A Revolutionary Message: "I've been married 35 years and have not heard this taught."
A Simple Message: A wife has one driving need -- to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need -- to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy.
When either of these needs isn't met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly,easily and biblically.
A Message That Works:
Based on over three decades of counseling, as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, have already taken the Love and R ... more
Paperback - Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." But it often seems like conflict and disagreement are unavoidable. Serious, divisive conflict is everywhere--within families, in the church, and out in the world. And it can seem impossible to overcome its negative force in our lives. In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.
Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of godly wisdom and useful suggestions that are easily applied to any relationship ... more
Learn from churches that have made serving their communities a priority with dramatic results. Your church can be a firm pillar in your community because of the unwavering truth and love of its members. Attract new believers and reach hurt and skeptical people through service. Help your members deepen their spiritual commitment through service.
Discover practical ways to change your community, starting now. From the minister to the mechanic and the teen to the tenured, your church will expand God's kingdom when it extends his love to the people in your community.
God has a personal vision for our lives, and He wants us to know it even more than we do. But determining God's will can be a difficult process, especially when we need to make a decision in a hurry. The Discovering God's Will DVD and its companion study guide, designed for small groups or personal study, take you through the important steps of decision making, pursuing God's will, seeking counsel from others, learning to use discernment, and understanding the mind of God through Scripture as you seek His will. The DVD includes 4 complete sermons and eight 12- to 15-minute group sessions that correspond with the study guide. The study guide, which includes a leader's guide, will help outline the amazing plan God h ... more
As parents, we need to do everything we can to enhance our children's relationship with us, to influence their relationships with those outside the home, and most importantly, to advance their relationship with God. Designed for use in personal study or in small groups, The Parental Guidance Required DVD and study guide are practical resources that will help parents to ask themselves the important questions: Am I economizing my time with my child, or am I investing in my child by carefully developing the quality of our relationship over the long haul? Am I striving to control the influence that friends have in my child's life? Am I nurturing a healthy, eternal perspective that will help my child to weather the inevitable ... more
There's no scoreboard in the sanctuary, and the only plate is probably for the offering. But every church leader needs to know how to win, and every congregation needs to know when to cheer. This insightful book speaks to every church leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry. An engaging parable about one overwhelmed pastor is followed by an overview of seven successful team practices, each one developed and applied in a ministry setting. Reinforced by relevant discussion questions, these clear, easy, and strategic practices can turn any ministry into a winning team.
Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing. If you are satisfied with those res ... more
In a culture that promotes isolation and autonomy, this book reveals life-changing methods for creating healthy relationships and authentic community. Readers learn to apply New Testament principles that capture the essence of Jesus" teachings about effectively caring, serving, and loving one another. This book shows how to: develop deep, genuine friendships, model to others a relationship with Jesus, create meaningful interaction with strangers, avoid the pitfalls of judging others, show people love, acceptance, kindness, and respect Complete with discussion questions, this book is for both individuals and church groups. It is a must for all Christians who wish to practice being the church rather than merely attending o ... more
These are sermons that preachers can preach, that teachers can teach, that students can study, and that God's people can read with boundless profit. . . . Anyone who would open his mind and soul to these beautifully worded, magnificently outlined expositions of the truth of God will be gloriously blessed. --W. A. Criswell, chancellor and professor of Pastoral Theology, Criswell College, Dallas, Texas
Simple Sermons for Funeral Services helps pastors give comfort to the bereaved and glory to God at a funeral for a Christian man, a Christian woman, an unsaved person, an elderly Christian, a baby or small child, or someone who faced a tragic death.
God has a personal vision for our lives, and He wants us to know it even more than we do. But determining God's will can be a difficult process, especially when we need to make a decision in a hurry. The Discovering God's Will DVD and its companion study guide, designed for small groups or personal study, take you through the important steps of decision making, pursuing God's will, seeking counsel from others, learning to use discernment, and understanding the mind of God through Scripture as you seek His will. The DVD includes 4 complete sermons and eight 12- to 15-minute group sessions that correspond with the study guide. The study guide, which includes a leader's guide, will help outline the amazing plan God has in m ... more
The biblical shorthand of theological language is useful for expressing complicated doctrines -- but only for those who understand it. Key Words of the Christian Life de-mystifies words and concepts like "justification, " "sanctification, " and "adoptioninto the family of God" for lay readers.
Each chapter focuses on a New Testament word or phrase that has important implications for the believer's life and faith. Warren Wiersbe gives easy-to-grasp explanations of each word's theological meaning, along with practical application for the Christian life. Wiersbe's careful teaching will be invaluable to everyone from new believers to those looking for resources to teach others the powerful implications of key Bible words.
First published by Baker Books in 1993, The Cross and Christian Ministry presents a comprehensive view of what the death of Christ means in preaching and pastoring God's people. It sets forth workable principles for dynamic, cross-centered leadership. Now available in paperback.
Increasing numbers of churches today use high-tech tools such as videos and PowerPoint presentations in their worship services. But without wisdom, those tools can turn their services more into entertainment than worship. How can churches use technology to communicate meaning instead of seducing people with special effects? How can technology be adopted to help people connect with God and each other to foster authentic worship? High-Tech Worship? takes a careful look at these issues, giving readers practical guidance on how they can best use the gift of technology in their churches. Both clergy and lay leaders will benefit from its creative suggestions as they seek to integrate technology wisely into their worship servic ... more
Thousands of ministers burn out every year; others fall prey to sexual temptation. With piercing honesty, Leaders that Last dismantles stale stereotypes about pastors and offers hope for handling their recurring, daily struggles. Coauthored by a minister who admits to struggling with periodic bouts of depression, this practical resource offers a hopeful message for pastors of every denomination. Serving a church is a lonely business, no matter how big the congregation. A pastor is expected to be nearly perfect, modeling holiness, generosity, and kindness. In need of moral and emotional support, pastors often try to go it alone, satisfied with a collection of acquaintances but no true friends. Starting a Pastors in Covena ... more
As if ministry wasn't challenging enough, today pastors must also navigate the bewildering seas of "the digital age." But what technologies are right for our church, and how do we use them? Wired for Ministry offers practical strategies for integrating technology and ministry while keeping a watchful eye on potential technological pitfalls. Remembering that technology is the medium and not the message, Jewell discusses specific ways that tools such as the Internet, digital video, and music can enhance youth groups, worship services, educational ministries, and evangelism. Pastors, Christian educators, youth leaders, and Sunday school teachers will rely on this useful guide. Jewell's wise introduction to the process of br ... more
In Worship Evangelism, Sally Morgenthaler calls the church to consider the remarkable, untapped potential of worship as an opportunity of those who aren't yet followers of Jesus Christ as well as those who are to encounter the presence of God. Combining the best of traditional and contemporary worship music and practices, Morgenthaler shows how to achieve worship that's both culturally relevant and authentic. She helps pastors, worship leaders, and musicians - Understand worship and its attraction for non-Christians - Tear down walls that keep unbelievers from meeting God in church worship - Make worship evangelism happen--in any culture Morgenthaler draws on sound research and her extensive experience as a worship leade ... more
God has always made a way for mankind. It's His nature. But many times we have to make the way ourselves. It' not until we realize that we really don' know what to do that we are able to hear Gods voice. That' when He says, Why don' we try this My Way. Learning "what to do when you don' know what to do" is the practical application for this groundbreaking book. Using solid biblical principles and practical application, Drs Cloud and Townsend give hope in the midst of many of life' hardest situations. Personal Discovery Guide Paperback.
Grasp the essence of successful, biblical leadership with indispensable guidance on imparting vision, handling stress, being a servant leader, and more."The best book on leadership I have read in the last decade." -Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager
A unique collection of essays offering practical insights on a diverse spectrum of issues related to the formation of permanent deacons, as well as the use and implementation of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States.
The author of best-selling Icebreakers and Icebreakers 2, Valerie Lippoldt Mack reflects on her career as an music educator, dancer,and musician and shares valuable knowledge and experience with you in Putting the SHOW in CHOIR. Full of tips and suggestions for successful auditions, choreography, staging and lights, costumes, programming, rehearsal suggestions, budgeting, public relations and more, this resource is a must for every concert, jazz, or show choir director Truly, there is a wealth of information in this easy and fun to read book with humorous stories sprinkled throughout that could onlyhappen to Valerie
Just like a garden, a singing congregation--the fullest flower of a thriving parish music program--comes into being and is sustained through careful planning and ongoing attentiveness. Jennifer Kerr Breedlove, working from her own experiences as a home gardener and a pastoral musician, offers her guidance for building a successful singing congregation from the roots up. Innovative ideas and common sense guide parish musicians through the process:
Year One: Gathering information about the parish and its people
Year Two: Building on existing strengths, forming the assembly and its ministers
Year Three: Various approaches to building a parish repertoire, annual repertoire summaries
Think Differently Leader Kit includes a Bible Study Book and three DVDs with a promotional video and 10 50-minute teaching sessions featuring the author.
Why do we lose our temper? Why do we tend to hurt those we care for most? How do families find themselves broken? The reason is often the way we think. Beyond behaviors and deeper than attitudes, thinking determines outcome more than anything else. The Book of Romans challenges us to be no longer conformed to the patterns of the world but rather to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. So much of what we are missing in life is associated with the way we process events in the world around us, draw conclusions about our circumstances, and ... more