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Loving Your Community: Proven Practices for Community-Based Outreach Ministry

Author: Stephen Viars
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801094781
Retail Price:  $19.99
From the Publisher:
Are you and your church making a difference in your community? Are you meeting needs in a positive, proactive, and loving way? Too often when churches are presented with a need outside their walls, they operate on the principle of "Say no unless you have to say yes."

Don't want that to be your church's legacy in your community? Drawing on more than 30 years of service to the community surrounding Faith Church in Indiana, pastor Stephen Viars shows you how to develop a dynamic, giving relationship with your community, one in which your natural response to needs is "Yes! How can we help?"

No matter the size, location, demographics, or issues in your community, the approach found in this practical book will help you improve people's lives, draw them into productive conversation about the hope you have in Christ, and glorify God.

In Want + Plenty:  Waking Up to God’s Provision in a Land of Longing

Author: Meredith McDaniel
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:  Revell
ISBN:  9780800735791
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Although our circumstances vary, we all ache with a longing for something more. We are born with dreams, and some of us even have detailed plans about how to make them happen. Yet we all come to a point in life when we realize that we are not in control. A loved one gets sick, a tragedy occurs, our plans backfire. What we may not realize is that even if we can't depend on our circumstances or even ourselves, there is One who will always provide what we need, just when we need it.

With compassion and enthusiasm, Meredith McDaniel invites you to walk alongside God's people in Exodus as they wake up each morning to manna, God's provision for them in desert places. As she unfolds their story of complete dependence on their Creator, you'll discover through guided journaling how God is providing for you right now, where you are in your own unique story. Along the way, you will develop a comforting awareness that you are seen, guided, protected, and filled by a good God in the person of Jesus.

 

Smart Phone Sanity: A Proven Plan to Protect Your Kids, Build Trust, and Bring Smartphone Balance to Your Home

Author: David Eaton, Jeremiah Callihan & The Axis Team with Sarah Miles
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Axis
ISBN:  9781733459129
Retail Price:  $24.99
From the Publisher:
Includes $28 of Axis resources on Snapchat, Sexting, and Social Media! Whether you are shopping for your kid's first phone, or they've had a smartphone for years . . . you need Smartphone Sanity. "I wish there were 100s of groups like Axis. We are losing the next generation. We need help from people like Axis to reach teenagers." - Tim Keller, PhD, Author, & Pastor The smartphone is causing a seismic shift in the lives of the rising generation. Smartphone Sanity will give you all the tools you need to keep your family safe & to put the Gospel at the center of your family's smartphone conversation. Smartphone Sanity will: answer the question, "When should I get my kid a phone?"; explain parental controls for both iPhone & Android; help you set up a Family Phone Agreement that builds trust; show you all the Internet, App, Social Media, & Texting SNEAKS; and, give you confidence & a path to bring your family together. David Eaton & Jeremiah Callihan are the Cofounders of Axis, a Non-Profit that helps over 100,000 parents & teenagers a month communicate & understand each other at the intersection of tech, pop-culture, & the Gospel.

 

Divine Intentions:  The Life You’re Supposed to Live, The Person God Meant You to Be

Author: Doug K. Reed
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Whitaker House
ISBN:  9781641233880
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
Your story began before you were even born. You have existed in God’s loving, wildly creative imagination for all eternity. His plans are perfect and His thoughts about you are not limited by time, space, or any situation.
You may have wandered away from God’s plans. You may have suffered soul-level injuries that affect your identity. You may be hurting from past circumstances…or feeling trapped in your current ones. There’s good news: God is still ready to help you realize the wonderful life He has planned for you.
Divine Intentions: The Life You’re Supposed to Live, The Person God Meant You to Be takes you on a journey of self-discovery through four key concepts: rescued, restored, relabeled, and redirected.
Author Doug K. Reed offers hope and direction for those who are searching for answers to their identities in Christ while struggling with wounds from the past or present. He shares his own personal story of restoration and soul-level healing, leading readers into the light of God’s love.

 

School of the Miraculous:  A Practical Guide to Walking in Daily Miracles

Author: Kynan Bridges
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Whitaker House
ISBN:  9781641233040
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
Demystifying Miracles 

What if you could experience something miraculous every day?

Many Christians think of miracles as rare events for a select and fortunate few. But miracles don’t have to be something mysterious and out of reach. They don’t have to be the exception. Just as they were common in the early church, they can become common for you.

School of the Miraculous: A Practical Guide to Walking in Daily Miracles by Dr. Kynan Bridges shows how every believer can develop a miracle mind-set, operate in miracles, and establish a lifestyle in which miraculous events occur.

Dr. Kynan has encountered many believers who are frustrated because they are not seeing evidence of God’s power in their circumstances. They have a growing desperation for more of His intervention in their lives. This book was designed to answer that cry for more.

The Holy Spirit is the Miracle Worker—but most miracles involve human participation in some way. Dr. Kynan reveals that our growing intimacy with God’s Spirit will lead us to see and participate in His miracles—living in His power and setting our expectations increasingly higher for His miraculous works in our lives.

This practical guide for every believer is filled with ideas for personal application, encouraging testimonies, and spiritual activation prayers for tapping into the miraculous. Enroll in the School of the Miraculous today!

 

The Bible and the Ballot:  Using Scripture in Political Decisions

Author: Temper Longman III
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co.
ISBN:  9780802877345
Retail Price:  $24.99
From the Publisher:
How to read the Bible on matters of public policy

Christians affirm the Bible as our standard of faith and practice. We turn to it to hear God’s voice. But what relevance does the Bible have for the contentious public policy issues we face today? Although the Bible does not always speak explicitly to modern issues, it does give us guiding principles as we think about how we might vote or act as political figures ourselves. 

The Bible and the Ballot demonstrates the proper use of Scripture in contemporary political discussions. Christians regularly invoke the Bible to support their positions on many controversial political topics—gay marriage, poverty, war, religious liberty, immigration, the environment, taxes, etc.—and this book will help facilitate those conversations. Tremper Longman provides a hermeneutical approach to using the Bible in this manner, then proceeds topic by topic, citing important Scriptures to be taken into consideration in each case and offering an evangelical interpretation. 

Longman is careful to suggest levels of confidence in interpretation and acknowledges that often there are a range of possible applications. Each chapter includes questions to provoke further thought in individuals’ minds or for group discussion. 

The Bible and the Ballot is a ready guide to understanding the Bible on issues that American Christians face today as we live within a pluralistic society. 

 
 

I Still Do:  Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life’s Defining Moments

Author: Dave Harvey
Binding Type:  Paperback
Publisher:    Baker Books
ISBN:  9780801094439
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
Lasting marriages are built one defining moment at a time. The moment of blame. The moment of weakness. When your spouse suffers. When dreams disappoint. When the kids leave the nest. It's how we think and behave toward one another in moments like these that determines whether our marriage endures or falters. Ultimately, these are invitations from God to consider our direction and pursue transformation.

With 37 years of marriage and 33 years of pastoring under his belt, Dave Harvey has identified those life-defining moments of a post-newlywed marriage. He wants to help couples recognize them in their own relationships so that they can take a proactive, godly approach to resolving conflicts, holding one another up as change inevitably happens, and ensuring that their marriage survives and thrives.

Whether your relationship is maturing gracefully, just needs a tune-up, or you and your spouse are locked in conflict and your future seems uncertain, Dave Harvey has encouragement and practical tools to help strengthen what remains and build a rock-solid union for the days to come.

 

 

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