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  • Santos Y Sinverguenzas En La H

    $12.99

    Un recordatorio para todos los verdaderos creyentes de que la familia de Dios es tosca y se mantiene unida por gracia.

    La historia de Jesus en los Evangelios incluye todo tipo de individuos interesantes: algunos que decian ser santos pero demostraron ser sinverguenzas, y otros sinverguenzas que se transformaron en santos. En Santos y sinverguenzas en la historia de Jesus, Nancy Guthrie ofrece una nueva mirada a lo que definio y motivo a personas como Juan el Bautista, Pedro, los fariseos, Zaqueo, Judas, Caifas, Barrabas, Esteban y Pablo. Unete a ella mientras nos vuelve a presentar a estos personajes biblicos, y nos ayuda a ver mas claramente de que manera revelan la generosa gracia de Jesus hacia los pecadores.

    A reminder to all true believers that God’s family is rough around the edges and held together by grace.

    The story of Jesus in the Gospels includes all kinds of interesting people?some who claimed to be saints but proved to be scoundrels, as well as scoundrels who were transformed into saints. In Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus, Nancy Guthrie provides a fresh look into what shaped and motivated people such as John the Baptist, Peter, the Pharisees, Zacchaeus, Judas, Caiaphas, Barabbas, Stephen, and Paul. Join her as she reintroduces us to these biblical characters, helping us to see more clearly the ways in which they reveal the generous grace of Jesus toward sinners.

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  • Women Of The Bible Speak

    $25.99

    The women of the Bible lived timeless stories–by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.

    People unfamiliar with Scripture often assume that women play a small, secondary role in the Bible. But in fact, they were central figures in numerous Biblical tales. It was Queen Esther’s bravery at a vital point in history which saved her entire people. The Bible contains warriors like Jael, judges like Deborah, and prophets like Miriam. The first person to witness Jesus’ resurrection was Mary Magdalene, who promptly became the first Christian evangelist, eager to share the news which would change the world forever.

    In The Women of the Bible Speak, Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream opens up the lives of sixteen of these Biblical women, arranging them into pairs and contrasting their journeys. In pairing their stories, Shannon helps us reflect not only on the meaning of each individual’s life, but on how they relate to each other and to us.

    From the shepherdesses of ancient Israel who helped raise the future leaders of the people of God, to the courageous early Christians, the narrative of the Bible offers us many vivid and fascinating female characters. In their lives we can see common struggles to resist bitterness, despair, and pride, and to instead find their true selves in faith, hope, and love. In studying these heroes of the faith, we can find wisdom and warnings for how to better navigate our own faith journeys.

    The Women of the Bible Speak outlines the lessons we can take from the valor of Esther, the hope of Hannah, the audacity of Rahab, and the faith of Mary. In broadening each woman’s individual story, Shannon offers us a deeper understanding of each, and wisdom and insights that can transform our own lives today.

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  • Peter The Apostle

    $19.99

    Looking for new ways to inspire your children to read the Bible? The action-packed Bible story of Peter is now more accessible for children of all ages, using a visual language they love and understand: Graphic Novels.

    *Biblically Based
    *Bible Verse References
    *A Great Ministry Tool & Literacy Tool
    *Full Color Comic Book Format
    *Awesome Characters
    *Action Packed

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  • Womens Stories From The Bible Two Volume Set

    $32.00

    For too long the women of the Bible have been depicted in one-dimensional terms. On one side are saints, such as Mary, while on the other are bad girls, such as Eve and Jezebel. Just as often, the female characters of the Bible are simply ignored. However, the women of the Bible are complex, multidimensional individuals whose lives are inspiring, funny, and tragic in ways too many of us never hear.

    In the first book, From Widows to Warriors, Lynn Japinga acquaints us with the women of the Old Testament. From flawed heroes like Ruth and Rahab to fierce fighters like Deborah and Jael to tragic characters like Jephthah’s daughter and the unnamed concubine of the book of Judges, readers will encounter a wealth of foremothers in the faith in all their messy, yet redeemable, humanity. This Bible study introduces and retells every female character who contributes to one or more Old Testament stories, diving deeply into what each woman’s story means for us today with questions for reflection and discussion.

    In the second book, From Daughters to Disciples, Lynn Japinga acquaints readers with the women of the New Testament. From faithful forerunners like Anna and Elizabeth to female disciples like the sisters Mary, Martha, and Mary Magdalene to first-generation followers like Lydia and Dorcas, readers will encounter a wealth of foremothers in the faith in all their messy, yet redeemable, humanity. This Bible study introduces and retells every female character who contributes to one or more New Testament stories, diving deeply into what each woman’s story means for us today with questions for reflection and discussion.

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  • Apostol Para Las Naciones

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    Pablo es el autor mas prolifero de la Biblia, escribio 13 piezas literarias propias. Ademas fue el apostol que visito mas paises como misionero y plantador de iglesias. En esta biografia, el reconocido autor Cesar Vidal, ofrece un enfoque historico de la vida y ministerio de Pablo, incluyendo la profundidad de su mente teologica, la que transformo a su propia generacion y a muchas por venir incluso hasta la fecha.

    Paul is the most prolific author of the Bible, writing 13 literary pieces of his own. He was also the apostle that visited most countries as a missionary and church planter. In this biography, renowned author Cesar Vidal offers a historical approach to his life and ministry, including his deep theological mind that transformed his own generation and the ones to come for many centuries even to date.

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  • Defining Verse : Find Your Life’s Sentence Through The Lives Of 63 Bible Ch

    $19.99

    Scripture frequently sums up a man’s life in a single sentence. (Charles Spurgeon)

    Inspired by the great preacher Charles Spurgeon, Warren Wiersbe launched a personal study of the lives of prominent Bible characters. Interested in more than biographical facts, Wiersbe sought out the themes of each person’s life as reflected in the pages of scripture. How does the Bible summarize this person’s life? What is the key to understanding his or her character? How do I see my own life reflected in the life of this person?

    The Defining Verse takes you into the lives of 63 biblical men and women who encountered an extraordinary God. For each, Wiersbe identifies a scripture verse that sums up that individual’s life and then reflects on the lessons to be learned, both positive and negative. Not only will you be challenged by these examples, you will be stimulated to consider what your life sentence will be.

    Previously released under the title Life Sentences.

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  • She Walked Before Us

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    Sometimes life is hard. We walk through loss, heartache, and disappointment. But thankfully we don’t do it alone. God is with us every step of the way, just as he was with the women of ancient times whose lives, struggles, trials, and triumphs are recorded in Scripture.

    Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith shows us how we can glean wisdom and strength from our trials just like women such as:
    – Miriam
    – Rahab
    – Deborah
    – Ruth
    – Hannah
    – Abigail
    – Bathsheba
    – and more

    You’ll discover what these ancient women did right, what they did wrong, and how God used the hard things in their lives to make them into the women he always meant for them to be.

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  • Joseph : A Story Of Resilience

    $27.99

    This book is a follow-up to Abraham: A journey through Lent. It once again focuses on a biblical character and concerns the power of story – drawing together the author’s story, the readers’ stories and the biblical story. This time the context is the development of resilience, especially following experiences of trauma. Subjects addressed along the way include gender and sexual abuse, illness and stigma, the refugee crisis, modern-day slavery and intractable international conflicts. Throughout, however, the focus is on the telling of stories for the building of resilience. How can story-telling help Christians increase their own resilience, as well as the resilience of their communities of faith?

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  • Illustrated Life Of Paul

    $29.99

    Except for the Lord Jesus himself, no person has been more influential in the history of the church than Saul of Tarsus. Paul’s influence upon the early church’s most cherished convictions is so clear and powerful that some scholars have dared to describe him as the founder of Christianity.

    Paul had a greater impact on the formation of the Christian church than any other apostle. He wrote thirteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament so that nearly half of the New Testament documents bear his name. Although some of Paul’s letters are brief compared to other New Testament books, his epistles compromise approximately one-fourth of the total volume of the New Testament.

    Approximately sixteen chapters of the Book of Acts focus on Paul’s persecution of the church, conversion, missionary labors, arrest and imprisonment. When these chapters are combined with Paul’s letters, Paul may be recognized as the author or subject of nearly one-third of the New Testament. Paul was not only the most effective Christian missionary and church planter in history, but also the most significant and influential interpreter of Jesus’ teachings and of the significance of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and return.

    This book introduces readers to this amazing man and his incredible story. It explains the background of each of Paul’s letters and offers a summary of the beliefs of one of the keenest theological minds in the history of the church. All along, it enables the reader an opportunity to step into the world of Paul with over 150 photos, maps, illustrations, and charts.

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  • Yet I Will Rejoice God Alone The Testimony Of Rahab

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    A Lifeline Press Title

    A Quick Read…for Unsettled Hearts…in Troubled Times

    The phrase, yet I will rejoice was first uttered by a Jewish prophet about 2600 years ago.

    What makes it astounding … and particularly relevant for today … is that he wrote these words in the midst of civil and cultural chaos and demise. Even more incredible, God had just revealed to him that his nation was about to experience catastrophic collapse; everything was about to change in ways that he could never have imagined. Still, in the midst of frustration, angst, and perhaps even horror, he was able to stand and find cause for joy.

    As I write, many are distraught over the prospect of impending doom. We’ve entered an era that is entirely unfamiliar at least, unsettling at best, and perhaps unnerving for most. This current threat will diminish, but others are certain to follow … personally and individually, if not nationally or globally.

    So, how are we to respond? How do we as God’s people keep our wits about us while facing the prospect of such gloom and despair?

    It may surprise you to know that throughout the Bible God’s people often lived in dark times of uncertainty and under the prospects of doom. For many, it was the norm rather than the exception. In fact many Christians throughout history have lived in such settings.

    For many of us, especially in Western culture, it seems we’ve been spared … until now. Yet, God has not left us to face these dark days alone.

    I would like to introduce you to five very special people from the Bible who faced the reality of impending doom and were drawn closer to God. In this series you will find the personal testimony of a desperate prostitute, a terrified and broken warrior, a frantic king, a humble prophet who had seen God, and a frustrated prophet who had challenged God. Yet I Will Rejoice is a series of five books providing the first-hand accounts of Rahab, Gideon, Jehoshaphat, Isaiah, and Habakkuk … ordinary people like you and me who faced the very real prospect of doom and who came to know, appreciate, and serve God more deeply as a result.

    Through their ordeals, each one learned essential lessons about God and faith, lessons that transcend the millennia to address our very fears and frustrations today … lessons that apply directly to those who live in alarming times.

    Each book gives careful attention to relevant biblical, historical, cultural, and archeological details surrounding the cha

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  • Saints And Scoundrels In The Story Of Jesus

    $16.99

    The story of Jesus includes all kinds of characters. Some see these people as mere examples to follow or to avoid, and some have only heard about them in Sunday school stories. But their interactions with Jesus reveal much more about the person of Jesus himself and the message he has for us. Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus tells the story of 10 people or groups of people who are integral to the story of Jesus told in the Gospels. Each chapter takes a character off the Sunday school felt board and reveals them as a three-dimensional person with desires, motivations, flaws, and limitations. They are more than examples-they show us a unique angle on the grace available through Jesus for sinners. Each chapter also offers challenging applications to the lives of readers.

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  • Stephen : Servant And Witness

    $32.95

    Cardinal Martini approaches the figure of Stephen, the first martyr, by beginning with what is described in Chapters 6-8 of the Acts of the Apostles, ‘an impressive document of a man’s retrospective view in the face of death, of himself, the history of salvation, of what Christ has meant for him and the future to which he has been called.’ Reflection on the figure of Stephen is important for the entire community of believers; in fact with Stephen ‘the Church feels the seriousness of being both witness and servant: It understands that abandoning oneself to God does not save one from death, but it does allow one to pass through death, contemplating the glory of God; it recognises what it is that God saves us and does not save us from and what he prepares us for.’

    The richness of these meditations lies in this summary of things. It lies in the experience of a man who is approaching the revelation of the proximity of a transcendent and immanent God and at the same time arrives ‘at the culmination of his mission as servant witness, ‘ experiencing the mystery that he proclaims, contemplates and adores, in his very own body.

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  • Mary In Different Traditions

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    Catholicism in the Western world has moved from a situation where Mary and Marian devotion were simply taken for granted to a new situation where it now demands real effort to turn to Our Lady in any meaningful way. The Rosary used to play a big part in the lives of many Catholics. Now, they are more likely to carry iPods instead of Rosary beads, and to sport a tattoo instead of wearing the miraculous medal. The trouble is not simply that we have stopped thinking about Mary in the way our ancestors did, but that we no longer feel about her in the same way they did either. How can we learn to see Mary in a new way? The author explores the insights of other faiths Protestantism, Orthodoxy, Islam, and Judaism; and also the insights of the `other’ within the Catholic tradition the Eastern-rite Catholics who, despite their full communion with Rome, have a distinct approach to Mary based on their unique liturgical and spiritual tradition. Perhaps the novelty of their viewpoints on Mary can bring us to the joy of surprise about her once again. If we can learn to wonder anew about this woman from Nazareth, maybe we’ll be brought to enjoy the even greater wonder of her son, Jesus.

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  • Paul The Apostle

    $19.99

    Looking for new ways to inspire your children to read the Bible?

    The action-packed Bible story of Paul the Apostle is now more accessible for children of all ages, using a visual language they love and understand: Graphic Novels. Paul’s life story, told to us in the Book of Acts, is filled with bravery, adventure, miracles, faith, and salvation, yet many children are not aware of Paul’s amazing life. In Paul the Apostle: Graphic Story Bible, children fall in love with the awesome characters and universe, all the while learning the accurate story of a great Bible hero they can look up to.

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  • Pablo A Traves De Los Ojos Med

    $24.99

    En este innovador estudio de la Primera carta a los Corintios, Kenneth Bailey examina esta carta canonica a traves de la formacion judia socio-cultural y retorica de Pablo y a traves del contexto mediterraneo de los corintios.

    Revelando las raices de la carta en el hebreo tradicional profetico, su organizacion intencional teologica y su referencia retorica a las practicas culturales del Cercano Oriente, Bailey nos permite ver la perspectiva completa de la respuesta de Pablo a una comunidad en crisis.

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  • No Seas Una Mujer Controladora

    $18.25

    Si tu perspectiva de como deberia ir la vida reemplaza a la de Dios… Anete a Shannon mientras comparte lo que ha descubierto sobre sus propias luchas de control y acerca de Dios, estudiando a siete mujeres controladoras en la Biblia. Ya sea la incapacidad de Sara en esperar a que Dios se moviera o la mano controladora de Rebeca sobre el futuro de su familia, cada una de estas historias de mujeres contiene advertencias y lecciones para nosotras hoy.

    Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

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  • Quit Calling Me John

    $11.99

    Apostle John was the final disciple to die. He spent many hours with Christ and referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved several times in his gospel. This does not mean Jesus did not care for the others. John enjoyed such a relationship with Christ that he gained special insight about our Lord others did not know. The author gives 21 insights (one from each chapter) standing out to him about Jesus as revealed by Apostle John. The information in John’s gospel is not based upon the synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) but stands out coming from his personal experience. A final chapter method is included to assist the learner in remembering the focus of each of the 21 chapters of the Gospel of John.

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  • How Dare You Judge Us God

    $9.99

    With words that often bite with the raw reality of life on a sinful planet, best selling author Clifford Goldstein steps into the arena of human misery and uses the book of Job as a scalpel to reveal both the cause of our sickness and its cure. How Dare You Judge Us, God! Won’t answer all your questions about suffering. It will give you fresh insights into the unseen battles behind your pain and a new love for the God who suffered the horrors of hell in order to end it. Forever

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  • Priscilla : The Life Of An Early Christian

    $20.00

    Who was Priscilla? Ben Witherington combines biblical scholarship and winsome storytelling to give readers a vivid picture of this important New Testament woman. In this work of historical fiction, Priscilla’s story makes the first-century biblical world come alive as she looks back on her long life and remembers the ways she has participated in the early church.

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  • When Life Doesnt Match Your Dreams

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    Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we’d never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side–even when he feels far away.

    Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like
    – Eve
    – Noah’s wife
    – Sarai
    – Hagar
    – Lot’s wife
    – Rebekah
    – Rachel
    – and more

    Readers will learn from what these ancient women did right–and even what they did wrong–when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they’ll come away with the confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be.

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  • Questions God Asks (Student/Study Guide)

    $10.00

    Getting The Most Out Of Questions God Asks
    1. Where Are You?
    Genesis 3:1-13

    2. What Is That In Your Hand?
    Exodus 4:1-5

    3. Why Are You Crying Out To Me?
    Exodus 14:5-25

    4. Stand Up! What Are You Doing Down On Your Face?
    Joshua 7:1-15

    5. What Are You Doing Here?
    1 Kings 19:1-18

    6. Why Do You Complain, Jacob?
    Isaiah 40:27-31; 41:8-10

    7. Can These Bones Live?
    Ezekiel 37:1-14

    8. Is It Right For You To Be Angry?
    Jonah 4:1-11

    9. Is It A Time For You Yourselves To Be Living In Your Paneled Houses, While This House Remains A Ruin?
    Haggai 1:1-15

    Leader’s Notes

    Additional Info
    This nine-session LifeGuide Bible study covers some of the surprising and interesting questions Old Testament characters heard from God, such as when he asked Where are you? of Adam and Eve. As we consider the questions God asked others, we are guided inward to reflect on the same questions in our own lives.For over three decades LifeGuide Bible Studies have provided solid biblical content and raised thought-provoking questions-making for a one-of-a-kind Bible study experience for individuals and groups. This series has more than 130 titles on Old and New Testament books, character studies, and topical studies.

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  • Coloring Women Of The Bible

    $14.99

    e, and names you’ll encounter for the first time. In Coloring Women of the Bible, meet the diverse and remarkable women of the Old and New Testaments, called by God into lives of service. As you color the dozens of evocative illustrations by artist Natalie Turri, rejoice in the stories of these strong women shaping the destiny of generations to come. Rebekah, Priscilla, Bithiah, Achsah, Hagar, Salome. Begin coloring the women of the bible and discover your own reflection in their beautiful images!

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  • Slightly Bad Girls Of The Bible

    $15.99

    Good Women Behaving Badly

    A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister…honey, we know these women. We’ve lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors.

    Now let’s take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister’s husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister.

    They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us.

    A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty. -from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible

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  • Psychology Of God

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    The first book in the series The Psychology of God, deals with a substantial list of psychological subjects, through the wisdom hidden inside the biblical account of Haman. The book explores the deeper meanings concealed in the ten Hebrew names of the sons of Haman

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  • Good Lessons From Bad Guys

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    Preface And Acknowledgements
    1 – Nabal ~ Provoked By A Fool
    2 – Ananias And Sapphira ~ Caught In ‘The Acts’
    3 – Shimei ~ Faith And Stone Throwers
    4 – Hophni And Phineas ~ Preying Priests
    5 – Doeg ~ The Opportunist
    6 – Herod Antipas ~ People-Pleasing And Preposterous Promises
    7 – Demetrius ~ Inciting And Instilling
    8 – The Ten Spies ~ Faith Of The Faithless
    Endnotes

    Additional Info
    Open any page of the Bible, and you’re apt to find a lesson you can use in many aspects of your life. Scripture is full of righteous, good, and encouraging characters from whom we can learn much about love, life, and eternal life.

    The Bible also is full of stories about people who aren’t so loving and encouraging. Just like life, Scripture includes a host of unsavory and downright despicable characters. These people are peppered throughout some of the more obscure stories in the Bible. They’re the main characters in some of the stories that aren’t typically covered.

    Whether these stories are new to you or not, you will be exposed to fresh material you can use in contemporary settings. God placed them in His Word for a reason, and through this study, you can learn some markedly good lessons from bad guys.

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  • Psychology Of God

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    In this concise but meaty book with a Bible-code spirit, the author shows how the Bible reveals that the translated Hebrew names of the Ten Sons of Haman, who were killed and then hung in the book of Esther, all correspond to sinful natures as described in Scripture.

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  • Paul Apostle Of Christ

    $17.00

    His Story Will Change the World, But Only If It’s Shared in Time

    Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s bleakest prison cell. Before Paul’s execution, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of the Way and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians.

    Paul has survived so much–floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure–yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past. He wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

    Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to bequeath the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

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  • Paul : A Very Brief History

    $18.99

    You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . .’With over two billion followers today, Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person to have walked the earth. But why has he had such an enormous impact?Written by a world authority, this brief history begins by assessing Jesus the man – his Jewish heritage, his message, his friends and enemies, and his eventual execution. Helen Bond then considers Jesus’ legacy, starting with the accounts of his life in the New Testament. She also looks at other early portrayals of Jesus, at the spread of Jesus-devotion during the Middle Ages, and at what Jesus means to people today – both in the Church and in secular culture.

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  • Courageous Women Of The Bible (Reprinted)

    $13.99

    Living courageously is not about mustering up willpower or forcing yourself to take one more step. It’s about choosing to draw near to God, no matter how stressed, exhausted, or fearful you feel. The eleven stories in these pages show how God uniquely positions women for success and equips you with the supernatural ability to live confidently no matter what.

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  • Paul A Biography

    $29.99

    In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology–transforming a faith and changing the world.

    For centuries, Paul, the apostle who saw the light on the Road to Damascus and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved.

    To Wright, The problem is that Paul is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity, yet Paul was a Jew; for many generations Christians of all kinds have struggled to put this together. Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way.

    Paul is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history–as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished–and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history.

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  • Eyewitness To Promise Abraham (Student/Study Guide)

    $12.99

    Abraham is among the best known men of the bible. There is not a single book in our scriptures written by Abraham and He did not speak any recorded prophesy. Yet, Abraham is known as the father of the Hebrew nation. It was through Abraham’s seed that all nations on earth have been blessed (Genesis 12:3) and God even refers to this historic man of faith as His friend (Isaiah 41:8). When Abraham was told to leave his country, his people, and his father’s household (Genesis 12:1), he obeyed, even though he had no idea where he was going (Hebrews 11:6). Though Abraham’s wife had been barren their entire marriage, when the Lord told the patriarch his offspring would be as numerous as the stars in the sky, Abraham chose to believe God, despite his circumstances. Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:5-6). Through this study, you will watch the budding father of a nation question God’s plans, take matters into his own hands, and, at times, compromise truth. Like us, Abraham and his wife, Sarah, made mistakes along their journey with God, but Abraham learned to trust God more fully from each misstep. Abraham became a great man of faith. Through his story, you too, will develop unwavering faith as you gain a greater understanding of the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants. You will find a greater sense of peace and security. For as a believer in Christ, you are Abraham’s spiritual descendant and an heir according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).

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  • Healed : How Mary Magdelene Was Made Well

    $16.95

    Mary Magdalene, first witness to Jesus’s resurrection, has been one of the most misunderstood of all the saints, maligned for centuries as a prostitute, despite there being nothing in the Bible to indicate anything of the sort. The Bible does say that Mary was possessed by demons, and that Jesus healed her. Today, we would call Mary’s problem not possession but a mental health condition.

    Author Kate Morehead says, A saint is someone who walks ahead of us, guides us, and keeps us on the path to life . . . . For us, they are role models. Like us, they struggled and journeyed, but they drew closer and each one of them carved out a different path to God. It is my hope and prayer that by telling the truth of her story, Mary Magdalene might take her rightful place as the guide for those of us who struggle with mental health issues (and if we are truly honest, that means each and every one of us) . . . . It is time for us to let her show us her beautiful, unique, and sometimes frightening path to true health. It is a path that leads directly to heart of God.

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  • Vindicating The Vixens

    $22.99

    Gain a greater understanding of gender in the Bible through the eyes of a diverse group of evangelical scholars who assert that Christians have missed the point of some scriptural stories by assuming the women in them were bad girls.

    Did the Samaritan woman really divorce five husbands in a world where women rarely divorced even one? Did Bathsheba seduce King David by bathing in the nude? Was Mary Magdalene really a reformed prostitute?

    While many have written studies of the women in the Bible, this is a new kind of book–one in which an international team of male and female scholars look afresh at vilified and neglected women in the Bible. The result is a new glimpse into God’s heart for anyone, male or female, who has limited social power.

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  • Rediscovering Paul : An Introduction To His World Letters And Theology

    $38.00

    Introduction: The Challenges Of Rediscovering Paul
    1. Rediscovering Paul In His World
    2. The Christophany
    3. Paul, The Letter Writer
    4. The Itinerant Paul: Galatians
    5. The Itinerant Paul: The Thessalonian Letters
    6. The Itinerant Paul: The Corinthian Letters
    7. The Itinerant Paul: Romans
    8. The Imprisoned Paul
    9. The Pastoral Paul
    10. Paul’s Theology And Spirituality
    11. Paul’s Legacy
    12. Paul’s Letters To Our Churches
    Maps
    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    For some of us, the apostle Paul is intimidating, like a distant and difficult uncle. We’re told he’s pretty important. We’ve even read some of the good parts of his letters. But he can come across as prickly and unpredictable. Not someone you’d like to hang out with at a coffee shop on a rainy day. He’d make a scene, evangelize the barista, and arouse looks across the room. For a mid-morning latte, we’d prefer Jesus over Paul.

    But Paul is actually the guy who-from Ephesus to Athens-was the talk of the marketplace, the raconteur of the Parthenon. He knew everyone, founded emerging churches, and held his own against the intellectuals of his day. Maybe it’s time to give Paul a break, let go of some stereotypes, and try to get to know him on his own terms.

    If you’re willing to give Paul a try, Rediscovering Paul is your reliable guide. This is a book that reacquaints us with Paul, as if for the first time-arrested by Christ on the Damascus Road, holding forth in the marketplace of Corinth, working with a secretary in framing his letter to the Romans, or dealing with the messiness of emerging churches from Ephesus to Rome.

    Drawing on the best of contemporary scholarship, and with language shaped by teaching and conversing with today’s students, Rediscovering Paul is a textbook that has passed the test. Now in an expanded edition, it’s better than ever. There are fresh discussions of Paul’s letter writing and how those letters were received in the churches, new considerations of pseudonymity and the authenticity of Paul’s letters, and updated coverage of recent developments in interpreting Paul. In addition, the So What? feature-much loved by students-has been expanded. For considering the full range of issues, from Paul’s conversion and call to his ongoing impact on church and culture, this second edition of Rediscovering Paul comes enthusiastically recommended.

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  • Hagar : Rediscovering The God Who Sees Me

    $15.99

    You are The God Who Sees Me.

    Discover a close relationship with God-no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. A largely forgotten Old Testament character, Hagar is actually one of only a few people who have ever spoken directly with the LORD.

    Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God who sees you.

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  • Empathy For The Devil

    $17.00

    Introduction
    1. Cain
    2. You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry: How Anger Might Be An Invitation To Life

    3. Delilah And Samson
    4. I’m Not Like Everybody Else: When The Light Of The World Goes Dark

    5. Jezebel
    6. House Of Cards: Power, Fear, And The New American Gods

    7. Herod The Great
    8. Between Rome And A Hard Place: Living In A World Of Impossible Choices

    9. Herodias
    10. The Cat’s In The Cradle: The Fingerprints Our Families Leave On Us

    11. Judas
    12. What Death Smells Like: The Betrayal Of Faithfulness

    Interlude: The Monster At The End Of The Book

    13. Satan
    14. Running With The Devil: On Devils, Older Brothers, And Pharisees Then And Now

    Epilogue: Empathy For The Devil: What To Do When It Turns Out You’re The Villain
    Acknowledgments
    Notes

    Additional Info
    Do we have anything in common with the bad guys of the Bible?

    The sins of wrath, idolatry, and abuse of power are closer to us than we think. How do we guard against them? We learn not only by following moral exemplars-we also need to look at the warnings of lives gone wrong.

    In this fictionalized narrative, JR. Forasteros reintroduces us to some of the most villainous characters of Scripture. He shows us what we can learn from their negative examples, with figures such as Cain, Jezebel, King Herod, and even Satan serving as cautionary tales of sin and temptation. Forasteros vividly tells their stories to help us understand their motivations, and his astute biblical and cultural exposition points out what we often miss about their lives.

    We soon discover that we might have more in common with these characters than we would like to admit. But by the grace of God, we can avoid their mistakes and be freed from our own villainous tendencies. Take a fresh look at the scoundrels of Scripture, and find sound pastoral guidance here to walk the path of righteousness.

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  • Martha Martha The Good Part

    $14.95

    Waverly Media Group Inc

    Eldest daughters are often misunderstood. Martha, Martha is the untold story behind this misunderstood eldest sister of the Bible; giving a voice to one of Jesus’ closest friends and followers. In addition, providing insight to the mindset of the eldest daughter which is rarely discussed in families.

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  • Martha Martha The Good Part

    $19.95

    Waverly Media Group Inc

    Eldest daughters are often misunderstood. Martha, Martha is the untold story behind this misunderstood eldest sister of the Bible, giving a voice to one of Jesus’ closest friends and followers. In addition, it provides insight to the mindset of the eldest daughter which is rarely discussed in families.

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  • Children Of The Bible

    $9.99

    Introduce your child to a wonderfully relatable way of teaching how God uses ordinary people to do His work with The Children of the Bible Children’s book. This engaging read features 19 Bible stories throughout 108 pages by renown children s author Wendy Maartens. Its cheerfully bright red hardcover features Catherine Groenewald s amazingly vibrant watercolor illustrations that also appear throughout the pages that will capture children s imaginations.

    This educational book focuses on children of the Bible and God s special plans for each of them. This Christian kid’s book introduces little ones to the childhood eras of well-known Bible characters such as Joseph and his colorful coat, Moses in the basket, Samson with his long hair, and most importantly, Jesus. The Children of the Bible book concludes with leading questions for children to ponder and helps little hearts understand that anyone can be used by God and make a difference, no matter how small or young. This interactive book also includes a section for a child to fill in his or her own story.

    Perfectly sized at 6.8 in length and 8.39 in height, this children s book makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. Each short story is a perfect length for a bedtime read. It can also fit inside a backpack or tote to encourage the love of reading and entertain young minds while at a restaurant, church, on a trip and more.

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  • Womanist Midrash : A Reintroduction To The Women Of The Torah And The Thron

    $35.00

    Womanist Midrash is an in-depth and creative exploration of the well- and lesser-known women of the Hebrew Scriptures. Using her own translations, Gafney offers a midrashic interpretation of the biblical text that is rooted in the African American preaching tradition to tell the stories of a variety of female characters, many of whom are often overlooked and nameless. Gafney employs a solid understanding of womanist and feminist approaches to biblical interpretation and the sociohistorical culture of the ancient Near East. This unique and imaginative work that is grounded in serious scholarship will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation.

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  • Guia De Biografias Biblicas

    $12.99

    !De la pluma del autor del exito de libreria Guia biblica esencial llega un fascinante estudio de 50 hombres y mujeres excepcionales de la Biblia! Aunque los hombres y mujeres de la Biblia vivieron hace siglos, las lecciones que podemos aprender de ellos son poderosamente relevantes hoy dia. Sus vidas nos recuerdan que a Dios le complace llevar a cabo obras extraordinarias a traves de gente normal y corriente.

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  • Preaching The Women Of The Old Testament

    $22.00

    Take an in-depth look at over twenty fierce, faithful, and strong women featured in the Old Testament with Preaching the Women of the Old Testament. Inside this unique resource author Lynn Japinga interprets the stories of various biblical women, including Eve, Rebekah, Dinah, Tamar, Miriam, Deborah, Jael, Abigail, Bathsheba, and Vashti. Along with providing an interpretation, Japinga demonstrates how the character’s story has been read in Christian tradition and offers sermon ideas that connect contemporary issues to each story. This book is ideal for pastors who want to know more about the many women of the Old Testament and learn how to better incorporate them into their sermons.

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  • Joshua : Might Warrior And Man Of Faith

    $14.99

    In the biblical narrative, Joshua stands out for his spiritual character, embracing his role as God’s man for that hour. His fascinating character comes to life in this insightful, fast-moving Bible biography. Phillip Keller reveals a man who walked with God, waited patiently for His direction, and then moved unflinchingly forward to accomplish God’s will in the tasks he was given. Joshua’s life offers readers an adventure in Spirit-filled living and a walk to emulate.

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  • Control Girl : Lessons On Surrendering Your Burden Of Control From Seven Wo

    $14.99

    I control because I care.
    I just want to be sure of a happy ending.
    I worry that everything is spinning out of control.

    Many women can identify with statements like these. They have a compulsion to make everything turn out just right and are willing to do anything to make it happen. But this unbalanced pursuit of control makes those around them anxious and defensive. And when they realize control is slipping from their grasp, they lose control of themselves and react in anger or fear.

    Shannon Popkin knows this struggle inside and out. Keeping her inner Control Girl hidden is a full-time job. Thankfully, she also knows another very important truth: no woman has to be a Control Girl.

    In this encouraging book, Shannon invites seven Control Girls from the Bible into the conversation. She examines each story for the moments in which grasping for control circumvented God’s plans for good, whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of to trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future. Finally, Shannon finds God’s perspective on each of the problems and then reveals how readers’ can have their own happy endings in similar situations.

    The author shares from her own struggles and follows each Bible study with questions for personal reflection. In the end, controlling women will find insight into their own experience, peace in the knowledge that God is in control, and relief that they are free.

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  • Paul Behaving Badly

    $18.00

    The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he? Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to others in his day and remains so in ours. Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this worst of sinners dares to say, Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

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  • 31 Women Of The Bible

    $15.99

    31 Women of the Bible features 31 biblical character profiles, to include: Context, Scripture Reference, Character Summary, and Life Application Questions to help the reader discover who these biblical characters were and what we can learn from them today. Featuring a full-color interior with illustrations on every page and a unique concise format, this book can be used for daily study or carried in a purse, brief case, or backpack for reading on the go.

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  • Sermones Sobre Mujeres Del Ant

    $9.99

    Recopilacion de quince sermones sobre mujeres AT, los cuales demuestran que los problemas y preocupaciones de ellas en aquel tiempo todavia siguen vigentes hoy dia.

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  • Sermones Sobre Hombres Del Ant

    $9.99

    Recopilacion de catorce sermones centrados en hombres del AT, cuyas inquietudes, deseos y relaciones son muy similares a las de los hombres actuales.

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  • When Momma Speaks

    $25.00

    Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder provides an engaging womanist reading of mother characters in the Old and New Testaments. After providing a brief history of womanist biblical interpretation, she shows how the stories of several biblical mothers-Hagar, Rizpah, Bathsheba, Mary, the Canaanite woman, and Zebedee’s wife-can be powerful sources for critical reflection, identification, and empowerment. Crowder also explores historical understandings of motherhood in the African American community and how these help to inform present-day perspectives. She includes questions for discussion with each chapter.

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  • John The Baptist (Expanded)

    $60.00

    John the Baptist is one of the most pivotal characters in the Gospel story. Joan Taylors book has not been superseded by any other comprehensive examination of John the Baptist since it was written. This is a completely new and revised edition which has the potential to become a standard text on the subject for years to come and to sell well in the UK and the US. The book emphasises not only a proper understanding of Johna _Ts baptism but also his role as a teacher, which is downplayed in the New Testament so as not to take the emphasis away from Jesusa_T teaching. The close relationship between Jesus and John is explored, in terms of their teaching tradition. The ethical dimensions of his eschatological proclamations are emphasised strongly, since confession and the practice of righteousness ensures the inner purity necessary for the efficacy of immersion.

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  • Moses : Faithful Servant Of God

    $14.99

    Bible scholar Stephen J. Lennox transports you back in time, immerses you in the world of the ancients, helps you unravel the significance of this giant of the faith, and provides life reflections that help you connect the truth of Scripture with modern life, discipleship, and ministry. Let Lennox serve as your faithful guide as you discover what God called Moses to be and do and what difference it all makes in your life.

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  • Mary Like Me

    $14.99

    A Mary like Me unites twenty-first-century women with first-century saints by exploring the hearts of some of the most famous women of the Bible. One gave birth to the Son of God, another sat at his feet, and another was the first to proclaim his resurrection. These women shared the name Mary, which means bitter, defiant, and rebellious; and a closer look at Scripture reveals their personalities in light of their name. A Mary like Me uncovers the fear, doubt, bitterness, and faithlessness the biblical women fought, just as we do. In Jesus’s presence, their weaknesses became strengths and their flaws were redeemed . . . just like ours. The reader discovers camaraderie in the imperfections of the Marys. Comparison paralyzes, but camaraderie found in our less-than-perfect hearts inspires.

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  • Pablo Su Vida Llamado Y Minist

    $14.99

    Much has been spoken about the Apostle Paul.However, to what extent is the legacy that was left to the Church still valid today? Although Paul was singled out to criticize harshly Christianity, the miraculous appearance of Jesus that he had, transformed him into the most passionate preacher. Therefore, this book is devoted to every Christian and ministry who is, and wants to be, each day more of an example, as well as the incomparable life of Christ himself and the extraordinary life of the great Apostle Paul.

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  • Reformation Readings Of Paul

    $30.00

    Abbreviations
    Introduction: Jonathan A. Linebaugh

    Galatians And Martin Luther
    1. Martin Luther’s Reading Of Galatians: David C. Fink
    2. The Text Of Galatians And The Theology Of Luther: John M. G. Barclay

    Romans And Philipp Melanchthon
    3. Philipp Melanchthon’s Reading Of Romans: Robert Kolb
    4. The Text Of Romans And The Theology Of Melanchthon: Mark Seifrid

    Ephesians And Martin Bucer
    5. Martin Bucer’s Reading Of Ephesians: Brian Lugioyo
    6. The Text Of Ephesians And The Theology Of Bucer: Wesley Hill

    1 & 2 Corinthians And John Calvin
    7. John Calvin’s Reading Of The Corinthian Epistles: Michael Allen
    8. The Text Of 1 & 2 Corinthians And The Theology Of Calvin: Dane C. Ortlund

    The Letters Of Paul And Thomas Cranmer
    9. Thomas Cranmer’s Reading Of Paul’s Letters: Ashley Null
    10. The Texts Of Paul And The Theology Of Cranmer: Jonathan A. Linebaugh

    In Conclusion: The Story Of Reformation Readings: Gerald Bray
    Contributors
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index

    Additional Info
    Did the Protestant Reformers understand Paul correctly? Has the church today been unduly influenced by Reformation-era misreadings of the Pauline epistles? These questions-especially as they pertain to Martin Luther’s interpretation of the Pauline doctrine of justification-have been at the forefront of much discussion within biblical studies and theology in light of the New Perspective on Paul.

    But that leads to another question: Have we understood the Reformers correctly? With that in mind, these essays seek to enable a more careful reading of the Reformers’ exegesis of Pauline texts. Each chapter pairs a Reformer with a Pauline letter and then brings together a historical theologian and a biblical scholar to examine these Reformation-era readings of Paul. In doing so, this volume seeks a better understanding of the Reformers and the true meaning of the biblical text.

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  • Chosen People : Election Paul And Second Temple Judaism

    $35.00

    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations
    1. The Missing Link In Election
    2. God Chose Whom? Election And The Individual
    3. Who Are The People Of God?
    4. Who’s In And Who’s Out? Election And Conditions
    5. How Big A Tent?
    6. Whose Turn Is It? Election And Responsibility
    7. Rereading Romans 8:26-11:36
    8. Where Do We Go From Here?
    Select Bibliography
    Author Index
    Subject Index
    Scripture Index
    Ancient Texts Index

    Additional Info
    One of the central touchstones of Second Temple Judaism is election. The Jews considered themselves a people set apart for God’s special purpose. So it is not surprising that this concept plays such an important role in Pauline theology. In this careful and provocative study, Chad Thornhill considers how Second Temple understandings of election influenced key Pauline texts.

    Thornhill seeks to establish the thought patterns of the ancient texts regarding election, with sensitivity to social, historical and literary factors. He carefully considers questions of extent (ethnic/national or remnant), the relationship to the individual (corporate or individual in focus), and the relationship to salvation (divine/human agency and the presence of conditions). Thornhill looks at the markers or conditions that defined various groups, and considers whether election was viewed by ancient authors as merited, given graciously or both.

    Thorough and measured, the author contends that individual election is not usually associated with a soteriological status but rather with the quality of the individual (or sometimes group) in view-the collective entity is in view in the Jewish notion of election. While Paul is certainly able to move beyond these categories, Thornhill shows how he too follows these patterns.

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  • Abraham : One Nomads Amazing Journey Of Faith

    $15.99

    When we rewind history back to Abraham’s era, we encounter people who concocted false superstitions to explain the unexplainable. Powerful kings claimed to be gods, building massive pyramids to achieve immortality. Out of this mass of misunderstandings, one man emerged. The man we know today as Abraham not only claimed that one true Creator existed but also staked his entire life on this belief. Why, thousands of years later, are we still discussing the faith of this desert nomad? One of America’s most popular Bible teachers Pastor Chuck Swindoll answers that question and many more in this compelling and insightful biography that will inspire your own faith.

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  • Chorus Of Prophetic Voices

    $30.00

    While there are many textbooks about the prophetic literature, most have taken either a historical or literary approach to studying the prophets. A Chorus of Prophetic Voices, by contrast, draws on both historical and literary approaches by paying careful attention to the prophets as narrative characters. It considers each unique prophetic voice in the canon, in its fully developed literary form, while also listening to what these voices say together about a particular experience in Israel’s story. It presents these four scrolls-Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Book of the Twelve-as works produced in the aftermath of destruction, works that employ prophetic characters, and as the words uttered during the crises. The prophetic literature became for Israel, living in a context of dispersion and imperial domination, a portable and adaptable resource at once both challenging and comforting. This book provides the fullest picture available for introducing students to the prophetic literature by valuing the role of the original prophetic characters, the finished state of the books that bear their names, the separate historical crises in the life of Israel they address, and the chorus of prophetic voices one hears when reading them as part of a coherent literary corpus.

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  • Ruth : Rescued By The Redeemer (Student/Study Guide)

    $10.00

    Getting The Most Out Of Ruth
    1. Redeemer Rejected Judges 2:6-23-3:6
    2. A Radical Decision Ruth 1
    3. Newfound Hope Ruth 2
    4. A Bold Appeal Rewarded Ruth 3
    5. The Redeemer Acts Ruth 4:1-12
    6. An Improbable Ancestor Ruth 4:13-22; Matthew 1:1-6
    Leader’s Notes

    Additional Info
    In the book of Ruth we meet not only Ruth herself but other significant players who populate the drama: Naomi, Elimelech, Mahlon, Kilion, Orpah and Boaz. In addition there are a whole host of unnamed kinsmen, reapers, elders, neighbors. Like us, each of these characters in their own way needs the Redeemer who is foreshadowed here.

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  • Sisters Of Scripture

    $14.99

    In the spirit of the author’s best-selling book The Real Deal, this new book from Billie Montgomery/Cook ushers young women (ages 18-35) into a warm and welcoming relationship with the women of the Bible. How can this generation of women find mentors in their scripture sisters? Through the stories of women such as Eve, Sarah, and Vashti, encountering relationship, and empowering, young women will see themselves in these stories and find hope, love, and faith. Cook includes questions for reflection and discussion with a contemporary mentor as well.

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  • Joseph : A Life Of Providence Injustice And Forgiveness

    $13.95

    God’s providence is a key concept biblically, yet increasingly Christians do not comprehend this doctrine. Many in the church today are practical deists; they believe in God the creator, but consider him distant and largely uninvolved in the day to day events of their own lives. The life narrative of Joseph as found in the book of Genesis shows us clearly that God is involved in every event of our lives, just as he was in the life of Joseph. This involvement in Joseph’s life and in our own is through God’s providence. The Anglican theologian, J. I. Packer, tell us that providence is a continual exercise of that same energy [the universe creating energy] where by the Creator…involves Himself in all events and directs all things to their appointed end. …Christians are never in the grip of blind forces; all that happens to them is divinely planned. What this means is that God was involved and in control not only of Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt but also in the hard events of betrayal, slavery, false accusation and abandonment. These terrible events took Joseph by surprise but not his God. God’s providence brought suffering into the life of Joseph, but that suffering had a purpose. The results of the bitter drink of suffering ultimately saved many, including the young Hebrew nation. Joseph’s life shines a spotlight on the truth that God utilizes our afflictions to work his purposes in our lives and in the lives of others. We need this perspective that Joseph developed about his life. Joseph saw the hand of God, and because he did, he responded to his brother’s betrayal with forgiveness and grace, not vengeance. Forgiveness and grace is the way of the cross; it is the path we are called to walk as Christians.

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