Believing Jesus: Are You Willing to Risk Everything? A Journey Through the Book of Acts
by: Thomas Nelson
Product rating: 5.0 with 5 reviews
Are you truly willing to risk everything?
In Believing Jesus, Bible teacher and author Lisa Harper retraces the steps of the apostles in the book of Acts, while throwing in a few of her own crazy adventures along the way. The disciples didn’t have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God’s grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world.
As a regular speaker on the Women of Faith® tour, Lisa has earned a reputation as a true theological scholar and hilarious storyteller—not necessarily in that order! Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa one of the “best Bible tour guides around.”
Believing Jesus will highlight both of Lisa’s strengths as she tackles every chapter of the Book of Acts with biblical wisdom and modern wit. Lisa keeps it real, telling stories on herself and pointing readers back to Jesus, the only one who can truly lead.
Posted in Women's Issues Tagged with: Acts, Believing, Book, Everything, Jesus, journey, Risk, Thomas Nelson, Through, Willing
The Friends of Jesus (Life-Changing Bible Study Series)
by: Howard Books
Product rating: 4.9 with 27 reviews
America’s favorite inspirational novelist and #1 New York Times
bestselling author offers a richly told tale about six of Jesus’ closest friends and companions, bringing biblical truths to life in this captivating continuation of her Life-Changing Bible Study series.
In our everyday lives, friends are the people whom we spend the most time with, go through struggles with at times, and who know us best. Each of Jesus’ friends—Peter, John, Matthew, Judas, Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus—traveled with Jesus and were part of His daily ministry, and each has a compelling story to tell. There were some who would question or doubt Him…and one would even betray Him. Kingsbury brings these fascinating personalities to life in ways that will not only help bring you closer to the truths found in Scripture, but also to Christ.
By combining valuable, instructive Bible study with compelling, insightful character sketches of Jesus’ companions, Kingsbury provides you with a deeper understanding of the scriptural teachings featuring these fascinating people. Emotionally powerful, thought-provoking, and soulful, The Friends of Jesus
will help you to appreciate the Bible and understand how it applies to your relationships with the most important people in your life.
Posted in Devotionals Tagged with: Bible, Friends, Howard Books, Jesus, Life-Changing, Series, Study
Jesus Triumphant (Chronicles of the Nephilim) (Volume 8)
by: Embedded Pictures Publishing
Product rating: 4.9 with 9 reviews
A Theological Novel of Christ’s Victory Over the Powers
The story of Christ like you’ve never heard it before. Told through the eyes of the two thieves on the cross and the spiritual warfare hidden from mortal men. It starts with the temptation in the desert by Satan and ends with Christ’s descent into Hades, his resurrection and his ascension.
In between, we see Jesus’ ministry in the context of the Biblical motif of Christ taking back the inheritance of the nations from the rebellious Sons of God. The demons that rose up in that day were not random but were the spirits of the dead Nephilim, and part of a comprehensive battle strategy between Christ and the Powers. When it comes to spiritual warfare, Jesus was no pacifist.
Jesus Triumphant explains why most people misunderstood the deliverer to be a worldly warrior king instead of the suffering Servant he was. He was a warrior, but it was a war they could not see with mortal eyes. In Jesus Triumphant, we now see it.
Part of the Biblical Fantasy Series Chronicles of the Nephilim
Jesus Triumphant is the eighth book of the Biblical Fantasy Series Chronicles of the Nephilim, an epic story that begins with Enoch and Noah and tells the Biblical storyline of the Genesis 6 Nephilim giants, hybrid offspring of the angelic Watchers mating with human women.
- Show the spiritual warfare hidden from mortal eyes that attended Christ’s victory over the principalities and powers. The gods of the nations fight back with demons and face their ultimate battle.
- Tell the story of Christ’s descent into Hades to free the captives and proclaim triumph to the bound angels from Noah’s Day (1 Peter 3:18-20).
- Use the fantasy genre to express theological truth. Just like Lewis and Tolkien did.
- Maintain respect for the Biblical text, while filling in gaps with Biblical imagination.
Learn About the Historical and Biblical Research Behind the Novel
Author Godawa shares the scholarly research that undergirds the fictional adventure. Jesus Triumphant has an appendix that explores the Biblical theology of Christ’s descent into Hades, as well as the true nature of demons and their purpose in the Gospels, the binding of spirits, the Gates of Hades and how it connects with Mount Hermon. You will never read the Gospels the same again.
A NOTE ON THE AGE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE NOVELS
Some Christians have asked what “rating” the novels have in terms of the portrayal of sex and violence. I would say the series is rated PG-13. The Chronicles do deal with evil behaviors that would be appropriate for mature teens and above. The violence in the Chronicles is like the book of Judges. The sexuality is like Song of Solomon, alluded to poetically, but obviously. The description of sexual evil is like Ezekiel 16, sometimes shocking, but never glorified. There is an occasional profane word or vulgarity like in Ezekiel 23, revealing spiritual wickedness.
Posted in Historical Tagged with: Chronicles, Embedded Pictures Publishing, Jesus, Nephilim, Triumphant, Volume
Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way
by: IVP Books
Product rating: 4.5 with 4 reviews
The gospel of Jesus has not always been good news for Native Americans. The history of North America is marred by atrocities committed against Native peoples. Indigenous cultures were erased in the name of Christianity. As a result, to this day few Native Americans are followers of Jesus. However, despite the far-reaching effects of colonialism, some Natives have forged culturally authentic ways to follow the way of Jesus. In his final work, Richard Twiss provides a contextualized Indigenous expression of the Christian faith among the Native communities of North America. He surveys the painful, complicated history of Christian missions among Indigenous peoples and chronicles more hopeful visions of culturally contextual Native Christian faith. For Twiss, contextualization is not merely a formula or evangelistic strategy, but rather a relational process of theological and cultural reflection within a local community. Native leaders reframe the gospel narrative in light of post-colonization, reincorporating traditional practices and rituals while critiquing and correcting the assumptions of American Christian mythologies. Twiss gives voice to the stories of Native followers of Jesus, with perspectives on theology and spirituality plus concrete models for intercultural ministry. Future generations of Native followers of Jesus, and those working crossculturally with them, will be indebted to this work.
Posted in Missions & Missionary Work Tagged with: American, Cowboys, Expression, from, Gospel, IVP Books, Jesus, Native, Rescuing