Even in Our Darkness

Author: Jack S. Deere

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310538157

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

View: 7021

"I am the descendant of drinkers and drifters better at passing on their love for the bottle than family history..." Prepare yourself for an unvarnished, harrowing look at one Christian's life. A powerful memoir of knowing and being known by God through the pain of loss, tragedy, and brokenness—Even in Our Darkness explores what it means to fend off doubt and despair, even in the most painful trials. Jack Deere tells the true story of his life growing up near Fort Worth, Texas in the 1950's and the disintegration of his family following his father's suicide. Despite his difficult childhood and an inclination toward the depression that had crushed his parents, Deere describes how he began to wrestle with Christianity and how "God was...slipping in through the crack of an open wound." In his mid-twenties, Jack rose to fame and success as a leading scholar, popular speaker, and bestselling author. But despite being rescued and exalted, Jack was devastated in the years that followed, losing his troubled son to suicide and his wife to alcoholism. Only then did he fully face his own addictions, surrender control, and experience true healing. An authentic story of the Christian life, Even in Our Darkness is like following an experienced guide through a barren country. Like many believers, Deere has had experiences that nearly destroyed him, and he was shown, by grace, how to overcome life's disappointments and learn to hear God speak in unbelievable ways, despite the darkness that surrounds us. "Unmasked, unsettling, and unforgettable . . . this will change the landscape of your soul." —Ann Voskamp, bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts.

Scatter my Darkness

Author: Fr. John Henry Hanson

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1594174253

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 5944

Do I have dark places in my life? Why are these dark places present, and will they overcome me? How can Christ’s love and grace dissipate this darkness? In his newest spiritual life book, Fr. John Henry Hanson helps us to understand the alienation that comes from sin and the redeeming power of Christ. He shows us how, through the beauty of the Liturgy, the dark corners of our hearts encounter and embrace the light of Christ, perhaps for the first time. “The light of Christ is cleansing grace for the soul,” says Fr. John Henry. With light comes hope, “and that hope is the light that will guide our walk from darkness to light, from this side of the veil to the place where Christ dwells in glory.”

Our Fractured Wholeness

Author: Diana Ventura

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608990095

Category: Religion

Page: 124

View: 2017

Born with cerebral palsy, Diana Ventura has known brokenness her entire life. Through telling her story, she shares what it means to live with and overcome brokenness of all kinds. As she reflects on her own experience and that of others, Diana offers understanding and insight. There is a mystical path through the landscape of suffering, she says, and those who travel it can find God and healing even in the midst of pain and sadness. Readers who join her on this journey of prayer and faith will be better equipped to meet the everyday challenges of living with brokenness with hope, dignity, and true love.

Why I Am Still Surprised by the Voice of God

Author: Jack S. Deere

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 031011375X

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 494

Jesus knew the Bible better than anyone, yet he claimed that he had to hear his Father's voice in order to fulfill God's purposes for his life. His enemies, the religious elite, had supreme confidence in their knowledge of Scripture, yet Jesus said that none of them had ever heard the voice of the Father. When Jack Deere turned seventeen, he did not know God or a single verse of Scripture. Then, one night a friend quoted John 10:28 to him, and he believed in Jesus. At twenty-seven, he became a professor of Old Testament Exegesis and Semitic Languages at Dallas Theological Seminary where he taught his students to avoid the trap of believing that God still spoke outside the pages of the Bible. He believed it was all real--just as the authors of the Old and New Testaments had said it happened--but it no longer happened today. People who believed God had spoken to them personally were emotionally unstable or too lazy to read the Bible. After a trusted friend shared he believed God still spoke today, Jack began a thorough study of every instance of God speaking supernaturally to someone in the New Testament. He saw how they didn't just hear the voice of God; they were dependent on the voice of God to fulfill the highest purpose for their lives. Jack became convinced that we should expect God to speak outside the Scriptures, but he didn't have a clue how to hear his voice. This is the story of how Jack Deere learned to hear the voice of God and, in doing so, became a friend of Jesus. Now a modern classic, Jack wrote Surprised by the Voice of God over twenty-five years ago. Based on that first book, Why I Am Still Surprised by the Voice of God has been entirely rewritten and includes additional thoughts and insights from a lifetime of hearing God speak. Deere guides you through the Bible to discover the variety of creative, deeply personal ways God still communicates with us today. You'll learn how God speaks with people apart from the Bible, though never in contradiction to it. Deere first describes the ways God revealed his thoughts to the men and women of the Bible, and then shares why God continues to speak to us today using the same methods. He provides counsel and guidance for knowing how to accurately hear God speak through prophecies, dreams, visions, and other forms of divine communication. With candor, sensitivity, and a profound understanding of Scripture, Deere identifies our hindrances to hearing the voice of God and calls us to a more intimate relationship with God. Filled with fascinating stories and personal accounts, Why I Am Still Surprised by the Voice of God is for all who want to walk in friendship with God.

Digging in the Valley

Author: Samuel Greene

Publisher: Glory Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1937199045

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 8393

When you and I find ourselves in a valley, what do we do? Well, the word of the Lord to to us is; Make this valley full of ditches. This book brings out tremendous and practical truths for you and I when we find ourselves in valley experiences. Dr. Samuel Greene teaches us how we are to dig in the valley. When the people of God dug in the valley, God sent water, a type of the glory of God, by way of Edom, a type of our flesh, and filled the ditches leading to their victory over the enemy. (II Kings 3:16)

"Let Me Know You-- "

Author: Donald X. Burt

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814629574

Category: Religion

Page: 130

View: 583

One of St. Augustine's earliest prayers after his conversion was a prayer to understand himself and to discover God. He came to realize that all humans follow more or less the same path of discovery, a path that begins in darness and ends in Wisdom. Most of us never achieve the perfection of wisdom, but in the meantime we can be certain that we are showing our love for God by reaching out to our fellow human beings. In such loving we can be confident that God is close to us.

In Pursuit of Kingdom Living

Author: Dr. Arno Steen Andreasen

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512760676

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 4517

This book is a manifesto for church life and Christian living. It is a book that will challenge what we believe and how we live. The book wrestles with key passages in the Bible and offers principles for a just spirituality. The book comes out of practice and reflection. Arno has been training leaders, pastors and missionaries for many years combined with his experience as a church leader, a local pastor and being the overseer of an international network of churches. The book offers an alternative to a superficial faith that leads to bog standard answers. Instead, Arno encourages us all to have a good look at the context of each passage and to evaluate it in the light of the life and ministry of Jesus. Church life as well as Christian living becomes life transforming when what we believe and what we do look and sound like Jesus.

The Triune God of Christian Faith

Author: Mary Ann Fatula

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814657652

Category: Religion

Page: 138

View: 472

"A Michael Glazier book." Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-123) and index.

Journey of Our Blind Faith

Author: Tachiana

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 145004929X

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

View: 6434

Life is a journey. We often find ourselves blinded by thoughts patterns. The way rock music mixes up all that thought is the reality of our war. For most of us who stay loyal in the ways of rock and roll lifestyles, the music is alive in our blood. How many of us can admit to the animal in us before we go truthfully mental?

Seasons of the Christian Life

Author: Robert Cummings Neville

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498286186

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 9350

Once liberal Christianity was preached in ways that defined it in the public eye. Now Christianity is identified almost exclusively with its conservative expressions. Seasons of the Christian Life presents a series of sermons articulating a liberal Christianity over against its conservative neighbors. They were preached at the University Church (Marsh Chapel) at Boston University (save for one preached in Memorial Church at Harvard) during the 2004-2005 academic year when President George W. Bush was reelected and the country was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at war with terrorists wherever they could be imagined. The sermons follow the Revised Common Lectionary and focus on biblical interpretation as it is applied to the then-current spiritual, cultural, social, and political situation. The author is a professor of theology and at the time was Dean of Marsh Chapel and Chaplain of the University.