The Morning Star: A Message to the Church

The Morning Star: A Message to the Church

What are our ways? They are man’s ways of doing things. What does the LORD want? He wants us to do things His way. What is His way? His way is that we go up to the mountain. The LORD is speaking of the mount of His holiness, a “mountain” where everything is done exclusively for Him.

The work of the hands of the natural man does not receive God’s blessing, even when they are doing things for God. God’s blessing is like the rain, and when there is no rain, when there is no blessing from God; there is only desert. This is true in the spiritual as well as in the natural. We live in a time of a lot of movement, a flurry of activity and of “works.” And each pastor speaks of the “work” that they are doing, of how many sheep they congregate in their work and how many pay their tithe, etc. For the LORD, many of these “works” are not His house, because it is man’s house.

Many are in a spiritual drought; the revelation of God is not flowing, and this dryness reaches the mountains. Mountains denote power and purpose. Each mountain is dry because each leader decided to have his own kingdom; they have decided to make their own fortress.

This ensures drought upon the wheat (the message that is sown), upon the wine (the life that is being shared), upon the oil (the anointing), and upon everything the earth produces. In the highest sense, we are the earth, and the LORD wants to sow in us.

About the Author

Russell Stendal, a former hostage of Colombian rebels, is a lifelong missionary to that same group in the jungles of Colombia. He is an influential friend to military and government leaders in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States. Russell’s ministry shares the gospel via twelve radio stations, hundreds of thousands of Bibles, books, and movies distributed through airplane parachute drops, and numerous speaking engagements for groups of leaders, prisoners, and individuals. Russell goes wherever the Lord leads, whether it’s to speak with a president or to go deep into the jungle to help an individual in trouble. He has witnessed thousands commit their lives to Christ.

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Waking Up: To Who You Really Are (If You Dare) by Ted Dekker

Waking Up: To Who You Really Are (If You Dare) by Ted Dekker

Waking Up is a vulnerable 30-page expose of the personal journey the author and most who call themselves Christian find themselves on in this life. A journey full of inconsistencies that are unsustainable and eventually lead to a fractured worldview. And yet that same journey can lead to a radical rediscovery of love, peace and identity in a world blurred by confusion, unworthiness and anxiety.

Also includes the first of The Forgotten Way Mediations, a 21-day journey that will change your life.

“If there is one elephant in the room among most of us who call ourselves Christian, it is that what we think and say we believe and what we actually experience are all too often two, radically different realities,” the author writes. “Ironically, we ourselves are often the last to see this disparity.”

We claim to be saved in the next life, but can we find peace in the storms that rise up against us in this life? The answer is an unequivocal yes. But that yes means looking at ourselves and the world around us differently which leads to a new way of being in the world. So take a look. See what millions of Christians are now seeing.

This short booklet is an invitation for all who can relate with the author’s writing to take the journey themselves through A.D 33, a radical novel of discovery, and The Forgotten Way Meditations, 21 short reflections on life that will change the way you see yourself and the world.

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Finding the True You: Discover Who You Were Created to Be (Discovery Series Book 1)

Finding the True You: Discover Who You Were Created to Be (Discovery Series Book 1)

How do you discover who you were created to be?

Some books will tell you the answer is found by controlling your fears or managing your emotions. But how do feelings help you know your purpose in life? Other books delve mystically into discussions about harnessing your sun sign, tapping into your source energy, or igniting a spark of divinity inside you. At best those answers seem vague, at worst they’re just plain weird. In the end, people searching for answers in those books come away frustrated and confused.

In Finding the True You, you will not read much about managing your emotions, drilling for your source energy, getting blinded by your sun sign, or sparking out. What you will find are the Bible’s answers to life’s most important questions: Who am I, and what is my purpose?

As you read you will realize that you are God’s masterpiece created to do things that you can’t even yet imagine. You will come away inspired and ready to grab hold of the Lord’s amazing plan for your life!

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About the Author
Mark has a passion to communicate God’s design for life and the family. He and his wife, Christie, have fostered 27 children and have one teen-aged son of their own. (And amazingly, he still has hair left.)

Mark has a Masters in Christian Education as well as earning more than 100 Continuing Education Credits in the area of children and youth development, family dynamics, conflict-resolution within the family, discipleship in the home, effective discipline, parenting teenagers, dealing with different personalities, etc. He is further trained and certified through the National Center for Fathering (See: fathers.com) to lead various seminars and workshops.

Mark and his family live in the Lehigh Valley of northeast, Pennsylvania. He loves Philadelphia sports teams–Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers; so he knows much about pain and heartache. He enjoys playing sports, writing books, hanging with his family, and referring to himself in the third person.

Steps to Freedom: Six Steps To Advancing Your Walk With Jesus Christ

Steps to Freedom: Six Steps To Advancing Your Walk With Jesus Christ

Would you like to grow in your walk with Jesus Christ? Do you desire to do the things that Jesus did, and more?

I knew there had to be more to this Christian walk than I was experiencing and I began to ask God what was missing. An entire realm was opened to me. He began to show me things in my life that I needed to purge before I could grow. As I purged my life from evil and hindrances that were holding me back I experienced freedom like never before. I became addicted to repentance because every time I was obedient I was blessed with more power for miracles and encounters with Jesus. I was touched by the Holy Spirit and began to finally grow spiritually.

Now I can hear the Holy Spirit clearly and see in the Spirit as the Holy Spirit allows. Now when I pray for people I see them get healed. My passion for the lost has grown and I have introduced many souls to Jesus Christ and teaching others how to witness and go on treasure hunts.

The love and compassion of God has motivated me to love on the homeless in ways I would have never imagined. My entire walk with God is my highest priority in life and He has changing me to look more like Him. I never knew being a Christian could be so fun and serving God could be so satisfying.

My life is service to Abba Father and I do not want it another other way. It all came about through years of spiritual warfare. I used these steps to walk through the self-deliverance process. In this book, you will discover steps to freedom which include the following; be still and know He is God, get ready for revelation and repentance, understand the blessings of obedience and penalties of disobedience, prioritize Jesus in your life, learn to journal and walk out your new lifestyle. Each step contains prayers and declarations that will bring breakthrough.These steps of freedom will enable the Holy-Spirit filled believer to destroy the enemy in their lives. Understanding Christ’s righteousness leads us to a place of desiring more of Him and less of us. This is the process of dying to self.The goal is not only to have greater intimacy with Jesus Christ, but to become more Christ-like and to fulfill the God-given assignment that is for every believer of Jesus Christ.

This is a workbook which means there is work involved if you want the desired results. This is a lifestyle change that will take much discipline, time, and lots of effort. This workbook will help you break free from strongholds, hindrances and empower you to advance your walk with Jesus Christ. As you complete the steps of freedom this will become your story of deliverance. Invest in yourself and begin walking in victory today!

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When God Says “Wait”: navigating life’s detours and delays without losing your faith, your friends, or your mind

When God Says “Wait”: navigating life’s detours and delays without losing your faith, your friends, or your mind

A job, a true love, a baby, a cure. . .
We’re all waiting for something from God.
And the place between His answers can feel like a wasteland where dreams—and faith—go to die.
When we’re waiting, we wonder, “Why?”, “Why me?”, and “How long?”

But the truth? . . .
When God says, “Wait,” He doesn’t tell us for how long.
When God says, “Wait,” we face one of life’s greatest tests.
When God says, “Wait,” we have decisions to make.
When God says, “Wait,” we can control only two things: how we wait, and who we become along the way.

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson invites you to walk alongside people of the Bible who had to wait on God. . .imperfect heroes like David, Miriam, Naomi, Sarah, Joseph, and others. Their stories will provide a roadmap for your own story, helping you navigate the painful, lonely territory of waiting, coming out on the other side with your faith, relationships, and sense of humor intact. They might even help you learn to enjoy the ride.

This book is about the journey of waiting, the space between answers, and the people we become while we live there.

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Review
“When God Says, “Wait” is a must-read. Elizabeth gives us confidence and courage in times of waiting, ensuring that we will be ‘better because of the wait.’ We are better because of this book, too! With solid scriptural advice, practical prompts, and unmatched wit, Elizabeth helps us find faith in times of uncertainty. Whether you’re a mom, student, business owner, or wife, this book is for you!”
–Lara Casey Isaacson, Author of Make It Happen

“In When God Says, “Wait,” Elizabeth captures readers through previously unexplored anecdotes of familiar Bible stories and then connects you with these ancient icons, venturing deeper into their narratives. With Elizabeth’s own graceful confessions and by linking our own emotions to those of these past heroes, we internalize so much more than just the moral of their stories. We take on their hope, their insight, and their love for God in a way that helps us navigate this ‘lonely, unmarked territory’ that is waiting. We have known Elizabeth and her husband Kevin for many years. We value their guidance, direction, and most of all their genuine desire for a relationship with Christ. This book is the culmination of years of grappling with questions and faith-testing waiting with practical insights of the way God works in these times.”
–Pauli and Chip Wade, Lead Creative at Wade Works, Star of HGTV’s “Elbow Room” and “Curb Appeal”

“Elizabeth Thompson is a kindred spirit. I love her writing style, heart, and quirky humor. She writes with authenticity and wisdom. When God Says, “Wait” gives practical, biblical precepts, but it also unites our hearts with beloved biblical characters. Thompson masterfully paints scenes from these characters’ lives in such a way, you feel you’re there. Time is removed. Rather than biblical saints, they become people just like us. Their stories are ours. It’s a must-read for anyone struggling with God’s timetable. Healing, hopeful, and filled with grace to help us trust God as we wait on Him.”
–Andy Lee, Author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called

“It’s hard to be the example, but someone’s gotta do it! Thank goodness it is Elizabeth—her journey through waiting, wit in expressing it, and wisdom to learn from it. This book is not only a beautiful testament of one woman’s faith, but a reminder of the many Bible heroes who God told to wait. Oftentimes life leaves us in the gap between what is and what will be. Thank you, Elizabeth, for refining the gifts that can only be given as we wait. Those gifts and this book will be a gap-filler and hope-giver to women all over the world.”
–Laura Whitaker, Executive Director, Extra Special People, Inc.

“As Elizabeth writes, when speed is our cultural priority, ‘wait’ feels like a bad word. Thanks be to God that this does not have to be the case and that through When God Says, “Wait” we can uncover a roadmap to prayerful, humble, practical, and hopeful waiting—even in the midst of heartbreaking trial! Any reader will feel indebted to Elizabeth’s fearless take on the misconceptions of waiting, sharing from a deep well of scripture-rich wisdom. While most authors dealing with such tender topics may shy away from hard-to-swallow truths, Elizabeth guides, challenges, and encourages just like a best friend—with vulnerability and humor—so that your heart can fall deeper in love with a God who sees, hears and cares.”
–Marilisa Schachinger, Founder and Event Planner, Martel Events

Surrender: A Christian’s Guide to Dependence by Michael Summers

Surrender: A Christian’s Guide to Dependence by Michael Summers

The idea of Biblical surrender is commonly misunderstood in the modern Church. Seen as something merely emotional or external, many Christians approach surrender in a way that only results in a temporary aesthetic change.

This book details both God’s sovereign work and the personal responsibility necessary for God-glorifying dependence at the heart level. It is designed to help the reader discover how surrender can be more than a one-time experience; it can be a way of life. Discover the art of surrender.

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