As a former pastor, Richard Christenson has had the opportunity to address numerous congregations and men’s ministry groups throughout the northwestern United States, and his observations from these experiences are alarming.
He found that comprehensive discipleship training that addresses the spiritual formation and mission involvement requirement of Christ’s followers has been replaced by “felt needs” driven programming and religious education classes.
The result is, local churches are becoming increasingly ingrown and are comprised of consumers, spectators, and Jesus fans rather than cross-carrying followers of Jesus Christ.
Richard Christenson believes this problem is the result of our incomplete presentation of the Gospel and our failure to provide comprehensive maturity, ministry, and mission training for church members.
Christ’s discipleship deal comes with many temporal and eternal benefits, but there are also costs involved that need to be counted before making a commitment to become a follower of Christ.
In his new book, Christ’s Discipleship Deal, Christenson offers assistance for local church leaders in identifying and correcting concerns related to their presentation of the Gospel, spiritual formation of their members, and proactive participation in Christ’s redemptive mission.
Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” —Mark 5:25-28
Have you ever wondered what might this woman’s life have been like prior to her years of suffering from this ailment, or what would she have endured during the years of her infirmity? How would she have felt as she forced her way through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and how might her life have been affected afterwards?
Meet Sapira, a woman of striking beauty from humble beginnings. She emerges by means of marriage to a life of luxury. After many unfortunate events, Sapira loses everything—her family, her place in the community, her wealth, and her health—until the day she pushes forward to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.
In her debut biblical fiction, Cynthia Goyang invites readers to learn more about the woman in Mark through this intriguing tale about a woman who had faith enough to be healed by Jesus.
Caleb Sawyer expects his senior year at Baxter High to go just as he planned.
He’s a member of the football team, is active in his church, has a great job, and loves hanging out with his friends at the local diner. But then he crosses paths with Ellie Thompson, the mysterious new girl in town.
Ellie has a fiery personality and a tragic past, and Caleb’s obsession with her leads them both on adventures full of opportunities and challenges.
As their connection grows, Caleb must wrestle with his fears and doubts. Practicing what you preach is not always easy, and when the unthinkable happens, Caleb wonders if there is any future for him and Ellie.
With the support of his parents and friends and the unexpected help of a kindly old widow, Caleb’s faith finally comes full circle. But is there any end to the treacherous road that is his and Ellie’s relationship?
Is there a future and a hope for them?
“A must-read for any educator . . . and . . . an excellent blueprint for the future.”
—Joe Haas, Ed.D., Executive Director,
North Carolina Christian School Association
The local Christian school must become the site for transforming the movement into one that focuses upon student learning and a clear delineation of student goals. In A Scent of Water, the authors examine schools as social and cultural systems that must be understood.
A Scent of Water describes the type of leadership that must characterize the movement and proposes an active, vibrant, and collaborative role for classroom teachers, working with building principals who see themselves as capacity builders, building strength and knowledge within the teaching staff to bring a scent of water that will revitalize and transform the movement.
A Scent of Water is a message of hope for the Christian school movement, a movement that currently lacks vision, struggles with enrollment declines and battles budget limitations. This message derives from scriptural truth and the findings of empirical research and recommends a means for restoring a vision for the ministry.
With powerful quotes, personal application, and in-depth study, Virginia Carr guides us on a journey of taking our thoughts captive in order to develop the mind of Christ. We don’t have to fall for Satan’s lies! —Vonda Skelton, speaker and author of Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe
The following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson illustrates how important a person’s thoughts are:
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
Change the Way You Think: Winning the Everyday Battles of the Mind will help readers learn how to control their thoughts and why that is necessary. It will accomplish this by identifying what the Bible has to say about thoughts and then reinforcing those points using interactive questions, personal application, and memory verses.
What if in just a few short weeks, with biblical tips and down to earth reminders, you could wage a war against doubt and self-defeat and all the things that leave you a road-weary warrior wondering what to do next? The answer is that you can, and Virginia Carr offers you some light and some valuable perspective to help you with the task. Change the Way You Think is built on studied biblical principles and offered with a sincere desire to make your faith more real and your heart more aligned with the Will of God. This is your opportunity to set your mind free and all you have to do is Change the Way You Think!
—Karen Moore, Author of Wellspring 365 Meditations to Refresh the Soul
Taking control of our thoughts is not an easy task especially if we are operating from years of learned behavior. In Change the Way You Think, Virginia Basye Carr offers an in depth study that reshapes the reader s thinking toward a sound biblical viewpoint. An excellent resource for personal or small group Bible study.
—Keiki Hendrix, The Vessel Project, Owner, VP Virtual Editor
The inception of a spiritual odyssey begins . . .
Artka, once a nobleman’s son, is now a Carnalian soldier fighting a war against Ecclessa, which is said to be ruled by a ruthless Magician.
Lost in the forest while escaping tophets, Artka is pierced by an Ecclessite’s kingsman sword-but the sword does not immediately harm nor kill. To survive the piercing and heal his heart’s wound, Artka seeks Logon who waits at the rock where he was slain, only to learn a new brigade is soon to be created and Artka is to be a kingsman of it.
Invisible enemies lurk around him.
Hate battles against him.
Sacrifice is required of him.
Knowledge awaits him.
Only the runes on his Ecclessite sword can lead him to safety . . . if he can survive the journey.
There is a desperate need for effective leadership today: in our nation, in our churches, in our families, and even in ourselves.
The Bible uses the term armorbearer to describe leaders who offer help, support, and strength to those around them. These types of servant-leaders are needed now more than ever.
Using Scripture as the guide, Armorbearers takes readers down a path of self-discovery, pursuing greatness by developing a character that is forged on the anvil of self-restraint and tested through the heat of self-discipline.
Packed with inspiring stories and powerful lessons, Armorbearers reveals the four revolutionary choices every leader must make, risking their own significance in order to encounter God in life-altering ways.
Are you ready to become an armorbearer?