We highly recommend Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
Check out the Crazy Love Book website. Here is an excerpt:
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were among the many young men taken from their homes in Israel and brought as captives into Babylon. You may remember some stories about them. Maybe the story of Daniel and the lion’s den comes to mind or the story about the burning furnace that didn’t consume Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men will forever be known for making big decisions to honor the Lord even when their lives were on the line. But long before these men had to make the big decisions of life and death they… “resolved”.
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
Daniel resolved not to defile himself and evidently so did the other three (Daniel 1:11-12). Don’t overlook this event in the lives of these four men. Although they may have been living in a new country they resolved to be set apart – to be different from the place in which they lived. Ultimately, their resolution ... Continue Reading.
Bend City Church is hosting a Friday night/Saturday morning parenting seminar November 11th and 12th. The seminar will consist of 5 sessions with 2 being on Friday and 3 on Saturday. Childcare will be provided for those attending.Who is Invited: Anyone Who Will Benefit Do you Have to Attend Bend City: No Location: Bend City Church, 224 Butternut St, West Bend Date/Time: Friday, November 11 6:30-8:30pm Saturday, November 12 8:45-12:00am Topics: The Parents Heart, Authority & Influence, Discipline, Empowering Parents Through Distinct Biblical Gender Roles, and “Law, Gospel, and Parenting” For more information, you can read the entire flyer on Google docs at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B34Ys5zYwA-CNjVkYjhhZjQtMWVjZC00Y2NhLWEzMWItYmM0NzgzMDUwMzE5&hl=en_US
Isaiah 11:2-5 English Standard Version (ESV) 2And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.I am encouraged that God wants those close to me that don’t know Jesus to know Him. We can pray with confidence.