The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament
Author: Charles H. Talbert,Jason A. Whitlark
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
View: 7704Innovative excursion into New Testament teaching on the earthly life of faith What does it mean to "get saved"? Is conversion a gift of God's grace but the post-conversion Christian life in our own hands? Is the covenant relationship sustained by a sense of personal gratitude for God's past gift of conversion -- or is post-conversion faithfulness itself an ongoing gift from God? In this book Charles H. Talbert and Jason A. Whitlark, together with Andrew E. Arterbury, Clifford A. Barbarick, Scott J. Hafemann, and Michael W. Martin, address such questions about God's role in the Christian's life. Through careful, consistent exegesis of relevant New Testament texts, they show that "getting saved" involves both God's forgiveness and God's enablement to obey -- or "new covenant piety" -- from initial conversion to eschatological salvation.
Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience
Author: Carolyn Chen
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Category: Social Science
View: 4482What does becoming American have to do with becoming religious? Many immigrants become more religious after coming to the United States. Taiwanese are no different. Like many Asian immigrants to the United States, Taiwanese frequently convert to Christianity after immigrating. But Americanization is more than simply a process of Christianization. Most Taiwanese American Buddhists also say they converted only after arriving in the United States even though Buddhism is a part of Taiwan's dominant religion. By examining the experiences of Christian and Buddhist Taiwanese Americans, Getting Saved in America tells "a story of how people become religious by becoming American, and how people become American by becoming religious." Carolyn Chen argues that many Taiwanese immigrants deal with the challenges of becoming American by becoming religious. Based on in-depth interviews with Taiwanese American Christians and Buddhists, and extensive ethnographic fieldwork at a Taiwanese Buddhist temple and a Taiwanese Christian church in Southern California, Getting Saved in America is the first book to compare how two religions influence the experiences of one immigrant group. By showing how religion transforms many immigrants into Americans, it sheds new light on the question of how immigrants become American.
An e book that will soften the hearts of even the most stubborn non-believers and atheists.
Author: Patrick Joyce
Publisher: BookRix GmbH & Company KG
View: 301An e book that will soften the hearts of even the most stubborn non-believers and atheists, written by a former devout atheist. If this book opens the eyes of only one person, it will have been worth the effort.
Author: Rick Matthew Morley
Publisher: Garden Path
View: 4541As humans we like to reduce people and movements to their least common denominator. We like to find formulas or three-point plans for a better life. But, Jesus isn't so easily boiled down. You can't take the breadth, length, height and depth of the power that created the earth and everything in it, and the love that redeemed us all on the cross, and capture it in a tag line or a bumper sticker. An honest look at the plain-sense meaning of the various teachings of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John show that Jesus talked about salvation, eternal life, and attaining the Kingdom of God in a different way almost every time he opened his mouth to teach. As the Gospel authors recorded, Jesus told those who followed him and sought his counsel to follow the commandments of God, love God and neighbor, share what they had with those in need, feed the hungry and care for the oppressed, hear his words and act on them, come as a child, be born again-above, believe in the Son of God, eat his flesh and drink his blood, enter by him as if by a gate, and be wary of wealth. This book serves as a critique of the standard Protestant Evangelical, or fundamentalist, approach to salvation. And, it serves as a challenge to the whole church to recapture the vision of salvation that Jesus actually preached and taught.
How to Know for Sure You Are Saved
Author: J. D. Greear
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
View: 1598“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians. In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality. Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation? Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.
Being Sure of Your Salvation
Author: John MacArthur, Jr.
Publisher: David C Cook
View: 8030Can you lose your salvation? All believers have wrestled with this question at some point in their spiritual walks. So what answers does God provide to challenging questions like: Am I really saved? Am I going to heaven? How can I know for sure? Renowned pastor and author John MacArthur believes every Christian should enjoy the reality and security of being saved without a doubt. Drawing from a background rich in Bible study and teaching, John examines key scriptures, tackles tough questions, and sheds light on the true nature of salvation. Throughout, you’ll be encouraged to embrace the perfect grace found in Jesus Christ. Saved without a Doubt includes a guide for both personal and group study, which features discovery questions, suggestions for prayer, and activities, all designed to connect life-changing truths with everyday living.
Confession: Caught Up
Author: Sheryl Simmons
View: 7851It's not that she isn't having any fun, but Niecy had to keep it real. She was sick of liquor, lying, and being loose. "Liquor brings the freak out in a lot of people. But, like the preacher said this morning, I can't do anything about what I used to do. These days I've narrowed my drinks down to two or three. I know I could stop cold turkey if I wanted to. I do realize half the brothers I would have thought were fine once upon a time don't look so good now. Just last week I ran into an old bed buddy, Wesley, who I thought, at the time, looked like Shemar Moore. As long as I was drinking. But, now he looks more like a salamander." An experience at church compels Niecy to really evaluate her life and stop talking change, but to actually do something to steer herself into a life of peace and real joy. A life that begins with letting go. Nonetheless, like her pastor says, "with new levels come new devils". And when that devil smells good, feels good, and can charm the sugar out of a cake
A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back : Conversation Guide
Author: Todd Burpo
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
View: 8981Why should we care about heaven? -- What is heaven like? -- When does a person go to heaven? -- Where is heaven? -- Who goes to heaven?
How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love
Author: Bryan Loritts
View: 907White-knuckling can never get you where you want to go. But grace can. You already know because you’ve tried: repeated attempts to earn God’s love and approval get you nowhere and leave you exhausted. When performance taints our relationship with him, the Christian life can turn into an unholy hustle. It was never meant to be like this. In Saving the Saved, Pastor Bryan Loritts reveals the astonishing truth that God doesn’t want your spiritual scorekeeping. He simply wants your surrender. The punchline of the gospel of Matthew is just that—a message of grace and performance-free love to do-good, try-harder Jews who thought they had to earn their way into God’s favor. It’s an ancient message, yet it can be a lifeline to us today as we live in a world of performance metrics. Just as Matthew wrote to the Jews in his gospel, we were never meant to flounder under the pressures and anxieties of show Christianity. Make no mistake: we are called to live in obedience, but Jesus wants us to save us from the illusion that our actions can ever earn God’s acceptance of us. In Pastor Bryan’s relevant, uncompromising style, Saving the Saved proclaims the good news that once the pressure is off to perform, we are free to abide. Beyond the man-made rules and the red tape, there is a God who knows you by name. Come and meet him as you’ve never known him before.
Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
Author: John Piper
Publisher: Multnomah Pub
View: 3132Experience 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.
Author: Rosalind Frazer
View: 6245Saved, Single and Pregnant was inspired after I gave birth to my son as a single Christian woman over twenty three years ago. It addresses relationship issues, parenting struggles medical diagnoses, and triumph! Further, it speaks to how we can become unknowingly ensnared and perpetually entrapped. Transparency, I believe, is necessary in order to set people free from their bondages. My purpose is to give hope to the hopeless, discouraged, powerless or naIve. As I share my life's journey to date, I am hopeful and prayerful as others read my story and testimony they will be strengthened and encouraged that they can overcome their valley experiences. I believe with truth, acknowledgement, education and cooperation along with prayer and obedience one can be victorious in life. Life is not perfect for any of us. I heard someone say "we have all been dealt a difficult hand, the true test is how well we play the hand we have been dealt. Grace and Peace!
The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Author: Blake Snyder
Category: Performing Arts
View: 4817This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
A Step-By-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating
Author: Robert Weiss
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Category: Family & Relationships
View: 5026DATING, RELATIONSHIPS, LIVING TOGETHER & MARRIAGE. Typically, men are good at creating rifts in relationships but terrible at mending them, especially after they've repeatedly betrayed their partner through sexual infidelity. For the most part, cheating men are both intimacy-challenged and empathy-challenged, and, as such, they lack the skills needed to overcome the damage wrought by their infidelity. Robert Weiss has spent over twenty years in the treatment of sex and intimacy issues, helping both cheating men and their betrayed spouses. In Out of the Doghouse he shares his expertise, illuminating the ways in which men can move beyond their usual feeble efforts to smooth things over. Sure, saying "I'm sorry" and trying to "buy forgiveness" with flowers and jewelry may temporarily calm the stormy seas, but these actions do nothing to re-establish trust, which is what a distraught woman needs if she hopes to feel better about her relationship over the long-term.
(Military Romantic Suspense, Mystery, Thriller): The Saved Series
Author: Lorhainne Eckhart
Publisher: Lorhainne Eckhart
View: 4902“A Passionate Tale of Love during the Iraq War.” --“Eckhart knocks one out of the park with this great story.” RT Book Reviews --“Taken! Okay you had me at the first page”....Katy M. --God Bless our Military Men! It takes a horrible, but real tragedy and shows how love can be a true healer. We need more men like the Captain!! Reviewer, Spring Hale OVERVIEW: “Growing up I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start a family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped and I was saved. Eric didn't see me as damaged. He didn't see my baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe ... he saved me.” THE SAVED SERIES: Saved Vanished Captured If you enjoy THE SAVED SERIES, you may also enjoy, WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES. WALK THE RIGHT ROAD SERIES: "The Choice will leave you questioning your own morals and motivations and leave you asking others what they would do in that same situation. This is a genre-bending novel that will surprise you" from JRA. "Rarely have I spent time reading a series that had me feeling every thought and emotion." From Mary Ellen Other Series you may enjoy: THE OUTSIDER SERIES: An Emotionally charged romance series beginning with the Bestseller, The Forgotten Child. THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING: The return of The Friessen men and the women they love in this emotionally charged Family Saga which follows THE OUTSIDER SERIES. THE WILDE BROTHERS: Come and meet the Wilde Brothers of Idaho. Joe, Logan, Ben, Samuel, and Jake. You'll love the western flair and hot men and strong women in this romantic family saga. COMING in 2015 from THE WILDE BROTHERS: Traded (Jake) Unforgiven (Samuel) And new from THE FRIESSENS in 2015 The Reunion
A Guide for Teenagers to Go Deeper with God
Author: Chantell M. Cooley,Pastor Jp Wilson
Publisher: WestBow Press
View: 6913By applying four practical steps found in this book every young person will have the fuel needed to pursue a dynamic relationship with a living God. Pastor Jp has been involved in full-time ministry for 29 years and has pastored youth and young adults for 12 of those years. He currently pastors Liberty Church in Foley, Alabama which is located in one of the fastest growing micropolitan areas in the US. Chantell has worked with youth as a leader for over 10 years and is a Vice President of Columbia Southern University where she motivates and trains on customer service.
The Great Financial Crisis of 1914
Author: Richard Roberts
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Business & Economics
View: 2601A week before the outbreak of the First World War, an acute financial crisis surged over London: the Stock Exchange closed; money markets worldwide were paralysed. Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, press reports, and official archives, this book tells the extraordinary, and largely unknown, story of the first true global financial crisis.