Pastor Dominic Done reveals how doubt can deepen faith and provides listeners with a way to wrestle and ask questions while growing ever closer to God. Wrestling with faith and doubt can be profoundly lonely and isolating. Some suffer in silence while others abandon belief altogether, assuming doubt is incompatible with faith. Dominic Done believes this is both tragic and deeply mistaken. In When Faith Fails, Done describes his own experience with faith and doubt, using Scripture, literature, and the lives of others who have doubted to argue that not only is questioning normal but it is often a path toward a rich and vibrant faith. Taking up specific issues that often create doubt - the silence of God, the place of science, offensive portions of Scripture, and the problem of suffering - Done offers practical ways for Christians to move through doubt into deep faith, a faith that wrestles, celebrates questions, and embraces the mystery of belief. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Smeby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001480/bk_tnwd_001480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author and pastor Craig Groeschel is joined by his wife Amy for this groundbreaking audiobook on marriage. Hard-hitting and humorous, refreshingly transparent - this resource will make good marriages stronger and save the ones that are hanging on by a thread. You know the stats, and they are horrifying. Fifty percent of marriages don’t make it. With those kinds of odds, is it even possible to have a great marriage? Craig Groeschel believes so, but not if you treat it like everyone else does. In this groundbreaking new book, New York Times best-selling author and pastor Craig Groeschel and his wife Amy show engaged and married couples how to conquer the odds in a culture where ´´I do” doesn’t necessarily mean forever and find the joy, passion, and strength of a marriage built by God. Craig and Amy present the five commitments all spouses need to make in order to absolutely fail-proof their marriage. Starting right now - from this day forward: Seek God Fight fair Have fun Stay pure Never give up If listeners earnestly choose to do all five of these things, they’ll discover a richer, deeper, more authentic relationship and a more rewarding and passionate love life than they could have ever imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Groeschel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001526/bk_zond_001526_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In times of questioning and despair, people often quote the Bible to provide answers. Surprisingly, though, the Bible does not have one answer but many ´´answers´´ that often contradict one another. Consider these competing explanations for suffering put forth by various biblical writers: The prophets: suffering is a punishment for sin. The book of Job, which offers two different answers: suffering is a test, and you will be rewarded later for passing it; and suffering is beyond comprehension, since we are just human beings, and God, after all, is God. Ecclesiastes: suffering is the nature of things, so just accept it. All apocalyptic texts in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: God will eventually make right all that is wrong with the world. For renowned Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, the question of why there is so much suffering in the world is more than a haunting thought. Ehrman´s inability to reconcile the claims of faith with the facts of real life led the former pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church to reject Christianity. In God´s Problem, Ehrman discusses his personal anguish upon discovering the Bible´s contradictory explanations for suffering and invites all people of faith - or no faith - to confront their deepest questions about how God engages the world and each of us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganzer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001601/bk_harp_001601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How would you respond if you discovered your pastor was burnt out in ministry and on the verge of giving up? Being a pastor is a high calling - and a lonely one. Focused on their own needs, frustrations, or disappointments, many congregants fail to realize they may be ignoring or even adding to their pastor’s hidden load of stress and discouragement. Dr. LeJoia VanHook, a Nashville-based educator on a mission to build stronger communities and healthier churches, has a heart of compassion for the overwhelmed and unappreciated pastor. Drawing from extensive research, she provides laity with understanding of how they can make their church a place that’s a joy to pastor. This practical audiobook includes: Anonymous interviews with seasoned pastors about their real-life challenges and experiences Honest examination of disturbing trends of pastoral burnout Insights into key expectations pastors have of themselves and their associates Understanding of the special stresses a pastor and his family face Practical ways you can change the environment and expectations of your church Plus, workbook questions and action steps will help you begin to reflect on your personal role in the effort to save your pastor from burnout!It’s time for the body of Christ to truly commit to supporting one of its key resources - its pastors. Whether you stand behind a pulpit or sit in the pews, let Operation Save Our Pastors provide you and your church with tools to build a healthy, sustainable pastor-congregation relationship based on understanding, empathy, and encouragement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy D Stamp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131599/bk_acx0_131599_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marriages today are deteriorating at an alarming rate: As of 2003, 43.7% of custodial mothers and 56.2% of custodial fathers were either separated or divorced (US Census Bureau). One might ask, ´´Why do so many marriages fail?´´ According to pastor and teacher Tony Evans, marriages deteriorate not because we no longer get along, but because we have lost sight of the purpose and prosperity of the marriage covenant. Marriage Matters examines the nature of this covenant, or agreement, we enter into on our wedding day. This booklet provides the foundation for the booklets For Married Women Only, as Evans looks to the Scriptures to define what a covenant is, who makes it, and what the implications are. Chaos arises when we seek to do things our way, the need to align ourselves according to biblical standards of marriage is evident. Let the practical and engaging Tony Evans lead you in knowing just how much...Marriage Matters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000903/bk_hove_000903_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Mintaah´s attempts to get Pastor Essel to propose to her fail, she plans to seduce him so that he will impregnate her. Thus, one evening, when she sees a man coming to Pastor Essel´s room from afar, she goes to lie in his bed half naked, and closes her eyes and covers her face with clothes because she cannot look at Pastor Essel´s face while she makes love with him.When the man enters the room, and sees Mintaah half-naked in the bed, he is carried away by lust and makes love to her. But unknown to Mintaah, the person she has seduced is not Pastor Essel, but his twin brother, Bentil who is the exact resemblance of Pastor Essel.All along, Mintaah does not know that she has seduced the wrong person, but goes home thinking that she has succeeded in seducing Pastor Essel. As time elapses, Mintaah becomes pregnant and mentions Pastor Essel as being responsible for the pregnancy.What will happen with Mintaah, Bentil, and Pastor Essel as the story unfolds? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lavy Samo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127311/bk_acx0_127311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you tired of trying to live for Christ - only to fail time and time again with the same old behaviors? Do you pray for guidance, ask for deliverance, and vow to do better yet fail to progress? As an author, speaker, pastor, and blogger at Ragamuffin Soul, Carlos has lived much of his spiritual life in the spotlight. But like any Christian, his faith story has its ups and downs. He spent decades trying to figure out how to be a ´´better person.´´ Time and time again, he strived for holiness only to get caught in the web of destructive habits, behaviors, and thought patterns. But the buck stops here. Or, rather, the spider is killed here. In Kill the Spider, Carlos shares personal material ranging from hilarious, self-deprecating stories to passion-filled wisdom - to show others it´s not enough to try to ´´stop sinning´´. He teaches that knocking out deep-rooted habits and issues comes by treating the issue, not just the symptoms. With transparency, humor, and vulnerable stories, Carlos offers a breath of fresh air to any believer looking to finally step into the freedom in Christ. So sit down. Start listening to the book. And grab a shoe. We´re going on a spider hunt. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carlos Whittaker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001786/bk_zond_001786_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When marriages fail, it´s not usually for lack of effort. A lack of understanding is usually what drives the train to crazy town. In this book, pastor and author Jonathan Hoover will inspire you and your spouse to take a second look at your relationship. A fast-paced listen with lots of practical common-sense insight, The Blindfolded Marriage will inspire you to take your marriage to the next level. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Lenz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/081557/bk_acx0_081557_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.