Conversations With My Unbelieving Friend

Conversations With My Unbelieving Friend

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  • Author: Michael Gayle
  • Publisher: Elm Hill
  • ISBN: 1400330165
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 160

Very few topics generate as much emotion as religious beliefs. Those with religious inclinations and those who are against religion frequently embrace their particular viewpoint on the basis of information, much of which may be incorrect. This holds true for both believers and non-believers. Through a series of semi-fictitious conversations, Michael Gayle seeks to address some of the issues which influence an individual’s worldview. For the non-believers, this is useful in clarifying any misconceptions which may be preventing them from even considering Christianity. For believers, it provides at least two useful functions. First of all, it may help to clarify their own misconceptions and thus strengthen their faith. Secondly, it helps to provide them with information which they can use in their own conversations with non-believers that they will encounter in their Christian walk. The format is that of a series of semi-fictitious conversations between the author and a fictitious friend. The conversations represent dramatizations of the content of real conversations that the author has had over the years, combined with issues which he has deliberated on himself. In a number of instances, he addresses topics in respect of which he found the traditional explanations to be unconvincing, even though they may have been correct. If someone does not believe in the veracity Bible, it will be difficult to try to convince them of the truth of a statement in the Bible, on the basis that because it is in the Bible, therefore by definition it must be true. The author has encountered this approach and was himself, unconvinced thereby. Accordingly, whilst not denying the truth of the Bible, he has taken a different approach to some of these issues, and approach which is practical, reasonable and defensible. In so doing, his hope is that he will be able to clarify some of the issues which have caused many people to arrive at misconceptions related to the Bible and Christianity. In a very light-hearted manner, he addresses such issues as atheism, blind faith, evolution, intelligent design, miracles, science, biblical accuracy and a number of other topics which are typically the subject of disagreement or misunderstanding. This is intended to be the first in a series of three or more books. The intention of this first volume is not necessarily to convert anyone to Christianity. The intention is to remove any obstacles which are preventing anyone from honestly rather than emotionally evaluation the validity of Christian beliefs. Of course, there is the hope and possibility that some will be converted as a result, but that is not the primary objective. The conversations will continue in the subsequent volumes and maybe, just maybe, some may find the subject matter sufficiently compelling so that they are prepared to open up their hearts to the Lord.


Messy Beautiful Friendship

Messy Beautiful Friendship

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  • Author: Christine Hoover
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 1493406442
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 240

Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make. The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation. Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows women - what's holding them back from developing satisfying friendships - how to make and deepen friendships - how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts - how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends - and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us.


Conversations with My Fathers

Conversations with My Fathers

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  • Author: Isabel Burlouse
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 1490884203
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 150

The two months before George’s unexpected death served as a training ground for his salvation. George made comments almost foretelling his death, asked difficult questions about our heavenly Father’s existence, and claimed to have seen angels when close to death. These life events were undoubtedly orchestrated by our heavenly Father. George was not initiating dialogues with the Father, and his loved ones feared he would depart earth without forming a personal relationship with Him. This is a real-life, God-inspired, story of how our heavenly Father uses faithful followers to disciple to others. He uses love, hope, and faith to inspire, awaken, and adopt His distant, rebellious, and orphaned children. Through heartfelt, detailed conversations with her earthly and heavenly fathers, Burlouse shares how He reveals His unfailing love for us. Although we have fathers on this earth, He is the only perfect father. Conversations with My Fathers brings the hope of reconciliation and salvation to readers. It will forever change the way you view relationships with loved ones who are distant and/or do not have a relationship with the Father. It will move you to look and think about your current relationships with your parents, siblings, friends, and even strangers. Conversation questions at the end of each chapter will inspire you to initiate and experience your own conversations with your amazing heavenly Father. While we may not all have a good earthly father, we all have a great heavenly Father. Life is a journey of discovering our true Father’s heart so we can live in the freedom of being a beloved son or daughter. This is a story of hope, healing, and reconciliation that will reveal the goodness of God in the midst of life’s pain. Isabel has taken her next step to share her story and will inspire you to do the same. —John Stickl, Lead Pastor, Valley Creek Church Conversations With My Fathers is inspiring, motivating, and reassuring. Reading this book reminds me not to take life and those I love for granted. The beauty of the relationship between Isabel and her earthly and heavenly Father is breath taking. This book will move readers to understand the absolute truth that our heavenly Father is the only perfect father. This is a must read for all who yearn to understand the heavenly Father’s unfailing love for His children. I will heartily share this tender book with anyone who desires a closer walk with their earthly father and/or their heavenly Father. —Tyron Morgan HEALING Hearts Ministries


Jesus Conversations

Jesus Conversations

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  • Author: Dave Sterrett
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
  • ISBN: 1683073932
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 122

A practical how-to guide for Christians who want to share their faith in more effective and natural ways. How are we to talk about Jesus to someone who does not believe the way we do? Very few of us feel comfortable articulating the truthfulness of Christ’s death and resurrection to a peer outside of the church. Sometimes Christians feel intimidated by the objections of unbelievers who may say, “That’s right for you, but not for me” or “That’s just your opinion.” Jesus Conversations provides questions, answers, and relational tips in overcoming these conversation stoppers. Along with biblical insights and apologetics, readers will see firsthand examples and stories of ordinary people who share the gospel while visiting nursing homes, throwing parties, renting out bars for open- minded skeptics, and more. Sterrett’s book equips followers of Jesus to become winsome and confident in communicating the truths of the gospel to nonbelievers. It would be most effective for college students and will resonate with those who are familiar with the I Am Second movement. Key points and features: Provides strategies and practical insights to help Christians become courageous in engaging in conversations with those who might not believe in the authority of the Bible. Practical, relatable, and accessible.


The Doubters' Club: Good-Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Atheists, and the Spiritually Wounded

The Doubters' Club: Good-Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Atheists, and the Spiritually Wounded

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  • Author: Preston Ulmer
  • Publisher: NavPress
  • ISBN: 1641583355
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 176

The closer we get to the heart of God, the closer we should grow toward the doubter, the skeptic, the differing perspective, even the atheist. And that should make us wonder: Is it possible to grow in our Christian faith without engaging the doubter or the skeptic? And if growing in our faith means growing closer to the doubter, how do we do that without compromising what we believe to be true? The Doubters' Club is a guide for people who want to live in friendship with those who think differently than them. In The Doubters' Club, you'll learn how to: (1) rebuild the impression the other person has of us as Christians; (2) renovate the intention we have with the nonbeliever; (3) rely on an invitation into real life (not a church service); (4) reexamine our views through initiating conversations that matter; and (5) redefine progress as imitation, not just immersion. You'll get practical steps and tools to help you navigate relationships and conversations--but not foolproof methods (because there aren't any). Maybe you're ready to take a chance because it's your mom or dad who is the skeptic, a sibling, an old friend, a coworker, or a neighbor. Maybe you're just ready to embrace the adventure of your faith. If you are open to the mystery of doubt, The Doubters' Club invites you to bring your uncertainties as common ground for relationship with skeptics and see what God does.


The God Conversation

The God Conversation

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  • Author: J. P. Moreland
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • ISBN: 0830891811
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 192

Every day it seems more difficult to explain to others what we believe and why. When our arguments fail to persuade them, what then? J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff say that the best way to win over others is with a good story. In this expanded edition of their classic book, the authors give practical coaching and illustrations to help us communicate our faith more effectively.


The Big Fight

The Big Fight

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  • Author: Tim Thornborough
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company
  • ISBN: 190876239X
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 128

Hindus represent the third largest faith in the world, and yet many Christians know very little about their beliefs and lifestyle. This short book is designed to help both Christians and whole churches understand more about Hindus, and to reach out to them with the good news of the gospel. Both practical and warm, this book shows that every Christian is able to share their faith with Hindu friends and neighbours.


The Life of a P.K.

The Life of a P.K.

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  • Author: Donna Lynn
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 1490855289
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 206

Through a moving autobiographical account, Donna Lynn reveals the downfall of a passionate adopted child, who took to heart the slights she encountered as a pastor’s kid in her father’s Evangelical churches. As she grew up, Donna fell into a downfall to such an abject state that she even tried to take her own life. Donna describes compelling details of her long road to recovery, forgiveness, and even miracles. She describes in raw detail what it’s like to grow up as a PK in a church. It was in the midst of her strife where Donna found God’s grace and love. Donna learned she was never too far away for God to find her.


Girl Talk

Girl Talk

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  • Author: Jen Hatmaker
  • Publisher: Tyndale House
  • ISBN: 161747228X
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 208

Women are relational by design, but in the frenzy of everyday life friendships are often the first casualty on an overwhelming to-do list. Girl Talk helps explain 5 levels of communication that nurture intimacy. Reset your priorities while studying God’s design for community. Leader’s guide included. If using in a group, personal study is needed between meetings. 5 sessions


Talk the Walk

Talk the Walk

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  • Author: Steve Brown
  • Publisher: New Growth Press
  • ISBN: 1948130645
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 160

This attitude-altering book invites Christians to cultivate boldness and humility in communicating gospel truth. By uncovering self-righteousness and spiritual arrogance, Talk the Walk by pastor and author Steve Brown shatters stereotypes and helps believers consider how they present the good news without watering it down. The Christian faith is true, and while we may be right on issues of salvation and theology, we may miss the less articulated truths of humility, love, and forgiveness. We live in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christians and their faith. Talk the Walk unpacks the call to “go out into the world” and share faith by being truthful and winsome. By helping men and women love others out of a deeper love in Christ—the one who first loved us—Talk the Walk helps Christians present the gospel clearly and with compassion. Take a step back and look at others’ perceptions. Explore the tools necessary to accomplish an attitude change of confidence and humility, repentance and truth. Share the message of Christ without distorting it. Speak confidently without being cold. By operating out of humble gratitude for the gospel, begin to talk the walk of Christian faith, reflecting the love and truth of Jesus.