"Since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in love - see also that you excel in this grace of giving." - 2 Corinthians 8.7
This 20 day devotional will help you explore how your stewardship and generosity is both an indicator of spiritual health and a way to be strengthened in spiritual health.
Let's face it, prayer is hard! In fact, prayer is so hard that most of us simply do not pray unless an illness or a public setting, such as saying grace at a meal, demands it. Prayerlesness is rooted in a core unbelief that can shape our lives, even as Christians. Because of prayerlessness, our lives are often marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy.
If prayerlessness marks your life more often than not, then this book is for you. Basing the text on the popular PrayerLife seminar - which was first introduced at Grace Covenant, and has since encouraged thousands of Christians to vibrant prayer life, Grace Covenant's friend, Paul Miller, writes to the heart of the matter. This is, indeed, the book for any Christian who wants to know the joy and power of a vibrant prayer life.
NOTE: The discussion guide that accompanies A Praying Life was written by Grace Covenant member Cyndi Anderson.
Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable: The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. Prodigal God will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
The overriding concern of Desiring God is that in all of life God be glorified the way He Himself has appointed. To that end this book aims to persuade us that the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.
NOTE: Piper's Dangerous Duty of Delight is an abreviated version of this same subject. It is a worthwhile "appetizer" or refresher.
Shepherding a Child's Heart satisfies the hunger for fresh, biblical approaches to child rearing. It is about how to speak to the heart of your child, rather than just trying shape behaviors.
The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way, “...out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NIV) Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life.
In Shepherding a Child's Heart, Dr. Tedd Tripp not only draws on his thirty years experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father, but he also shares insights gained in many years of teaching this material in conferences worldwide, providing many valuable help for parents.
Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage
Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.
Dave's writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God s word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say "I do."
Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
Marriage, according to Scripture, will always involve two flawed people living with each other in a fallen world. Yet, in counselor Paul Tripp’s professional experience, the majority of couples enter marriage with far different expectations. These unrealistic expectations leave them unprepared for the day-to-day realities of married life.
This unique book introduces a biblical and practical approach to those realities that is rooted in God’s faithfulness and Scripture’s teaching on sin and grace. “Spouses need to be reconciled to each other and to God on a daily basis,” Tripp declares. “Since we’re always sinners married to sinners, reconciliation isn’t just the right response in moments of failure. It must be the lifestyle of any healthy marriage.”
What Did You Expect? presents six practical commitments that give shape and momentum to such a lifestyle. These commitments—ranging from “We will honestly face our sin, weakness, and failure” to “We will change our agenda” and “We will protect our relationship”—will equip couples to develop a thriving, grace-based marriage in all circumstances and seasons of their relationship.
To the Christians in Rome, the Apostle Paul says, "I am eager to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome" (Romans 1:15). Evidently, Christians need to hear the gospel even AFTER conversion; and A Gospel Primer for Christians is designed to help you do just that.
By showing how you can preach the gospel to yourself each day, this book will help you savor the glories of God's love and experience the life-transforming power of the gospel in all areas of life. Use this book to preach the gospel to yourself on a daily basis, and be amazed at the difference it can make in your life!
The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. That is the goal of this book by Graeme Goldsworthy.
How do the Old and New Testaments fit together?
What is the point of biblical theology?
What is the overall story of the Bible?
What difference does it make?
Goldsworthy answers these questions with an integrated theology of both Old and New Testaments that avoids unnecessary technicalities. Concise, pithy chapters featuring dozens of charts, highlighted summaries and study questions make According to Plan an enormously useful book for understanding how the Bible fits together as the unfolding story of God's plan for salvation.
Take a fresh look at baptism by sitting in on the engaging conversations between a young man, William, who married into a denomination with a differen view than his own, and a wise older pastor who, through a series of bible-based conversations, helps William to strip away his preconceptions and to understand the Bible's plain position.
This link takes you to a FREE online version of William the Baptist.