For many, celebrating the holidays surrounded by family and friends is the highlight of the season. While our relatives have their charms, they can also have their challenges. The reality is that we are still sinners underneath the tinsel and wrapping paper. In the midst of all of that good cheer there will also be bitterness, brokenness, and addiction, which can lead to hurtful comments and behaviors.
As you prepare for the holidays, include these CLC Publications on your “To Read” list to help you minister to those around you who are in pain—or causing it.
Stop Your Complaining: From Grumbling To Gratitude
by Ronnie Martin
We whine. We nag. We complain about practically everything. Stop Your Complaining boldly dissects this oft-overlooked and all too familiar sin. Ronnie Martin references stories of the Bible, like the Old Testament grumblings of the Israelites, and adds a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor to explain how Christians can trade an attitude of grumbling for one of gratitude. Stop Your Complaining teaches that God’s grace and his word will radically change what we feel in our hearts and say with our mouths.
Material blessings often prevent us from saying “yes” to what God wants. With flair and authenticity, Jenny Day Jones shows how realizing this truth completely transformed her family. Through studies of the Beatitudes and the Rich Young Ruler, as well as personal narratives, Jones reveals how we can put aside ourselves and live a life defined only by God’s grace.
Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue
by Matthew C. Mitchell
Hey, have you heard about… Gossip. It’s on Facebook, on the television, in the break room, and even in our churches. With gossip being so prevalent in our culture, it can be hard to resist listening to and sharing stories about other people’s business. But what does God say about gossip? And is it possible to follow his instructions? In Resisting Gossip Pastor Matt Mitchell not only outlines the scriptural warnings against gossip, but also demonstrates how the truth of the gospel can deliver believers from this temptation.
Do you seem to always be in a bad mood? Has someone sinned against you? Is your loved one struggling with addiction? Just like the Jordan River prevented the Israelites from entering the promised land of milk and honey, obstacles in your life—including your own attitude—may be keeping you from living in Christ’s full victory. This workbook targets key heart issues and is designed to be completed in fourteen to sixteen weeks. If you diligently apply these biblical concepts and seek the illumination of the Holy Spirit, Crossing the Jordan will change you, renew you and help you grow.
Why Is This Happening To Me? How God Brings Blessing From Our Pain
by Wayne Monbleau
Why are some people able to transcend the most terrible of circumstances while others seem overwhelmed by lesser troubles? How do some seem to gain new strength from their adversities while others fall into deep bitterness as a result of their suffering? Wayne Monbleau faces the issue of suffering and dares us to see it afresh. Trials, he writes, can actually be God’s means of lifting us into a higher life. But ourresponse to suffering determines its outcome. Will we find courage to accept God’s method of growth in our lives? Addressing issues that often frustrate or discourage us, Monbleau uses stories and keen biblical insight to convey the message that God intends life to come out of death. If we allow Him, He will take our wounds and use them for healing; both for us and for others.
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