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People don't set out to build their faith upon myths and spiritual urban legends. But somehow such falsehoods keep showing up in the way that many Christians think about life and God. These goofy ideas and beliefs are assumed by millions to be rock-solid truth . . . until life proves they're not. The sad result is often a spiritual ...
The pursuit of radical faith has hidden dangers
Larry Osborne diagnoses nine of the most common traps that can ensnare Christians on the road to a deeper life of faith.
Christians stirred by calls to radical discipleship, but unsure how to respond, will be challenged and encouraged to develop a truly Christlike zeal for God
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A Guide for Effective Pastoral Evaluations
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"As a pastor, I dreaded evaluation. Too often it missed the mark and failed to help my ministry. Using a simple narrative, Steve Musser unveils four distinct approaches to pastoral evaluation that are filled with great insig...
Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ."--Deitrich Bonhoeffer
Get ready to explore a faith that does not separate salvation from discipleship, but embraces the seamless journey from conversion to transformation.
In Choose the Life, discipleship expert Bill Hull breaks new ground, challengin...
The final court of whether or not you are becoming like Jesus is not attending another church program but how you act in daily life.
Christlike aims to change outward actions by inner spiritual growth through uncomplicated obedience in our relationship with God.
Author Bill Hull uses his experience as a pastor and his background in discipl...
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
As years pass and grey hairs seem to take over, it's easy to begin to slide into the thinking that you no longer have much to offer. Thankfully, Bob & Elaine Tietz are not content to believe this lie and...
Scripture gives this command in Matthew 18:19, "Go and make disciples of all nations." The last words of Jesus before ascending into heaven were, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8). Does this thought frighten you? Going to the lost and sharing the gospel with them? Being a w...
Countless believers are pursuing spiritual growth, only to repeatedly find themselves spinning their wheels and making no progress. Many are driven to just try harder. Others feel a growing sense of failure and distance from God. But for all involved, it's a frustrating cycle. What can we do when trying harder isn't working?
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That's what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.
Intimacy with God: Drawing Ever Closer to the Almighty
by Dr. Benjamin A. Sawatsky
One of the great and lasting legacies my predecessor and friend Ben Sawatsky left ReachGlobal, the international mission of the EFCA, is his deep commitment to intimacy with God. Ben rightly understands that our ministry impact will not rise above our relat...
The Beatitudes are not telling you how to become a Christianâ€”they tell you what a true Christian looks like.
Everyone wants to be blessed. We want to be blessed in life, blessed in death, and blessed in eternity. In the Beatitudes, the Son of God tells us about the life that is blessed and about the people who are blessed. But Jesus does...
The church is filled with people asking, "Is this it? Is this all the Christian life is supposed to be?" They long to experience more of God's presence-they just don't know how to get there. Some have been burned by "charismania." Others are fearful of it. Is there a way to experience the Spirit-without the weirdness? Author and pastor Alan Kraf...
LEADERSHIP JOURNAL 2012 BOOK AWARDS - BEST OF THE BEST!
"Oh, my, a book on the pastorate that is about, well, pastoring, shepherding! It's a rare breed in our ambitious and managerial age. But it's a biblical breed who knows that the minister is, from first to last, a minister of God's grace."-Mark Galli
Grace is the credential that le...
As a fellow pastor, the author knows firsthand that pastoring is one of the most complex professions in the world, calling for the wisdom of Solomon, the courage of Daniel, the strength of Paul, and the deity of Christ. He loves pastors and appreciates the unique challenges that come with the job.
Manuals covering about every aspect of pas...
The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but wan...
Tired of ringing your hands, shaking your head, or even giving up over the suffering in the world today? Without a doubt, our world is at war. Because millions of women and children have been tagged as disposible, forgotten, or hidden, they live under the radar. Just about anything can be done to them... and it is. However
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How culture recasts your church in its image and what to do about it.
In Putting God in His Place, four young evangelicals look at the American church and find that in its uneasy dance with modern culture it has moved the individual into the center of its concerns and pushed God toward the margins. Together, they...
Real Churches offers real help to face and overcome difficult situations in the local church. This book brings together biblical teaching, wisdom gained from personal experience, and stories that stir the heart so you can gain fresh insight, inspiration and hope for your church. Learn how Real Churches:
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Urban, suburban and rural churches may have the same mission and engage in a
similar activities, but ministry in rural places is significantly different from ministry in the city. During thirty five years in rural ministry, Lee J. Smith found that the issues rural ...
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Gossip. It's on Facebook, on the television, in the break room, and even in our churches. With gossip being so prevalent in our culture, it can be hard to resist listening to and sharing stories about other people's business. But what does God say about gossip? And is it possible to f...
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