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God called Abraham to be His friend. Henry Blackaby uses the example set by Abraham to show how God uses difficult events, traumatic circumstances, and trying life experiences to lead us to spiritual maturity. Readers will learn how God interacts with His people to transform them into men and women He can call friends. From the first time we respond to God's Spirit in our lives through the choices that help us develop a worthy character, Abraham's story shows us how we can be transformed and become friends of ...

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God called Abraham to be His friend. Henry Blackaby uses the example set by Abraham to show how God uses difficult events, traumatic circumstances, and trying life experiences to lead us to spiritual maturity. Readers will learn how God interacts with His people to transform them into men and women He can call friends. From the first time we respond to God's Spirit in our lives through the choices that help us develop a worthy character, Abraham's story shows us how we can be transformed and become friends of God.

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Blackaby, the Baptist minister who wrote the bestseller Experiencing God (1998), has crafted a serious, meaty argument that God wants His people to become His lifelong and dearly beloved friends. The way to do that, says Blackaby, is to emulate Abraham's response to God. Abraham practiced immediate obedience, even if he didn't understand the full picture of God's plan. Blackaby explains that obedience brings a fuller depth of knowledge of God, not only to the one called to be obedient but to his or her immediate family. Blackaby also uses Abraham's times of disobedience to show the tragic consequences when would-be followers take matters into their own hands. The author argues that disobedience can affect future generations, as when Abraham chose to sire a son with his wife's handmaiden, Hagar (rather than wait for God to fulfill his promise through his wife, Sarai), or when he passed Sarai off as his sister to the Pharaoh Abimelech. Blackaby maintains that God can still be gracious even while demonstrating consequences. Faith, in his opinion, is more than just a verbal statement--it is mindful obedience to God's voice. Each chapter closes with excellent questions for study and response. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785265870
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1902
  • Series: Biblical Legacy Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Blackaby is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Experiencing God
Bible studies. Dr. Blackaby is a graduate of the University of British
Columbia. He has a Th.M. degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological
Seminary, has received four honorary doctorate degrees, and is the president of Henry Blackaby Ministries. Dr. Blackaby and his wife have five married children, all serving in Christian ministry. They are blessed with fourteen grandchildren.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Section 1 Before the Call
1. Chosen in Eternity 5
2. God Initiates 15
3. God's Fullness of Time 25
Section 2 Encountered by God
4. God's Initial Encounter--In Ur 41
5. A Renewal and Establishing of God's "Call" 53
Section 3 Abram: Learning to Walk by Faith
6. Abram--Shaped by God 81
7. The Cost of a New Name 95
8. Wrong Counsel Brings Tragic Consequences 105
Section 4 Abraham: Learning to Walk by Faith
9. A Fresh Encounter with God 117
10. Abraham Lives Out His Faith Through Difficulties 129
Section 5 Abraham: A Friend of God
11. God Entrusts Isaac to Two Prepared Parents 147
12. The Moment of Truth 155
13. Abraham: Concluding Chapter 187
Appendix How God Develops the Man He Calls "His Friend" 199
Notes 201
About the Author 203
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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    What a great read.

    This book helps you discover how to be God's friend. He has always been my friend, but if you aspire to become His friend, here is a map. Abraham's life was meant to be a pattern for us to follow, not just a great story in the Bible.
    Hearing God's voice and following in obedience and faith is the greatest journey you will ever take. That is what I found in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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