BEFRIEND CREATE BELONGING IN AN AGE OF JUDGMENT ISOLATION AND FEAR

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Befriend

Author : Scott Sauls
ISBN : 9781496418333
Genre : Religion
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Is real friendship too risky? We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation. Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to see the breadth of Christ’s love in this book, BeFriend. Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends. Scott has met too many people whose first impulse is to fence off their lives with relational barriers that only end up starving their own souls. Yes, it’s true: Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished. Join Scott in BeFriend as he summons you toward diverse friendship that can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.
Category: Religion

Befriend

Author : Scott Sauls
ISBN : 9781496400949
Genre : Religion
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We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it's easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don't mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital "friends," we really don't have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to discover the breadth of Christ's love through twenty-one meditations that inspire actively pursuing God's love by expanding your circle of friends. Yes, it's true: Real friendship is costly, and love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished. Diverse friendship can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.
Category: Religion

Jesus Outside The Lines

Author : Scott Sauls
ISBN : 9781496403834
Genre : Religion
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Whether the issue of the day on Twitter, Facebook, or cable news is our sexuality, political divides, or the perceived conflict between faith and science, today’s media pushes each one of us into a frustrating clash between two opposing sides. Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. Scott shows us how the words and actions of Jesus reveal a response that does not perpetuate the destructive fray. Jesus offers us a way forward—away from harshness, caricatures, and stereotypes. In Jesus Outside the Lines, you will experience a fresh perspective of Jesus, who will not (and should not) fit into the sides.
Category: Religion

From Weakness To Strength

Author : Scott Sauls
ISBN : 0781413133
Genre : Religion
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From Weakness to Strength offers Christians who lead either inside or outside the church practical insights to avoid the pitfalls of leadership, to grow in character, and to draw closer to Jesus--even (and especially) when sin and struggle get in the way.
Category: Religion

Becoming Friends

Author : Paul J. Wadell
ISBN : 9781587430510
Genre : Religion
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The author explores the indispensable role of friendship in Christian life, summoning us to love all of our neighbors, and encouraging us to cultivate the virtues of hope, justice, and forgiveness. Original.
Category: Religion

The Company We Keep

Author : Jonathan Holmes
ISBN : 9781936760978
Genre : Religion
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Friendship. This one word can mean a hundred different things to each person. We all want friends, but often struggle to develop meaningful friendships. Does the Bible speak to and present a vision and theology of biblical friendship? Is there anything unique about biblical friendship?
Category: Religion

This Is Awkward

Author : Sammy Rhodes
ISBN : 9780718034948
Genre : Religion
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Don’t waste your awkwardness. The most difficult subjects in our lives are also the ones that we find most uncomfortable to talk about: divorce, body image, sexuality, pornography, or depression. Our awkward silence reveals the gap that exists between what we are and what we know we should be. But God loves those awkward moments, Sammy Rhodes argues, because they are precisely where we find connection with God and one another. In This Is Awkward, Rhodes talks directly, honestly, hilariously about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapters like “Parents Are a Gift (You Can’t Return Them)” and “The Porn in My Side,” he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated by the embrace of a God who knows the most shameful things about us and loves us all the same. Because nothing is too awkward for God.
Category: Religion

Take Your Life Back

Author : Stephen Arterburn
ISBN : 9781496418494
Genre : Religion
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“I want to have better relationships . . . but is it all on me to fix things?” “This person’s approval means everything to me. It’s like it controls me.” “Why can’t I get free from this cycle?” If you find yourself having these feelings, it’s time to take your life back. Through personal examples, clinical insights, and spiritual truth, Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop will show you how toovercome the habits and history that are keeping you down—and take new, positive steps toward change;heal from the hurts, setbacks, and broken relationships that affect you every day;develop better boundaries with others in your life;stop overreacting and start responding appropriately to any situation or circumstance;break the cycle of behavior that harms you and your relationships;find the freedom you have longed for.Your past and current circumstances don’t have to define you, and they don’t have to determine the direction of your life. Take Your Life Back is the key to moving from reactive attitudes and behaviors to healthy, God-honoring responses that will help you live the life you were meant to live.
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Irresistible Faith

Author : Scott Sauls
ISBN : 1400201799
Genre : Religion
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From an influential pastor and author--whose writing Ann Voskamp calls "sharp, informed, [and] culturally savvy"--comes a revelatory blueprint for an utterly transformative and enticing Christianity. Jesus said his followers would be a light to the world and a city on a hill. He envisioned a wildly diverse yet compellingly unified multitude of strangers that would penetrate the world with love. They would be a counter-culture, in a way that was for the culture not against it. They would lead the world in acts of love and justice and be the most life-giving bosses, employees, neighbors, and friends. They would also be the best enemies, returning insults with kindness and persecution with prayers. They would stay true to their biblical convictions and--not in spite of those convictions but because of them--would love, listen to, and serve those who don't share their convictions. Over time their movement--Jesus' movement--would become irresistible to people from every nation, tribe, and tongue. This is not how many, perhaps most, today see Christianity. And justifiably so, given that many bearing the name Christian use the Bible to justify behavior that Jesus would never endorse and would always condemn, that would in fact make Jesus furious. But Jesus's vision for the church is possible, and Irresistible Faith provides a blueprint for Christians to pursue it as redeemed individuals, as a renewed community, and as those working for a restored world. This is a way of being that gives a tired, cynical world a reason to pause and consider Christianity . . . and to start wishing it was true.
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Love Kindness

Author : Barry H. Corey
ISBN : 9781496412423
Genre : Religion
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Kindness is not what we have been taught it is. It isn’t a soft virtue, expressed only by sweet grandmothers or nice Boy Scouts. Kindness is neither timid nor frail. Instead, it is brave and daring, willing to be vulnerable with those with whom we disagree. It is the revolutionary way that Jesus himself called us to live. The way of selfless risks. The way of staggering hope. The way of authenticity. Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, believes we tend to devalue the importance of kindness, opting instead for caustic expressions of certainty that push people away. We forget that the essence of what God requires of us is to “love kindness.” In this book, filled with stories from his travels around the globe, Barry shows us the forgotten way of kindness. It is a life that calls us to put ourselves at risk. A life that calls us to hope. A life of a firm center and soft edges. It is the life Christ invites us to follow, no matter what the cost.
Category: Religion