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  1. When Narcissism Comes to Church

    When Narcissism Comes to Church

    Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse

    Narrator: Jim Denison
    Runtime: 6.3 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Why does narcissism seem to thrive in our churches? We've seen the news stories and heard the rumors. Maybe we ourselves have been hurt by a narcissistic church leader. It's easy to throw the term around and diagnose others from afar. But what is narcissism, really? And how does it infiltrate the church? Chuck DeGroat has been counseling pastors with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as those wounded by narcissistic leaders and systems, for over twenty years. He knows firsthand the devastation narcissism leaves in its wake and how insidious and painful it is. In When Narcissism Comes to Church, DeGroat takes a close look at narcissism, not only in ministry leaders but also in church systems. He offers compassion and hope for those affected by its destructive power and imparts wise counsel for churches looking to heal from its systemic effects. DeGroat also offers hope for narcissists themselves-not by any shortcut, but by the long, slow road of genuine recovery, possible only through repentance and trust in the humble gospel of Jesus.
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  2. Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    Emotionally Healthy Discipleship

    Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation

    Narrator: Peter Scazzero
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    "Pastors and church leaders want to see lives changed by the gospel. They work tirelessly to care for people, initiate new programs and ministries, preach new sermon series, and keep up with the latest trends. Sadly, it would seem that much of this effort is not resulting in deeply changed disciples. Why? Because many churches are unknowingly operating from a shallow discipleship that allows people to recycle the same problems year after year. Church goers are increasingly passive with lives not distinct from the culture. People are not able to integrate anger and sadness. Many are defensive and incapable of revealing their own weaknesses. Church leaders desperately need a better way of teaching people what it means to follow Jesus in a transformative way. In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, bestselling author Pete Scazzero combines three decades of wisdom with hard lessons from his own ministry journey. He lays out what is required for church leaders to multiply deeply-changed people who are growing in relationship with God, themselves and others. Scazzero begins with four beneath-the-surface, systemic gaps that undermine serious discipleship. He provides a clear vision for a church culture that deeply changes lives and then practically unpacks the seven biblical marks of emotionally healthy discipleship: - Learn to Be Before You Do - Follow the Crucified, Not the Americanized, Jesus - Receive the Gift of Limits - Befriend Suffering and Loss - Break the Power of the Past - Practice the Presence of People - Lead Out of Brokenness and Vulnerability Finally, he lays out practical steps for you to create an emotionally healthy discipleship culture that actually has the power to change the world. Graphics, assessments, and appendixes are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  3. Spiritual Leadership

    Spiritual Leadership

    Narrator: Grover Gardner
    Runtime: 4.8 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    With more than 500,000 in print, Spiritual Leadership has proven itself a timeless classic in teaching the principles of leadership. J. Oswald Sanders presents and illustrates those principles through biographies of eminent men of God - men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon.
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  4. Letters to the Church

    Letters to the Church

    Author: Francis Chan
    Narrator: Ramon de Ocampo
    Runtime: 5.38 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Millions are satisfied to sit through hour-long, weekly religious services. Millions more have left the church, brokenhearted and cynical. But God is waking up His people—people who will risk everything and sacrifice anything to become the dynamic, powerful Church seen in Scripture.   We Are Church calls Christ-followers, young and old, to hold fast to their biblical roots while seeking radical change. Scripture promises an exuberant and unstoppable Church. That wondrous early church of Acts can be our reality today—but not until we devote ourselves to her original priorities.   Read this book and be challenged, guided, and encouraged to passionately pursue God’s magnificent and beautiful vision for His Church. Come and claim your part in this body of believers that is not just possible—it’s promised.
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  5. Feed My Sheep

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    Is Biblical Preaching Doomed to Extinction? In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to felt needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time. Jesus told Peter, Feed my sheep (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ's shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them. In this book, eleven pastors and scholars issue a fervent plea for preachers to preach the Word. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards.
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  6. The Reformed Pastor

    The Reformed Pastor

    Narrator: Simon Vance
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs - Unabridged

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    In his introduction, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” This charge from Acts 20:28 only is the beginning of a solemn and overarching task to be personally involved and disciple all of your congregants. Richard Baxter’s plea for shepherding his flock continues with a charge to pastors to verify their own spiritual walk and then walks them through various disciplines, strategies and goals to guide and instruct their congregation.
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  7. Radical

    Radical

    Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

    Author: David Platt
    Narrator: David Platt
    Runtime: 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT?
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  8. The Pastor

    The Pastor

    A Memoir

    Narrator: Arthur Morey
    Runtime: 12 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    "If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor's heart and a pastor's art. Take and read!" (Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline )
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  9. Discipleship

    Discipleship

    What It Truly Means to Be a Christian--Collected Insights from A. W. Tozer

    Author: A. W. Tozer
    Narrator: Grover Gardner
    Runtime: 4.22 hrs. - Unabridged

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    Do you long to be more like Christ? Discipleship lies at the center of Christian life and practice. It is a beautiful journey, in which each of us simultaneously attempt to become more like Christ and to help others do the same. It is our most important task on earth, but often it is neglected or misunderstood. A. W. Tozer, on the other hand, knew exactly what it meant to disciple and to be discipled. Discipleship: What It Truly Means to Be a Christian is a collection of Tozer’s powerful and passionate writings on discipleship. In it you will learn about: the call, terms, and marks of discipleship devotional practices obedience reproducing disciples Whether you are a new believer or have known Christ for a lifetime, Tozer’s words will encourage and inspire you to love Jesus more. Come and be discipled by this beloved spiritual writer.
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  10. How to Worship a King

    How to Worship a King

    Prepare Your Heart. Prepare Your World. Prepare The Way.

    Author: Zach Neese
    Narrator: Zach Neese
    Runtime: 9.25 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Worship is more than music. It is the impetus for everything we do as Christians. It is expressed through every action of our lives and helps us become more Christlike. When we learn to worship God through our life, we become better Christians, ministers, musicians, parents, and mechanics. Transform every area of your life through worship. This book unfolds a holistic view of worship so that you can experience peace, joy, and the richness of living in God’s presence. Be drawn to the heart of God as you explore answers to important questions such as: What are praise and worship, and what is my part in them? If I’m not a musician or singer, how can I be a worship leader? What does the Bible teach about how we come into the presence of God and how we lead other people into the presence of God?
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  11. The Unsaved Christian

    The Unsaved Christian

    Reaching Cultural Christians with the Gospel

    Author: Dean Inserra
    Narrator: Tim Lundeen
    Runtime: 5.3 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    What to do when they say they’re Christian but don’t know Jesus. Whether it’s the Christmas and Easter Christians or the faithful church attenders whose hearts are cold toward the Lord, we’ve all encountered cultural Christians. They’d check the Christian box on a survey, they’re fine with church, but the truth is, they’re far from God. So how do we bring Jesus to this overlooked mission field? The Unsaved Christian equips you to confront cultural Christianity with honesty, compassion, and grace, whether you’re doing it from the pulpit or the pews. This practical guide will: - show you how to recognize cultural Christianity - teach you how to overcome the barriers that get in the way - give you easy-to-understand advice about VBS, holiday services, reaching “good people,” and more! If you’ve ever felt stuck or unsure how to minister to someone who identifies as Christian but still needs Jesus, this book is for you.
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  12. Church Elders (9Marks Series)

    Church Elders (9Marks Series)

    How to Shepherd God's People Like Jesus

    Narrator: Bob Souer
    Runtime: 2.80 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    What does effective church leadership look like? In this conversational book, pastor Jeramie Rinne sets forth an easy-to-understand “job description” for elders drawn from the Bible’s teaching on church leadership. Offering practical guidance for new elders and helping church members better understand and support their spiritual leaders, this succinct volume will encourage elders to embrace their calling with grace, wisdom, and clarity of vision.
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  13. Expository Exultation

    Expository Exultation

    Christian Preaching as Worship

    Author: John Piper
    Runtime: 12.32 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    Well-known around the world for his passionate and powerful preaching, John Piper has distilled over thirty years of preaching experience into one book for the benefit of pastors and other Bible teachers. Building on the foundation laid by his previous two books, A Peculiar Glory and Reading the Bible Supernaturally, Piper makes a compelling claim about the purpose of a sermon: not just an explanation of the text, but awakening worship by being worship. Christian preaching is a God-appointed means of transforming its hearers in both head and heart, not only in intellect but also in affections. With clear examples of specific methods, Piper shows preachers how and what to communicate from the pulpit in a way that takes seriously the task of handling the Word of God week in and week out in the context of, and as, Christian worship.
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  14. The Color of Compromise

    The Color of Compromise

    The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

    Author: Jemar Tisby
    Narrator: Jemar Tisby
    Runtime: 8.37 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    The Color of Compromise reveals the chilling connection between the church and racism throughout American history. A survey of the ways Christians of the past have reinforced theories of racial superiority and inferiority provides motivation for a series of bold actions believers must take to forge a future of equity and justice.
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  15. Expositional Preaching (9Marks Series)

    Expositional Preaching (9Marks Series)

    How We Speak God's Word Today

    Narrator: Bob Souer
    Runtime: 2.55 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    What makes for good preaching? In this accessible volume—written for preachers and preachers in training—pastor David Helm outlines what must be believed and accomplished to become a faithful expositor of God’s Word. In addition to offering practical, step-by-step guidance for preachers, this short book will equip all of us to recognize good preaching when we hear it.
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