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Does life feel futile? "Doesn't have to."
Do some of your failures seem fatal? "They aren't."
And your death. Does the grave appear to be the final stop? According to Christ, your death is just the start of the something great.
There is a truth greater than all the losses and sorrows of life. And it can be discovered in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In "Six Hours One Friday," Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus' last hours on the cross. Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. You are forgiven and loved by a Savior who died for you. And an empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word.
"Peace where there should be pain. Confidence in the midst of crisis. Hope defying despair. "Does death have the last word?" I can see Jesus wink as he gives the answer, "Not on your life.""
Max Lucado debunks society's idea of how to get happiness, leading the reader to the way of life that creates lasting and fulfilling joy, supported by Jesus' teaching and modern research.
Why don't I feel happy? I thought I'd feel it when I lost the weight, got the date, found the mate, or discovered my fate. I've worked hard for happiness. Yet, for all their promises, these roads I've been down fail to deliver.
In How Happiness Happens, Max Lucado takes a close look at what Jesus says about happiness and how to attain it. Max poses the question, "What if there is a different, unexpected path to happiness? What if the road is less good luck and more great love, not as much get and all about give?" Countercultural with every turn of the page, How Happiness Happens fights the inclinations we all have and the lies we've all been taught about putting self first as the way to capture the elusive yet longed-for "happy life."
By walking through the "one another" passages found in Scripture, Max equips the reader with both an overarching way of living and practical day-to-day actions that produce a life of happiness and moments of true joy. This new book from Max reveals the secret that the Bible teaches and research affirms: doing good does good for the doer.
Ann Voskamp's story is not happily ever after. As a child, her sister was crushed under a truck in front of her and her mother. Consequently, her mother checked herself into a psychiatric hospital and her father couldn't find God. As an adult, she stood beside her brother-in-law as he buried his first two sons. Voskamp is a wife and mother who does not grin through the pain but battles to believe that in God is joy, and that there are as many gifts amid the grittiness of life as in the moments of celebration.
In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann strives to find the meaning of life and fully embrace the surprising truth from the final scenes of Jesus' earthly life. In the hours before Jesus' execution, he took bread and gave thanks. This fresh, heart-wrenching book unveils the long forgotten wonder that through the imitation of Christ's thankfulness, we too can experience a life of joy.
With startling lyrical power, Voskamp writes the answers to universal questions:
The laundry keeps piling up, dishes never end, kids fight and people die. But regardless of circumstances, the dare of the "gift list" shows Voskamp a way to live even through the dullness and hurts of life. Through the aches and triumphs, she finally sees what she's been missing, something that so many women can't seem to find in their everyday lives. Ideal for personal spiritual growth or Bible study groups, included within One Thousand Gifts are study questions to provoke additional thought and discussion.
Nerves of Steel is the inspirational true story of Tammie Jo Shults's remarkable life--from growing up the daughter of a rancher, dreaming of someday becoming a pilot, to breaking through as one of the Navy's first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to saving lives as the captain of Flight 1380.
Twenty minutes into a routine domestic flight, Captain Tammie Jo Shults is faced with the unthinkable--a catastrophic engine failure in her Boeing 737 causes an explosion that severs hydraulic and fuel lines, tearing away sections of the plane, puncturing a window, and taking a woman's life. Captain Shults and her first officer, Darren Ellisor, struggle to stabilize the aircraft. The passengers gasp for their next breath and fear for their lives. They need a strong hand to guide them and assurance that they will survive.
Nerves of Steel is the inspirational story of a remarkable woman who beat the odds and fulfilled her dreams of chasing adventure in the sky. Tammie Jo's upbringing on a ranch in New Mexico taught her the value of hard work. She also learned that gender doesn't have to determine job assignments as daily chores were delegated evenly between her and her brother. And living on the edge of a hundred miles of nothing fostered other virtues that would serve her well--independence and confidence in her abilities to live, work, and, if necessary, survive.
Reading books about pilots and watching Air Force trainees hone their skills in the skies over their ranch instilled in Tammie Jo a love for the adventure of flying. And thinking she could possibly fly as well as serve her country birthed a dream. Though the odds--as well as the recruiters--were against her, her tenacity eventually paid off. Through dogged determination and a healthy dose of God's grace, she earned her Navy wings of gold and went on to become one of the first females to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. After serving her country honorably for eight years, she left the Navy and joined Southwest Airlines in the early 1990s.
On April 17, 2018, Tammie Jo was called to service once again. Drawing deeply from her well of experience, she was able to wrestle her severely damaged 737 safely to the ground. Not originally scheduled for that flight, there is no doubt God had prepared her and placed her right where she needed to be that day.
Your life's calling is too important to let toxic people take it away. In When to Walk Away, Gary Thomas - bestselling author of Sacred Marriage - draws from biblical and modern stories to equip you with practical insights to dealing with difficult people in your life and live true to your God-given purpose.
As Christians, we often feel the guilt and responsibility of meeting the needs of unhealthy people in our lives. Whether a sibling, parent, spouse, coworker, or friend, toxic people always seek to frustrate our life's calling. While you're seeking first God's kingdom, they're seeking first to distract your focus and delay your work.
Instead of attempting the impossible task of mollifying toxic people, it's time we dedicate our energy to the only worthwhile effort: completing the work God has given us. It's only when we learn to say no to bad patterns can we say yes to the good God has planned for us.
Bestselling author of Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas looks at biblical examples from the lives of Jesus, Paul, and Nehemiah. Drawing from years serving as a pastor, Thomas shares modern stories and practical examples for dealing with the difficult people in our lives. Each chapter includes insightful take-aways that you can apply right away. You'll discover how to:
- Set healthy boundaries to protect your life's calling
- Find refuge in God when you feel under attack
- Discern when to walk away from a toxic situation
- Keep a tender heart even in unhealthy relationships
- Love and serve difficult people by resisting their control
- Grow your inner strength and invest in reliable people
We can't let others steal our joy or our mission. It's time to strengthen our defense, learn to set good boundaries, and focus on our God-given purpose.
What do Netflix, our desire for the corner office, and that perfect picture we just posted on Instagram have to do with each other? None of these things is wrong in itself. But when we begin to allow entertainment, success, or social media to control us, we miss out on the joy of God's rule in our hearts.
In Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of Not a Fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives.
According to Idleman, idolatry isn't an issue?it is the issue.
By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We're all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success, and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.
In this updated edition, Pastor Kyle adds a new introduction as well as new content about the battle many of us face with technology--whether we are tempted to send just one more text, stay online when our bodies need rest, or find ourselves putting email before in-person relationships. How can we seek God with our whole hearts instead?
Using true, powerful, and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, Gods at War illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God--enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus.