Called To Be Faithful

Author: Virgil Amundson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781537724270
Size: 74.22 MB
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Often, we look to a huge mega-church in one of the metropolitan areas to find the "formula" for growth and success. But God is not limited to such places. In fact, there are great treasures to be found in other places-remote, obscure, rural places-where the great God of the universe is just as apt to do "great and mighty things." One of the lies that Satan tells pastors is that they cannot accomplish great things in a small area, but that they must move on to some large metropolitan area to fulfill their ministry. Pastor Virgil Amundson's book, "Called to be Faithful," thoroughly debunks that myth. Shell Lake Full Gospel Church began in 1969 as a Pentecostal congregation of about a dozen people in a town with a population of under 1,000. Today it is touching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This small-town church has become a powerful lighthouse to northwest Wisconsin and the world and now supports over 60 missionaries and has given as much as a half a million dollars to missions in one year. "Called to be Faithful" is an absorbing story of the highs and the lows of growing a great church in a small community. Pastor Amundson will be the first to tell you that what has been accomplished is only because of the grace of God, but there are valuable lessons to be learned here about cooperating with God's grace and being flexible enough to flow with what God is doing in the various seasons of life and ministry. Enjoy this collection of a lifetime of memories from a man who has personally experienced the grace of God in the building of a great local church for God.

Turn It Up A Notch

Author: Evangelist Ronnie Casillas
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1387772058
Size: 48.78 MB
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Turn It Up A Notch is a book on cultivating personal revival. Revival is described as a period of renewed religious interest and passion for the things of God and the ministry to the lost. "Turn It Up A Notch" is also written to stir-up revival in your journey with God and the Word of God is the primary tool that you can use to stir up a fire in your soul.

Autopsy Of A Deceased Church

Author: Thom S. Rainer
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 143368392X
Size: 61.15 MB
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Presents twelve lessons on keeping a church alive, discussing the consistent themes the author found in dying churches.

Love Big Be Well

Author: Winn Collier
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 1467448346
Size: 22.77 MB
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Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor—not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them—something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation. Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas's letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas's own unfolding story. Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.

The Joy Of The Gospel

Author: Pope Francis
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0553419544
Size: 51.41 MB
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The perfect gift! A specially priced, beautifully designed hardcover edition of The Joy of the Gospel with a foreword by Robert Barron and an afterword by James Martin, SJ. “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus… In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” – Pope Francis This special edition of Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.” Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth. Includes a foreword by Robert Barron, author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage From the Hardcover edition.

Brothers We Are Not Professionals

Author: John Piper
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 143367873X
Size: 46.28 MB
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In this revised and expanded edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals that includes a new introduction and select all-new chapters, best-selling author John Piper pleads through a series of thoughtful essays with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry. “We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry,” he writes. “The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God. “Brothers, we are not professionals. We are outcasts. We are aliens and exiles in the world. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we wait with eager expectation for the Lord (Phil. 3:20). You cannot professionalize the love for His appearing without killing it. And it is being killed. “The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man. The strong wine of Jesus Christ explodes the wine- skins of professionalism.”