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Expositions of Bible Doctrines Taking the Epistle to the Romans As a Point of Departure (Romans #1-4) by Donald Grey Barnhouse

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A series of expositional studies in which Barnhouse examines the Epistle of Romans phrase by phrase, not only in its immediate context but also in the larger context of the entire teaching of Scripture. Scripture is thus interpreted by Scripture, bringing all the correlated truths of the Word to bear on each line and word of the epistle. Available in sets only.

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An excellent exposition on the book of Romans by Paul. Painstakingly, taking each line, of each chapter, and expanding upon it’s meaning. It’s meaning within context of the Apostle Paul’s life and real life context, as well. It is a tough read, but well worth it for the understanding of this foundational book of the bible. I say foundational because it is the foundation to understanding salvation and how we should act with one another.

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Doc Murf

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I Can Only Imagine

 

About The Movie

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.

A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.

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My wife, my mother in law, and one of my daughters in law, and myself went to see this movie. I was skeptical, as this is not my genre of movie…BUT IT WAS GREAT & POWERFUL & INSPIRING! The changes that occur to others when they encounter Jesus in their turbulent lives is an amazing touch of grace. You can only describe it, and really just barely describe it because words cannot truly capture the sense and feelings that occur during that time. This was a powerfully inspiring movie and is worth the time for the whole family to see!

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Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

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Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy are looking forward to their youth group trip. But when a confrontation occurs between Carrie and Ashley—a newcomer with a bad attitude—the spirit of fellowship is broken. Seeking a resolution, their leader Stuart (Sean Astin) shares the story of the prophet Hosea. Will the powerful tale of love help heal the girls’ resentment? Dove approved.

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An interesting portrayal of the book of Hosea. The love story between God and Israel, Hosea & Gomer…it is only through such messages that we can truly learn and appreciate the love God has for us.

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Understanding The Book Of Job – Separating What Is True From What Is Truth by Tom Tompkins

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It is safe to say at the very least, that the Bible is a fascinating book. A book full of many true tails, even struggles and disappointments, along with much information intended to help people grow and mature in their relationship with God.

After all, it is impossible to have a positive relationship with someone we have not gotten to know and this principal applies to all relationships including one with God. While there are many ways to get to know our Heavenly Father, reading the Bible is one of the most important tools provided for us. However: many shy away from reading the Old Testament for various reasons, and one reason high on most peoples list is due to the “gloom and doom”.

However, not reading the Old Testament portion of the Bible is similar to using half of the pieces to a 1000 piece puzzle. We will never see the big picture if we only use half of the pieces included. One of the most misunderstood and misused books of the Bible is the book of Job. Yes, the book of Job is filled with suffering and difficult times in the life of Job and his family and friends. In turn the book of Job has become a favorite among many when it comes to dealing with difficult times in their own life or the lives of others.

This particular take, on the book of Job however, is written to help us understand the lessons than can be learned from Job’s life, as well as a better understanding of the character and nature of God Himself, by taking a look at the oldest book in the Bible, from a different angle. When we do so, I believe we will see things we never would have seen without changing the lens we view this incredible story through.

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At points in time it was a tough read, but at other points it was a very easy read. Job is chock full of theological premises to learn from. Some are tougher to glean from the book so you need to read the perspective of other people. Tom Tompkins brought an interesting dimension to the Book of Job. If you enjoy Job, you will enjoy what Tompkins has to add to your understanding. I am not saying you will completely agree with all of his assessments, but they will make you think more objectively!

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Jesus, The Messiah; or, the Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in the New Testament Scriptures by (A Lady) Anonymous

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Custom demands a preface; and though the public is generally uninterested in the reasons which influence an author to appear before its tribunal, yet an introductory notice is usually expected.

This little work was the employment of many a retired moment. In turning over the pages of the sacred volume, the writer was struck with the exact fulfilment in the person of the Messiah, as narrated in the New Testament, of the numerous predictions recorded of him in the Old. These were collected for her personal gratification; and as they accumulated, it occurred, that what had been some little source of pleasure to her own mind, might, by the blessing of God, prove useful to some young persons, who from circumstances, are debarred access to, or are not inclined to read, works of a more extensive kind.

While the writer has no disposition to despise that criticism which, if impartially administered, is the best safeguard of the press, neither would she timidly shrink from investigation; aware that no partiality of friends can long buoy up an unworthy production.

This is not intended as the language of indifference, but arises from a consciousness of the purity of motive, and the desire to do good, which have actuated her; compared with which, all other considerations are momentary and unsatisfying.

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While this book does not come close to answering, or explaining, the full 300+ prophecies which were fulfilled by Jesus, the Christ, it is an excellent start. A great primer to gain some understanding of approximately 100 of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. Well worth the time and well worth the expense.

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Come Follow Me!

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Come Follow Me dramatizes the relationship between Jesus and the Apostle Peter. From the day Peter heard Jesus call his name to the post-resurrection conversation in which Jesus charges Peter to “feed my sheep,” this short film beautifully illustrates Peter’s transformation from fearful denier to the bold leader of the early church.

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Another powerful rendition of Jesus by Bruce Marchiano, an actor who sought Christ to reveal Himself in Bruce’s work. And powerfully done throughout his career.

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Eternal Security / Once Saved, Always Saved (Text Messages From Jesus Book 6) by Buddy Valentine

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Eternally Insecure stops guessing if he’s saved or not after learning his adoption by God was sealed, guaranteeing salvation!

When Pure In Heart, who sees God, is told by Jesus to prophesy his phone number to the congregation at MegaChurch Works-For-Grace, saying that Jesus will answer all questions that the congregation members have through text, all hell breaks loose!

In Book 6, through text messages, Jesus gives evidence from His Word that the believer in Him is 100% guaranteed their salvation without fear of ever losing it!

The full introduction and forward will soon be available when the entire 95 book collection/series is released in one 3,000+ page high quality exhaustive edition, “Text Messages From Jesus: Delivered By Prophet Pure In Heart”!

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A cute book on eternal salvation of the Christian faith. Interesting and cute, but I was not the one it was intended for; perhaps it was more for techno-kids who refuse to get off their phones and a parent can text them these little messages. I don’t know, but it was a cute venue and laid out well.

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HEAVEN

VideoWe never know what we truly believe until it’s a matter of life and death. Billy Graham, along with a firefighter and a young woman forced to face the reality of death, share the Gospel message, and what really happens when we die.

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A powerful video on what the Reverend Billy Graham has been espousing for all of his evangelical life! The promises of hope and bliss.

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The Book of Job (Bible #18) by Anonymous, G.K. Chesterton

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The Book of Job is one of the most celebrated pieces of biblical literature, probing profound questions about faith. It is a beautifully written work, combining two literary forms, framing forty chapters of verse between two and a half chapters of prose at the beginning and the end. The Book of Job is presented here in stunning e-book format specially designed for the Kindle. It includes five different versions, the famous introduction by G. K. Chesterton and a selection of original engravings by William Blake and other artistic representations of Job throughout the ages.

The King James Version
Douay-Rheims Version
The American Standard Version
Bible in Basic English Version
Webster Bible Version

The G. K. Chesterton introduction

The William Blake engravings

Links to free complete audio recordings of the Book of Job

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While this is one of my favorite books, I thought it was more of an explanatory book. Instead it was simply 5 versions of the bible for this book. Still a good book and with other interpretations, it can give one a better understanding of the book itself.

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One Hundred Reasons Born Again Christians Cannot Lose Their Salvation: Why Once Saved Always Saved by James H. Warden Jr.

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Many who believe you cannot lose your salvation cannot defend this when asked questions such as “What about the Scripture that states your name can be blotted out of the book of life or Jesus will spew the lukewarm out of His mouth? What about enduring unto the end to be saved? What about the analogy of the washed swine, isn’t that a believer losing his salvation? Or what about the Scripture that states if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and starts sinning his righteousness will be forgotten? Or the list of sins Paul gave stating they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven? What if a believer commits suicide, the Bible states that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. What if a Christian blasphemes the Holy Ghost, there’s no forgiveness for this sin. This book answers all these seemingly tough questions by the Scriptures. If you could lose your salvation, what are you doing that is causing you to keep it? Until the Lord brings you to the end of yourself and shows you His grace, you will be suspicious of the gospel and believe that it is sustained by your good works. This book to show believers that God’s promise of eternal redemption, eternal salvation, and eternal life can be trusted. This book gives classic illustrations based on Scripture that answer seeming contradictions with ease. Can born again believers lose their eternal salvation, eternal redemption, or eternal life? No, but “Nevertheless what saith the Scriptures?” Have You Heard the Good News? Read One Hundred Reasons Why Born Again Christians Cannot Lose Their Salvation.

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An excellent book explaining 100+ scriptural references that indicate “once saved, always saved.” If you have questions about such a subject, it is very good to read, easy to understand, and will not take too long to get through. An excellent resource to have in your arsenal of books!

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