Called to Reach is a much-needed book of encouragement and training for cross-cultural disciplers (teachers/missionaries) emphasizing seven key characteristics of effective Gospel-sharing and the ongoing importance of a discipler's own spiritual growth.
Based on interviews with pastors of growing churches, as well as personal experience, this book identifies the most common mistakes pastors make that keep otherwise healthy churches from reaping the harvest God has prepared. Each chapter spotlights a common mistake, gives real-life examples, uses a generous dose of humor, and provides a practical course of action to recover from the error. The book draws from the experience of Seacoast Church as well as pastors such as Craig Groeschel, Chris Hodges, Perry Nobel, Mark Batterson, Dave Ferguson, Scott Chapman, Dino Rizzo, Ron Hamilton, and Dave Browning, Church leaders will be encouraged to realize that they are not the only ones who struggle, and that turning their situation around may not be as daunting a task as they think. This is a field guide for the common pastor based on actual churches of all sizes.
Are you ready to experience God's best? In How to Reach Your Full Potential for God, best-selling author, teacher, and pastor Dr. Charles F. Stanley lays out seven essentials to an abundant life?the life of purpose that God planned specifically for you. "You are not here by accident... You are here to accomplish a job that God assigned to you from eternity past." If you settle for less than God's best in your life, the world will lose your contribution, and you will miss the exhilaration of reaching your full potential. "It is an awesome, eye-opening, and inspiring thing to catch a glimpse of how God is working in your life?weaving together who He made you to be with those things He has prepared you to do and experience." Chapter by chapter, Dr. Stanley makes the biblical path to fulfilling your God-given potential clear, practical, and inspiring. Follow it to experience the joy, peace, and love that your heavenly Father has waiting for you. Read these pages, embrace these principles, and enjoy every moment of life at its best.
Dr. Mel Cheatham, a successful neurosurgeon with a thriving private practice, found himself at the age of fifty feeling empty. He had it all. And yet he knew something was missing-the peace and joy that comes from showing God's love to others. Then one day he heard Franklin Graham speak about the desperate need for doctors in developing countries, and in that message, Mel heard God speaking directly to his heart. He gave up a private neurosurgery practice and devoted himself to full-time medical relief work and evangelism projects in developing and war-torn countries. Mel Cheatham found out what it means to Make a Difference. In Make a Difference, Mel shares the stories of dozens of people who have risked it all to gain what they cannot lose-people who learned to listen to God and respond to His call to love the world. You'll read about: Karen Daniels, a 31-year-old nurse from British Columbia who heard God calling her to minister through her medical skills in wartorn Sudan, where temperatures often reach 115 degrees and the only "bathrooms" are pit latrines dug in the ground. Marianne Morton, who donated a kidney to a neighbor she barely knew, a Jewish man who was being kept alive only through daily dialysis. Through these and many other stories, and through the use of Scripture, Melvin will help you listen to God's still, small voice, calling you to make a difference, to show His love to a world in need.
Biographies of Church of God General Overseers, 1909-2012
Author: Douglas LeRoy
Publisher: Pathway Press
Throughout our denomination’s nearly 130-year history, twenty-one general overseers have been selected by its ministers as the denomination’s premier leaders—from A. J. Tomlinson, the first, until Raymond F. Culpepper, whose term ended in 2012. Except for the first three, Dr. Douglas LeRoy has known each of them personally. That places him in a unique position to tell the stories of these officials and reflect on their leadership. He also allows each leader to speak for himself through a sermon selected from his writings. This has been a labor of love for Doug LeRoy, performed over a period of years. He has done well! Let us now learn from our leaders. I am convinced this book will increase our understanding, help us avoid pitfalls, multiply our effectiveness, enhance our endurance, and inspire us. I commend it to your reading. —Mark L. Williams General Overseer, Church of God January 2014
Drawing on his monumental scholarly study Early Christian Mission (Volume 2), Eckhard J. Schnabel's gives us an overview of Paul's missionary practices, strategies and methods, and then weighs contemporary evangelical missiology and practice in light of Paul.
For far too long we’ve neglected the urban mission field. Many churches have moved to the outskirts of the city for various reasons, and the urban landscape appears to be forgotten. Dr. René Rochester presents a vision for how communities can change this pattern and plant redemptive and sustainable urban ministries. Models, Mentors, and Messages takes a close look at the developmental stages of Jesus’ life, focusing on how family, his heavenly Father, the Jewish community, and neighboring nations were used to shape his holy destiny. Through the example of Jesus’ life, you will learn how to draw on your own formative years to show urban teens how to live out God’s call in their communities. The most authentic models are individuals who have wrestled through life’s challenges and learned to trust God in difficult situations, and so by empowering urban students today and showing them how to nurture one another in faith, you can help create sustainable ministries in which each generation will model for the next how to follow Jesus. The first of its kind, this book doesn’t try to force old models on the urban context, but rather teaches new ways to draw on Jesus’ teachings to help an urban, hip-hop generation live for Jesus and for one another.
B&H Kids has designed 100 short devotionals to meet the needs of boys who have just made a decision to follow Christ. This devotional book has been theologically reviewed and was written specifically for boys. The devotionals are in a non-dated format, so boys can begin the devotional at any time throughout the year.
The Father is about to send the wind of the Spirit to ignite the fire of God in the heart of every believer, even those with smoldering wicks (Matt. 12:20). The fire will be so intense that believers will be radiant with the glory of God. Every born-again believer will shine with this light by the time Jesus comes for His bride, the church, if they will just let him. It will be like a flash of lightning (Luke 9:29). God has told many that there will be a few that will be clothed in this light first. They will then go forth and see multitudes clothed in this magnificent light of God’s glory. Prophets say that the world will be so amazed at the light that they will actually think we are wearing some technological device, like fiber optics, in our clothing! This book is designed to bring you to that place in the last great awakening where you will explode with His power. Are you ready for the supernatural like you’ve never seen before? Are you ready to see the millions coming to Christ? Everything that Lord has ever done before, He will do again in this last Kingdom revival!