“The Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). What does God really mean by “all things”? Most likely He means all things—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I believe that in every dark circumstance of life, there is a nugget of gold or a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered. However, for that to happen, we must look beyond the dirt, push it aside, and search beneath the surface.
Is it easy? No. Is it messy? Usually. Is it worth it? Always.”
Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland
Even through the rough waters and hard times, God is working for us. What hidden treasure has God planted for you to find through these experiences?
We are offering the opportunity to get one FREE copy of Fearless (paperback) with every paperback book that you purchase. There is no limit on the number of books you can buy, we will match one for one while supplies last (or until June 9, 2013).
This paperback edition includes “Adam’s Legacy,” a collection of more than 25 letters from readers who were impacted deeply by Adam Brown’s story. These letters are just a small sampling of the thousands of letters author Eric Blehm and the Brown family have received from readers who were inspired to overcome their own challenges after reading Fearless. This is a unique chance to share in Adam’s legacy and encourage others.
This book goes on sale May 21, 2013; books will ship at this time.
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Join author John Biship tonight LIVE on TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network’s ”Praise the Lord” as he discusses his new book “God Distorted”!
Discover how regardless of the type of father you grew up with—or without—it is likely that your view of God is influenced by the relationship you had with your father.
Author John Bishop wants to help you discover that God is not just like your dad. Instead, God is the Father revealed in Scripture, where the truth is clear. God is a father who is:
• always there
• up close and personal
• fully pleased
• in complete control
• completely safe
To find out more about God the Father, check your local listings for TBN’s “Praise the Lord” broadcast times tonight in your area!
When Jesus walked this earth, he worked to get the focus off “good” people doing what appeared to be “good things” and to get their focus back on God. Many people in first-century Israel were pointing to the rules; Jesus pointed to a God who wanted a relationship with his people. Religious professionals focused on the law; Jesus focused on the Lawgiver who knew our hearts and offered us grace in the midst of our failures.
A healthy, growing faith is always focused on the person of God himself, not on cheap substitutes. A healthy faith begins and ends in God, not in rules or regulations or sheer, raw duty. Jesus, not religion, is at the core of a robust Christian faith.
Today Jesus offers you and me the same opportunity he gave to those people in the early church. Oh, we can still perform and conform out of obligation. We can still try to feel good by all the “good deeds” we chalk up.
Or we can love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. We can experience his love and come to know him intimately. We can stop hiding behind our facades of religious order and meet him right where we are. We can focus on him and find sanity, rest, and peace when all hell seems to be breaking out around us.
I urge you to experience for yourself his love and acceptance. Grow closer to him and choose him because you truly love him. Make him—not your “good deeds” nor anyone or anything else—the focus of your life.
I promise…you will never regret it.
Excerpted from More Jesus, Less Religion by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton
How can you ensure your focus is on God and not your deeds?
The 5th Anniversary Edition of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, co-authored by twins Alex and Brett Harris, is featured on kirkcameron.com.
Celebrating five years of encouraging teens to make a positive difference in the world, the anniversary edition of this landmark book offers fresh material including a new introduction, a Q&A starter primer and a conversation guide.
Originally released in 2008, Do Hard Things became a CBA best seller, and now has more than 450,000 copies in print!
“Here is one of the most amazing privileges about growing intimately in our relationship with God, as well as in our marriage: We never “arrive.” There are always more journeys ahead, more opportunities, more challenges. This challenge is before you now. We’re here to help and guide and provide plenty of suggestions. Most of all, God is readily available to direct—and bless—your journey.”
Excerpted from Faith Tango by Carolyn and Craig Williford
How can you take another step in growing more intimate in your relationship with God?
“Have you had sex with this man?” Dannah Gresh, author of Get Lost and What Are You Waiting For,” asked that question of an audience staring at a big screen photo of NFL football player Tim Tebow during TEDxPSU this spring. The audience of 900, mostly Penn State University students, was challenged to consider if it was possibly intolerance of virginity that led the media to print the question along with the offer of a one million dollar ransom for anyone who could prove they’d taken Tebow’s virginity. She then used social science to debunk the myths that perpetuate the lie that those who embrace their virginity are doomed to have bad sex, proving not only that those who reserve sex for marriage have great sex but when you have sex with just anyone “your body makes a promise whether you do or not.”
As a resident of Penn State, Gresh coaches college students seeking to define their sexual and relationship theology. She has found that students who feel most discriminated against for their sexual choices are those who choose to reserve sex for one mutually monogamous lifetime partnership. In other words, they’re virgins. Her recent calculations found that there may be as many as 8,360 virgins on campus, but they tend to conceal it. Could it be that the banner of tolerance does not include them?
To watch, “The Walk of Fame vs The Walk of Shame: Dannah Gresh at TEDxPSU, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C24CmKxRPdQ