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From Rich Villodas: The Gospel & Race

The Gospel & Race Resource

Explore a more comprehensive vision of this massive issue. In light of the ongoing tensions that exist in our nation, we can all take the next step in pursuing God’s kingdom for the moment we are in.

This resource is laid out in a few sections that can help you and your community take another step forward. This resource is for the purpose of helping you understand the layers of racism, a personal/community practice of self-reflection, and a list of books I highly recommend for further study.

Finally, if any of this content impacts you, I’ve written much more extensively on this in my forthcoming book, The Deeply Formed Life. If you haven’t already done so, let me encourage you to Pre-order it.

Praying for God to deeply form us to be witnesses [ … ]

Sneak Peek: THE LIFE YOU LONG FOR by Christy Nockels

Read the first chapter of The Life You Long For.

A beautiful invitation to discover your place in God’s heart and let him set the pace for your life—from a wife and mother, singer-songwriter, and worship leader for Passion Conferences and IF:Gathering

Christy Nockels knows firsthand how easily our desire to serve God—even when using the gifts He has given us—can overshadow our delight in simply being with Him. When God called her to lay down her ministry for a season, Christy was forced to confront how her sense of purpose and worth had become tangled up in her work. God then lovingly invited her to discover true rest in His presence as she learned to live as the Beloved.

In The Life You Long For, Christy shows us how to let go of hustle and achievement and instead find our [ … ]

Sneak Peek: THE DEEPLY FORMED LIFE by Rich Villodas

Read the first chapter of The Deeply Formed Life.

What are five values every Christian needs in order to find balance, focus, and meaning in today’s relentlessly paced world? The answers may surprise you, says one New York City pastor.

The world is faster and busier than it’s ever been, with more noise and distraction unsettling our already restless souls. We are a people out of rhythm. For Christians who are frustrated with churches that only add to the hustle and bustle, there must be an answer in our interior spiritual life. We long for deeper, more meaningful faith. Author and pastor Rich Villodas’s The Deeply Formed Life offers an expansive, interconnected vision of spiritual formation comprised of five key pathways:

• Contemplative Rhythms Value: slowing down our lives to be with God

• Racial Justice Value: examining [ … ]

Sneak Peek: THE LAZY GENIUS WAY by Kendra Adachi

Read the first few chapters of The Lazy Genius Way.

Being a Lazy Genius isn’t about doing more or doing less. It’s about doing what matters to you.
 
The chorus of “shoulds” is loud. You should enjoy the moment, dream big, have it all, get up before the sun, track your water consumption, go on date nights, and be the best. Or maybe you should ignore what people think, live on dry shampoo, be a negligent PTA mom, have a dirty house, and claim your hot mess like a badge of honor.

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the mixed messages of what it means to live well.

Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy [ … ]

Book Trailer: THE PRAYER OF AGUR by Jay Payleitner

“Learn a simple prayer that will help you find your sweet spot in life.”—Josh McDowell, author of More Than a Carpenter

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”
Proverbs 30:8

This simple, unexpected request from a little-known biblical author named Agur is the only prayer in all of Proverbs, and it offers life-changing potential.

Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to

• escape imbalance
• overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy
• joyfully pursue your passions
• reap the eternal rewards of trusting God
• find your personal sweet spot

In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too [ … ]

Book Announcement: GOD SPEAKS IN WHISPERS by Mark Batterson & Summer Batterson Dailey

Children often begin their faith journey with basic but big questions like How does God speak to me? This charming picture book from the best-selling author of Whisper and his daughter provides a fun and clever answer!

God Speaks in Whispers helps even the youngest readers look for God’s voice in the universe: in creation, as he speaks through his followers, and in the Bible as he speaks through his Word. With a charming rhyme pattern and vivid pictures, Mark and Summer Batterson invite little ones to imagine how God might be showing them love every day, by leaning in close to hear God’s whisper.

Retailer Announcement: GOD SPEAKS IN WHISPERS by Mark Batterson & Summer Batterson Dailey

Children often begin their faith journey with basic but big questions like How does God speak to me? This charming picture book from the best-selling author of Whisper and his daughter provides a fun and clever answer!

God Speaks in Whispers helps even the youngest readers look for God’s voice in the universe: in creation, as he speaks through his followers, and in the Bible as he speaks through his Word. With a charming rhyme pattern and vivid pictures, Mark and Summer Batterson invite little ones to imagine how God might be showing them love every day, by leaning in close to hear God’s whisper.

Sneak Peek: LOVE HAS A NAME by Adam Weber

Read the first chapter of Love Has a Name.

Some people make it really hard to love them. But we can learn how to love better–often from those we would never expect to teach us. This hopeful guide offers a practical approach to loving like Jesus does. 

Loving people is hard. Especially when it involves the difficult people in our lives and those different from us. Adam Weber knows firsthand that whether you’re new to following Jesus or you’ve been doing so for decades, loving people can be painful, uncomfortable, and downright exhausting. Now more than ever, love seems to be absent from our attitude, words, and actions. The chapters of this book record Adam’s own journey to understanding how to love, named after the people who’ve radically loved him, or that he’s tried to love well. Through these [ … ]

Book Trailer: A HIGHER CALLING by Captain Harold and Rachel Earls

The husband and wife behind the popular Earls Family Vlogs share their inspiring love story of how an expedition to climb Mount Everest deepened their faith, strengthened their commitment, and sharpened their vision to make a difference in the world.

As a senior at West Point, Harold Earls dreamed of summiting Mount Everest after graduation and bringing awareness to the issue of PTSD in soldiers and veterans. But as a novice mountain climber and newlywed, could he really leave his wife, Rachel, on the other side of the world to pursue such a dangerous quest? After all, Rachel’s dream was to be a wife and mother. She knew that her husband’s audacious goal might lead to her to give up everything.

A Higher Calling takes us on a beautiful [ … ]

Book Trailer: MIDNIGHT MOM DEVOTIONAL by Becky Thompson & Susan K. Pitts

A yearlong book of prayers to bring nightly hope and a sense of connection to mothers who feel alone, from the mother-daughter team behind the Midnight Mom Devotional Facebook page

There is something about a quiet house in the midnight hours that causes stress and anxious thoughts that have been ignored throughout the day to rise to the surface of a mother’s heart. When the world goes still around you, it’s good to know you’re not alone; there are so many other mommas just like you and a God who wants to meet you in the quiet.

What began as a small online prayer ministry to encourage moms in the middle of the night quickly grew into a worldwide prayer movement known as the Midnight Mom Devotional. Now [ … ]