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The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John MacArthur Description Few concepts are more basic to Christianity-or more important to a Christian's personal and spiritual well-being-than forgiveness. Yet in an age in which it has become fashionable to "forgive yourself" rather than to forgive others, can ou...

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The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness by John MacArthur Description Few concepts are more basic to Christianity-or more important to a Christian's personal and spiritual well-being-than forgiveness. Yet in an age in which it has become fashionable to "forgive yourself" rather than to forgive others, can ou...

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When I Don't Desire God

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. When I Don't Desire God: How To Fight For Joy by John Piper Description We all want to experience liberating, love-producing, risk-taking satisfaction in God. But the reality is that we often struggle to find, and hold onto, true and lasting joyeven when we have embraced the good news of God's grace. So w...

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Church Membership

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathon Leeman Description Why should you join a church?Becoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life. Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing...

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The Jesus Storybook Bible

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones Description The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will...

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Church in Hard Places

Church in Hard Places: How the Local Church Brings Life to the Poor and Needy by Mez McConnell and Mike McKinley Description It is impossible to alleviate povertyin its fullest senseapart from the local church. In recent years, Christians have shown an increased commitment to helping the poor. But this renewed interest in poverty alleviation is doomed to fail if it is...

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Changing World, Unchanging Mission

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Changing World, Unchanging Mission: Responding to Gospel Challenges by David Sills Description The Gospel Coalition Top Books of 2015 in International Outreach. The world continues to globalize and urbanize at a rapid pace. Technology and social media have transformed how people interact. Despite recent a...

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Hudson Taylor

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China by Janet Geoff Benge Description Hudson survived his perilous maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal...

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Becoming Worldly Saints

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life? by Dr. Michael Wittmer Description Do you feel the tension between the pleasures of earth and the purpose of heaven? You want to enjoy life in this world--the beauty of God's creation and the rich love of deep relationships with other...

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Reckless Abandon

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Reckless Abandon: A Gospel Pioneer's Exploits Among the Most Difficult to Reach Peoples by David Sitton Description David Sitton was barely a man when he left surfing and partying to live in Papua New Guinea, a faraway, perilous land. Leaving Texas with a Bible, a suitcase (and a surfboard), he took the g...

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Respectable Sins

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate by Jerry Bridges Description Have Christians become so preoccupied with "major" sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the "acceptable" sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, i...

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Counsel from the Cross

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson Description Given the evermore apparent failure of modern psychotherapies and a growing discomfort with pharmacological strategies, many churches are reaffirming the sufficiency and power o...

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One Minute After You Die

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. One Minute After You Die by Erwin Lutzer Description Death comes to all, and yet death is not the end. For some, death is the beginning of unending bliss, for others, unending despair. In this latest edition of the bestselling book One Minute After You Die, Pastor Erwin W. Lutzer weighs the Bible's words ...

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Basic Christianity

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Basic Christianity by John Stott Description Named a "Book of the Century" by Christianity Today "If Jesus was not God in human flesh, Christianity is exploded," writes John Stott. "We are left with just another religion with some beautiful ideas and noble ethics; its unique distinction has gone." Who is ...

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Family Worship

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney Description Gathering together for worship is an indispensable part of your family's spiritual life. It is a means for God to reveal himself to you and your loved ones in a powerful way. This practical guide by Donald S. Whitney will prove invaluable to familieswith or ...

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Developing A Healthy Prayer Life

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Developing a Healthy Prayer Life by James W. Beeke and Joel R. Beeke Description Is your prayer life characterized by such things as sincerity, urgency, and delight? Engagement in prayer is a vital part of our communion with God, making a profound impact on our growth in grace. In this book, you will find...

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Family Driven Faith

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God by Voddie Baucham Jr. Description More teens are turning away from the faith than ever before: it is estimated that 75 to 88 percent of Christian teens walk away from Christianity by the end of their freshman year of co...

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The Invisible Hand

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good? by R.C. Sproul Description "Every woman who has delivered a stillborn baby knows the devastation it brings to the heart," write R. C. Sproul. "Who can experience such a thing without crying to heaven and asking, "Why?"' It is normal to wonder where G...

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney Description Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow i...

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Humility

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Humilty: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney Description "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5. A battle rages within every one of us every day. It's the clash between our sense of stubborn self-sufficiency and God's call to recognize that we're really nothing without Him. It's pr...

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Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper Description The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. T...

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The Enemy Within

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin by Kris Lundgaard Description How would you like to fight an enemy who, just as you have him on the ropes, always evades the final blow? An enemy who hides just out of reach, lulling you into a fall sense of security, until he drops from no...

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Growing Your Faith

On Fridays we highlight recommended resources from our pastors. Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ by Jerry Bridges Description When we are gripped by the astonishing fact of Christ's love for us, we want to draw close to Him and worship Him. But what can we do to deepen our relationship with Jesus? What does He expect of us? And how can we be more like Him? ...

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