Why doesn't God do things the way we think He should? All of us have an uncanny desire to improve nearly everything we are a part of, from books, to streaming services, to products, to politics, and even to our faith. We want to be invited to give input. We want our voices to be heard, our opinions to be known.
Focus Groups are a formalized way to gather and process input so that consumers' ideas can be better served. This works great in the business arena, but when we take this approach in our relationship with Jesus Christ, we are set up for a lot of frustration. There are many ways we try to tell Him how He can improve our religious experience with Him. If He would only listen... but we find God Does Not Do Focus Groups.
God is only interested in having us move toward Him on His terms. This book helps us see the ways we try to leverage God into doing a focus group with us and then explains why it is in our best interest that He NEVER will.
How does God lead the ordinary to be extraordinary?
How does a young boy from Sydney grow into a missionary leader helping hurting people grow in relationship and in confidence to live a new life drug-free?
Warwick Murphy tells of his and his wife's lifelong adventure from growing up in Sydney and Melbourne to a world of heroin, prison visits, street people, and misery. And how God was involved in every step of the journey and how He lead them throughout. Two stories intertwine in this great adventure. The story of one man's history and the adventures he finds. How so many things turned out differently to what he had anticipated.
The second story is about the involvement of God in being active in the first story. Watching as the young man steps into new things and learns one more thing about the nature and character of God. Neither story has an end as the adventure will continue to the other side of the horizon. To the other side of the rainbow.
Hidden Treasures: Wrestling with Significance, Faith, and Suffering While Serving in the Developing World
Have you ever felt deeply unsatisfied with life and begun an ardent quest for answers?
Have you lost a loved one, endured years of chronic illness, or stared death in the face?
Have you ever been moved to compassion or longed to make a difference in the world?
Jennifer Zilly Canales boldly tells the stories of her and her husband Darwin's life's work in rural Honduras and the many challenges faced from feelings of significance to struggles of faith. Armed with a call to parent the parentless and a burning desire to see broken lives healed, together they have embarked on an uncommon journey that has taught them countless lessons about life, faith, and loss.
Intentionally living without routine luxuries in an area where electricity, water, and internet access are inconsistent, Jennifer and Darwin have decided to put down roots in a beautiful country that has been tragically disfigured by lawlessness.
Embark with them on this unique journey transcending race, nationality, and social class, and be challenged to consider a new perspective forged in the trenches.
Is God real? Is God real to you?
Struggling with these questions Glennys Hyland risked everything leaving her home country of Honduras. A single mom with two children immigrating to a new land, Glennys heard God say to her on the plane to America, "tell everyone that you get in contact with that I AM real".
Sharing the real and vulnerable experiences of a woman's daily walk with the Lord, Glennys shares how real God can be in life's most challenging times. Through detailed recollections of the unexpected and disappointing seasons of life, Glennys tells of her struggles dealing with a spirit of fear, the sudden loss of loved ones, scars of rejection, the weight of homelessness, and overcoming sickness.
Encountering God and the practical instructions He gave her to live life in complete surrender to Him, Glennys discovered obedience resulted in constant interventions of God's supernatural provision.
From healing for her soul, to a strong and healthy marriage, and experiencing countless souls converted to Christ. God is real and He wants to be real to you.
Are you discouraged at work? Do you sometimes feel like everyone else is a "hero" but you? Do you feel like you are essential? This gospel-centric devotional will remind you that your work matters to God. "Hero" is how elected officials and the media label people are considered essential. At some point in our culture, when everybody gets to be a hero, nobody is a hero.
You may not think of yourself as a hero. Yet you are essential! As much as we would love to believe that our work is heroic, we must manage our expectations and realize that the highest aspiration of our work is to be meaningful in ways that glorify God and for the good of others.
This compelling devotional will show you that as a Christ-follower, your role isn't to be the hero, but to be a guide who points people to Jesus. Your responsibility is to be an ambassador who recognizes Jesus as the hero. Your calling is to fulfill your role as an irreplaceable and essential member of the body of Christ. The path you follow qualifies you to be the one the people need to guide them to the next milestone in their journey.
This book will make you confident as you live and work in the shadow of the one true hero who saved the day for all eternity. God calls people like you to guide people to Jesus, and that makes you essential!
There are no perfect leaders. God uses unprepared, untrained, incomplete, and unqualified people to "see and do greater things" for Him. He guides and gives vision, while equipping those He calls.
In this practical and inspirational book, Dr. Paul Swamidass explores how Biblical leadership skills and giftings are multi-dimensional. He highlights both the leader's strengths and weaknesses and shows how Christ-centered leadership based on Biblical truth creates a thriving leader equipped to strengthen and prepare other believers.
In this book, you will discover:
- How Jesus taught leadership by personal example
- How Jesus explained the qualifications of Biblical leaders
- That Jesus taught leadership qualifications through admonition of failed religious leaders
- How we can learn from exemplary Biblical leaders
- How we can learn from failed leaders in the Bible
Leading a church or ministry can seem a daunting task, but God's Word provides the perfect template for instruction. Dr. Swamidass expertly guides readers to the revelatory leadership principles contained within the Bible. This book is for every Christian who wants to grow as a wise, effective, and flourishing leader.
Spiritual transformation is a powerful process, refining and renewing a Christ-follower from the inside out. Clothing yourself in Christ is a practice of priority, dressing each day in His character and calling to righteousness.
Using the Bible's rich metaphorical language and imagery of clothing and attire, Clothed with Christ takes readers on a journey of personal reflection, guiding them to take intentional steps toward spiritual transformation. William S. Bentley expertly weaves Christian principles with Biblical truth in this encouraging and motivational read.
This book answers the questions:
How do I grow in Christ?
How do I grow more faithful in my walk with Christ?
How do I strengthen my witness in the Lord?
In casting off the culture around us, how do we become more like Christ?
Clothed with Christ is the perfect guide for spiritual growth no matter what stage you are in your faith. Thought-provoking and stimulating, this book will challenge, motivate, and propel you to transformation in Christ.
Leading Beyond Limits introduces a new faith-filtered view of leadership, an innovative and revolutionary approach based on both biblical principles and developmental psychology.
The authors, Michael and Valerie Murphy, have a lifetime of learned leadership experience in both the classroom and in practice, and they offer more than a one-size-fits-all approach. They show how God has placed all the necessary resources into every leader's life to accomplish everything He wants them to do. They teach how to discern who you are as a leader and craft your own leadership vision around what God is doing in your own particular environment.
If you're ready to fulfill God's plan for leadership in your life, to build and grow your church, business, or mission field, you can rise above your limitations and unleash the unlimited resources of God's kingdom and purpose for your life. In this, you will discover how to truly lead beyond limits!
Providence tells a gritty, honest, and awe-inspiring survival story. As Jeff battled cancer cells invading his body and treatments that threatened to sap his soul, he lost sight of God and His unending love for him.
Through the darkness, God emerged in spectacular fashion, offering a lesson in providence that will not long be forgotten. If you're struggling to find God in the midst of your pain, you'll find in Jeff Parker's story the courage to believe.
Are you struggling to find hope when the bad news just keeps coming? Where do we turn when a doctor says, "It's cancer."? Where do we put our trust when all we can do is barely keep our head above water? How do we get up in the morning and keep moving forward?
Twenty chapters written by America’s leading pastors and ministers during the COVID-19 pandemic, capturing what God is doing and what He is teaching us during this moment of crisis.
Twenty Authors: Greg Laurie, Anne Graham Lotz, Samuel Rodriguez, Jack Graham, Jentezen Franklin, Robert Morris, Miles McPherson, Allen Jackson, Michael Youssef, Walter Kim, Richard Land, Harry Jackson Jr., William Vanderbloemen, Michael Brown, Joni Eareckson Tada, Gabriel Salguero, Shane Pruitt, Rob Schenck, David Dockery, and Wallace Henley.