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Four Steps to Mature Manhood

Four Steps to Mature Manhood

Four Steps to Mature Manhood

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 Paul offers us a tantalizing goal for the ministry of the church in Ephesians 4:13: Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (NASB) Yes, the Greek says “mature man.” Of course God wants women to reach maturity as well, but what Paul lays out in the final three chapters are four clear steps men can take to reach that maturity. The sad truth is that few of us have attained it. The author writes from 40 years of ministry experience; 21 of those as a chaplain in the Federal Prison System. Currently he lives in Costa Rica, where he has an international ministry as a spiritual father and on his web site, ASpiritualFather.com. From that wealth of experience with thousands of men he writes as a pastor and father.
This book is not a commentary, but a comprehensive study of the church in Ephesus, with the same practical purpose Paul had when he wrote this beloved church. Starting with the history of the church in the Book of Acts, it finishes with a dire warning from Revelation to a church which had lost its first love. In the first three chapter of Ephesians you will clearly see Christ’s amazing work on our behalf and God’s plan for all eternity. For the first time, this book develops the four clear steps Paul lays out in the final chapter to reach mature manhood. Unlike most books for men, this book is solidly based on the Word of God. You will find real, solid, godly help in becoming the man God wants you to be. 

Rebuild the Walls

Four Steps to Mature Manhood

Four Steps to Mature Manhood

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 Nehemiah had a cushy job as cupbearer to the king of Babylon. But he was still a captive! Somehow, God was able to get him to Jerusalem, and within two months he had the walls rebuilt and a revival was started! This careful study of his book will provide you with timeless leadership principles that can make you a world-changer too! 

Moses: Man of God

Four Steps to Mature Manhood

Moses: Man of God

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 You’ve longed for something solid. You’re tired of the same worldly advice to leaders. It’s time to rediscover Moses. Despite his amazing life and powerful experiences with God, he was called “the most humble man on the face of the earth.” Humble, obedient, faithful vessels like Moses – what could God do with you today? Could this book be your burning bush?
Our world needs men like Moses:
•Men who will part the Red Sea so God’s people can move forward.
•Men who will confront Pharaoh with mighty displays of God’s power.
•Men who will cast down golden cows and other idols.
•Men who will pay the price to climb the mountain, fast, and hear from God
•Men who will be true pastors and leaders.
Tragically, Wikipedia includes William Shakespeare and Thomas Jefferson among the “Ten most influential people in history,” but not Moses. Time Magazine doesn’t even include Moses among the “100 Most Significant Figures in History”! That may help explain where we are today.
This book is not a commentary, but an exegetical study of Moses’ “autobiography,” the five books we believe he authored. Beginning at the burning bush, we follow him to his death on Mount Nebo. Moses will come alive to you! But it’s not just an historical study – each step of the way is applied to your life today. This book is full of guidance for leaders – both in and outside the church.
 

Humble Yourself

2 Corinthians: An Apostle's Life

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 Jesus says that the greatest in the Kingdom humble themselves as a child. In fact, you must humble yourself as a child to even enter the Kingdom!  Various times he said everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.  How do you humble yourself?  It sure doesn't come naturally! This book examines Scripture and looks to Jesus as your example and guide in humbling yourself. 

2 Corinthians: An Apostle's Life

2 Corinthians: An Apostle's Life

2 Corinthians: An Apostle's Life

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 The great Apostle Paul talked openly about his struggles in this intimate letter to the Corinthian church. Often misunderstood and overlooked for the better-known 1st Corinthians, 2nd Corinthians offers and unparalleled glimpse of his life. With the emergence of modern apostles it offers crucial biblical insights on apostleship.
Verses from 2nd Corinthians (We are Christ's ambassadors, Do not be unequally yoked, If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, God loves a cheerful giver) are often quoted with no idea of their context. This intensely practical book will help you understand 2nd Corinthians and apply it to your life. The picture it presents of a mature Christian life may surprise many modern believers. 

Lessons in Deliverance

2 Corinthians: An Apostle's Life

2 Corinthians: An Apostle's Life

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  Deliverance was an important part of Jesus’ ministry. He gave that same authority over unclean spirits to his disciples – and to us, those who believe in him. So, why do we see so few people set free from demonic oppression? Are there less demonized people today? Actually, there are probably more than ever. A glance at the news confirms that. Unfortunately, the church has been lacking solid teaching and the necessary authority to deliver them. What we’ve seen in movies, and the extremes that have scared many people off, take the place of balanced, biblical teaching. Who better to teach us than Jesus? This book studies every passage in the Gospels and Acts which records a deliverance. God will use his Word to release his authority in your life and prepare you to help the many people around who are tormented by evil spirits. 

Made to Reign

1 Corinthians: A Manual for the Man of God

1 Corinthians: A Manual for the Man of God

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God is calling you. He has a purpose for your life. You were made to reign. He wants you to use his authority for the good of your family and community. Made to Reign follows the life of King Saul, Israel’s first king, in the book of 1 Samuel. God called him, equipped him, and gave him authority to reign, and Saul failed miserably. As you follow Saul’s victories and defeats in the many battles of his life, you’ll learn how to use your kingly authority – and not lose it, as Saul did.
 

This is a book by a man, about men, and for men. As a federal prison chaplain for twenty-one years, the author has walked with hundreds of men on the journey to mature and fulfilling manhood. You’re not alone! Join him, Saul, and countless other men who have wrestled with the same issues you struggle with. There’s no better guidebook, no better story, than the Word of God.
 

God commanded Adam: “Rule, have dominion, over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground”. He’s had a hard time finding men who will faithfully exercise his authority on this earth. It took his own Son to perfectly establish his Kingdom, and right now he’s preparing many sons to reign with him through eternity: They will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:6, 22:5) Are you ready to reign?

1 Corinthians: A Manual for the Man of God

1 Corinthians: A Manual for the Man of God

1 Corinthians: A Manual for the Man of God

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 In the closing verses of I Corinthians Paul literally commands his readers be men, or act like men (16:13). Modern translations are uncomfortable with that, but more than ever there’s a desperate need for real men of God. If you’re like most men, you’re tired of playing church. You want a faith that can walk with Jesus as Peter did. You need hope to face daily challenges at home, at work, and in your community. And you long for real, lasting, love. 

Paul wrote an amazing letter that addresses many of the issues we wrestle with today. Love, marriage, and sex. Temptation. Authentic and satisfying church experience. Help in daily decision making. If we were to faithfully follow what God has given us in this one letter our families and churches would be transformed. 

This intensely practical book with challenge and instruct you. If you’re in leadership or ministry you will find it especially helpful. Far more than one more men’s book, it’s one of the few serious Bible studies written for men. 

Walk like Jesus Walked: Learning to Walk

1 Corinthians: A Manual for the Man of God

Walk like Jesus Walked: Learning to Walk

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By this we may be sure that we are in Christ: whoever says, ‘I abide in him’, ought to walk just as he walked. (1 John 2:5-6) 

God’s Word translation says: Those who say that they live in him must live the same way he lived. 


Yes, it’s possible to be certain that you are in Christ. Do you ever have doubts that you’re saved? How are things between you and God? Talk is cheap. It’s far too easy to pray to receive Christ and go to church without abiding in Christ or living in him. Unfortunately, the faith of many people is just talk. Like James 2:20 says: “faith without works is dead.” You can say you’re a Christian and everything is fine with God. But how is your daily walk? 


The Bible says that the test of a living faith is to walk like Jesus walked. Wow! Is that possible? Yes! Or it wouldn’t be in the Bible. It’s God’s will for you, and he will help you do it. This book is the first of four volumes, and covers the basics of Christian discipleship. There are many books out there for new believers, but unlike most of them, this is based purely on the teachings and example of Christ. The idea is to experience what it was like to walk with Jesus when he was on this earth. The world is spiritually hungry, and tired of our hypocrisy and lack of love and power. There’s great need for healing and deliverance, but few real miracles. And the solution is so obvious and so simple! It’s Jesus! What do you think? Jesus is inviting you to walk like he walked. Are you up to it? We have the example of his life to study and imitate.

Walk like Jesus Walked: Kingdom Culture

Making Disciples: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Your Lifetime

Walk like Jesus Walked: Learning to Walk

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Culture: The way of life of a particular people, especially as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs. (Cambridge Dictionary)


What is your culture like? What do you like about it? What bothers you about it? One culture is not better than another, it’s just different. But there is one perfect culture, the culture of God’s kingdom. The Sermon on the Mount contains Jesus’ most extensive teaching on kingdom culture. It’s a radical message that goes directly against our secular culture – and popular church culture. Jesus contrasts the true disciple with the unbeliever and the “religious” person. We’ll see a huge contrast with the world around us – but also with many “Christians.” This book starts with Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount and moves on to others of his teachings on the kingdom.


The challenge of this series of books is to obey the command in 1 John 2:6: Whoever says, “I abide in him”, ought to walk just as he walked. This book will help you understand Jesus’ heart and what is important in his kingdom. Are you up to it? You can expect the person who puts this message into practice to be characterized as “different,” “weird,” “extreme,” and “radical.”

Making Disciples: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Your Lifetime

Making Disciples: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Your Lifetime

Making Disciples: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Your Lifetime

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 What does it mean to be a Christian?
•Taking part in great praise and worship and motivational preaching?
•Praying and reading the Bible?
•Helping others? Doing good deeds?
•Trusting in God for his blessings and prosperity?
•No smoking, drinking, drugs or sex before marriage?
•Giving tithes and offerings?

A Christian may do those things, but the theme of this series of books is:

Being a Christian is walking like Jesus walked.

Now, in this third volume, we will see that Jesus calls you to change the world. How?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 16-20).

In light of Jesus’ Great Commission, what do you think of this proposal?

The only reason Jesus is delaying his return to this earth to establish his kingdom is the need to fulfill this commission and offer salvation to every nation.

This book is for who truly want to walk like Jesus walked and be obedient to him, especially pastors and leaders. You will see Jesus’ simple plan for world evangelism and the key to that in the Great Commission. It’s time to finish the task!

Jesus never commanded us to build great organizations or beautiful church buildings. He commanded us to make disciples. We don’t need a new, improved, way of being the church. We just need to follow Jesus’ plan. 

Letters from the Rock: 1 and 2 Peter

Making Disciples: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Your Lifetime

Making Disciples: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Your Lifetime

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There’s an important message waiting for you. Letters. Something better than a text or WhatsApp message. Letters from the Rock. And we’re not talking about Dwayne Johnson (known in the movies as “The Rock”). 


The true Rock is Jesus.


God provided water during the exodus from Egypt: All of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). Water came from that rock for the thirsty crowd of Israelites.


It may be that you’re in a desert right now. The Rock is pouring out living words to satisfy your thirsty soul.


That Eternal Rock gave those words to another Rock. A man previously known as Simon. Jesus changed his name to Peter, which means Rock. Nobody has walked closer to Jesus on this earth than Peter. In his later years (and close to his death) Peter  

What Ever Happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

What Ever Happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

What Ever Happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

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 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:2) It was obvious to the apostle Paul when he arrived in Ephesus that they had not, even though it was a gift the Father had promised them.After Jesus rose from the dead he breathed on the disciples and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22) Yet a few days later he told them to “wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”(Acts 1:4-5)When they received the baptism on the day of Pentecost everything changed. God was now living inside them and they experienced amazing power and intimacy with God. Have you received the baptism?Millions of people did in the twentieth century, but it’s rare to hear about it today, even in Pentecostal or Charismatic churches. What has happened? Surely we need the baptism more than ever! If you’re not sure if you’ve been baptized in the Spirit, are confused about it, or long for more of God in your life, this book could be your personal Pentecost. It’s a gift God has promised to you. 

What Ever Happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

What Ever Happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

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What Ever Happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

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