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Living into the Life of Jesus

Living into the Life of Jesus Author Klaus Issler
ISBN-10 0830869646
Release 2012-04-07
Pages 239
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Why does merely understanding and trying hard to follow the example of Jesus often yield little progress—and even less joy and peace? Deriving insights from the life of Jesus in the Gospels, Klaus Issler uncovers the dynamics involved in truly becoming more Christlike. He shows how you can forge much deeper connections with Jesus so that his life permeates your own character. The result is a closer alignment between what you want to do as a follower of Jesus, what you actually do and who you are becoming in your relationship with him. Learn to be transformed from the inside out.



Foundations of Spiritual Formation

Foundations of Spiritual Formation Author Paul Pettit
ISBN-10 9780825495489
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Pages 318
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This textbook for introductory spiritual formation courses presents the fundamentals and practices of the discipline. This collection includes presentations by several well-known evangelical scholars including Gordon Johnston, Darrell Bock, Richard Averbeck, Klaus Issler, and others.



Renovation of the Heart

Renovation of the Heart Author Dallas Willard
ISBN-10 9781615214556
Release 2014-02-27
Pages 272
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As Christians, we know that we are new creations in Jesus. So we try to act differently, hoping this will make us more like Him. But changing our outward behavior doesn’t change our hearts. Only by God’s grace can we be transformed internally. Renovation of the Heart lays a biblical foundation for understanding what best-selling author Dallas Willard calls the “transformation of the spirit”—a divine process that “brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God.” This fresh approach to spiritual growth explains the biblical reasons why Christians need to undergo change in six aspects of life: thought, feeling, will, body, social context, and soul. Willard also outlines a general pattern of transformation in each area, not as a sterile formula but as a practical process that you can follow without the guilt or perfectionism so many Christians wrestle with. Don’t settle for complacency. Accept the challenge Renovation of the Heart offers to become an intentional apprentice of Jesus Christ, changing daily as you walk with Him.



Every Body Matters

Every Body Matters Author Gary L. Thomas
ISBN-10 9780310412250
Release 2011-11-22
Pages 272
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Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, "an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball and reaped spiritual rewards in her marriage, a 300-pound pastor who realized his obesity was eroding his ministry impact, and a woman who gained the spiritual strength to survive a contentious divorce by training for a marathon. In every instance, Thomas makes a direct connection between the physical challenge and its spiritual consequence.This book is a must read for anyone seeking new and compelling motivation for strengthening their bodies and fortifying their souls.



Apprenticeship with Jesus

Apprenticeship with Jesus Author Gary W. Moon
ISBN-10 1441210865
Release 2009-09-01
Pages 256
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Ask a crowd of Christians whether they believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, and all hands will go up. Ask the same crowd whether they live like Jesus, and most of those same hands will come down. Why is this? Why is it so hard to bridge the gap between belief and real life? Respected author, professor, and psychologist Gary W. Moon thinks it has to do with our hyper-intellectual but non-experiential method of living the Christian life. In this winsome book Moon provides a thirty-day apprenticeship with Jesus, whereby readers will actively practice being with Jesus day in and day out. Each day's reading uses compelling stories and scripture to illustrate a point and closes with a suggested apprenticeship activity.



After You Believe

After You Believe Author N. T. Wright
ISBN-10 9780061730559
Release 2010-03-02
Pages 320
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From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now. Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives. We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.



Jesus Money and Work

Jesus  Money and Work Author Klaus Issler
ISBN-10 9780830866649
Release 2012-12-14
Pages 30
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In this brief ebook, adapted and expanded from chapter 8 of his longer work, Living into the Life of Jesus, Klaus Issler offers a biblical study on three key topics: doing your work well trusting in God's provision while wisely using money on loan from God giving generously Issler focuses on the life and teaching of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. He includes a distinctive section on Jesus' young adulthood as a builder and interacts with recent Christian business literature. He ends each of the three main chapters with suggested "prayer projects" to help you reflect on the examples of Jesus' life and work—and apply them to your own life and work.



The Good and Beautiful Life

The Good and Beautiful Life Author James Bryan Smith
ISBN-10 9780830878765
Release 2010-01-14
Pages 262
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"I have never met a person whose goal was to ruin his or her life. We all want to be happy, and we want it all of the time." So begins James Bryan Smith in The Good and Beautiful Life. The problem is, he tells us, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success. These self-centered decisions lead us further into the vices that cause ruin: anger, lust, lying, worry and judging. Eventually we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction. Following the Sermon on the Mount, this follow-up to The Good and Beautiful God guides us to look behind these character flaws and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus' narratives about life in the kingdom of God.



One Life

One Life Author Scot McKnight
ISBN-10 9780310412120
Release 2010-12-21
Pages 208
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What is the “Christian life” all about? Studying the Bible, attending church, cultivating a prayer life, witnessing to others—those are all good. But is that really what Jesus has in mind? The answer, says Scot McKnight in One.Life, lies in Jesus’ words, “Follow me.” What does it look like to follow Jesus, and how will doing so change the way we live our life—our love.life, our justice.life, our peace.life, our community.life, our sex.life—everything about our life. One.Life will open your eyes to the full, compelling immensity of what it means to be a Christian. “Jesus offers to us a kingdom dream that transforms us to the very core of our being,” says Scot McKnight. “His vision is so big we are called to give our entire life to it. His vision is so big it swallows up our dreams.” Discover exactly what Jesus meant when he announced the arrival of God’s kingdom. Equipping you with a new understanding of that kingdom’s radical nature, One.Life shares profound, challenging, and practical insights on how to demonstrate its reality in your life. In many ways, what The Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer challenged Christians to do in earlier generations, One.Life will do for a new generation. One.Life will call you beyond the flatlands of religiosity toward a kingdom vision that will shape everything you do.



The Me I Want to Be

The Me I Want to Be Author John Ortberg
ISBN-10 9780310320791
Release 2010-01
Pages 87
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If God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? Pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life in The Me I Want to Be. This participant's guide is part of a DVD group study that will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God 'will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit' (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. He also helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. The Me I Want To Be Participant's Guide is a guidebook to the great task and joy of your life ... becoming God's best version of you. Learn to be a thriving and flourishing Christ-follower as you study these five sessions. The Me I Want to Be sessions include: 1.Discovering The Spirit 2. Renewing My Mind 3. Redeeming My Time 4. Deepening My Relationships 5. Transforming My Experience Designed for use with The Me I Want to Be DVD.



A Center in the Cyclone

A Center in the Cyclone Author Bruce Epperly, Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Continuing Education
ISBN-10 9781566997140
Release 2014-08-14
Pages 188
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Here is a twenty-first century text on clergy self-care, written in the context of hundreds of conversations with pastors.



Practicing the Way of Jesus

Practicing the Way of Jesus Author Mark Scandrette
ISBN-10 0830868720
Release 2011-06-04
Pages 221
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Take a casual survey of how people practice their faith, and you might reasonably conclude that Jesus spent his life going door to door offering private lessons, complete with chalkboard and pop quizzes. We think about God in the comfort of our own minds, in isolation from one another; meanwhile the world waits for a people to practice the way of Jesus together. Mark Scandrette contends that Jesus has in mind something more lively for us: not a classroom so much as a kingdom, where our formation takes place not only in our heads but in our hearts and our bodies, and in the company of one another, in a way that blesses the world we've been entrusted with. In Practicing the Way of Jesus Scandrette draws from his experience as a spiritual director and leader of an intentional community, as well as the best contemporary thinking on kingdom spirituality, to paint a picture of life lived together, in the way of Jesus--which is another way of saying life lived to the full.



Christ Shaped Character

Christ Shaped Character Author Helen Cepero
ISBN-10 9780830895922
Release 2014-05-07
Pages 186
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Honorable Mention for Classic Christian Spirituality, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13 What are the pathways that lead us to God? This is a book about what happens when we find those pathways. You will discover the values and virtues that grow out of our experiences, and practices that encourage us to be with God in specific ways. Spiritual director Helen Cepero writes: "I ve seen that when I reflect on my own life experiences, when I am alert to God s presence, and alive to Christ s love, I grow as a Christ follower, and as a human being living in God s world. This book is an invitation for you not to follow me, but follow Jesus into the stories of your own life. You too, will need to wake up and be willing to walk . . . through your own life." We will follow the journey to God by beginning with three ways of love, then three ways of continuing in faith and lastly, three ways of living in hope. These nine pathways will lead you more deeply into life with Christ.



The Gospel According to Mark

The Gospel According to Mark Author Nick Cave
ISBN-10 9780857860972
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 64
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The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave



Living Jesus

Living Jesus Author Luke Timothy Johnson
ISBN-10 9780060642839
Release 2000-01-05
Pages 224
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Who is the real Jesus? How can we experience the mystery, compelxity, and richness of his spirituality and teachings in our lives today? In this gently instructive and inspiring guide, Luke Timothy Johnson leads us to a deeper understanding and practice of classic Christian spirituality and faith. Translating his biblical scholarship into simple, elegant language, he offers a compelling and wise reflection on the real Jesus--not the reconstructed historical figure but the resurrected Christ, a living savior we can encounter every day. Living Jesus elucidates the mystery of Jesus' resurrection and its central role in the Christian experience. It explores the diversity and fullness of the New Testament views of Christ, revealing how each book's perspective can deepen our understanding of Jesus. Profoundly insightful, Living Jesus offers valuable lessons on how we can accept the Gospels' powerful invitation to an authenic Christian spirituality.



Becoming Dallas Willard The Formation of a Philosopher Teacher and Christ Follower

Becoming Dallas Willard  The Formation of a Philosopher  Teacher  and Christ Follower Author Gary W. Moon
ISBN-10 9780830899210
Release 2018-02-02
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Dallas Willard was a personal mentor and inspiration to hundreds of pastors, philosophers, and average churchgoers. In Gary W. Moon’s candid and inspiring biography, we read about the development of Willard's personal character, philosophical writing, and spiritual teaching, and how he has inspired some of the most influential books on spirituality of the last generation.



Christ Shaped Character

Christ Shaped Character Author Helen Cepero
ISBN-10 9780830895922
Release 2014-05-07
Pages 186
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Honorable Mention for Classic Christian Spirituality, from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love." —1 Corinthians 13:13 What are the pathways that lead us to God? This is a book about what happens when we find those pathways. You will discover the values and virtues that grow out of our experiences, and practices that encourage us to be with God in specific ways. Spiritual director Helen Cepero writes: "I ve seen that when I reflect on my own life experiences, when I am alert to God s presence, and alive to Christ s love, I grow as a Christ follower, and as a human being living in God s world. This book is an invitation for you not to follow me, but follow Jesus into the stories of your own life. You too, will need to wake up and be willing to walk . . . through your own life." We will follow the journey to God by beginning with three ways of love, then three ways of continuing in faith and lastly, three ways of living in hope. These nine pathways will lead you more deeply into life with Christ.