If Not for the Grace of God

Learning to Live Independent of Frustrations and Struggles

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Author: Joyce Meyer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446549924

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 2897

Break free from bondage and take hold of all that is yours by the grace of God! You may have heard the term grace defined as "undeserved favor." While this is true, grace is much more than that. It is the power of God available to meet all your needs. Everything you receive from God must come by grace through faith. In this book, #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer explains the power of the grace of God and how you can receive it through faith. Joyce teaches the difference between having faith in God, which will bring you into peace and rest, and having faith in your own abilities, which will bring you into frustration. By applying the principles outlined in this book, you will learn: What grace is The power of grace How to be free from worry and frustration How to walk in supernatural favor How to develop an attitude of gratitude How to live a holy life by grace, plus much more!

If Not for the Grace of God Study Guide

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Author: Joyce Meyer

Publisher: Harrison House

ISBN: 9781577944478

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 3315

Taken from If Not for the Grace of God, Meyer teaches readers to exchange "trying for trusting, to stop doing & start asking--and receiving" the abundant grace of God available to every person.

Were it Not for Grace

Stories from Women After God's Own Heart

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Author: Leslie Montgomery

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 0805431780

Category: Religion

Page: 181

View: 7084

From Laura Bush to Beth Moore, profiles of twelve prominent Christian women and how God has had his hand on their lives through times of trial and triumph.

If It Wasn’T for Grace

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Author: Kimberly Humphries-Washington

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1543451179

Category: Fiction

Page: 210

View: 2286

Grace Peterson loves being a therapist and lives for counseling others, especially her longtime friends, but life has suddenly taken her to a place shes not sure she will ever recover from. Graces strong faith is threatened and her ability to counsel anyone. Simone Grier has everything she ever wanteda successful career in fashion, children, and a loving husband. After reconnecting with a guy from her past, she wonders if she really has everything she ever wanted. Summer Hawthorne is a brilliant attorney who has finally found love with her boyfriend of two years. She finds herself in another life-changing situation when she discovers her boyfriend has been unfaithful. Rainey Waters-Butler is newly married and finally pursuing her dream of becoming a dentist, but her world is turned upside down when unexpected family issues arise and causes her to put her future on hold.

If Not for Grace

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Author: Day Gardner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781632328175

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

View: 2632

Thomas George Ford learned early that life is not easy, especially for a young black man growing up in 1920s West Virginia. Forced to be known as "George" rather than "Thomas" to avoid being associated with his fugitive father, George struggles to find his identity and make his way in the world. Eventually, searching for work, he moves south to live with his uncle Eli. Though lighter skinned than her siblings, Grace White never thought to question the circumstances of her birth. But that changes when a tragic act of violence brings her face-to-face with both her past and her now uncertain future. When the lives of these two intersect, both Grace and George experience unexpected blessings, including survival through faith, strength through family, and wisdom through forgiveness.

Real Austin

The Homeless and the Image of God

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Author: Annie Vocature Bullock

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621891968

Category: Religion

Page: 100

View: 5781

Christianity is simple. Love God. Love your neighbor. The rest is commentary. Simple in theory becomes much more difficult when your neighbor is a man in a dress who stinks like urine and a decaying, unwashed body. And yet, that's exactly who you find on a downtown bus: the homeless, the unsavory, the just plain weird. Drawing on the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, this book explores one woman's complex and ambivalent interactions with the homeless. Stories about a persistent failure to acknowledge and honor the humanity of the homeless are evidence of the pervasive reality of human sin. But at the same time, there are moments of genuine kindness and humanity that stand as reminders that God brings new life from the brokenness of sin. These stories of days spent on a downtown bus move from unflinching self-reflection to a new awareness of God's presence. This is where the abstract becomes local, and where theology finally gets real.

Answer to the Pelagians

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Author: Saint Augustine (of Hippo)

Publisher: New City Press

ISBN: 1565481291

Category: Religion

Page: 773

View: 4056

Angela of Foligno has risen from relative obscurity to a prominent rank among the most significant representatives of the Franciscan and Christian mystical tradition. The scorching yet feminine way in which she narrates her dramatic love affair with the passionate ldquo;suffering Godmanrdquo; strikes a chord in contemporary readers. The intensity of her account has no match in Christian mystical literature.Selections from Memorial the first part of her book recount the progression in her spiritual journey. Passages from Instructions the second part reveal her role as mother and ldquo;teacher of theologians.rdquo;

Grace for You

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Author: John F. MacArthur

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418554839

Category: Religion

Page: 64

View: 5038

In the distance, a figure, just barely a speck on the horizon, slowly approaches his boyhood home. He hasn't been there in years and is nervous about showing his face. Years ago he wished his father would drop dead, took his share of an inheritance, and lived a shameful life. With all the wealth squandered, his desperate poverty has driven him back to his father's house. At the same time, an elderly man, distinguished and handsomely dressed, sees a far-off silhouette. Could it be? he thinks to himself, not daring to let his hopes up, refusing to believe his son would ever come home. But what is a vague, repressed hope becomes the undeniable truth that his long-lost son draws near. He runs recklessly to meet him. Grace for You, taken from Dr. John MacArthur's best-selling book A Tale of Two Sons, explains the hidden dynamics of Jesus' most well known parable, The Parable of the Prodigal Son. It gives you a brief but powerful look into the homecoming of the son, the unthinkable response of the father, and the often overlooked truth about the older brother who spurns his return. In these pages you will rediscover the depths of god's redemption.

Grace

An Exposition of God's Marvelous Gift

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Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825423413

Category: Religion

Page: 271

View: 2161

Chafer deals systematically and thoroughly with the doctrine of grace. The text is extensively indexed by subject and Scripture reference.

1 John

Love Each Other

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Author: John Ortberg,Kevin & Sherry Harney

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310867592

Category: Religion

Page: 96

View: 510

When God pours out his love, our parched lives are revived and our thirsty souls satisfied. What is the secret of receiving more of God's love and of giving it freely to others? The book of I John calls us back to the basics of loving God and one another. Do you long to experience God's mercy and goodness in deeper ways and extend them to others? Would you like his love to fill you up to the point where it overflows naturally into the lives of others? This study of I John will help you and your small group experience the refreshing rain of God's love in ways you have always wanted. New Community Series -- a high-impact tool for experiencing the transforming power of God's Word. This cutting-edge series lets you explore life-changing topics from a biblical perspective in community with others in your small group. Challenging questions encourage you to reflect on Scripture and its impact on your life, both as an individual and as part of a community of Christ followers.

True for You, But Not for Me

Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith

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Author: Paul Copan

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9781441211194

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 1970

Apologetics authority Paul Copan tackles popular sayings that often leave Christians speechless, such as "All religions lead to God," "Who are you to judge others?" or "Jesus was just another great religious leader." He provides readers with thoughtful explanations of anti-Christian slogans and brief answers to help them continue their conversations with non-Christians. In addition, Copan answers questions about the unevangelized. Study questions for group or individual use are included.

What is Reformed Theology?

Understanding the Basics

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Author: R. C. Sproul

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1585586528

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 3489

What Do the Five Points of Calvinism Really Mean? Many have heard of Reformed theology, but may not be certain what it is. Some references to it have been positive, some negative. It appears to be important, and they'd like to know more about it. But they want a full, understandable explanation, not a simplistic one. What Is Reformed Theology? is an accessible introduction to beliefs that have been immensely influential in the evangelical church. In this insightful book, R. C. Sproul walks readers through the foundations of the Reformed doctrine and explains how the Reformed belief is centered on God, based on God's Word, and committed to faith in Jesus Christ. Sproul explains the five points of Reformed theology and makes plain the reality of God's amazing grace.

Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality

The Relationship of God to the World, Redemption History, and the Reprobate

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Author: John J. Bombaro

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 163087812X

Category: Religion

Page: 346

View: 7694

Since the publication of Sang Hyun Lee's revolutionary commentary, The Philosophical Theology of Jonathan Edwards, scholars have considered the possibilities of understanding Jonathan Edwards's thought in terms of dispositional laws, forces, and habits. While some scholars reject the notion of a dispositional ontology in Edwards, others have taken the concept of disposition in his thought beyond the usage the Northampton minister ever indicated, especially with respect to soteriological considerations. The preacher of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is made to be an inclusivist, if not a crypto-universalist. Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality substantiates that Edwards, in an effort to combat deistic and materialistic Enlightenment paradigms, employs dispositions in his philosophy, but that his radical theocentrism and Calvinistic particularism established its boundaries within his apologetical reconsideration of spatiotemporal and metaphysical reality. Within his "spiritual vision" of reality, Edwards leaves no stone unturned: history and even the reprobate find inherent value and a positive functional role not only in God's program of self-glorification but as manifestations of divine being--the damned are "deformities" in God. The logic of Edwards's theocentric vision of reality pushes his ideas to the limits of acceptable Reformed orthodoxy, and sometimes beyond those limits.

Inner Grace

Augustine in the Traditions of Plato and Paul

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Author: Phillip Cary

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199887470

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 7896

This book is, along with Outward Signs (OUP 2008), a sequel to Phillip Cary's Augustine and the Invention of the Inner Self (OUP 2000). In this work, Cary traces the development of Augustine's epochal doctrine of grace, arguing that it does not represent a rejection of Platonism in favor of a more purely Christian point of view a turning from Plato to Paul, as it is often portrayed. Instead, Augustine reads Paul and other Biblical texts in light of his Christian Platonist inwardness, producing a new concept of grace as an essentially inward gift. For Augustine, grace is needed first of all to heal the mind so it may see God, but then also to help the will turn away from lower goods to love God as its eternal Good. Eventually, over the course of Augustine's career, the scope of the soul's need for grace expands outward to include not only the inner vision of the intellect and the power of love but even the initial gift of faith. At every stage, Augustine insists that divine grace does not compromise or coerce the human will but frees, heals, and helps it, precisely because grace is not an external force but an inner gift of delight leading to true happiness. As his polemic against the Pelagians develops, however, he does attribute more to grace and less to the power of free will. In the end, it is God's choice which makes the ultimate difference between the saved and the damned, and we cannot know why he chooses to save one person and not another. From this Augustinian doctrine of divine choice or election stem the characteristic pastoral problems of predestination, especially in Protestantism. A more external, indeed Jewish, doctrine of election would be more Biblical, Cary suggests, and would result in a less anxious experience of grace. Along with its companion work, Outward Signs, this careful and insightful book breaks new ground in the study of Augustine's theology of grace and sacraments.

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

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Author: Terry Golway

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871407922

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 2910

“Golway’s revisionist take is a useful reminder of the unmatched ingenuity of American politics.”—Wall Street Journal History casts Tammany Hall as shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft and patronage personified by notoriously crooked characters. In his groundbreaking work Machine Made, journalist and historian Terry Golway dismantles these stereotypes, focusing on the many benefits of machine politics for marginalized immigrants. As thousands sought refuge from Ireland’s potato famine, the very question of who would be included under the protection of American democracy was at stake. Tammany’s transactional politics were at the heart of crucial social reforms—such as child labor laws, workers’ compensation, and minimum wages— and Golway demonstrates that American political history cannot be understood without Tammany’s profound contribution. Culminating in FDR’s New Deal, Machine Made reveals how Tammany Hall “changed the role of government—for the better to millions of disenfranchised recent American arrivals” (New York Observer).

Catholic Christianity

A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Author: Peter Kreeft

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 0898707986

Category: Religion

Page: 426

View: 7521

For the first time in 400 years the Catholic Church has authorized an official universal catechism which instantly became an international best-seller, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Using this official Catechism, the highly-regarded author and professor Peter Kreeft presents a complete compendium of all the major beliefs of Catholicism written in his readable and concise style. Since The Catechism of the Catholic Church was written for the express purpose of grounding and fostering catechisms based on it for local needs and ordinary readers, Kreeft does just that, offering a thorough summary of Catholic doctrine, morality, and worship in a popular format with less technical language. He presents a systematic, organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental Catholic teachings in the light of the Second Vatican Council and the whole of the Church's Tradition. This book is the most thorough, complete and popular catechetical summary of Catholic belief in print that is based on the universal Catechism.