospel, and how paying attention to our own spiritual growth can strengthen our witness.

People who really matter to God are right around you, and God has given you the incredible assignment of inviting them to come home. Life on Mission will inspire and equip you to do that.

Starter kit includes:

  • Life on Mission book: This hardcover book lays the foundation for the Life on Mission principals. An essential part of the campaign to help…

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Toughest People to LoveAll pastors know what it means to struggle with difficult people in their churches, and almost all would welcome guidance regarding how to deal with and counsel those types of persons. In “Toughest People to Love: how to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in your Life,” Chuck DeGroat, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, attempts to provide such help.

The book is divided neatly into three parts. In Part 1 (Understanding People), DeGroat urges his readers to seek to understand and love members of their communities who engage in maddening and sometimes self-destructive behaviors. In emphases that he maintains throughout the book, he argues that this requires both 1) an understanding of the basis of these behaviors and attitudes in others and 2) a better apprehension of one’s own brokenness as a leader. In arguing for a vision of brokenness as leaders, he makes frequent reference to current books on leadership written primarily for business leaders, arguing that they have captured an emphasis on transparent leadership that church leaders need.

Part 2 (Leading and Loving Difficult People) focuses on specified psychological…

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You and Me ForeverMarriage is great, but it’s not forever. It’s until death do us part. Then come eternal rewards or regrets depending on how we spent our lives.

In his latest book, Francis Chan and his wife Lisa address the question that many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a great marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.

In the same way Crazy Love changed the way we saw our personal relationship with God, You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity will radically shift the way we see one of the most important relationships in our life.

Jesus was right. We have it all backwards. The way to have a great marriage is by not focusing on marriage.

Whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it.

100% of the net proceeds from You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity will go towards various ministries that…

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How to Read the Bible for All Its WorthEvangelical Christians understand the Bible to be the Word of God, and the majority of them believe that they ought to be reading it. Those that do so all too frequently find themselves frustrated. They encounter a very old book with varied types of literature written over a period of almost 1,500 years and dealing with matters that seem very different from the world in which we live.

Given these difficulties, it is no wonder that some people over time have come up with bizarre interpretations of the Bible that badly misunderstand the meaning of the text. Others just give up home Bible reading and rely on the expertise of the pastor.

Newly updated in its fourth edition, and with nearly a million copies previously sold, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth provides a helpful guide for Bible study. The new edition updates material related to Bible translations, makes recommendations based on recently published commentaries, as well as making other appropriate revisions.

Opening chapters of the book provide a brief but helpful overview regarding textual criticism, which deals with the…

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Master Plan RevisitedDr. Robert Coleman set the standard for discipleship and evangelism in the 20th century when he wrote the watershed book The Master Plan of Evangelism over 50 years ago. Since then, Coleman’s work has sold more than 3.5 million copies and has been translated into 100-plus languages. In this new eBook, Bobby Harrington, director of Discipleship.org, joins Coleman to revisit the timeless material of the book.

The two friends and co-authors believe that Jesus’ method incorporated all the divine wisdom, knowledge and insight included in Jesus’ identity. And in this resource, they point out the ways in which Jesus’ method is the perfect method. Throughout Harrington’s interview with Coleman, we get a front-row seat to listen in on the conversation as Harrington talks with him to review and update the eight (now nine) principles of Jesus’ method. What emerges are the wisdom and insights of a man who has spent his life pursuing Jesus and His method and teaching others to do the same. Their exchange will feed readers’ souls. Some 50 years after Coleman wrote the book, he says he believes these timeless and transcultural principles of Jesus’…

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Romans 8Take a journey together with your small group to greater faith! If you’ve ever had feelings like, “I’m not good enough,” “I’m never going to change,” or “Life is too hard,” Romans eight is the chapter for you! Pastor Tom Holladay taught this video series beginning at the bottom and moving to the top of Saddleback Mountain through each of the four sessions to help us see clearly the journey from doubt to faith—from discouragement to hope—that God has for us.

Sessions Include:

Session 1: No Condemnation!
Session 2: No Frustration!
Session 3: No Desperation!
Session 4: No Separation!

Great Chapters of the Bible is a video-based small group series that will take your group in a verse by verse study through some of the most life changing truths in God’s Word.

Each chapter of the Bible is great because God wrote it all. But there are certain chapters that speak to our hearts and minds in an especially deep way. So each volume in this series goes deep into one chapter to draw out the life change that awaits us in these great passages.

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NonesWorked my way through The Rise of the Nones this week.  New from James Emery White, the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church, this is a must read in my opinion.  White is an insightful observer of culture and culture shifts and the implications of this particular shift ought to be a front burner conversation for all of us.  This is why I included The Rise of the Nones on my 2014 Summer Reading List.

The title refers to the dramatic increase in the percentage of Americans indicating “none” when asked about their religion (A 2012 Pew Forum study titled “Nones on the Rise” indicates that one in five Americans (19.3%) claim no religious identity at all (up from 15% in 2008 and 8% in 1990)).  As White points out, “the ‘nones’ are now the fastest growing religious group in America.”

The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated  is divided into two parts.  The first part “will give you the cultural analysis needed to understand the who, what and why of the rise of the nones.”  Part two “is an overview of the new mentality and approach that is needed to…

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My son is 7 weeks old. For the last 2 months we’ve had to keep him inside and away from other people. After his 2 week hospital stay because he was 6 weeks premature, we’ve had to be careful about sanitizing our hands and being sure people don’t breathe too close to him when they come over.

The reason for my wife and I turning into semi germophobes?

Germs pass from person to person. It’s not that it’s the air that is outside or even the air he breathes inside that could be harmful to him, it’s the germs that people carry with them when they’re around him that cause concern.

Passion, for pastors, leaders, and anyone else excited about something does the same thing… at least it should. Good and healthy passion does 3 key things. These things are important to healthy organizations and people…

Passion Propels

When we’re passionate about something, it moves us forward. In fact, the very idea of passion means that we can’t contain it. If we’re passionate about a cause, we do something to help with the cause. If…

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One CryOneCry: A Call to Spiritual Awakening is a challenge, a plea for readers to shake off their spiritual apathy and wake up to the hope of God moving with extraordinary power in our day. Pulling an abundance of stories from ordinary people who have experienced the power of life-changing revival in their own lives, this book provides a contemporary roadmap for spiritual awakening and real revival.

Revival can begin within the heart of any who choose to cry out to God in realization of their desperate situation. OneCry: A Call to Spiritual Awakening is a challenge for readers to awaken from their spiritual sleep and complacency to see that there is hope. God is moving in incredible ways among His people. Join us on this journey to look at stories from ordinary people whom God has radically changed.

We were always taught to put others before ourselves, but in the case of revival, we don’t need to be praying for spiritual awakening to happen to others. It begins with us.

Have you examined your own heart? Is God calling you to step into the circle of personal authenticity before Him and…

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Solomon SeductionKing Solomon is known for many things, but let’s not kid ourselves; it’s the women that blow our minds.  The man had a mindboggling 700 wives and 300 concubines. I’m pretty sure that no one who reads this article is ever going to have a thousand wives and mistresses, but many will be tangled up in an illicit romantic relationship, or at least heading in that direction. Consider these 5 illusions and take them as a dire warning. They are at the heart of every church leader’s descent into sexual sin.

Illusion #1: That which seems harmless is actually dangerous.

What seems harmless?

Married people do it all the time, sometimes with body language, sometimes with seemingly casual, yet not-so-innocent touches, sometimes with suggestive comments, and sometimes with just a look.

Challenge a flirtatious person and you’ll likely be laughed out of the room  And yet, every illicit sexual affair in the history of the world started with flirting. I can’t think of anything a person can do that has more danger wrapped up in it than flirting with someone who is “off limits.”

Illusion #2: That which seems perfect is deeply flawed.

What seems…

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Out of Commission by Paul ChappellYou’d be hard pressed to meet a dedicated Christian who doesn’t say the greatest work on Earth is evangelization. But, while all of us give lip service to evangelizing and discipling, the effect of our labor seems woefully behind. Somewhere there is a disconnect between the priorities we claim and the actions we practice. Something is broken—or maybe just out of commission.

This book is an invitation to “look under the hood”—to examine why we don’t witness for Christ as we should, why our local churches are neglecting soulwinning and discipleship, and how we can get back to making Christ’s last command our first priority.

Written for every Christian who desires to obey the Great Commission of Christ, this comprehensive volume is motivational and practical, diagnostic and corrective. Whether you are new to evangelism or an experienced soulwinner, Out of Commission will challenge and equip you to share your faith and more effectively reach your community for Christ.

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