Identifies the dangers of safe Christianity and the embracing of casual faith, daring readers to face the risk of persecution and partner with Jesus in the toughest places on Earth.
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The Insanity of Obedience Bible Study Book includes small-group experiences for six sessions, weekly individual-study opportunities, applicable Scripture, "How to Use This Study," and tips for leading a group. How do we begin to walk and work with God, especially in dangerous places? Based on the documentary The Insanity of God, this Bible study presents missionary Nik Ripken sharing true stories of people who are suffering for the name of Jesus. This study is an invitation to open your heart, your mind, and your eyes to the realities of walking with Jesus in difficult places. Engage with Scripture and see what it means to be a true follower of Jesus, not just someone who believes certain truths. Discover the answers to key missiological and theological questions about living sacrificially for the cause of Christ. Believers play a significant role in God's divine purpose. Observe how Christians all over the world are not only surviving but also thriving in the midst of persecution. Session Content: 1) Nations This session deals with God's command to be on mission and our response to His command. The Bible is to be lived out in the present active tense. 2) Persecution This session explores faith in persecution and suffering. Is obedience on this level insane, especially in the midst of popular theology that encourages obedience leading to success and comfort? 3) Family This session deals with the spread of the gospel by addition and exponential growth. Faith grows in families and communities, from a single believer to small groups of believers to succeeding generations. 4) Growth This session deals with the dynamics of healthy growth. 5) Victory This session describes and celebrates the miracle of victorious living through an enduring faith--especially in hostile environments. 6) Church This session is a summary and personal call to action for individuals, groups, and churches to join God's mission--no matter how insane obedience may look. Why? Because Jesus is worth
Bestselling author Nik Ripken (The Insanity of God; The Insanity of Obedience) leads readers through ninety days of meditating on the central place sacrifice holds in Christianity, both in God's actions and in our response. God's ways are unusual. They are unexpected. Many of us know that and have experienced it. We certainly have read about it in the Bible. Still, we are often startled when we experience God's unusual ways firsthand. The methods God uses to accomplish His purposes are often difficult for us to understand. Nowhere do we see that more clearly than in the role sacrifice plays in the activity of God. In this ninety-day devotional, Nik Ripken leads readers to consider the centrality of sacrifice in God's plan. We see this supremely in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for the sins of the world. But readers will also come to see the centrality of sacrifice in their response to the gospel.
Presents stories of persecuted Christians whose faith in Christ was not diminished by adverse circumstances, and the lessons that the author took from those stories and applied to his own beliefs about the sufficiency of God.
Traditional Chinese. The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia.Nik recalls that, "God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that place, under those circumstances?" It is a question that many have asked and one that, if answered, can lead us to a whole new world of faith.How does faith survive, let alone flourish in a place like the Middle East? How can Good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say "greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world" when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world's toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations? If so, how?The Insanity of God tells a story-a remarkable and unique story to be sure, yet at heart a very human story-of the Ripkens' own spiritual and emotional odyssey. The gripping, narrative account of a personal pilgrimage into some of the toughest places on earth, combined with sobering and insightful stories of the remarkable people of faith Nik and Ruth encountered on their journeys, will serve as a powerful course of revelation, growth, and challenge for anyone who wants to know whether God truly is enough.
Bestselling author Nik Ripken, mentored by believers in persecution, offers a 90-day devotional to help you align your heart with God's, seeing the role sacrifice plays in the life of every follower of Jesus Christ. Individuals and families will be challenged to embrace sacrifice as their daily offering to God. It is through offering ourselves that we mirror the nature of the Father who gave His only Son to be crucified, and the nature of the Son who gave His very life to save sinners. Through this book readers will discover that their sacrifice can lead others, across the street and across the oceans, to discover new resurrection life in Christ.
Servants don't just happen. We are not born with a natural inclination to serve. We tend to want something repaid for our time and efforts. A young child does not just wake up one morning and say, "I think I am going to grow up and serve others." As a young boy, little does John Basham know, when he is called by God to serve, which path he will be led down, what horrors he will witness when his calling takes him to Africa. Nothing seems to make sense when he sees so much death an destruction around him. How does what he experiences there affect his relationship with God? What does it mean to serve HIM? What is God trying to teach John? "This book dares the reader to be faithful and brave enough to cross the street and cross the oceans as the hands, heart and voice of the Christ. The pilgrimage of the Basham Family mirrors for us what it means to meet Jesus on the road of faith." Dr. Nik Ripken, author of "The Insanity of God" and "The Insanity of Obedience." "A wonderful story of a life well lived in the service of God. It truly refreshes the soul." Rev. Robert May, Pastor of Herne Hill Baptist Church, London and Associate Lecturer at Spurgeon's College, London.
Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God. Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it. Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.
"It's rough and it's smooth. It's dark and it's light. It's a masterpiece. It's us. Here in Sudan. We are scared of it and drawn to it. There is an open door, and there is much opposition." In the dusty, Islamic country of Sudan, Mia, who is raising her family in a Muslim country, has learned to boldly share her faith. Rania, the daughter of a wealthy Sudanese Arab, seeks to find the reason for her sister’s sudden disappearance. Mia holds some of the answers, but both women quickly discover they must each walk through their own doors to freedom—the freedom that only comes when you trust God’s sovereignty more than man-made security. Part of New Hope® Publishers’ line of contemporary missional fiction, Door to Freedom, the sequel to Side by Side, opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Door to Freedom also reveals some of the struggles that Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith as well as for the salvation of the persecutors.
Too often, the demands of pastoral ministry in a small community can bury a person’s soul under the rubble of countless needs and not enough solutions. These stories, taken from thirty years of ministry in an isolated, desert community with a diverse population, offer points of hope in the middle of struggle for those in similar situations. Although the details of life are random, there is a connection across the stories where grace and mercy brought hope and renewed eyes rested by time in the community. This is no step-by-step program for improvement—just a simple trek alongside others encountering grace and mercy together. Along with sadness there is joy. Coupled with laughter there are points of mourning. Throughout the book is the story unfolds of a pastor who learned to stay and be changed by grace. “Dane Miller wrote the most rewarding and enriching account of a desert oasis in Rest Stop! I learned the idea of reciprocity of confession and forgiveness. This is real living without pretense! It ought to be celebrated by all!” —Isaac M. Kikawada, retired, Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley “On the Back Side of Nowhere meets life head-on—life that could be described as ‘theology with calluses.’ It is unscripted, off-key, and covered with spiritual warts. It is pastor-shepherd and a flock of unruly sheep at their most honest.” —Nik Ripken, author of The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience, has lived most of the last thirty years overseas with his family.
Every day, millions of Christians living face Islamic extremists who threaten insult, violence, and the even death. These men, women, and children are not foreigners who need pity or missionaries too far away to reach. They are our brothers and sisters—who have great hope and wisdom to share. This powerful 90-day devotional invites you into the lives of these Christ followers through a brief story and a guide to prayer. Each devotional also includes personal application to strengthen your faith and equip you with boldness to love those in your own community.
- Author : Marmaduke Blake Sampson
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- Release Date : 1843
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- ISBN : OXFORD:590872446
- Author : JOHN FORBES M.D.
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1843
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : OXFORD:555022104
A soldier obeys illegal orders, thinking them lawful. When should we excuse his misconduct as based in reasonable error? How can courts convincingly convict the soldier's superior officer when, after Nuremberg, criminal orders are expressed through winks and nods, hints and insinuations? Can our notions of the soldier's "due obedience," designed for the Roman legionnaire, be brought into closer harmony with current understandings of military conflict in the contemporary world? Mark J. Osiel answers these questions in light of new learning about atrocity and combat cohesion, as well as changes in warfare and the nature of military conflict. Sources of atrocity are far more varied than current law assumes, and such variations display consistent patterns. The law now generally requires that soldiers resolve all doubts about the legality of a superior's order in favor of obedience. It excuses compliance with an illegal order unless the illegality - as with flagrant atrocities - would be immediately obvious to anyone. But these criteria are often in conflict and at odds with the law's underlying principles and policies. Combat and peace operations now depend more on tactical imagination, self-discipline, and loyalty to immediate comrades than on immediate, unreflective adherence to the letter of superiors' orders, backed by threat of formal punishment. The objective of military law is to encourage deliberative judgment. This can be done, Osiel suggests, in ways that enhance the accountability of our military forces, in both peace operations and more traditional conflicts, while maintaining their effectiveness. Osiel seeks to "civilianize" military law while building on soldiers' own internal ideals of professional virtuousness. He returns to the ancient ideal of martial honor, reinterpreting it in light of new conditions, arguing that it should be implemented through realistic training in which legal counsel plays an enlarged role rather than by threat of legal prosecuti
Are you tired of the way our government is doing today? This book shows you the reader what you can do about the insanity going on in Washington today. It shows what the legitimate powers of the Federal government are and its bounds it is not to cross. You will read and find out you are not alone in your frustrations and how banding together things can be changed. This book is a pathway most Americans don't know about. Copies of this book were sent to our leading talk show hosts but is never mentioned. Our country is being torn apart from within and this shows how to put a stop to the problem. I urge you that if you love America that you buy the book and do what it says to do.
There's only one thing that keeps people and nations back... It's a story that explains who they are, what they can and cannot do. Breaking Rank helps you to understand the mind and unlock people's true potential." Back Cover: How can you motivate people and empower them to make better choices, when stories about their social rank have imprisoned their minds? How can people’s mindset not only negatively influence their own well-being and wealth, but also that of an entire society? This book provides a fresh perspective on the answers, as well as the tools to change that mindset. Steven Coutinho takes you on a fascinating journey into how the mind has evolved, how it is shaped by society and how it shapes society in turn. You will learn why some people think they can’t, while others are convinced they can, how the story of color has stagnated post-colonial economies, and the story of capitalism has kept the West unequal. Whether you are simply interested in understanding behavior, or are a parent, teacher or manager ready to lead change, Breaking Rank is bound to shift and sharpen your perspective. You will never look at your own behavior – or the behavior of others – the same way again. Ten things you will learn from reading this book: THE ORIGIN OF STORIES #1. Origins of emotions and thoughts: you’ll learn why some people are demotivated, and others think they “can’t”. #2. The rise of stories and why the story of color = the story of capitalism. #3. Bizarre behavior: why genocides occur, why more minorities are in jail and some groups have more children out of wedlock. THE MAKING OF CHOICES #4. Why people make the choices they make. #5. Why postcolonial societies show similar choice patterns that stand in the way of welfare. #6. Why the wealth in capitalist societies is so unequally distributed THE ROAD TO CHANGE #7. How mindfulness strengthens areas in the brain that increase emotional self-control and lead to improved decision making. #8.
Pleasure. We live in a world obsessed with finding it, passionate about enjoying it and desperate about maintaining it. Chief among such objects of affection are sex and money - two pleasures unequalled in their power to captivate our attention and demand our worship. Paul David Tripp pulls back the curtain on the lies of our flesh and the ways we distort God’s good gifts, examining the insanity of our culture and exposing our tendency to fall prey to the hollow promises of this world. In exploring how God’s grace frees us from futile pursuits, Tripp directs readers to the wisdom of God in Scripture and the liberating power of the gospel, offering practical guidance on finding true joy and lasting satisfaction. With his customary blend of honesty, humour, challenge and sound scriptural application, he offers wise and timely advice on how to break free. Don’t make the mistake of seeking horizontally what you can only find vertically.
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was writing at a time of Evangelical unease. In a society ravaged by Asiatic cholera, numbed by levels of infant mortality, and fearful of revolution and the toxicity of industry (to name but a few of the many challenges), the "gospel" proclaiming eternal damnation for unbelievers was hardly good news; rather, Christianity was increasingly viewed as the source of bad news and a tool of state oppression. MacDonald agreed: in his view, the church had become a vampire sucking the blood of her children instead of offering them eucharistic life. In contrast, like Christ, MacDonald brings before us a child. Although at first sight a familiar Romantic incarnation, in MacDonald's theology "the child" becomes an unlikely icon challenging the vampire's kingdom-a challenge reaching beyond the confines of Evangelicalism, confronting the foundations of much of Western theology. This meticulously-researched study exploring MacDonald's work- especially his "realist" and fantasy novels- in the light of its Victorian context is of more than historical interest. His incisive critique of church and empire have particular relevance today in light of the growing and troubling alliance between fundamentalist expressions of church and intolerant, right-wing politics. This volume considers MacDonald's radical solution to religious vampirism; becoming children.
A dying fathers last wish… Chance returns home to his dying father. As the only son and heir, his family’s legacy rests in his hands. His father surprises him with one last dying wish—a wish for him to marry Miss Obedience Wickenham. Chance loves his father, but only agrees to consider it. One kiss should reveal if he could ever feel anything more than annoyance for the girl who dogged his every step when they were children. That one kiss is his undoing, and he quickly realizes that he must have her forever and must convince her to marry him. Obedience has always been infatuated with Chance. However, could she marry him as the duke’s last wish? She wants more than a marriage of convenience, but even if Chance can convince her with kisses of the passion between them, there is far more that stands in their way. Her mother and sister have their own plan for the soon to be Duke of Maltravers. Obedience is torn between loyalty to her family and the love she has for the old duke and his son, whom she has only dared to love in her dreams. Fated for Love Series: Mine, All Mine Sweet Torture Storm on the Horizon To love, Honor, and Obey All available in e-book format soon to be in print! Want more from Dayna Quince? Check out her new series, Desperate and Daring! More info at the end of this book.