Eugene H. Peterson speaks to Christians who realize the necessity for prayer and yearn for it but who find their prayer unconvincing and unsatisfying. Addressing the causes of this dissatisfaction, Answering God offers guidelines for using the Psalms as dynamic tools for prayer.
If you are breathing, thinking, talking, walking, hoping, dreaming, expecting, believing. . . . If you are moving in any shape, form, or fashion, this book is for you. If you have ever been challenged by jobs, people and their peculiar ways, this book is for you. You are on a journey just as I have been. Answering God's Wake-up Call (2013) chronicles 100 days of my journey with the Holy Spirit - a journey that landed me in Antigua. Shared with readers are events, days, prayers, poems, thoughts that represent a very real walk with God. An emphasis is placed on obedience and listening for God and to God. This book picks up in some ways where Yes, God, I'm Listening (2002) left off. As we all know, it is one thing to listen - it is many times more important to be obedient. And we are called to tell others of our experiences. When you get the wake-up call, what will you do? Hit the snooze and roll over? It's a journey! Don't miss the call!! This book is for you. From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, His name is to be praised. Regina Vincent Clark,Ed.D., says she felt called or sent to Antigua, West Indies in 2010 – the same time that she began formally documenting journal entries which, within a year, would become the basis for this book. Dr. Clark’s experience of employment and community outreach were as much a part of her journey as the personal relationships formed with individuals in Antigua and her eye-opening experience of coming to know the Holy Spirit as a person, a friend, a guide, and a dependable confidante. ....The life story is clearly a testimony that where God guides, He provides many opportunities to us to be used as a Blessing to others. Louise ......Excellent testimony!! Always remember, there are no bad days in CHRIST, >only opportunities to grow your faith. Keep studying and be encouraged. Minister Jerry ......Thanks for sharing your spiritual journey . . . It was just what I needed with my morning cup of tea! Victoria> .......I can relate to everything you wrote. From the challenges of my job . . . .to recognizing the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life, leading, guiding, nurturing me. Muriel
"Prayer changes things" according to the old clich`. But what things, and how? Engaging with biblical texts on prayer, Rob Ellis finds valuable guidance on the contents of prayer, as well as evidence of early wrestling with its problems. He also reviews the works of leading historical theologians such as Origen, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin before asking how the question "Who is God?" connects with our thinking about intercession. Concluding with a Trinitarian theology of intercession that draws on the work of Karl Barth, Answering God will be of interest to church ministers, leaders and students of theology.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20). “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8). How do you know God has called you into the ministry? How can you really tell in which area of the ministry he wants you to serve? For many, these can be frustrating and confusing questions. In Answering and Understanding the CALL of God for Your Life, author Chinyere Nwakwue provides guidance in responding to God’s call for your life and your life’s ministry. Blending her personal experiences with a plethora of scriptural examples, Nwakwue walks you through the process and shows how this calling is a privilege God has given you. In her study, she considers the factors involved in God’s calling; the reasons that some people struggle with the call of God; the Bible characters who struggled with answering God’s call; the reasons that God called you; the enemies of Christian life who will try to interrupt God’s call; and ways to overcome the enemies. Nwakwue communicates that your response to the call of God has significant effects in your life as you run your Christian race. Christ Jesus has called and commanded every individual to preach the gospel to all creatures. Are you ready?
Bestselling Authors Tackle Difficult Issues for Believers and Doubters When it comes to the big questions about God--Is he real? Why are Christians so unlike Jesus? Does he really care about me?--Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz don't pretend to have all the answers. But they do know how to wrestle with doubt. They welcome questions, and in these pages they ask some of the most important ones you have about God and the Bible. With candor, insight, and a disarming touch of humor, they provide some answers to these critical questions, yet they leave enough space--and grace--for you to keep wrestling, asking, and seeking Truth. There is no shame in asking--after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Don't let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.
A Personal Guide to Learning to Trust, Love and Obey God
Author: Edgar Nazario
Whom do we trust? Ourselves, and our instincts? As most (if not all) of us have learned from experience, that’s not very secure, nor very wise. Do we then trust our spouses? Our friends? Our co-workers? As good as these are or may be, we have all no doubt been “burned” by following the advice of others, and that makes us leery of trusting others. There is One whom we can trust, and that is God. There is one Book that provides sound advice, and that is the Bible. Edgar Nazario has done it again. He has brought us, through stories, explanations, exhortations, and piercing questions, to understanding a little clearer just who God is.
Insights to Keep You Praying with Greater Faith and Deeper Hope
Author: Jerry L. Sittser
More than a decade ago, Jerry Sittser prayed for the protection of his family, yet three of his loved ones—his daughter, his wife, and his mother—died in an automobile accident. What went wrong? “Why wasn’t my prayer answered?” he asks. “It is no longer an abstract question to me. What should we do and how should we respond when our prayers—prayers that seem right and true and good—go unanswered?”In When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer, Sittser continues exploring the issues he addressed in A Grace Disguised. He asks, “Why doesn’t God answer our prayers? What, if anything, can we do about it?” Sittser is intensely committed to exploring the Christian faith, especially when it doesn’t seem to “work.” In this thoughtful and beautifully written book, he moves beyond easy answers and religious formulas to explore the goodness and greatness of a God who cannot be controlled but can be trusted. When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer takes an honest and probing look at the problem of unanswered prayer. In doing so, it draws us ever deeper into a relationship with the God who is the end of all our prayers, the object of our faith, the one who fulfills our deepest longings.
This course leads high school juniors and seniors toward a deeper understanding of God's call in the life of his people. The course covers the call of the laity and the four states of life: married, single, ordained, and consecrated.
'As he has released confirmation, instruction, and revelation to you, remember that he will bestow upon you the anointing for the calling, the unction for every function. I exhort you to finish the race knowing your reward comes from him.' Everyone has a divine call on their life. Their purpose was established by God before the foundation of the world. We have started a course and our pursuit is to finish it. In order to do so, we are to sit down and count the cost. Join new author Dr. Joelle Suel in Counting the Cost: Essential Truths to Answering God's Call as she discusses how to find God's call on your life and walk in the blessings God has prepared for you. Counting the Cost and Joelle Suel challenge, equip, and lead you into the fulfillment of God's purpose.