Download and read online Limping But Blessed in PDF and EPUB After the unexpected, accidental death of his three-year-old son, Jason Jones went on a long, painful journey to make sense of how God could have let this happen to his son and best friend, Jacob, and to their family. And he struggled intensely with his faith after everything he thought about God disintegrated on June 12, 2011. In Limping But Blessed, Jones explores struggling with faith and belief, dealing with his depression and grief, and searching for hope in a hopeless situation. The book includes tales of his darkest days, correspondence he had with Christian theologians, and what he’s done to preserve his son’s legacy. At some point in each of our lives, something goes terribly wrong, and our faith is shaken to the core. This book is the story of one man’s journey through the darkest time of life searching for answers and a grueling attempt to find a sliver of hope to keep holding on.
Download and read online Limping But Blessed in PDF and EPUB After the unexpected death of his three-year-old son, Jason Jones went on a long, painful journey to make sense of how God could let this happen to his family. He struggled intensely with his faith after everything he thought about God disintegrated on June 12, 2011. At some point in our lives, something goes terribly wrong, and our faith is shaken to the core. This is the story of one mans journey through his darkest time and a grueling attempt to find a sliver of hope to keep holding on.
Download and read online Cancer Is Funny in PDF and EPUB Jason Micheli, a young father, husband, and pastor, was diagnosed with a bone cancer so rare and deadly that his doctors didn’t classify it with one of the normal four stages—they simply called it “stage-serious.” As Micheli struggled with despair and faced his own mortality, he resolved that although cancer kills the body, it would not kill his spirit, faith, or sense of humor. Micheli knew that the promise of faith makes hope possible. And approaching cancer as fodder for some bowel-busting humor helps, too. His reflections are not trite. Instead, he writes honestly about being stricken with lethal cancer in the midst of a promising career and raising two young children. He struggles with his commitment to the God who, as he writes, may or may not be doing this to him. Because figuring this out for himself—not to mention explaining it to his congregation and his sons—is so important that theology is now a matter of life and death. This is a funny, no-holds-barred, irreverent-yet-faithful take on the disease that touches every family. Micheli’s story teaches us all how to stay human in dehumanizing situations—how to keep living in the face of death.
Download and read online A Grief Unveiled in PDF and EPUB Gregory Floyd's autobiographical journey through grief after the tragic death of his youngest son - a story of profound hope and healing
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Download and read online The Magnificent Defeat in PDF and EPUB In The Magnificent Defeat, Frederick Buechner examines what it means to follow Christ, the lessons of Christmas and Easter, the miracles of grace, and "the magnificent defeat" of the human soul of God.
Download and read online FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING in PDF and EPUB For years, Rev. Dr. John H. Krahn has been a successful interim pastor whom God has used to save many dying churches. He shares his proven methods for helping churches which are barely surviving to once again thrive. Whether your church is on life support or is doing quite well, From Surviving to Thriving -- A Practical Guide to Revitalize Your Church is a hands-on approach that will assist you and your church greatly. Pastor Krahn has done what he recommends and seen the results of intentional missional ministry in more than one context. Overflowing with good stories and examples of excellent ministry, his comprehensive approach includes getting the church's financial house in order, practicing good stewardship, developing a strategic plan and vision, marketing the church in new and old ways, and developing an evangelism program. Here is a book by a veteran pastor who knows how to revitalize a congregation that is long on hope and short on excuses. Some chapters included Stop Making Excuses and Start Doing Something Get Your Church's Financial House in Order Reclaim Your Inactive Members Reach the Unchurched in Your Community Remove the Roadblocks That Impede Thriving Rev Dr. John H. Krahn has been in the pastoral ministry for forty-eight years. He was pastor of the largest Lutheran church in New York for twelve years with a staff of fifty people. Dr. Krahn earned his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri), his Masters in Education and Theological Studies from Union Theological Seminary, his Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, and his Doctor of Ministry from New York Theological Seminary (New York, New York). Krahn is a professional fund raiser, served as interim pastor at five floundering Lutheran churches, and continues to work as a paid church consultant. He is the go-to-guy in his synod to turn around dying churches, and sometimes refers to himself as the "pastor of lost causes." A much sought after speaker, in 2016, he will be conducting seminars throughout the church on the subject matter contained in this book. He has been married for forty-nine years, and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Download and read online 6 Minutes Wrestling With Life in PDF and EPUB Get ready to laugh, cry, smile and think. Twenty-six years ago, my goal and mission in life was to win a New York State Wrestling Championship. I committed myself to a lifestyle and I made the sacrifices. I put in the time. I had the hunger, the desire and the determination, but I came up short. For many years, after I graduated it seemed like I got nothing out of my six years of total dedication to the sport. That the trade off of what I gave and what I got in return to this sport was way out of whack. I hated wrestling for it. To put every ounce of your soul into achieving something and to get nothing out of it in return was beyond my comprehension and I just could not justify it in my head. Until, I had adversity in my life. And slowly but surely, I started realizing how much the sport of wrestling actually has given back to me. Much more than I ever knew. Dan Gable famously said, "Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easier." I would take that quote one step further and say, "Because i've wrestled, some things in life are possible." "6 Minutes Wrestling with Life" is much more than a wrestling book. It is a book on life, love, loss and belief. Get ready to laugh, cry, smile and think... You will never look at life the same way again. They don't call it the greatest sport on earth for no reason. It just took me 26 years to understand why.
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Download and read online The Scars That Have Shaped Me in PDF and EPUB 21 surgeries by age 13. Years in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from schoolmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. The death of a child. A debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce... Vaneetha begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
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Download and read online Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal in PDF and EPUB The true story of a father who wrestles with faith in God throughout his two-year-old son's victorious battle with cancer, discovering that pain sometimes open the door to a deeper experience with Jesus.