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Side By Side

Side By Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom & Love
 
Edward T. Welch
 

Life is hard. We are all susceptible to unforeseen circumstances, and there are many: job or financial unknowns, our health, violence, discrimination, broken promises, etc… The list is endless.  Add to that the never-ending activity of our heart.  It guides our thoughts and actions as we interact with all our circumstances.  So, when our circumstances meet our busy heart, we begin to feel the weight of the burden.  Our pride kicks into overdrive and we suffer.

In his book, Side By Side, Ed Welch says we are needy, and “

the goal is to become transparent and humble friends who are at ease with our neediness. We see our hardships and sin, speak openly about them to the Lord, and are willing to ask others to pray for us”(p.65).


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Uprooting Anger

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Uprooting Anger:Biblical Help for a Common Problem
Robert D. Jones
 
Grandma was right. You’ve got to get the weeds by the roots, or they’ll just grow back. So too with deep-rooted anger. Moralistic efforts to be patient with your coworkers won’t cut it. Regret-riddled resolutions to stop yelling at your kids won’t last. You must rip out those angry roots.

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Becoming A Woman Who Pleases God

woman-pleases-godBecoming A Woman Who Pleases God
 
Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock
 
There is an enormous amount of confusion and deception about what it means to be a woman. Even within the church, women are continually struggling to define their femininity. Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock tackle the difficult question of “What makes a godly woman?” with warmth, compassion, and directness in
Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God.

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Think Biblically!

think-biblicallyThink Biblically!

Recovering A Christian Worldview

John MacArthur with The Master’s University Faculty

What we think shapes who we are. That’s why the Bible tells us, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2a). In a world of differing voices competing for our allegiance, we must learn to “think biblically” so we can distinguish good from evil. God is the Creator of this world; his voice-his Word-must guide our thoughts and our lives.


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What is A Healthy Church Member?

WWhat is a Healthy church Memberhat is A Healthy Church Member?

Thabiti Anyabwile

There are many books available about how to pastor a church, the importance of church membership, how Christians should live in the world, etc… Few books have been written about what makes a healthy church member. This is one of them.
There are many things that make someone a healthy church member, and the health and vitality of the church depends on these things being present. In this little book, Anyabwile outlines ten of them. Each short, easy to read chapter focuses on one aspect of a healthy church member.

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Premillennialism

Premillennialism

 Premillennialism: Why There Must Be a Future Earthly Kingdom of Jesus

Mike Vlach

Generally, when people discuss the Millennium, they turn to Revelation 20.  It is the primary text for asserting, and defending a 1000 year literal reign of Christ on earth.  However, there are some who do not believe in Premillennialism that think it is the ONLY defense of this key doctrine.

Fortunately, Dr. Michael Vlach has written a short presentation of Premillennialism.  In it, he doesn’t really try to defend it against the Amillennial and Postmillennial positions as he simply presents the case from the Biblical text.  However, in so doing, he does indeed defend it against those other positions.


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I Am A Church Member

I Am A Church Member

I Am A Church Member

Thom Rainer

Have you ever caught yourself complaining about, or disgruntled with how your church is doing things?  Do you find yourself grumbling about what other members are doing?  Have you ever thought, “This is my church, I will not allow… (fill in the blank).

Many times, we tend to think of church membership as similar to a country club membership; If I become a member, then I will be given privileges and perks associated with it.  With a country club membership, if you pay the monthly fees, you have access to the facilities, someone will serve you while you relax and enjoy a life of leisure.


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Why We Pray

Why We Pray
Why We Pray
William Philip

Prayer is essential to the Christian life, but sometimes is seems hard.  We all know that we should do it more, but when efforts are made to encourage us to do it more, we get discouraged.  Examples of godly men, who seem to be experts a spending large amounts of time in prayer, serve only to highlight the fact that we don’t spend large amounts of time in prayer.

Perhaps the reason for this is that our focus is misplaced.  When we talk about prayer, we are usually talking about when to do it, how to do it, where to do it, or what the content should be.  We focus on prayer itself.  Perhaps we need to change our focus.


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The Upper Room

The Upper Room

The Upper Room

John MacArthur

 

If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would you want to say to those closest to you? What would you want them to know?

 In a borrowed or rented banqueting room atop some shop or large family dwelling in Jerusalem, the drama unfolded. The events and teaching recorded in John 13-16, commonly known as the Upper Room Discourse, reveal some of the most poignant and powerful promises for believers in all of Scripture.


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The Hospitality Commands

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The Hospitality Commands
Alexander Strauch
 

Love your neighbor as yourself. 

Pray continually. 

In all things give thanks. 

Abstain from sexual immorality.

Bless those who persecute you.

We are familiar with many of the commands of Scripture.  We know what the Bible says about how to live as a Christ follower.  Did you know that we are commanded to be hospitable?


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