Our heart's desire is that all would develop or deepen a personal and intimate connection with Jesus through reading our books. Our focus in writing nonfiction specifically is to bring Scripture into relevant applications, to remove obstacles to relationship with Christ caused by poor theology, and to restore Christianity to the original teachings of Jesus.
We are created to be Seekers. According to Jesus, seeking His Kingdom is the only quest that truly matters. Jesus refers to His Kingdom as a treasure hidden in a field and a pearl of unmatched value, and He instructs us to sell all we have in this world to purchase the field and the pearl. God provides us with a map to His Kingdom treasures in Scripture. Through parables and other teachings, and through the example of His life, Jesus reveals the nature, qualities, characteristics, and locus of His great treasures. This book draws on all the resources in Scripture to create a treasure map - a guide to seeking the Kingdom of God. As you read, you are taken on a quest to find your true identity, to reclaim your authority, to experience His indwelling Spirit more fully, to better understand and receive His protection, to celebrate your sanctification, to receive God's wisdom, to delight in the true freedom of His love, and to live in the Kingdom of God now. I pray, at the end of this quest, fear and shame will no longer dictate your choices, and you will find yourself more intimately connected to Jesus, more aware of who you are in Christ, more grounded and strengthened to stand in His authority, more confident in your position as heir to His Kingdom, and more certain of His love for you.
Strength in Adversity
Jesus tells us trouble is a given in this fallen world; yet, we often find ourselves incapable of handling suffering, overwhelmed by the pain, anguish, and sorrow that adversity brings. How do we stand firm in the face of adversity? How do we deal with hardship without losing ourselves and giving in to the enemy? And how do we understand suffering while still seeing God as loving and good? Join us on this 8-part journey through valley and storm and learn how, in all things, to stand – without fear – without shame – in the peace that is beyond understanding and the perfect love that casts out fear.
Wilderness Meditations is a book of devotions for reading and study during the 40 days of Lent. I wrote Wilderness Meditations as a Lenten sacrifice of praise, instead of doing the more typical Lenten sacrifice of giving up something like a specific food or activity. Each morning, I rose early, spent time in prayer and meditation, and then wrote what I felt the Lord was leading me to say for that day. As a result, the book contains devotions for each of the 40 days of Lent, along with devotions for Palm Sunday and Easter. Even though the book was designed for use over Lent as a journey toward deeper relationship with Jesus in preparation for the celebration of Easter, it is also appropriate for times of fasting, and for general spiritual growth and development. It can be used individually, or in small groups as a study guide, as well as for spiritual growth retreats. The focus of the devotions is on discovering the nature of God, developing an intimate, personal connection with Jesus, deepening your prayer life, and gaining a greater understanding of truth. Each devotion includes a theme for meditation for that day, all centering on the character of Christ. Each devotion and meditation can be easily completed in about 15 minutes, facilitating the reader's ability to complete the readings daily, even for those with busy schedules; however, for those individuals who want to deepen the experience, ample Scripture verses and opportunities for deeper reflection are available, as well as space for taking notes and exploring in prayer the themes presented.
Restored Christianity, co-authored by a Christian counselor and an historian of early Christianity, integrates historical analysis with an in-depth examination of the current state of Christian belief toward restoring the earliest known, foundational beliefs of Christianity and applying those restored beliefs to contemporary life in order to bring healing to the aspects of today's church that can be detrimental to its members or may keep non-believers away. The authors don't shy away from controversy, challenging both the Church, and individual Christians and non-Christians, to evaluate currently held beliefs and embrace an intimate relationship with God. The authors confront current beliefs about such topics as the nature of God, the mysteries of God, the intention and use of the Bible, the meaning of faith, the sovereignty of God, our purpose, suffering, and the efficacy of prayer. The authors use Paul's letters for their evaluations, based on these documents standing as the earliest known Christian writings. According to the authors, "It became apparent to us that historical knowledge is vital for understanding Christianity, both at the time of its conception as well as today. At the same time, we have witnessed how some of the present-day beliefs espoused by the Church have wounded its members, and given those individuals outside of the Church a negative impression of Christ's character. We wrote this book with the hope of planting a seed that could grow and blossom into a renewed understanding and experiencing of a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ."
Strength in our Story
Strength in our Story is an 8-week Bible study of the story of Joseph, designed to help you discover healing and hope in life’s darkest moments. Everyone can relate to some aspect of Joseph’s story, making studying his story a very relevant experience for us all. Now, more than ever, we need authentic answers and genuine hope. Through the use of these materials, individuals are able to gain context for life experiences and events, find healing, and build God-focused communities. As a result of the fallen nature of this world, all of us have experienced wounding repeatedly through ongoing neglect, betrayal, and injustice, which are like waves crashing against the shore, eroding the soul, redefining the individual’s true identity, and trapping the individual in a prison of lies. Many of us have experienced specific traumatic events in our lives, and everyone has experienced loss. Using the story of Joseph as the base story for this study, we will look at the personal experience of trauma and loss over time, and the wounding of the heart and soul that results. In healing the soul, restoring the true identity, and removing the lie beliefs through reinterpretation of painful circumstances, the strength in our story may be seen.