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Answers to Life’s Problems by Billy Graham

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Imagine being able to sit down with Billy Graham and ask him for advice. In response to thousands of letters, Billy Graham offers guidance and answers to the most-often asked questions about every aspect of life, including relationships, ethics, psychological problems and spirituality.

These are collections of what people had written in to newspapers for him to answer…a spiritually guided “Dear Abby” in male form, if you will. I liken his candor and wisdom to that of the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. Wisdom applicable to all people at different points in time of their lives. We can each glean much from Dr. Graham and as we grow more “youth challenged” in our lives, we tend to become wiser in some of our decisions. Especially those decisions with respect to our spiritual desires and need for guidance.

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Spirit Warriors: Strategies for the Battles Christian Men and Women Face Every Day by Stu Weber

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Pastor and former Green Beret captain Stu Weber reveals the crucial spiritual battles that all Christians face constantly, whether or not they are aware of them. “Somehow we have come to mistakenly associate spiritual warfare with charismatic personalities strutting across brightly lit platforms … whuppin’ up on evil spirits,” says Weber. “But spiritual warfare is so much more than a show.” With warm and winning counsel, the bestselling author/speaker warns of the very real perils readers face, giving them what they need to survive and thrive.

Paying attention to what is happening around you, daily, and to what the Word of God (Bible) is saying are two of the greatest elements to this present battle of Spiritual warfare. You MUST choose God’s word over the words of man. You MUST choose the full armor of God rather than the armor of this world…you will be severely unprepared.

A MUST read book with a MUST listen to message!

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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 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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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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The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

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A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century’s most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact. First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons. Graham’s relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup’s ten “most admired men” thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century. This book asks: How did this happen? What are the essentials he embraced to achieve such extraordinary results? What can we learn from him and apply to our own leadership roles? This book is dedicated to those readers . Who sense the pressing need in today’s world for inspired leadership . Who rise to leadership’s high calling and are willing to carry its weight . Who are determined to deepen and expand their capacities and effectiveness.

I found this book extraordinarily written with numerous tips and traits of Billy Graham that would, without doubt, aid anyone in their quest to becoming a better leader. While his style of leadership may not be that of corporate America, it is truly Godly and biblically based. It is well worth the time to read in order to decide for yourself as to whether, or not, you should undertake such a trek to follow in his footsteps in his style and manner of leadership.

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Revelation Unveiled: Understanding the Heart of Jesus in the Imminent Day of the Lord Kindle Edition by Russell M. Stendal

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Sadly, many commentaries on Revelation ignore the need to have a clean heart in order to survive what’s coming. In this edition, we dig deep into the signs, the wonders, and the genuine Christian’s role in the soon-to-be-fulfilled book of Revelation. We even go back to the prophets to help clarify what is the most important message to Christians today.

The book of Revelation should be of intense interest to today’s Christian. It describes not only the persecution that originates from Satan, but also announces the day when God will intervene and cleanse the earth. This is definitely something to look forward to if we are right with him. Not so much for those living for themselves.

This is but one resource to allow the one who studies biblical revelation to gain some answers into the meanings of this biblical book of finality and a new beginning. Well written interestingly equipped with much background; however, I also felt the appendices were lacking. But do not let that detract from the wealth of knowledge that could be gained by the remainder of the book. You must judge for yourself.

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Jesus, an Obedient Son Kindle Edition by Michael Phillips

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For many years, best-selling author Michael Phillips assumed he clearly understood the life of Jesus. Though Jesus was in truth his Savior, and even his Lord, Phillips felt challenged to understand more of the remarkable life lived two thousand years ago in Palestine. Then came a crisis in his spiritual pilgrimage when circumstances forced him to open the book of his life in a new way, and delve more deeply into the fundamental why of Jesus’ life.

Challenged to discover the New Testament imperative for his life, Phillips takes a fresh look at the Bible to find out what is the essence, the foundation, of spirituality. Boiled down. The raw reality of the gospel. No frills. No excess baggage. No trite little phrases learned in Sunday school or youth group.

He discovers a key that gives validity to an entire life’s purpose and perspective as a Christian for right now. Not in some grandiose, far-reaching way . . . but the link between belief and practice, between eternity and now, between Christianity as a world religion, and Christianity as a practical guidebook for going about the business of life in the trenches. For if ever a man walked in harmony between ultimate purpose and the next five minutes, that man was Jesus Christ. And that key to Jesus’ life was obedience.

An intriguing insight into what would Jesus be like in the here and now. How would he look, act, choose his disciples, etc. Much, in fact, would be the same excepting the surroundings; and quite possibly the trial. A very interesting look and feel. Many interesting tips on how we should be and what our outlooks should be based upon…biblically speaking.

 

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