Jesus Centered Life

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1470728281
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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You know Jesus, You think he’s a nice guy,and you never forget his birthday.But the truth is...you want more than that. You’re bored. Exhausted. Tired of the grind. You’re done with hearing about Jesus in sermons. Reading about Jesus in devotions. You want to encounter Jesus—and know him for who he really is. You want to experience Jesus’ love, not just admire him. To become a follower, not just a fan. The Jesus-Centered Life... • invites you into wonder as you explore the magnetic force of the real Jesus • frees you from a “trying harder to get better” lifestyle, so you can follow Jesus instead • walks you through one-of-a-kind practices that lead you into actual encounters with Jesus Packed with easy, natural, everyday life practices that transform how you see Jesus, The Jesus-Centered Life is the perfect antidote for a ho-hum connection to Jesus—a fresh invitation for you to make Jesus the center of your life. This book helps you chart a clear, fulfilling path straight to the Jesus who loves you.

The Jesus centered Life

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781470740108
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Think you know Jesus? Think again. For around 2,000 years, Jesus has been at the center of pretty much everything, and no one hashad a bigger influence on our daily lives than Jesus. Most of us think we have a pretty good ideaof who Jesus is and what he did. But we don t. Sometimes the people we know the least are the people we re around the most. Isn t that weird? We re convinced that we really know them, because they ve always been part of our lives. But weneed to get re-introduced to them, because we don t really know them as well as we think wedo. This highly interactive, chunk-size devotional will help you take a fresh look at what you thinkyou already know about Jesus, so you can grow your friendship with him. Get ready for an exciting, life-changing adventure!"

Sifted

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 1434704483
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Discouraged by life’s difficulties—both life-shifting catastrophes and the drip-drip-drip of daily trouble? Dissatisfied with the same old pat answers about God’s role in our hard times? Rick Lawrence offers fresh biblical perspective based on a single Scripture snapshot in Luke 22:31-32. Jesus tells Peter he’s about to be “sifted like wheat”—shaken hard, beaten, and agitated until he practically falls apart. Satan’s going to do it. And Jesus is going to allow it, in the interest of showing Peter who he really is. Lawrence uses the simple agrarian metaphor of sifting as a jumping-off point for a rigorously honest, deeply challenging, yet powerfully comforting exploration of the trials that beat us down, the good God who allows our troubles, and the incredible beauty the process of sifting can reveal in us.

Skin in the Game

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 0825443598
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Christians are longing for more life in their lives, a sense that they’re more present to Jesus and to their own story in the everyday. They’re looking for the answer to the deepest question of human experience: “How do I find the freedom I crave, and become the person I long to be?” Too often, though, they’re scared to risk too much to find the answer—so they simply continue to lead lives of “quiet desperation.” Rick Lawrence says that’s exactly the problem. We’ve seen too much. We know too much. And so we manage our risk so well that we choke off the very fuel that our soul needs to stay alive. In fact, risk should be a primary aspect of our relationship with Jesus, not the thing we avoid. In this book, Lawrence argues that if we pay attention to the way Jesus related to people, we discover that he asked every person he ever met to put their “skin in the game”—invest part of themselves. Only then did they find the life they always longed for. Lawrence asks eight key questions, including: • Will you embrace your shame? • Will you receive grace? • Will you confront your fears? • Will you wait, even when all hope is lost? With a vigorous, fast-paced, and conversational style, he uses these questions plus stories straight from Scripture and pop-culture corollaries to explore the kinds of risks we find in our lives today and how to stop waiting and start going all in for Jesus.

Jesus Centered Bible NLT

Author: Group Publishing
Publisher: Group Publishing (Company)
ISBN: 9781470726881
Format: PDF
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TheJesus-CenteredBibleisthefirst-everBiblethatshowsJesusineverybook,highlighting howalltheOldTestamentpointstoJesus,howalltheNewTestamentrevealsJesus,andhow Jesuscantransformyourlifeinmorewaysthanyoueverimagined.DiveintoJesusstoryfrom extraordinaryperspectives.SeejusthowmuchJesussaturatespageafterpageoftheBible,from beginningtoend.YoullneverlookatScripturethesamewayagain. BlueLetterTextreveals hundredsofOldTestamentconnectionstoJesus,demonstratinghowtheBibleweavesJesus intotheentirenarrative.Bible-BookIntroductionsintheOldandNewTestamentsfromfamiliar authorsandleadersincludingWilliamPaulYoung,BrianZahnd,KathyEscobar,andCarl MedearisdrawyouclosertoJesusasyoudiscoverhowallofScriptureconnectstohim. ReframingJesussidebarstakeyoufarbeyondtheSundayschoolJesusintothemeaningful backstoriesoftherealpeoplewholookedfor,pointedto,andinteractedwiththeSavior. JesusAnswersLifesEssentialQuestionssidebarsfocusonJesusownwords,helpingyou tackleyouruncertaintieshead-onandmakesenseofyourpersonalstruggles,doubts,andfears. InPursuitofJesusquestionswilldrawyouclosertoJesusandothersthroughprovocativeyet enrichingdiscussionstartersaboutChrist. Featuresinclude:OldTestamentIntroductionby TonyCampoloNewTestamentIntroductionbyDerwinGrayJesusName,Titles,and NicknamesinRedThroughouttheNewTestamentNLTDictionary/ConcordanceJesus AnswersLifesEssentialQuestionsReferenceListOneChapterPerDayBibleReadingPlanAvailableinThreeColors:CharcoalSimulatedLeatherMarsala(redtone)Simulated LeatherTurquoiseSimulatedLeatherBoxPackaging

Leadership Beef Jerky

Author: Dr. Gregory W. Bourgond
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1532047207
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Leadership competencies may be the tools of leadership, but biblically informed character is the power of leadership. The exercise of leadership involves character, competence, and congruence. Who you are as a leaderyour character and how your wiring plays a role in your practice of leadershipyour congruence, will determine the effectiveness of your leadership practices. The competencies you leverage will produce exponential results. In Leadership Beef Jerky, author Dr. Gregory W. Bourgond presents principles and practices that help organize how you think about leadership and what will and should inform your understanding and practice. He introduces you to a calibration of the soul, guarding your heart because it will bring forth, good or bad, what is stored within. Based on his personal experiences, Bourgond offers processes, procedures, methodologies, tactics, and strategies to help you become a more effective leader regardless of the number of people you lead. He demonstrates when the head and the heart alignthe beingness of your leadershipthen the hand produces God-honoring results. Leadership Beef Jerky discusses the idea that effective godly leadership is developed during a lifetime, is exercised through your God-given passion and giftedness, finds its source and authority in God, is built on biblical principles and values, and is practiced in culturally sensitive ways. The principles and practices described in this guide help you become a leader after Gods heart.

Jesus Centered Youth Ministry

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1470716755
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“If all I did for the next 10 years was pass along this book to hungry youth leaders, I would have a fruitful decade.” —Dave Rahn, Senior Vice President and Chief Ministry Officer for Youth For Christ “In this book, Rick calls us to run arm-in-arm with teenagers—to the epicenter of that mystery, that person, that incarnate child, that troublemaker, that up-ender, that ultimate rescuer.” —Mark Oestreicher, Partner, The Youth Cartel There’s a surging hunger among teenagers for Jesus. New research shows that they want a clearer understanding of what Jesus really said and did, and how faith in matters in their lives. In fact, that desire is so deep, it’s #1 on their “wish list” for what they’d like to talk about at church. But are we doing that? Even though we assume that everything we do in youth ministry is about Jesus, the evidence is clear:That’s not what our students say they’re experiencing. So what would a youth ministry look like if it shifted toward a passionate, persistent, and permeating focus on drawing students into a closer orbit around Jesus? Inside the pages of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, you’ll discover the foundation for a ministry that is Jesus-centered, along with the bricks for building it. You’ll discover that not only is it possible to create this kind of ministry, it’s also essential that you pursue this path. Eight years after his book was first published, introducing the language and structure of a new way of doing youth ministry, author and longtime Group Magazine editor Rick Lawrence has completely rewritten and revised Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. It’s packed with new insight, new research, and dozens of field-tested ideas for planting and nurturing a ministry environment that is Jesus-magnetic. Help satisfy teenagers’ hunger for Jesus in richly nourishing and sustaining ways by shifting the orbit of your ministry.

Spiritual Grit

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1470750902
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Why do some people thrive in the midst of great challenges and others don't? The answer is grit: the strength that fuels a scrappy response to threats, fear, confusion, and pain. But grit is more than a personal success tool. Without a passion for Jesus and practical ways to develop grit, it’s doomed to disappoint. Spiritual Grit seeks a better outcome by delving into why Jesus sometimes chooses to inject hardship into our lives rather than remove it. The book also includes: • Ways to access the strength needed to live a resilient life, through a dependent relationship with Jesus. • Biblical stories of those who grew a “grit backbone” through their interactions with Jesus. • An extensive menu of life habits that fertilize grit, plus a method for identifying habits that undermine it. • A way for readers to assess their own spiritual grit. Without Jesus, grit is little more than a gimmick. With Jesus, grit can infuse the world—and our lives—with hope.

We

Author: Lifetree
Publisher: Group Publishing (Company)
ISBN: 9781470748463
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Outrageously Committed to My Marriage Marriage is an epic story--complete with love, humor, and trials--lived out by courageous, flawed people. In this book, brave husbands and wives share 52 true stories of their loving but not-so-perfect marriages. You'll experience renewed hope--and find real wisdom--as you read how Jesus brings life from the ashes of hard times, keeping love stories alive and spreading healing in the process. You'll find... * Hope as you see how Jesus shows up again and again. * Encouragement as you realize you're not alone. * Strength through prayer prompts that invite Jesus into your marriage in fresh ways. * Journaling opportunities to record your own journey. * 52 devotions that help you see how Jesus is working through your marriage to write a better story than you could ever write on your own. Discover the hopeful story Jesus is telling through your marriage, beginning now.

Desiring God

Author: John Piper
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
ISBN: 1601423098
Format: PDF, ePub
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Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure. Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy. Includes a study guide for individual and small group use.