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Struggling with God

Author: Simon D Podmore
Publsiher: ISD LLC
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2013-10-31
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 0227902114
Rating: 4.2/5 (14 downloads)

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Invoking the biblical motif of Jacob's struggle with the Face of God (Genesis 32), Simon D. Podmore undertakes a constructive theological account of 'spiritual trial' (tentatio; known in German mystical and Lutheran tradition as Anfechtung) in relation to enduring questions of the otherness and hiddenness of God and the self, the problem of suffering and evil, the freedom of Spirit, and the anxious relationship between temptation and ordeal, fear and desire. This book traces a genealogy of spiritual trial from medieval German mystical theology, through Lutheran and Pietistic thought (Tauler; Luther; Arndt; Boehme), and reconstructs Kierkegaard's innovative yet under-examined recovery of the category (AnfAegtelse: a Danish cognate for Anfechtung) within the modern context of the 'spiritless' decline of Christendom. Developing the relationship between struggle (Anfechtung) and release (Gelassenheit), Podmore proposes a Kierkegaardian theology of spiritual trial which elaborates the kenosis of the self before God in terms of Spirit's restless longing to rest transparently in God. Offering an original rehabilitation of the temptation of spiritual trial, this book strives for a renewed theological hermeneutic which speaks to the enduring human struggle to realise the unchanging love of God in the face of spiritual darkness.

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Struggling with God

Author: Sam Sumner
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2020-06-25
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1973691264
Rating: 4.1/5 (64 downloads)

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The Christian has been given the great privilege of knowing God through Jesus Christ. While the Bible clearly shows us who God is, what he has done for us, and what he expects from our lives, that knowledge is nothing more than accumulated information unless acted upon. That knowledge must be wrestled out in everyday life as we seek to truly experience God for who the Bible declares him to be and seek to submit ourselves to his ways. In Struggling with God, author pastor Sam Sumner gives all Christians a basic overview of some key beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Using examples from his own life and scripture, he shows how God patiently perseveres with those who struggle to know him and live in a way that pleases him. Dealing with such deep themes as the trinity, the struggle between good and evil, the redemptive story, the deity of Christ, and even the Holy Spirit, Struggling with God presents a theology for real life.

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Wrestling with God

Author: Ronald Rolheiser
Publsiher: Image
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-05-15
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0804139466
Rating: 4.9/5 (66 downloads)

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The bestselling author of The Holy Longing provides an inspiring message of hope and perseverance for all of us struggling with our faith in tumultuous times The last few decades have rapidly birthed a modern world that would have been unrecognizable fifty years ago. As long-held beliefs on love, faith, and God are challenged by the aggregate of changes that have overhauled our world, many of us are left feeling confused and uncertain while old norms are challenged and redefined at breakneck speed. In Wrestling with God, Ronald Rolheiser offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, the beloved author of Sacred Fire examines the fears and doubts that challenge us. It is in these struggles to find meaning, that Rolheiser lays out a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, but perhaps more important, he helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.

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Confessions of a 40+ Year Old Virgin: One Man's Struggle With God's Will

Author: Wayne Wise
Total Pages: 130
Release: 2011-09-26
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1329583809
Rating: 4.3/5 (9 downloads)

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This is my story. Everyone has one. My story involves waiting on and trusting in God. This is not a blind faith. I believe this book will help anyone that is currently waiting on God to answer a prayer, anyone that is struggling with doubt and fears about

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The Ministry, Vol. 9, No. 10

Author: Various Authors
Publsiher: Living Stream Ministry
Total Pages: 237
Genre: Religion
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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This issue of The Ministry contains the last nine messages given during the 2004 spring term of the Full-time Training in Anaheim, California. The general subject of this series of messages is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In a simple, basic way the God of Abraham is the God of justification, the God of Isaac is the God of grace, and the God of Jacob is the God of transformation through divine discipline. Messages 2 through 7 of the October 2005 issue of The Ministry presented the God of Abraham. Messages 8 and 9 of that issue presented the God of Isaac. In this issue Message 10 concludes the fellowship concerning the God of Isaac. Isaac signifies our living a life of enjoying God; hence, we live a grace-enjoying life for God's good pleasure. Messages 11 through 17 present the God of Jacob. The God of Jacob, who is the God of transformation, issues in the God of Israel, who is the God of the transformed Jacob. Message 18 presents the Israel of God. All the experiences of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, represented by the lives and experiences of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are to produce this corporate person--the Israel of God. We do not have the experiences of the God of Abraham merely to be spiritual persons, we do not enter into the experiences represented by Isaac simply to be individuals enjoying God's grace in a personal way, and we do not go through all the experiences represented by Jacob's long life just to end up as spiritual individuals who have some spiritual stature. God desires a corporate person; He wants a people to express Him and represent Him. Last of all, we include a report concerning the Lord's move in the United Kingdom.

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Poems of Human Struggle and God's Love

Author: Margaret Freeman
Publsiher: Balboa Press
Total Pages: 109
Release: 2014-10-16
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 1452526036
Rating: 4.6/5 (36 downloads)

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In Poems of Human Struggle and God's Love, author Margaret Freeman grapples with the issues of faith, trusting in God, and the often uneven path of life. She believes that the awakening to the glory of God is increasing on earth, and she considers all aspects of this through her poetry. From the loving support her sister needed when her grandson was born with health issues ("The Rock") to the disobedience of Adam and Eve ("Shame"), Freeman explores the emotions that we experience every day as we face life's challenges through God's grace. Freeman's poetry gives voice to our insecurities, doubts, and questions--and the idea of Christ-consciousness over self-consciousness, a cooperation with the Holy Spirit that brings us God's mercy and grace during our trials while shielding us from Satan's torment. Only God and his loving embrace can prepare us for our ever-present spiritual needs. Poems of Human Struggle and God's Love encourages us to find the love and understanding that is only possible through a strong relationship with God. The Light Within My soul, it was in darkness. Self tried so hard to win. But the devil was self's master; My spirit locked within. Shut fast the prison door Until friends prayed for me, And in came the risen Lord. When I chose to trust in him, To give up the old self-rule, He gently dealt with sin, Beliefs, and judgements In my subconscious mind. Burnt up by the Holy Spirit, My spirit's free now to shine.

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Needing Isaiah's God in Troubled Times

Author: Carole Streeter
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 164
Release: 2017-10-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1543456715
Rating: 4.6/5 (15 downloads)

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The time has come, Isaiah said, to talk of many things, Of shanties in the garden patch and ships and foreign kings, Of rivers, seas, and flowing streams, of lions, ewes, and lambs, Of pelicans and porcupines, of owls and wild goats, Of people tall and smooth of skin, of scorching drought and rain, Of words that judge and words that weep and words that sing, Of sovereignty and covenant, and One who reigns forevermore. Approaching Isaiah through his words used often is like entering an ivy-covered side door that no one has opened recently. In her reflections on the twelve words, Carole Streeter draws from the prophets love for Yahweh and Israel and the natural world and love for the past, present, and all that is to come in Gods wondrous kingdom.

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Morning and Evening Meditations from the Word of God

Author: Michael J. Akers
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 768
Release: 2014-03-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1490829180
Rating: 4.9/5 (8 downloads)

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There are many devotional books available containing brief, daily inspirations that benefit all who read them. This book is different in two respects. The first is obvious: it contains two readings per day—732 in all. The second, more important difference is that the author wanted to do more than offer inspiration; this would make this book no different than so many others. The messages in the book are study sketches in that the content is not only inspirational, but also educational, challenging, and encouraging. Most of these writings were based on author Michael J. Akers’s teaching of adult Bible studies for more than thirty years and learning what really brought adults to want to deepen their knowledge and application of the Word of God.

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Wrestling with God

Author: Steven T. Katz
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2007-01-04
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780199724420
Rating: 4.9/5 (244 downloads)

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This volume presents a wide-ranging selection of Jewish theological responses to the Holocaust. It will be the most complete anthology of its sort, bringing together for the first time: (1) a large sample of ultra-orthodox writings, translated from the Hebrew and Yiddish; (2) a substantial selection of essays by Israeli authors, also translated from the Hebrew; (3) a broad sampling of works written in English by American and European authors. These diverse selections represent virtually every significant theological position that has been articulated by a Jewish thinker in response to the Holocaust. Included are rarely studied responses that were written while the Holocaust was happening.

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God, Where Are You?

Author: Enzo Bianchi
Publsiher: SPCK
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2014-02-20
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0281069603
Rating: 4.9/5 (3 downloads)

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God, where are you?' This is the fundamental question humankind has been asking since Creation. Of course, it is the Lord within us who really poses this question, and if we are serious about searching for an answer, we will discover that he is already looking for us. As our God is the God of those who preceded us, the God of our fathers, we cannot get to know him without taking into account the words he spoke to those who have gone before. The story of God is above all a story of his relationship with humankind. Enzo Bianchi offers a clear analysis of many encounters between the Lord and some of the most significant figures in the Old Testament, encounters that have shaped Jewish - and thus Christian - culture and spirituality over the centuries.

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Wrestling with God

Author: Paul O. Ingram
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2006-04-14
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1597524956
Rating: 4.4/5 (56 downloads)

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'Wrestling With God' is concerned with conceptualizing a Christian pluralist theology of religious experience primarily in dialogue with Buddhism, but also in conversation with Confucian, Daoist, Hindu, Jewish, and Islamic traditions as well as dialogue with the natural sciences. It is through such dialogue as a form of theological reflection that Christians can hope for the emergence of new forms of faith and practice that are relevant to the complexities of contemporary life. The author's style and openness make this accessible to the general reader as well as the scholar.

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Hustling God

Author: M. Craig Barnes
Publsiher: Zondervan
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2009-08-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 031086254X
Rating: 4.2/5 (4 downloads)

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We work hard at life. We try to get better jobs, better homes, better relationships, and even a better spirituality. We are like Jacob in the Old Testament. His name means "striver, schemer, supplanter, hustler." He could have been the poster boy for the American Dream.But author Craig Barnes says this is not the way we should be living our lives. We should not try to manipulate and hustle ourselves into a place of advantage with God, a position that has been ours all along. After all, God is the one who climbed down the ladder to be with us. Using true anecdotes from the men, women, and families of the churches he has served, Barnes invites hard-running, stressed-out, burned-out people to stop striving. Life is not something we grasp and clutch to us, but a gift God freely gives. Only when we open our hands can God fill them with the blessings he has been waiting to lavish upon us all along.

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Living Water

Author: Porcia Wade
Publsiher: Porcia Wade
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2015-10-12
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Living Water is available to all who believe! This book promises to feed your faith and stir the up God’s Living Water within you! Expect to learn more about the gift of God's Holy Spirit and how this gift strengthens you and helps you as you walk out God's plan for your life!

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Wrestling with Job

Author: Bill Kynes
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-08-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1514000776
Rating: 4.0/5 (76 downloads)

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The unique richness of the book of Job cannot be simply explained—it must be experienced. In this collaboration between pastor father and scholar son Bill and Will Kynes, you will find exposition, spiritual application, and a deeper look at the thornier aspects of the text, equipping you to consider how you too might practice defiant faith.

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Hearing God's Call

Author: Ben Campbell Johnson
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2002-10-08
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780802839619
Rating: 4.2/5 (396 downloads)

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"God is still calling believers today, just as He did in earlier times, and God's empowering call extends to clergy and laity alike. ... this book will help anyone seeking to hear God's call with greater clarity and act on it with greater conviction" -- BACK JACKET.

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Today's Menu: Feeding on God's Word

Author: Laura Russell Simpson
Publsiher: LifeRich Publishing
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2019-08-31
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1489724613
Rating: 4.4/5 (13 downloads)

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Wrestling with Doubt

Author: Frank D. Rees
Publsiher: Liturgical Press
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2001
Genre: Belief and doubt
ISBN: 9780814625903
Rating: 4.4/5 (259 downloads)

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Rees provides a theological analysis of doubts as a constructive element within the Christian experience of faith. He considers three theological frameworks, each of which offers an interpretation of doubt, and two life-story theologies that deal with faith and doubt.