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Angels: Ringing Assurance that We Are Not Alone by Billy Graham


Yes, angels are real. They are not the product of your imagination.

“If we had open spiritual eyes we would see not only a world filled with evil spirits and powers—but also powerful angels with drawn swords, set for our defense.”

—Billy Graham

Dr. Graham lifts the veil between the visible and the invisible world to give us an eye-opening account of these behind-the-scenes agents. This best-selling classic records the experiences of Dr. Graham and others who are convinced that at moments of special need they have been attended by angels. With keen insight and conviction, Dr. Graham affirms that:

God’s invisible hosts are better organized than any of the armies of man—or Satan.

Angels “think, feel, will, and display emotions.”

Angels guide, comfort, and provide for people in the midst of suffering and persecution.

At death, the faithful will be ushered by angels into the presence of God.

Truly, this book, gives one a much more in depth view of Angels. Man, upon receiving this knowledge, biblical or extra-biblical, definitely opens one’s eyes to a greater understanding of the topic subject. Adding much needed honoring of the Angel class of God’s creatures!

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30 Days to Understanding the Bible in 15 Minutes a Day: Expanded Edition Paperback by Max Anders

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30 Days to Understanding the Bible, the innovative teach-yourself guide that’s helped so many readers get more out of the Bible, just got even better! Now Max Anders’ remarkable resource for Bible learning is available in a new, expanded edition, with all the features that made the original so popular – plus much more.

Proven effective by over 200,000 readers, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible helps you learn to position key Bible characters, places, and events in chronological order so that you can “think your way through” the entire Word of God. Through interesting, memory-enhancing exercises, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible acquaints readers with the core teachings of Scripture in just 15 minutes a day!

Bible study leaders and Sunday school teachers will appreciate the new Teaching Plan with activities and directions for a 12-week group study, complete with overhead transparency masters for class or home group use.

This is an excellent resource for bible studying and understanding. Worthy of opening time-and-again. It will help with increased understanding and comprehension of the content within the two covers of your Holy Bible. It, could be, a great study, in itself, for the bible.

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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel

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What IS the truth about Jesus?

Today, the traditional picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught from critical scholars, popular historians, TV documentaries, Hollywood movies, bestselling authors, Internet bloggers, and atheist think tanks. They’re capturing the public’s imagination with a radical new portrait of Jesus that bears scant resemblance to the picture historically embraced by the church.
How persuasive is this new image of Jesus? Is it based on well-supported facts and arguments? Or does it fade away when exposed to the hot light of
scrutiny?
In this dramatic investigation, award-winning writer and former legal editor
Lee Strobel explores such controversial questions as:

  • Did Christianity suppress “alternative gospels” that portray Jesus more
    accurately than the New Testament?
  • Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early
    biblical texts?
  • Have fresh insights and explanations finally disproved the resurrection?
  • Were the essential beliefs about Jesus stolen from earlier mythology?
  • Have new objections disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah?

Evaluate the evidence for yourself as leading experts grapple with the latest objections from today’s foremost critics. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.

THIS was an AWESOME book for anyone at any level in their walk in Christianity! Great resource for the evangelist or the apologist. A great resource for those discipling others in their walk with Christ. A strong foundation of philosophically, archaeologically, and historically needed information in order to make that plunging step with your life to completely turn it over to the Lord! Well worth the read and would be a worthwhile tool to use as a study over the belief in Jesus as the Christ!

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The Power of Unlimited Faith: Living in the Miraculous Everyday by Kynan Bridges

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Do you ever hear people talk about “getting more faith” or “increasing their faith?”  When we buy into this idea, we never have enough. Though we constantly seek after greater faith, it always feels just beyond our grasp…

The Truth is, you already possess all of the faith you will ever need—both to please God and to release His miraculous power in your everyday life. You simply need to know how to activate it!

You’ll learn how to:

  • See the invisible—and discover God’s supernatural solutions
  • Operate key principles of faith—and unleash God’s unlimited power within you
  • Activate the law of confession—and agree with God’s Word
  • Expect the miraculous—and watch impossibilities turn around

I found Mr. Bridges perspective on activating one’s faith into an unlimited potential as being interesting and simplistic. Sometimes that is just what we need…simplicity! I found his book to be very well written and quite an easy read. I read it in about tree days, unfortunately…I was sick, so I had nothing better to do and way too many books to read. It was a blessing to read his book along with his testimonies. I felt it well worth the time to read, we can always learn something new from another in Christ’s love, you just never know!

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The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddhaby Ravi Zacharias

Eavesdrop on an imaginary conversation between Jesus and another great thinker whose quest for life’s meaning has influenced millions—Gautama Buddha! In the tradition of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, master apologist Zacharias creates a captivating scenario that sheds light on God’s true nature and Jesus’ impassioned concern for all people. 

Great for seekers! 

A very interesting imaginary discussion between the two heads of the largest religions in India. A great resource for those in the ministry, looking toward apologist leanings, or moving toward evangelism. A great, yet, quick and easy read.

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Paul Meets Muhammad: A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection by Licona, Michael R.

Imagine a crowded arena full of Christians, Muslims, and curious onlookers packed in to hear the outcome of one of the greatest debates in all of history. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, Christianity is false. But if Jesus was resurrected, Christianity is true and Islam is false. The stakes are high.

Paul Meets Muhammad imagines a futuristic face-off between two religious heavyweights, each speaking on the validity of their doctrines, forming arguments and rebuttals while citing evidence from the Qur’an and the Gospel accounts. Intriguing and entertaining, this page-turner uniquely offers a comprehensive defense of Jesus’ resurrection and of Christianity itself.

The Logos edition of this work on preaching is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Addresses contemporary philosophical issues
  • Defends the Christian faith, Jesus’ resurrection, and Scripture’s inerrancy
  • Presents a comparative debate between Christian and Muslim views on the resurrection

Contents

  • Into the Future
  • Paul’s Opening Statement
  • Muhammad’s Opening Statement
  • Paul’s Rebuttal
  • Muhammad’s Rebuttal
  • Discussion Period: Part One
  • Discussion Period: Part Two
  • Discussion Period: Part Three
  • Discussion Period: Part Four
  • Discussion Period: Part Five
  • Discussion Period: Part Six
  • Discussion Period: Part Seven
  • Muhammad’s Closing Statement
  • Paul’s Closing Statement
  • Moderator’s Conclusion

I found this to be a fascinating book. While in some instances it portray a realism, it also portrayed some instances (based upon recent events) of naiveté under similar circumstances. However, I went into the reading of this book solely from the position of grasping other, or newer, concepts of Apologetic argumentation. Perhaps I picked up a few others, while I also saw room for expansion into other arguments based upon my understanding of the Muslim religion and culture.

There are numerous avenues to pursue your reason(s) to read this book as a Christian, or as a studier of the fine art of argumentation, as a philosopher (or one in training), or even as a Logician.

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KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS


Every year at Christmas time it seems the baby in the manger takes more and more of a backseat to retail sales, Santa Claus, and political correctness. With “Merry Christmas” being replaced by “Seasons Greetings” and court ordered removal of public nativity scenes, the fruit of Mary’s womb is falling on hard times. But this year, Kirk Cameron is taking back Christmas with his engaging new movie KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS. Opening in select theaters November 14, the newest movie from the star of Fireproof and Unstoppable is filled with laughter, warmth, and God-honoring cheer! KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS will change the way your family sees and celebrates this magical time of year. In KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk’s sister’s annual Christmas party is about to be ruined by Kirk’s brother-in-law Christian, who is chock full of no-fun Scroogery. Kirk realizes it’s his job to grab Christian by his seasonal sweater and show him Christ where Christ has always been: smack dab at the center of all the Christmas hoopla. KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS provides a biblical basis for our favorite time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season. This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.” Take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in … and then take back Christmas!I (C) IDP/Samuel Goldwyn


I found this short video (1 hr 15 mins) to be an especially informative with respect to certain paganistic ideologies attributed to Christianity, but are quite misunderstood. However, Kirk Cameron explains each of these misrepresented and misunderstood concepts & ideologies very well.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL LOGIC: Classical Reasoning for Contemporary Minds by Scott M. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Perfect for additional students taking the DVD course provided in the Logic 101 Kit, this student text includes the lecture content for easy reference and reading (with select stills from the video); each chapter concludes with a summary and exercises. 11 chapters total. 224 pages, indexed, softcover spiralbound. This course cannot be completed with just the workbook. Non-reproducible/non-consumable; answers must be written on separate paper.

There is nothing worse than a culture that fosters superficial thought.

It’s no secret that far too many Americans can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag.

Thinking today is dominated by television culture.

Lacking any patience for, or training in, the history of Western thought, a lot of people today form opinions of great importance on the basis of a vague sentiment, slogan, or sound bite.

Unable to form sound judgments and reach valid conclusions, they are easily swayed by emotion and other superficial appearances.

Sound reason and logic never get a chance.

But you have kids and raise them well, so what does this have to do with you?

logic-collection-smallerThere is nothing worse than a culture that fosters superficial thought.

It’s no secret that far too many Americans can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag.

Thinking today is dominated by television culture.

Lacking any patience for, or training in, the history of Western thought, a lot of people today form opinions of great importance on the basis of a vague sentiment, slogan, or sound bite.

Unable to form sound judgments and reach valid conclusions, they are easily swayed by emotion and other superficial appearances.

Sound reason and logic never get a chance.

But you have kids and raise them well, so what does this have to do with you?

The Modern World Bombards Us With Arguments That Try To Persuade Us How We Should Think and Act

The fact is that your kids will someday have to “rub shoulders” and interact with this culture (a culture that is becoming more and more hostile to the Christian worldview).

Kids need proper intellectual training to be equipped to engage this culture and meet various challenges while keeping their values and worldview intact. You need to protect your children by preparing them to protect themselves.

The study of logic is critical for proper intellectual formation.

The reason why is because a good education should train the core components of thought. In other words, A GOOD EDUCATION SHOULD TRAIN THE STUDENT TO THINK WELL AND PROPERLY. Good schooling should teach the fundamental, “all purpose” skills of the mind, such as:

  1. How to organize one’s thoughts
  2. How to make important distinctions
  3. How to critically evaluate and challenge opposing viewpoints
  4. How to ask intelligent questions and give intelligent answers
  5. How to judge and weigh evidence
  6. How to distinguish the true from the false
  7. How to stand up for one’s beliefs and give coherent reasons for their position
  8. How to evaluate arguments for consistency or inconsistency

WE LEARN ALL OF THIS THROUGH THE STUDY OF LOGIC

I thought this was a very good course; although, it was a bit difficult at times. It is well worth the time and study you would put forth in order to learn. Logic is rather straight forward and dry, depending upon your taste. The videos are equally good, but can be dry. If you seek knowledge in phylosophy, Logic will be most helpful to your quest!

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More Than a Hobby: How a $600 Startup Became America’s Home and Craft Superstore by David Green

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The retail industry has undergone enormous changes during the last thirty years.

But there is one retailer that not only has remained consistent in the fluctuating?even tenuous?market, but also has grown in the process.

More Than a Hobby takes you inside the story of David Green, the man who built the phenomenal success of Hobby Lobby. Green went beyond surviving in a competitive retail market to thriving, ultimately expanding his $600 start-up company into a $1.3 billion per-year enterprise.

Green’s incredible accomplishments were based not on business-school theory but on his grassroots experiences as a store manager and his creative application of cutting edge ideas, including:

  • Allow managers to spend no more than thirty minutes per day on paperwork
  • Instead of paying a middleman, assemble as much of the product as possible in-house
  • Give buyers the freedom to purchase without restraint―but within the realm of common sense
  • Keep God and family first

More Than a Hobby is a practical field manual, filled with revolutionary ideas for all those who dream of success in the world of retail business.

David Green used very simplistic, easy to attain goals which permitted him to adhere to his faith, apply it daily, glorify God, and accomplish his goals! A short book, but well worth the read that is chock full of tidbits with long term life values. Worthy of applying within one’s own life!

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The Healing Handbook: An Essential Guide to Healing the Sick by Kynan Bridges

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Sickness is not God’s will… for you or for anyone else. According to the Bible, sickness is not a gift from Heaven—it is a result of sin, the Fall, and the curse. You are not called to accept or embrace it; you have been anointed to release God’s healing, deliverance, and freedom!

In The Healing Handbook, Pastor Kynan Bridges gives a fresh voice to this powerful ministry that every Christian gets to be a part of… this includes

you!

You’ll learn how to:

• Use Christ’s authority to experience victory over sickness

• Remove the barriers to receiving divine healing

• Activate your faith to release the supernatural power of God

• Walk in signs, wonders, and miracles on a regular basis

Don’t go a day longer without experiencing the miraculous gift that is living inside of you. Get ready to step into a new dimension and unleash God’s healing power in your life today!

While I do not normally read this kind of book, I must admit, I was drawn to it for several reasons. Kynan Bridges opened my eyed to several aspects of my Spiritual life where I was lacking! Namely: Faith and Belief…of all things. We, as the species of man, have this innate mindset where we design God and place Him into a box of our own making. This was, without a doubt, a great book to read and learn a thing or two…if you aren’t too closed minded? We have all done it and we continue to do such things that stagnate and hold back our faith and knowledge; as well as, other aspects of our lives! Make it a habit of breaking God out of the box into which you have placed Him.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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