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goodbeautifulgod"God wants me to try harder." "God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad." "God is angry with me." We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares in this book, The Good and Beautiful God, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. Once you've discovered the truth in Scripture, Smith leads you through a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these new narratives real in your body and soul as well as your mind. At the end of each chapter you'll find an opportunity for soul training, engaging in spiritual practices that reinforce the biblical messages on your mind and heart.

jesuscreedcoverAccording to Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed, Christians today have four gospels: a Creation Day Only Gospel, a Good Friday Only Gospel, an Easter Day Only Gospel, and a Pentecost Day Only Gospel. But the gospel itself concerns an entire weekend, from Good Friday through Easter morning, and only when we grasp the significance of the entire gospel message do we see what it is all about.

This fascinating book explains that the Gospel is about the restoration of "cracked Eikons" (fallen humans) so that humans can be in union with God and in communion with the saints. In the candid and lucid style that has made McKnight’s earlier book so appealing to thousands of pastors, lay leaders, and everyday people who are searching for a more authentic faith, he encourages all Christians to recognize the simple, yet potentially transforming truth of the gospel message: God seeks to restore us to wholeness not only to make us better individuals, but to form a community of Jesus, a society in which humans strive to be in union with God and in communion with others.

celebration disciplineWhen Richard Foster began writing Celebration of Discipline more than 20 years ago, an older writer gave him a bit of advice: "Be sure that every chapter forces the reader into the next chapter." Foster took the advice to heart; as a result, his book presents one of the most compelling and readable visions of Christian spirituality published in the past few decades. After beginning with a simple observation--"Superficiality is the curse of our age.... The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people"--Foster's book moves to explain the disciplines people must cultivate in order to achieve spiritual depth. In succinct, urgent, and sometimes humorous chapters, Foster defines a broad range of classic spiritual disciplines in terms that are lucid without being too limiting and offers advice that's practical without being overly prescriptive. For instance, after describing meditation as a combination of "intense intimacy and awful reverence," he settles into such down-to-earth topics as how to choose a place and a posture in which to meditate.

changes that healChanges that Heal focuses on four developmental tasks -- bonding to others, separating from others, integrating good and bad in our lives, and taking charge of our lives -- that all of us must accomplish to heal our inner pain and to enable us to function and grow

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In this ground-breaking book, Dr. Cloud takes the reader step-by-step through the four basic tasks of becoming mature image bearers of God: Bonding to others - Separating from others - Sorting out good and bad in ourselves and others - Becoming an adult

how people growAll growth is spiritual growth. In How People Grow, authors Drs. Cloud and Townsend unlock age-old  keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God's sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book Boundaries, they discuss: *What the essential processes are that make people grow *How those processes fit into a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology *How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same *What the responsibilities are of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing---and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth

fastingcoverIn Fasting: The Ancient Practices, McKnight asks "Is the practice of faith centered solely on the spirit? Is the body an enemy, or can it actually play a role in our pursuit of God?".

The act of fasting, he says, should not be focused on results or used as a manipulative tool. It is a practice to be used in response to sacred moments, just as it has in the lives of God's people throughout history. McKnight gives us scriptural accounts of fasting, along with practical wisdom on benefits and pitfalls, when we should fast, and what happens to our bodies as a result.

This book has changed how I understand fasting and more importantly, how I practice this spiritual discipline (PCT).

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Tough, real questions...that require straight answers.  Nicky Gumbel discusses these and three other common objections to the Christian faith.

Searching Issues is for those seeking insights into some of the most difficult and complex questions surrounding Christianity.  This book is also for those interested in bringing their friends to Christ.  Whether you are studying on your own or with a small group, you will find helpful answers.

40dayslivingthejesuscreed"Scot McKnight stirs the treasures of our Lord's life in an engaging fashion. He did so with The Jesus Creed, and does so again with 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed -loving God and loving others. Make sure this new guide for living is on your shelf." --Max Lucado

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. And...love your neighbor as yourself."

Scot McKnight has come to call this vital teaching of our Lord the Jesus Creed. He recites it throughout the day every day and challenges you to do the same. You may find that, if you do, you will begin loving God more creatively and passionately, and find new ways to love those around you.

BOUNDARIESThe full-size edition of this inspiring Zondervan title has sold nearly 1 million copies. The Gold Medallion award-winning Christian book, by two psychologists who’ve written a number of self-help guides, offers a realistic, compassionate plan for setting healthy boundaries with family, friends, and co-workers.

EMOTIONALLYThe Emotionally Healthy Spirituality workbook is designed for use as a companion resource to help begin the journey of applying the profound biblical truths found in the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality book. Used in conjunction with the DVD presentations, the workbook allows you to go deeper into your study of emotional health and contemplative spirituality.

dailyofficeIn this groundbreaking devotional book, Peter Scazzero introduces the ancient spiritual discipline of the Daily Office. The basic premise is simple: We need to stop intentionally to be with God more than once a day so that "the practice of the presence of God" becomes a real possibility. Each day offers two Daily Offices-Morning/Midday and Midday/Evening.

AuthenticRelationshipsAuthentic Relationships: Being Real in a Fictitious World will teach you how to build family, adult, and work relationships and recapture loyalty in a disloyal world! If you've ever stuggled to have real, meaningful, and genuine friendships, but struggle to get along, this 13-session study is for you.

VitalPursuitsVital Pursuits: Developing My Spiritual Life is a revealing 13-week study that gets right to the heart of the Christian life: how to know Christ in a life-changing way. Are you are a believer but not satisfied with where you are? Do you want to take your spiritual life to the next level? Have you considered what practices are necessary to become a mature Christian? Discover the answers to these questions by investigating the crucial truths found in God's Word.

Communication CodeCommunication between couples has been dissected in thousands of books and articles so why does it remain the number one marriage problem? "Because," says Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, "most spouses don't know that they speak two different languages. They are sending each other messages in 'code,' but they won't crack that code until they see that she listens to hear the language of love and he listens to hear the language of respect." Dr. Eggerichs' best-selling book, Love and Respect, launched a revolution in how couples relate to each other. Now with the Cracking the Communication Code companion workbook, the message of this hardcover trade book can be studied and applied whether for a group or for individual couples. The result will be better communication, mutual understanding, and a successful godly marriage.

PostmodernThe Christian in a Postmodern World from the Foundations of Faith Series places your Bible study group members on solid ground by examining the strengths and weaknesses associated with postmodernism from a biblical perspective.

Becoming A DiscipleThis study will work best with groups in the Develop and Multiply stage.  Multiply Stage:  The group begins the multiplication process.  Members pray about their involvement in new groups.  The “new” groups begin the lifecycle again with the Birth Stage.  Develop Stage:  The inductive Bible study deepens while the group members discover and develop gifts and skills.  The group explores ways to invite their neighbors and coworkers to group meetings.

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Your can learn more about the wealth that is available to you in Jesus Christ through this exciting Bible study series.  On your own or in a group you can discover what it means to be a Christ-centered disciple, how to develop Christian character, how to have victory over sin, and how to grow toward maturity in your daily walk with God.

One:Your Life In Christ

Two:The Spirit-filled Christian

Three:Walking with Christ

Four:The Character of the Christian

Five:Foundations for Faith

Six:Growing in Discipleship

Seven:Our Hope in Christ

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OvercomingWhen we’re not satisfied with our Christian walk, what can we do? Dwight Carlson (author of Overcoming Hurts and Anger, 440,000 copies sold) explores the obstacles that impede faith and reveals how to set them aside and grow in the Lord. Through intriguing characterization, readers explore faith obstacles, including...

The Dutiful Christian—a person who believes and practices the “right” things yet doesn’t have joy or victory.

The Grace Abuser—a person who experiences freedom in Christ, but believes all people will be saved because God’s love is unconditional.

Dr. Carlson also identifies the stages of growth and shows readers how to gauge where they are and look forward to an extraordinary life by embracing the completed work of Christ.

 

knowingjesuschristStart your journey to becoming more like Jesus with this topical Bible study, which examines:

• who Jesus Christ is
• the word of Jesus Christ
• eternal life in Christ

By learning more about Jesus' life and character, you'll learn the essentials of the Christian life as you continue growing spiritually.

scl 2This classic Bible study helps believers understand that having Christ in their lives makes an eternal difference.

This study examines:

• New Life
• The Lordship of Christ
• The Devotional Life
• Witnessing for Christ

SCL 3This classic study helps you learn more about Christ while exploring:

• the Church
• What is the Bible?
• God's Word in Your Life
• Principles of Prayer

Scl 4This classic Bible study helps readers learn what Christians should aspire to be in Christ:

• Maturing in Christ
• Demonstrating Christ
• Growing in Discipleship
• Obedience and Blessing

SCL5Learn what the biblical truth is about:

• Who Is God?
• The Holy Spirit
• Know Your Enemy
• Our Conflict with Sin
• The Return of Christ

scl6This classic Bible study helps believers grow in discipleship by helping them explore:

• Helping Others Find Christ
• Follow-up
• Power in Prayer
• Scriptural Giving
• World Vision

forgotten godA follow up to the profound message of Crazy Love, Pastor Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and … the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it.

Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.

Growing In ChristThis perennial best-selling discipleship tool is the classic Bible studies Lessons on Assurance and Lessons on Christian Living in one package.  These Navigator Bible studies are a great leader's resource to explain the fundamentals of the Christian life.

An ideal gift for a new believer or someone who has an interest in Jesus. Tear-out Scripture memory verse cards are included in KJV, NIV, NASB, and NRSV.